The Beginner’s Guide to BandLab Studio

Track View

Arrangement View


We hope you’re enjoying BandLab’s Studio (previously known as Mix Editor) — if you cannot find the answer you’re 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, and more – visit bandlab.com from your desktop browser (Google Chrome recommended) and access our web Studio.

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 a varied selection of tracks and instruments to choose from – whether you’re looking to record audio, create with Looper or sequence MIDI beats – we’ve got you covered.

  • Voice/Mic – Record sounds with 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 our free pocket beat-maker tool
  • Guitar – Plug in your guitar and use BandLab as a guitar amp with over 30 presets to choose from
  • Bass – Plug in your bass guitar and use BandLab as a bass guitar amp with over 30 presets to choose from
  • Import Track – Import mp3, mp4 or wav files to use as 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 view/write lyrics and record at the same time, tap 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?

Choose from our 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 use with vocals.

Pro tip – if you were recording a Voice Memo on your iPhone 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 love our powerful set of world-class DSP and Amp Simulation presets. These have all been designed in-house, and are comparable to, or 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.


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 Track View to minimize the screen and switch back to Mix View.


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

When you’re in Mix View, tap on the Mix Icon at the bottom left of the screen and you’ll open up the Mix Panel with more options to mute, solo, delete, duplicate, or 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 icon 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?

The MIDI Editor is available on BandLab Web, Android, and iOS.

On mobile, you can access this feature by tapping on a region and selecting Edit, or by tapping the MIDI Edit icon from Track View.

Our web version offers more advanced features like Legato, Quantize and Humanize.

 


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 corner 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.

Your project will be 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 recordings that sound 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 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 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.

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

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, any MIDI notes you place in the MIDI Roll/Editor will always be aligned to the closest beat. By default, this feature is turned on.

Read More: Seven Features on BandLab Web You May Not Know About

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