#Tutorials

Getting Creative with Vocal Effects

Throwing in an effect on a vocal track takes you just a couple of clicks of the mouse these days, but the history behind those effects stretches back many years. Let’s go way back to 1972 with Annette Peacock’s Pony. In what birthed a production masterclass, Peacock flaunted her vocal… Read more

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A Simple Guide To Starting A Band Online

On our Explore tab, you’ll stumble upon BandLab’s hidden gems - new musicians, communities, genres, and collections. Of our featured collections, shines a playlist titled Long-Distance BandLab Collaborations, showcasing collabs amongst musicians littered in different corners of the world. Take In The Rhythm by The Spring Reverberates for example; a… Read more

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A Musician’s Guide To Self-Promotion

It’s time we looked at our online behaviour with a new perspective. As suggested in our earlier post about increasing fans and followers, frequent engagement with your audience will give your profile a persona, but you’ll have to be wary of how it shows on social media. Is the content… Read more

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Basslines: How To Get Creative

A great bassline is central to creating a piece of music that gets the people moving - whatever your style, whatever your genre, and whatever your creative process. It’s the low-end bass frequencies that really connect your listeners with the heart and soul of what it is you are trying… Read more

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Collaborations: Take Your Music To The Next Level

Queen and David Bowie, Aerosmith and Run DMC, Jay Z and Linkin Park - throughout music history, collaborations have created magical genre-bending sparks - a sound clash which fans and followers find difficult to resist or celebrate. Collaborations can be great ways to understand new creative processes you didn’t think… Read more

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Setting Music Goals For The Year Ahead

There really isn’t anything like the fresh start to the new year. It's a great time to plan out exactly what you want to achieve and how you plan to get there. 2018 is an exciting year to be musically creative, and at BandLab we're excited to help you in… Read more

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7 Types of Reverb and Why You Should Use Them

“A reverberation, or reverb, is created when a sound or signal is reflected causing a large number of reflections to build up and then decay as the sound is absorbed by the surfaces of objects in the space” (Wikipedia). Famous in the Motown renaissance during the 1960s, artists would bring… Read more

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Sampling and The Law

You've familiarised yourself with creative ways to use samples and loops, but there are some music rights you'll have to be mindful of. Sampling has been a contentious legal issue since it first began. Repurposing somebody else’s work and creating something out of it walks the tightrope of copyright infringement, and… Read more

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6 Creative Ways To Use Loops and Samples

According to Mark Ronson’s Ted Talk; How Sampling Changed Music, "La Di Da Di" by Doug E., Fresh & Slick Rick is the fifth most sampled record of all time: it’s featured in a mere 547 tracks. Samples can create interesting textures in your tracks, but can also be a… Read more

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Increasing Fans And Followers Online

Got your profile all glossed up and ready to go? Good. Now it’s going to be about working on your fan base, or at least creating one. Browsing through tweets, or hitting like on the next funny video isn’t going to cut it. It’s time you got rid of the… Read more

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How To Create Your Social Profile Online

Getting your profile up and running isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, especially with the wide range of different social platforms. They all have specific rules and objectives, but if you're just starting out, your immediate goal is personal branding as well as cultivating a strong fan base. Starting from scratch is… Read more

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How to use BandLab: Automation

Remember that first magical moment you had a beat flow from one side of your earphones to the other? Our QA Engineer Tommy demonstrates parameter automation on BandLab; allowing you to program knob-twisting robots to affect your track parameters. All this while you sit back and head-bop between coffee sips.… Read more

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How to use BandLab: Mastering Tutorial

What is Mastering, and why should I do it? It's a good question. But, an even better question is: 'How do I master my tracks on BandLab?' In under two and a half minutes learn to use this unlimited, free, and quality tool, to give your music the edge in… Read more

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How to use BandLab: Beats & Loops Tutorial

One of the most common questions we get at BandLab is 'How do I make a beat?' Watch this video to see our QA Engineer Tommy take you through the basics of laying down your first beat on the web Mix Editor. Once your beat is down, you can rap,… Read more

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How to use BandLab: Music recording basic tutorial

  We have made BandLab for the web as simple and intuitive to use as possible. If you are brand new to music recording, or just brand new to BandLab, you can watch our quick 1 min 30 sec video on how to get started and create a basic track.… Read more

#From the Team

Light with Indie. Heavy with Industrial.

We’re dropping some awesome loops this week. Whether you’re an indie darling or an industrial deviant, there’s something in it for you here. Indie Loop We’ve captured those elements that make an indie song. An easy combo of melodic guitar lines and alternative beats and samples are perfect for that… Read more

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The ultimate bandmate… who is it?

