DIT automatic chord recognition software licensed to US Guitar Giant, Fender
Minister Sherlock with Martin Gallagher (left) and Dan Barry of Riffstation, the ultimate guitar software
In December 2015, DIT Hothouse helped negotiate a technology license agreement between DIT Spin-out company, Riffstation, and US guitar manufacturer, Fender.
With the help of DIT Hothouse, Riffstation, a software practice app for guitarists and musicians, was developed and spun-out by researchers at the School of Electrical Engineering Systems in DIT Kevin Street. Riffstation uses an automatic chord recognition algorithm to "listen" to the music and figure out the chords for the user. The chord recognition algorithm detects major, minor and 7th triads with about 85% accuracy in typical rock/pop music.
By licensing its technology to Fender, Riffstation partners with one of the world's most iconic guitar companies.
Riffstation was founded in 2010 by Dan Barry and Mikel Gainza, researchers from the DIT School of Electrical Engineering Systems. Riffstation's software helps guitarists learn new music by allowing them to isolate the chords in any song and slow them down. It can extract chords even from brand new songs that have not been previously heard.
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is the world's leading guitar manufacturer, and its name has become synonymous with all things rock 'n' roll. Iconic Fender® instruments such as the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® guitars are known worldwide as the instruments that started the rock revolution, and they continue to be highly prized by today’s musicians and collectors.