Roland Releases Zenbeats, Cross-Platform Music Creation App – Synthtopia
Roland has announced the release of Zenbeats, a music creation app that runs cross-platform and is free to access on Android, ChromeOS, iOS, Windows, and macOS devices. The acquisition of Open Labs‘ Stagelight app serves as the foundation for Roland Zenbeats.
Designed for everyone from beginners to beat-makers and electronic musicians, Zenbeats is designed for use on all screen types, from mobile devices to notebooks and desktops, and work can be shared among platforms. Beginners can easily make beats and create entire songs with Zenbeats’ interactive built-in lessons, while more experienced creators will enjoy exploring the app’s composition, collaboration, and production features.
Existing Stagelight users are invited to download Zenbeats and continue their music-making. Zenbeats also includes expressive onscreen instruments, third party plugin integration including drag and drop support, collaborative jamming via Ableton Link, streamlined cloud support, and enhanced exporting options.
Roland CEO and Representative Director Jun-ichi Miki states, “Roland’s mission has remained the same since it was founded in 1972—to inspire the enjoyment of creativity for everyone. With Zenbeats, anyone can enjoy casual music-making using the devices they already own, and we are certain that our existing loyal fans will inspire us by how they bring the app into their musical lives.”
Access / Pricing Levels: Zenbeats pricing options come in three tiers: Free, Unlock, and Ultimate.
Free enables anyone to get started immediately with music creation, providing access to songs, lessons, powerful instruments, diverse sounds, and expansion options.
The Unlock tier is available at two price points: Android and ChromeOS, iOS ($14.99 USD), or Windows and macOS ($49.99 USD). Unlock gives access to all of Zenbeats’ in-app features including eight instruments, 14 effects, plugins (VST/AU/AUv3 where supported), and additional store credits to add more content to the user’s library.
Ultimate access ($149.99 USD) is for those “looking to collect everything Roland Zenbeats has to offer.” Unlock every platform for all Android, ChromeOS, iOS, Windows, and macOS devices. Ultimate also includes the Zenbeats StorePass, which provides instant access to 40 preset packs, 40 loop packs, and sounds currently available.
Introductory offer. For a limited time, Roland is offering Zenbeats at a special $99US introductory price, which inlcludes:
-All-access VIP pass to Zenbeats including every loop and preset pack
-Ultimate unlocks all Zenbeats features across all platforms and devices
-All in-app loop packs included
-All in-app preset packs included
-Over 6000 sounds
Device compatibility. Zenbeats is available on most devices* including Chrome OS systems supporting Android apps, Android 4.4+, iOS 11+, macOS 10.7+ and Windows PCs running Windows 7 or higher with dual-core CPU or better, 2GB of RAM and 400MB of available storage. Zenbeats is available in English, Japanese, Spanish, French, and German.
To learn more, visit Roland.com.
*Software is not available in all countries and regions.
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