News, Updates & Other Good Stuff

30
Jan
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What’s New: Hunter Williams Joins SourceAudio, New Features, NAB 2015, and More!

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» SourceAudio Welcomes Hunter Williams to Our Team

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We are incredibly excited to announce Hunter Williams as the newest addition to our management team. As many of you already know, Hunter is a very respected and distinguished professional in the music industry with 20 years of experience in management and executive roles at a leading music rights organization (SESAC). He is also currently the Executive Director of the Production Music Association.

Hunter will be our leading force behind several exciting new initiatives we will be announcing this year. His masterful understanding of copyright & asset management, the PRO space, and his vision of the current landscape, opportunities, issues and new solutions that can be realized through technology make him an absolutely perfect fit for our team. Please welcome Hunter to SourceAudio the next time you see him and feel free to contact him anytime at hunter@sourceaudio.com.

» NAB 2015 -- Make Sure You Come See Us at The Wynn!

SourceAudio will be exhibiting again this year at NAB, this time we won't be on the show floor but we'll be in one of the official NAB exhibitor suites at The Wynn! We will be hosting a variety of fun sessions, cocktail hours and much more in the suite so be sure to come by and see Dan, Geoff, Andrew and Hunter while you're in Vegas!

» New Feature Updates & Enhancements

Album Genre Filters: You can now assign genres to albums making filtering albums by genre a new standard feature on your site! Assigning album genres works just like any other metadata field - by editing the album on the site or by using a spreadsheet - and once your albums have assigned genres the new genre filters will instantly appear on your album list page.

We also helped you get started with your album genres! If your albums contained all tracks from the same genre then we already applied that genre to your album as well so there's no work to do on your end. Your album genre filters should be live and working right now!

The New Genre Page: We recently added a new standard page to all sites -- the Genre browsing page. To preview this page simply go to your site and replace the end of the URL after the last "/" with "#!genres" so that it looks like this: yoursite.sourceaudio.com/#!genres . To enable your new Genres page just visit the Tabs tool in your Admin Panel. You'll see it as a new standard tab that can be added just like tracks, albums, catalogs, labels, artists and composers.

The new genre page simply pulls in all of your site's genres and displays them in alphabetical order. Give it a shot!

File Delivery Tool Enhancements: We further improved the speed of our new file delivery tool and we added several new delivery agent/partner "presets" including Soundminer, Soundmouse and many more. If you haven't tried out our fully-integrated, low-cost file delivery tool that allows you to send formatted music and metadata to any of your agents/partners, you should give it a shot! The first 100GB of transfer are free!

» New Licensing Opportunities - Red Fuse/Colgate

Red Fuse, Colgate's dedicated agency within the WPP family, is in need of temp animatics for over 1 hundred projects this year. These temp spots will be for internal use only but there's always a good chance for some temp love! Check out the full details of this new opportunity in the Programs and Opportunities section of your Admin Panel and if it sounds like a good fit for you, opt-in and sign the agreement digitally on your site to enroll!

We have some big announcements coming in 2015 that we can't wait to tell you about. Stay tuned!

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29
Oct
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Catalog Mangement & Administration Features Part 1: Interested Party Tools

 

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» Interested Parties - Managing Your Interested Party Metadata for Easier Catalog Management, Royalty Accounting and Administration

We have embarked upon the next evolution of the SourceAudio platform that will help you manage your creative rights administration business far more easily, affordably and effectively -- with much less time and money spent duplicating efforts across multiple systems -- than ever before. We know you pour a great amount of effort and detail into maintaining multiple systems to ensure your royalties and splits are tracked & managed so that your PRO payments can be distributed and reported as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our next goal as a platform is to make your catalog management and administration business easier on you, more efficient, and more powerful than it's ever been before.

» The New Interested Parties Tool

Up to this point on SourceAudio you've enjoyed total flexibility in displaying/managing your creative rights splits and metadata. For example, many of you use one field called "Publisher" and you include all splits within that field that probably look something like this: "Andrew Harding (ASCAP) 50% / Dan Korobkin (ASCAP) 50%". This data format helpful for quick reference and for looking up splits but it could be much more powerful by being organized in a way that allows it to better interact with external reports and systems (think cue sheet tools, file delivery, and PRO statements).

The new Interested Party Management Tool allows you to create and define each person/party on your site one time, and quickly assign them to your songs/recordings one-at-a-time or in large batches all at once. With this new tool you can create Writers & Publishers and store the following data for each of these types of parties:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Affiliation
  • Affiliation ID
  • IPI #
  • Company
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Address
  • SSN/EIN
  • Notes (think CRM here, we're extending this tool for leads, customers etc. in the future)

Using the New Admin Panel Tool

To create and edit individual Interested Parties, visit your new "Interested Parties Tool" located in your main Admin Panel menu on the left. Create a new party on the right and manage/edit existing parties on the left. Like your metadata, we also support batch spreadsheet imports of Interested Parties now too! To use the new Interested Party import tool, first export a sample spreadsheet of your existing Interested Parties at the bottom of this new tool to see the format and fields we recommend you use. It's still very flexible and you can add as many parties as you'd like to add all at once.