Not so much who, but what: Loops! If you’re a budding songwriter or beatmaker you should be checking out our latest Loop packs for creating your next song. Think of them like, ‘a backing track for your tunes’ or ‘the missing member of your virtual band’. Check out this week’s… Read more

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What is Mastering?

What is Mastering? Mastering takes an audio mix and and brings it to distribution-quality. It’s the final step to balance your mix, unify sonic elements and optimise playback response for all file formats and devices. Mastering typically consists of a series of subtle audio processes including stereo enhancement, compression, equalisation… Read more

#From the Team

16 Brand New Guitar and Bass Effects on BandLab

In music, necessity has always been the mother of invention. When musicians tire of the sounds of their instruments, they’re willing to do anything for a fresh new sound. Back in 1964, the Kinks even took to slashing their speaker cones with razor blades, looking for cool new sounds! Read more

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Invite Anyone You Like To Make Music With You!

BandLab has always been all about collaboration. Friends from all over the world making music together, online. Now we've made it easier than ever to get those collaborations happening. Read more

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Share Your Moments on BandLab—Shout About Them!

OK, think back—when was the time you took a picture and shared it with a friend? Last night? Lunchtime today? 5 minutes ago? It's never been easier to inspire the people around us. Think about it: those great photos you took on holiday and shared on Instagram—they just might influence… Read more

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Band Management Made Easy

Whether it’s guiding U2 through a 110-date world tour, or making sure all the brown M&Ms are taken out of the bowl backstage, Band management has always had its challenges. Which is why, on BandLab, we’ve now made it easier than ever to manage your Bands (and Band members). Read more

#From the Team

Tree View—Watch Your Music Grow

BandLab isn’t just about sharing music, but also the way the pieces come together and how musical ideas grow. Whether it's the words before the melody, or the melody after the beat—it's all good! Read more

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Now You Can Share The Music You Love in BandLab Chat

We all want to share the music we love with other people. Now BandLab Chat enables you to directly share a track you’ve made (or found) with other users on BandLab—as part of a chat. Read more

#From the Team

Our new web MIDI Editor. Every note, just where you want it.

BandLab introduces a web MIDI Editor—giving you even greater control of your music. Read more

#From the Team

Android Users Now Have a Pro Mix Editor to Use Anywhere

If you like making music on your Android device, the latest BandLab Android update is going to make make it even more fun. Read more

#From the Team

Inspiration is Now Even Easier to Find

We're very excited to introduce you to our new web-based Explore page. The latest improvement to the BandLab experience, this one’s going to make it even easier for you to find the musicians and the music you love. Read more

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BandLab Chat: Better, faster communication with friends and Bandmates

We're excited to introduce you to a new feature: Chat. BandLab makes it possible for a guitarist in Singapore to make music with a singer in Rio de Janeiro, a bass player in Manchester or a pianist in Beijing—without needing to see each other face to face. And the secret to doing this… Read more

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BandLab Is Now For Music and Lyrics!

Here's yet another great new BandLab feature: Lyrics. Read more

#From the Team

BandLab Loops: Drums Have Never Been So Easy (Or So Predictable!)

Introducing BandLab's all new drum loops—a fun, simple way to create new rhythms to work with. We've given you 100 sample drum loops, with beats inspired by everyone from The Rolling Stones to Daft Punk. You can also add to these with 10 different drum kits and 2 drum pads. Read more

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Projects—Your Ideas and Songs within reach

Today, we're thrilled to announce our latest web feature and improvement on BandLab: Introducing your Projects page. Read more

#From the Team

Getting Sound into BandLab: Direct Input (DI)

Recording acoustic instruments or your vocals has been made much easier with the introduction of USB microphones, as mentioned in the previous instalment of this series. However, recording instruments such as electric guitar, bass or keyboards, can still seem a little daunting. Read more

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Forks—An Exciting Way to Inspire and Be Inspired

Following on from our recent release of your Feed, we're excited to tell you about the latest collaborative feature that has been added to BandLab: Forks. Read more

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Your BandLab Feed: Follow the Creative Process

Some of you may have noticed some navigational changes on the Web platform and a new Home page instead of landing on your User Profile. We’re excited to announce the launch of our Feed feature – a key part of the socialising and creative process on BandLab. Read more

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Getting Sound into BandLab: Microphones

So you like being able to capture your ideas anywhere without having to worry about losing them, but you don't like the audio quality from the built-in microphone on your computer or phone? Not to worry, we’re here to help! Read more

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