Music company One Zero One Audio has released a new music app for iPhone called SideStage. It’s an app that is supposed to help touring and live musicians/artists make the Live Music Life easier.
Tony Fagenson and Jerry Fitzgerald are the names behind the iOS app (no word on an Android version). The app is touted as:
a highly intuitive, versatile and expandable iOS backing tracks app ideal for live performances.
They say it’s easy enough for beginners to use but powerful enough for seasoned professionals as well.
But What Does it Do?
The idea behind the app was to handle the problem situations of the real world musicians playing live face every single day.
Before SideStage, using backing tracks in a live show was often a mess. A lot of performers I know personally would come up with half assed ways at using a laptop/ipod/iphone/mp3 player/cd player.
Hip-Hop artists are pretty lucky in that sense – pop ur beats on a USB stick and hand em to the DJ. But Sidestage may even help make their lives easier.
You can import any tracks from a cable, the device and the cloud (i.e. Dropbox, SoundCloud, etc).
Here are the main features of the app:
- Automatic click track, which avoids the need for pre-preparing click tracks or carrying laptops and full DAW software to live gigs.
- 2 and 4-channel output modes and compatibility with 3rd party interfaces like the Apogee Duet, Native Instruments Traktor Audio 2 and more.
- The ability to edit crucial song settings, such as tempo, pitch, voice countoffs and more from within the app.
- SCC, also known as Sidestage Crosstalk Control, which reduces unwanted crosstalk or bleed between channels.
- Click Delay and Click Mute, allowing users great control over how the click interacts with the underlying audio.
- A clean and attractive user-friendly interface that is easy to see in live show environments.
Here’s a quick video on creating a set of tracks to give you an idea of how it works: