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BandLab is where musicians and music fans from all over the world can come together to make, collaborate on and share music. The platform offers an easy, all-in-one solution for the modern social musician. It is wholly owned by BandLab Technologies, and is the flagship digital product in the organisation’s ...

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  • 11/30/202111/30/2021

Caldecott Music Group introduced as new company brand of BandLab Technologies, NME Networks, and Vista Musical Instruments

With a history of growing a broad range of music-focused businesses, BandLab Technologies announces an organisational transformation with the introduction of new company brand, Caldecott Music Group (CMG). CMG will oversee the long-term planning, investment, and development of three newly-formed divisions: BandLab Technologies, Vista Musical Instruments, and NME Networks.

 

Digital division BandLab Technologies will double down on designing and developing innovative tools and services...

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  • MBW, Feature story, 12/02/2021, SINGAPORE’S BANDLAB TECHNOLOGIES REBRANDS AS CALDECOTT MUSIC GROUP Text
  • Variety, Feature story, 12/01/2021, Kuok Meng Ru’s BandLab Technologies Reinvented as Caldecott Music Text
  • Music Industry Insights, Feature story, 12/01/2021, Beyond the Stream: Music’s Exciting New Monetisation Models Text
  • Complete Music Update, Feature story, 12/01/2021, BandLab Technologies rebrands as Caldecott Music Group Text
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11/30/2021, Caldecott Music Group introduced as new company brand of BandLab Technologies, NME Networks, and Vista Musical Instruments
11/30/202111/30/2021, Caldecott Music Group introduced as new company brand of BandLab Technologies, NME Networks, and Vista Musical Instruments
Announcement
11/30/2021
Announcement
11/30/2021
With a history of growing a broad range of music-focused businesses, BandLab Technologies announces an organisational transformation with the introduction of new company brand, Caldecott Music Group (CMG). MORE» More»

With a history of growing a broad range of music-focused businesses, BandLab Technologies announces an organisational transformation with the introduction of new company brand, Caldecott Music Group (CMG). CMG will oversee the long-term planning, investment, and development of three newly-formed divisions: BandLab Technologies, Vista Musical Instruments, and NME Networks.

 

Digital division BandLab Technologies will double down on designing and developing innovative tools and services for the next generation of music creators, with a vision for a future where there are no boundaries to making and sharing music. The group unites digital audio workstation Cakewalk, and flagship social music creation platform BandLab, which hosts a user base of 40 million creators globally and the recently announced acquisition of artist services platform ReverbNation. 

 

Manufacturing and retail division Vista Musical Instruments groups musical instrument brands MONO, Harmony, Heritage Guitars, Teisco, and omni-channel, multi-brand retailer, Swee Lee. With a purpose to inspire and enable musical expression, the formation of Vista Musical Instruments will combine decades of global supply chain knowledge and experience in the music industry, from product design and marketing to e-commerce and distribution.

 

Media division NME Networks, announced earlier in the month, unites the group’s journalism titles to inform musically-curious audiences, from those researching their first guitar via Guitar.com and discovering new artists and pop culture news through NME, to those staying updated on creator tools and technologies with MusicTech and unpacking decades of rock history in Uncut. NME Networks also facilitates consumer events such as Guitar.com Live and the NME Awards shows, the latter of which will return to London on March 2, 2022 to celebrate music and entertainment from around the globe.

 

The formation of Caldecott Music Group and organisation of three distinct divisions enables the organisation to more effectively support growth and increase value for their people, partners, brands, and stakeholders. The group fosters competitive sector-specific strategies, systems, and policies whilst still connecting the dots between the divisions for artists and partners. 

 

“From our unique vantage point here in Singapore, our brands have seen massive growth globally in terms of community, traffic, and sales across the board. I truly could not be prouder of our team,” says Meng Ru Kuok, Group CEO & Founder of Caldecott Music Group. “Now is the time to build on the foundation we have formed for over nearly a decade.” Appointments within the newly-formed Caldecott Music Group include: Ivan Chen as Group Chief Operating Officer, Grace Chong as Group Chief Financial Officer, Krystle Hall as Group Chief Brand Officer, and Laurent Le Graverend as Group Chief Technology Officer.

 

“I cannot wait to watch as our people and brands flourish within this new structure, supporting and fueling creativity to uphold our singular vision of connecting the world of music and providing more opportunities for creators, fans, and the music industry at large,” Kuok notes. “The best part is that we're still just getting started.”

 

The group operates throughout the USA, UK, and APAC and is hiring aggressively across the organisation to bolster resources in response to the transformation. 



