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BMG signs deal with sampling service Tracklib

International music company BMG has signed a deal with Tracklib, the Stockholm-based sampling service that has revolutionized sample clearance. BMG will provide a selection of quality music from its massive catalog to be featured on Tracklib, where producers can sample the music and get straightforward clearance in a few clicks, something that historically could take months. 

It’s the latest step in Tracklib’s continuing mission to make music sampling and clearance easy,...

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01/15/2020, BMG signs deal with sampling service Tracklib
01/15/202001/15/2020, BMG signs deal with sampling service Tracklib
Announcement
01/15/2020
Announcement
01/15/2020
International music company BMG has signed a deal with Tracklib, the Stockholm-based sampling service that has revolutionized sample clearance. BMG will provide a selection of quality music from its massive catalog to be featured on Tracklib, where producers can sample the music and get straightforward clearance in a few clicks. MORE» More»

International music company BMG has signed a deal with Tracklib, the Stockholm-based sampling service that has revolutionized sample clearance. BMG will provide a selection of quality music from its massive catalog to be featured on Tracklib, where producers can sample the music and get straightforward clearance in a few clicks, something that historically could take months. 

It’s the latest step in Tracklib’s continuing mission to make music sampling and clearance easy, legal, and affordable. “It’s great to work with BMG, one of the most pro-active music companies in the world, to bring their amazing music to producers everywhere,” says Tracklib co-founder and CEO Pär Almqvist. 

BMG VP Global Licensing Pete Gardiner said, “Actively licensing our recorded repertoire is a key service BMG offers. Tracklib offers a new outlet which promises to benefit everyone involved in sampling.”

Tracklib allows users to find, sample, and license recordings using a simple system with fixed prices and instant licenses. Producers and artists know before buying a track how much a sample license will cost. In this era of continuous, spontaneous releases and non-traditional distribution, the platform’s ease and clarity present a unique solution to one of the music industry’s thorniest ongoing issues.

Major artists like J.Cole, Mary J. Blige, and BROCKHAMPTON have used Tracklib-licensed samples in their hits, and icons like Isaac Hayes have released previously unheard material from the vaults via the platform. Tracklib has also strived to open the world of sampling to new artists and producers, by making the sample clearance process much more efficient.

“Tracklib is here to serve both big-name producers who are used to clearing samples, and understand how much Tracklib simplifies the process, as well as aspiring producers who never had the possibility to clear samples before,” says Pär. “We have strong support from the artist community. Our partnership with BMG demonstrates how established labels and publishers are getting behind our new approach to music licensing. We’re very excited about the creative possibilities this deal creates.”

About Tracklib:
Tracklib is the world’s first and only music service that offers legal and affordable samples at scale. Music producers can easily browse more than 100,000 tracks and purchase downloads for sampling, then instantly get a license with an easy-to-use category and and sample length calculation. Tracklib samples have been in hits by J. Cole, DJ Khaled,  and many others.

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01/15/2020

10/24/2019, Tracklib Uses Artificial Intelligence to Find Perfect Loops to Sample in Every Song
10/24/201910/24/2019, Tracklib Uses Artificial Intelligence to Find Perfect Loops to Sample in Every Song
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10/24/2019
Announcement
10/24/2019
Tracklib, the one-stop service for sample licensing, is introducing a ground-breaking new feature on its platform on October 24th: Tracklib Loops. Loops’ easy interface allows you to find a sweet spot in any track from Tracklib’s catalog, click on it, and the loop will start playing instantly. MORE» More»

Tracklib, the one-stop service for sample licensing, is introducing a ground-breaking new feature on its platform: Tracklib Loops. It’s part of a larger plan for lowering the entry bar for sampling. The Stockholm-based music startup will launch Loops October 24th.

Loops’ easy interface allows you to find a sweet spot in any track from Tracklib’s pre-cleared catalog, click on it, and the loop will start playing instantly – making it much easier to find great parts of a song that’s suitable for sampling. It’s like bringing an automatic sampler to a dusty record store.
 
“Even if you’ve never sampled original music before, you can use and have a blast with Loops,” says Pӓr Almqvist, Tracklib CEO. “It’s part of how we’re working to open up sampling and music production to more aspiring creators.”

Finding loops automatically may seem simple, but it’s technically complex. Tracklib bases its loop points on advanced audio analysis using neural networks - the technology behind modern Artificial Intelligence - as well as a combination of several algorithms. Therefore it can build a loop even if a track changes speed, which is usually the case with music recorded in the 60s and 70s. “You can’t simply take a song’s BPM to calculate perfect loop points. It won’t work. We knew we had to analyze tracks granularly to find perfect loops and the only solution we found was using neural networks. Because we have much more precise beat data, we can do so much more and that’s how we built Tracklib Loops,” explains Oskar Sundberg, Tracklib’s Chief Product Officer. “You can easily see if musicians are pushing or pulling the tempo in the song, so it works great for finding loops in stems and older recordings.” 

