News, Updates & Other Good Stuff

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.

12
Mar
0

New Feature: YouTube Content ID System Revenue & Reporting Dashboard

SourceAudio makes earning revenue on your music in the YouTube Content ID System easier than ever

SourceAudio makes earning revenue on your music in the YouTube Content ID System easier than ever

 

SourceAudio already makes participation in the YouTube Content ID system simpler than ever and we've just taken it one step further:  Tap into detailed revenue & performance reporting with our fully-integrated reporting dashboard that's now available to all Admins on the network. With this new reporting dashboard you can have a live look into your total revenue earned to date, the total number of videos you have claimed in the system, your top performing videos & tracks, and detailed monthly revenue reports.

For those of you who are already enrolled in the YouTube Content ID System program through SourceAudio, you can see your reports right now in the new "YouTube Content ID" section of your Admin Panel. You'll have historical performance data in there right now so have a look and pull any reports you need. For those of you who aren't on board with SourceAudio's YouTube Content ID System program you're probably missing out on this great revenue stream for your business. SourceAudio makes file uploading and video claiming easier than ever - just contact Dan or Andrew to let them know you'd like to get started and we'll take it from there. No need to provide updated hard drives or anything on your end - we've got your music files on our cloud servers already so the hard part is already done. We'll sync your music over to the YouTube Content ID System and you can simply sit back and watch your revenue performance through this new dashboard and reporting feature. We know there are several libraries already on board who are earning thousands of dollars each month through this program so if you want in on the action and you'd like to track your performance through this great new reporting tool just let us know and we'll get you all set up!

 

5
Feb
0

How-To of the Week: Using Your Site’s Marketing-Focused Home Page Experience

No need to run 2 sites in parallel - SourceAudio provides more than just music search and delivery

There's no need to run 2 sites in parallel - SourceAudio provides more than just music search and delivery

A fairly common question we get from clients is, "How do I integrate my SourceAudio site into my main site so that it feels like it's all part of the same site experience?". We know that libraries and publishers have business needs to support beyond music search and delivery. Running two sites in parallel has its obvious issues and creates a disjointed experience. So, we have 2 great solutions that will allow you to manage just 1 single site on the SourceAudio platform and it will give you the ability to meet all of your business needs in one single location:

Solution 1: The built-in home page experience

We created this tool to allow site owners to create a marketing-focused home page that integrates many marketing-centric features nicely into the front-door of your music search and delivery site. Here are two working examples of sites that have their built-in home page experiences set up nicely:

To get started with this feature on your own site just go to Admin Panel > Custom Pages > Home, and you'll see the tools for each page section right there. You can also easily create new custom pages for things like contact info, video reel embedding etc. in that Custom Pages section too. The home page and custom page tools use a simple WYSIWYG interface that allows you to do pretty much anything you'd like to do on your home page and custom pages. From publishing blog posts to embedding music & video players to posting basic details about your company and how to contact you, the home page and custom page tools allow you to do everything. Here is a quick video walk-through on how to set up your new built-in home page experience:

Solution 2: Custom Development Services

Some libraries, publishers and composers want an even more custom front end on their home page so for these clients we offer our custom development services to help them achieve their goals. Here's a great example of one site on our platform that gave us a great front end design and our dev team integrated it into their site's home page: Noise Heap . The nice guys at Noise Heap provided us with the design and our development team pulled it together for them. We're all really happy with it.

To proceed with this custom home page option we simply encourage you to find a designer, work on your ideal page layout, look and feel, and then contact one of us over here at SourceAudio to obtain a quote.

If you have any questions about how to tap into everything SourceAudio offers you to achieve your desired results for an integrated home page experience, feel free to contact us at anytime!

 

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