SoundCloud’s Future Bleak After Reporting $44m Losses

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Throughout the last couple of years, SoundCloud has began attempts of monetizing their popular music platform by striking deals with record labels and music groups, including Merlin, a “Global Music Rights Agency” representing over 20,000 independent labels, Warner Music Group, and more recently with giants Universal Music Group.

A recent alarming Music Business Worldwide report, however, has shed light as to SoundCloud’s overheads and how those figures are by far out-shadowing the company’s revenue of recent years. The company’s 2014 financials paint a clear picture: While revenue reached $17.35m, the company’s losses were reported at $44.19m with employee wages increasing 42.5% to 20.3m – an average of $90,785 wage per employee. The report goes on to further specify that “in the three years from 2012-2014, SoundCloud lost almost €75m – but only brought in €37m in income.” Read more

Video Shows Richie Hawtin Introducing New DJ Gear to ENTER.Ibiza Guest DJs

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As we reported in January, Richie Hawtin partnered up with former Allen & Heath pioneer Andy Rigby-Jones to create Play Differently, a collaborative partnership that aims to expand the spectrum of DJ creativity through new technology and hardware.

At NAMM 2016 (in Annheim, California), Richie officially unveiled the project as a working collaboration of friends new and old, including a partnership with the Audiotonix group responsible for the innovation and distribution of such renowned audio brands as DiGiCo and the aforementioned Allen & Heath. The first prototype went into testing use as early as 2014, and we learned that it had since been made available through various stages of its project at select leading worldwide events, including Glastonbury in the UK and the ENTER.Ibiza party series that Richie spearheaded at Space.

Richie has now released a video promoting Play Differently and highlighting some of the key events of the past couple of years. Footage shows the M_nus boss introducing the still-to-be-unveiled product to the likes of Chris Liebing, Marcell Dettmann, Josh Wink, Tiga and DJ Tech Tool’s Ean Golden.

While unclear whether this is the case, the video includes clips of Dubfire, Recondite, Matador and Gaiser performing during the last few seasons of ENTER’s now ended residency in Ibiza, leading to the assumption that they tested out the prototype live at Space.

See the video below.

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Live 9.6: Ableton’s iOS Link Now Available

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A couple months ago, along with the release of Live 9.5 and Push 2, Ableton announced the forthcoming release of Link, the company’s brand new technology that would allow users to wirelessly sync Ableton Live software with a number of compatible iOs apps via wireless or ethernet connection. We are pleased to announce that the day has finally arrived, as Link is now available with the newest software update 9.6). By allowing devices to synchronize beat, phase, and tempo, removing the inevitable MIDI routing nightmare that come with the territory of hardware production. The number of compatible apps has been steadily increasing, including products like Audiobus and Korg’s Gadget; visit the Ableton website for the full list.

Amazon Prime: A British Invasion

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As we plunge deeper into the streaming era of music, the number of choices available has drastically increased, giving listeners the option to utilize services such as Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Google Play, and, Amazon’s Prime Music service. The last of these options, however, was initially restricted to the United States when it launched in June 2014. Finally, after many industry negotiations, and much anticipation, users in the UK can now stream their favorite records, ad-free, on Amazon’s Prime Music a very reasonable £79 per year. Although the service is priced lower than its competitors, the catalogue is less robust than Spotify and Apple, reinforcing an age-old trope – “you get what you pay for.”

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Watch Zombie Nation Produce “Workhorse” on an Elektron Rytm

ZN1Most of us will remember Kernkraft 400, the big room anthem championed by Zombie Nation. From sports arenas to school dances, the track exploded throughout dance and mainstream culture. But Zombie Nation isn’t a one-hit wonder, with his recent EP on Turbo Recordings proving such.

“Something Else” is a four-track EP loaded with the quintessential sound that Zombie Nation has mastered. Straight up bubbly techno glitch funk madness (that’s a sub-genre right?) Call it what you will, it’s found a perfect home on Turbo Recordings.

You can listen to the previews and purchase the EP here, but the video below is well worth the watch as Zombie Nation shares an inside look at the making of “Workhorse”.  Armed with an Elektron Rytm, Analog Four, and Octatrack, Zombie Nation utilizes the tools to create a blissfully analog heavy track that will be in rotation for years to come.

Connect with Zombie Nation: Official Website / Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud / Beatport

Richie Hawtin Announces New Project with Allen & Heath and Audiotonix

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It’s been a busy 2016 for Richie Hawtin already, with DJ sets at BPM and Los Angeles, along with the news that ENTER will not return to Ibiza this summer. The technology aficionado continues to make headlines with the announcement of ‘Play Differently‘ – a collaborative partnership with Allen & Heath and Audiotonix.

