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BandLab Technologies
Private
Industry Music / Internet Community
Founded 2014; 4 years ago (2014)
Founder Meng Ru Kuok,
Steve Skillings [1]
Headquarters Singapore
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Meng Ru Kuok(CEO) [1]
Products Online services, Musical instruments, Audio equipment
Divisions BandLab Machines
Subsidiaries MONO
Swee Lee
Rolling Stone
Harmony
Teisco
Cakewalk [2]
Website www.bandlab.com

BandLab Technologies is a Singapore-based global company offering online music production services, audio hardware and accessories. It was founded in 2014 by Meng Ru Kuok and Steve Skillings.

Following several minor acquisitions, BandLab acquired a 49% share in the Rolling Stone magazine in September 2016, and bought the IP of music production software developer Cakewalk from Gibson in February 2018.

History[edit | edit source]

BandLab was founded by Singaporean resident Meng Ru Kuok, a Mathematics graduate from Cambridge University, and Steve Skillings, CEO and founder of audio accessory maker JamHub [3] from Whitinsville, Massachusetts. Meng Ru is a third son of the agricultural magnate Kuok Khoon Hong, a founder of Wilmar International. Meng Ru acquired music retail network Swee Lee [4] in 2012 and became its managing director; he met Skillings while representing his JamHub brand. [5]

Skillings came with the idea of a cloud-based digital audio workstation (DAW), which has evolved into BandLab - an all-in-one music creation platform where musicians could make, collaborate on and share their music. [6] BandLab service was launched in November 2015 after 9 months of initial development, [1] combining music making tools with social features like video sharing and messaging.

In September 2016 BandLab received Microsoft Start-up Partner of the Year Award. [7]

In July 2017 it launched a hardware division, BandLab Machines, with a line of USB audio interfaces for smartphones. [8] [9]

In December 2017 BandLab announced that it would "relaunch" two previously defunct brands - Harmony[10] with a line of electric guitars and amps, and Teisco[11] with analog guitar effect pedals. [12][13][14]

Acquisitions[edit | edit source]

In July 2016, BandLab acquired Composr, [15] an iOS audio recording and music making app from Netherlands; [16] founder Nick den Engelsman joined BandLab development team and moved his users to the BandLab platform.[1]

In September 2016, BandLab acquired MONO, [17] a San Francisco producer of protective bags and cases. [18]

The company made major headlines in September 2016 when it was announced that Jann Wenner, the founder of the Rolling Stone magazine from New York City, sold a 49% stake to BandLab. [19] [20] [21]

In February 2017, BandLab acquired Cognosonic Pte Ltd. from Singapore, makers of AudioStretch,[22] a music transcription app capable of manipulating audio playback speed and pitch in a non-destructive way.[23]

In September 2017, BandLab acquired Chew.tv, a London-based video streaming service for DJs. [24] [25]

In February 2018, BandLab acquired the IP and certain assets of Boston-based Cakewalk, notable for its sequencing/DAW software Cakewalk and Sonar. [26][27]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 https://vulcanpost.com/589375/bandlab-what-you-need-to-know/
  2. https://cakewalk.bandlab.com/
  3. https://www.jamhub.com
  4. https://www.sweelee.com.sg
  5. https://www.ft.com/content/1c9a91da-83d0-11e6-8897-2359a58ac7a5
  6. https://www.bandwagon.asia/articles/kuok-meng-ru-interview-singapore-swee-lee-bandlab-rolling-stone
  7. https://blog.bandlab.com/bandlab-wins-microsoft-start-up-partner-of-the-year-award-2016/
  8. https://blog.bandlab.com/announcement-bandlab-introduces-new-hardware-range/
  9. https://www.soundonsound.com/news/bandlab-designs-three-affordable-audio-interfaces
  10. https://www.harmony.co
  11. https://teisco.com/
  12. https://juice.com.sg/bandlab-technologies-relaunches-cult-brands-teisco-harmony/
  13. https://reverb.com/news/bandlab-announces-teisco-and-harmony-guitar-reboots
  14. https://www.musicradar.com/news/namm-2018-harmony-company-resurrected-with-new-guitars-and-amps
  15. https://www.composrapp.com
  16. https://blog.bandlab.com/bandlab-welcomes-composr/
  17. https://monocreators.com
  18. https://blog.bandlab.com/welcome-to-bandlab-mono/
  19. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-25/billionaire-s-28-year-old-son-picks-digital-music-empire-over-palm-oil-riches
  20. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-22/rolling-stone-s-singapore-shareholder-wants-to-buy-the-magazine
  21. http://techwireasia.com/2016/09/singapores-bandlab-rolling-stone/
  22. http://www.audiostretch.com
  23. https://www.music-asia.com/2017/02/bandlab-technologies-announces-acquisition-of-audiostretch/
  24. https://blog.bandlab.com/music-innovator-bandlab-technologies-acquires-dj-livestreaming-platform-chew-tv/
  25. https://beta.techcrunch.com/2017/09/06/bandlab%E2%80%8B-%E2%80%8Btechnologies%E2%80%8B-acquires-chew-tv/
  26. https://www.soundonsound.com/news/cakewalk-sonar-lives
  27. https://blog.bandlab.com/cakewalk-press-release/

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