Loops is a great addition to Tracklib’s strong offerings for producers. Tracklib have been praised by the likes of Zaytoven, Inspektah Deck, Jazzy Jeff and Erick Sermon. Pro Tracklib users have crafted chart-topping new songs this year for artists such as J. Cole, DJ Khaled, Young M.A, BROCKHAMPTON, Vic Mensa, and Mary J. Blige using Tracklib samples.

The new feature also promises to expand the possibilities for emerging producers, those just digging into sampling. “We’re creating new ways users can interact with our catalog,” Almqvist says. “Our current interface focuses on finding music, and Loops enriches that.”


About Tracklib:
Tracklib is the world’s first and only music service that offers legal and affordable samples at scale. Music producers can easily browse more than 100,000 tracks and purchase downloads for sampling, then instantly get a license with an easy-to-use category and and sample length calculation. Tracklib samples have been in hits by J. Cole, DJ Khaled,  and many others.
www.tracklib.com

Announcement
10/24/2019

10/08/2019, Isaac Hayes’s unreleased masters now available on Tracklib
10/08/201910/08/2019, Isaac Hayes’s unreleased masters now available on Tracklib
Announcement
10/08/2019
Announcement
10/08/2019
Tracklib has announced a deal with the estate of soul legend Isaac Hayes to offer a select group of 20 unreleased songs on the site’s catalog. These tracks have never been released publicly, and, thus, represent a landmark catalog acquisition for Tracklib and a new way of mining the vaults for the Isaac Hayes estate. MORE» More»

Tracklib has announced a deal with the estate of soul legend Isaac Hayes to offer a select group of 20 unreleased songs on the site’s catalog. These tracks have never been released publicly, and, thus, represent a landmark catalog acquisition for Tracklib and a new way of mining the vaults for the Isaac Hayes estate. Now producers and artists can access this goldmine of previously unheard material, sample from it, and make new music.

Isaac Hayes III, son of the legend and manager of his estate, said that his father was “with it” when it came to sampling, which explains why he is one of the most sampled artists ever. Before his death, Hayes befriended key producers, including the RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. Samples of Hayes’s material have always been part of soul and hip hop’s backbone, including recent hits like Alessia Cara’s “Here,” Kanye West’s “30 Hours,” and “6 Inch” by Beyonce.

The chance for aspiring producers to have access to this material, and to clear the samples easily and legally on the Tracklib platform itself, makes this a rare opportunity for hip hop heads to go back to their roots. Hayes III longs to see his father’s legacy grow beyond repackaging or re-releases of material that is already, deservedly, classic. The songs being released are all multi-tracked, meaning there is a lot of material to play with here.

Tracklib and Isaac Hayess III have previewed the material for a number of key producers in the sampling world, and the response has been excitement verging on chomping at the bit to get their hands on this material. Erick Sermon, Prince Paul, Drumma Boy, Jazee Pha, and Organized Noise have all heard the tracks and expressed excitement in getting to work with them.

Tracklib’s success within the hip-hop and producer communities made it a natural new home for these unreleased tracks, as they have had a recent string of high-profile releases made with samples from the Tracklib catalog, including DJ Khaled, Mary J. Blige, and Brockhampton. Hayes III admitted Tracklib was on his radar for a long time, but their recent success with J. Cole’s “Middle Child” was the one that grabbed his attention and helped to seal the deal. 

Hayes III concluded that he is “really excited for today’s producers all around the world to get their hands on these unreleased Isaac Hayes samples and continue his musical legacy, to create new records, new sounds, new ideas.” With this deal with Tracklib, that goal is within reach, and aspiring producers and fans of hip hop and soul will be all the better for it. 


About Tracklib:

Tracklib is the world’s first and only music service that offers legal and affordable samples at scale. Music producers can easily browse more than 100,000 tracks and purchase downloads for sampling, then instantly get a license with an easy-to-use category and and sample length calculation. Tracklib samples have been in hits by J. Cole, DJ Khaled,  and many others.
www.tracklib.com

Announcement
10/08/2019

09/19/2019, Spin the Wheel: Tracklib Teams Up with Mass Appeal, Brings Rhythm Roulette to All
09/19/201909/19/2019, Spin the Wheel: Tracklib Teams Up with Mass Appeal, Brings Rhythm Roulette to All
Announcement
09/19/2019
Announcement
09/19/2019
Tracklib and Mass Appeal teamed up to drop a new version of the Rhythm Roulette series on the Tracklib site. Tracklib will host a Rhythm Roulette feature, allowing aspiring beatmakers to play the sampling game that many legendary producers (9th Wonder, El-P, Erick Sermon) have through the Mass Appeal-produced YouTube series. MORE» More»

Tracklib dares you to spin the wheel and play your own round of Rhythm Roulette, the fun challenge video series from Mass Appeal. And as a special nod to Tracklib, legendary East Coast hip-hop producer Rockwilder flipped a track from the online sampling library on the latest installment of the popular YouTube series.

Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette gets top producers to make a beat sampling three records picked at random (where the roulette part comes in). Over the past four years, the YouTube series has showcased producers’ technique and artistry, shining a light on what makes a producer great in a world that often favors emcees. Over a hundred producers--including Large Professor, Just Blaze, Erick Sermon, and DJ Jazzy Jeff, to name a few--have taken on the challenge so far.

The resulting videos are riveting and wildly popular, and now Tracklib wants to get its producer community to do more than watch. It has teamed up with Mass Appeal to give all producers the chance to play Rhythm Roulette, by building out a special themed feature on the Tracklib site. “We created a wheel that’s a nod to the one on Rhythm Roulette. It gives you three random tracks from our catalog to play with,” explains Tracklib’s Per Stenius. “You sample the track and make your beat.” 

Beatmakers can spin the wheel once a day, run with the results, and submit their favorite beats to Tracklib, as part of a month-long contest. Rockwilder will personally pick the winner. The first prize is a trip to New York (from anywhere in the world), for a private studio session with Rockwilder at Def Squad Studios.

The contest reflects Tracklib’s mission to empower emerging producers, as well as support big names, as they create fully licensed tracks under reasonable, affordable terms. Recent and soon-to-be-released tracks from Young M.A, Charlie Heat, Vic Mensa, BROCKHAMPTON, and Mary J. Blige all featured Tracklib-licensed samples. For as little as $50, producers can license most tracks on Tracklib without the delays, negotiations, or onerous legal complications that plagued samples in the past.

"You can go to Tracklib, test out three greatest joints, and see what is up,” Rockwilder says.

 
Announcement
09/19/2019

07/31/2019, “The Hip-Hop gods have spoken”: Tracklib and Inspectah Deck announce winner of sampling contest
07/31/201907/31/2019, “The Hip-Hop gods have spoken”: Tracklib and Inspectah Deck announce winner of sampling contest
Announcement
07/31/2019
Announcement
07/31/2019
Today, Inspectah Deck, founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, and Tracklib, the all-in-one sampling and licensing platform, announced the winner of their unique sampling contest MORE» More»

Today, Inspectah Deck, founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, and Tracklib, the all-in-one sampling and licensing platform, announced the winner of their unique sampling contest. The contest asked producers to make a beat using samples from Tracklib, with the winning beatmaker getting flown to New York to finish the track in the studio with Inspectah Deck. The song will also appear on Inspectah Deck’s upcoming album, all of which will be comprised of songs that were made with samples exclusively from the Tracklib library.

The winner of the contest is Jonathan Myles, an independent producer from Atlanta, GA. Myles’s style was influenced by many of the kings of beatmaking: Pete Rock, DJ Premier (Gangstarr), Alchemist, and, of course, the RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. “I’m just an average Joe,” said Myles, who had to pull over in his car to celebrate the news. Myles recognizes what this opportunity means for his career: “It’s like the hip-hop gods have spoken.” Inspectah Deck himself found Myle's work reminiscent of one of those gods: "That Wu Kung Fu reminded me of RZA 1995 in his basement.”

Myles will be flown to New York City for a studio session with Inspectah Deck on Monday August 5th to complete the track. Myles will receive full-credit for his participation on the track. Inspectah Deck also announced that there were so many amazing entries that a few more beats from the contest will actually make it onto the album, demonstrating the vast, untapped talent of beatmakers worldwide. Deck said, “It was a long, hard decision, a lot of heat, a lot of fire in the inbox.”

The contest itself drew worldwide interest, as Tracklib received well over 1000 entries, from 45 countries on 6 continents and 38 different states in the U.S.

About Tracklib:

Tracklib is the world’s first and only music service that offers legal and affordable samples at scale. Music producers can easily browse more than 100,000 tracks and purchase downloads for sampling, then instantly get a license with an easy-to-use category and and sample length calculation. Tracklib samples have been in hits by J. Cole, DJ Khaled and many others.
www.tracklib.com

Announcement
07/31/2019