Converse launches Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library

Converse has launched the Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library, a new sample library that provides a growing collection of high-quality audio samples free-of-charge to musicians around the world.

The project is created in partnership with music technology platform and online musician community Indaba Music, and currently offers more than 10,000 high quality loops, stems and sounds created by artists at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn and Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studios around the world.

“We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library, as it marks the continued expansion of our global Converse Rubber Tracks program,” said Jed Lewis, Converse global music marketing director in statement. “This free online library will serve as a leading resource for bands, artists, and producers from all over the world to explore their musical aspirations.”

The Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library was created as the next phase in the global Converse Rubber Tracks program, compiling previous musical contributions from more than 125 artists spanning genres and the globe made in the Converse Rubber Tracks studios. Those artists include Vernon Reid, James Poyser, Adam Blackstone, Daru Jones, Matrixxman, Greg Osby and others.

As well, Converse and Indaba have recruited more than 20 artists to create new songs using samples from the Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library, including RJD2, Com Truise, Body Language, Obey City, Nitemoves and Shigeto.

“With so many musicians having professional recording capabilities in their homes and on their laptops, sampling recorded content has become an integral part of the music creation process,” Indaba co-founder Dan Zaccagnino said in a statement. “Indaba has been a leader in providing creative opportunities and unprecedented access to source material to musicians for a decade. Working with Converse to develop such a ground-breaking resource for musicians is truly in the spirit of both companies.”

More information: Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library

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Indaba Music & Blue Microphones partner for original songwriting competition

Indaba Music

Indaba Music has announced the Blue Microphones Songwriting Competition.

Purchasing a membership to Indaba Music is always a great idea, but the next two weeks will be the perfect time to join the state-of-the-art online music community. From January 10th through January 24th, Blue Microphones is proud to offer new and renewing Indaba members some of their innovative products. Blue Microphones will provide a free Icicle ($59 value)—a stylish new USB converter and mic preamp combo — with the purchase of a $50 Indaba “Pro” yearly membership. Those who purchase a $250 “Platinum” Indaba yearly membership will receive a free Yeti ($149 value) — the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone available anywhere – plus, an Icicle. Both Indaba memberships also include free shipping, with no tax.

Blue Microphones Songwriting Competition

By joining Indaba, members also have the opportunity to enter the site’s latest original songwriting contest. Sponsored by Blue Microphones and beginning on January 10th through February 7th, artists can submit songs in any style featuring vocals for the chance to earn a Grand Prize that includes a round-trip flight to Los Angeles, two nights in a hotel, a day recording at Blue Microphones’ state-of-the-art studio and $1,000 cash.

IndabaMusic.com currently enables over 550,000 musicians from over 200 countries and territories to network and utilize professional recording, music lessons, artistic collaborations, and other career-making opportunities at its recently launched Opportunity Marketplace. Multi-platinum recording artist Rivers Cuomo of Weezer said, “Indaba opens the door for a giant population of musicians.”

In addition to receiving an Icicle, the annual ($50/year) Indaba “Pro” membership includes:

  • Unlimited submissions to opportunities like major label record releases, remix competitions, music licensing, and jobs.
  • Distribution of 15 songs to iTunes.
  • An embeddable direct-to-consumer store.
  • 15% off purchases of digital sheet music and video lessons.
  • Discounts from Connect by Hertz, Sweetwater and Electronic Musician and more (a value of more than $200).

In addition to receiving a Yeti and an Icicle, the annual ($250/year) Indaba “Platinum” membership includes all the benefits of a “Pro” membership plus:

  • Distribution of 50 songs to iTunes.
  • 30% off purchases of digital sheet music and video lessons.

More information: Indaba Music / Blue Microphones Songwriting Competition

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