News, Updates & Other Good Stuff

22
May
0

Sonic Search Upgrade: Isolate & Search Within Song Segments to Get Even Better Results

Isolate a section of your song that you're specifically looking for

Isolate a section of your seed track and re-initiate Sonic Search on that specific segment only

Sonic Search Just Got Even Better

We know that when you're using music to search for music you're not really looking for an end-to-end match of a full-length 3-minute song. You've got a specific section, verse, build, rise or other identifiable section of the song in mind that you're looking to find similar results for. Sonic Search can only be as good as the information it is provided during the search process so we've added the ability for you to provide us with more information that will help Sonic Search deliver you even better results. As of this morning you can now identify and isolate specific song segments when running a Sonic Search so that we better understand exactly what you're looking for and with that additional detail we can provide you with even better results.

Here's How It Works

  1. Initiate a Sonic Search as you normally would by uploading a MP3 or pasting in a YouTube / Sound Cloud URL into your main search field at the top of your site.
  2. After the seed track is analyzed you'll be directed to the search results page where your seed track will be sitting at the very top of the list. Look for the new little arrow grabbers at the front and back of your seed track's waveform & timeline. Use the grabbers to slide over the waveform and isolate a start point and end point of the specific section you're looking for. When you've isolated the section you'd like to find similar results for, click the big "GO" button on the right and sit back, relax and wait for your new results.

We try to keep everything very simple and intuitive so that's really all there is to it. We hope you enjoy this new upgrade to Sonic Search. Enjoy!

 

 

11
Apr
0

Now Live: Album, Artist, Composer, Label & Catalog Search Results

Now you and your users can easily search for tracks, albums, artists and composers

Now you and your clients can easily search for tracks, albums, artists, composers, labels and catalogs

 

The next time you run a typical keyword/metadata search on your SourceAudio site you'll notice some new tabs in the black bar above the tracks on your search results page. In addition to returning relevant track results, we're now returning Albums, Artists, Composers, Labels and Catalog results for you.

Here's how it works:

Run a keyword/metadata search just like you've always done and you'll be taken to the track results page by default - this hasn't changed. If your search term is related to the name/title, description, or album code (for albums only) of Albums, Artists, Composers, Labels and Catalogs on your site, you'll see new tabs appear for each those content items. If one or more of these new tabs do not appear on a specific search it means that no related items were found for those corresponding content types.

Now you've got the most powerful music search tools available anywhere at your fingertips. From Sonic Search, to Find-As-You-Type, to this new Content Type extension of the search results page, we're confident that you and your clients have all the tools you need to quickly discover what you're looking for!

 

4
Apr
0

New Feature: Find-As-You-Type Search Recommendations

Start typing and your site will begin recommending related search terms and exact matches for you

Start typing and your site will begin recommending related search terms and exact matches for you

 

We are dedicated to constantly improving both our technology and user experience around search because we know that more powerful, accurate, and fast search results are critical for both buyers and sellers. With that in mind, we have just launched our new find-as-you-type search recommendation feature that's now available on every site on the SourceAudio network.

Here's how it works:

Start typing in your main search field at the top of your site. Search by keyword, name, title, or any other field in your metadata. You'll notice that instantly you begin seeing recommended results that correspond to the letters you've typed in, even if your words are incomplete. To select one of the recommended results simply click on it with your mouse or use your keyboard to arrow down to the item you want to select and  hit "Enter". What happens next is great; you'll bypass the standard search results page and go straight to the page for the Album, Artist, Composer, Label, or Track you selected, making searching for and finding exact matches faster and easier than ever before.

You don't want to use one of the recommended results? That's fine too, just keep typing your keywords and run your search like you always have and you'll be taken to the standard search results page you're all accustomed to by now.

One last thing: As always we provide the tools to turn features like this on or off so if you wish to opt out of this feature, just go into Edit Site Settings > Search and you can toggle it on or off right there.

What's Next?

As you know we're never finished with improving the platform and its features so in the near future you'll see what we call "faceted search" become available on all sites. What this means in simple terms is that you'll be able to run a keyword search, see the tracks that are related to your query, but in addition to this you'll also be able to see the Albums, Labels, Artists, and Composers that are relevant and related to your search terms as well. It's a natural extension of our current search user experience and it's coming soon!

 

26
Mar
0

Feature Enhancement: Enhanced Metadata Exporting Tools

 

Now you can easily export subsets of your entire metadata database

Now you can easily export subsets of your entire metadata database

 

We're very happy to announce a small but powerful enhancement to the metadata export tool found in every SourceAudio music search and distribution site. The next time you access your metadata export tool you'll notice that you have a few more options to play with. Instead of downloading your entire database every time you want to work with a spreadsheet, you can now identify subsets of metadata to download to a spreadsheet making metadata updates easier than ever.

With this new tool you can now export spreadsheets by:

  • Individual or multiple catalogs
  • Individual or multiple labels
  • Track publish date ranges

The track publish date ranges are great because if you know you published a bunch of tracks in the past week and only want to work with the metadata on those files, you can go back one week with the date selection tool and export only the metadata for those most recently uploaded and published tracks. This should really speed up the amount of time you spend working on your metadata.

We hope you enjoy this new improvement and as always, there's MUCH more coming soon!

 

15
Mar
0

SourceAudio’s Sonic Search API is Now Available

SourceAudio's Proprietary "Sonic Search" technology can now power 3rd part sites

SourceAudio's Proprietary "Sonic Search" technology can now power 3rd party sites

 

Introducing the new Sonic Search API

SourceAudio's proprietary audio-signal-processing and frequency-analysis search technology called "Sonic Search" -- which already comes standard with every site on our network -- has made another huge leap forward just a few months after its initial launch. Companies who want to tap into all of the benefits of audio-initiated music searching can now integrate the best signal-processing technology available into their own stand-alone site via our new Sonic Search API. Through the API your users will be able to search for music on your own website by uploading an mp3, pasting in a SoundCloud URL, or pasting in a YouTube URL and Sonic Search will return results from your music catalog that are musically similar to the track used to initiate the search. It's really that simple.

How does the API work?

SourceAudio's development team has prepared standard API documentation that any web programming team will be able to follow for seamless integration of Sonic Search into your own site. Once the API is integrated SourceAudio will scan and index each track in your music catalog and then you're ready to go.

Why use Sonic Search?

There are several business, user experience and market-driven reasons why Sonic Search is becoming increasingly important in music licensing.

1. We know that more and more music buyers are looking to sonic matching & signal processing search technologies to aid them in their music searches. Metadata is great, but signal processing + metadata is even better and Sonic Search is the solution.

2. In several head-to-head comparisons against similar technologies, SourceAudio has won out every time in both the quality of the results and the overall user experience.

3. SourceAudio built Sonic Search from scratch, wholly owns every piece of it, and has dedicated development experts in-house who continually update, improve, tweak and perfect the algorithms that deliver you the best search results possible. We're dedicated to maintaing the best signal processing tech available anywhere.

How do I get API access?

Getting API access is simple. Just send an email to our sales team at sales[at]sourceaudio.com or fill out our contact form found here and one of our reps will get back to you right away.

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