• L.A.-based Output, a bootstrapped business founded in 2013 to help musicians overcome writer's block, announced its first ever fundraise, of $45 million from Summit Partners.
  • The company serves a range of musicians from hobbyists to professionals, providing them a library of loops and samples that they can then manipulate into unique songs of their own.
  • Immediate plans are to nearly double its staff and expand its product platform, with future goals of leading the evolution of digital music production.

Gregg Lehrman was no stranger to music composition. He had worked under world-famous composers such as Hans Zimmer writing music for film and TV and had produced big projects with BMG music publishing. But after setting out on his own, he found himself suffering from writer's block.

So, he said, "I made a piece of software for myself, as a music-maker — with no intention of starting a company."

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Grammy-winning record producer Jaycen Joshua was in the middle of working on Ricky Martin's newest release, "Pausa," when the Puerto Rican superstar decided to change course.

"He sent me this song that was done in this technique and said 'Jaycen, I want to do this but I want it to be bigger'," Joshua told dot.LA.

The track Martin sent employed a spatial audio technique that renders sounds into more dimensions than the typical stereo format.

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Artists behind any of the 50 million-plus tracks featured on Spotify may start to see a new trickle of royalty revenues coming in starting Wednesday. The Swedish company has taken another step to expand its podcast offerings by drawing on its musical roots.

Podcasters using Spotify's podcast-creation tool Anchor, which the company acquired in early 2019, can now include songs from Spotify's extensive library in their podcasts. Just as artists receive royalties on their music streams, so too will they get paid for songs that appear in Spotify podcasts.

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