The software will be used to compile data on which songs are played, ensuring that the money collected through licensing fees for all songs played will go towards the right artists.
DJ Monitor's track ID service combines direct metadata capture and music recognition technology.
Direct metadata capture technology records the track, artist name and any other metadata present on a Pioneer DJ CDJ3000 during a DJ's set.
Meanwhile, music recognition technology records audio from performances and compares it to its database of source material. The audio recorded is used to create an audio fingerprint which is then compared it to other fingerprints in the database to determine which track is being played. The whole process takes a few seconds.
The music recognition technology uses a database which includes more than 110 million songs, meaning a significant percetange of tracks in any DJ set can be detected.
DJ setlist privacy is maintained as no details about when or who played specific tracks are recorded, which was a crucial consideration when stakeholders were discussing the initiative.
Pioneer DJ's parent company AlphaTheta Corporation acquired a 25% stake in DJ Monitor last year.
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The system that E1 has integrated is a huge step towards artists getting their fare share of royalties. While money is collected through licensing fees, it has always been a problem finding what songs are played and therefore which artists should receive what amount: the KUVO-powered DJ Monitor track identification technology solves that problem.
Jack Henry, Operations Manager at E1, told Mixmag: "We’re proud to launch DJ Monitor’s Music Recognition Technology at E1. We’re committed to ensuring independent, upcoming artists and producers are able to succeed, and with this technology, they are one step closer to being paid for their hard work. The data captured by the DMC and MRT can help our bookings and marketing team to understand the type of music being played on rotation, which is valuable insight to help our programming going forwards. This goes further to cement our partnership with Pioneer, DJ Monitor and KUVO."
Tibor Heskett is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow him on Twitter