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
New Artist Bundle and New Stagelight Packs

New Artist Bundle and New Stagelight Packs

Stagelight musicians, are you ready? Open Labs is unleashing exclusive bundles and new promotions for the holiday season. Look for the following inside Stagelight- Hybrid Acoustic 1 Bundle A FREE percussion bundle of sounds created by Michael Bernard Fitzgerald with only a vintage 1960 Gibson B25 acoustic guitar. Michael, also known as ‘MBF’, is a touring musician and singer/songwriter from Calgary, Canada. His forthcoming full-length release, “I Wanna Make it With You” is slated for release January 2016. Open Labs had the opportunity to partner alongside BitTorrent Inc. and MBF to bring this amazing music bundle to you. We thought you’d like to know how exclusive content is crafted for Stagelight Musicians. Let’s take a look at how this unique Soundpack came to fruition. Behind The Sounds Beatmakers like making beats, but a guitarist needs beats too. Open Labs posed the question: Can an instrument be transformed? And set out to experiment in several sound design recording sessions with MBF.  Transforming an acoustic guitar to percussion proved very interesting. Two important steps were observed— recording the guitar’s body from different percussive hits, letting it ring, and then muting the body to style different pitches and timbres. Plucking muted strings, high and low, would create sharp picking sounds that added texture. Michael also strummed rhythms on muted strings to get loop-able rhythmic elements. Once every sound is recorded, Open Labs’ very own Nicholas O’Toole wave-shapes and sound designs all the recorded guitars. Nicholas utilizes compressors, EQ’s, filters and effects to mimic acoustic drum sounds to make drum kits saying… “We want to show what can be done with everyday instruments and objects to truly get original sound... read more
Stagelight 2.3 is now available on Android, and, its FREE!

Stagelight 2.3 is now available on Android, and, its FREE!

“Stagelight is the first music creation app that allows people to start for free and unlock capabilities as they progress.” said Cliff Mountain, President and CEO of Open Labs. “With our in-app lessons and unlockable features, music listeners can now easily become music makers in 10 minutes or less. We want to ‘Free The Music’ in everyone, which is why we have expanded to Android, the largest operating system in the world.” Stagelight 2.3 has been updated specifically for mobile devices such as smartphones and phablets. The app’s interface is now enhanced for scalability to all relevant screen sizes, so that users can experience the same quality and familiar workflow across all devices and platforms. Stagelight’s mobile expansion also allows people to start a project on one device and complete it on another. Stagelight Key Features Include: Unlimited Audio Playback and Recording: Import audio loops and/or record your own songs with LoopBuilder In-App Lessons: Step-by-step lessons, learn how to build your first song, record instruments and much more Social Sharing: Easily share your songs directly to Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Tumblr and Email via SoundCloud Built-in Instruments: Easy-to-use drum machine with touch pads, on-screen piano keys, synths and more In-App Store: Browse, audition and purchase professional loops, exclusive artist bundles and other advanced features Stagelight is available on devices running Android 4.4+ and Windows PCs running Windows 7 or higher. Minimum Hardware Specs: Dual Core CPU or better, 1GB of RAM (2GB is recommended) and 300MB of available storage. Stagelight is available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Download Stagelight for... read more
Developing Stagelight Q&A

Developing Stagelight Q&A

On the occasional weekday afternoon in the heart of Austin, Texas you can find Stagelight Product Managers Matt Presley and Chris Brown breaking from their daily development cycle for some much needed fresh air down in the beautiful Barton Creek greenbelt. Inside the office you get what you would expect – a wall of Stagelight sound being tweaked and tested all hours of the day and night. So I thought it would be fun to break these hardworking developers off for a quick Q&A session and expose a bit more about the genius behind the world’s easiest music creation app, Stagelight. Q: Introduce yourself and explain how you first got involved with managing the development of Stagelight at Open Labs? Chris: I’m Chris Brown, I’ve been working on this application for 7 years now in one form or another. We are a small company so you have to wear many hats. I have a music and art background so it fell into place that I should be in charge of the UX design. Managing the team was an added responsibility that I was comfortable with as well so I split my time between the two positions. Matt: I am Matt Presley. My background at Open Labs started in 2003. As Chris mentioned, we’ve all worn many hats here. Over the years I’ve worked in product testing, tech support, sales and marketing, and finally landed in product development around 2008. My official role today is Product Manager. I help with spec’ing out the features and functionality of the app, while listening to user feedback to help shape our roadmap. Fun... read more
Creating Ringtones with Stagelight

Creating Ringtones with Stagelight

Making a Ringtone in Stagelight Stagelight a great tool for creating original music and remixes. Once you have finished your masterpiece, there are many ways that you can share it with the world and create your own personal soundtrack. One great way to use your Stagelight creations is to make custom ringtones and notifications for your Android phone or tablet. Step 1: Creating your Ringtone The first step to do this will be to select the song that you want to use. In most cases, you will not want to use the entire song. If you are using a song that you made in Stagelight, just set the loop region to the part of the song that you want to use for your ringtone and then open the mixdown track menu. In the mixdown menu, select “loop region” to make sure that Stagelight only mixes down the part that you have selected. If you would like to use a song that you have created or found some place else, you can add an audio track to a blank project and use a loop region to select the part that you would like to use for your ringtone. Step 2: Getting your Ringtone in the right place Once you have mixed down the song part that you will be using as your ringtone the next step will be to make sure that it is in the correct location on your Android device. If you are using Stagelight on a PC, you will need to connect your Android device to your PC and move the file to the device’s notifications folder.... read more
Zayed Hassan Interview | Linkin Park Contest Winner

