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Audiotool logo
Type of site
Digital audio workstation
Available inEnglish
Ownerdimensional GmbH
RegistrationRequired to publish, comment
UsersApprox. 500,000
LaunchedFebruary 24, 2008[1]
Current statusOnline
Content license
CC or All Rights Reserved
Written inJava, JavaScript, Scala, ActionScript
CEO Andreas Jacobi

CEO André Schnitzler

CTO André Michelle

Audiotool (formerly part of Hobnox) is a German content distribution/publication website specializing in music. Most content on the website was associated with electronic music (due to its free browser-based modular-structured digital audio workstation under the same name, similar to Reason ReBirth), fashion and indie culture. Users could create and publish their music tracks onto the site using Creative Commons licenses or All Rights Reserved. In 2010, was taken down because of financial issues. However, Audiotool is still available for use and has been under constant development since.


Version Demo[edit]

The first published version, titled "Hobnox Audiotool Demo", was published February 24, 2008. The Audiotool Demo was based on dynamic digital signal processing to provide very complex audio creation in Flash, and the graphical user interface was based on an unlimited-sized desktop to lay out the devices the user wanted to operate. This first design delivered some Roland emulations and effect pedals, but didn't offer the option to save the environment. At this early state, it offered features such as history, clipboard and auto-alignment of the devices.

1.0 Firestarter[edit]

Two years later, after a flurry of updates, the application broke out of beta with a new polyphonic synthesizer and a partnership with LoopMasters to provide samples within the program. Tracks could be published to the new Audiotool community, or worked on privately and saved for extended periods. Options were created for other users to remix tracks, depending on the licenses the original artist specified.

1.1 Ping Pong[edit]

Later in the same year, after input from the community, the 1.1 update features included the ability to download tracks (MP3/Vorbis), an embed player, the ability to create drafts (even when remixing tracks), create templates, track cover images, and performance enhancements.

Following updates allowed dragging samples directly from the library to the desktop, and included a new two channel Crossfader, the revolutionary Rasselbock effect device, auto-connected devices, a sample-based drum machine, and an improved sample browser.

Audiotool 2.0[edit]

About one year from the launch of 1.0 Firestarter, Audiotool 2.0 was launched in collaboration with Burn-Studios and included a feature to import samples, recording from the timeline, a new 16-track mixer, and MIDI support.

A following update in April 2012 included 5 new plugins, a phase modulation synthesizer, and ability to save device presets.

A July 2013 update allowed users to collaborate on tracks.

Audiotool Next 1.0[edit]

February 2015, a major update was officially announced that would convert the application from Flash to HTML5, offering live collaboration and other new features yet to be announced. Later that year, some features announced included audio/video chat and a detachable timeline. The beta has been released to certain users of the site if they request for the beta on the homepage. On October 1, 2018, Audiotool Next was publicly released.

Version Date
Demo Feb 24, 2008
1.0 Firestarter Feb 28, 2010
1.1 Ping Pong July 16, 2010
2.0 Mar 22, 2011
1.0 Next Oct 1, 2018[2]

Audiotool features[edit]

The Hobnox Audiotool includes emulations of:

it also includes various effect pedals,[11] which can simulate:

In mid-2013, Audiotool had 500000 users, 200000 tracks and the total of 44 million plays on all tracks combined[12] has the abilities for their users to:

  • Create tracks/drafts/templates/remixes
  • Publish tracks that artist can decide whether other users are able to download (mp3/ogg), remix or collaborate.
  • Add tracks to albums


  • German IPTV Award - Winner, Category "Creative Design", 2008
  • Grimme Online Award - Winner, Category "Special", 2008[13][14]
  • Flashforward Award - Winner, Category "Sound", 2008[15][16]
  • red dot award - "Best of the Best" Category "Communication Design", 2008[17][18]
  • LEADAWARDS - "Webcommunity of the Year", 2008
  • Webby Awards "Daily Honoree" Category "Music" - 2008[19]
  • eco Internet Award - "Nominee" Category "Content Distribution Platform", 2008[20]
  • World Summit Award Germany - "Winner", "E-Entertainment and Games", 2009[21]
  • LEADAWARDS - Winner "Silver" Category "Internet TV of the Year", 2009[22]


  1. ^ "First Post". Archived from the original on 2008-03-05.
  2. ^ "Message Board - News - Audiotool Next launches October 1st! - Audiotool - Free Music Software - Make Music Online In Your Browser". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Beatbox 8". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  4. ^ "Beatbox 9". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  5. ^ "Bassline". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  6. ^ "Tonematrix". Archived from the original on 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  7. ^ "Machiniste". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  8. ^ "Heisenberg". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  9. ^ "Heisenberg Details".
  10. ^ "Pulverisateur". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  11. ^ "plugins:effects:effect_pedals [Audiotool Wiki]". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  12. ^ "audiotool:con 2013 Keynote".
  13. ^ Grimme-Institut. "Grimme Online Award | 2008". Archived from the original on 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  14. ^ Grimme-Institut. "Grimme Online Award |". Archived from the original on 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  15. ^ "Hobnox Audiotool gewinnt den Flash Forward Award". 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  16. ^ "Flashforward Blog » Blog Archive » Flashforward Film Festival Winners". 2008-09-15. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2016-10-05.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  17. ^ "Red Dot Design Award". 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  18. ^ "Hobnox on Twitter". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  19. ^ "Hobnox Channels | The Webby Awards". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  20. ^ "eco Internet Awards 2008" (in German). Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  21. ^ PRODUCTION, DIGITAL (2009-03-10). " gewinnt World Summit Award". DIGITAL PRODUCTION. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  22. ^ "Hobnox - Awards". 2010-08-12. Archived from the original on 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2016-10-04.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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