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Is SoundCloud Making Moves to Delete and Block All Uncleared DJ Mixes?

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Is SoundCloud slowly deleting all uncleared DJ mixes? It appears that may be the case.

According to Digital Music News, SoundCloud has made plans to delete all DJ mixes that haven’t been fully cleared yet, a move that is bound to affect a large portion of the files uploaded to the platform by its 185 million active users.

Users have now begun to notice massive amounts of DJ mixes disappearing from their playlists. Several high-profile users such as Morgan Page and L’Affaire Musicale have already had their entire accounts or uploads deleted, with SoundCloud making it clear that DJ mix or live sets contains popular tracks that belong to another artist will be deleted. If a music file is deleted, the user sees all the statistics racked up through that upload also disappear.

UPDATE: SoundCloud issued a statement today replying and denying that any measures have been taken to delete DJ sets off the platform. The statement reads:

“The story has no truth to it. At SoundCloud, we’re on a mission to create a place where all creativity can live. SoundCloud’s creator community, including DJs, is incredibly important to us.”

 

Source: Pulse

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Richie Hawtin Finally Unveils PLAYdifferently’s Model 1 Mixer

Richie Hawtin, his father and Andy Riby-Jones before the unveiling of PLAYdifferently's Model 1. Photo courtesy of Richie Hawtin via Instagram

Richie Hawtin, his father and Andy Riby-Jones before the unveiling of PLAYdifferently’s Model 1. Photo courtesy of Richie Hawtin via Instagram

After years of work and months of promotion and road testing, Richie Hawtin has now fully unveiled the Model 1 mixer of his PLAYdifferently line. Previously, fans and DJ technology buffs had only seen partial pictures of the hardware that didn’t reveal much.

The mixer is now officially launched and available for pre-order on PLAYdifferently’s website for £2500 plus £50 flat rate shipping word wide. Orders will be shipping after June 30th. The official launch event will occur via live stream later today, courtesy of Boiler Room Berlin. Read more

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Was Spotify Hacked? User Credentials Leaked Online

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A list of Spotify account credentials for hundreds of users was leaked to the website Pastebin in what seems to be either a security breach or a leak from the inside. These details include usernames, passwords, emails, and other account info – a number of users are reporting that their accounts were targeted as a result. Some cited changes to their music preferences, while others claimed they were unable to log in to their accounts as their passwords had somehow been changed.

As an anonymous victim reported In a statement to Tech Crunch, “I suspected my account had been hacked last week as I saw ‘recently played’ songs that I’d never listened to, so I changed my password and logged out of all devices.”

This would neither be the first nor the second breach that Spotify has encountered thus far, so we can’t be 100% sure whether the data come from a new breach or was previously acquired and just leaked recently. Either way, it is definitely be possible that there are many more account credentials that may be leaked in the future.

Asked about the incident, a spokesman denied allegations that Spotify was attacked :

“Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure. We monitor Pastebin and other sites regularly. When we find Spotify credentials, we first verify that they are authentic, and if they are, we immediately notify affected users to change their passwords.”

The page with the leaked information is dated April 23, although statements from many affected users indicate that the issues began last week. Some also said they received emails on Sunday, telling them that their passwords had been changed. As another user explained, “I was definitely hacked and later tried googling ‘Spotify hack news’ last night to no avail… I noticed it last night when I opened Spotify on my phone and saw someone was using my account somewhere else.”

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In order to protect the victims, we must refrain from posting a link to the Pastebin page to protect the victims (as many other sources have done). However, we will post a screenshot with all personal data censored out. Please remain on high alert if you notice that your account has been suspiciously accessed, especially if you’ve linked Spotify with your social media pages or you use the same password to log in to other websites. Several users have even reported suspicious activity on their Skype, Facebook, Uber, and even bank accounts. Even if your account was not tampered with, we highly recommend that you change your password immediately – better safe than sorry!

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“Dance Tonight” Event App Aims to Revolutionize the Electronic Music World

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Dance Tonight – a new event-driven app – has now launched in key US and European markets. Aimed to provide fans with the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to electronic music events in their area, Dance Tonight focuses on Underground, Indie Electronic and EDM with one simple user-friendly interface.

