COME TOGETHER, RIGHT NOW
Ohm Force is well known for its high-quality, boutique filter plug-ins. Now Ohm Force has released an open beta of its collaborative real-time DAW. Using cloud-based architecture and called Ohm Studio users download the DAW application (a tad over 52mb), create an account and away they go. Ohm Studio offers all of Ohm Force’s plug-ins, plus other standard features including MIDI support, basic editing functions and a virtual mixing environment. It will also recognise any VST plug-ins you have of your own.
The idea is for users to create projects and invite other musicians to join in, or you can put yourself out there into the Cohmmunity (yes, that’s how it’s spelt) and ask around for anyone to help you out. So if you need a vocalist or lead guitarist, just holler and someone should come running.
It’s not exactly real-time–meaning you can’t jam together. But anything you play and record is immediately uploaded to the project and anyone else participating will hear the track from their side as well. A chat box allows for instant communication. The end result of any project is to export a finished mixdown of the tune into whatever format you desire. Importantly, you can’t export individual assets of a project–say, a lead solo to be dropped into your fully-fledged home studio DAW, although you can possibly tweak the mix or mute buttons to fudge single tracks.
Possibly? There are a lot of questions. We have to say that Ohm Studio sounds pretty exciting, but the website is thick with hype and a little thin on the nuts-and-bolts of it all. In fact, info on the Ohm Force website (www.ohmforce.com ) is more forthcoming than at Ohm Studio’s own site. Maybe we’ll get our hands on the software ourselves and give you a better rundown.
But remember this is a free, open beta version and they don’t last forever. Ohm Force seems to be favoring a monthly subscription kind of deal when the real thing hits the streets or a “lifetime” subscription if you reckon it’s all you ever need. Have a closer look for yourself at www.ohmstudio.com and Audio Technology is really interested to know if this is the sort of application you’d find useful.