Band industries, the music hardware tech startup, based in Beirut and Seattle has raised a $2.8 million series A round. Bringing its total funding amount to $4.3 million, according to crunchbase.
The latest investment round will contribute towards expansion of its business reach and product portfolio while also boosting its proprietary technology.
“The world of music is full of possibilities. This great human endeavor brings millions of people together all over the world and gives them a common language. We want as many people as possible to enjoy more time playing music and get inspired by our tech,” said Hassane Slaibi, co-founder and CEO at Band Industries.
Band Industries is a music technology startup building the next generation musicians’ toolkit. They aim to make the world a more musical place by lowering the barrier of entry to making music. With 3 successful products in the market, the Roadie Tuners; are automatic guitar tuners that are both quick and easy to use.They are small box shaped robotic devices that you put on your guitar’s machine heads. You connect it to your phone and it automatically tunes your guitar, all by itself.
Roadie tuners are fully automated string instrument tuners that are three times more accurate than the human ear. They combine advanced audio algorithms with machine precision to deliver perfect tuning every time.
The hardware itself was first developed in 2009 when Bassam Fouad Jalgha won the Stars of Science competition for his precursor prototype Dozan, a hardware solution that automatically tunes any stringed instrument, including the oud. He then teamed up with Hassane Mohamad Slaibi in 2012 and continued building and prototyping the hardware until they were accepted at HAXLR8R , where they took advantage of the huge amount of manufacturing resources locally available in Shenzhen, China.
In 2014, Roadie tuner won Techcrunch disrupt audience choice award in Newyork, won the Gold medal at London design awards, and was selected by Entrepreneur magazine among the 100 brilliant companies of 2014.
Band Industries launched the second generation Roadie 2 and Roadie Bass on Kickstarter in March 2017 and raised over $500,000 in pre-orders in just 39 days! This made Roadie 2 the most popular music accessory in the history of crowdfunding. Roadie 2 shipped in October 2017 and Roadie Bass in April 2018 and have gotten the acclaim of Rock Stars from bands like Queen, Tim McGraw and Drowning Pool among others.
In May 2020, a new automatic instrument tuner, Roadie 3, raised $350,000 by a Kickstarter campaign, with over 3,300 backers.
“Roadie 3 can tune almost all instruments with geared pegs in just seconds. Like what you ask? How about electric guitars, acoustic guitars, classical guitars with nylon strings, pedal steel guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, banjos, to name a few.
We have also seen musicians tune their lap steel guitars, bouzouki, mountain dulcimer, santoor, cigar box guitar, qanun with geared pegs, violins with planetary pegs, and many other exotic instruments using Roadie 3’s predecessor! Others have even created custom instruments such as the charango, the guitalele, the bandurria, and the baglama. No matter the number of strings, just keep the lowest string above 27 hertz. This is the lowest note Roadie 3 will be able to detect.” Source kickstarter