Audiohand launching private beta test later this week

AudiohandBy Tom Ballard, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.

The name of the Knoxville start-up has changed and the Founder has added two Co-Founders, but the focus remains the same as a major milestone looms on the horizon.

The company is Audiohand, known as Artist Gig when we published a profile in July on Its goal is to provide an innovative, economical way for artists to be able to record their music.

In just days, all of the planning and preparations will be unveiled when Audiohand will launch a private beta test with up to 100 bands trying the app. The official date is November 1.

“The beta version is going to look pretty close to the actual product,” Co-Founder Haseeb Qureshi told us recently.

While he’s lined-up local and regional musicians to participate in the beta activities, the Co-Founder says he’s willing to include others. Those interested in participating in the test can contact Qureshi at or call him at 703/795-6787.

Audiohand’s secret sauce is its ability to use multiple mobile phones to capture a musical performance and then integrate the multiple inputs properly to create one high-quality, band-sourced, stereo track.

Helping bands find an economical way to record their performances is just the first in a line of applications for the technology.

“Once we get the band sourcing down, we’re going to focus on fans,” Qureshi says.

Audiohand was a participant in the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s (KEC’s) inaugural “MediaWorks Accelerator.” Since July, the company has added two seasoned players – Mark Montgomery and Jonathan Sexton – as Co-Founders.

Sexton, previously profiled on, is a Knoxville native and musician who has started several companies. He is now serving as KEC’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Montgomery has lived in Nashville for more than two decades where he has built a reputation for several successful music start-ups including Chelsea Studios, echomusic and FLO {thinkery}.

“With my love for live music and their love for recording and playing music, we’re targeting bands,” Qureshi explains.

As he focuses on the near-term, the Co-Founder has two goals – bands and cash. Audiohand needs the former to participate in the test and the latter to keep the momentum of the start-up going.

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