Open Labs can spend all day talking about the DAW features of StageLight. Our plug-ins, the VST compatibility, our tools and FX. But all that technical detail (which is essential, don’t get us wrong), can sometimes obscure the point of why we are bringing StageLight, the Easy Way to Create Music, to creatives around the world. That reason is simple: because nearly everyone loves music. And the more someone loves music, the more they wish they could do it on their own.
“Air guitar” is something of a cliched, cultural joke at this point, but the silly act gets at something sincere. When guitar music lovers hear an awesome riff or solo (Brian May on “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a common signpost here) they want to emulate that moment and that sound. The impulse behind air guitaring is very much the same impulse that StageLight allows creatives (and potential musicians) to unlock within the click of a button. Though not everyone would admit it, most people would love to be a music star, even for a minute.
Music is one of the universal constants for human life. It binds us, lifts us up, accompanies us in our daily tasks. The writer of this piece is listening to his iPod as he writes this piece. The one major barrier between humanity’s listening practices and the objects we submit our ears to is the (rather high) barrier to musical ability. There are, of course, millions of musicians all over the world. Open Labs is currently trying to meet them all, both established artists and those attempting to break through. But StageLight doesn’t just work for that group – it can help anyone scale that barrier and make music on their own. Whether it’s a lifelong dream or a momentary flash of inspiration, StageLight can be there to help. And even if you read this and say “that isn’t me; I’m not interested in being a musician,” well, are you sure? Who knows when the bug will bite?
So StageLight, and Open Labs in general, is about much more than an affordable, user-friendly DAW app (though we are enthusiastic about providing such a service). StageLight makes technology creative, instead of making music technical. It’s about making dreams and ideas come true that much more easily. The urge to create is a wonderful thing, we think it maybe should be a little easier to achieve that feeling. You’d be amazed how powerful someone feels when they’ve successfully created something that didn’t exist a few hours before. StageLight is bringing this feeling to everyone who uses it: music creation without the frustration, music creation that is enjoyable and liberating.