Yesterday Open Labs released Stagelight 2.0, their music creation app for Windows that costs $9.99. It comes with a variety of new features, including an in-app store, and will also be preloaded on hardware from Lenovo and Dell. Additional distributions agreements have been made with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. A solid step forward for Stagelight with the additional news that, according to CEO Cliff Mountain, they're close to a million downloads of the full app.
Stagelight 2.0 is a free update for Stagelight owners and $9.99 for the rest of us. You can also download a demo version for free.
Open Labs' announcement of the release includes new features:
"LoopBuilder is a loop-style production feature that allows you to mash-up and record your favorite performances all in a single touch."
"Brand new Electro Instrument Series, native FX and classic features such as Key Lock, the piano that can't play wrong notes."
"You can easily explore new genres of music, take step-by-step lessons and learn other advanced features and tips all within the app's SongBuilder engine."
"Share your songs with friends and family with Stagelight's one- touch publishing to the cloud and connect with other musicians in the Stagelight artist community."
"Stagelight's in-app store is designed to give you the power to find world-class sounds and features you want, when you want them and without ever having to leave the app."
According to TechCrunch, CEO Cliff Mountain revealed that they've had almost a million downloads of the full app. I'm not sure if that included the Linkin Park and Timbaland editions.
Mountain says he also expects preload deals with Lenovo and Dell (shown in above thumbnail) along with distro deals with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center to result in at least 2 or 3 million downloads in the next few months which TC's Sarah Buhr considers conservative.
Open Labs was profitable early on. Mountain said that beyond early investments, including Timbaland and Linkin Park, they've bootstrapped their way forward.