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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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« General Discussion

The Official Beatlab Suggestion Forum.

Chase Lloyd
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Chase Lloyd

Hey everyone, I don't see a discussion about this already, so I will start out the discussion with some ideas I have for the site.

PLEASE READ THE RULES BEFORE POSTING!!!

Rules for suggesting ideas:

-Do not post more than one idea at a time.(This is because someone may like one of your ideas, but not one of the other ideas.)

-Upvote other people's suggestions if you like it, don't forget, this isn't a competition.

-Try to give ways to fix the problems if you can think of any, but it is okay to single points of the site that should be improved.

Any and all input is valuable, the input you make has an equal value to everyone else, so it is very important to make as much contribution that you can.

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Keir Mundy
Keir Mundy

I wish that there wasn't a voting system or a leaderboard on BEATLAB

How in the heck can a person have a jibber-jabber jam with 38 votes and be a top leader in the BEATLAB community?

Imagine being a major music producer coming on BEATLAB. And he/she was listening to the leaderboard...and the top track was someone's jibber-jabber one square jam and it got 35 votes. And then they came across a Beatlab jam that had one vote (or NO VOTES) and it was spectacular.

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Chase Lloyd
Chase Lloyd

Well, how do you think it should be done? I was thinking that the site is getting to the point, that the ability to make playlists need to be added.

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Keir Mundy
Keir Mundy

THAT...I have no clue.

I think that BEATLAB doesn't really need a voting system or leaderboard. I am even unsure about the playlist idea. (NOT that the playlist is a bad idea.) I don't know what you mean by having playlists.

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Chase Lloyd
Chase Lloyd

I just thought of a possible solution to the leaderboard problem. Find my recent post where I talk about my leaderboard jibber jabber problem (Read the whole thing).

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Rossni Presendieu
Rossni Presendieu

THE LEADERBOARD motivates People we NEED the leaderboard

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Chase Lloyd
Chase Lloyd

Another idea I had was to implement the ability to type both the percent speed of a single sound, and the bpm of a sound as an optional addition too. I also think that the names for the speed of the song should say the exact bpm rather than "slow" "normal" "fast" etc.

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John M
John M

BPM would be great, but don't get rid of the words "slow", "fast", etc, so it's still newb friendly

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Chris Farra
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Chris Farra

Can you guys create an "Educator" account for teachers to use with students? With an "Educator", anything created by students wouldn't be allowed in the area where the general users can see, hear, comment, identify, etc. and this would not create a huge amount of traffic for the frequent users of the site to sort through. Any users under my "classroom" would only be subject to my evaluation (with oversight by the site developers as well). Basically, the only sites I can legitimately use in class are those that offer an "Educator" account so that I can moderate the students' use and to establish further barriers for privacy since I'm dealing with a younger demographic of users.

Please reply at your convenience and thanks for providing this amazing tool that has prompted healthy discourse among my students in regards to copyright, fair use, creativity, digital ethics, etc.

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Judith Bell
Judith Bell

I agree Beatlab is blocked at our school because of the chat function. I'd love to be able to use it with classes.

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Derik West
Derik West

waveform editing :)

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David Santos
David Santos

Im not sure if im repeating this or not, i didnt read all the comments here

To be able to change the BPM (by typing it in) would be really great

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jon-a-thon
jon-a-thon

Thanks Chase! This is great!

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Chase Lloyd
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Chase Lloyd

Something i thought of as I was typing all this, a preview of how the text is going to look when it is posted would be a very nice feature to have. Also some basic text formatting, coloring and other basic php things off to the side would make the chat look nicer.

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Chase Lloyd
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Chase Lloyd

What about adding an option on your tracks to remove the remix button and replace it with a button that has all the sounds you used, but doesn't let other people remix the "original" track. So, say if you spent 5 days making a beat sound perfect, you can only allow that form of remixing, then, if they want to remix the track, they would have to start from scratch to make it sound the same, which is possible. It pretty much fixes the problem with remixes, where people basically "steal" your tracks, by just adding 1 square to the mix and then re-saving it as their own. I think this is a great idea, so if you see any problems with it, let me know, if you like the idea, upvote it for more people to see.

