A lot of energy is going into music creation services at the moment, including features to help musicians collaborate remotely. Two new services launching this week are part of that trend.

Highnote is a new startup founded by former Splice, Squarespace and Songtrust people who have raised $1.7m of seed funding for their new venture. They describe it as “a collaboration platform for audio creators” whether they’re making music, podcasts, ads or other audio content. Highnote is the latest effort to bring the creative process into one place, rather than it being scattered between email, file-hosting services, messaging etc. Highnote says that music libraries, production studios and labels (including Epitaph Records) are among its early clients.

The second collaborative tool to launch this week is called Beatmaker, and it’s the work of music/tech firm Soundation. Described as a “browser-based, real-time collaborative DAW” it’s aimed at all levels of music producer, with a library of royalty-free beats, drumkits and samples to play with.

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The ability to make beats with fellow artists is a key selling point for the tool, which sits within Soundation’s existing freemium model: a free plan with a limit on projects and storage, then three levels of paid subscription.

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Stuart Dredge

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