Cloud-based DAW, YuStudio, to be rolled out for free across Youth Music-funded projects

With no software needed, this web-based tool allows young aspiring producers to make music anywhere.


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YuStudio, a cloud-based DAW from Charanga, is set to be rolled for free out across Youth Music-funded projects enabling aspiring young producers to access a range of useful music-making tools anywhere and at no cost.

The fully-featured DAW boasts an array of easy-to-use features including sound design tools, kits for modern genres like grime, trap and afrobeats, and artist-made loop packs from esteemed producers such as Roska, Evelyn Glennie, Psalm Trees and Kayla Painter. It’s accessible and is accompanied by free tutorials to get new producers creating tracks from scratch in ways that match up to the genres and techniques of the music that young people are listening to today.

YuStudio has been purpose-built for use in schools with educational settings and aims to rid of any apprehension that being faced with a typical DAW may bring. There’s no complicated software to install and it is entirely accessible via the web.

YuStudio is embedded in Charanga’s online platform, so users can also securely and safely access a library of feature-led video tutorials, specialist content and YuStudio projects.

Check out a quick tutorial of the DAW below.

Max Wheeler, music producer and education consultant for YuStudio said of the launch, “We worked as a team to revisit all of the assumptions that go into creating a DAW. Ultimately, we developed something suitable for the vast majority of first-time users in schools, community settings and bedrooms – young producers getting their first taste of creating music.

“It’s really a dream come true for this to be available free of charge to all Youth Music participants, and we hope it gets many young people started in music, especially those who haven’t always had access to it in the past!”

Catherine Sercombe, Head of Performance at Trinity College London has said, “Its two-way messaging and tracking functions make it really easy for teachers and project leaders to feedback on a young person’s work and monitor their progress. The facility for teachers to easily share portfolios outside Charanga’s password-protected platform makes the moderation process straightforward too. We’re big fans.”

Any Youth Music project with a current grant can sign up for a free licence here.


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