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Keir Mundy
Keir Mundy

"if they want to remix the track, they would have to start from scratch to make it sound the same, which is possible. It pretty much fixes the problem with remixes, where people basically "steal" your tracks, by just adding 1 square to the mix and then re-saving it as their own. I think this is a great idea, so if you see any problems with it, let me know, if you like the idea, upvote it for more people to see."--Chase

I have had people do that to me...basically take my track and put one square and basically call it "their" track and their contribution was one damn square. :D But that is the nature of the way things are set up.

I don't care. I can play my music on piano, guitar, drums, and keyboards live if I needed to. I am not limited by just programming BEATLAB matrices. That is distinction from me and them.

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Chase Lloyd
Chase Lloyd

Another suggestion.. What if the leaderboard was decided by a likes/people listening to the track ratio, rather than straight up by likes, because when people promote a crappy track on facebook, sometimes they get likes just because they have a lot of friends. I think the algorithm is fixed and needs to be fixed, I know there are a couple of loop holes in this idea, but it is better than the one that is currently being used for the leaderboard. Also, I don't know if this is possible, but what about if the view ratio also takes into consideration, based on "unique" views(someone who is not a member of beatlab) ordinary views(members of beatlab), and even recurring views(views from the same user).

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Mindy Fisher
Mindy Fisher

I started using this program this week...I'm very new to this type of sequencer but I have a few ideas. Here's number one:

I wouldn't mind seeing the samples organized better. For example, all of the PB Electric Slide samples would go in one folder. That entire folder could be selected and added to your track. I notice that these samples aren't always grouped together in the list...and I think it would make finding the particular instrument you want easier.

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Keir Mundy
Keir Mundy

I think that every six months...BEATLAB has to do a complete purge of its sounds and tunes cache. Everyone who had sounds and tunes. Have to start fresh after every six months.

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Chase Lloyd
Chase Lloyd

So you think that if you make a fantastic beat, you shouldn't be able to have it for more than 6 months?

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Keir Mundy
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Keir Mundy

Well. I don't mind it. Wouldn't that help Jon save space in his servers if he purged loops, songs, and sounds every six months?

If anyone has a fantastic beat or song...they can download it to mp3.

Fresh sounds every six months sounds great to me.

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John M
John M

You have it forever if you export it.

I agree with the suggestion. But maybe an option to bring back the data and remix it, but you have to reload and it's off leaderboards, etc.

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John M
John M

And actually, maybe this would also need a way to export it into some kind of sheet music or text format, so you also have a hard copy of the sheet music and don't lose that.

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Keir Mundy
Keir Mundy

There used to be a time when I could come on BEATLAB and just create tunes. Lately, I cannot.

METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING: It is like BEATLAB is this virtual drum sampler that I upload my sounds and loops...and when I go to access them to load them...I can no longer do that consistently with sounds I newly upload.

If I used BEATLAB live...I couldn't. I have software and hardware that are consistently reliable. Meaning...I can record...create sounds and loops. I can play them back with consistency and with assurance that it is there.

I wish that the problems of uploading sounds and having access to them to create tunes were a sure thing and I never had to worry about "COMPLETE...PROCESSING.. I/O ERRORS ever again.

If KanYe West was using BEATLAB here from my side of the PC...he would be calling in his engineers to bring his OPENLABS NEKO into the session or an AKAI MPC-60...because he would be frustrated trying upload or access his sounds from BEATLAB.

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jon-a-thon
jon-a-thon

Keir, make sure you are only uploading 44khz, 16 bit, 2 channel samples. Otherwise, beatlab won't be able to process them.

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Chase Lloyd
Chase Lloyd

I was surfing the web the other day, and I was listening to a track, so i just went on to play another good track. But I started thinking, Jon should implement the ability to make playlists from whatever tracks you want. If you make a playlist that gets enough listens, likes and whatever else, then maybe it gets featured or something.

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Keir Mundy
Keir Mundy

That is a good idea...but there are a lot of BEATLABBERS from all over. I remember when I was on the leaderboard when BEATLAB didn't have as many people.

There was a time when I had about 700 Beatlab matriculated tunes. (I purged them.) Now...I doubt people ever listened or even liked any of my tunes. I didn't even know if they were even downloaded by people.

