There’s an interesting new phase of crossover happening between the worlds of gaming and music-making, from Roblox app Splash to Ubisoft’s Rocksmith+.

Here’s another example: a startup called ToneStone founded by former execs from veteran music games developer Harmonix, and Steam / Half Life firm Valve. Its tagline is “music making made easy… a musical creativity platform for everyone”, promising a mixture of tools and samples, plus a community around it – including the ability to jam with friends and remix other people’s tracks.

From the video on its Steam page, the software is a clever cross between a traditional sequencer and Guitar Hero. Currently in private beta, ToneStone will initially be released for PC and Mac as a free download, although clearly there may also be a mobile opportunity down the line. The company has taken investment already, including from Harmonix co-founders Alex Rigopolus and Eran Egozy, and former Peloton exec Paul DeGooyer.

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