The news was announced at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, with Hawtin stating that “the ethos of Play Differently is to create products that will magnify the individuality and expand the creativity of today’s generation of electronic music artists, producers and DJs . We hope to encourage and inspire creatives to PLAY differently.”

Play Differently has apparently been in development for two years, and with gear mogul Allen & Heath in the mix (no pun intended), Play Differently will certainly be one of the major talking points of NAMM. Stay up to date with more information as more is revealed regarding the vague, yet exciting concept from Richie Hawtin.

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Jam Out on the Free 303-Inspired Digital Acid Machine

Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 3.24.34 PMBehold, a free online beta program called the “acid machine.” This nifty program created by Liverpool-based web development and sound design group Errozero comes equipped with two synthesizers, a drum machine, and a sequencer. There goes hours upon hours of mindless entertainment producing acid tracks with sounds inspired by the original Roland TB-303. Read more

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Guitar Center and Employees Enter Labor Dispute

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Guitar Center has always been a major player in the pro audio retail game. Many DJ/Producers (like myself) frequent the stores for all of their audio needs, often spending hours trying out gear and chatting with the employees. Understandably, consumers are thinking about the gear they would like to purchase, rather than the inner workings of the company, because, let’s face it, jamming on the newest Roland or Korg synth is exponentially more exciting (for most of us) than corporate structures, employee benefits, and labor disputes. However, we must keep in mind just how much goes in to keeping a corporation of this magnitude running smoothly; this is largely thanks to a phenomenal staff of employees who, it turns out, have long been entangled in a legal push-pull with the company. Read more

NAMM 2016: Top Products To Look Out For

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The NAMM show is upon us once again, and we are absolutely thrilled. For those who are unfamiliar, NAMM is the largest music industry trade show, taking place twice a year. Virtually every company in the music industry is there in some capacity, and many companies hold off on all gear announcements for the year until they debut the products at the show. NAMM is a time when gear heads from around the world come to check out what the industry has to offer for the year, so, naturally, there is always quite a bit of speculation and rumors about new products coming out.

Luckily, we have filtered through the rumors and speculations to compile a true list of products that are actually going to be on display at NAMM 2016 Read more

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NAMM 2016: Pioneer CDJ-2000NX2 and DJM-900NX2

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Just in time for NAMM 2016, Pioneer has taken a giant leap forward with updated versions of its two quintessential pieces of hardware, the CDJ-2000NXS and the DJM-900.

The CDJ-2000NXS makes a “giant leap forward,” outdoing its predecessor (CDJ-2000NXS) with an even bigger multicolor touchscreen, featuring a QWERTY keyboard and filterable searches to help find your next track more easily. Additionally, the unit includes two quad banks and a built-in 24-bit/96kHZ interface.

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The DJM-900NXS2, successor to both the DJM-900NXS and DJM-900, is Pioneer’s first-ever 64-bit mixer, and reportedly delivers a “warmer, more nuanced sound.” In addition to new, adjusted EQ and fader curves, the DJM900NXS2 also features enhanced controls for FX, an independent send/return, two USB inputs, and four phono jacks.

 

The DJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2 will be available beginning in February for  £1,699/€2,299 (2,900 USD) each. For more info, visit Pioneer DJ

CDJ-2000NXS2 new features

  • 96 kHz/24-bit sound card
  • FLAC and ALAC support
  • 32-bit D/A converter
  • Full-colour touch screen with Qwerty keyboard, Track Filter search, Needle Countdown multicoloured wave display and Wave Zoom
  • 2 banks of 4 colour-coded Hot Cues
  • MIDI controller interface to connect to the DDJ-SP1
  • Fractional beat Quantize
  • Pro DJ Link
  • Improved beat grids
  • More detailed Phase Meter
  • Colour-coded Memory Cues
  • Supports rekordbox dj HID control
  • Lever for Slip Reverse, Forward and Reverse

DJM-900NXS2 new features

  • 64-bit mixing processor
  • 96 kHz/24-bit sound card
  • Improved EQ and fader curves
  • More accurate clip indicator
  • 6 Sound Colour FX with a new parameter knob
  • 14 Beat FX with a bigger X-Pad and OLED screen
  • Separate Send/Return to connect external hardware and software
  • 2 USB ports and top-loaded input switch
  • DVS control
  • 4 phono inputs
  • Pro DJ Link via LAN or USB
  • Magvel Fader
  • 2 headphone jacks: ¼-inch stereo and 3.5mm MiniPin
  • Gold Plated RCAs