Editing Individual Tracks Inline

Interested Parties can also be added and edited on individual track detail pages. To edit your Publisher or Writer splits on a track detail page go into Secure/Edit mode just like you would to edit any field. Then, click the edit icon next to one of the new 'Standard' fields called "Publishers" or "Writers". Once you're editing your Writers or Publishers inline you'll see a new interaction appear that allows you to assign an existing Interested Party, create a new one, and assign the appropriate % splits for each party. See this screenshot below for a quick look at how it works.

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» We Made the Transition to this New Format Nice and Easy On You

Many of you had your Writers splits in your Composer field or in a custom field called "Writers". For Publishing splits, many of you had this data in your "Publisher" field or another custom field that you created. We retained all of this metadata 100% for you in your existing fields but we also ran some scripts to parse out Last Names, First Names, and related splits for the writers and publishers you had in your metadata (including PRO affiliations etc. when available) and placed them nicely into your new Writers and Publishers fields. For those of you who had metadata to move to these new fields you will see that you now have many Interested Parties already created in your new Interested Parties tool. You'll also see your new "Writers" and "Publishers" fields now contain the relevant data you previously had available in its legacy format on your site. We didn't remove anything from your site - if you had data in your Composer, Publisher (renamed to "Publishing" now), or a custom field that contained this data it's still there. Feel free to delete, keep or hide it - it's totally your call!

One important note: Because the previous versions of Writer and Publisher share data varied in format from site to site, we did the best we could to make sure it was parsed and put into the right place in the new Interested Parties fields. So, we hid these new fields for you so that you can have a look to see how the parsing turned out on your site. If you need to make any edits or do any clean up just go to your Interested Parties tool in the Admin Panel and edit each one right there. Save them once and they update site-wide. When you're ready to display these new fields (or if you want to display them at all) just un-hide them in your fields tool in the Admin Panel where you control the visibility of every metadata field on your site.

» This is Part 1 of Our Catalog Management & Administration Tools -- What's Next?

These new Interested Parties capabilities set the stage for the next phase of our new suite of catalog management and royalty administration tools coming very soon. Here's what you can expect to see next as we continue making progress on this empowering and time and money-saving suite of tools for you!

  • Works administration and management tools
  • Contract administration and management tools
  • License administration and management tools
  • PRO statement import tools for fast accounting administration and reporting
  • Full CRM capabilities with notes, tasks, reminders and more

More to come very soon...onward and upward!

16
Oct
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Fast, Easy and Affordable — Get Your ISRCs from SourceAudio

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What is an ISRC and why do I need them?

The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is the international identification system for sound recordings. Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording which can be permanently encoded into a product as its digital fingerprint. The ISRC provides the means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments and, in many territories, is increasingly becoming a tool in the fight against piracy. By identifying all sound and music video recordings that are released, regardless of the format that they are released in, the ISRC enables the tracking and tracing of these recordings through the music value chain. DSPs like Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, Amazon and many more all require an ISRC for every recording submitted to their platform. ISRCs are also becoming increasingly requested by production and media companies as a standard way to accurately track the usage and performance of recordings in their productions.

How do I buy and assign ISRCs via SourceAudio?

Anyone with an active site on the SourceAudio platform can instantly buy blocks of ISRCs from within their Admin Panel. Just go to Admin Panel > Add Ons & Tools > ISRCs to get started. ISRCs are a "standard" field on the SourceAudio platform so when you're on the new ISRC tab, we will display for you the total number of tracks you have on your site + the total number of ISRCs you already have assigned to your recordings. This will help you determine exactly how many ISRCs you'll need to buy if you want to make sure every recording on your site has this unique and standardized identifier.

To proceed with purchasing and downloading your ISRCs, enter the number of codes you wish to buy in the "Purchase" field. Click the "Checkout" button, complete the payment information section, and you're finished. Your ISRCs will be instantly downloaded in a CSV and a copy of the spreadsheet containing your ISRCs will also be emailed to you.

To assign your new ISRCs to your tracks, use your metadata spreadsheet export tool to grab a full dump of your current metadata on your site. Then, copy and paste your new ISRCs into this main metadata spreadsheet, associating each one with a track on your site (if you already have an ISRC field just paste them in there; if you don't have an ISRC field just simply create a new column called "ISRC" and drop them into this new field). How you choose to assign the numbers is totally up to you; you can put them all in sequential order or you can make it random -- there are no rules when it comes to associating new ISRCs to recordings that don't already have one. When you're done pasting your ISRCs into your main metadata spreadsheet save the CSV, upload it via your metadata spreadsheet import tool, and you're done!

One quick rule when it comes to assigning ISRCs: If you already have an ISRC for a track/recording, don't change it. Hang onto it. Each track should retain its original ISRC forever.

How much do ISRCs cost?

