Splice in Webware 100 Awards 2008

March 12th, 2008 by Mikko

We’re happy to announce that Splice was selected as a finalist in CNET’s Webware 100 Awards! Go vote for us now! :) You can find Splice under the ‘Audio’ category, naturally…

Featured Samples from Motionsamples!

January 15th, 2008 by Bram

Hello again!

today we have some great news. :) The generous people over at Motion Samples have uploaded quite a batch of super cool samples to splice. Motion Samples is a professional sample label, they dedicate themselves to making cd’s full of finely crafted loops. If you like what you see from these guys on Splice, make sure you visit their website!

Click the image below to be taken to the splice page of the Motion Samples crew. There you will find some example songs (make sure you read the next blog post to see how you can easily use the samples) and a LOT of funky loops, riffs and total electronic awesomeness.

Featured Samples

Happy newyear and new soundcase feature…

January 10th, 2008 by Bram

Hello all,

before we forget: happy newyear!! We hope 2008 brings you all you wanted in 2007 and didn’t get :)

It’s been a long time since we’ve blogged so, here’s something we wanted to write about. We added a new feature where you can add all the sounds from one user, or all the sounds used in a song to your soundcase. This is particularly useful if you like the sounds from a user (and want to make a song from them) or if you’d like to use all the sounds from a song, but start from zero instead of remixing.

A picture is worth a thousand words so here’s 2000 words worth:

Soundcase from profile

Soundcase from song

- bram

Adobe Versus Audio Sequencing and Splice

December 12th, 2007 by Bram

Hello all! It’s been quite a while since we’ve posted on our blog. Rest assured we are still here, although visibly a bit less active lately. Behind the scenes we are doing lot’s of things, expect some interesting news in the relatively near future…

But, now for something completely different: some of you might already have noticed that the sequencer stopped working in Windows Vista with the latest update of the flash player. Well, it looks like Adobe broke the audio processing/creation system we were using, the system pioneered by André Michelle.

André wrote about the problem in Vista in one of his -rather technical- blog posts, you can read it on this page: http://blog.andre-michelle.com/2007/198/.

If anyone knows anyone at Adobe, please tell them about this blog post. Adobe can solve this whole problem with a flick of the wrist, the problem is that they haven’t been listening to any of the flash+audio developers out there. Until there is either an update to the flash player that fixes this problem, or someone else finds another way to do what we’re doing (and that is highly unlikely) please use Microsoft XP instead of Vista if you wish to use the sequencer…

Thanks for your continued support of Splice!!

- Bram

Contest: The Name Game

September 27th, 2007 by Thaumata

namegame contest

We rather enjoy all the unique and weird sounds people record using Splice. We get everything from secret confessions to shower singers to Spanish lessons and even occasionally some music. We thought we’d encourage this with a new contest. Here is how it’s going to work:

Part One: Tell Us Who You Are

1. Record yourself saying your name. It can be your username, if you’d rather not people know your real name. Use an ultra-fabulous superhero name if you want. Just remember that Kenny Reynolds is already taken.

2. Tag your name recording with “MYNAME.”

Part Two: Meet Your Neighbors

1. Ready to make some music? Search for other sounds tagged with MYNAME and create a song using the name of at least five of your fellow Splicers. (Really though, the more the merrier. This contest is about meeting new people.)

3. Tag your finished song with “NAMEGAME”.

4. Your finished song does NOT have to include the loop you made yourself, but if you didn’t contribute a name to the pool, you will not be eligible to win.

The Goodies

The winner will be judged based upon how many other users have marked it as a favorite. If your song has been favorited the most, you will be receiving a VS3251 Powered Audio System from Altec Lansing, so you can crank it up and bask in your own glory.

The winner will be decided at Midnight CST, Sunday October 7th, so finish early and bring your friends to cheer you on!

Tip: Using the Record Tool

September 20th, 2007 by Thaumata

Hello, everyone! I wanted to share an updated tutorial for using the record tool. Whether you’re rapping, singing, or telling a story, the record tool is the one of the best ways to get those sounds into your profile so you can share them easily with friends. Here is how:

1. Make sure you are logged in.

2. Go to your home page. Look next to your user photo for a menu option that says Record.

recording1.png

Clicking this will take you to the uploading and recording page. You can also access that page easily at any time by clicking the little microphone that appears just below the navigation bar on most pages. It looks like this:

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3. Look towards the bottom of the page for the actual tool, and click it:

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4. A window will pop up for you to allow Flash to access your microphone. You should select Allow.

