First Look: ‘TheWave’ Lets DJs Drop the Beat in VR


DJs looking to hone their musical craft in front of a live audience – or perhaps those looking for a more stimulating way to mix music – can rejoice. TheWave from developer WaveVR is looking to provide DJs with a psychedelic immersive interface to allow them to express themselves creatively and show it off to a virtual audience. Here’s a look at it in action.

The SVVR Conference and Expo 2016 is under way and its exhibitor floor is, as ever, host to a myriad innovative virtual reality projects. One in particular that caught our eye is The Wave, a new electronic creation platform which aims to give musicians an intuitive and trippy interface to build their music – all using virtual reality and motion controls. More than that though, TheWave wants you to hone your public performance too.

TheWave is described by the press release as a “VR music creation and performance platform for aspiring-to-professional electronic musicians, enabling them to host live shows for the millions of electronic music fans worldwide from anywhere, at any time, to as many fans as they want.” So, you can load up your favourite tracks and, using the 3D VR interface, adjust and manipulate the show in real time.

But, whilst you may be telling yourself “it’s all about the music”, TheWave is selling its abilities to allow you to show off your creation to as many people as you like, in real-time, over the web. The application features a virtual networked music venue, where users of TheWave not interested in DJing can flip through channels of performers and checkout their sets within VR.

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TheWave look to be attempting to build an entirely new music platform with live virtual shows highlighting the best of the creative community – the first of which will go online this year. TheWave is still early in development, but a beta release for the HTC Vive is targeted for Q4 this year.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • Logan Ryan

    For anyone wondering who the DJ is, his name is Grimecraft, and he does shows on twitch.
    Since the article itself didn’t say it.

    • SoundPatrol

      Yeah indeed. I’m w/ him on Paper Crane collective. Weird they didn’t mention his name / soundcloud

      • Harald Heide Gundersen

        Oh… guys, now you ruined everything. Can’t you see the guy is desperately trying to be incognito, wearing a mask and all…

  • This looks so good. I’ll buy it day one.