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Twitch co-founder launches new music discovery platform, The Drop

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How many times have you been on Soundcloud and had to sift through the same reposted tracks just to see the day’s newest music? How many times have you wished that your favorite unofficial remix was on Spotify? The streaming music industry is undergoing massive changes with record labels and artists wanting to capitalize on every stream by every user on every platform. As Soundcloud moves towards becoming a solely legal service like Spotify, the undiscovered producers of the Internet and the fans listening to them are looking for the next platform to showcase this aspiring group of musicians.

The Drop could be that site. Developed by Twitch co-founder/executive Justin Kan, The Drop was designed by Kan to put up songs that he loved for free download. After switching to a streaming business model, the site will allow users to stream the day’s most voted upon tracks of which are uploaded by other users. The Drop allows any user to simply throw up the Soundcloud link into the site and let others listen and vote. There are many filter options such as most recent, all-time best, and of course genres.

As Spotify, Soundcloud, and major labels try to close the door on the bedroom producer, The Drop provides a new avenue for producers to showcase their abilities and for fans to discover the next big thing — all in one convenient place. Industry executives have been speculating for some time now as to how the music technology will change, and The Drop has provided a possible service to continue the surge in creativity that continues to grow on Soundcloud. But, only time will tell if this is answer.

H/T: TechCrunch

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Splice takes plugin purchasing to the next level

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Cloud-based music collaboration platform Splice has taken a significant step forward in the music production realm by introducing one-click plugin purchasing. With their new plugin store update, the site has made it easier than ever to add new VSTs to your arsenal. It’s easy to overlook the value such a function entails. When you’re producing, however, eliminating all barriers to creativity is essential. Having the ability to instantly download a new plugin on the same platform that allows you to collaborate with fellow musicians is a logical step forward for the site.

The move is part of a larger ambition for Splice: to help foster the growing plugin market in a way that is beneficial to both consumers and developers. Along those lines, the platform has also announced a new “plugin SDK,” which, according their press release, “will soon allow for new models of plugin distribution like subscription & rental.” With VSTs ranging anywhere from $50 to $500, a subscription model could prove an effective system to curb piracy and promote the plugin market.

Lastly, Splice has unveiled a comprehensive list of free plugins, also available for download via the platform’s new one-click functionality. What separates the list from similar catalogs is the user data behind it. With Splice’s bustling community in mind, the plugins’ popularity rankings are supported by real usage metrics as opposed to estimations.

Overall, Splice has introduced a host of exciting developments for both their collaborative platform and the plugin market at large. Check them out here.

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Music App Shazam Valued At More Than $1 Billion

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Shazam, the popular music app that can identify songs, is now valued at over $1 billion, after raising $30 in funds. Chairman Andrew Fisher told Bloomberg Television, “we had a couple of billionaires who participated in the funding round,” but wouldn’t name investors. The London-based company has detailed plans for the funds: bolstering their technology and expanding into new markets. With more than 100 million monthly users, Shazam is looking forward to an initial public offering in the next few years. Shazam has previously received support from billionaire Carlos Slim, in a $40 million deal that included pre-loading the app on certain Latin American smartphones. Previous expansions by Shazam include creating more interactive ads for advertisers by integrating the app’s technology into screens and concert venues and shopping malls, as well as location based marketing tools.

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Pioneer reveals new professional studio headphones: HRM-7

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Yesterday, Pioneer unveiled a brand new pair of professional studio headphones: the HRM-7s. The high fidelity headphones are designed with the audiophile in mind, providing frequency response up to an impressive 40kHz, as well as built-in airflow chambers for enhanced bass playback. While we have no doubt that the HRM-7s will sound great for the average consumer, the headphones are more specifically targeted towards producers, providing professional reference monitoring. Special attention has been given to the ear pads, which aside from offering sound isolation, are fitted with memory foam to facilitate a more natural feel.

The headphones are the first product in Pioneer’s new professional studio line and will be available late March.

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Pioneer announces laptop-less XDJ-RX controller

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While Pioneer’s flagship CDJs still dominate the world’s nightclubs and the largest festival stages, the Japanese electronics company has announced its next controller. A hybrid between a laptop-MIDI system and a computer-less rig using CDJs and a mixer, the XDJ-RX combines the best of both worlds. A basic DJM mixer makes up the middle of the controller, while two CDJ-style platforms will let users perform a host of functions.

The XDJ-RX is Pioneer’s first piece of DJ equipment to feature a single LCD screen that displays information from both players simultaneously, including the waveform display, a song’s playback position, BPM, and the beat grids. Rekordbox will be built in when the system is released in late February, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price landing at $1,799.

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Moog to re-manufacture three of their classic modular synthesizers

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Back in 1964, Bob Moog changed the course of music forever with the introduction of the first modular voltage-controlled music synthesizer. For the next 16 years or so, Moog and crew manufactured some of the most historic modular synthesizers to date, inspiring everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Stevie Wonder in the ’70s — not to mention deadmau5 and Hans Zimmer in more recent time.

Now, 50 years after the instrument’s inception, Moog is bringing back three of its most popular modular synthesizers: the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15. While music production techniques have gone almost exclusively “in-the-box” since the era of Moog, the move to bring back the classic large format modular synths is synonymous with an analog-driven trend among more technical producers in recent years.

To celebrate the announcement, Moog has released an 18-minute mini-documentary shot in their factory detailing the history of the device and its impact on the music world. Among other speakers, Grammy award winning producer and modular synthesizer expert Malcolm Cecil is prominently featured in the video. “With the modular, you make your sounds different every day,” he says. The producer also notes how the instrument fell out of popularity in the age of MIDI. Referring to modular synthesis, he says, “It didn’t lend itself to being musical unless you spent a lot of time.”

The new System 55, System 35 and Model 15 modular synthesizers will be produced in extremely limited quantities. Due to Moog’s extensive and detailed manufacturing process, less than 100 units of each instrument will be made, ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 each.

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