check it out: megatrax’s news tools library made just for broadcast news

When we interviewed producer Randy Hart of Megatrax’s Aircast Custom division for our most recent quarterly newsletter, he filled us in a little bit on the new library he’d developed for Megatrax called “News Tools.” At the time, he said: It is a library product that is aimed specifically at television news promotion. News Tools was the result of television stations saying with regularity, “Gosh, we need more news-oriented production music that we can use for our sweeps promotions,” primarily. While libraries offer this type of materials on a random basis, News Tools was intended to be specifically focused on this need. News Tools, which can currently be found on […]

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vevo to tackle television

VEVO seems to have been making news since their launch early this year, rising with unprecedented speed through the ranks to become the top music site online… until they were dethroned recently by MTV. It seems that the rivalry will move offline soon, as they’re looking to take MTV on in their home turf: television. According to The New York Post: As part of a plan to make its music-themed content as widely viewed as possible, Vevo is working to launch a regular TV network that would compete with MTV’s music-video network, MTV Hits. Vevo Chief Executive Rio Caraeff told The Post that the TV channel would offer a mix […]

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catching up with megatrax composers

When they aren’t working on content for Megatrax libraries, the composers we work with are setting standards in their industry and working with some of the top names in their fields. Every month, we’ll track down three of them to catch up on what they’re working on beyond Megatrax and what they’ve got coming up. This month, we talked with Doug Petty, Mordy Ferber,  and Rich Mouser. Doug Petty Megatrax: Doug, what are you working on now? Doug Petty: I am currently working on string arrangements for a popular Taiwanese artist named Tanya Chua.  I tracked her record with her in the spring and these arrangements are the last things […]

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megatrax improves hard drive updates with portable mini drives

In the past, Megatrax has supplied quarterly updates to the libraries its clients subscribe to via DVDs. Those who subscribe to only one or two libraries might have thought this was the most efficient way to deliver the updates, and at one time, it was. The times and technology have changed, though, and Megatrax is dedicated to being a leader in new technologies related to our field. Therefore, we’re happy to announce the introduction of a new delivery system for our Musicsource Hard Drive updates: portable mini hard drives. Says Philip Macko, Vice President of Sales, “We surveyed our clients recently to find out their preferred delivery methods and technology, […]

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from our newsletter archives: get to know our tonal injection library

Megatrax, one of the world’s leading production music libraries, launched an explosive four CD library, Tonal Injection, last year. This added over 330 unique, new tracks to its existing 41,000 tracks and increased its growing collection to nine libraries. Created by industry veteran, Robert Etoll of Megatrax’ successful series The Trailer Collection, the new Tonal Injection library includes a diverse array of hot new tracks in genres including: Sound Design, Percussion & Escalations, Horror & Thriller as well as Action & Adventure.

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spotify still promises 2010 us launch, despite doubts

Europe’s Spotify, the music sharing/listening/buying service that apparently wows everyone who tries it, looks unlikely to resolve licensing agreements with major US labels in time to meet the 2010 launch deadline set by CEO Daniel Ek. Beyond disappointing US consumers who’ve been teased with the prospect of the service finally becoming available in their market, some speculate that failing to meet their self-imposed deadline of a 2010 launch will damage Spotify’s credibility and negatively affect the enthusiasm of the US audience. Says CNET: “What Spotify risks by missing its own deadline is credibility. By failing to make good on its promises to enter the U.S. market, the company is killing […]

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producer danny pelfrey on amusicom and more

We sat down with producer Danny Pelfrey this week to learn more about his professional background and the work he does with Megatrax and Amusicom. Megatrax: Tell us about your background. How did you get started in the music industry? I started playing guitar when I was nine years old. My first idols were Chet Atkins, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles – you know, the good stuff! I immediately knew that I would always be doing music in some way, even though I couldn’t say exactly how. So from then until now, I get up every day and think of myself as a musician first. Before I got into composing, […]

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licensing notes from leisa korn

The language used in music licensing can be overwhelming and confusing to those who are just getting involved with the process, so I would like to touch on a few basics to help you get started.  There are industry standards when it comes to production music, but I would like to address only the way we handle licensing at Megatrax. As you are already aware, you must obtain a license to use our copyrights (the musical works consisting of the composition and master) before inserting them into any production and Megatrax offers two basic ways of obtaining access: “Annual Blanket Licenses” and “Needledrop Licenses”. An Annual Blanket License allows music […]

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producer randy hart: a real-life music man

Randy Hart, Aircast Production’s Creative Service Director, has been involved in both music and the music business for over 30 years. Among other tings, he’s played with Iggy Pop, Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson, and he’s recorded with the Allman Brothers and contributed to soundtrack work for David Lynch’s classic, “Eraserhead.” Randy sat down with us recently to talk about his background in the industry, how he moved into production, and the work he’s doing now with Aircast and the new Megatrax library “News Tools.” Tell us about your background. How did you get started in the music industry? I have always had a musical ear, which is kind of a […]

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mtv trumps vevo for top music site status in aftermath of licensing dispute

Just a month after UMG and VEVO pulled their video content from MTV’s website over a licensing dispute, the grandfather of Music Television’s website outstripped upstart VEVO as the highest trafficked music site online. In an article on Mashable.com, Jolie O’Dell said: “According to data just released from comScore, MTV had more than 53 million unique visitors last month, while Vevo’s uniques totaled 49 million. The third-place site, MySpace Music, wasn’t even close to competing with just 26 million uniques in August.”

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