 

About Caldecott Music Group (CMG)


Headquartered in Singapore, Caldecott Music Group is a global music industry investor and innovator spanning multiple sectors, including digital (BandLab Technologies), media (NME Networks), and manufacturing and retail (Vista Musical Instruments). By integrating the physical, digital, and social supply chain around music, CMG brings together brands and people who are passionate about music, allowing them to deliver authentic content, products, and experiences for all music lovers. CMG portfolio brands include BandLab, Cakewalk, Harmony, Heritage Guitars, MONO, Teisco, Swee Lee, NME, Uncut, Guitar.com and MusicTech.

Announcement
11/30/2021

11/05/2021, BandLab Announces Acquisition of ReverbNation
11/05/202111/05/2021, BandLab Announces Acquisition of ReverbNation
Announcement
11/05/2021
Announcement
11/05/2021
SINGAPORE, 5 November 2021; BandLab today announced the acquisition of ReverbNation from its parent company, eMinor, Inc. The deal is effective immediately. MORE» More»

SINGAPORE, 5 November 2021; BandLab today announced the acquisition of ReverbNation from its parent company, eMinor, Inc. The deal is effective immediately.

 

The acquisition will help accelerate BandLab’s artist services, building on recently announced features like artist-to-fan subscriptions and BandLab Distribution. ReverbNation artists will continue to enjoy uninterrupted services and can expect a seamless integration of ReverbNation’s features into BandLab’s creator capabilities in the near future. 

 

Post acquisition, eMinor will focus on its other software businesses, including its rapidly growing youth sports platform PlayMetrics. 

 

CEO of BandLab Technologies, Meng Kuok said, “We are very excited to welcome ReverbNation’s community to BandLab.  We have a clear vision of the role BandLab plays in supporting creators worldwide, today, and into the future. Artist services are a key part of that plan, as evidenced by our recently announced subscriptions and distribution offerings. This acquisition allows us to accelerate BandLab’s product roadmap and further enable us to break down technical, geographic, and creative barriers facing musicians and fans.

 

We’ve known ReverbNation for a long time and had great respect for its ability to build a terrific artist services business. There are more exciting announcements to come, but what ReverbNation brings to BandLab seamlessly fits with our vision - a future where there are no boundaries to making and sharing music.”

 

CEO of eMinor, Inc., Mike Doernberg says, “When BandLab approached us with their thesis for integrating ReverbNation and BandLab, it made complete sense, especially for our artists. BandLab is a natural fit. ReverbNation has long been the standard for artist promotion and growth tools. Since its evolution from a startup in 2006 to a mature, profitable business today, it has continually innovated. 

 

We have known and admired the management team at BandLab for some time and are excited about this extraordinary offering that will serve music makers in new and powerful ways.”

 

No other details of the deal have been released. More information will be shared about product roadmap and future features in due course.

 

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About BandLab

 

BandLab’s vision is simple: A future where there are no boundaries to making and sharing music. 

 

Founded in 2015, BandLab is the next-generation social music creation platform on a mission to break down the technical, geographic, and creative barriers for musicians and fans. Free-to-use, the mobile-first cross-platform DAW and social network, unites the entire creator journey into one place, boasting a suite of features and tools for creators to make and share their music with fans. 

 

To find out why 40 million creators love and use BandLab, visit bandlab.com or sign up for free on the App Store or Google Play.

Announcement
11/05/2021

08/31/2021, BandLab Unveils BandLab Distribution and artist-to-fan subscriptions
08/31/202108/31/2021, BandLab Unveils BandLab Distribution and artist-to-fan subscriptions
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08/31/2021
Announcement
08/31/2021
The full-stack social music creation platform adds new monetization features to help artists build a sustainable life in music, backed by leading B2B services MORE» More»

The full-stack social music creation platform adds new monetization features to help artists build a sustainable life in music, backed by leading B2B services

 

BandLab put the power of a full-on recording studio onto phones worldwide, and now it’s bringing creators’ work to music fans everywhere, giving artists the means to earn more from their music and fan engagement. The social music creation platform is rolling out a set of services for key creators, eventually extending them to its 40 million users: BandLab Subscriptions, which will allow fans to gain access to exclusive tracks, videos, and posts from their favorite music makers, and BandLab Distribution, which will allow creators to distribute their tracks to leading music services worldwide. 

 

“We want to help artists monetize more. We're creating a regular income stream, recurring revenue that can help them build a living based on their music,” explains Meng Ru Kuok, BandLab CEO. “We already offered creators a Tip Jar feature, to let fans reward creators they loved, and Albums, which let artists sell tracks directly to their fans, but these are one-time opportunities. Now we're building out a sustainable way to guarantee regular revenue streams and thus support a stronger creator economy.”

