News, Updates & Other Good Stuff

12
May
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NEW: All Languages & Characters Now Supported on All SourceAudio Sites

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» Administer, Manage, and Present Your Site in Any Language

Do you need a version of your site to appear in a specific language? Do you have 3rd party agents or partners in foreign territories who need to present your music and metadata in their local language? If you answered "yes" to either of those questions, this new powerful & flexible platform enhancement will solve all of your foreign and local language issues. As of today all SourceAudio sites can be fully customized to display ALL languages and characters. This isn't just a typical translation tool we've all seen before that misses many of the language nuances that translators can't catch. This new tool empowers you to take full control and customize your site to meet your specific foreign language needs.

One important point of clarification: Sites can only be managed and displayed in one language. This new enhancement is not a dynamic, geo-location-based language presentation feature; this is a tool that allows you or your partners to manage and control stand-alone, distinct SourceAudio sites in any foreign language which is the only way to ensure that your site and language always display perfectly.

» Metadata, Navigation Elements, & More -- It's All Supported

Using the new foreign language enhancement is as easy as managing your site and metadata English, with just one slight workflow modification needed when it comes to your metadata. Here's how it works:

Site Elements: To change the text/language on your site elements like field names, site organization labels etc. just go into the "Terminology" section within the Appearance tab under Edit Site Settings in your Admin Panel. Type in the foreign language equivalent to all of the terms displayed, click "Save Changes", and you're set.

Metadata: To import your metadata in a foreign language via spreadsheet, save your .csv in "UTF-8" format (easily done in Excel, Google Spreadsheets etc.) and import it as you would import any other spreadsheet on your site. To edit your metadata on individual tracks or by using the rules tool, simply use the in-page editing tools as you normally would in English.

» Questions About Foreign Language Support & Possibilities?

We'd love to hear your questions about our new foreign language enhancements and the international opportunities it can open up for you. Contact us anytime and one of our team members will get back to you right away.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

7
Jan
0

New: Add Comments to Tracks at Specific Points Within Their Timelines

Leave comments for your users & clients to see at specific points in your track's timelines.

Leave comments for your users & clients to see at specific points in your track timelines

Help Your Clients Find What They're Looking for Faster

We're really excited about this new feature and we're happy to get it into your hands today. Admins can now post and pin comments to specific points within a track's timeline so that your users and clients can quickly identify and jump to the key spots in the song you'd like them to hear. You can leave as many comments on a single song as you'd like and you can edit or delete past comments at any time. Comments are visible to all site users and they display on both the track details page and the waveform line listing view of track list pages (see above and below). Any Admin who has comment capabilities enabled (see Admin-role-access post) can post , edit and delete comments on your site.

 

Comments also appear in the waveform view of track list pages.

Comments also appear in the waveform view of track list pages.

How Do I Post, Edit and Delete Comments?

To post a new comment: Go to the track details page of the song you'd like to comment on by clicking on the track's title. Just above the waveform on the right you'll notice the new comment form field, the "at" field,  and a "Post Comment" button. Simply type your comment into the new field, indicate the point in the timeline (at mm:ss) that you'd like the comment to appear, click "Post Comment" and you're done. Once the comment is posted you and your users will notice a new small marker appearing in the timeline where you placed the comment. As the song plays past the comment marker a new comment bubble overlay will appear to reveal your notes and comments to your users.

To edit or delete a comment: When the comment bubble appears you'll notice two links on the bottom left of the module -- Edit Comment & Delete Comment. Click on each of these and follow the prompts to edit or remove an existing comment.

We hope you get a lot of great use out of this new comments feature. Go comment away!

 

6
Jan
0

New Feature: Create and Manage Admin-Level Access Roles Within Your Site

Allow access to specific tools for each type of user on your site

Allow access to specific tools for each type of user on your site

All Admins Are Not Always Equal

Companies and teams have members and role players that need varying levels of access to the systems they interact with on a regular basis. Until now, all SourceAudio sites came with one level of Administrator Access: Full access to everything. We're happy to announce the launch of our new "Admin Roles" tool that allows you to create your own admin-level roles, define the tools & settings each role can access, and then apply that role to individual users.

