Faders, an online collaborative digital audio workstation

Since you’re reading this blog, you probably saw the recent announcement about Nemisindo, https://nemisindo.com our new start-up offering sound design services based on procedural audio technology. This entry is about another start-up in the audio space, arising from academic research, Faders, https://faders.io . We aren’t involved in Faders, but know the team behind it very well, and have worked with them on other projects.

Faders is a spin-out from Birmingham City University: an online, collaborative, intelligent digital audio workstation (DAW) that’s free to use and has a range of intelligent features. 

Faders is built around the idea of removing all barriers in audio production, without hiding the complexity and dumbing down the interface. The result is a user-friendly, powerful, and smart DAW, which helps you by labelling tracks, doing rough mixes, trimming silence from recordings, … and a collaborative web-based platform that can accommodate cutting-edge processors that don’t have to fit a single track “plugin” for DAWs. 

Synth and FX plugins are based on the open source JSAP framework https://github.com/nickjillings/JSAP, which we worked with them on a little bit [1,2], and have talked about before. A Freesound browser is integrated https://freesound.org/. Some of the tech in this platform is based on about a decade of academic research. 

They’re looking for people to try it out and give feedback, and they have a forum at https://community.faders.io

They are especially keen to work with educators and will be releasing an education mode where one can share files, follow up on student projects, and even teach remotely with video, all inside Faders. They’re also exploring all kinds of partnerships, from software instruments over plugin development to cross-promotion.

[1] N. Jillings, Y. Wang, R. Stables and J. D. Reiss, ‘Intelligent audio plugin framework for the Web Audio API,’ Web Audio Conference, London, 2017

[2] N. Jillings, Y. Wang, J. D. Reiss and R. Stables, “JSAP: A Plugin Standard for the Web Audio API with Intelligent Functionality,” 141st Audio Engineering Society Convention, Los Angeles, USA, 2016.