Open Labs has been working in WordPress for the better part of a year now. We’ve gotten the hang of what we like to read and share from the WordPress Reader. We have to; it would become a pretty boring place at the Open Labs blog if all we ever did was post updates about ourselves. Obviously, we’re doing some very interesting and groundbreaking things here, but no man is an island. No company is, either. The information we share are the stories we bounce around at the Open Labs HQ while determining the next step for StageLight and the surrounding company. We keep updating and evolving, so we have to make connections to the outside world to grow correctly.
What are some of the favorite posts and blogs for Open Labs to follow? Well, let’s start with the basic building blocks of the kind of news we consume. Obviously we’re looking at new technological breakthroughs, as well as picking up on new music news. The overlapping portion of these two categories is, of course, music technology. We probably spend the most amount of time in that category, or in the similar area of “Music Production,” but we’re not immune to popular culture. In fact, Open Labs, LLC – by our very nature as a company – need to know what the ups and downs of pop culture are on a day-to-day business. Our clients and StageLight users definitely are, and we use these narratives to help us connect.
Let’s dive deeper and find some of the articles we’ve been looking at recently.
As a pure bit of fun, we’ve been enjoying Adriannarama‘s recent writing on David Bowie’s magnum opus, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Check out this excerpt below:
“What inspires me most is essentially that David Bowie really made his mark by not being afraid to demonstrate individualism and originality at a time when most were afraid to step outside of the box for fear of devastation and failure. As a musician, songwriter and producer I see myself harnessing that freedom of expression without having to be afraid to be different or subject to a certain idea. It is our job as artistic and musical creators to share our thoughts, dreams and passions through a universally understandable outlet. I could only hope and dream to reach such an exorbitant amount of people so deeply like Bowie did.”
For a bit more practical type of reading, we can look to WordPress users like Gigaom. Their recent story on San Francisco startup CircleCL receiving a healthy investment from venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) is the kind of up-to-the-minute business update that Open Labs needs to have in its quiver. An excerpt:
“CircleCI, the San Francisco startup that aims to take continuous integration and delivery mainstream, just nailed down $6 million in a Series A funding round led by DFJ to make its SaaS service more broadly available. DFJ partner Bubba Murarka will join CircleCI’s board.
The idea of continuous integration is to streamline the speed of software development, which is ‘difficult as apps grow larger and more complex,’ said CircleCI co-founder Paul Biggar (pictured above) in a statement. ‘This investment allows us to continue to deliver the features developers need to continuously integrate and deliver software faster and far more easily on a global scale.’”
Now for the real bread and butter. This recent post from That Sound Guy Andy is an example of a story that connects most clearly with Open Labs’ goals. It is a review of the PreSonus FaderPort, a new DAW development. What did Andy think?
“The primary use of this Faderport will be with Pro Tools 11. Although designed for Presonus’s DAW ‘Studio One’ (a great little DAW perfect for learning the ropes and more serious work, similar to Reaper but a bit more user friendly) After hearing that it works well with Pro Tools (apart from one Button not working) I decided it was the one I wanted at the same time as not breaking the bank, for me it was the motorized fader that sold it.
In All I believe the FaderPort is a great bit of kit but better suited to the smaller studio. However if to say you wanted a control surface but simply didn’t have the space, then this is definitely worth a look. It is one of those tools that will never stop coming in handy and adds an extra angle you can attack a mix with. For the price and the usability but due to the annoying driver issues I give it an 8 out 10.”
That’s just what we’ve come across today. Open Labs will keep reading and posting. What area of WordPress do you focus on? Let us know in the comments below.