Addressing the issue of proprietary licensing, the company has now introduced new tools for graphics, music and image editing.
The debate on software licensing and the right to creative freedoms have long marred the digital landscape. With exorbitant fees for usage from companies such as Adobe, Apple and Microsoft, those who create on a computer have been left with little alternative than to pay up.
New York-based Aviary hopes to change that, by offering a suite of free creative online programs that make opportunities accessible to artists utilizing graphics, music and image editing software.
Most recently, the company introduced its newest application, Music Creator, which allows users to synthesize measures and beats within a Web browser. The initial program includes 50 free instrument samples, including drums, pianos, guitars and orchestral instruments.
From the New York Times Bits blog, one of Aviary’s founders, Michael Galpert, offered insight on the company’s thinking behind its offerings:
“The music software will be used by a lot professionals and bands, and we will allow them to create remixes of their current albums,” said Mr. Galpert.
“The reason schools really like our software is because they don’t have to buy expensive licenses, and teachers can assign homework projects in school that students can start working on in the classroom and finish from their home computer,” he said. With the earlier Myna software, he said, “we’ve seen some schools teach kids how to read poems and then add songs and music to the poems to create a multimedia project.”
Following many free online models, the company plans to utilize additional, “premium” features such as advanced musical tracks and looping programs to generate a profit.