At this point at the end of July, the news about Stagelight 2.0 has spread far and wide. Open Labs knows, however, that the 2.0 update has a whole lot to unpack for music creatives old and young. As Open Labs community artist and Stagelight super-user C. Rich Productions puts it, “Wow. Stagelight 2.0 is not an update. It’s a whole new program.”
In the spirit of that statement, let’s use this blog as a tool to investigate the nooks and crannies of the new Stagelight app. For the purposes of this installment, we are going to focus on one of the biggest and most groundbreaking changes in the interface. We’re speaking, of course, of LoopBuilder.
LoopBuilder is just one of many new features in Stagelight, but it could promise to be one of the most effective and far-reaching. This loop-style production feature allows Stagelight creatives to mix, mash up and record their best performances and takes in a single touch. Breaking it down, what that means is that songwriters can now move their composing from one song-length block to a series of melodic compartments that fit seamlessly together. LoopBuilder allows the Stagelight creative to dig into one particular aspect of a song – the intro drum beat, the piano part behind the verse, layering voices on a chorus, etc – and tinker and mold it to perfection. The resulting loop will be “built” into the Stagelight interface, where it can be moved and turned off/on as the artist needs it. Once the artist starts layering these loops on one another, song creation will literally fall into itself through the various loops working together.
The impact of LoopBuilder on composition has yet to be seen in its full power – Stagelight’s 2.0 update has been out for a little more than a week at this point. But the implications are huge. Artists thinking of making a full song may be intimidated by the full weight of the composition placed upon their shoulders. LoopBuilder allows the job to be broken down into easier, more manageable bits. And the high level of creative control that can be wielded makes sure that the recording of the song segments goes exactly to the Stagelight creative’s plan.
Check back in with the official Stagelight 2.0 release video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se3NlCdhTGM. You can see some footage of LoopBuilder in action. However, the real excitement will come from the many, many Stagelight musicians who are shaping LoopBuilder to the whims of their muse.
OPEN LABS NEWS:
There’s a lot going on with Open Labs these days. Beyond the continuing effect of the new Stagelight update, we’re moving in new directions with various other initiatives.
First off, the third month of the Stagelight #MonthlyMusicContest is right around the corner. The genre for the third month is hip-hop. It will be a rap and beat-filled August. Entries begin on August 1 and the final day to vote will be on August 21.
Additionally, keep your eyes open for the official announcement of the second month’s winner. The best electronica track has been picked and we are going live with the celebration on August 1.
This past weekend Open Labs’ production team went to Miami and took part in the shooting of a commercial for Stagelight with the one and only Timbaland. We’ll have to wait a bit to see the final version, but we’re sure it’ll look great. Tim had a great time, too:
And Open Labs community artist Jamie Starr, the man behind Echoscape Records, released his new album “Love” earlier this week. You can hear the record here: http://bit.ly/1tTNik1. That’s the kind of work you can do with Stagelight on your Windows desktop, laptop or tablet. We expect many more recordings to appear in the coming weeks and months.
Let us know what you’ve been doing with LoopBuilder in the comments below. It’s an exciting time for Open Labs and musicians worldwide.