Virtual Reality

SoundStage lets you rock out without bugging the neighbors

SoundStage is a virtual reality music studio program
SoundStage is a virtual reality music studio program
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The program gives you a virtual drum kit, so you can rock out to your heart's content without bugging the neighbors
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The program gives you a virtual drum kit, so you can rock out to your heart's content without bugging the neighbors
Electro-maracas and theremins are among the program's quirky instruments
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Electro-maracas and theremins are among the program's quirky instruments
SoundStage is a virtual reality music studio program
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SoundStage is a virtual reality music studio program
SoundStage lets you arrange the speakers, amps, instruments and synthesizers however you like, and connect them by drawing wires through the air with the Vive controllers
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SoundStage lets you arrange the speakers, amps, instruments and synthesizers however you like, and connect them by drawing wires through the air with the Vive controllers

Gaming might seem like an obvious application for virtual reality technology, but it can also be used to tap into your creative side. Drawing and sculpting programs like Tilt Brush and Medium are good examples. And in that vein comes the music-making suite SoundStage, which lets you set up a music studio and jam away without having to sound-proof a spare room or spend thousands on heavy equipment and instruments. The only hardware you'll need is a HTC Vive.

The brainchild of solo developer Logan Olson, SoundStage looks a bit like a VR version of GarageBand. Budding musicians are given a veritable toy box to play with, including keyboards, electro-maracas, theremins and drums to rock out on without bugging the neighbors. Amps, synthesizers and speakers are wired up by drawing connections through the air, and laid out around the virtual room to your liking.

There's a bunch of samples to experiment with, and the developer promises other "tools only possible in a virtual environment." The Early Access title, which means that the suite is still in development, is wrapped up in a bright neon styling and available now on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive for US$9.99

You can see it in action in the video below.

Source: SoundStage VR

SoundStage: VR Music Maker

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