If you buy ISRCs direct from the US ISRC Agency you'll pay $80 up front + $150 for every 1,000 ISRCs (or $0.15 each). Other online services out there charge as much as $1 per ISRC. With SourceAudio you pay $0 up front and each ISRC is just $0.10 a piece. We ask that the minimum transaction be at least $10, due to our credit card processing fees on micro-transactions, but you can hang onto any unused ISRCs -- because they're yours -- and assign them to tracks at a later time.

Do I own my ISRCs forever?

Yes. We have obtained a giant block of ISRCs from the US ISRC Agency and can officially administer the codes but once you buy your codes and associate them to your track(s), your ISRCs will never need to be updated or changed no matter where you have them hosted.

ISRCs are a great way to identify your recordings on any platform or medium so if you don't have yours already, go get your ISRCs today!

31
Jul
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New Advanced Search Capabilities Are Now Available

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Try These New Techniques to Find the Music You're Looking For Faster

Search is absolutely core to all of our businesses. With that in mind we are always working on innovating and making our platform more powerful than ever. We have just launched a handful of new search capabilities that you can begin using immediately. This gives everyone 7 different, powerful, and easy-to-use search methods to use when finding tracks on your SourceAudio site. Here they are:

1. "AND" searches (default): By default when you type in more than 1 term you're running an "AND" search. The terms are reductive and you'll refine your results as you add more terms.

2. "OR" searches: To run an "OR" search, simply include "OR" between multiple terms like this: "upbeat OR happy".

3. Negative searches: To exclude a specific term from your search results set include a hyphen ("-")  before that term in your query. For example, if you want to look for something upbeat without drums, you'd type this: "upbeat -drums".

4. Active browsing: We know metadata keywords are often subjective. Something you consistently call "upbeat" could be referred to consistently as "happy" by another person. To solve for this we created this new active browsing feature. Now when you scan any search results page you'll notice that all of the terms are clickable. As you click the terms you'd like to explore further they instantly appear in your search field above, slowly building a new "AND" query as you add more terms. Give this new one a shot, it's great!

5. Column/field searches: This one is great. To search within a single column simply type the column/field name followed by a colon and the term you're looking for. For example if you want to find all tracks that have a mood of "upbeat", you would type this into your search field: "mood: upbeat". This works for all fields too so if you need to quickly find a specific track or artist it works great for that as well.

6. Phrase searching: If you need to find a specific phrase or string of keywords in a particular order just include quotes around your search terms. For example, if I'm looking for the song "Happy Birthday" I could search for "happy birthday to you" and you'll only see results that have that exact string of keywords in their metadata.

7. Sonic Search: This one isn't new but it's worth mentioning as part of an overall search update. Find music with music with our proprietary signal processing search technology. Whether you need to find an exact match on a file or you're looking for something that sounds similar to a song you have in mind, Sonic Search can handle it all for you.

We know you all have your go-to methods for searching and hopefully these new enhancements will give you more tools to help you and your clients find what you're looking for faster!

12
Jul
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New: The Easiest & Most Affordable Way to Deliver Formatted Music and Metadata to Anyone

 

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» File Delivery Just Got Easier & More Affordable Than Ever

SourceAudio now supports 3rd party file delivery. It's DIY, incredibly flexible, easy to use, and more affordable than any other file delivery solution out there. Here are a few of the highlights on this new feature that's available now within every single SourceAudio music hosting site:

• Unlimited Delivery Partners Supported for Free

• Deliver Files and Metadata via FTP, SFTP or Zip File Download - Whatever Method Your Partners Prefer

• DIY Tools Allow You to Set Up and Edit Delivery Specs on Your Own

• Full Technical Support & Setup Assistance Available If Needed

• Pay Only $249/Terabyte for the Files You Transfer -- That's a TON of Transfer!

• Utilize Preset Schemes for Faster DIY Setups

 

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» Your First 100GB of Delivery is FREE!

Paying for file delivery is simple: You buy your file transfer by the terabyte. Need to send your entire catalog to a new sub-publisher? Need to send your latest releases to a long-time client? Perfect. Just visit the new File Delivery section of your Admin Panel, provide us with your credit card details, purchase your first terabyte of transfer, and send your files. We'll let you know how much transfer you have left until you need to purchase your next terabyte. Your terabytes never expire and there's no other hidden or recurring fees. Use only what you need and hang onto your transfer balance as long as you want!

» Need Help Getting Started?

We encourage you to send a couple test deliveries, for free. Run through the steps and send a handful of albums to yourself. Once you've gone through the flow and have saved a few new delivery partner profiles, let us know what you think! If you have any questions or need help getting started with your first partner delivery setup, shoot us an email and we'll get you started.

You'll also notice that there are several preset delivery schemas already built into your new File Delivery tool. These are schemas that are widely used so we set them up for you in advance so that you can quickly send files to any partners utilizing those systems. Feel free to test out deliveries to partners using those systems as well.

We hope you tap into the time and cost-saving benefits of our new file delivery feature...enjoy!

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