Erin Barra Launches New EP “Undefined” For You To Redefine On Blend

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Erin Barra is an electronic musician, artist, writer, producer, educator and tech-forward-woman-in-audio. She is the creator and instructor of BeatsByGirlz, an educational recording arts and music technology program designed to empower young women. She’s also accustomed to remotely producing and co-writing songs for artists around the country and globally, using Dropbox, Google Docs and Hangouts while in her own studio in Brooklyn.

Undefined, two years in the making, is one of many projects Erin Barra has incubated, assembled and launched over the past year. It’s always been difficult to put Erin in one specific box, so she has chosen to exist in as many as she likes and think outside of them. In the spirit of this, she’s giving you the opportunity to pull the hi-fi stems from her entire EP via Blend and Redefine them.

Starting April 14, you’ll have 3 weeks to submit remixes for a companion remix EP, Redefined. The best remixes of all 5 songs (and even mashups) will be chosen and then released commercially at the same time as the EP on June 3rd.

Listen to the music, pick the songs that speak to you, make them your own and share them with the world.

Pull your favorite from Erin’s profile, remix it with Ableton Live or your software of choice, and publish your update for a chance to be featured on Redefined.

Looking for inspiration? Hear this remix from producer Kaelin Ellis:

Don’t have a Blend account? Sign up with this exclusive VIP invite from Erin. 

To find out more about Erin visit www.erinbarra.com, follow her @erinbarra and like her on Facebook. Purchase “Dear John” today on iTunes.

Presenting The Winner Of The Loop Loft’s Jam With Mark Kelley Contest

The Loop Loft, the #1 source for premium royalty-free loops from award-winning musicians, invited Blend artists to jam with Mark Kelley of THE ROOTS. Here are our favorite entries: 

The Winner: liko

Liko chopped up one of Mark Kelley’s hip hop basslines with Ableton’s “Slice to Midi” function and layered it with his drum patterns, adding grit with Ableton’s Granulator. You can pull his project to see how he did it. 

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Liko will take home The Platinum Pack from The Loop Loft, featuring every drum pack they’ve ever recorded [an $845 value]. Congrats!

Honorable Mention #1: Davilone

Davilone wasn’t eligible for the grand prize since he is not based in the USA, but he still turned in an excellent remix with a slick beat that sounds perfect for a chase scene from a summer action flick.

Honorable Mention #2: Greg Moore

Greg Moore’s entry is a real “virtual jam session” with Loop Loft Artists Omar Hakim, Bob Reynolds & Mark Kelley, Greg himself on keyboards and his uncle, Arthur Moore, on guitar who recorded this playing by ear on a few hours notice and nailed it. We’re super impressed and can’t wait to hear more Blends from Greg!

Like what you hear? You can still pull the Mark Kelley loop pack from The Loop Loft’s official Blend profile and make your own version. Also, check out the full Mark Kelley bass pack, featuring over 200Mb of loops for just $29. 

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Your Blend Newsfeed Has Never Been Better

We just released a major update to the Blend Newsfeed, expanding more stories from your network of producers and collaborators. Here are the new story types you will see: 

Follow Stories

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User modules are now displayed with each follow story, showing relevant information about the artist and allowing you to follow them right from your newsfeed

Pulled Project Stories

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When an artist you follow pulls a project, you will now see the full project module for the original project, allowing you to pull, comment and share with one click

If you pulled the project, you will see a “project stub” in your own newsfeed with a message indicating that you have not published an update to this project yet, and a link to the original project. Not sure how to publish an update? Check our help docs. 

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Visit your Blend Newsfeed now to see the new stories in action. These updates make it easier than ever to connect with the best projects and producers on Blend. 

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Lily Virginia Shares Her Favorite Blends of “Can’t Help Myself”

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Lily Virginia recently shared the vocal from her song “Can’t Help Myself” for artists to remix and re-imagine on Blend. Here’s her favorite picks from the updates published so far. 

melodicPredator’s take

skateBerlin’s take

MĚTO’s take

Want to give it your own spin? Pull the vocal track in Ableton Live and Logic Pro formats: 

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Check Out These Creative Tracks Featuring iZotope’s Stutter Edit Plugin

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Recently, iZotope & Blend invited producers to submit their best original work made with Stutter Edit, iZotope’s innovate tool for building thrilling beats and fills, complex effects, shimmering sweeps, and staggering stutters. After hearing all of the submissions, we picked the best ones from the Blend community, and you can pull each one to keep re-interpreting it as you see fit.

