Tunefruit Tech Talk: The Roland TR-808 is Back as the TR-8

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The iconic Roland TR-808 drum machine is back!  I do not think it is possible to listen to at least one hip hop, dance or pop track within the last few decades that has not incorporated that undeniable lo-fi boom, known as the  “808 kick”.  Used in a countless number of songs by most of the heavyweight producers over the past 30 years, this drum machine has taken on a life of it’s own.  It’s amazing that an instrument that was actually only available during a 4 year window in the early 80s has had such a huge impact on popular music.

Fast forward to the present day and Roland has now resurrected the drum machine as the  TR-8.  The unit is part of Roland’s new Aira suite of instruments, designed to cater to the electronic musician.  Although all of the sounds from the original TR-808 can be found in most software synths and samplers, Roland seeks to target those musicians who choose to channel their inspiration through traditional analog hardware.  With a clean, sleek new look, I definitely like the redesign.  It’s a fresh take on an iconic instrument while managing to maintain a retro feel.

I do find it peculiar that Roland is only now capitalizing on the popularity and cult-like following of the TR-808.  Sales of a used TR-808  have been selling well over $3000 USD on Ebay  for years.  Latest reports have stated that Roland wanted to time the comeback correctly.  Retailing at $499, it seems like the comeback price is affordable, enabling musicians to get started on those beats ASAP.

cantaloupe 1ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Derrick Pryce (known as Cantaloupe at Tunefruit) is a music producer and keyboard player based in Atlanta, GA.  His current release is entitled Kebomusic Presents: The Experience, which is available on iTunes and Amazon. In addition to music, he is very much interested in technology, entrepreneurship and venture capital. He thinks mixing them all up would be fantastic. For more information, check out www.kebomusic.com.

Tunefruit Featured Music License: Veterans United

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The latest video from Veterans United Home Loans details the story of an elderly woman receiving the opportunity to buy her first home.

How freaking awesome is that. Think about it for a second. As always, we’re thrilled to be a small part of Veterans United videos.

Tunefruit is Going Bananas: Wistia and Finding Music For Your Video

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Because Wistia has got to be one of the coolest little (not-so-much-anymore) video hosting and analytics firms in this great nation of ours (umurica), they decided to do a video on finding music for your video.

Well.

You know who they included as a great resource of music for video?

Us!

YIPPEE!!!!!!

Do yourself a huge favor and watch this 5ish long video about how to pick the right music for your next project.

You can check the video out here: http://wistia.com/learning/choosing-music-for-your-video

And…wait, there’s more. Wistia is offering free music from their own in-house music producer, Dan Mills, too. Free is always fun! Just click below:

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Tunefruit Featured License: Evidence Exchange (prod. by Mesh Multimedia)

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Check out the latest project from Mesh Multimedia. This Evidence Exchange video is exactly the kind of project that perfectly uses royalty free business corporate music to perfect effect.

 

Tunefruit Featured License: Good Well Challenge

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From one of our new Tunefruit Customers comes this very touching video, part of the Good Well Challenge.

What’s the Good Well Challenge? Great question, thanks for asking. We love students who put their hand up with a good question. 🙂

The Good Well Challenge is part of Habitat for Humanity in Nepal. They are focused on building 1,000 thousand homes for the poor in Nepal, and are asking for donations of $150 USD. Why? Because that’s all it takes to build a house for a family there. Really, that’s an amazing opportunity. So, why don’t you head on over to the donation page and clicky-clicky on the donate button.

READ MORE AND THINK ABOUT DONATING 🙂

They are currently looking for funding of $150,000, and impressively, have made it to $34,000. Hurry!

Also, you can contact them directly here:  info@goodwellchallenge.com

Tunefruit is Going Bananas: A Little Wistia Shoutout

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Our very good friends over at Wistia (ok, we’re not good friends in the lets-go-see-a-movie-together kind of way, but we do return each other’s phone calls and emails) made a thoughtful little mention of us in their most recent (and last) Top Hat Tuesday blog post.

While their Top Hat idea might not have had long-term viability, we were happy to be a small part of it (we supplied the old-timey music they used).

If you don’t already know about @wistia, you probably should take two minutes and check them out. They are one of the top alternatives to YouTube for professional video hosting.

Tunefruit Tech Talk: Beats By Dre

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More streaming music? It appears that music that was once streaming has now turned into a waterfall. The already crowded streaming music marketplace, with heavyweight contenders such as Spotify, iTunes and Pandora, now have new opponent. Beats By Dre will soon debut their streaming music service. Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine and super producer Dr. Dre have teamed up with the likes of Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails to bring this effort to fruition. Their market differentiation will be to bring a more “human” approach to song selection.

Beats has become a formidable force in the high-end headphone market, while also becoming a fashion statement for many celebrities, trendsetters and people that just want to look cool. Recent rumblings from entities like Consumer Reports have questioned whether the headphones are worth their high price tag. Regardless of the criticism, it is clear that Beats has become a wild success and there are no signs of them slowing down.

Looking back, who would have ever thought that the producer of the infamous hip hop group N.W.A. and a former sound engineer would become hi-tech audiophile power players? Never say never. For the fans of Dr. Dre’s music, does this mean that we will never get the long-awaited follow up to Dr. Dre’s critically acclaimed debut album “The Chronic”? Only time will tell.

cantaloupe 1ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Derrick Pryce (known as Cantaloupe at Tunefruit) is a music producer and keyboard player based in Atlanta, GA.  His current release is entitled Kebomusic Presents: The Experience, which is available on iTunes and Amazon. In addition to music, he is very much interested in technology, entrepreneurship and venture capital. He thinks mixing them all up would be fantastic. For more information, check out www.kebomusic.com.

You can follow Derrick on twitter here: @kebomusic

Tunefruit Featured License: Upstart Business Journal

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Check out this totally cool (and really, way cooler than the subsequent football game that eventually ensued) video produced by J. Jennings Moss, Editor of Upstart Business Journal. He takes a quick little 22-minute walk up Broadway, in a little video segment called Super Bowl Boulevard of Football Dreams….should be Boulevard of BROKEN Dreams.

Oh yeah, totally went there. I mean, jeesh…what happened with the Broncos?

Anyhoo, definitely check out Upstart, as they are doing some killer work reporting on all things startup-related.

The Upstart Business Journal is the news source for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, innovators, and forward-thinking corporate executives.

Check them out on the tweet-maker, too: @upstartbusiness