Viveport Review: Jam Studio VR
Unleash your inner musician and create beautiful music within a satisfying VR space.
By Desmond Madison, Greenlit Content
Learning to play music can be a rewarding experience for anyone, but it can be quite a challenge. With Jam Studio VR from Beamz Interactive, people of all ages and skillsets can drop into a virtual environment of musical creation and unleash their inner maestro, with the benefit of no physical instruments required.
Jumping into the virtual studio, you can take virtual musical instruments in hand or follow virtual DJ sets to jam across a library of over 20 interactive songs. There's a huge range of artists from Miley Cyrus, Flo Rida and The Jonas Brothers, to Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, and guitarist Craig Chaquico.
If somehow you get bored of all that, additional songs and entire library volumes can also be purchased inside the app. You’ll find additional genre bundles ranging from Hip Hop and R&B, to Latin, Jazz, and Blues, as well as Rock, Country and even Metal. The breadth of content that comes packed in the app is already robust, but it’s wonderful to see Beamz offering so many more options for those looking to expand their library. There are even a host of Disney tracks that younger players will appreciate.
(Side note - a special effort is made in Jam Studio VR to help you use the app for therapy and education, including lesson plans and songs specifically for that purpose. Beamz Interactive has a lot of experience in this area, but it's great to see it's still being included in what could be seen as a more 'entertainment' focused app.)
Unleashing your inner musician within the virtual studio helps you really feel like you’re grabbing onto musical objects or instruments and actually hitting the drums and tapping on keyboards. You play along each track through pre-set loops by touching icons and virtual instruments. The menu is simple, and you’re able to select your virtual environment, ranging from cityscapes to music studios.
You truly don’t have to be a skilled and seasoned musician to feel like a rock star in Jam Studio VR. Even comparing it to games like Rock Band or Guitar Hero, it’s important to note that you aren’t competing for high scores or playing on any variation of difficulty settings here at all. This is the pure joy of creating music in virtual reality in a way that players of all ages can approach and feel empowered to create and express themselves. You create your own sounds by reaching out and grabbing any instrument you like and feel the immediate satisfaction of sonic reward.
Similar to an experience like Tilt Brush, and what that does to unleash visual artistic creativity in the virtual space, Jam Studio VR is the best example of a similar platform to allow users from all walks of life to instantly create music much in the same way. It’s a unique and family-friendly experience that keeps players of all ages entertained for hours, and the development team deserves special recognition for their work in making music creation accessible for player with special needs.
Don’t pass up on this brilliant and innovative project that’s sure to be a VR showpiece for years to come!
Jam Studio VR is available on available on Viveport.