Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II Month 3 Winners

Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II Month 3 Winners

Month three has come to a triumphant conclusion. The inaugural hip hop month of the Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II brought down the house and proved to be a most difficult month to judge. From raw talent to refined flows, our top ten is our strongest lineup yet. Every artist is so different we’re confident you’ll find a new musician to follow and add to your playlists. Thank you to everyone who participated, shared music, and voted. Every single one of you made this our biggest month to date.  Here are the winners-   First Place Winner: Nick Ray & LOC Song: November Nick Ray & LOC are a dynamic duo from New Orleans, LA. Nick Ray brings bluesy NOLA inspired vocals to the fierce verses spit out by LOC. Together, Nick Ray and LOC, exemplify balance and harmony. There’s a natural ease to their back and forth. Without a doubt, Nick Ray is the eye to LOC’s lyric hurricane. With an entire album already recorded, this duo has a ‘sound’ figured out, and it works. This is no surprise. We’re big fans of our gulf neighbor to the east-New Orleans. Nick Ray and Loc are not an unlikely duo. Instead, they’re exactly what you’d expect from a culturally rich place with a stake in music progress. As part of the first place prize package, Nick Ray and LOC will receive this powerful creation machine—the Lenovo Ideacentre Y900 series computer with the ThinkVision Pro2840m 28-inch 4K LCD Monitor, powered by Intel. Also, a Blue Microphones Yeti Pro, and a Blue Headphones Mofi. Aside from technology, Nick Ray and Loc will also get a Linkin Park... read more
Summer of Sounds, Loops, and Bundles!

Summer of Sounds, Loops, and Bundles!

Open Labs is excited to present this Summer’s new lineup of custom Stagelight sounds, loops and bundles. Each pack will give you more ammo to create unique sounds for your next bangin’ track. All are available at new in-app prices. That’s right! This summer, Open Labs is offering all sounds and loops for just $2.99 each. Consistent pricing levels the playing field and makes it easier for you to expand your royalty-free loop library. Sit back and preview these new packs (Classic 808) or, revisit our hip hop inspired loop packs (Legendary and Trap). Pop your new favs right into your shopping cart and save. Collect them all before this unbelievable steal ends!   Sizzling summer sounds are here and inspired by the classics! Do you want to elevate your drum track?  Stagelight has a new suite of vintage drum machines that are perfect for achieving the old-school drum sounds that you know and love. 12 BitFunk transforms your drum sounds with 10 new drum kits processed thru a vintage 12 bit sampler. The result is a low-fi and funky sound. Classic ’80s Drums adds over 245 one shots and 29 drum kits inspired by the most iconic drum machines of the 1980’s. Classic 808 packs 10 drum kits, 65 one shots and 4 ElectroBass presets inspired by the original 808 sounds. Having any of these sounds loaded into the Stagelight drum track is a beautiful thing.   Fill out your songs with exclusive loops and styles! Got Styles? Stagelight constantly expands its massive style based library with even more quality, high def, and royalty-free loops. Iconic Rock 1... read more
Glitch 6

Glitch 6

Glitch 6 is a multi-effects processor that is designed to add rhythmic variations to the incoming audio signal. Glitch 6 is composed of six effects. Each effect is controlled by a 16 step sequencer that is always synced to Stagelight’s BPM.     Master Section:   The master section of Glitch 6 controls how much of your signal will be processed. This is done by mixing the dry (unaffected) and the wet (affected) signal with the dry and wet controls. This lets you add in as much or as little of the effect as you like. The dry/ wet controls can also be automated to, allowing you to easily bring the effects in and take them out at the right time. The master section also has a band pass filter that affects only the wet signal. This can also be automated, opening up more creative ways to mix in the effects.   Repeat:   The Repeat section is the core of Glitch 6. The repeater works by storing the audio that is passed through in a buffer. The audio is then played back based on the sequencer and the Length, Repeats and Decay parameters. The sequencer will determine when and if Glitch 6 will trigger the repeats. This is based on the  probability graph, at a setting of zero, the repeat will not be trigger, setting a step to the middle will cause the repeats to trigger 50% of the time and when set to full the repeats will always trigger when the step is played. The Length setting will determine how much of the audio will be played back... read more
Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II Month 2 Winners

Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II Month 2 Winners

Month two of the Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II brought the most diversity yet. From dark, turbulent sounds to airy space-like tracks. Everyone came to impress and did not disappoint. After a week of deliberation, and a lot of listening, the Open Labs team is ready to crown a winner, second place, and the remainder of the top ten. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared music.  And to all of you who listened and voted, we hope you find one or more new tracks to add to your playlists.       First Place Winner: FLARES Song: Living Shadows FLARES aka Marc Alan comes to us from Baltimore, Maryland. We’re proud to present him to a new audience and crown him as our front runner for Month two.  Having been part of the Stagelight community for some time, we feel like FLARES is part of the family. His song, Living Shadows, stood out for its mood, vivid imagery, and originality. Congrats! We’ve enjoyed watching FLARES evolve and experiment. We know you’ll agree that he’s most deserving of first place. As part of the first place prize package, FLARES will receive this powerful creation machine—the Lenovo Ideacentre Y900 series computer with the ThinkVision Pro2840m 28-inch 4K LCD Monitor, powered by Intel. Also, a Blue Microphones Yeti Pro, and a Blue Headphones Mofi. Aside from technology, FLARES also gets a Linkin Park Underground 15 Super Bundle with archived merchandise.   Second Place Winner: Professor Saibertin Song: Babydoll This month’s second place winner is Professor Saibertin. His submission, Babydoll caught our attention for its blend of melancholy melody and rigid industrial sounds. Professor Saibertin can’t be pinned down... read more
Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II Month 1 Winners

Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II Month 1 Winners

The inaugural month of the Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II has come to an exciting end. The votes poured in until the very end. 14,000+ total! Song submissions varied in style and length. We mulled over every entry over the last few weeks, leaving no stone unturned. Today, we announce the outcome—first place winner, second place winner, and the remaining top ten. We couldn’t be more proud of our artists and hope you like them just as much!   First Place Winner: Rob Grounds Song: Ease My Scream Rob hails from Farmington, MO where he’s been working hard and creating music non-stop. He’s versatile, and on top of his game. His song, Ease My Scream, stood out for its quality, appeal, and originality. We think Rob has a bright future ahead of him and couldn’t be happier to connect him with one of his idols, Chester Bennington! As part of the first place prize package, Rob will receive this sweet setup—the Lenovo Ideacentre Y900 series computer with the ThinkVision Pro2840m 28-inch 4K LCD Monitor, powered by Intel. Also, a Blue Microphones Yeti Pro, and a Blue Headphones Mofi. Aside from technology, Rob also gets a Linkin Park Underground 15 Super Bundle with archived merchandise. Congratulations Rob, you deserve it!   Second Place Winner: Frozen Soundscape Song: Between Tides Frozen Soundscape is a two-man collaboration effort comprised of Thomas Fiorilli and Alex Mascart. Both Thomas and Alex are from the UK and make music independently. Both are up and comers whose interests are as varied as their music. Between Tides caught our attention for its ambitious use of different sounds... read more
5 Music Making Tips to Get You Started (or Unblocked!)

5 Music Making Tips to Get You Started (or Unblocked!)

We all love music, but we don’t all have the tools to create it. Yes, tools. Making music isn’t a privilege, and you don’t have to be a divine virtuoso to pen a tune or two. Today, we want to inspire your inner music maker and provide a basic music making toolkit. We’ve included tried and true exercises that we’ve all done. By we, I mean us, the folks behind Open Labs. We range from music listeners transitioning to music makers (me!) to expert performers and producers. If you’re already a pro, you may want to revisit some of these fundamental ideas and do the exercises yourself. You never know what will cure sporadic writer’s block.   Tip #1: Record Ideas Creative sparks come and go at the most inopportune times. Be prepared. Have a tool to record random thoughts and spurts of inspiration. Our suggested tool: your smartphone. You can start by using a simple voice memo. Start recording ideas as they come up. Once you’re in a groove, graduate to a more comprehensive tool, like Stagelight. Create a new song and add an audio track to make the most of your built in mic, or use the full-screen drum pad to tap out a beat. You can resume your song later, or build it out when time permits. If this doesn’t resonate, you may be the pen and paper type. We encourage you to pursue your analog ways! Whatever works. Exercise 1: What’s the first sound you hear in the morning? Birds? Alarm? Traffic? Record it.  Does it change? Does it have repeating element or a rhythm?... read more
Stagelight 2.4.2 is here and you should update ASAP!

Stagelight 2.4.2 is here and you should update ASAP!

