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Android gets a music editing app

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

The reason you don’t find many audio editing options on Android is due to the operating system not being great when it comes to latency, normally audio is slightly delayed during recording). But with the launch of Open Labs‘ new Stagelight app on Android, that should get a bit better.  Stagelight first launched as a Windows audio editing app that could be used by everyone from casual music makers to professionals, an alternative to GarageBand for those without a Mac. It provides an easy interface to create or mix tracks, and even offers original sound libraries (for a fee) from popular artists such as Linkin Park and Timbaland, both of whom are part owners. You can import audio you’ve recorded and pretty quickly test different beats and sounds from those libraries within the Stagelight platform. Therefore, the move to Android was a natural next step that was previously held back by the last few versions of the OS not being ideal for recording, according to Open Labs founder Cliff Mountain.

When it came to testing Stagelight on Android there was 0.5 to 2 seconds of latency on some devices.  So If you can imagine trying to tap out a beat, you couldn’t tap and keep up in time because the output latency would throw you off.  In simpler terms, it would be like trying to learn an entirely new song with a band whose individual members were between one and two seconds behind what you were playing. But with release of Android Marshmallow, that isn’t the case. Open Labs worked with both Google and Intel to fine tune Stagelight’s ability to perform on par with other pro audio editing apps.

A list of all the lessons Stagelight offers for people that aren’t familiar with making their own tracks.  The Stagelight Android app, which launches today, is initially available as a free download, much like its Windows application. The free version will let users create new tracks, and offers tutorials for those who aren’t very familiar with how to make a song on the platform. Premium versions of Stagelight range from $10 to $100 and allow users to save tracks, share or upload music to sites like SoundCloud, use better looping tools, gain access to larger sound libraries, and more.

Even more than fixing the latency issues, bringing Stagelight to Android will help further the company’s goal of getting people more comfortable with making music.  All people have music inside them, when you walk into a room full of people and ask who enjoys music, the majority will raises their hand. But if you ask how many enjoy making music, it’s usually only a small number because there is a preconceived idea that producing music is difficult. It doesn’t have to be.

Building a track on the Stagelight platform.
For some, this might not be as much of an issue.  Internationally, there is a much bigger opportunity for a good music creation/editing on Android, especially for Stagelight, which is available in 127 countries.  Research shows that most people outside of the U.S. use Android phones, so Open Labs developed Stagelight for Android to give everyone a chance to use this amazing music tool.

Open Labs said eventually it would like to add more features that allow users to share their work, as well as the ability to save audio editing projects to the cloud to make better use of Android’s mobility.

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