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Make the Switch to SourceAudio for YouTube Content ID

Maximize your YouTube earnings, utilize the most powerful YouTube tools available anywhere, and unlock access to exclusive sync deals with broadcasters and creative enterprises.

Instead of jumping from one service portal to another for every revenue source of your business, SourceAudio brings all your monetization solutions under one roof. Streamline your workflow with the convenience of a single, high-performance platform partner for revenue generation, metadata, pitching, browsing, and sub-publisher distribution.

Never worry about unwanted claims again when you utilize our essential YouTube Content ID tools that you can’t find anywhere else. Our competitive advantages make us the clear choice for Content ID against any other service. 

Plus we’re thrilled to announce…

100% Collection Share for Your First 90 Days

For any new Content ID sign up, you keep 100% of the ad revenue generated from your first 90 days after activation. It’s our way of saying thank you for making the switch and welcoming you to the platform designed to earn you more for your tracks than any other service.

Feature for feature, no one else comes close.

Make the switch to SourceAudio for Content ID and tap into a new world of earnings and opportunities instantly. Email support@sourceaudio.com to get started today!

Friday, 9 April 2021
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Upcoming Online Music Industry Events and Resources – Spring 2021

Check out our handpicked list of the best online resources for composers and music businesses in the coming months.

Music Week Tech Summit – March 31

Music Week Tech Summit is an exploration of how music and technology are working together in 2021 to help artists, managers, labels, and publishers reach new audiences. The virtual event will feature exclusive insights from the freshest start-ups on the block and the digital giants shaping the future of the industry. Speakers include executives from Universal Music Group, TikTok, Warner Music, Spotify, YouTube, United Talent Agency, Roblox, Ticketmaster, and many more industry leaders.

Register on the Music Week Tech Summit website, here.

Pan-Am Indie Summit – April 15

At the inaugural Pan-Am Indie Summit participants will engage with various trade organizations, meet other business owners through one-on-one networking meetings, and gain deep insight into the various markets across the Americas. The fully virtual event is jointly organized by A2IM (USA), ABMI (Brazil), ASIAr (Argentina), CIMA (Canada), IMICHILE (Chile), and WIN (global), and is designed to connect independent music communities ranging all the way from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego. The full-day event will include panels, presentations, and more with the intention of creating a community and virtual social space for our members to collaborate. Pan-Am Indie Summit will be held on a new digital platform that offers additional opportunities for spontaneous interaction, such as an event lobby and breakout rooms.

Register on the Pan-Am Indie Summit website here.

Balanced Breakfast Virtual Music Summit 2021 – April 16 and 17

Join Balanced Breakfast virtually from their San Francisco HQ as they bring all of the BB groups together for their fourth National Music Industry Summit. Meet professionals from San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, Austin, Charlotte, Reno, and more. Learn from panels discussing everything from social media to licensing. Balanced Breakfast is a group of local music industry professionals that meet for “breakfast” on a regular basis. Attendees talk about actions we can employ to keep local scenes as a place where musicians and industry professionals can make substantial progress in doing what they love… music.

Get tickets on the Balanced Breakfast website, here.

The Future Festival & Think Tank presented by WISE – April 21-24

WISE’s Future Festival & Think Tank is a China-based global summit connecting thought leaders from creative, science, and tech communities. Now in its second year, the hybridized virtual/live event features a special “Island(s) of New Realities” segment in which “protagonists from the metaverse”, i.e. artists, musicians, gallerists, and technologists, join together in a panel format to discuss futurism and art. Operating in partnership with Reeperbahn Music Festival, musical artists from Reeperbahn will be joined by a delegation of 50+ European music industry professionals who will be meeting their Chinese counterparts to participate in panel discussions and virtual company visits.

Learn more on WISE's official website, here.

jazzahead! – April 29-May2

From April 29 to May 2, the jazz world will meet digitally for four days at jazzahead! to network, exchange ideas, attend conferences and panels, and experience 32 showcase bands in the official program. The event will take place via a virtual platform that enables the active participation of exhibitors and specialist participants. jazzahead! will offer a variety of networking opportunities, both one-on-one and for larger groups. The jazzahead! digital experience aims to allow a fluid exchange within the international scene under the best possible professional conditions, despite the pandemic, according to the jazzahead! motto, "close together from afar".

