American startup Open Labs updates StageLight software to let users create music with Timbaland

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Feb 25, 2014 11:57 AM EST

Open Labs released an update to its StageLight music editing software. Hiphop singer Timbaland invested in the startup and created a soundboard that was added to app as part of the latest update, according to VentureBeat.

Founder Cliff Mountain told VentureBeat in an interview: "We've been a little bit overwhelmed by how interested people are in this. Tim has had a phenomenal career... It's wonderful to actually get someone who has a lot of history and wonderful sounds over the last few decades, and who's still relevant and in the middle of [the popular music scene] today."

StageLight works like an audio-editing software similar to the one usually used in the music industry, but this one is the user-friendly version. The StageLight 1.3 now has tools that help artists easily maintain the key of the music they created. The recent update included tools that can be used to produce music from different genres. For $30, new users can download the software on both Windows tablets and desktop computers. Those who have already purchased the app can have the Timbaland edition for $20, the report explained.

Aside from Timbaland, StageLight also has soundboards from Linkin Park. According to Mountain, he hopes to add more soundboards from other music artists, including those from famous DJs, the report stated.

Open Labs is currently based in Austin, Texas. To date, the startup has raised a total capital of $2.1 million, VentureBeat reported.

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