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Indian developer wins 2021 Apple Design Award for classical music app ‘NaadSadhana’

One developer stood out for Indians among 12 awards that Apple announced at the annual WWDC developer conference on Friday. An Indian developer’s app for Hindustani classical music has won the Design Award. A software engineer named Sandeep Ranade is behind the “NaadSadhana” app which was honored in the new Innovation category.

Indian developer’s creation wins Apple Design Award

Apple called NaadSadhana “an all-in-one, studio-grade music app that helps musicians of all genres and expertise perform and publish their music without limits.”

The app originally started as a platform to practice classical music but has now expanded to other genres like Semi-Classical, Hindustani Classical, Light/Bollywood, Devotional, Western, carnatic and fusion.

NaadSadhana uses artificial intelligence and Core ML to help musicians by helping them improvise a vocal line, giving immediate feedback on note accuracy, and creating a backing track that matches in real time.

“Imagine an app that can play music like an expert, respond to your music in intelligent, creative, and aesthetic ways, record and mix multiple tracks, and even guide your notes and tempo. NaadSadhana helps musicians to make magic by effectively using artificial intelligence, neuroscience, learning theory, digital signal processing and innovative research… In my song “Na Corona Karo”, NaadSadhana accompanied me on 10 instruments, in real time,” the engineer wrote on his website.

Ranade said he couldn’t believe it when he was declared the winner.

Even AR Rahman had supported the developer by sharing the news when Ranade was declared a finalist for the award. Ranade shared that Rahman previously supported No Corona song that had also been created using the app.

Visual and Graphic, Interaction, Fun and Enjoyment, Inclusiveness and Social Impact were some of the other award categories. “Winners in this category deliver a cutting-edge experience through innovative use of Apple technologies that set them apart in their genre,” said Apple.


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