A few weeks ago, we heard the first rumours that Endlesss, Tim Exile’s collab app for iOS, might be coming to the desktop. Things are starting to materialize now: The developer has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the development of Endlesss Studio. This means that you can now take advantage of early bird pricing, with several options available. They’re mentioning things like DAW integration, controller support and an instrument designer – this could be good!
Endlesss for iOS came out in late March. The collab app for iOS was developed by Tim Exile, whose other contributions to music tech include many fine creations for NI Reaktor, such as SLOW, FLOWs, SLOO, SLOR, The Finger and The Mouth. Endlesss lets you jam and collaborate online using a simple loop-based interface. It comes with a bunch of onboard sounds, but you can also record your own loops and riffs. Until now, Endlesss was only available on iOS, but that’s about to change.
According to the Kickstarter page, the desktop version of Endlesss will be available for Windows and Mac computers. It’ll come in the form of a stand-alone application, as well as VST and AU plug-ins to integrate with your DAW. This means that you’ll be able to use your DAW and studio setup to collaborate via Endlesss, which is a fabulous idea. Collaborate instantly to come up with ideas quickly, and then take it to your DAW for arranging and further production.
The developer says that Endlesss Studio will let you collaborate live directly from DAW to DAW. They also mention that you’ll be able to drag&drop audio files between your DAW and Endlesss Studio. Another planned feature is controller support for devices like Ableton Push, Novation Launchpad, AKAI MPC, and others. Endlesss Studio will sync with the iOS version, so you can create sessions in Studio and continue on the mobile device, and vice versa.
All of this sounds very cool and would turn a fun iOS app into a powerful collab tool for your DAW. It seems like Endlesss Studio is off to a good start, as the Kickstarter goal has already been met on the first day. But of course you can still sign up as a backer to take advantage of early bird pricing.
Speaking of pricing: The developer plans to offer two options. You can buy the software outright for USD 199 (early bird pricing from USD 89 on Kickstarter). This gives you access to the stand-alone application and VST/AU plug-in, as well as the core instrument and FX packs. The caveat is that this version only gives you streaming quality audio for collaborations. There will also be a subscription plan for USD 11.99/month, which upgrades the audio quality to lossless and lets you sync instrument packs across devices. The Kickstarter page gives you the option to grab a lifetime subscription for USD 199, which could turn out to be a pretty great deal.