Here's a quick example of the new tool in action: Say you have a sales team that needs access to user stats, creating & managing users, and publishing and tracking playlists but you don't want them to be able to edit or delete music from the site. With this new Admin Roles tool you can hide the upload tool and the ability to edit or remove tracks completely from all salespersons on your site. You never have to worry about someone touching something they shouldn't touch ever again!

Admin-Level Controls

Access to the following tools & features can now be granted or restricted from any admin user on your site:

  • Change Site Settings including Access, Layout, Appearance etc.
  • Edit Home Page/Custom Pages
  • Edit Metadata and Add/Remove Tracks
  • Feature Content/Publish Playlists
  • Manage Other Admin Users
  • Manage Buyers, Syndication, & Requests
  • Manage Licensing (for those with online licensing turned on)
  • Create & Manage Users
  • Send and Embed tracks & Manage Comments

How To Use This New Tool

Setting up new roles and applying them to users is simple. To get started go to Admin Panel > Manage Users > Admin Roles and follow these steps:

1. Click the "Create Admin Role" button and you will see the "Select Role Options" area appear.

2. Name your new admin role. Something simple like "Salesperson" that can be applied to each of your salespeople who, for example, don't need upload access, site setting access, etc. would make sense.

3. Check the box next to each admin tool & feature that you would like to enable for this new role. Save the new admin role at the bottom when you're done making these selections.

4. To apply this new role to a user, go to the Edit Users tab also within the Manage Users section of the Admin Panel. Look up the user you wish to edit, click on their name, scroll down to the "Admin Permissions" drop-down, and select the Admin Role you wish to apply to this user. Click "Save Changes" at the bottom and you're all done!

Enjoy this great new feature and stay tuned for more exciting stuff coming at you very soon!

 

22
Nov
0

Alpha Music Libraries: An Exciting New Partnership & A Massive New Opportunity in Radio

Alpha Music Libraries: The Biggest, Newest, and Freshest Product in Radio

Alpha Music Libraries: The Biggest, Newest, and Freshest Product in Radio

How does it work?

 

SourceAudio’s Technology

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Premium Music from Our Member Publishers & Libraries

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Premiere’s Top-Notch Affiliate Relations Team

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= The Ultimate Solution for Distributing and Licensing Music to Radio

How It Works

Premiere Networks has partnered with SourceAudio to distribute the "Alpha Music Libraries" to radio, the largest collection of production music libraries ever offered to the radio market. Alpha Music Libraries is a unique, radio-specific search and distribution system on the SourceAudio platform that will offer radio stations access to potentially hundreds of production music libraries, many of which have never been marketed to North American radio before. SourceAudio's cloud-based search and delivery system + Premiere's Affiliate Relations team make selling, deploying, tracking, reporting, collecting, and paying out on radio barter blanket deals easier than ever before.

Participation in the Alpha Music Libraries program is open to all member libraries that are on (or planning to be on) SourceAudio's cloud-based delivery system. Non-exclusive or sub-published libraries are not eligible and not all music is perfect for radio, so inclusion in the program will be determined after your application has been completed & submitted and our partners have had a chance to evaluate your content.

A True Win-Win

All libraries included in the Alpha Music Libraries program can expect to achieve more reach and exposure to radio than they ever had before. Best of all, participating libraries who never had the opportunity or infrastructure to trade in the barter business will instantly be able to participate in the barter model and start earning revenue from radio station customers every quarter. Radio stations get the best new music they need for their commercials, promos & other spots, and SourceAudio member libraries have the chance to achieve instant, nationwide exposure to radio station clusters and markets of all sizes.

