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Songstuff Soundbank

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Songstuff Soundbank

On 1st September we will be launching the Songstuff Soundbank, a collection of instrument samples and custom loops, sound FX and more... and it will be absolutely FREE to forum members.

We will be expanding the Soundbank with more and more samples as time progresses and we are very willing to take requests.

I hope you enjoy this new service and as ever welcome your feedback and comments!

john

Rob Hoogers (board member Roflcopter) has joined the site staff as a designer and developer. He brings a lot of experience with web technology and a very creative mind to the role. As such Rob will be producing some tutorials on making videos, plus the development of some excellent free tools/services that we hope to provide in the near future.

You can find out more about Rob Here:

Roflcopter

Please join me in welcoming him to his new role!

(apologies to Rob and everyone else for the delay in posting this announcement!)

john

Cutting Room - New Board!

We have introduced a new board... The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room is about all aspects of making movies, though with the focus on making videos for your music. A great place to both showcase and to get critique plus tips and advice on creative ideas and technical methodology.

Please support this board as best you can as it could be a significant benefit to our community and may just help you to make a great video for your music!

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We have installed a shout box on the forum!

You should find it towards the bottom of most pages.

Use the shoutbbox to send instant messages to all other members.

You should also now see a Shoutbox menu item in the top menus (on the right hand side). This link gives you access to view the shoutbox usage stats.

Have fun!

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Due to a variety of reasons we have taken the decision to cancel the site Summer Meeting, scheduled for 22nd to 24th August 2008.

There were too few actual Songstuffers who were going to attend and svereal who were uncertain. This on it's own makes the event unviable in the form it was going to take place.

We will learn from this experience by consulting with members so that if we consider further events we can take that into account.

One possibility that has been suggested is the possibility of a variety of informal local meets, but that will be discussed on the boards.

I am sorry for any onconvenience that this may cause any individual members.

Songstuff

Bugs Fixed:

1. when editing artist pages where artist info was not displayed has been fixed.

Stored artist page data was not effected. The problem was solely related to retrieving the information to display in the admin area.

2. new song links were not being displayed

stored links were stored, just not being displayed. This issue is now fixed.

We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused. We remain commited to improving both the usability and functionality of all Songstuff features.

Please report any bugs you may encounter in our issue tracker:

http://forums.songstuff.com/index.php?autocom=tracker

Songstuff

We have been working on improvements to artist page management:

Streamlining of navigation - removed artist selection

We are currently working on:

Artist page view editing

Image Upload

Removing artist page approval

Further Planned Work

Member pages for fans, individual musicians and music industry

Member message box

Gig Info

Press Pack

Blog Support

Fan List

Songstuff

New Features

New Default Style

Themes and Custom Headers

Content Block Plugin System

Social Bookmarks

Media Integration

Akismet Integration

Feedburner Integration

Other Changes:

Edit Entry Date

Display article count for categories

Blog Offline Mode

Entry author replies in comments are now highlighted

Detail

New Default Style

Blog has been overhauled with a fresh style, one which feels more like a traditional blog. Additionally, it has been designed with themes (see below) in mind, so there is plenty of room for future designs.

Themes and Custom Headers

We can now install 'theme packs' and allow users to choose which of these themes will be applied to their blog. Using themes you can completely change the look and layout of an individual blog. Users are also able to create their own unique theme, these user themes must be approved by an adminstrator before they are publically viewable by other users. The new custom header system allows us to create multiple header images for users to choose from.

Content Block Plugin System

It's now much easier to create custom content blocks, using a new plugin system. It's now possible to define settings for a plugin that apply to individual blogs, this means that we can integrate with 3rd party widgets that require a unique username for each blog. There are also included new content blocks in this release: Twitter, MyBlogLog, Google Reader, Friends Blogs, and Recent Visitors.

Social Bookmarks

A new bookmark manager allows us to define bookmark services for your blog system. These services will allow blog entries to be easily submitted to the bookmark services that you setup. There are several preconfigured services: Del.icio.us, Digg, Facebook, Mixx, Reddit, and Stumbleupon.

Media Integration

The new tag allows you to automatically convert various media types into a more useable format. FOr example, [ blogmedia ]http://www.test.com/somemp3.mp3[/ blogmedia] would be converted into a mp3 player for the specified file. By default we include: Flickr Image Set, GameTrailers, Google Video, MP3 Player, MySpace Video, Veoh, and YouTube.

Akismet Integration

It's now possible to use Akismet to filter spam for both the comment and trackback system. (not enabled yet, wehn it is trackbacks will be activated)

Feedburner Integration

Users can now override the default rss syndication and use FeedBurner.

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A Change For The Better?

In recent times there's been some real changes in the music industry as bands try to woo fans. More than that they are wooing online shoppers by trying to demonstrate an understanding of fans by taking a stance against unreasonable profits of record companies. They are giving away freebies and unusually that includes their music. Does this demonstrate a new understanding of their fans or is it simply just a marketing ploy?

I may be cynical, but the music industry has been looking for new ways to bring their profits back up and to increase their market share. Illegal free downloads and a changing market place have already caused cuts in music industry jobs, and I'm sure there will be more. More to the point the shareholders won't be pleased.

So how has the music industry tried to adapt? No more are tours seen as simply marketing exercises by the business. Ticket prices have sky-rocketed, and merchandising prices are ridiculous. Image is everything and brand derivatives are gold dust. Give away music, let fans set the price they want to pay for an album. When the supposed rapport between labels and artists gets in the way of profit use the age old music marketing tool of controversy to win fans. Music is fast becoming the nice-to-have added extra to support the overall celebrity package; the spin doctors are working overtime.

For a long time people were under the mistaken belief that the music industry was about the music. Music is just the product and the hook and the bottom line is profit. For a long time the industry has been about smoke and mirrors, lies, rumours and insinuation all in the name of money. With today's artists being more business savy than ever before you can guarrantee it's not just the labels. Sure there might be those that dabble with the odd rebellion, but so many are addicted to fame, celebrity and the lifestyle they'll do anything for their next fix. Well that and contractual obligations!

As bands and labels continue to experiment I'm sure some things may improve, but the cracks are showing and some are pretty big. As long as the general public places such stock in celebrity I'm afraid music will just have to sit in the passenger seat.

Songstuff

Band Promo Videos

Over the last year there has been a big increase in the number of bands making promo videos, but not much in the way of help or critique.

Look no further:

http://forums.songstuff.com/forum/86-the-cutting-room/

The Cutting Room is available for bands and artists to post links to their promo videos and get help from other artists and video makers to hone their videos into professional standard products.