Futucraft have announced Cotracks – a collaborative music studio for teamwork on a single iPad. With Cotracks you can create multiple layers of loops and phrases with multiple instruments. Everyone in your session has the ability to play and record at will without disrupting or being disrupted by the workflow of others. It is the perfect and inspiring tool for brainstorming new ideas within a group.
The loops you create may be exported as separate audio clips or as a mixdown audio clip which you may then import and use in any audio software supporting the common wave audio format.
Cotracks will be available in App Stores soon, with a promotional 50% discount price of $4.99 US on release (regular price will be $9.99 US. In the meantime, check out the full specifications, video and screenshots below.
“Cotracks was inspired by a problem discovered during those music production sessions where computers were becoming more and more important, not just as a DAWs but as musical instruments. It was too often so that one member of the group was using the computer while others where waiting or fiddling with their gear just to pass time. There were some attempts made to synchronize more than one computer in a session, but that seemed to require a degree in engineering, not only from the engineer, but from the musicians as well. Even when the computers would play together the session was still divided. When we first learnt that these touch devices can handle lots of simultaneous touches and process realtime audio at the same time, it became obvious that something like Cotracks must be developed. And here it is. Good old jam sessions in a totally new context.”
“Having been developing and testing the app for a while now, all we can say is that it’s super fun to play Cotracks with some friends. You can just jam along improvising a bass line or some synth riffs, or you can work on a beat, layering rhythm tracks on top of one another, while your friends are jamming along. You don’t really need to be discussing and coordinating all the time. Cotracks’ workflow is designed to ensure that the loops and riffs record and playback in sync, making it very easy to avoid any unintended chaos that otherwise might arise when four people are jamming and recording riffs and launching recorded sequences in a total freeflow.”
DESIGNED FOR VARYING NUMBER OF USERS
You can start off creating music in a single user mode. Later when your friend decides to join in, you switch to a two user mode. The interface layout will adjust enabling convenient access to the application from both sides of the table. Whenever another friend happens to join you, the layout will adjust again enabling access from all four sides of the device, letting you team up with up to three friends for a super creative music session. Whenever one or more of you must leave the session, it is as easy as a single tap to switch back to a smaller team or to the single user mode, letting the remaining members continue from where the others left off.
DESIGNED FOR VARIABLY SKILLED USERS
Cotracks offers lots of fun for both novice and advanced musicians at the same time with the help of flexible quantize, sequence sharing and editing capabilities. For example, a novice musician may grab a copy of a complicated sequence played by a more experienced friend and edit the instrument, sound and effects, record modulation controllers over the sequence and tweak the various playback parameters including key and scale. Essentially creating something new and exiting without necessarily playing a single note. Cotracks is all about giving everybody the means to contribute, which takes the concept of music collaboration to a new level.
It’s like playing with a band, but this time you can record and play back your own parts, in perfect sync with others, and create the constituents for a great track at the same time. With Cotracks the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.