What are you waiting for? Stagelight 2.4.2 is here and with it comes a slew of improvements and an exciting new instrument, ElectroComposer.     We’re particularly proud of our UI enhancements. Now it’s easier for you to play instruments on your phone. Why? Because we made them full screen. We’re all about that creative spark and having full-screen instruments on phones makes it easier to free the music, on the go.   Stagelight 2.4.2 has made it even easier to take your ideas and turn them into finished compositions with its updated Record to Timeline feature. Once you have added, created, and recorded all of your ideas to cells in loopbuilder and have a basic idea of how you would like to arrange them, you can arm the record to timeline feature and play your loops in the desired order to compose your song. You can find the record to timeline button in the transport options menu. Once record to timeline is armed, all the loops and patterns that you play will be recorded to the timeline and you can now see your timeline recording progress with Stagelight’s new Timeline preview feature. Once you have finished recording, you can go over to the timeline to listen to your song and create a shareable wav file. With the Windows or Android Core Unlock Bundle, you can unlock the timeline and further craft your composition with timeline editing and automation tools.   Lastly, a new instrument for everyone. We want to hear what you come up with using ElectroComposer. Maybe you’ll compose such a great track you’ll win the Stagelight Monthly Music... read more
Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II

Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II

Music makers and music fans get ready! Open Labs is launching Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II on March 14, 2016 and this year, the contest rewards music makers and music fans. Once again we’ve partnered with leading technology partners—Intel and Lenovo—to present winning contestants with the latest in studio technology. And, not to be outdone, our artists partner, Grammy®-Award-winning rock band Linkin Park, will provide the grand prize winner a priceless mentoring studio session!   Interested? Here is all you need to know- This is a global contest. Doesn’t matter where you are. If you create original music, are at least 13 years old, and are not signed to a label, you qualify. To enter, submit your track on the Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II website. Each month focuses on a different music style, first month is rock. You can see a list of upcoming styles on the Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II homepage. Okay, you have a track, you’ve submitted the track and now what? Share, share, share and get some votes! Anyone can vote. Your friends, your family, your social network, your weird neighbor. Share your track, and encourage everyone you know to vote for your track. The more votes you get, the likelier your are to win. Need an incentive to get people to vote? Here it is- Stagelight believes that music fans are vital and should be rewarded for participating. This year, every voter is entered into weekly sweepstakes. All you have to do is listen and vote. Every week a voter will be picked at random and awarded one of four sweepstakes prizes.  ... read more
Open Labs brings Stagelight for Android to the Big Stage at NAMM 2016!

Open Labs brings Stagelight for Android to the Big Stage at NAMM 2016!

This week , Open Labs is headed to NAMM. In case you’re not familiar, NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music. The members of NAMM also pride themselves in strengthening the $17 billion global music products industry. The annual NAMM trade show serves as a hub for people wanting to seek out the newest innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound and lighting. As such, Open Labs is excited to be there and here is what you can expect to see from us- Open Labs is bringing Stagelight for Android to the big Stage at NAMM 2016 (Jan 21st-24th). Director of Business Development, Nicholas O’Toole, will be speaking on the A3E Architects of Audio™ Series – AoA 3: “Google Powered Audio: The Web Platform & Android OS” panel on Saturday 23, 2016 at 5:00pm/PST. Through a designated moderator, Nicholas and the rest of the speakers will discuss Android and Audio for the Web Platform are emerging as two major opportunities for growth in audio production. Android users make up the majority of mobile device owners, and the past year has seen tremendous strides in low latency and increased product development. Meet the industry giants who conquered the challenges of the Android OS and Web Platform, and explore the opportunities ahead if you make your audio apps “cross platform.” Audio latency is defined as the time delay that an audio signal experiences as it passes through a system. On a mobile device, this is related to the time it takes from tapping on a screen to receiving... read more
2015: A Music-Making Year in Review

2015: A Music-Making Year in Review

With the advent of a new year comes a time for reflection. 2015 has been a year of accelerated growth for Open Labs and we’re excited to keep the momentum going. We wanted to spotlight, recognize, and share all the changes that made 2015 such an exciting year.  Here’s to an even better 2016! Developing Stagelight 2015 saw the most exciting change to date for Stagelight—the 2.3 release with a freemium option. However, the road to 2.3 was paved by two important updates, the Stagelight 2.1 and the Stagelight Android release. Along with enhanced loop builder and drum track, Stagelight 2.1 came with the ability to share your tracks directly on social media. Social sharing is at the heart of our mission to ‘Free the Music in You’ and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  After the Stagelight 2.1 update came Stagelight’s highly anticipated Android release. After many late nights and hours of dedication, the Stagelight development team released Stagelight for Android. The Stagelight build for Android, similar to our existing Windows version, includes features such as: built-in instruments, loop builder, timeline mode, etc. Having Stagelight available for Android introduced a larger and broader audience to music creation. Just like Stagelight 2.1 was aligned with our mission to ‘Free the Music in You,’ Stagelight for Android proved that Open Labs is dedicated to its mantra—The Easy Way to Create Music.   Stagelight 2.3 Although Stagelight 2.1 and Stagelight for Android were both ambitious releases, we didn’t stop there. Stagelight 2.3 launched in Mid-November and with it came the biggest announcement to date—Stagelight is now available on android mobile... read more