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Output is the company behind music-making software Arcade, and it is giving the tools a revamp.

Arcade 2.0 has launched this week as a free update for its subscribers. New features include adding ‘professional tier chromatic instruments’ to sit alongside its existing catalogue of samples; and a ‘Kit Generator’ that uses AI to turn audio into a kit of manipulated samples based on it.

The pitch is that it’s even more of an all-in-one tool for musicians. “What you can do in Arcade used to take a dozen different plugins. Now, you’ve got vocal chops, chords, melodies, basslines, loops, samples and one shots – all in a single place, all refreshed daily,” as CEO Gregg Lehrman put it.

The launch follows Output’s $45m Series A funding round in October 2020, at which point Arcade had been used by more than 420,000 musicians – around a third of whom were pros, but a quarter of whom were brand new to digital music making.

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