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Midisoft.com Metamorphosis Into recordLab.com?
Update: As of 7/11/2002, www.Midisoft.com
is back online! IDD
(Interactive Digital Design) International - Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of those Midisoft products are now For Sale
again! Interesting. And Demos are available for download (7/11/2002).
Update: As of 9-24-01, from http://www.recordlab.com/contact_info.html,
still no sign of life. RecordLab
Dateline: June 8,
After having poked
around for the 3rd time in the last twelve months, we may have an answer
to Midisoft whereabouts! A recent Press Release @ Harmony-Central.com
stated the whereabouts of another well-known midi software company who had
us as loyal customers on a 386 in the Win 3.0 days. Remember Passport’s
Master Tracks Pro (midi) and Encore (notation) software? Gvox.com appears
ready to devote resources to those old favorites giving them possibly new
life. We’ll see. Expect more on Gvox.com in a future article. Let’s
see if they deliver 1st. We've carried those Passport Designs black gear
bags to Comdex for the last 5 years
while doing our Press / Media work advertising Passport Designs products.
We were dedicated users and proud of it!
So curiosity set
in again as to the whereabouts’ of Midisoft. According to Network
Solutions WHOIS Lookup - WHOIS
Search Results, 0x90 – Arlington, VA, email@example.com
(?) owns the Midisoft.com Domain name and points to visual.com.
Midisoft.com has nothing @ all to do anything with audio or midi –
We moved on to
another routine search using Google.com.
One of the last products Midisoft had was a new Media Player. This turned
up several shareware sites and reviews, which led us to an updated link,
which led to an outdated link of http://www.recordLab.com/Products/Internet_Media_Player/internet_media_player.html
This link showed us a new Domain URL - RecordLab.com.
has a Web Message Board. The Web Message Board was most helpful in
detailing other users experiences and their dismay. We suggest using
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer if you’re going over there. Their site
is not well coded for Netscape Communicator 4.75. http://www.recordlab.com:8080/~Board
comments are quoted in their entirety for clarity and content. Each Author
is credited with their own comments regarding this news worthy matter.
Sunday, May 13, 2001 08:43 PM
OK, I did some research - RecordLab is the new name of Midisoft - changed
in October '99. Seems that Midisoft ran into a little trouble with SEC and
someone thought it a good idea to dump the name Midisoft - Bonehead
move!!! Musicians only know the Midisoft name - we didn't care if you lied
to the SEC; however, you can now buy RecordLab stock for a nickel - that's
right, a whopping 5 cents a share!!! WOW - I can practically own the
company for $160 dollars!
This company -
according to reports dated late 1999 and 2000 - is barely there. An nearly
empty office and one fat guy wearing a hamburger grease stained t-shirt
hocking what’s left in the warehouse over the internet.
Ok, I made that
twice before buying or downloading this software - if their stock gets any
cheaper, they'll have to pay us to buy it!!!
Alas - you heard
it here first - Midisoft is dead - no one will finance them! The latest
good reports I've seen were dated late 1999 or early 2000!!
On a serious
note - I feel like crying!!!” Real bummer. There was once upon a time
when Microsoft & Midisoft were seemingly pretty close. Some
punctuations and misspellings were corrected as needed.
Tuesday, May 29, 2001 11:09 PM
“a little Midisoft history lesson:
In October 1999,
Midisoft formally changed its name to recordLab.com to accompany the
companies plan to capitalize on the emerging "music on the
Internet" market and to carve out a niche that, at the time, was
largely being ignored by the MP3.com's and similar music sites; that being
the amateur and emerging artists who had no place to go to find music
creation tools (midisoft and recordLab.com branded products), information
(initially focused on advice on the recording process from producers,
engineers, artists, and others in and around the music business), and
services (a number of which were planned pending funding).
launched the initial recordLab.com site in December 1999 while it was
still pursing additional investment. The primary content was streaming
media (audio and video) content from the aforementioned producers,
engineers, etc. It lacked much of the other planned content, but was a
pretty good effort considering the limited funding the company had at the
Part of that
site is actually live although it isn't updated and certainly isn't being
advertised/promoted by the new ownership/management: To view the written
articles (the streaming media is not working -- too bad) go to www.recordlab.com/reclab.asp
In May of 2000,
as I'm told, the primary investor (BP Software out of Dallas) stopped
writing checks and, as most know, the capital markets went south along
with the dramatic fall of the stock market. The company simply ran out of
time/money to fully launch the revised business, and all employees were
let go in late May 2000.
happened between May 2000 and early Q1 2001; the recordLab and Midisoft
sites went down and, I assume, the company missed out on renewing the
Midisoft.com domain name, which explains in part why searches for midisoft
come up with little info.
According to the
most recent SEC filings (April 2001), a new LA-based investment group
purchased a controlling interest in the company by buying out a sizeable
chunk of BP Software’s holdings. A new management team has apparently
been put in place along with a new Board of Directors.
