Facebook launches Collab, a video collaboration app for locked-down musicians

Facebook Collab
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Facebook has unveiled Collab, a new video-based collaborative music-making app for iOS. Presumably this has been in development for a while, but Facebook says: “In light of so many folks sheltered in place around the world, we’ve expedited this release.”

The premise is pretty simple: Collab enables you to create three independent videos and play them in sync, resulting in a complete musical arrangement. You can do this yourself by adding your own recordings, or by using other people's.

This being a Facebook app, there’s a strong social element; you can publish your collabs to your favourite social media platforms - though it looks like they'll have to go to the Collab feed first - for others to watch and mix and match further.

Collab is currently in beta - Facebook says that it still has “plenty of work left to polish the experience” - and available on an invite-only basis. Invites will be issued in batches, going first to those in the US and Canada.

You can sign up to join the waiting list here.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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