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Alesso tops ACDC and Drake as the most Instagrammed set of Coachella

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Though the first weekend of Coachella is already behind us, attendees are still reeling about the amalgamation of talent from the desert festival. It may come as a surprise that even over the already infamous Madonna and Drake moment and ACDC’s triumphant return, Alesso topped both headlining artists as the most Instagrammed, highest engagement set of the entire three-day show. According to Mashable, Instagram compiled engagement data (likes and comments) to find out which artists were the top 10 according to the popular social media platform.

As a testament to the true lasting power of EDM at a festival as popular and widespread as Coachella, Alesso topped the bill, followed by ACDC and Drake. Kaskade ranked at No. 9 with Deorro trailing behind as the final of the top 10 most Instagrammed sets of Coachella.

Via: Mashable

Read our coverage of Coachella Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

 

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OwnPhones could be the future of wireless, customizable earbuds

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How many times have you been at the gym listening to music and you make one wrong move that hits the cord killing the music and your pump? How cool would it be to customize your own wireless headphones with 10,000 possible combinations to choose from? Well, OwnPhones looks to make this a reality with their recently commenced Kickstarter campaign.

OwnPhones are wireless, customizable earbuds that use Bluetooth technology to send your favorite music directly to your ears without the hassle of cords. The company uses 3D printing technology to create the product after consumers use their smartphones to scan their ears via short videos, which then sends that data to OwnPhones’ database where they will then process the information into physical earbuds that mold exactly to your personal ear framework. With the unique structure to each person’s ear, the OwnPhones earbuds are reluctant to fall out of place and are also noise-canceling to remove any excess sounds from entering your eardrums.

With over 10,000 style combinations and endorsements from various elite media outlets including Business Insider and Yahoo!, OwnPhones could possibly be the pioneer in the next wave of earbud technology. The company is currently looking for donations on the crowd-funding platform, Kickstarter, to continue their research and development of their product.

The campaign will be open for another 40 days and full details on OwnPhones can be found here.

 

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Skrillex returns to the Guitar Hero soundtrack for game’s latest installment

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Consider the term, “rockstar.” Is the word still limited to the classic vision of some band’s front man or lead guitarist moving a crowd of people with just as much bravado and finesse as musical talent? Hopefully not anymore. Today’s rockstars come in all shapes and sizes, and now a lot of them are wielding CDJs up there for the world to see. The modern day DJ/producer now embodies the term rockstar just as well as Mick Jagger or Dave Grohl do. And underneath it all, most of today’s top-name DJs and producers are also decorated, knowledgeable musicians; take Skrillex for example.

Bred in the world of hardcore punk rock, dance music would have no Skrillex if Sonny Moore didn’t find his humble beginnings plucking guitar strings with a live mic in front of him. Now Sonny is showing his roots a little, as he returns to Guitar Hero’s latest soundtrack. The famed video game is upping the ante with their newest edition, Guitar Hero Live, where gamers will actually be performing in front of huge, virtual, reactive crowds on screen. The new game’s soundtrack includes a wide range of rockers making today’s headlines, from the Black Keys to Ed Sheeran, with Skrillex representing the only electronic artist on GHL’s upcoming soundtrack.

And although Skrillex’s music has been featured on past versions of the game, the guitarist at heart will be right at home on this year’s upcoming Guitar Hero Live soundtrack.

H/T: EDM.com

Photo Credit: John Durgee

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New processor alters sound perception, meaning bigger bass at less decibals

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Meet Masn’live, a sound processor poised to represent a revolution in sound interpretation. Compatible with any sound system, the processor allows DJs to play music at a lower decible level. The device’s inventor, Spanish engineer Xergio Córdoba, told Vice that the technology is “as much about the physical soundwave as it is about how the brain interprets the same soundwave. It’s pure psychoacoustics.” He uses the example of listening to an mp3 player through headphones that are too small to reproduce a drum or a bass correctly. Instead, he says the sound is reproduced by something called evolutionary compensation. “It’s something that we use a lot in mastering and have applied to our system in order to accomplish what we were after,” he said.

