So will SoundCloud’s subscription service turn things around for them?


You’ve probably heard about SoundCloud’s new subscription service, SoundCloud Go. They posted about it on their blog and emailed account holders too. It’s a big deal for them, but nothing that we weren’t expecting really. So far the new subscription service is only available in the US, which is understandable really as it’s probably their biggest market. But the big question is, will it work? That’s the massive question actually, and one I’m sure that they’ve spent an enormous amount of time thinking through.

But what does this mean for the likes of us who regularly use SoundCloud with our apps and music? Well I have to say that I don’t think they’ve made it entirely clear as yet. From their somewhat less than helpful ‘help pages’ it seems that unless you’re a premier artist (a status that is currently only available by invite only right now) you won’t get anything at all. The ‘On SoundCloud’ programme will apparently open up at some point but they’re not clear about the actual timescales for that as yet.

So for now it appears that as a creator you’ll only have the ability to choose as to whether or not your tracks are available for offline listening, but no cash. Not for a while anyway unless you’re lucky enough to get the special invite.

As far as I’m concerned that doesn’t sound amazing from a creator’s perspective. More importantly it doesn’t mention anything about SoundCloud Pro users. I had thought that maybe they’d make some kind of offer for existing SoundCloud Pro users seeing as how we already pay to be Pro users. However, I can find no mention of that anywhere so far. All I can assume is that you have to pay for both, which can’t be right can it?

Finally I’d like to have a think about whether or not users, whether they’re creators or listeners or both, will actually pay for it. From a personal perspective I know that it isn’t something I’d be willing to pay for, certainly now without some kind of significant discount for already being a Pro user anyway. That’s one stumbling block and I doubt that I’m the only Pro user who would feel that way. The next issue is that lots of people already have streaming service accounts elsewhere. Yes, it’s almost certainly true to say that they won’t have access to the same range of music if their using Spotify or Apple Music.

I know that it’s early days so far, but I’m not sure that this is the ray of hope for SoundCloud that I’d wished for. Perhaps it’ll improve, perhaps more will become clear in the following days and weeks. I really hope so anyway.

Anyway, those are my views for now, what do you think?

DRC update is mainly fixes but has some nice stuff too

Here’s what’s new in 1.0.1:

  • Added master volume meter
  • Enhanced controls for octave up/down on chorder
  • Performance improvements
  • Added transport controls for IAA
  • Fixed bug that would cause a stuck note when using Chorder and the finger was lifted outside the strum area
  • Fixed bug that prevented receiving midi control changes from other channel than 1
  • Fixed bug that prevented from correctly increasing voices number under app settings
  • Fixed bug on caused erratic behaviour on pitch bend down
  • Fixed bug that caused a stuck note if arp was disabled while arp note was playing
  • Fixed bug that prevented patches from being saved on Android
  • Chorder and keyboard now send MIDI out
  • Fixed bug that prevented DRC loading as in-app audio on Cubasis
  • Fixed bug that prevent app from proposing tempo to Ableton Link sessions
  • Fixed bug that would override link session tempo when browsing patches
  • Prevented from showing Ableton Link settings option on iOS version prior to 8.0

Video: Deerful – Moon Maps

I had to post this video as it’s by my friend Deerful. It’s a lovely video and a great song.

Also, the track was made with NanoStudio!

Video: Audulus – 5U Module Preview

Video description:

“This is a preview of some of the new modules and techniques that are coming in an update for Audulus 3. Lots of overdrive; plenty of modulation.”

Video published by Bimini Road.

Audulus on the app store:

Blamsoft updates its excellent audio units to be universal

If you didn’t know any of these audio units FX apps from Blamsoft then you should really take a look, especially as now they’re all now universal.

The range comprises:

They are all really worth taking a look at.

Video: SunVox: How to Make a Dubstep Bass

Video description:

“Used modules: FM, Filter, WaveShaper, Flanger, Reverb, Distrotion.”

Video published by Alexander Zolotov.

SunVox on the app store:

TAAE2 is coming

It’s probably more of interest to developers than to app users, but it’ll be something that users will be very glad of I’m sure. If you want to know more about TAAE2 (The Amazing Audio Engine 2) then take a look here.

Video: Launchpad MIDI Sync Output Setup – haQ attaQ 132

Video description:

“Launchpad MIDI Sync Output is now available to us via an IAP (in-app-purchase) and it enables us to send MIDI clock sync out to other apps. This episode of haQ attaQ is a tutorial on how to do just that!”

Video published by Jakob Haq.

Launchpad on the app store:

YouCompose gets on the bus!

It isn’t too often that I get to post that an existing app is on the bus, but here we are. YouCompose gets on the bus today. Here’s what’s new with the app:

  • Audiobus
  • AudioCopy
  • Exporting audio files
  • Audio engine improvements

YouCompose is now Audiobus compatible. YouCompose acts as an input app in Audiobus. In Audiobus and Audiobus Remote it offers the standard ‘Play/Stop’ and ‘Rewind’ buttons. Additionally in Audiobus Remote YouCompose offers 4 remote triggers that allow you to adjust the reverb and output levels.

AudioCopy is supported now. You can select a movement, part, segment or fragment to be copied to the AudioCopy clipboard. With AudioCopy you can easily upload a composition to SoundCloud.

Exporting audio files from a movement, part, segment or fragment to other apps is possible now. This includes MIDI files, aac, m4a, aiff, caf and wav files. The m4a file will contain iTunes data ‘album’, ‘album artist’, ‘artist’, ‘composer‘ (if defined), ‘user comment‘ with the date and time of the exported file, ‘song name’, ‘genre’, ‘track’ numbers, ‘lyrics‘ (when present) and a YouCompose icon as artwork.

The audio engine is improved to avoid clipping in some instruments and to provide background audio even when your screen is locked.

YouCompose on the app store:

Video: Sneak Peek: Shoom for iPad

Video description:

“Coming soon to the App Store…” (yes that’s all the description in the video)

The site says …

Shoom, full audio range triple-synth playground for iPad.

It’s coming from the maker of Xynthesizr.

Video published by Yuri Turov.

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