Video Of The Week: Making Music With Splice

I had this chat yesterday on Ethan about electronic music related companies in our portfolio:

splice chat

Which suggests to me that many people in the EDM space don’t know about Splice (a USV portfolio company).

So here’s a short (less than 2min) video that showcases two of the most important features of Splice (cloud backup and version management). Splice does a lot more than that, but those two features alone make it a must have for anyone creating electronic music.


Comments (Archived):

  1. LE

    Today I Iearned the following:EDM – Electronic Dance MusicDAW – Digital Audio WorkstationPanic Bomber – Apparently a popular DJ [1][1] If you are reading you need to fix the link here:

    1. fredwilson

      which link should i fix?

      1. LE

        No, not your link, link off Panic Bomber’s site where I went to find out who he was. (“You” = “Panic bomber”)

        1. Dr. Coca Cola


  2. William Mougayar

    Lots of progress since the days of manual mixing. I remember when I used to classify songs in a binder according to the beats sequence, and use 2 turntables and a mixer. You had to work for it. My back-up was a cassette.

  3. pointsnfigures

    Interesting. My daughter dated an EDM guy for a while. First I had heard of it. At Lollapallooza I looked out my window one night to see the entire park filled with people watching an EDM guy spinning records….Ethan? I am amazed at how many messaging apps there are.

  4. JimHirshfield

    I’m not an EDM fan, but I love the value and awesomeness of collaborative digital solutions for musicians. When I was a teenager, the best way to learn a song was to have someone else show me how to play it… That was easier, better, faster, more fun than trying to read music or figure it out by ear.SoundSlice has always blown me away. Check it out… note that you can upload a YouTube video and then sync up how it’s played (guitar tabulature notation).Great education tool. Collaboration as well.…(Press play button)

  5. Conrad Ross Schulman

    Fred you and DJ’s like Gramatik and Diplo should discuss decentralization of audio distribution. #MusicProtocol

  6. john

    Here is an article entitled “The State of the Blockchain in 2015” that I thought you might be interested in.

    1. fredwilson


  7. Twain Twain

    Coincidentally, there’s a team at Accelerate SF hackathon this w/e doing a mashup of HP’s Helion with Splice.I’ll post photo of what they build when they demo it tomorrow — if I make it back to the hackathon.I somehow injured my leg, currently immobile and in pain.

  8. kirklove

    #pimpSplice is slick. Why no support for Pro Tools the industry standard?

    1. fredwilson

      They are knocking them off one of one. No sure why pro tools isnt supported yet. Might be harder than the others????

      1. kirklove

        Possible. My limited knowledge of it was that it, and its plugins, are/were a very closed ecosystem.

    2. aweissman

      if they dont encrypt the next version, there will be support.

      1. fredwilson

        There is the answer. Thanks Andy

  9. bvantil

    Light user but love it – (I esp like being able see how other artists put together tracks). Lots of opportunity in a growing (and passionate) market.

  10. jacobstiglitz

    I don’t know what prompted me to make this comment on this post and not others, but I really enjoy reading about your opinions about your investment decisions/portfolio companies – and I feel like you (Fred) are just a little too cautious to toot your own and your companies’ horns. As far as I can tell, you only back things that are pretty awesome (whether they get traction or not is always a question, but I mean at least they aren’t boring), and I’m always excited to learn about new things like this. I’m not an EDM guy especially, but my roommate here in Vietnam is a DJ who pretends he is a teacher who will love this.Whether you decide to be more vocal in this forum is clearly completely up to you, but I just thought I’d give you a little feedback from one dedicated reader and very infrequent commenter! =)

  11. Michael

    Wow, I’ll be sharing this with my music production friends. I used to make beats and remixes and this would be have been a life saver. External drives fail all the time (lots of horror stories of producers losing work) and managing stuff on dropbox sometimes gets unwieldy. This seems to me like a Github for music production which is a great idea!

    1. fredwilson

      That’s what it is. GitHub for music

  12. Francois Royer Mireault

    I will give Splice a try! Thanks Fred.On the same topic, here are two apps that have completely changed my creative process:1) – instant online music mastering. You finish a mix, throw it in LANDR and it adds a very nice touch (levels, compression, etc).2) – open source your mixes. You can synch your dropbox folder with your tracks and people can pull them, remix them, and republish them.I see a lot of EDM and electronic artists on these platforms. I feel that by their nature (computerz!), these artists are more open to innovative ways of making music. I really wish other genres catch up (rock, jazz, folk, etc), it will make the community and the ressources available better. It will also help startups reach more bands.Cheers

  13. Vitor Conceicao

    Getting a bit late to the discussion (had a very busy week and just catching up today)I’ve been playing with Ableton recently and signed up for splice a few weeks ago but haven’t actually used it, but an interesting info is that Blend, which I understand as being the main competitor for Splice just made a very smart move to get traction and you might think of following it.Last week Coursera started am Introduction to Ableton MOOC from Berklee Music School taught by Erin Barra and they are using Blend as the platform for assignment sharing and peer review grading. Blend is seeing a huge influx of new users because of the course.