During testing, the system was able to replicate bass frequencies that appeared more intense than the actually were. In a nutshell, the processor doubled the loudness of the bass without raising the dBA while simultaneously improving the audio impact and quality.

While the technology doesn’t prevent ear damage, it does help listeners’ brains perceive music louder than it actually is, a trait Córdoba thinks could help aid in hearing protection by minimizing listeners’ exposure to dangerous frequencies. The Masn’live system has already been tested by artists such as Joris Voorn, Jamie Jones and Lee Foss at real venues.

It seems the real benefactors of this technology might be clubs. Faced with noise complaints and limit laws, night spots and music venues might now be able to avoid penalties and fines for noisiness without killing the music.

Source: FactMag

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Native Instruments unveils groundbreaking new file format for DJs

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Native Instruments is singled-handedly responsible for some of the most innovative DJing technology to emerge in the last ten years. From Traktor Scratch, to remix decks, to their all-in-one MIDI controllers, the company has never been content with leaving things to the status quo.

Native Instruments’ newest development, which they unveiled last Friday at a WMC panel, is a brand new file format for DJs called Stems. While that may sound a bit bland to the average consumer, it holds some serious potential for the performance world. A ‘stem’ is essentially a layer to a song, be it a track’s drums, vocals, synths, etc. With NI’s new stem file format, the company is opening the doors for DJs to be able to manipulate these layers on the fly without having to use a DAW like Ableton.

The new file format will look like “.stem.mp4,” and will work as both a normal stereo track and a Stem track. Native Instruments said of the new technology: “Stem files use the mp4 container format to store the four individual stems of a track within a single file.”

To be able to use a Stem track to its full capacity, one will need Stem-supported software and hardware. Naturally, Traktor will be the first software to be compatible with the new format, but NI will be open-sourcing the Stem technology to allow other developers to work with it as well.

In accordance with the news, Native Instruments has teamed up with labels like Toolroom Records, Get Physical, and Noir Music — not to mention retailers like Beatport, Juno, and Traxsource — who will be support the Stem format upon official launch.

DMC legend DJ Craze said of the idea: “The Stems format is very exciting to me because I come from the generation where records have 1/Instrumental/Acapella and Dubapellas, so now I’ll be able to get way more creative with my sets and have fun combining elements from tunes I like.”

Furthermore, underground champion Luciano added: “Stems are the most innovative idea for DJing because they push creativity to the next level and they push DJs and producers into a new era for dance music. We are finally to the point where it’s not about playing A with B anymore, but we can take the essence of A and adding C, D and B and splitting this upside down with an absolute freedom of composition.”

Full information on Stems will be available in June with tutorials, downloads, and technical specs. For now, you can read Native Instruments’ FAQ on Stems to get more details.

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Jay Z’s streaming service set to relaunch with support from Calvin Harris, Madonna, Kanye West, and more

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Two months after we first got word that Jay Z was making a $56 million investment in Aspiro, it looks like it’s time to relaunch TIDAL, one of the company’s two streaming services. According to TIDAL’s website, it will be “the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial.”

One of TIDAL’s keys to success will be exclusivity. According to Breakit, artists like Kanye West, Daft Punk, and Madonna will offer their songs to TIDAL months before giving them to rival services. In fact, Taylor Swift, who famously pulled all of her music from Spotify last year, has already made all of her albums except for 1989 available on TIDAL.

Jay’s enormous industry influence likely played a role in securing exclusive release windows, but there’s far more to it than that. Artists and labels have publicly complained that payouts from services like Spotify are far too low. According to TechCrunch, TIDAL will offer substantially higher payouts to artists. These higher payments will be made possible in part by TIDAL’s unique take on the two-tiered system: TIDAL offers a high-fidelity service for $19.99 per month and a standard service for $9.99 per month, but there is no free, ad-supported option.

Musicians including Madonna, Kanye, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Rihanna, and Coldplay have begun showing support for the service by uploading turquoise profile pictures and using the hashtag #TIDALforALL.

Jay Z is scheduled to make an announcement regarding TIDAL at 5 PM EST.

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