SINGAPORE and ANAHEIM, Calif., Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BandLab Technologies has today announced the acquisition of AudioStretch, a premium music transcription power tool that allows users to change the speed of audio without changing the pitch. At the same time, BandLab released a new version of the app that features an enhanced interface and new video stretch capabilities, which is a first in world. Priced at $9.99 for iOS users, the new app will be free for music educators and their students, as part of BandLab Technologies' commitment to supporting the next generation of musicians.
"As a developing musician, one of the most helpful tools you can have is the ability to slow down, loop or auto-transpose the notes for a piece of music you are trying to learn. I'm very proud by what we've been able to do with AudioStretch in just a few months. With AudioStretch you can now not only manipulate pitch and speed, but also enjoy the same functionality from video files - or even with videos captured directly from your phone's camera within the app," said Meng Ru Kuok, BandLab's CEO / Co-Founder.
Users can listen as they drag a waveform on screen, slow down music to as slow as zero speed, listen note by note to any song, transpose music and create loops. The features make AudioStretch perfect for music learners, experts looking to deep dive on a new track or passion project, or teachers wanting to embrace technology to help their students do close learning in class or at home.
"We are constantly seeking to create great tools that help people make music, improve as musicians and develop their passion. Since its inception, AudioStretch was a fantastic core product. Now with the addition of video to the tool, it adds an entirely new dimension to the ease-of-use and functionality for our users. In addition to this, we are also giving free access to music educators and their students in schools and music rooms across the world. Music teachers simply need to register their interest at audiostretch.com/edu. Teachers can apply for up to 40 free AudioStretch Pro accesses - or download as many copies of AudioStretch Lite as they like, if their classes don't need the full functionality of the Pro app. With either product, our team will run tailored webinars to make sure that schools are getting the most out of this fantastic tool," said Mr. Kuok.
"I am so pleased to be joining the BandLab Technologies family, it makes perfect sense for AudioStretch," said Gerry Beauregard (Founder/Developer – AudioStretch). "This is a very natural connection, due to our shared mission to empower musicians to develop their skills and do their best work. To date, we've seen our users embrace the possibilities of AudioStretch – using it for transcription, learning songs by ear, crazy sonic experimentation or just listening to their music library in a new way. Now with the new ability to stretch video along with audio, AudioStretch users can check difficult fingering for a new solo or learn new dance moves. Joining forces with BandLab allows AudioStretch to continue to innovate and take our technology to the next level."
The AudioStretch app is a complement to the company's existing app, BandLab, the social music-making platform for musicians to create, collaborate and share music together. Mr. Kuok added, "On the BandLab side, we now have nearly a million users in 195 countries, creating, collaborating and sharing hundreds of thousands of songs a month. We are very pleased to be able to empower our users with a new tool like AudioStretch for transcription, learning and close listening, so they can make their best music. Watch out in 2017 for a schools-focused version of BandLab so we can do even more to support the development of new musicians. We believe there should be universal access to the tools needed to learn and our goal is to bring more dedicated features for educators around the world using BandLab to better what they do. BandLab's full functionality is free to use and you will the continued commitment to this with our push into what we do for educators."
AudioStretch is available for download in the iOS store for $9.99 USD. A free version, AudioStretch LITE, is also available with limited functionality.
Developed in BandLab Technologies' Singapore HQ, the new version of AudioStretch maintains the core functionality that existing users rely on, but includes a sleek, updated interface & video.
· Change the speed of video and audio files without changing the pitch
· Listen to the individual notes as you drag the waveform with LiveScrub™
· Play audio and video at zero speed
· Transpose any music (+/- 36 semitones)
· Loop difficult to learn sections
· Import any track into AudioStretch
· Export modified tracks via email or the cloud (Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive).
AudioStretch: Transcription Made Simple
As a musician one of the most helpful tools you can have is the ability to slow-down, loop or auto-transpose the notes for a piece of music.
World's First Video Transcription
You can manipulate the pitch, speed and transcribe tunes from video files; or by using your phone's camera, you can capture video directly into AudioStretch and transcribe it!
See every note lined up against a keyboard for accurate transcribing of chords, notes, harmonics and overtones.
LiveScrub plays the audio as you drag the waveform. Combine with Zero-speed playback to listen note-by-note to complex solos.
Have complete control over the song speed, without losing the original pitch. Double-tap for instant zero-speed.
Import + Export
Import any track into AudioStretch. Export modified tracks via email or the cloud (Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive). Optionally set A/B markers to export excerpts of tracks.
Simple yet flexible looping. Set your own start and end points to isolate more complex sections of a track for repeated listening.
Shift the pitch to match your performance key with no loss of audio quality. AudioStretch can shift up or down 36 semitones. Drag left and right for ultra-fine pitch adjustment.
Before you buy AudioStretch, consider first downloading AudioStretch Lite for FREE. Apart from some feature limitations, it's the same as the full (paid) version. The Lite version is a great way to see whether AudioStretch works well for you.
BandLab Technologies is a next-generation social technology collective that integrates the physical and digital supply chain around music. BandLab, the group's flagship digital product, is a social music platform that enables creators to make music and share the creative process with musicians and fans. BandLab combines music making and collaboration tools, like the world's first cross-platform DAW with social features like video sharing, messaging and discovery. BandLab's mission is to break down the technical, geographic and creative barriers between creators, collaborators and the music community.
In 2016 BandLab Technologies announced the acquisition of MONO, an IDSA award-winning company that makes the most innovative and inspiring instrument cases and accessories in the world, and a 49 percent stake in Rolling Stone, the world's leading voice in pop culture and music since 1967.
Join the global community of creators and fans at www.bandlab.com.
BandLab is a social music platform that enables creators to make music and share the creative process with musicians and fans. It is wholly owned by BandLab Technologies, and is the flagship digital product in the organisation's portfolio of music experience brands.
BandLab combines music making and collaboration tools, like the world's first cross-platform DAW with social features like video sharing, messaging and discovery.
Since 2015, BandLab's mission has been to break down the technical, geographic and creative barriers between creators, collaborators and the music community. BandLab is headquartered in Singapore.
AudioStretch is a groundbreaking audio-visual music transcription power tool for iOS that allows you to change the speed of audio and video files without changing the pitch.
Developed over years of research with proprietary algorithms, AudioStretch's focus is on developing innovative technology to enable musicians to deeply investigate a song for the purposes of education, transcription or enjoyment. Users can listen closely to any track by dragging the waveform, play at all speeds down to zero speed, transpose music, loop and download their manipulated tracks - all without any change in pitch or deterioration of sonic quality.
The first version of the AudioStretch app was developed in Singapore in 2014 and deployed in August 2015. AudioStretch and has been headquartered in the BandLab Technologies' Singapore HQ since 2016.
Scott Robertson, APR
RobertsonComm for BandLab
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