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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 23, 2014

Create your own tunes with help from StageLight's easy-to-follow lessons, preconfigured templates, and intuitive methods. You can try StageLight free for 30 days. Recent updates include the latest Artist Sound Pack -- the Timbaland Pack.

StageLight opens with a fullscreen display with links to SongBuilder Lessons, Demo Lessons, Fresh Start Project, and the Store. Registered users can download free extras at the store, such as the Loop Pack and Core Pack, and buy Artist Sound Packs like the Linkin Park Pack. Experienced music makers should have no trouble starting with a new project, but we clicked SongBuilder Lessons and chose Dubstep from a list that also offered Hip Hop, House, Pop, Country, and Rock. StageLight loaded a Dubstar track, which we could start and stop by pressing the spacebar. The wizard-like lesson walked us through each step of the Track Selection page, starting with the Drum Track. Double-clicking the track opened the Drum Machine with sample drum tracks (Snare, Tom, Hat, etc.) in Lanes. Clicking a Lane opened massive options. After that came the Bass Track (with Note Editor) and then Synth, Synth Lead, and so on. The user interface is stylish and easy to navigate, but its widescreen configuration made it difficult to access some controls (such as the Lesson's Next button) on narrower displays. Sound quality was top-notch.

StageLight is only $9.99, which makes it far less expensive than similar programs. OpenLabs describes StageLight as "the easy way to create music," and we'd have to agree. Aspiring musicians should give this one a try.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of StageLight 1.2.0.4241. The trial version is limited to 30 days.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.0.4937

New Electro Instrument SeriesTM and native FX

General

Release July 22, 2014
Date Added July 22, 2014
Version 2.0.0.4937

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows
Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

The easy way to create music.

We have made music creation intuitive and easy with our new software. Give it a try and see! SongBuilder is your launchpad and you can explore StageLight's deeper alternatives from there. Buy it now to be a part of OpenLabs' newest advancement in music creativity: StageLight.

SongBuilder - A guide for the new artist
  • StageLight is built with ease of use as a primary focus. We have designed a creative workflow that will allow anyone who is just getting started in music creation to be successful in achieving their sound.
  • Genre specific SongBuilder Lessons
  • We understand what sounds and patterns make up a certain genre. SongBuilder takes the guess work out of trying make the sounds you want.
  • Learn to Create a Song Step by Step.
  • Build up a song track by track and fully understand how music is created in a digital space.
  • Intuitive drum programming interface.
  • Use our ultra-simple step sequencer to build beats for your tracks.
  • Touch friendly piano roll.
  • Get hands on with your music with a touch screen editor optimized to tweak your performance.