Zayed Hassan Interview | Linkin Park Contest Winner

After 12 intense months of competition and thousands of entries, the Stagelight Monthly Music Contest is officially over and the grand prize winner has been selected by Linkin Park. And the winner is… Zayed Hassan!   We recently sat down with Zayed and learned a great deal about this humble, hardworking and passionate musician. We hope you enjoy reading his story and hope that it inspires you as it did us. Follow your dreams and keep making music! Open Labs: When and why did you decide to become a musician? Zayed: Music was there since the beginning of my senses. I started out as percussionist at the age 3 and my instruments were the bowls and pots in the kitchen. That’s what my Maa says! But I truly wanted to be a musician when I started playing guitar at 10. Since then eventually I started to play all the instruments, which fascinated me over the time. I was influenced by Linkin Park, Deep Forest, Slash and almost every great musicians I stumbled upon, from early 90s! For our listeners who have never heard your music, how would you explain your sound in 5-10 words? This is probably the most casual thing I face almost in my every day’s life, since my genre is experimental and I’m not a professional composer. As an experimental composer I work with various physical instruments and virtual instruments. The mood of the song completely depends on my mood while composing. Mostly they are uplifting ones (as I was told). I don’t think my sounds can be compared to other groups or musicians as I am... read more
Open Labs releases Stagelight for Android

Open Labs releases Stagelight for Android

The Fastest Growing OS Now Has The Power To Create Music…The Easy Way! Today Open Labs has announced Stagelight for Android. Stagelight is the easiest and best way to create, share and play with music on Android tablets. Stagelight is packed full of music creation tools, step-by-step lessons, social connections and an in-app store to suit every musical genre. “We are excited to release Stagelight for Android.” said Cliff Mountain, President and CEO of Open Labs. “We have been inundated with requests from potential customers worldwide to move Stagelight to the Android platform. Android is proving every day why it’s the world’s fastest growing OS, and we are delighted to contribute such an amazing app like Stagelight to the community. For less than ten dollars, Android fans now have everything they need to create music like a pro.” Stagelight for Android comes packed with many of the same powerful features as in the Windows version. Stagelight for Android allows beginners, hobbyists and professionals alike to easily create and share their songs, record audio and MIDI, program drums, mash up loops, mix/edit sounds and play on-screen effects and instruments such as the Electro Instrument Series running Key Lock, the piano that can’t play wrong notes. Stagelight for Android is FREE to download and use when operating in DEMO mode. You can purchase the Stagelight for Android license from the in-app store for only $9.99/USD. Stagelight for Android V2.2 Features: In-App Lessons: Step-by-step lessons, learn how to build your first beat, record instruments and much more • Social Sharing: Easily share your songs directly to Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Tumblr and Email via... read more
Zeale ‘Rapz’ with Stagelight

Zeale ‘Rapz’ with Stagelight

You don’t have to sit down with Zeale for very long before you realize that this guy is the real deal. Charismatic, energetic, and personable, Valin “Zeale” Zamarron has a confidence in what he does that exudes on and off camera. His journey to find his sound is an interesting one, and we got a chance to chat with him in Studio A at Orb Recording Studios in Austin, TX. Orb, winner of ‘Best Recording Studio in Austin’, is a beautiful studio nestled in the Texas hill country. Zeale loves doing his recording here and praised the quality of the studio and staff saying, “Orb Recording studios is by far the best studio, in my opinion, in Austin.. maybe even Texas. You have all the gear and all the engineers behind it with the knowledge to execute what you’re looking for”. During the interview, we asked him all about his development as an artist and how Stagelight, The Easy Way to Create Music, makes it fun for him to lay down his ideas when presented with those moments of inspiration. Zeale has made a name for himself both locally in Austin’s emerging hip hop game and nationally as a finalist in 2007 in the same freestyle contest that launched Eminem a few years back, The Ohio Scribblejam. On top of his seasoned freestyle and rapping chops, he continues to push the boundaries with his willingness to experiment with a new sound and feel. His roots in music, “…started as a kid”, Zeale says, “I would hear my mom play a lot of R&B music and my uncle would play... read more
Stagelight Tips and Tricks | June 2015 Edition

Stagelight Tips and Tricks | June 2015 Edition

Welcome to Stagelight Tips and Tricks Blog! This month we will dive into LoopBuilder, our easy to use looping engine, then hit 5 great tips that will give you a jump start in creativity and workflow. Before we get started, Open Labs would like to thank our remarkable Stagelight Beta Team as their feedback and participation in the Stagelight Forum over the past few months has been incredibly helpful to the entire Open Labs Community. Thank you all for your amazing support! Now let’s jump right into some Tips and Tricks… LoopBuilder 101 Stagelight’s LoopBuilder engine makes it fast and easy to build, arrange, mix, edit and share your songs all from one place. To get started in LoopBuilder, we recommend that you try out a SongBuilder lesson first as they will guide you step-by-step through multiple musical genres of your choice and hopefully get you making music faster and better than ever. In Stagelight 2.1, you can now play clips, song parts, and even record new instruments directly in LoopBuilder mode on either your Windows or Android device. If your already a Pro and don’t need lessons, just select the ‘Play’ tab from the Stagelight home screen. Here you can find options to launch a brand new song from scratch, load a song template, or open a recent project you may have already started. If you choose ‘New Song’ then Stagelight will launch you directly into a DrumTrack right inside LoopBuilder. Each clip is an editable track which makes it great to design song parts so you can easily remix or record all with your fingertips. Do you... read more