Let’s Take a Look at LoopBuilder in Stagelight 2.0 (and other Open Labs News)

Open Labs image for LoopBuilderAt 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.


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:

Open Labs image for Timbaland commercial shoot

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.

Stagelight 2.0 Is Available Today. The Latest Version Of The Easy Way To Create Music Brings New Composing Breakthroughs

Artwork for Stagelight 2.0

Today is the day. Open Labs has unveiled Stagelight, version 2.0 for download/purchase. The most inspiring and groundbreaking version of Stagelight to date is available for Windows-using musicians worldwide.  Stagelight’s landmark DAW interface and overall functionality is now more powerful, more intuitive and equipped with a whole host of new, touch-friendly tools, features and sounds. Existing Stagelight users will get the update FREE, and newcomers can have 2.0 on their desktop/laptop/tablet for the famously affordable price of $9.99.

“Stagelight 2.0 is here and is ready for the world to create and play with music,” says Cliff Mountain, President and CEO of Open Labs. “It is our most captivating version of Stagelight so far thanks to our team and the amazing participation and feedback from our community of music enthusiasts all around the globe. Stagelight 2.0 truly delivers on our promise to make music creation and performance accessible to anyone regardless of wealth, education or experience.”

What does Stagelight 2.0 bring to the game? Well, it’s the dawn of a new day in touch screen-powered music creation.

Let’s begin with LoopBuilder, Stagelight’s brand new tool which improves composing ease for even the most established Stagelight musician. LoopBuilder is a loop-style production feature that will allow you to mash up, mix and record your best performances and takes in a single touch. Experiment with the hundreds of FREE loops included with Stagelight 2.0, or import your own custom sounds for a unique mix of different styles and genres. It doesn’t matter if you’re just beginning to make music, a seasoned DJ or a professional music producer, LoopBuilder delivers the fun and excitement required for all types of music creation and performance. LoopBuilder, however, is just one of many new feature enhancements found in Stagelight 2.0.

Another enhancement is the new Electro Instrument Series, which provides a whole new range of new sounds to be inspired by. Do you want a hard rock sound for your guitar solo? How about some heavy rap beats for the hip-hop track you’re putting work on? The Electro Instrument Series gives you the melodic sounds of the universe.

Also, well-known and trusted Stagelight features, like our native FX, are still around for 2.0 and are better than ever. The native FX, when combined with LoopBuilder and the Electro Series, can give you almost unlimited options. If that’s not enough, Key Lock, the piano that can’t play wrong notes, is also still around to be used in Stagelight 2.0 melodies.

Stagelight 2.0 image from Open Labs

There’s still another major introduction to make. Meet the Stagelight in-app store, where creatives will find loops, exclusive bundles and other advanced features that can be added to a Stagelight library at an incredibly low price. There’s so much to try out and look over; Stagelight’s in-app store gives you the power to find the world-class sounds and features you want, when you want them. All this without ever having to leave the app. The store is also where you will find the much-lauded exclusive content from Open Labs partners Timbaland and Linkin Park.

And feel free to take a music lesson with the updated and improved SongBuilder2. Explore new genres and approaches outside of your comfort zone with Stagelight 2.0’s advanced tutorials. Once you’ve purchased your in-app store sounds/loops, created a melody with the Electro Instrument Series and arranged your creation with Key Lock, native FX and LoopBuilder, you’ll be happy SongBuilder2 was there at the beginning to guide the way. And when you’ve put those final tweaks and polishes on the song, share your new creation with followers, friends and family by using Stagelight’s one-touch publishing to the cloud/SoundCloud.

Additionally, Stagelight 2.0’s streamlined interface and optimized, touch-friendly editing suite provides an even more intuitive touch screen experience than ever before.

All of these listed enhancements for Stagelight 2.0 come with a smaller footprint, faster load time and added performance. Stagelight’s ease of use, cutting-edge functionality and low price has allowed Open Labs to capture customers in more than 120 countries worldwide and has unlocked countless possibilities for musicians, creators and educators alike.  With version 2.0, Stagelight is now the most desirable music creation app available for mobile and desktop PCs.

One more thing: there is a special, secret “Easter Egg” hidden somewhere in the in app. Keep an eye on our social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Tumblr, YouTube, Google+, and WordPress – for upcoming hints on where it is. The musician who first finds the Easter Egg will receive one FREE copy of all Stagelight 2.0 sound packs.

Open Labs Easter Egg image

Also, check out some 2.0 sounds on our SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/openlabsmusic/tracks.  Musicians can get an even better sense of what the app can do from these songs.

Stagelight is the Easy Way To Create Music. And it just got easier. If you haven’t already, download your copy today for only $9.99.

Big Things On The Horizon For Open Labs. Keep Your Eyes Open…

Over the last year and a half, Open Labs has been proud to bring Stagelight, the groundbreaking, affordable and easy music creation app, to musicians, producers and composers around the world. We kept pushing the app/DAW technology, and we further broke through with elements like Key Lock, “the piano that can’t pay wrong notes” and special Stagelight editions from Linkin Park and Timbaland. We’ve made connections and upped the Windows-based music creation game significantly.

