News, Updates & Other Good Stuff

20
Mar
0

Q1 Platform Updates: Speed, Playlists, Monitoring, and the Adobe Panel

The SourceAudio dev team has been building some really exciting stuff for all of us to tap into effective immediately. The last item you'll see here -- the highly anticipated Adobe Panel -- is in private beta right now and will be available to everyone very, very soon. Check out how we enhanced the value of the platform this quarter!

• You can now include alternate versions of tracks in playlists

When you create a new playlist click the "Include alternate versions" and your site automatically nests all alternate versions available for each track inside the playlist. Save time without having to add each alt version one-by-one! This became a frequent request and we're excited to let all of you have it!

• Added dynamic graphs to the Music Stats page in the admin panel

In the past our graphs and charts in the stats section of the Admin Panel were cached and didn't update in real-time. Now they load independently of the page and pull the most recent data we have for you.

• Improved speeds on our already speedy file watermarker

For those of you who use SourceAudio Detect, our broadcast monitoring service, we've made the instant watermark injection system even faster than before. Unique watermarks are injected upon upload and we've sped this process up for everyone.

• Released v2 of our Detect monitoring system adding more channels!

Again for our Detect users, we upgraded our entire monitoring network to be more scaleable and we added a handful of new channels that we monitor 24/7!

• The SourceAudio Adobe Panel is coming...

We saved the best for last! Every SourceAudio user and site owner will now be able to access their own/their favorite SourceAudio site from within the Adobe Premiere/Audition panel. Editors, producers, podcasters, and content creators will never have to leave the Adobe environment again to go find that perfect track for their project. We're incredibly excited about this one and have a full announcement on the capabilities coming soon. Key features include:

  • Search for music to find the perfect track for your project and drag it right into your timeline
  • Receive and access playlists for quick supervisor/editor/team collaboration
  • Instantly export PRO-formatted cue sheets (huge!)
  • Track your play history so you never lose that perfect track for your project
  • View all tracks you've used in the project so they're all visible in one location
  • Easy-to-use interface that you can expect from SourceAudio (Click the image below for a full-size sneak peek!):

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17
Oct
0

October Platform Updates — Big Things Happening

We're excited to tell you all about what we've been up to over here over since the redesign. Everything we're doing is laser-focused on empowering you to better serve your clients, make fast & customized pitches, manage & distribute your music in the most efficient way possible, and provide you with new ways and opportunities to monetize your catalog through impactful programs and opportunities we can bring to you. With that said, here's what's happening!

A great new feature...

Playlist-specific comments -- Prior to this feature when you posted a comment in the timeline of a song it was visible to everyone. Now when you're making and sending playlists you can make comments that apply only when tracks are viewed in the context of that playlist. This way you can get super focused on what you're trying to get the recipient to hear without having to share that same message with everyone. To add a new playlist specific comment, click on the playlist you'd like to work on. Then, mouse over the track you want to comment on and you'll see a new "Add Comment" button appear right below the waveform. Click that new button and comment away. This new feature is just one more reason why there's no better platform to pitch music supervisors than SourceAudio!

 

What's in the works...

Adobe Panel integration -- We're close to the beta launch of our new SourceAudio Adobe Panel. Editors will be able to access tracks directly inside Adobe Premiere and Adobe Audition. That means your clients can search, audition, and drag & drop tracks right from the SourceAudio cloud into their project timeline without ever leaving their Adobe environment!

 

Creating new markets and opportunities...

Hundreds of thousands of podcasts are being produced in the U.S. Approximately 65 million Americans listen to at least one podcast regularly and audience numbers are growing at double-digit paces year over year. Podcasts overall are coming of age and with more programming -- and advertising -- happening than ever before, more podcast producers need high-quality music to enhance the quality of their productions.

How do you license music to a lot of podcasters at once? What are their budgets? The vast majority of podcasts are hobbyists with almost no budget but they need a way to clear music for their productions too. How can we be sure that every podcast using your music has the appropriate licenses/clearances needed to make sure they're covered? And how do we monitor and verify the actual music used by podcasts for reporting and administration purposes?

The answer is podcastmusic.com, the new service we are launching immediately via the SourceAudio platform. Every publisher/library on the platform has the opportunity to participate and collect money from their music that gets used in podcasts and for the first time ever producers have the ability to license premium-quality music at a fair price and know that they are fully covered from end-to-end.

Stand by for more announcements on podcastmusic.com...we can't wait to create this new market and solve an industry-wide need with all of you as the backbone of this innovative and truly unique new service!

5
Aug
0

Increase Sales With Our New DIY E-Commerce Add-On

SourceAudio, the world’s leading white label  music DAM platform is proud to announce an innovative new “Do It Yourself” e-commerce solution, SourceAudio E-Commerce. The announcement was made today by Geoffrey Grotz, CEO, SourceAudio.

The new SourceAudio e-commerce solution gives music publishers the ability to easily create a digital storefront for synchronized music licensing and digital downloads. The new product supports the integration of 3rd party merchant payment processors such as Paypal, Merchant Services, et al. and all major currencies.

“Before SourceAudio E-Commerce, if you were a music publisher who wanted to make your music available for online license you had to either distribute through a 3rd party service or make a big capital and time investment to build your own platform. With SourceAudio E-Commerce, it is orders of magnitude faster, easier and more affordable than ever for music publishers to create their own online licensing and e-commerce storefront.