By integrating monthly top events from sources that include Dancing Astronaut, XLR8R, TRAX, Deep House Amsterdam, ROLLINGTUFF and Gotta Dance Dirty, Dance Tonight provides users with the ability to search events by location and date, buy tickets as well as bookmark their favorite artists and venues to be alerted of new shows as soon as they are announced. The app goes one step further, adding a social function that allows fans with similar interests to interact via direct messaging or city-wide after-party chats.

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The app, which is available for download for both iOS and Google Play Store, is live in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona. Further cities will be added in the coming months as the platform rolls out with its expansion plans.

When introducing the ideas behind this new platform, Ryan Botwinick, President of Dance Tonight, explained, “We set out to create the most convenient way for our music community to plan their night out. I am very proud of our team and excited to announce that Dance Tonight App does just that. For the first time, a user can get all the information they need in a single place. The app helps promote the Dance Music scene as a whole as it drives ticket sales to multiple platforms, encourages communication between fans and brings together some of the most influential music media outlets as partner curators for the app. No matter what style of Dance Music you like, this app was created for you.”

Check out a video teaser below for an idea of what to expect from the app!

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Melbourne’s Vintage Synth “Workshop” Opens

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Vintage synth and gear enthusiasts will be especially delighted to hear Robin Fox, one of Australia’s leading experimental producers, has just opened a new business: a Melbourne-based vintage synth “workshop,” geared towards gear veterans and newbies alike. Operated by Fox and Byron Scullin, the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (M.E.S.S.) is a non-profit group offering annual memberships ($220) that allow users to book hours at a time to use any of the gear.

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 As Scullin explained to Broadsheet, “We want it to be like a museum, but one where you can use and touch everything… And also like a gym – come down and work out on a synth.” The M.E.S.S. collection features everything from classic synths and drum machines to outboard analog effects units from top brands like Roland, Yamaha, and Korg, alongside more obscure equipment such as the Chamberlin Rhythmate and the more recent modular systems made by Make Noise.

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For just $44, members can book four-hour timeslots, with up to 16 people participating in the session – users can even record what they play and take home the recordings. The full M.E.S.S. arsenal is so massive that they only have space to display about a third of the gear, which will be rotated every 22 weeks. Unfortunately, only the first 500 memberships will be processed, but Scullin and Fox have stated that at some point in the future, they would like to have school groups and touring artists come to visit. For more information, visit the official M.E.S.S. website.

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Apple, Dubset Partner Up To License Streaming Mixes

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As the world of streaming becomes increasingly competitive, largely due to market saturation and legal action on behalf of artists and labels, each company is looking for a leg-up to bring in paid subscribers. It seems as if Apple Music will be taking the metaphorical cake for the time being; the company has just entered into a partnership with Dubset Media Holdings, which will allow Apple to stream unlicensed DJ mixes and bootleg remixes. Launched in 2015, Dubset has developed and refined their MixBank technology,which analyzes tracks and mixes to identify the samples and songs used, for the purpose of distributing royalties to the (often multiple) copyright owners. MixBank also allows copyright holders to blacklist certain tracks or set limits on how often they can be used.

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“You’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars,” Dubset CEO Stephen White explained in a statement via International Business Times. “This is a huge day not only for the music industry, but also for DJs across the globe. We’re very, very proud to be able to support that community.” This is a big day for DJs and producers alike – the former can have their mixes heard without fear of takedowns or legal action, and the latter can finally be compensated for their works that have always been sampled left and right.

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Chrome Music Lab: Google Says No DAW, No Problem

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Fans of Google Doodle, you’re in luck – Google has just launched a musical counterpart, the so-called Chrome Music Lab, a plethora of interactive tools, instruments, and sequencers that allow you to manipulate music and audio within your browser. Utilizing Web Audio API technology, Chrome Music Lab instantly turns the beloved browser into an innovative, fully-functioning instrument designed to help both musicians and non-musicians learn the fundamentals of rhythm, melody, harmony, and arpeggios. As The Next Web reports, the Chrome Music Lab was created primarily for USA’s Music In Our Schools month, but ironically, it seems far more likely to drain working hours for adults than the typical Doodle. In addition to the more pedagogic tools, there is a Kandinsky-inspired sequencer, a spectrogram to engage with, and devices that allow users to record (through their computer’s built-in microphone) and manipulate vocals in a number of ways.