But we’re not resting on our laurels. We never do. And fans of the touch-screen compatible, accessible drum machine-appointed, unlimited track making, easy SoundCloud-uploading Stagelight are going to have a lot to dive into in the very near future.

Stagelight 2.0 teaser image from Open Labs

So if you love Stagelight, or if you are thinking of starting your music composition career/hobby soon, pay attention to Open Labs’ social media and website (www.openlabs.com) over the next few days – that means Open Labs’ Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, SoundCloud and, well, WordPress. There is some major news coming down the pipeline, and those channels will be the place to find it.

Open Labs is excited to pilot our Easy Way to Create Music template proudly into the back half of 2014 and beyond; who knows what could be coming next? Our growing Artist Community will be a major conduit for the new news, as will our aforementioned partnerships with Timbaland and Linkin Park.

And the announcement won’t be the only thing going on, either. The Stagelight Monthly Music Contest (#MonthlyMusicContest) will be going strong for the rest of the year as various Stagelight composers submit their tracks in month-specific genres. If they win, they’re looking at a monthly prize that measures in at over $3,000 in top-brand music gear. And the grand prize winner – picked at the end of the year from all the winners of the previous months – will get a free Dell XPS computer and hours of precious studio time with none other than Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington and the rest of the guys in Linkin Park. By the way:

The final day to submit your electronic track for the July Stagelight #MonthlyMusicContest is Sunday, July 20. Have you finished your track yet?

If not, put the final touches on your song soon and enter for your chance to win over $3,000 in music gear.

Don’t know how to enter? All your answers are here on Open Labs’ website: http://bit.ly/1o46Ezw

What do you think the big news from Open Labs will be? Even if you can guess the general gist of it, you won’t be able to see all the details and folds in the announcement. We’ve moved from building an audience to piloting the Stagelight zeitgeist. We’re moving toward that glorious future where anyone – no matter their skill, age or training – can bring their music to the world. Open Labs is perfectly situated in the modern digital age, where tracks and melodies waft on the online waves with the flick of a finger.

We are excited about the burbling, soon-to-explode community of Stagelight users that will swell our ranks in the coming months. We want to hear tracks from each and every one of you. The time to focus on your creativity is now, because Open Labs is going to revolutionize the way music is made in the 21st Century.

Jenny Q: Beatles ‘Mystery Music’ – Ringo’s Remarks


Even after seeing “A Hard Day’s Night” many, many times, new details still pop up. One of the greatest movies.

Originally posted on 98.7 KLUV:

An unidentified piece of music in A Hard Day’s Night has fans all a-twitter!

With the recent DVD release and theatrical screenings of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first film, this issue simply must be resolved. Write your congressman!

The 30-second clip, heard while The Beatles are on a train, has become known as “Train Music,” and there are some who believe it’s an unreleased Beatles recording.

Ringo was asked about it this week: “I’m afraid I have to help keep it a mystery. I don’t remember.”

He & his All-Starr Band are on the road now and will be performing here in October. Maybe by then he’ll give up the goods.

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Germany-Brazil shatters Twitter’s record for sports tweets. Is this the tipping point for mainstream adoption?


Do you think this #WorldCup is the tipping point for mainstream acceptance (AKA U.S. acceptance) of soccer as a major sport?

Originally posted on PandoDaily:


Every four years during the World Cup, sports columnists gather in their sports columnist lairs to humbly ask, “Is this the tipping point for America to care about soccer?” (America’s anxiety over “soccer football” dates back at least to 1914).

A more recent but analogous tradition also takes place among tech columnists every time something big, live, and interesting occurs on a national or global stage: “Is this the tipping point for mainstream Internet users to care about Twitter?”

Last night, these two questions met head on as Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil became the most-tweeted sporting event in Twitter’s history. Users sent 35.6 million tweets, shattering the previous record held by last February’s less-than-thrilling Super Bowl which generated 24.9 million tweets. The match also set a record for tweets-per-minute, with users sending 580,166 a minute in the wake of Sami Khedira’s goal from 29 feet out which put Germany up 5-0.

So the question remains, as always…

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Seinfeld Emojis Are Here to Enhance Your Conversations About Nothing


Imagine how this will enhance our daily lives!

Originally posted on TIME:

Ever try to make a joke about Seinfeld and then have to spend so much time setting up the episode before you get the point of your story? Now, you can just type one key on your phone — like the “puffy shirt” — to make the reference.

Created by Seinfeld 2000, a Twitter account that imagines Seinfeld plot lines in the 21st century, the emojis below cannot actually be incorporated in your phone’s keyboard, but fans will still get a kick out of browsing the site.

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Get the hang of using them if Emojli, the emoji-only social network, ever comes out.