SourceAudio E-Commerce also benefits the licensee, particularly for synchronized licensing, where licensees prefer to license directly from the publisher, the copyright owner, and can now do so by taking advantage of the ease and speed that online licensing affords.” -Geoffrey Grotz, CEO SourceAudio

The benefits to SourceAudio clients who wish to add a fully-integrated e-commerce store to their SourceAudio site includes: DIY setup, single track or subscription licensing, a fully customizable rate card builder to define and assign price and usage parameters, and coupon codes by which clients can offer their customers download credits and % discounts on subscriptions.

SourceAudio’s e-commerce service works as an add-on to its subscribers’ SourceAudio sites. The fee is $19 plus 2% of each clients’ total monthly licensing revenue, up to $250,000 in gross monthly sales, which will be added to their monthly charges. After $250,000 in monthly sales, platform subscribers keep 100% of the proceeds.

The end users of SourceAudio e-commerce enabled sites will receive a license when their purchase is complete. SourceAudio platform subscribers can upload their own license agreement during the e-commerce setup process. This license will accompany the invoice delivered to the subscribers’ customers at the end of every transaction. End users can also license more than one track at a time as the SourceAudio e-commerce shopping cart supports the ability to add multiple songs with multiple licensing terms and check them out together, all under one invoice.

15
Feb
0

SourceAudio Detect is Live!

After a Total Success in Beta It's Time to Launch

We’re pleased to report that SA Detect Beta has been a huge success! We have more than 120 companies using the new service and more than 3 million tracks watermarked. We’re currently monitoring over 80 of the top broadcast and cable channels, and on target to be fully monitoring more than 100 within the next 3-5 weeks. We’re capturing thousands of definitive detections daily and that number will rapidly increase as watermark proliferation accelerates and more channels are monitored. We’re successfully determining whether music is used in programs, promos, commercials, or movie trailers on TV. And finally we’ve conformed our detection reports to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC reporting standards, and are meeting with the PROs on a regular basis to ensure our data can be useful to their survey and distribution methods!

Converting from Beta to a New Subscriber: All current Beta subscribers will be unsubscribed and will receive a message telling them so. You will then be prompted to re-activate your account by providing your credit card information. Upon doing so your account will be reactivated immediately and you will begin to be billed a small monthly fee plus pennies per detection [View the Rate Schedule Here »]. We’ve designed our price structure to be more cost effective than alternative solutions and for you to get the most value out of your detections. Plus, we’ve built in a 6 month discounted ramp up period to keep costs down as you disseminate your watermarked files.

Why Use SA Detect?

SourceAudio Detect is the only solution that can automatically identify and distinguish your music performances in:

  • Programming
  • Promos
  • Commercials
  • Trailers

Additionally, only SourceAudio Detect offers you these administrative efficiency benefits:

  • Video clip capture of every single clip your music appears in for easy auditing and/or dispute resolution
  • The ability to export promo logs and cue sheets in a format that's accepted by the PROs today

What's Next?

Next up for SA Detect is:

  • More advanced reporting tools to make your performance verification activities faster, easier, and more accurate than ever before
  • Expansion into Canada
  • Expansion into Europe
  • Expansion into Digital/New Media platforms.

If you’re already enrolled in SA Detect then just sit back and let the reports come in. If you haven't signed up and would like to try it out there’s never any commitment and getting started couldn’t be simpler. Just visit the “SA Detect” section in your Admin Panel to get started today.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Hunter Williams at hunter[at]sourceaudio.com anytime.

13
Oct
0

SourceAudio Supports Single-Sign-On/Shared Authentication

» What is SSO and How Can It Work for My Company?

"Single Sign On"is a session/user authentication process that permits a user to enter one username and password in order to access multiple applications. This means your employees, team members, or partners who have credentials to access your own company systems (like email, etc.) can use those same credentials to login to your SourceAudio site. The benefits of using SSO are:

  • Your employees/team members don't need to remember a unique login for your SourceAudio site -- they login with the credentials they're already using to access their company email etc. on a daily basis.
  • You control your team members' access via your own internal systems so that when new users are added or accounts are deactivated those accounts are instantly enabled/disabled on your SourceAudio site as well.
  • SourceAudio supports a hybrid solution where you can utilize SSO for your own team members while still being able to create individual user accounts via SourceAudio for your clients, partners, agents, freelancers or anyone else who needs access to your site who doesn't have a login for your internal systems.

» SSO/Shared Authentication Configurations We Support

There are many SSO/Shard Authentication configurations available and we currently support what we have found to be the most-widely used: SAML 2.0 and OAuth. If you utilize another configuration and would like to know if SSO/Shared Auth can work for you please contact your SourceAudio rep, provide any specific details/documentation you have on your SSO configuration, and we will get right back to you with further details on how we can proceed with your specific setup.

» How Do I Get Started?

Getting started is simple. Contact your SourceAudio rep today to let them know you're interested in proceeding with an SSO integration. Please provide your standard SSO documentation with your email so we know which configuration you're using. Once we evaluate your documentation we will get right back to you with a time/cost estimate for completing the project. SAML 2.0 and OAth projects tend to be very quick. Others may take longer depending on the method you're using. All SSO projects fall into our custom work category and because they require dedicated development and support, the dev time is billed at $200 per hour.

Feel free to reach out anytime if you have other questions regarding our SSO capabilities!

 

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