Getting started on BandLab

You’re now a BandLab user and you can’t wait till you get started. Neither can we! Here are some simple steps to get you going:

 

Desktop Web:

To record using BandLab on the web make sure you are logged into your account or sign-up at www.bandlab.com.

 

  1. Click the Red Create button at the top right of the screen which will then ask you to choose Let's Make Music, Upload Track or Give a Shout!
  2. Choose Let's Make Music which will take you to the Mix Editor.
  3. You will be prompted with the Add New Track screen where you will choose what kind of track you want to start:
    • BandLab Instruments - Use your computer keyboard to play virtual instruments, or you can connect a MIDI controller too.
    • Drum Machine - Create beats and rhythms with our built-in drum machine
    • Voice/Mic - Record via microphone or a connected audio interface
    • Guitar - Plug in a guitar or bass to use BandLab as an amp - this will require some sort of audio interface or special cable.
  4. To start off with vocals, choose Voice/Mic and you can record using the built-in mic on your computer.
  5. You'll see input settings, including a volume meter. Hit the red record button at the top of the screen. Speak or sing or snap to test the input.
  6. Click the red record button again to stop recording.
  7. You can import drum loops or saved files on your computer right into the Mix Editor, simply dragging and dropping the file onto a track.
  8. To save, click the Save button at the top right of the screen. You’ll be prompted to name your song, and whether or not you want to publish the song and if you want to allow Forks.

 

iOS:

To record using the BandLab iOS App:

 

  1. Tap on the Red + button at the bottom of the screen
  2. You will be prompted with the Let's Make Music screen where you can choose what kind of track you want to start with:
    • Import File - Upload your MP3, M4A or WAV file.
    • Voice/Mic - Record any sound via microphone or a connected audio interface
    • Looper - Make dope beats by using our Looper interface. Layer sounds by adding guitars, FX, bass and beats that can be downloaded from our Sound Packs library.
    • MIDI Instruments - Access virtual instruments such as drums, piano, synths, strings and woodwind!
    • Guitar - Plug in a guitar to use BandLab as an amp - this will require some sort of portable audio interface similar to the BandLab Link Analog
    • Bass - Plug in a bass guitar and check out our Bass FXs!
  3. To start, choose Voice/Mic and you can record using the built in mic on your phone.
  4. Hit the Red record button at the bottom of the screen to start recording.
  5. Record something by tapping on the Red Record Button. This will end up being your first track.
  6. To add more tracks, tap the + Sign underneath the first track which has been titled "Track 1".
  7. You can continue making up to a total of 12 tracks.
  8. To save, tap the cloud Icon at the top right of the screen. You can choose if you want to Save or Publish.
  9. Here you can name your project, add a description, choose if you want to allow Forks or not and if you want to move the song to a band.

 

Android:

To get started recording using the BandLab Android App:

 

  1. Hit the Red + Button from anywhere in the app to open the Mix Editor.
  2. You will be prompted with the Let's Make Music screen where you can choose what kind of track you want to start with:
    • Import Track - Upload your mp3, wav file.
    • Voice/Mic - Record via the built-in microphone or a mobile audio interface.
    • Guitar - Record via the built-in microphone or connect a guitar/bass using a mobile interface to use BandLab as an amp - this will require some sort of mobile interface similar to the BandLab Link Analog.
    • Bass - Plug in a bass guitar and check out our Bass FXs!
    • Looper - Make dope beats by using our Looper interface. Layer sounds by adding guitars, FX, bass and beats that can be downloaded from our Sound Packs library.
    • Instruments - Access virtual instruments such as drums, piano, synths, strings and woodwind!
  3. For vocals, choose Voice/Mic and you can record using the built-in mic on your phone.
  4. Record something by tapping on the Red Record Button. This will end up being your first track. 
  5. To add more tracks, tap the + Sign underneath the first track which has been titled "Track 1".
  6. You can continue making up to a total of 12 tracks.
  7. Remember to save your work by tapping the Cloud Node at the top right of the screen. Here you can choose to save privately or publish to the community.
  8. Name your song, choose a cover photo or decide if you wish to move this revision to a Band.

If you need more assistance, please email our friendly Community Support Team at support@bandlab.com