Bandsintown partners with Twitch to promote artists’ live streams in wake of coronavirus

Bandsintown is supporting independent artists with a feature that pushes out a ‘watch live’ notification when performers are live streaming shows on Twitch. These notifications pop up on Bandsintown, Facebook pages, Instagram Stories and other places that show Bandsintown listings. These live streams are humorously being referred to as ‘quaranstreams’, as COVID-19 forces musicians inside….

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Sony FlowMachines plug-in uses AI to help producers make beats

Sony Computer Science Laboratories has announced its launch of FlowMachines, an AI-assisted music production project. FlowMachines runs as a plug-in inside a DAW and presents multiple choices of chord progressions, melodies and basslines for the user to drag and drop into a session as MIDI data. Initially launched as an R&D and social implementation project,…

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Tracktion updates its DAWs, Waveform Free and Waveform Pro 11

We’ve praised Tracktion’s Waveform on RoyalAudio before, saying it was “one of the easiest DAWs to use”, and the company appears to stay focused on maintaining that approach. Not just with Waveform Pro 11, but also with Waveform Free, claiming on its website that it’s “the world’s best, fully-featured, completely unlimited free DAW for all…

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SoundCloud rolls out new Artist Shortcuts feature for iOS app

SoundCloud is rolling out a new feature for its iOS app called Artist Shortcuts, which lets fans see new content from their favourite artists, the moment they open their apps. With Artist Shortcuts, SoundCloud aims to give music makers a direct line to their fans. The feature notifies users of newly uploaded or reposted tracks…

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5 essential bass plug-ins

Now that we’ve learned about why bass matters, let’s take a look at which plug-ins you should consider purchasing to make that low end rumble. Modo Bass by IK Multimedia This extraordinary bass plug-in captures 12 iconic instruments and has a range of customisable options that include performance controls and picking location. It’s worth considering…

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Korg and Roland formally accused by CMA of illegally preventing discounts

The UK CMA (Competitive Markets Authority) has “provisionally found” that Roland and Korg could be fixing prices and illegally preventing discounts on their products. Casio and Fender faced financial penalties last year after investigations into anticompetitive activities in the musical instrument market. The CMA is yet to announce its final conclusion on Roland and Korg,…

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