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StageLight 1.3: Groundbreaking Garage Band competitor for the PC

Jon L. Jacobi | March 12, 2014
Open Labs StageLight 1.3 is different in so many ways, it's hard to know where to start a review. How about price? It's a consumer-level PC audio and MIDI recording app (aka DAW/digital audio workstation) that costs a mere $10--less than you pay for similar programs on the iPad. Along with a tablet-style price, it's also tablet-like in employing an in-app store to sell you more stuff--in this case, some professional sounding loops (snippets of pre-recorded audio, beats, etc.) from artists Linkin Park and Timbaland.

At the moment, StageLight is an app just about anyone can use to create tunes, produce ring tones, or simply play around with on break. You might already have it — StageLight ships on many new Dell, Lenovo, and Acer products. Even if you don't, $10? Seriously? That's lunch. At least before you start buying more loop packs. But even those are fairly reasonably-priced at $10 to $20 a pop.

More serious musicians, be warned; StageLight is a bit of a tease. The interface and workflow are so nicely done, you'll wish it were a little further down the development path. If it were, you might find your Apple friends jealous of you for once.


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