From the Team / 12 April 2016

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!

There’s nothing quite like watching an idea transform from a small, simple recording to a song worth listening to over and over. That’s why we originally created Tree View—to let you show the world your creative process. But as always, we’ve continued to work on improving it.

Out with the old, in with the new. Let’s show you what we’ve changed…


Follow the creative process

Tree View is a visual roadmap that lets you, your band members or fans follow your songwriting progress.

Tree View allows you to watch your ideas grow. Record a beat today, add a vocal track tomorrow or remove or change a guitar track another day—every step leaves a footprint that you can revisit. You can experiment as much as you like, without worrying about losing any versions.

How it works is simple. When you record something and save it, you create your first Revision. It appears as a little green node (a node with a “globe” tells you that you’ve published that revision). When you decide to add something (or make a change), you create a new Revision. Your previous Revisions will always be there in case you decide to go back to work on it.

See? It’s now even easier to follow the progress of a song. Scrolling or using the arrow keys on your keyboard will navigate you through Tree View. So now you can listen to every Revision of the song without ever leaving the page.

On your mobile device, you can now simply swipe left or right to scroll through Tree View—making navigation easier than ever.

Tip: In Tree View, people can only see the Revisions you decide to publish.



A brand new Revision page

We’ve also given the Revision page a new look. Every revision now has its own page, which includes all social features and tools for collaboration. From there, simply click on “View Song History” to check out the song’s Tree view. On mobile devices, tap on “View History”, or “View Song History”.

So, go on, try out the new Tree View and let us know what you think!

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