MORE: Seinfeld at 25: There’s Still Nothing Else Like It

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It’s Time To Enter The Stagelight #MonthlyMusicContest

Banner for Stagelight Monthly Music Contest

Have you heard of the Stagelight Monthly Music Contest? This is one of the biggest and most ambitious initiatives Open Labs has ever undertaken. This year-long contest, for which we have teamed up with Linkin Park, Guitar Center, Dell and several other top-of-the-line vendors, is a chance to hear from Stagelight composers around the world working in multiple genres. Currently the first month of the contest (June) is finished and a winner is in the process of being chosen. June was open to submissions in the rock genre, and Open Labs received dozens of entries. From these, 10 finalists were sent over to the Linkin Park Underground for the final winner’s selection.

Here’s the long view of how the Monthly Music Contest (#MonthlyMusicContest) will work over the next year:

Every month, Open Labs will take in Stagelight compositions in a specified genre. The upcoming month of July will be focusing on Electronic music. Contestants are encouraged to spread the word to gain “likes” after submitting their tracks. The ten songs with the most likes on SoundCloud will be turned over to the Linkin Park Underground (LPU) and/or our vendor partners for final choosing of the winner. We somewhat just explained this in the last paragraph, but this makes it more straightforward.

Of course, each entry will be vetted and approved by Open Labs staff before being placed on the contest page.

Simply stated, this the best opportunity yet for Stagelight creatives to get their work out to a larger audience. Although they’ll be in competition with others, their songs will be listed in an easy-to-access way on the SoundCloud contest page and will thus be available to a wider audience than the artists’ personal SoundCloud page could afford. The Monthly Music Contest (#MonthlyMusicContest, if you’re into the hashtag thing) is also a great showcase for the genre flexibility contained within the Stagelight DAW.

But the obvious, major draw are the prizes. Each month, the contest winner will receive over $3,000 in music gear; if you’re already making something that gets enough “likes” and admiration to win a major contest, imagine what these prizes could do for you:

An Arturia MIDI keyboard controller. M50x Headphones from Audio-Technica. A Big Fish Audio audio loop pack. An Essential Series Blue Microphone from Blue Microphones. Dell’s special Venue 8 Pro Tablet.  A Fishman TriplePlay MIDI Guitar System. Focusrite’s 2i2 USB Audio Interface. A Total Studio 3 Bundle from IK Multimedia. LSR305 speakers from JBL Professional. A MVP Loops Audio Loop Pack. A VST product from UVI.

That’s a pretty impressive haul, but there’s still the big one. At the end of the year, a special overall winner will be selected from the entire pack of previous contest victors for the Grand Prize: a FREE Dell XPS computer, and a day in the studio with none other than Linkin Park! Imagine the opportunity. Learning and trading ideas with Mike, Chester, Brad and the rest of the LP guys. They’ve just released a new album, The Hunting Party, and are currently at the height of their powers. No matter your chosen genre, the superstars in Linkin Park could give you some great advice as you move forward in your dream. Heck, for many people, spending a day in the studio with LP is the dream.

In summation, the #MonthlyMusicContest is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take your creativity and musical accomplishment to the next level. Who knows how far the winners will go? The only way for you to find out is to enter today. Check out all the important info, in official speak, here on the Open Labs website.

FIFA Bans Beats by Dre Headphones From 2014 World Cup




Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:

(AllHipHop News) The World Cup may be the only event where one can claim the world is watching with a high degree of certainty, so it’s advertising heaven. Today (June 17th), reports surface that FIFA’s existing licensing agreement with Sony has forced them to ban World Cup players from wearing Beats by Dre headphones.

On June 5th, days before the World Cup began, Beats Electronics released a five minute mini movie entitled “The Game Before The Game” featuring World Cup players as well as Lil Wayne and other celebrities. Even though the video has amassed over 11 million views on YouTube, FIFA has banned players from wearing the headphones in the World Cup stadiums and during media events. Sony, official partner with FIFA has provided the players with headphones to wear during those times they are not permitted to wear any other headphone brand.

This is Beats Electronics second attempt…

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New smaller Samsung smartwatch hits the FCC, might be made for Android Wear


What are your thoughts on smartwatch? Will this make an impact?


Originally posted on 9to5Google:


We know that Google is partnering with a few more hardware manufacturers to flesh out its Android Wear offerings, but some FCC tests may be evidence (via SammyToday) that Samsung is planning to introduce its Gear-branded Android Wear smartwatch very soon.

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Kendrick Lamar Says He Never Focused On Troy Ave’s Music, Dr Dre Working on His Next Album + MORE (VIDEO)


Very excited for anything new from Mr. Lamar.


Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:

(AllHipHop News) To Troy Ave, Kedrick Lamar is a “Weirdo rapper”, but to Kendrick, Troy Ave is somewhat invisible. During a recent interview, Lamar took the time to address Troy Ave’s comments as well as

During an interview with Hot 97, Troy Ave stated that Kendrick Lamar was a “Weirdo rapper” and explained that while Kendrick was raised in the hood “it’s a difference between being from an area and being in the streets.” Kendrick’s response was succinct and revealed how little of Troy Ave he knows:

“I never met him, I never really focused on his music,”

Weeks ago, reports surfaced that Kendrick purchased a $524,000 4-bedroom home in Eastvale, CA. The news is real, but Kendrick explains how it does not give the full picture of what his plans for the property is:

It’s real, but it’s not my spot. I really like to buy property whether it’s…

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