How To Apply for Inclusion in the Program

First, make sure you have an active site on the SourceAudio network. Within your Admin Panel, go to the new section on the left called “Programs & Opportunities”. Inside this new section you will see the “Alpha Music Libraries” program details and highlights. Whenever you’re ready to review the agreement, click the “Apply” button to the right. Review the agreement, click the button to agree to the terms of the agreement, and we’ll be notified of your submitted application. Once your music is reviewed by our partners and is deemed useful for radio-specific purposes, we will notify you of your inclusion in the program. It’s really that simple.

When Does Alpha Music Libraries Officially Launch?

We will be collecting and reviewing applications throughout the month of December. We are simultaneously working with Premiere's excellent marketing and sales teams to finish up all of the materials they'll need to take Alpha Music Libraries to market and begin selling it on January 1, 2014. So get your applications in now and be sure to have your music considered for inclusion in the program. Every library/publisher included gets paid, guaranteed! So what are you waiting for? Check out the details in your Programs & Opportunities section of your Admin Panel and get started today!

 

27
Sep
0

Moving Beyond Search: The New Integrated Pitch and Request System

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New Landing Page on all SourceAudio Buyer Sites

Opening Up New Opportunities for Everyone on the Platform

Powerful music search is a baseline requirement for all of us which is why we're proud of the metadata and SonicSearch technologies that power the SourceAudio platform. Search plays a critical role on both the buy and sell sides of our music licensing and content production businesses. But, there are additional ways we can connect buyers and sellers on our platform that don't rely purely upon search and discovery. We are proud to announce the new Pitch & Request System integrated into ever single SourceAudio site.

Everyone in our space is familiar with sending or receiving music requests which initiates usually a phone or email exchange, a music search, and then a music pitch. SourceAudio's new Pitch & Request System replicates this real-world experience, but we make it faster, easier, and we open up both buyers and sellers to an ocean of new opportunities.

Here's How It Works:

Buyers on the SourceAudio platform - entertainment marketing companies, production companies, ad agencies, and more - have a new landing page that presents them with two simple options: Search or Get Pitched. When "Search" is selected they simply enter their SourceAudio site as usual and begin their search on their own. When "Get Pitched" is selected they are taken to the new Pitch Request form you can see right here:

 

The New Pitch Request Form On All SourceAudio Buyer Sites

The New Pitch Request Form On All SourceAudio Buyer Sites

Music Buyers will describe their music needs in this simple form. The following information will be collected:

  • Request/Project Title
  • Max budget
  • Description of their music needs + musical references like YouTube links if they have any available
  • Documents such as briefs can be uploaded and attached to the request submission as well
  • Buyers can then hand-pick the publishers they wish to receive this request, or they can easily submit it to every single publisher/seller on the network

What Music Sellers Can Expect

When a new music request has been posted it will go out via email to every publisher/seller included by the buyer in the Pitch Request form. Sellers will simply follow the link in the email to visit the Request Detail Page where they can see all of the parameters and needs for the request. Here is what an example Pitch Detail Page looks like:

Review the Pitch Request and Respond Quickly With Playlists, Albums or Tracks

Review the Pitch Request and Respond Quickly With Playlists, Albums or Tracks

Responding to requests and pitching tracks couldn't be easier. At the bottom of the Pitch Detail Page is the Music Pitch Form. To respond to this request with your music pitch, simply paste one of the following links from your own SourceAudio site into the form:

  • A single track
  • A playlist
  • An album

Add a short comment at the bottom of the form, click the "Submit My Pitch" button, and you're done. The buyer will instantly receive an email including your music pitch link, your comments, and then of course your contact info should they wish to contact you about your music and their project.

Final Thought

This new Pitch and Request System launch is Phase 1 of 2 for what we have planned. Phase 2, set to launch in November, will include a new Pitch Request Center located at SourceAudio.com. Anyone in need of music - a SourceAudio network or non-member - can fill out a general Pitch Request Form and music publishers/sellers on the platform will have the opportunity to pitch music for these new opportunities as well. It will open up a ton of new opportunities for everyone on the network.

So, post your requests, submit your pitches and discover new opportunities to connect with other members of the SourceAudio network! Best of luck to everyone!

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