Brian Del Toro

Oreyeon

Like what you hear? You can get a free 10 day trial of Stutter Edit from iZotope’s website, and publish your work to Blend to get feedback from the community.

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Now Available: Audio Timestamps

Feedback is a huge part of Blend, so we are always working on improvements to how you solicit and provide feedback on projects. Yesterday we rolled out a small but very powerful feature: clickable audio timestamps.

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When you’re giving feedback on a fellow artist’s work, it’s not unusual to have comments about specific sections in the track. Now you can refer to an exact timestamp in the preview waveform, and when other users click on the timestamp in your comment, the preview player will start playing from that point. Just make a timestamp in your comment (of the form M:SS) and it will be converted to a clickable link after you hit enter. 

We’ve also updated the product module to support multi-artist attribution, displaying a full list of contributors under the project title. This means that every update published to your projects will be attributed back to you, even in the embedded player and on social media posts. And, wrearranged the buttons on every project to better fit the way our community uses them. The play count is now displayed beneath the play button, and we simplified our news feed so that now you will see updates for projects you’ve liked, making the follow button redundant. That’s one less thing for you to worry about!

Publish your works-in-progress and get feedback from fellow producers, collaborators and even fans. Don’t have a Blend account? Sign up in just a few moments. 

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Rap Genius brings you another way to interpret Rayvon’s “One More Shot”

As you’re making your own music interpretations featuring Rayvon’s vocal on Blend, be sure to also explore and annotate his lyrics for “One More Shot” on Rap Genius.

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If you haven’t pulled the Blend project to make your own interpretation, check it out below - its available in Ableton Live and GarageBand (compatible with Logic Pro) formats:

We’re really digging this dub-electro version from digit’alkemixst:

What will your version sound like? We will be sharing our favorite Blends right here on this blog, so get to work and make sure to share your updates with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Don’t have a Blend account? Sign up in just a few moments with this exclusive VIP pass from Rayvon.

Check Out The Best Blends From The We Make Dance Music Contest

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Last month, WeMakeDanceMusic.com invited the Blend community of producers to make original tracks from two of their premium templates. Hundreds of producers participated in this opportunity, and today I’m happy to share the best entries with you. 

1st Place: Jussi V’s Blend of Pyramids

2nd Place: Funk Addict’s Blend of Pyramids

3rd Place: mosterio’s Blend of Alliance

Each winner will receive vouchers for WeMakeDanceMusic.com’s web store and advanced mixing and mastering sessions from their team of professionals.

Think you could do better? The Loop Loft invites you to make an original track with bassist Mark Kelley of THE ROOTS. Pull the project here and submit your entry before April 7th!

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Mark Kelley (The Roots) & The Loop Loft bring you a world-class gig on Blend

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You might know Mark Kelley from The Roots, appearing nightly on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, or from his work with artists like John Scofield, Meshell Ndegeocello, Elvis Costello and Sara Bareilles. Now, The Loop Loft offers you an exclusive chance to upgrade your rhythm section with Mark Kelley’s unique playing style. Produce a song in any style with these exclusive basslines from a variety of genres & tempos and you’ll be eligible to win The Platinum Pack from The Loop Loft, featuring every drum pack they’ve ever recorded [an $845 value].

Pull this project now and make something awesome with it! You have until April 7 to publish your update and be entered to win. Contest is open to Blend users at least 18 years of age in the United States - official rules. 

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Remember, the best update will win The Platinum Pack, the ultimate collection of drum packs by The Loop Loft (an $845 value).

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Blend Gets Better: A Visual Refresh

Blend gets updated regularly — sometimes multiple times a day — but occasionally these updates are large enough to merit a blog post of their own. This is one of those updates. Read on for details.

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New Global Nav

The global navigation got a facelift with new icons, organized in a more logical way. We also added a convenient search bar, allowing you to search projects and users from any page. The nav now resizes on smaller screens to ensure that it’s always available, even on mobile devices. 

Credit Where It’s Due

All projects on Blend now display a full list of contributors under the project title. This means that every update published to your projects will be attributed back to you, even in the embedded player and on social media posts.

Pull, Like, Share

We rearranged the buttons on every project to better fit the way our community uses them. We also cleaned up the entire project view. The play count is now displayed beneath the play button, and we simplified our news feed so that now you will see updates for projects you’ve liked, making the follow button redundant. That’s one less thing for you to worry about!

Logout

Wondering where the logout button went? You can now find it on your profile page. But who wants to log out of Blend anyway?

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Our team is already sprinting on our next set of updates, so keep an eye on this blog to stay ahead of every announcement. Have any requests, questions or ideas? Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+