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Chase Lloyd
Chase Lloyd

My next idea would be to add a reputation system to users who are active in the community. What i mean is that you can have the option to give a reputation point to something someone did, whether this is comment on your post, make a remix of your track, it doesn't matter, I just think it shows who is more active in the community and more liked by other people.

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Mindy Fisher
Mindy Fisher

My second idea:

I would love to see a downloadable version of this that could be used offline. It could come with the basic samples and the rest could be downloaded as needed. My internet connection is laggy and the save function is pretty slow for me. I would pay for this!

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Ahmed Yehia
Ahmed Yehia

i wish that there is a competition room were people go in a contest and see whose the best

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Derik West
Derik West

when making a new post to the forum it would be nice to be able to -preview post and also have an image attachment feature

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Ismael Tubens
Ismael Tubens

I would like to be able to download my beat in track by track form for Engineering with vocals.

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Ismael Tubens
Ismael Tubens

I want to be able to cut my whole beat, so that I can slide it over when I want to add an intro to my beat.

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Robert Urgal
Robert Urgal

I think we should have a tool that let you choose between a song still in progress or music ready.

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D.r. Kirkman
D.r. Kirkman

Hello, I was just wondering if there was a solution for working on beatlab with devices like kindle? Currently I can only access beatlab but can't play or create loops.

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Derik West
Derik West

suggestions: -sound clipping -download counter -"Playlist" section in the forum

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TrillTheProducer
TrillTheProducer

I would like to report a girl named Regan Ledbetter she has harrased me so much on chat and im sick and tired of it.

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Kyle Bell
Kyle Bell

A pitch editor for sounds. Yes they have the speed witch does change the pitch but also changes the speed. I though don't want to change the speed.

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DEVAN BARTLEY
DEVAN BARTLEY

how do you get a sound from someone

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DEVAN BARTLEY
DEVAN BARTLEY

how do you get a sound from someone

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DEVAN BARTLEY
DEVAN BARTLEY

how do you get a sound from someone

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DEVAN BARTLEY
DEVAN BARTLEY

how do you get a sound from someone

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DEVAN BARTLEY
DEVAN BARTLEY

how do you get a sound from someone

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DEVAN BARTLEY
DEVAN BARTLEY

how do you get a sound from someone

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DEVAN BARTLEY
DEVAN BARTLEY

how do you get a sound from someone

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DEVAN BARTLEY
DEVAN BARTLEY

how do you get a sound from someone

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Luka Bilandzic
Luka Bilandzic

HOW DO U UPLOAD SOUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LowKeyKid Productions
LowKeyKid Productions

How do you upload a new picture on your profile? Also how do you change your profile name?

P.S. Explain in steps please.

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xpectation succeeded
xpectation succeeded

Hey everyone I could use a little help, ive been using beat lab for almost a year but today was the first time I tried to export something to my external computer (now that I'm using fl studios) I got to the list of my "instrumentals" but when I tried to right click and save link it didn't give me that option.. I don't want to save the web page link. I want my beat off this app as a wav. or mp3 file, is this possible?

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Mark Mazzucca
Mark Mazzucca

my chat just keeps saying connecting and won't let me in, what should I do?

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Mark Mazzucca
Mark Mazzucca

my chat just keeps saying connecting and won't let me in, what should I do?

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Mark Mazzucca
Mark Mazzucca

my chat just keeps saying connecting and won't let me in, what should I do?

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Mark Mazzucca
Mark Mazzucca

my chat just keeps saying connecting and won't let me in, what should I do?

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Mark Mazzucca
Mark Mazzucca

my chat just keeps saying connecting and won't let me in, what should I do?

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Mark Mazzucca
Mark Mazzucca

my chat just keeps saying connecting and won't let me in, what should I do?

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Mark Mazzucca
Mark Mazzucca

my chat just keeps saying connecting and won't let me in, what should I do?

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Mark Mazzucca
Mark Mazzucca

my chat just keeps saying connecting and won't let me in, what should I do?

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Mark Mazzucca
Mark Mazzucca

my chat just keeps saying connecting and won't let me in, what should I do?

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Mark Mazzucca
Mark Mazzucca

my chat just keeps saying connecting and won't let me in, what should I do?

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