 

Subscriptions will allow artists to offer exclusive material, such as posts, videos, and audio tracks, to fans in return for a monthly fee. Once they select their subscription price from an available range, artists can decide what to offer their fanbase and they’ll receive regular monthly payouts from BandLab, which allows artists to keep 100% of the subscription fee. This feature is currently entering early access, with a list of BandLab artists offering Subscriptions to kick off the launch. Interested BandLab users can sign up, with plans to expand in the coming months.

 

With BandLab Distribution, artists will now also be able to use BandLab to distribute the music they make on and off-platform directly to every major music platform like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, TikTok, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, and more, thanks to a partnership with leading music service provider Revelator. After an initial early access period, the service will open up to the BandLab community, bringing accessible, affordable distribution plans to independent artists worldwide via both desktop and mobile. Though music pros use the platform, BandLab is also home to millions of the world’s underserved mobile-first music makers, creators whose work will likely be reaching global services for the first time. 

 

“Many of the services we provide are offered a la carte by different platforms, with cost-prohibitive fees or big revenue shares. Our vision is to unite the entire creator journey in one place, from making a track to finding the people it resonates with, and finally to taking it out into the world, which will allow many creators to begin to earn a living for the first time,” says Kuok. “We want creators to have one place they can go to make music, with professional-quality tools and services, but at a price point and with terms that reflect our truly international user base.” 

 

About BandLab

 

Founded in 2016, music production platform BandLab is the flagship digital product of BandLab Technologies. Free to join, BandLab’s cloud-based software is extremely accessible and collaboration-friendly. Users can self-release tracks and retain complete control of their music rights, giving artists full autonomy and allowing them to keep 100% of the earnings from monetizing their music. The platform now has nearly 40 million registered users worldwide. The BandLab Technologies portfolio of music experience brands also includes Cakewalk by BandLab, a professional-level digital recording studio for career musicians and producers.

 

About Revelator


Revelator is the leading blockchain-based digital asset management and distribution platform for creative IP, empowering anyone to participate in a secure and robust marketplace. Revelator provides a unified data platform for asset management, supply chain, business intelligence, financial reporting and royalty payments. Revelator’s Web3 infrastructure transforms creative IP into digital assets and offers modern protocols for fractional ownership, smart contracts and real-time on-chain settlement of music royalties to individual rights holder’s digital wallets.

Announcement
08/31/2021

08/23/2021, Platinum hip-hop producer Lex Luger releases sound pack via BandLab Sounds
08/23/202108/23/2021, Platinum hip-hop producer Lex Luger releases sound pack via BandLab Sounds
Announcement
08/23/2021
Announcement
08/23/2021
Following their largest feature expansion to date, social music creation app BandLab is releasing a new sound pack by Platinum producer Lex Luger, who has produced tracks for Jay Z, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, and more. The new hip hop mix features Constructor kits, 808, keys, pads, and percussion through the BandLab Sounds library. MORE» More»

Following their largest feature expansion to date, social music creation app BandLab is releasing a new sound pack by Platinum producer Lex Luger, who has produced tracks for Jay Z, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, and more. The new hip hop mix features Constructor kits, 808, keys, pads, and percussion through the BandLab Sounds library.

“I’m basically taking sounds that I have used in the past. I tweak and stack them, record sounds like water dripping and other stuff outside, then put it into the drum and use crazy plugins to make them sound insane, but still have that trap sound,” Luger explains. “This style is still thriving like it was in 2011, 2010, or even earlier. It's really dope. I love it. That's what inspired me to make this kit.”

When Luger started out with music production, he did not use an elaborate studio. Rather, he practiced sampling with a PlayStation game. “You’d take the game out of the disk drive, put a music CD in there, sample whatever six seconds you wanted, take that out, put the game back, and get busy,” Luger reflects. “I would sample drums. I really loved Pharrell and Snoop Dogg.” Luger found the ways in which lyrics could be combined with artful sounds to be especially compelling.

 

The new sound pack from Lex Luger is completely free to use through the BandLab app. Along with other sound pack offerings, it is distribution-ready and royalty-free for personal or commercial use. BandLab 10.0 allows creators to pick from over 15,000 sounds in the BandLab Sounds library, which features packs, loops, and samples curated by genre and style.

For the BandLab team, the app’s purpose is not only to provide access to high-quality music creation tools; it is also to help users level up their professional production skills, collaborate with other talented artists, grow their fanbases, and generate income. The vision is shared by contributing creatives, from top producers such as Lex Luger to GRAMMY-winning engineers who guided BandLab 10.0’s automated Mastering feature.

