Roland Zenbeats

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dplduffy
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293 posts since 31 Mar, 2015 from Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Post Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:14 pm

Sooooo looks like Roland joined the DAW world...

https://www.roland.com/us/products/zenbeats/

Seems interesting...

WotEva
KVRist
37 posts since 23 Aug, 2018

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:23 pm

That video has to be the most lacklustre intro to a product that I think I have ever seen. 😬

enCiphered
KVRist
486 posts since 13 Dec, 2016

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:51 pm

😬!

fortycoats
KVRist
50 posts since 17 Oct, 2007

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:30 pm

It’s Stagelight under a different name with some Roland drum samples added!

toddbooster
KVRer
22 posts since 27 Feb, 2019

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:51 pm

Yup.

https://www.magneticmag.com/2019/09/rol ... -zenbeats/

"The acquisition of Open Labs' award-winning Stagelight app serves as the foundation for Roland Zenbeats"

JamminFool
KVRian
1122 posts since 16 Apr, 2004

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:51 pm

demo requires that you create a Roland Backstage account on opening screen. uninstall.

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DJ Warmonger
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3339 posts since 7 Jun, 2012 from Warsaw

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:13 pm

When you read the same marketing flood for the 100th time... :smack:
http://djwarmonger.wordpress.com/
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chk071
KVRAF
22135 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:34 pm

WotEva wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:23 pm
That video has to be the most lacklustre intro to a product that I think I have ever seen. 😬
I woz like "Datz da dope man!".

Anyway, maybe some dubstep beats would have raised the lust. :P
DJ Warmonger wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:13 pm
When you read the same marketing flood for the 100th time... :smack:
IKR?

toddbooster
KVRer
22 posts since 27 Feb, 2019

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:42 am

I bought Stagelight at one point because I thought it was kinda neat, so apparently I own Zenbeats. But I hate the name "Zenbeats", so...

v1o
KVRAF
1917 posts since 2 Oct, 2004

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:02 pm

Does it come with Roland synths? It's a no buy if not.
Orion Platinum, Muzys 2

jonljacobi
KVRian
1224 posts since 16 Jan, 2013 from USA

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:55 am

I actually thought Stagelight had huge potential. At one point it was only $10. I really liked the interface, but it was missing some basic things like tempo changes and any sort of audio editing. If Roland adds stuff like that, it could be a very nice simple app for things other than beat-making, which it was always quite good it, within its limits.

jonljacobi
KVRian
1224 posts since 16 Jan, 2013 from USA

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:58 am

toddbooster wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:51 pm
Yup.

https://www.magneticmag.com/2019/09/rol ... -zenbeats/

"The acquisition of Open Labs' award-winning Stagelight app serves as the foundation for Roland Zenbeats"
Man, talk about regurgitating a press release... Could've just linked to Roland's site. Hope they do better with this than they did with Cakewalk.

Arashi
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7 posts since 9 Apr, 2005 from Japan

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:21 pm

Played with this for a few minutes. The UI is a confusing mess, not to mention an eyesore. Needs a lot of work (probably a teardown and total rebuild, honestly), but I'm not sure Roland is the right company to do it. All the other Roland apps I've used on iOS are amateur junk.
Stormchild

annahahn
KVRer
13 posts since 5 Jan, 2017

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:13 pm

I always thought stagelight was promising but didn't like how many limitations it had

with the recent updates to zenbeats its actually becoming rlly great as far as iphone daws go (cant speak to ipad) midi out, hosting midi plugins other bug fixes, I'm actually optimistic as it seems roland has rolled these fixes out pretty actively~in the last few weeks since intial rebranding they've been able to bridge a lot of gaps left in stagelight

if they can add tempo change support (multiple tempos in one song) and audiobus support + AUM style midi routing....and maybe a way to preview sound files while browsing in the import menu... this would be very good

jonljacobi
KVRian
1224 posts since 16 Jan, 2013 from USA

Re: Roland Zenbeats

Post Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:39 am

Arashi wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:21 pm
Played with this for a few minutes. The UI is a confusing mess, not to mention an eyesore. Needs a lot of work (probably a teardown and total rebuild, honestly), but I'm not sure Roland is the right company to do it. All the other Roland apps I've used on iOS are amateur junk.
I couldn’t disagree more on the looks and interface. Just too many basics missing for me.

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