Register on the jazzahead! website, here.

Canadian Music Week Virtual Conference – May 18-23

Now in its 38th year, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media, and entertainment industries. The conference aims to provide a platform for domestic and international delegates to exchange ideas, explore trends, conduct meetings, and make connections, all completely online. All functions will take place virtually from May 18-23 as the entire event combines multifaceted, information-intensive conferences, a trade exposition, awards shows, and the nation’s largest new music festival. Detailed schedule TBA.

Get tickets on the CMW website, here.

Friday, 26 March 2021
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New Release: Adobe Premiere Pro Extension Update

Access the largest collection of music for licensing in the world, all without ever leaving the Adobe interface.

Our latest update to the Adobe Premiere Pro Extension allows video editors to audition music with a more streamlined workflow than ever before. We’ve brought all the features from the SourceAudio platform into the Adobe suite for an intuitive experience that saves editors valuable time.

With over 50 million tracks on the SourceAudio platform and more added every day, our Adobe plug-in provides editors with seamless access to more premium quality music for their projects than any other service. 

Music providers and video editors now have one simple solution to directly connect with each other where all their tools converge by joining the SourceAudio platform.

Download the extension here.

Drag and Drop From the Cloud Inside Adobe Premiere Pro

Engage the extension from within Adobe Premiere Pro to browse any of the SourceAudio sites you’re currently registered on. Search tracks within the panel, stream results from the cloud, build custom playlists, and then drag-and-drop tracks to bring them into a project without ever leaving the Adobe editing suite.

Tracks automatically download and import into your project as they’re dragged from the SourceAudio panel into the Adobe timeline. Need to bring in many tracks? Our latest update allows editors to drag and drop multiple tracks at all once.

As tracks are dropped in from the cloud, they are automatically grouped into a SourceAudio folder within the project folder.

In addition to drag-and-drop, editors can even download entire albums to save in their project's local SourceAudio folder.

Export Cue Sheets from Within the Extension

Export cue sheets from inside Adobe Premiere Pro with the click of a button. SourceAudio has transformed the time-consuming, manual process of cue sheet creation into a fully-automated export tool by leveraging our robust metadata infrastructure. Instantly populate complete cue sheets without ever leaving Adobe.

Now editors can keep all their cue sheet tools right at their fingertips to ensure proper royalty distribution for every project.

Get Started Now

Download the extension from the link below and open the panel at any time from within Adobe Premiere Pro. 

Log in with your SourceAudio account and choose which company you’d like to begin browsing. We’ve made it easy to switch between music providers so that editors can enjoy the greatest possible degree of flexibility while using the extension.

Download the Adobe Premiere Pro extension
in just a few clicks.
Get it here.

Friday, 19 March 2021
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Audio Production Essentials: How to Create Ambient Pads

Pads are ambient, sustained sounds characterized by heavy reverb and delay. They have become a staple in audio productions from pop music to film scores for decades and in today’s world of soft synths and free plug-ins, they’ve never been easier to create.

Creating Pads from Scratch

The first step of creating good pads is to start with a rich, interesting sound signal, to be transformed into a gentle ambient tone later in the process. Whether your signal comes from a sample or a synthesizer is completely up to you. Each option comes with its own functionally endless array of possibilities. For the purposes of this guide we’ll look specifically into FM synthesis, as well as the basics of starting out with a looped sample.

FM Synthesis


If you’ve got a two oscillator synthesizer you’re on your way to creating some great pads. Ideally, we’ll be working with at least two oscillators that can be adjusted in contrast to each other to create a robust, full-sounding final product. If possible, set how many voices each oscillator produces to build a sound that’s as delicate (fewer voices) or intense (more voices) as you’d like. 

When building this signal for your pads, any waveforms will work. It’s all up to your personal preference. If you’re just getting into FM synthesis, try different combinations of sine, triangle, saw, or square waves. Sine waves provide the least abrasive sound, they’re the most similar to an acoustic instrument, whereas saw waves in particular provide a nice grittiness that will sound really nice with the reverb you’ll be adding later. 

White noise may also be added to create additional texture in your synthesizer signal, as desired. This will be most favorable if you only end up applying moderate levels of delay and reverb processing, as opposed to a delay where the feedback is set to 100% and the reverb is 100% wet.

