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Keyboard

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while composing a track.

spacebar

Press to start or stop playback.

commandcontrol key

Hold down the commandcontrol key while drawing notes to create "loud" notes.

optionalt key

Hold down the optionalt key while drawing notes to create "soft" notes.

shift

Hold down the shift key to select a region of notes. You will then be able to copy and paste or clear that region.

Advanced

Playback starting point

By default, playback always starts from the beginning of a track. This can be difficult if you want to focus your attention on a piece in the middle, or near the end.

You can change where playback begins by setting the playback start marker. You can do this by clicking white area just above the grid. A blue arrow icon will be placed where you click. Playback will now start from this point.

Clicking on the arrow icon again will remove it.

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Column volume

There is a speaker icon to the left of each row on the grid.

Click this icon once and you can control the volume of that row.

Double click this icon and you can mute or unmute the row.

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Jerf Bellino
Jerf Bellino

Hey Antonio a couple things:

  1. This is your second track, I don't know if you know this but the tracks closer to the bottom of the page are older than the ones closer to the top. To me your track "Electric" seems first. http://www.beatlab.com/matrices/439967

  2. Since whether or not this is actually your first track really doesn't affect your song at all, I will still give you feedback.

  3. Your track is pretty good, I like the melody and at the end how you added lower sounds with the higher ones to make it blend better.

  4. Suggestions (these are things I would do if you don't like the ideas simply don't do them): add a bass drum on each dark square, add some High Hat sounds (just experiment with different High Hat rhythms), add Snare Drums (you could add one on the second Bass Drum and fourth Bass drum, so: Bass Drum, Bass Drum + Snare, Bass Drum, Bass Drum + Snare), and make the track longer by clicking the longer button next to the save button. Like I said before, I think the melody is cool, and this is pretty good for a first (or second) track; a multitude of the beginner tracks I've heard don't really have any melody.

  5. If you ever run out of ideas, you can always go in the chatroom (located at the top) and ask for some ideas on tracks. Also, if the people in the chat are busy or there aren't enough people, you can always click create and then click the green dice that are right next to the clear and save buttons.

  6. Sorry if this sounds rushed or doesn't make much sense I wrote this whole thing and then accidentally exited out so I had to type this whole thing again.

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