May 10, 2012Two Years Agoby Ben

On the day that the iPad was announced, Delayne & I were on a rare date night to Red Lobster. An Apple fanatic, I was dreaming up ideas of what someone might be able to do with it. I don't remember everything we came up with, but one of the ideas was a songwriting tool – something that could help anyone organize their ideas and turn them into a sketch of a song.

I've always been a songwriter in some capacity. When you're a songwriter, you never know when an idea will pop in your head, and when it does, it's usually a sentence scribbled on a napkin. Or, a quick melody line on staff paper. I've got boxes full of pieces of songs.

Then I've got the random recordings of myself singing a quick melody, and the endless files on my computer of 8 bar rhythms and chord progressions that I've put together with various software.

I wanted to find a way to quickly capture that initial idea, but easily continue it into a full song. You see, I love playing around with Reason and Logic and Pro Tools, but when I'm first writing, I don't want to get into the production yet. I don't want to worry about how flat I'm singing or how poor my performance may have been. I want the song to be complete in its own right before moving into production or locking it into notation.

I just wanted an easy way to "sketch" the song out so I could share it with a band, and be able to remember how it was supposed to go. I thought the iPad would be a perfect way to make that work.

So, I thought it was a great idea, and figured someone else would pick it up long before I could figure out how to develop for the iPad, so we went on running our web design business.

But that idea never really left.

In November of 2010, Delayne & I decided it was time to go for it. I put together a proposal and presented it to some close friends and family, and within a week we raised enough to begin production on the app. We stopped pursuing new clients for the web design side of the business, and finished up our web development projects.

By August 2011, we released our first app "What Note is This?" to serve several purposes. First, it gave us some experience developing an app. Second, it gave us experience marketing in the App Store. Third, it gave our (now) 8-year-old daughter a way to learn her notes.

And now, on May 10, 2012, we are proud to announce the immediate availability of VCVCBC: The Ultimate Songwriting App. It's been a long journey, and we couldn't be more excited to show off the result.

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