 

“Our mission to break down technical, geographic, and creative barriers in the worldwide music community resonates with many professionals,” says BandLab CEO Meng Ru Kuok. “Just as Lex Luger’s musical roots show, you don’t need to spend thousands on equipment. With the right tools, inspiration, and a supportive community, artists everywhere can flourish.”


About BandLab

Founded in 2016, music production platform BandLab is the flagship digital product of BandLab Technologies. Free to join, BandLab’s cloud-based software is extremely accessible and collaboration-friendly. Users can self-release tracks and retain complete control of their music rights, giving artists full autonomy and allowing them to keep 100% of the earnings from monetizing their music. The platform now has nearly 40 million registered users worldwide. The BandLab Technologies portfolio of music experience brands also includes Cakewalk by BandLab, a professional-level digital recording studio for career musicians and producers.

Announcement
08/23/2021

07/15/2021, Every Device is a Studio: BandLab Unveils Even More Powerful Creator Tools and Social Elements that Work Everywhere
07/15/202107/15/2021, Every Device is a Studio: BandLab Unveils Even More Powerful Creator Tools and Social Elements that Work Everywhere
Announcement
07/15/2021
Announcement
07/15/2021
BandLab 10.0 adds a full-blown sampler to its Mix Editor; serious upgrades to its Mastering function that puts the finishing touch on files at lightning speed; and includes streamlined uploads to key platforms like TikTok, dark mode, and new social features. MORE» More»

 

BandLab has taken a leap forward in its ongoing mission to create a well-equipped studio that anyone can use on any device, anywhere in the world. Its latest update (BandLab 10.0) adds a full-blown sampler to its Mix Editor; serious upgrades to its Mastering function that puts the finishing touch on files at lightning speed; and includes streamlined uploads to key platforms like TikTok, dark mode, and new social features.

“This is a major milestone release. We envision BandLab evolving beyond helping creators make music, to helping them earn a living and grow their audience,” says BandLab CEO Meng Ru Kuok. “We are the best cross-platform, accessible place to make music, and we want to keep pushing the boundaries of music creation to the next level. The new sampler and other functions, the new look and social features, are designed to take their creativity to another place. It's part of what we see as a continuing investment in the broader music creation ecosystem.”

BandLab’s new Sampler allows creators to make their own samples from sounds around them, import up to a minute of audio or video from their files, or pick from over 15,000 sounds in BandLab Sounds’ royalty-free sample library that’s curated by genre and style. Making beats from your own samples requires just a few taps, and customizing parameters like attack and release takes mere seconds on the go.

Guided by GRAMMY- and other award-winning mastering engineers, BandLab’s free automated Mastering has been updated to render tracks 10x as fast as the closest competitor, allowing anyone who’s excited about a track’s final version to add instant polish. It takes a large step toward democratizing professional-grade audio, even for users making music on smartphones and tablets. “With millions of tracks being mastered per year, Mastering is a serious product feature for us, not an afterthought,” says Kuok. “We wanted to push it to the same standard of excellence as the rest of our tools.”

In addition to expanding its tools, BandLab’s upgrades will also unlock new social and visual features for users, including direct upload of sounds to TikTok, a long-awaited update for BandLab’s 37 million+ users worldwide. Some of the tweaks are small, but requested by the BandLab community, like dark mode and a redesign of profile pages. “Our aim reaches beyond making cool tools. We’re more ambitious than that. We want to empower a community by giving artists everything they need to present their creative process to their fans and fellow creators,” Kuok notes. “Without social features, emerging creators from overlooked markets won’t flourish. Our ultimate goal is to help them thrive.”

About BandLab

Founded in 2016, BandLab is part of music technology group BandLab Technologies, and is the flagship digital product in the organisation’s portfolio of music experience brands.

BandLab’s best-in-class mobile music creation tools and audio hardware empower creators everywhere to make music and share their creative process at an unprecedented level. Free to join, BandLab’s approachable software is based in the cloud, making it the most accessible, collaboration-friendly music production platform anywhere. Users can self-release tracks and retain complete control of their music rights, giving artists full autonomy and allowing them to keep 100% of their earnings from monetizing their music. It reported its first million users in April 2017 and now has over 37 million registered users world wide.

The BandLab product family also includes BandLab for Education, an award-winning music creation platform with classroom management tools used by schools in over 40 countries worldwide, and Cakewalk by BandLab, a professional-level digital recording studio for career musicians and producers.

 

Announcement
07/15/2021