Online collaboration has the potential to excite some and turn others cold, some suggest it’s a key element of today's modern music production it’s not without some pain points.
The most frustrating aspect of online collaboration is project management, more often than not it’s organised chaos. Rough mixes get sent via emails, stems via file sharing and storage platforms such as DropBox or WeTransfer, communications are pushed around social media, text messages… it’s small wonder how we ever get any work signed off using this broad array of platforms. Luckily there’s a new online platform that consolidates a number of useful aspects from these third party platforms designed specifically for audio professionals. Welcome Bounce Boss, a powerful cloud based platform that enables users to manage all their collaborators in one place easily keeping track of who has and hasn't seen the latest comments or files in a shared project.
We’ve had an account in use for a few weeks enabling us to test Bounce Boss in the real-world. It’s an impressive system. Watch our video test of Bounce Boss below to find out how it can aid your studio workflow and to see just how easy it is to properly manage online collaborations.
Not only is Bounce Boss well thought out, it’s affordable. Monthly subscriptions start at £4 per month for a 2GB storage allowance which is more than enough space to share a project’s stem folder or to collaborate a couple of full album projects.
Bounce Boss claim this will help you:
Effortlessly organize the audio files you send and receive
Communicate in a clear and precise way
Finish projects faster
Elevate the experience for yourself and those who collaborate with you
Bounce Boss will enable you to collaborate intelligently so you can focus your energy on progress and be more successful.
Verdict - Does Bounce Boss Really Redefine Online Audio Collaboration?
Over the last few years there have been a couple of attempts from many and varied developers at reimagining how people could work together on audio productions over the internet. No need to name these systems as we all know what services I’m alluding to here. The main reason why so many users struggle to jump on board new online collaboration platforms is because they already use several different methods for sharing files and communicating with collaborators including, but not limited to, social media, file sharing and emails. Problem with scattering media and communications across platforms is that you don’t have all of the important information you need in one place to refer to. This litterbug approach to collaboration can make finishing projects a real drag. As I stated earlier, it’s organised chaos, Bounce Boss simply does it all, in one window.
There’s a real sense of understanding in the design of Bounce Boss. It feels like real audio professionals developed this system for themselves. Evidence for this lays in the smart Level Match mode which pretty much does what it says on the tin and the smart text mark up mode. Clients can use this to provide their mix engineer with revisions right on the waveform’s timeline, not to dissimilar to Frame io:
Read: Review - Frame.io 2 Client Review Platform
I’m really struggling to find any fault with Bounce boss, though, it would be nice if a payment system was included such as PayPal. For me that would be the icing on cake.
You can experience the power of Bounce Boss for yourself by signing up for a free 30 day free trail or by signing up for a 2GB storage subscription for as little as £4 per month. If your studio services are predominately coming in from online clients then this is a system you need to try for yourself. I want to say that Bounce Boss is a Game Changer, but we all know that’s too cliché… instead, let me describe Bounce Boss as “Online Audio Collaboration Redefined”.