let's get started making music...

  • 1 draw on the grid with your mouse to make a beat

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    save your track and share it with friends.

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    out of ideas? roll the dice and start remixing.

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    explore the beatlab community

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For more tips, tutorials vidoes, and FAQs, check out our community wiki.

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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Leaderboard rules

The leaderboard is a list of beatlab tracks ranked by Facebook likes.

The leaderboard exists to help expose new, quality tracks created on beatlab, and also to give recognition to the authors.

Tracks will remain on the leaderboard for exactly one week after they are created. A track created on Monday at 2pm will remain eligible for the leaderboard until the next Monday at 2pm.

Tracks must not infringe on copyright.

Tracks must be composed on beatlab to be eligible.

If a track is composed in another tool, and then uploaded uncut into to a single square on beatlab, then it will not be eligible for the leaderboard. For example: Rules example 1

This track will be included in the leaderboard, because it encourages remixing and collaboration: Rules example 2

It is, however, acceptable to create sounds and loops in other tools and then upload and arrange them on beatlab.

Tracks that only include one square will automatically be disqualified from the leaderboard. Tracks that violate the spirit of this rule will be disqualified at the discretion of the moderators.

Moderators reserve the right to remove any track from the leaderboard that violates any of these rules.

Before you can save a track on BeatLab, you need to connect your Facebook account.

We won't post to your wall or access any of your data without first asking for your permission.

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Choose a template to get started on a new track

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