You guessed it, that stands for Yet Another Social Website. I stumbled across a very promising social website today, http://www.splicemusic.com/. Splice is doing a number of very cool things. First off, it’s providing a nice pile of sounds and samples…next, its providing a pretty slick multi track mixing console, a-la fruity loops (or a severly dumbed-down version of garage band). Then, once you’ve used all of these toys to mix up a sweet track, it ties in a social networking community for sharing and swapping new tracks. What’s the twist?
From their FAQ page:
Most amazing things were built For the sake of creativity, we think it's important to share. This is why Splice encourages and fully supports Creative Commons licensing. Creative Commons is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others to build upon and share. All sounds on this site are protected with an Attribution Creative Commons license. This means that other people can use your sounds - but only if they give you credit. If you would like to read more about how this works, we recommend checking out The Creative Commons FAQ.
Sweet! So the guys at Splice know what’s going on. Not only do they give you everything licensed under CC, but they give you all kinds of cool tools for providing your own materials….both audio upload, and a recorder (mic or line in) built into the flash interface. Pretty hot.
Oh did i mention this is all 100% FREE?
Sure, Splice has that snazzy “beta” nomer on it. But what web 2.0 (read “social” website) product wouldnt? This one really deserves it…there’s a solid base of samples to play with, a good pile of users to swap with already…the only real “beta” thing about it is some of the more rich features, which are to come according to their documentation, haven’t been fully tested yet.
This has a ton of potential, and I’ll definately be keeping my eye on it.