The Problem with A-B’ing and Why Neil Young is Right about Sound Quality.

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  With news of Neil Young pushing to get studio quality audio out to the consumer, it occurred to me that it would be good to get some perspective on how we go about comparing audio quality.  One of the most problematic issues surrounding audio quality and file resolution these days has been that, more and more,…


Diddy’s Bad Boy Documentary Available on Apple Music

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story is now streaming exclusively on the platform Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment documentary, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story, is now available on Apple Music. Stream it here. He originally premiered the film at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, and performed with Bad Boy roster members…


This Is Why Apple Wants to Hit the Reset Button on Music

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) wants a reset. Apple is negotiating lower licensing fees with the country’s three major labels as part of a wider royalty agreement covering its streaming service, Apple Music, and its download platform, iTunes, according to a person familiar with the talks. Its existing contracts are due to lapse at the end of…


Spotify test rents playlist slots to music labels

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Only if you’re a free listener, however. Spotify is already letting labels determine what you’re allowed to play on its free tier. Now, however, it’s giving labels the chance to insert songs of their own. TechCrunch has confirmed that Spotify is testing a “Sponsored Song” program that slips tracks into playlists you follow, and possibly…


Nostalgia drives surge in the music of gaming

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PARIS — The electronic beeps and squawks of “Tetris,” “Donkey Kong” and other generation-shaping games that you may never have thought of as musical are increasingly likely to be playing at a philharmonic concert hall near you. From the “ping … ping” of Atari’s 1972 ground-breaking paddle game “Pong,” the sounds, infectious ditties and, with…


If Any Band Has Figured Out Rock’s Future in the Mainstream, It’s Imagine Dragons

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  Remember the silvery “future” of ’50s and ’60s pop-culture, and all its science-fictional prophecies for the 21st Century? Planet-hopping. Chrome jumpsuits. Wise-cracking robots. Considering the world — the real world — in which these tales set in the new millennium were conjured, rock n’ roll surely would have had its place atop the galactic…


Jay Z Announces New ‘4:44’ Album Exclusive to Sprint and Tidal Users

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  For weeks, fans have been wondering what this 4:44 project TIdal’s been teasing is. Just the other day, we got confirmation it is some sort of Jay Z project. Now, Hov has officially announced he’s dropping his brand new 4:44 album on June 30 as an exclusive to postpaid and prepaid Sprint members and existing Tidal users. Tidal is sweetening…


Spotify Hits 140 Million Active Users, Promises Billions of Dollars to Record Labels

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  Spotify VP Brian Benedik announced Thursday morning that the streaming service has reached 140 million monthly active users (up from 126 million at the end of last year) and the company has seen a 50% increase in advertising revenues since 2016. Recode reports that Spotify pulled in $3.3 billion revenue last year, and promises to pay record labels…


Understanding The Importance Of Fan Interaction

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  Artist and fan interaction is sometimes one of the main contributing factors to an artist’s growing fan base. It’s simple, people love genuine people and that is especially true in the music industry. The rock star era of artists that have managers and record labels be their voice has long been surpassed so it’s time…


How much EQ is too much?

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I do a lot of dance music, and have been referencing my mixes against commercial releases. How can I get the fat synth sounds of my references without going nuts with EQ? For example, I have a song I’m working on at the moment where I have to boost 15dB at 350Hz to get anywhere…