Spitfire Audio has released Granular Whalesong, a freely downloadable add-on sound library for the LABS virtual instrument platform. It’s always a happy occasion when Spitfire Audio has a new release in its LABS series of free virtual instruments. Unlike most previous entries, the latest sound library called Granular Whalesong is on the experimental side of things. […]
Waves Audio released StudioRack, a freeware virtual rack plugin for connecting multiple Waves Audio plugins (third-party plugins are NOT supported). StudioRack implements the popular approach of unifying several plugins from the same developer within a single plugin instance, similar to what we’ve seen in the Soundtoys Effect Rack. The virtual rack acts as a flexible […]
Honoring Florian has released Honoring Florian, a collection of audio loops, Ableton Live drum racks, and Roland TR-8S released in honor of Kraftwerk’s founding member Florian Schneider who recently passed away. Honoring Florian is a tribute to Florian Schneider, the founding member of Kraftwerk who passed on April 21st this year. The library was released […]
Uhhyou Plugins has released Lattice Reverb, a freeware algorithmic reverb effect in the VST3 plugin format for compatible digital audio workstations on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Lattice Reverb is based on a reverb algorithm which uses the all-pass filter lattice topology and a delay grid with sixteen all-pass filters per channel. That’s the technical part […]
Facebook wants to have a summer hit with Collab, its new mobile video app (iOS only at the moment). As the name suggests, Collab lets musicians splice together performances – from up to three collaborators at a distance – in a single video. Just film yourself playing your part, then assemble it with the takes from your buddies or other quarantined musicians posting their performance videos. The result is a three-way vid that shows everyone playing their parts to a tune.
Videos generated via Collab are published on a dedicated platform and shared over Facebook. An interesting feature lets viewers swap videos of musicians if there are more than three videos included in the performance. This way, you can remix the songs or come up with variants more to your liking.
Of course, the wildly popular video app TikTok already has such functionality. However, it is limited to two videos and the content is exclusive to the TikTok platform. Facebook has a much larger reach for Collab and its users to take advantage of, so it makes sense to direct an attack towards its Chinese video competitor. Although the timing is certainly right with social distancing still very much a thing, I still think Facebook could have gotten Collab out a bit quicker. But maybe there wasn’t really a better time than right now in the first place.
Collab is still in a public beta phase, which is limited to the United States and Canada at the moment. You can still register on the product page with your name, e-mail, country and age. Collab will be delivered to you once it’s available in your country. It’s a sure bet that Collab will be a free app, though there’s always room for paid services. Welp, let’s see what comes out of Collab once professional musicians get to grips with it!
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