Thanks to a nudge and a small donation from one of the users, I’ve added track grouping and an additional sorting option to the Spotify Playlist Sorter.

Grouping lets you group tracks by artist, album, or release year, and then tracks are sorted within each group according to the “sort by” criteria.

There’s an additional sorting option letting you sort by the album track number. This is useful when grouping by album to preserve the album track order in a playlist.

Additionally, when sorting by release date, album track number is used to resolve “ties”. This means that when tracks have exactly the same release date, they will be sorted by their respective track numbers (not randomly as it was previously).

Check the updated Playlist Sorter for Spotify and spread the word if you find it useful.

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For a long time, I didn’t have a serious hobby. Though I always wanted to make music. A few times I tried to do it in my “spare” time but about 5 years ago I decided to give up “until I make enough money, so I don’t feel guilty spending my time and money on a hobby.”

Then in 2019 I realized that the right time may never come. I also hit a bit of a wall with everything I was doing for work and needed some outlet to recharge on a regular basis. …

I’m happy to introduce marker.js Live — a JavaScript library for displaying dynamic interactive image annotations in your web apps.

First, there was marker.js (v1). Then it got a feature to render annotations in a separate transparent PNG (without the original image). Then there was marker.js 2 and it could save and restore its state to continue editing image annotations between sessions. Then I realized we could create a leaner library to take that state and display it on top of the original image without having to store any annotation images anywhere. Just store the JSON state in a database…

Long(ish) time ago I was looking for a tutorial on YouTube on how to do a gated reverb snare effect in Studio One. That’s the one popularized by and associated with Phil Collins. And it’s making a comeback now in modern pop tracks from the likes of The Weeknd and Dua Lipa.

What I found was a very simple tutorial for Studio One that produced a passable but a slightly “suboptimal” result. With one extra step you can take it to a “proper” conclusion, though. So, I made a quick tip on my YouTube channel on the right way to…

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I love podcasts and I love watching music-making related tutorials. Music-making related podcasts in the vein of the music-making videos would be weird, though. You don’t really want to listen to a podcast with someone explaining how to dial-in a compressor or something.

So, on the podcast side I mostly listen to interview podcasts where songwriters and producers explain they processes, tools, inspirations, etc.

Here’s my current list of music-making related podcasts in my rotation with some comments:

The main list

Note: this post is written from a Windows user perspective. It can be a non-issue or a separate set of issues on the Mac side.

About a year ago I replaced a 24" 1080p monitor with a 32" 4K one for my home office/studio. While on the “office” side I was perfectly happy with the upgrade, on the music side it resulted in a year of pain.

Getting your music published next to the biggest superstars is much easier now than it was just ten years ago. Yet, getting it to the platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, etc. is still not as easy as just uploading a track to SoundCloud or Bandcamp.

Those platforms don’t want or can’t deal with millions of indie musicians. So you have to go through an intermediary also known as a distributor. …

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Those building mobile apps and games have little choice and consequently little worries about how to setup the commerce part. That’s both a curse (those 30% commissions) and a blessing (virtually zero-hassle technical and legal setup).

Once you move to the desktop software things get a little more fluid. You can still go through the Microsoft (Windows) Store or Apple’s Mac App Store. And for games there’s Steam, Epic Store, etc. But you can also get out on your own.

And those making libraries for developers, or other types of B2B software are pretty much on their own from the…

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About a year ago Microsoft started rolling out the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge to all the Windows 10 users and by now the “legacy” or “classic” Edge is almost gone from the face of the earth. You may have different opinions about this in the long run (monoculture, etc.) but in the short-term this clearly makes life of web developers easier. Or does it?

While the actual EdgeHTML-based browser is hard to find these days, its WebView engine is deeply ingrained in most native/hybrid Windows 10 applications. …

Studio One has a great feature called Note FX which in a nutshell takes a set of input notes on an instrument track and transforms it to another set of notes that are actually played by the instrument.

For better and for worse Note FX is a proprietary Studio One/PreSonus technology and as a result there are only a handful Note FX plugins available. The awkward thing here is that pretty much the same functionality can be achieved with VST plugins even if it’s not 100% “native” to the standard (as far as I understand). …

Alan Mendelevich

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