Earlier this, Apple officially discontinued Music Memos, an iPhone app that allowed musicians to record audio and develop new song ideas quickly. Now, a new startup called Tape is stepping in to with an app that improves audio recordings by offering a variety of features, including higher-quality sound, automatic instrument detection, support for markers, notes, images, and more. The idea for Tape It comes from two friends and musicians, Thomas Walther and Jan Nash.
Walther had previously spent three and a half years at Spotify following its 2017 acquisition of theSonalytic, which he had co-founded. Meanwhile, Nash is a classically trained opera singer who plays bass and is an engineer. They’re joined by designer and musician Christian Crusius, previously of the design consultancy Fjord, acquired by Accenture. Walther says that the founders, who had played in a band together for many years, were they wanted for themselves.
After ending his stint at Spotify working in their new Soundtrap division (an online music startup Spotify also bought in 2017), he knew he wanted to work on a more focused project on the music-making side. But while Soundtrap worked for some, it wasn’t what either Walther or his friends needed. Instead, they wanted a simple tool that would allow them to record their Music with their phone — something that musicians often do today usingand, briefly, Music Memos — until its demise.
“Regardless of whether you’re an amateur or even like a touring professional…you will record your ideas with your phone, just because that’s what you have with you,” Walther explains. “It’s the same thing with cameras — the best camera is the one you have. And the best audio recording tool is the one you have with you.” When you want to record, the easiest thing to do is not to get out your laptop and connect cables to it, then load up your studio software — it’s tobutton on your iPhone.
The Tape It app allows you to do just that but adds other features that make it more competitive with its built-in competition, Voice Memos. When you record using Tape It, the app leverages AI to detect the instrument automatically, then annotate the recording with a visual indication to make it easier to find by looking for the colorful icon. Musicians can add markers to the files right when they record them, then add notes and photos to remind themselves of other details. Later on, Walther says, this can be useful when reviewing the recordings.
“If I have a, I can just take a picture of the settings on my amplifier, and I have them. . “It’s the easiest way to re-create that sound.” AnotheIt another but simple chane in Tape that breaks longer recordings into multiple lines, similar to a paragraph of text. The team calls this the “Time Paragraph” and believes it will make listening to , typically a single, horizontally scrollable recording.