Propellerhead has launched Discover, a new music-making service that allows you to create, share, collaborate and remix with other musicians.
This free music service connects the Figure and Take mobile apps with the award-winning Reason music production software, to make it easy to exchange music pieces.
Propellerhead is also introducing Discover—feeds of inspiring community-made music ready for you to use, build on, remix and sample in your own creations.
“Our mission has always been about realizing musical dreams, and this is the next step,” said Ernst Nathorst-Böös, Propellerhead CEO. “Unlike other music-making services we’re not building this exclusively for producers. If you love to sing or play guitar, the Propellerhead community creates inspiring music pieces for you to record on. If producing is your passion, there are amazing pieces out there to pick up and build on, sample or remix. We’re launching in beta so you can try it out today and tell us how we can make it perfect for you.” More thoughts from Ernst you find at his blog: https://www.propellerheads.se/blog/crew/propellerhead-make-music-together
The new Propellerhead music-making service brings together Figure and Take apps with the award-winning Reason music production platform to bridge the gap between mobile and studio workflows:
- Move musical ideas between mobile apps and Reason—invite Take users to sing on a Figure beat, or finish a Take song with Reason’s full suite of instruments and effects
- Share music publicly, unlisted to your friends, or to your social network of choice
- Find inspiration in Discover—Propellerhead-curated, community made music pieces, all ready and available for use in your creations
Updated versions of Reason, Take and Figure that connect to the service are available today.
More information: Propellerhead / Discover
Thalamus Lab has announced the release of XSL, a free sample library.
We (Thalamus Lab) want to reach new horizons in collaborative art. With this in mind, we have been curating the XSL, a free sound collection by several artists around the world. The XSL stands out from the rest of libraries by offering all sorts of original and rare audio samples. To call it just a tool would be unfair. We believe everyone will find something into it for striking inspiration.
The XSL features recordings from sound installations, underwater recordings with a custom made hydrophone, the new instrument Arpasauro inspired by harp and organ, field-recordings of wild insects, frogs, rain, thunderstorms, sea waves, planes, machines, an experimental band improvising in a cave 700 meter deep, samples of ceramics, stones, household percussion, vinyl crackle, a clavichord, a violin, a japanese choir, a vocal of a poem, analog synthesizers, drones, pads, sci-fi soundscapes… A total of 324 audio files organized in 30 sound packs.
GET INVOLVED IN THE CO-CREATION OF THE XSL ALBUM
Participants are required to create audio works with the sounds in the XSL and encouraged to collaborate in the process. Our goal is to connect creative people and to work together on something special. Something created collectively and owned by all of us. We challenge you to join our open collaboration for breaking down barriers to collective evolution!
The deadline to submit final works is March 1, 2015. A selection of the submitted works will be presented by Harvestworks (New York), Niu (Barcelona), Netlabelism (Ghent) and Thalamus Lab (Berlin).
The sample library is available to download at no charge, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.
More information: Thalamus Lab / XSL
Gobbler has unveiled Gobbler 2.0 as a free open beta.
Far more than an update to the original Gobbler, this is a new paradigm for collaboration. Data management is a pain in the ass – so kick that time-wasting crap to the curb and focus on what matters…being creative!
“We set out to rethink how creatives work together,” said Gobbler founder and CEO Chris Kantrowitz. “To eliminate the complexities of communication and file management. To let folks stay in their state of flow and just create and collaborate.”
Gobbler 2.0 introduces Workspaces, a new way to manage projects on the cloud that doesn’t rely on a host computer for folder organization. Unlike single-folder cloud solutions, Workspaces enable multiple participants to work on the same creative project simultaneously. When a project is synchronized, only the changed elements are uploaded/downloaded, thanks to Gobbler’s proprietary technology. Workspaces can be shared privately or publicly – work with select collaborators, or share your work with the world, Github-style. Collaborators can also easily communicate with one another using the new live chat system built in to the Gobbler 2.0 web app.
“Workspaces has really cleaned my shit up,” said co-founder Bob Gobbler. “My projects are frickin’ sparkling now…I finally know where all of my stuff is!”
The modern creative collaborative process involves more than just the exchange of DAW file types – which is why Gobbler 2.0 supports files of all types as part of projects. Add a JPEG of album artwork, a couple MP3 bounces – Gobbler now handles it all. You’ll be amazed at the speed with which your large and diverse projects run on this cloud: with state of the art compression algorithm management, Gobbler 2.0 can optimize transfers based on file type, resulting in far smaller transfer blocks then ever before.
“The shit runs fast!” said Bob.
HGST, a Western Digital company, has also announced a strategic alliance between its G-Technology brand and Gobbler.
With a common goal of delivering innovative solutions for creative professionals, G-Technology and Gobbler are solving some of the most challenging issues with creative workflows by developing technology that melds highly reliable local storage with a cutting-edge collaboration platform designed with the pro-audio workflow in mind.
More information: Gobbler
Futucraft has released version 1.0.13 of Cotracks, a collaborative music studio for teamwork on a single iPad.
With Cotracks you can create multiple layers of loops and phrases using multiple instruments. Cotracks is designed to maintain your creative flow and is always ready to capture your ideas, regardless whether you are flying solo or collaborating with others.
It’s like playing with a band, but this time you can record and play back your own parts, in perfect sync with others, and create the constituents for a great track at the same time. With Cotracks the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Changes in Cotracks v1.0.13
- Overdub recording – add new notes to sequences by blending.
- Swing – nondestructive time and velocity swing control over the whole song or by individual tracks.
- Tap tempo – quickly synchronize playback tempo with external music by tapping.
- Audiobus 2 support – available on devices with iOS 7 and later.
- IAA – Inter App Audio support.
Cotracks is available for purchase for $4.99 USD.
More information: Futucraft / Cotracks
GrooveCloud has launched a beta for its collaborative music sequencer for Android.
GrooveCloud is a collaborative music sequencer for the Android platform that enables users to make music together.
Within GrooveCloud, songs can be composed by multiple musicians at the same time. For example, imagine yourself arranging a drum pattern while a friend is taking care of the bass section and someone else is arranging the track.
The interaction is also available in the mixer and the fx section, allowing remote set of the mix scene on all the devices connected.
The GrooveCloud beta plan is available to subscribers now.
More information: GrooveCloud
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