From a product
standpoint, the only thing I can assume is that the company sold the
remaining boxed software inventory to Guitar Center, which has been
running promotions in print and in the stores for all Midisoft-branded
products at $10! A real steal, even with the flaws and bugs in the
shipping version (v5.05 of Studio, Worship Studio, and Desktop Sheet
A hint: the best
buy is Worship Studio as it has a few extras that Studio and DSM don't;
And, in case you didn't know, DSM is simply studio with a crippled digital
audio recording capability.
No other news
other than what is on the recordLab.com site is apparently available. And
the only hint of what "might" happen product-wise is an
announcement by Vedalabs last month that recordLab has licensed their
peer-2-peer engine. The press release was Vedalab's, NOT recordlab - in
fact they weren't even quoted, so its hard to tell what will come of
My guess is the
company is simply trying to reorganize, develop a new business model that
has some visibility to profitability, and try to either attract investment
or slowly build some revenues in the hope of raising the stock price from
it's current .02 - .05 range. The new management appears to be "in
control" at a .02 per share price, so even raising the price to a
quarter, fifty cents, or even a buck portends huge profit potential for
them. Still leaves public shareholders with little to rave about, but if
they are serious about making a business out of all this, perhaps there is
optimistic, keep posting and sending requests for bug fixes, upgrades,
patches, etc. -- perhaps it will make a difference, help them acquire the
capital required to make a go of it.
tell....” – jojo.
As of the
writing of this article, recordLab.com has not updated their site since
2000. They’re still advertising recordLab.com participation @ NAMM 2000!
Are we cautiously optimistic or practically realistic? Look how long it’s
been (1993?) since we’ve seen anything out of Passport products,
currently owned by Gvox.com. For those of us who remember Turtle Beach
sound cards, they merged with Voyetra, makers of audio / midi software who
also decided @ one point in time to jump on the Internet audio wagon.
Still riding – Yes. http://www.voyetra-turtle-beach.com/
Solutions WHOIS Lookup / WHOIS Search Results show Domain Name:
recordLab.com owned by Midisoft Corporation. recordLab.com contacts
include: Administrative, Rick Hancock, firstname.lastname@example.org
and Technical, Andrew Horvath, andrewhorvath@HOTMAIL.COM
or Web Board Admin webmaster@recordLab.com.
Admin posted their “Here To Help” notices on 3/20/01. Users are
asking why the blackout on communications? Is recordLab.com going to
continue to ignore customers? None of the contacts above were contacted
for comment on this article. Who me? I’m just the cook&ldots; ;)
Current (tongue in cheek) recordLab.com motto by ignoring customers, “Don’t
Ask. Don’t Tell.”
through the SEC Edgar database for Record Lab & Midisoft turned up an
interesting story. Midisoft has been around the block with investors from
June 30, 1998 reporting activity with Shaul C. Baruch - Filing Date of
03/10/1999 to The Argentum Group, Dated: February 18, 2000, Filing Date:
02/22/2000 to apparently, BP Software, Ltd. (Shaul C. Baruch) sold shares
of recordLab Corporation stock to Future Arts Ltd., a.k.a. FAL (Rachamim,
Esther and Shavit Siromachoff), an Investment Holding Company on November
30th, 2000 – Filing Date: 04/27/2001.
Corporation has sold retired Midisoft inventory in bulk to Guitar Center
to raise more cash. RecordLab does not appear @ this time to be in
bankruptcy or receivership. In January 2001 new appointed BOD Members
included: Dalton Kaye; Rick L. Hancock will serve as President, Secretary
and Treasurer/CFO; Rachamim Siromachoff (Dr. Siro), K. Allen Le as CEO and
as of March 1, 2001 once elected, Alan Gerson will serve as CEO and
indication of recordLab’s future is indicated as a licensing agreement
with Vedalabs, Inc. for the proprietary VME - VedaLabs Media Engine(TM)
dated April 16, 2001. Reminds me of where Voyetra / Turtle Beach was
headed 2 years ago – Internet Audio. Sure but can they make any money
Press Release Dated 05-08-2001:
Relase suggests we can expect to see recordLab products this summer
through Guitar Center stores.
Missed that date! They go on to quote another exec, Steven Levey,
Executive Vice President, RecordLab. FYI: RecordLab, Inc., RecordLab.com
and Midisoft are registered trademarks of recordLab Corporation. OK.
As of the
Filing Date: 04/27/2001:
Corporation is now recordLab Corporation (RCLB). Looks like the recordLab
ball is in FAL’s court. Let’s hope this will lead to some new
badly needed capital for the newly formed recordLab. They have the
technology, they can rebuild anew. As Microsoft has shown us in the past,
why create it when you can buy it! Customers are awaiting your products!
What about those previous Midisoft customers – casualties too?
- Internet Tapedeck Spotlighted on recordLab.com - Issaquah, Wash.,
(April 28, 2000) ...link.
- Yahoo! Finance -
Midisoft Corporation - Quarterly Report (SEC form 10QSB) (05-22-2000)
- Record Lab
Corporation (RCLB) Filings available from SEC EDGAR-Online.com ...link.
- The Ford Language
Institute, Press Release - Media Contact (May 12, 2000 / June 7, 2000)
recordLab.com PR Firm, >>>>>> brainstorm marketing
(We have not
verified this contact as stated on Ford Language Institute site.)
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