Gender Specific Listening

Interesting stuff..

Music Machinery

One of the challenges faced by a music streaming service is to figure out what music to play for the brand-new listener.  The first listening experience of a new listener can be critical to gaining that listener as a long time subscriber. However, figuring out what to play for that new listener is very difficult because often there’s absolutely no data available about what kind of music that listener likes. Some music services will interview the new listener to get an idea of their music tastes.

beats-enrollment Selecting your favorite genres is part of the nifty user interview for Beat’s music

However, we’ve seen that for many listeners, especially the casual and indifferent listeners, this type of enrollment may be too complicated. Some listeners don’t know or care about the differences between Blues, R&B and Americana and thus won’t be able to tell you which they prefer. A listener whose only experience…

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Rewind! The Cassette is Back.

Say what? Tape revival really is ‘a thing?’
The end times are near…

Bandcamp Daily

Cassette tapes on bandcamp!

“The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry released their report of 2 million cassette tapes sold worldwide… Sales in the UK alone tripled last year.”


When I told my parents I was writing about cassette tapes they actually laughed at me. My dad is always very calm so his jokes tend to land hard: “I can go out to the garage and dig up your old Raffi tapes – you could write about that.” I admit it’s probably perplexing for hip baby boomer parents, who feel like it was just yesterday they bought you your first CD burner (remember those?). Growing up, I was either cherishing their beaten up vinyl collection or too busy spending their money on inkjet cartridges for custom CD-R labels to covet any real cassette tape collection. For me, tapes were just the lo-fi, unsexy middle period that I was born into. The cheap way to…

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basic65 – retro chiptune synth – is released for free

Free stuff!

de la Mancha plugins

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basic 65 is a monophonic synth, inspired by the classic 80s home computer, the Commodore 64 and its legendary SID chip. Building on the waveforms and signal path of this famous chip, basic 65 adds further features and options to take things a step further.

The double arpeggiator allows complex versions of that retro 8-bit game sound and the modulation options inspire experimentation via the mod envelope and 2 comprehensive LFOs. Pulse width modulation, ring modulation and oscillator detune/sync are key ingredients in the signature sound. Throw in some pitch drift, bit drift, a sprinkle of dirt and randomisation and you have a wide range of lofi, chiptune, retro-tastic sounds at your disposal.

This version is the update to the popular basic 64, redesigned from scratch, with many improvements, new features and all new presets. basic 65 was co-developed with sink, who also made the amazing presets.

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HIGH-OCTANE HOLIDAYS FREE COMPRESSOR, FREE REMIX SETS

HIGH-OCTANE HOLIDAYS FREE COMPRESSOR, FREE REMIX SETS

“Shift into high gear this holiday season with SUPERCHARGER – a boutique compressor, rich with tube character. DJs can expand their sets with four hard-hitting TRAKTOR Remix Sets, based on popular MASCHINE Expansions. And everyone gets a $25 / 25 € e-voucher, valid at the NI Online Shop. Claim your gifts today – SUPERCHARGER will cost 49,00 € from January 2014 and the e-voucher expires on December 31. Happy Holidays!”

Free stuff from Native Instrument’s. GTFI.