Similarly, ADSR controls will be set to balance the effects levels, with the singular exception of the attack control. A slower or faster attack will create a very different effect in your pads. If you’re not familiar with this control, be sure to check it out and see if you want your notes’ attack to be immediate or slow growing.

All other parameters beyond these synthesis fundamentals can be applied to either synthesized or sampled audio just as easily.

Starting With a Sample

A unique sample can create a pad that sounds completely different from one that’s made from an oscillator. While the oscillator provides absolute control over every aspect of the sound, opting for a sample source like a human voice provides an element of warmth that can’t be created by a machine. Choosing your sound source correctly means a lot of time saved, vs starting with the wrong source and trying to fix the sound with processing.

Once you’ve found a sound you like, crop the sample to just that noise, loop it, and fade the ends so that the noise becomes a continuous sustaining sound.

The final step in bringing your sample up to speed with a synthesized signal is very important not to skip. Remember to use pitch correction on your sample so that it sounds in tune and can be played as notes with the rest of your track.

Effects & Signal Processing

Delay

Bring your pads to life with a great delay.  Tape delay sounds, analog replicas, and distinctly digital-sounding VSTs can all work wonders and provide plenty of options. Play with the rate on your delay and adjust to your preference; the right delay pulse can be an essential component of a good pad. Feedback will be another knob to keep an eye on, and something you should get ready to adjust and you bring on the reverb.

Reverb

Once you join reverb with your delay, your pads should be sounding like the dreamy soundscape that you’re been looking for. Turn up the room size and tinker with your other settings to create a steady signal flow that fills the space to your preference. For the washiest, most reverb-soaked pads possible, turn your dry signal all the way down and wet signal all the way up.

Detuning

Detuning one of multiple voices in your pads can create a dramatic effect on the sound of your pads. It only takes a few cents to make a noticeable difference.

Panning

While panning isn’t technically signal processing, the panning you dial in for your pads is another excellent tool at your disposal for creating your unique sound. Pan the signal out wide, or keep it narrow. Automate the panning to change over time, or use a ping-pong delay for a delay that incorporates panning.

Filters

Use pass or shelf filters to color your signal according to taste. Subtractive filtration or the addition of resonance can completely transform your sound.

LFOs can be used on filters or even on pitch modulation to create dramatic motion in your pads. A sine wave is an obvious choice for your LFO, but other waveforms may work surprisingly well for the adventurous sound designer. 

Manually automating motion in your filter cutoff is a fantastic way to create a feeling for forward movement in your pads. A slow, steady, automated change in your filter’s settings can be very effective in conveying emotion and momentum, as if it’s taking you somewhere, leading you into the next sequence of your composition.

Friday, 12 March 2021
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New Feature Release: Manage Subscribers Panel and Annual Subscription Billing Cycles

We’re very excited to announce two powerful new enhancements in the e-commerce suite!

Manage Subscription Status and Download Credits

The e-commerce panel now features a new sub-tab called Manage Subscribers.

From this page, site administrators can look up any user account and see all the details of any active subscription. Start typing in a user’s name or email and you’ll see their name, email, subscription plan name and status, the number of download credits the user currently has available on their account, and an option to terminate the user’s subscription. 

When viewing a user’s currently allotted download credits, you can change that number and click save to adjust the number of download credits available. Issue or revoke credits at any time to make refunds or account adjustments seamless and hassle-free.

Offer Annual, Quarterly, or Any Multi-Monthly Billing Cycles

E-commerce subscription plans can bill and renew on any monthly basis. For example, a subscription plan can renew every one month, every two months, every three months, etc.

Set long-term, bulk plans at a discount to lock-in big clients. You can even offer a yearly plan of equivalent value to a monthly plan at a discounted price to entice a buyer into signing up for longer.

Set a plan’s billing and renewal cycle during its creation process in Braintree. Log in at braintreepayments.com, then go to Subscriptions > Plans > New Plan, where you’ll see the Billing Cycle field to bill every _ months.

If you’re unfamiliar with Braintree or want to learn more about e-commerce, check out our complete guide to the e-commerce suite powered by Braintree.

Sunday, 28 February 2021
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