Sometimes your band members can be a real pain in the ass. When that happens, working on some tunes with a different group can often get you back to “I love you guys, sorry I threw that twenty-sixer at you” mode. And these days, you don’t need to set up a rehearsal space jam to do that – you can just hop online.
A number of platforms already exist to facilitate spontaneous song creation (Ohm Studio arguably being the front runner) but now, a mobile app called Songtree is making it possible to collaborate on the move.
The process is incredibly easy and pretty ingenious. One person will record their idea or the ‘base’ track and then offer it up for collaboration. Each person that contributes a unique addition to the base track then creates a new branch (get it? Branches? Songtree?), which others can then check out and bring their ideas – and so on.
And while seeing what happens with a group of strangers is a lot of fun, it’ll of course be a fantastic tool for collaborating with your pain in the ass band when you can’t get together.
While it doesn’t have the insane capabilities of Ohm and other desktop apps that allow real time collaboration and tons of plug ins, this may be the better choice for capturing ideas quickly and easily. Then of course, there’s the fact that it’s a mobile app. With interfaces becoming increasingly cheaper and accompanying DAW programs able to record in higher quality, this is a viable way to lay down some decent quality demos with your band or an instantly available team of ‘studio musicians’ whenever inspiration hits.
[h/t Synthtopia ]