Music + Tech Special: Collaboration

These great apps and services allow songwriters and musicians to collaborate across the digital wires.

Writing and recording music is often a solitary endeavor and can lead to an isolationist mindset. Lucky for us, these great apps and services allow songwriters and musicians to collaborate across the digital wires, opening up the the potential for creative breakthroughs. Now go find the John to your Paul through the portal of your smartphone. BandLab (bandlab.com) BandLab is an iOS- and Android-friendly social music platform that enables music creators to share the creative process with musicians and fans. BandLab combines music making and collaboration tools with social features like video sharing, messaging and discovery. In 2017 the company launched its hardware division, BandLab Machines, to produce high-quality audio hardware. Everything users create is hosted in the cloud, so they can capture musical ideas wherever they are, then further develop them using BandLab’s web-based, MIDI-enabled app. Artists and writers can make their music public, enabling others to collaborate and add their own skills and ideas to a project. “The BandLab team is made up of musicians, so while we are creating a tech product, our core mission is to solve the problems facing modern musicians and songwriters,” says BandLab Technologies CEO Meng Ru Kuok. “Ultimately we want to simplify…

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