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The Chrome Music Lab is the most recent browser feature powered by Web Audio API, although it is certainly not the first. Last year, Google added MIDI support to Chrome; since then, we have also seen a Roland-inspired drum machine and GarageBand-style sequencer. Best of all, the Music Lab features open-source coding so you can even create your own devices to get as whacky as you like.

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Soundcloud: ‘Time For Everyone To Pay Up’

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The days of SoundCloud as a free music sharing and listening service are coming to an end, and have been for quite some time. The service, which boasts millions of users (both fans and musicians) and a nearly unlimited stream of music, has been plagued by several issues recently. Firstly, new licensing deals with major labels require enormous monetization, but the company has quickly been bleeding cash. Allison Moore, an “experienced digital executive,” has been brought on board as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) in the weeks leading up to a much-dreaded paid launch. Fresh off a General Manager position for NBC-Universal’s TV Everywhere streaming service, Moore has also held upper-management positions at HBO and Cablevision. In a recent statement, Alex Ljung, CEO and co-founder of SoundCloud, announced that:

“Alison is an innovative and strategic leader with a proven track record of building consumer business strategies that drive new revenue growth across multiple platforms. Most importantly, she has an understanding of both the complexities of SoundCloud’s business, and the content and entertainment industries, having spent the majority of her career building businesses, products and experiences that deepen consumer engagement with extraordinary content. We’re thrilled to have Alison heading up what will become a monetization engine of global scale.”
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Funktion One Aims to Change Festival Sound with “Vero”

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Whether you’re an audiophile or just a dance music fan, chances are that you’ve heard of Funktion One and the company’s role in the global spectrum of club sound engineering.

The British loudspeaker manufacture, frustrated with the declining quality of audio in the live concert world, has been working tirelessly for a solution that can be transported quickly and easily while not sacrificing the focus on high-standard sound. The solution? Vero – the new, large format touring sound system that is set to re-define audio and operational performance expectations.

The system is not only easy to fly out and fairly simple to arrange, but boasts an entirely new level of sound delivery characteristics with emphasis on clarity, efficiency and directivity. This complete system includes speakers, amplifiers, cabling, rigging, transport dollies, weatherproof covers and software.

As the Funktion One team explains, “The Vero speaker range features six highly efficient, low distortion horn-loaded loudspeakers – the V60 mid-high, V90 mid-high and V315 mid-bass with a choice of V221, V124 or V132 bass. The V60s, V90s and V315s all have identical dimensions, enabling them to be flown in the same vertical array. The ground stacked V221, V124 or V132 bass enclosures offer a choice of size and low frequency extension.”

Vero, set to debut this coming month at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt between April 5th and 8th, will ship in its own patented Lambda flying system. Built and specially designed to ensure speedy delivery, safety and ease of use, it allows for accurate and efficient set-up and minimizes need of deployment staff. Vero’s Projection software has been developed to accurately adjust all rigging settings, even with the system in suspension.

Funktion One founder Tony Andrews comments: “Talking from the perspective I have right now, just before we launch, I believe Vero will turn out to be one of the most important developments to come out of almost five decades working in audio. The last six years has certainly been the most challenging – and rewarding – R&D period I’ve experienced. We’re very much looking forward to introducing Vero to the world and seeing what it is truly capable of in the live environment.”

For full information and Vero’s specs visit Funktion One’s official release.

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Modstep: iPad MIDI Solutions For The Pros

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Many have dismissed the iPad and other tablets as tools for hobbyist producers rather than legitimate components of a professional studio setup. However, the potential of these devices with regards to pro production is beginning to blossom. Thanks to Zerodebug’s Modstep, audio professionals have some amazing capabilities at their fingertips (no pun intended!); the so-called “modulation monster” and fully-fledged MIDI sequencer is a unique beast, well-worth taming for your own creative purposes.

With the ability to function as a central hub for your music-making, Modstep allows you to manipulate MIDI with an unlimited number of tracks.  Utilizing Zerodebug’s Studiomux technology, users can stream both MIDI and Audio to their PC or Mac, or sequence external MIDI devices, Inter-App Audio software, and a built-in synth and sampler. Additionally, up to 128 MIDI CCs can be modulated on each track. Furthermore, the app is backward-compatible with all versions of the iPad, all the way back to the largely antiquated first generation release. Check out the video above to see Modstep in action, and head on over to the Apple App Store to purchase the app for for £14.99/$19.99.