Trump threatens 10 per cent US tariff on Chinese-made instruments and recording gear

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President Donald Trump has threatened to apply a new 10 per cent tariff on $300 billion of goods imported to the US from China. The headlines about the blanket tariff are mostly concerned with clothing, consumer electronics and food, but musical instruments and recording gear will also be affected. A 113-page document from a law […]

Beatport inks strategic partnership with Loopmasters

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Beatport and Loopmasters have struck a new partnership that promises both parties strategic advantages in the online music and sound distribution field. The agreement sees Beatport invest in Loopmasters and sell its Beatport Sounds business to the online music production tools store. Beatport will also look to integrate Loopmasters’ product suite into its website over […]

Etsy to acquire Reverb.com in deal worth $275 million

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The ‘eBay of music gear’, Reverb.com, has announced that it will be acquired by e-commerce titan Etsy in a deal worth $275 million. Etsy, an online marketplace which grew into the industry leader for buying and selling ‘pre-loved’ fashion and handicraft, is expected to finalise the deal within the next few months. Reverb.com will, however, […]

Adam Audio now owned by The Focusrite Group

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The Focusrite Group, responsible for Focusrite interfaces and Novation synthesizers, has bought ADAM Audio, best known for its studio monitors. This rounds out the Focusrite groups’ product offering to encompass music creation, recording technology and now, listening and monitoring technology. ADAM Audio will continue to operate autonomously from its Berlin HQ with no suggestion that […]

UMG fire in 2008 may have wiped out 500,000 master recordings

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In 2008, Universal Music Group’s archives were damaged when a huge blaze ripped through a Universal Studios backlot in Hollywood. It destroyed an invaluable trove of master recordings of an estimated 500,000 songs – a sizeable figure that hasn’t come to light until now. In an article entitled The Day The Music Burned, the New […]

Point Blank China opens enrolment

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Back in 2018, London-based music school Point Blank partnered with Chinese company NetEase FEVER to launch Point Blank China, a new school situated approximately 100 miles southwest of Shanghai. With the final touches put on the school’s new campus, PB China is now opening enrolment. Point Blank’s new school is set to roll out in […]