Getting Started with the BandLab Mix Editor

Track View

Mix View


We hope you are enjoying BandLab’s Mix Editor — if you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please email us at support@bandlab.com .

For those of you looking for more advanced features like automation, effects preset editing, multi-track recording, etc – visit BandLab.com from your desktop browser (Google Chrome recommended) and you’ll find a Mix Editor with even more features!

All your projects are synced through the cloud and available from any of your devices with full compatibility.


What kind of tracks can I create in BandLab?

BandLab has an incredible selection of tracks and instruments to choose from – whether you are looking to record audio, create with the Looper or sequence MIDI beats – we’ve got it all covered.

  • Voice/Mic – Record via your phone’s built-in microphone or a connected audio interface
  • MIDI Instruments – Choose from over 100 free professionally designed virtual instruments
  • Looper – Make new tracks instantly with a swipe of a finger – don’t miss this one!
  • Guitar – Plug in a guitar and select from >30 Presets to use BandLab as a guitar amp
  • Bass – Plug in a bass guitar and select from >30 Presets to use BandLab as a bass guitar amp
  • Import Track – Import mp3, mp4 or wav files to load in a backing track

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N.B For best results on Vocal, Guitar or Bass tracks – use a portable audio interface like the BandLab Link Analog or IK Multimedia iRig.


Can I hear myself when recording audio tracks in BandLab?

Yes! The technical term for this is Input Monitoring and is only available on Voice/Mic, Guitar and Bass tracks. For best results with this feature, you will need headphones.

Once you have your headphones plugged in, tap on the Gear Icon on the top of the screen to access the settings screen. Under Additional Settings, turn on Monitoring .

You’ll know the feature is on if you can hear yourself via your headphones.

Another way to turn on Input Monitoring is via the Track View.


I’m a rapper/vocalist – can I see/write lyrics while recording?

To see/write lyrics and record at the same time, tap on the Pen Icon on the top menu bar.

When you add lyrics to your project, they’ll be accessible to all your collaborators as well as from any device you access BandLab on. You’ll never lose a song idea again!


Can I add vocal effects to my tracks on BandLab?

BandLab has a huge free selection of professional quality real-time effects for all track types.

If you’re a vocalist or rapper, you can select from a wide variety of presets specially designed to suit vocals.

Pro tip – if you’re coming across from Voice Memo and liked the way that sounded, you’ll enjoy the “Voice Note” preset.


Does BandLab have FX presets for guitarists?

If you’re a guitarist or bass player, you’ll find an extremely powerful set of world-class DSP and Amp Simulation presets. These have all been designed in-house, and are as good as (if not better than) other Amp Simulation software options that cost hundreds of dollars.

You’ll need to have an audio interface like the BandLab Link series or the IK Multimedia iRig to make the most of this feature though.


How do I get back to the Mix (Multi-track) View?

To get back to the Mix View, hit the downwards facing arrow in the top right-hand corner of the Track View to minimize the screen and switch back to the Mix View.


Can I mix/mute/solo my tracks in BandLab?

When you’re in the Mix View, to access the Mix Panel, tap on the Mix Icon at the bottom left of the screen and you’ll expand the Mix Panel with more options to mute, solo, delete, duplicate, rename your tracks.

Pro Tip – Automation is not available (yet!) on mobile, but if you use the desktop version of BandLab you’ll be able to automate every single track individually.


How do I delete tracks in BandLab?

You can delete tracks in BandLab via the Mix Panel in both Mix View and Track View. Click the three dots button and you’ll see additional options for each track as well as the option to Remove Track


Can I edit my MIDI tracks in BandLab?

MIDI editing in BandLab is currently only available on Android devices and will be coming to iOS very soon.

It is available with even more features like quantization and velocity via the desktop version of BandLab.

On mobile, this is an incredibly powerful feature that is accessible via clicking on a region and hitting the Edit, or by clicking the MIDI Edit icon from the track view.


Can I save my recordings to work on later?

BandLab offers unlimited project storage synced to the cloud completely free. When you save projects on BandLab, you’ll be able to access them anytime, anywhere from any of your devices. Even if you lose your phone, you’ll never lose an idea again.

To save your project, tap the Cloud Icon at the top right of the screen. You can choose if you want to Save or Publish your project.

If you hit Save, this will prompt a screen where you can name your project, add a description, as well as tag it with a genre.

Don’t worry, this is saved privately and securely, so no-one else will be able to access it unless you share it with them or invite them as a collaborator.

How do I fix my recordings sounding out of time on Android?

If you’re feeling like your recordings are out of time, or slightly delayed – you’re experiencing latency.

This is undesirable and especially prevalent on Android devices as there are thousands and thousands of different devices that have different hardware configurations.

One way to try and improve performance is by running a Latency Test. This allows BandLab to detect and try to apply specific compensation techniques to improve built-in device latency.

Tap on the Gear Icon at the top of the screen to access the settings. Under Additional Settings, tap on Latency Fix.


What does the “Q” button do on MIDI Instruments?

This is an incredible new feature that toggles Input Quantization on or off.

If you turn on Input Quantization, when you record MIDI Instruments like Creator Kits – even if you play out of time, your MIDI notes will automatically be aligned to the closest beat.

This is particularly helpful for sketching out ideas for new beats quickly.


What does the “Snap” button do when editing MIDI?

The Snap button stands for Snap to Grid. If you turn this on, then when you are placing MIDI notes in the MIDI Roll/Editor – they will always be aligned to the closest beat. By default, this feature is turned on.

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