Back in January Techcrunch reported that Dolby was quietly working on an augmented audio recorder app codenamed “234.” Well, it looks like Dolby is moving into the next phase of the production of 234 and perhaps have renamed it, Dolby On. One of our readers, who has asked not to be named, tipped us off to the app by pointing us to the Betabound website where Dolby was seeking beta testers.
The Dolby Android beta testing rules require that participants live in the United States, have an Android smartphone running 7.0 or better, and users must be musicians/composers/vocalists. Our source couldn’t give us any more information than the Betabound link and email that was sent to them, which didn’t contain much more info.
We’re excited to have the opportunity to help manage the test for Dolby’s newest app, Dolby On. With this mobile app, you’ll be able to record your music as it’s automatically processed for immediate playback.
If you’re musically inclined and are looking for a mobile recording solution, this is a great opportunity for you!Betabound email
The best information we have concerning this new app is from Techcrunch’s initial report on 234. The app could be intended to compete with Soundcloud and become a social app for artists to share their work.
Codenamed “234” and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live, the free app measures background noise before you record and then nullifies it. Users can also buy “packs” of audio effects to augment their sounds with EQs settings like “Amped, Bright, Lyric, Thump, Deep, or Natural”. Recordings can then be exported, shared to Dolby’s own audio social network, or uploaded directly to SoundCloud through a built-in integration.
Dolby PR refused to comment on the forthcoming app. But 234’s sign-up site advertises it saying “How can music recorded on a phone sound so good? Dolby 234 automatically cleans up the sound, gives it tone and space, and finds the ideal loudness. it’s like having your own producer in your phone.”Techcrunch
I reached out to Dolby’s PR to ask about the new app with no response whatsoever. Our source later reached out to me to inform me their Betabound link to the opportunity had been invalidated. We were able to find another link (which doesn’t name the app) to the Betabound opportunity but that may not last either. Whatever Dolby is working on, they’re determined to keep it under wraps until they’re good and ready. We’ll keep our eyes and ears peeled for any more leaked info that may arise.