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5. Once you’ve done that, the record window will pop open. Just click the red button and start recording your sound!

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6. When you’ve finished recording, just press stop, and the window will change a little. From here, you can listen to your recording, re-record, adjust your settings or save it. If you like your sound, just hit ‘Save This Recording,’ and you will be taken to the normal upload page, where you can name your sound, tag it and select license and privacy levels.

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That’s it! As lots of Splicers already know, recording is a lot of fun. I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to say!

Oh, they grow up so fast!

September 19th, 2007 by Thaumata

I got a lovely email from Teru at CCMixter.org that some Splice music has been used on a Canadian radio show. The show plays on CBC Radio one and is called Spark. You can listen to the show here.

It’s great to see more and more broadcasters recognizing the value of Creative Commons music, and especially great to see so many people from Splice on the list of contributors. Congratulations to all of you!

We’ve got something better than an apple.

September 18th, 2007 by Thaumata

I don’t know about your home, but here in Chicago the weather has definitely turned towards autumn, and of course, with this comes school. I have six nieces and nephews who have been lamenting about this to me for weeks now. Oh, the end of long, lazy days and the return to early mornings, paper bag lunches and …. HOMEWORK. But some people are getting really creative with their homework and are using Splice to get the job done.

For example, if you peek around over in things tagged with ‘verano’ you can find some bright stars practicing their Spanish. Our staff hails from five different countries, with English being our only common language, but Spanish is a VERY close second, so we highly approve. (Discutimos Splice en español aqui, por favor!)

And we’ve got a budding politician in the works with spliceuser2007, who has very cleverly used Splice to record an impassioned speech as to why she should be elected to student council. Great idea! Someone so enterprising SHOULD be in a position of responsibility. Good luck!

But the students shouldn’t get to have all the fun! The Casa Grande Library has been using Splice forever to prepare their technology podcasts and information about their current programs. Librarians know a great resource when they see one. You should trust them. :)

If YOU are using Splice for your educational projects, we would love to hear about it. Better yet, we would REALLY love it if you’d stop over in the educator’s forum to chat with each other. After all, that’s how great ideas are born.

Tip: How to manage your Splice mail

September 1st, 2007 by Thaumata

Hello everyone! I wanted to show you a quick tip that will help you better manage the mail you get from Splice, including how to turn it off entirely. We know that these days everyone feels like they’re fighting a constant battle with their inbox, so we never send mail unless you tell us that it’s ok. Here’s how to edit your mail preferences:

1. From your home page, choose Account Settings from the side bar.

account settings

2. Scroll down a little bit until you hit the section for Mail Preferences. From here, you can choose to get the occasional newsletter, and how often you want to be notified regarding actions on your account. You can also choose WHICH actions to be notified about. Just choose what’s best for you and hit submit at the bottom.

mail prefs box

If you haven’t verified your email yet, you won’t be able to get anything from Splice at all, including password help, so make sure you do that! You can do it at the top of this same page and you only have to do it once.

Hopefully that will help those of you who do not wish to receive mail from us to better understand how to turn it off yourselves. You’ve got the power - don’t be afraid to use it!

The People Have Spoken

September 1st, 2007 by Thaumata

We’ve got a winner for the Your Voice, Your Choice contest. Actually, we’ve had a winner for a little while, but I wanted to be able to post the entry here in the blog and couldn’t do so until our mp3s were back up and running, as they are now. As always, we had some really fun entries, but what’s new this time is that I don’t have to struggle with picking a winner this time! Thanks to the wonder of functional ratings, you guys got to to the hardest part for me and I have been happily demoted to ‘just the messenger.’ Yay!

Therefore, I am pleased to announce that our winner this time around is toddnrgi, for this song:

liking
by toddnrgi
Played 2 times
Made with the Splice online sequencer. splicemusic.com

Todd is going to get a beautiful new surround sound system from Altec Lansing, who graciously continues to sponsor our contests and encourage great music everywhere.

Be sure to hear our runners up, too:

Techno Overdose
by fartlord
Played 5 times
Made with the Splice online sequencer. splicemusic.com
human being and fish
by airtone
Played 3 times
Made with the Splice online sequencer. splicemusic.com

You can listen to all the contest entries here.

Thanks again to everyone for participating in this! If your favorite didn’t win, be sure to bring some friends to help vote next time around. We’ll have the next contest up shortly!