Getting started on BandLab

Desktop Web:

To record using BandLab on the web, make sure you are logged on to your account on BandLab. If you don’t have an account, you could sign-up with just a few clicks. For free too, in case that slipped your mind! 

  1. Click the red Create button at the top right of the screen which will then ask you to choose New Project or Give a Shout!
  2. Choose New Project, 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 with:
    • BandLab Instruments - Use your computer keyboard to play virtual instruments, with the option of using a MIDI controller too.
    • Drum Machine - Fire away on kicks and snares with our built-in drum machine.
    • Voice/Mic - Sing us a tune with a microphone or a connected audio interface.
    • Guitar - Plug in a guitar to use BandLab as an amp - this will require an audio interface.
    • Bass - Plug in a bass guitar and check out our Bass FXs!
  4. If you’re looking to kick things off with vocals, choose Voice/Mic to 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 up, or sing a lyric or two, to test the audio input.
  6. Click on 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 by 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 to open up opportunities for collaborations.

 

iOS:

To get started recording using the BandLab iOS App:

  1. Tap on the Red + button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. You will be prompted with the Add New Track screen where you can choose what kind of track you want to start with:
    • Import File - Upload your MP3, M4A or WAV files.
    • 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 a portable audio interface, one 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.
    • BandLab Pads - Use our MIDI pad controller to 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. To turn on Input Monitoring, tap on the Gear Icon on the top of the screen to access the settings. Under Additional Settings, turn on Monitoring. Again, speak up, sing us a verse, or snap your fingers to test the audio input.
  5. Hit the Red record button at the bottom of the screen to start recording.
  6. Click the red record button again to stop recording.
  7. To see or write lyrics and record at the same time, tap on the Pen Icon on the top menu bar.
  8. To look at multiple tracks, tap on the Waveform Icon on the menu bar and tap on the downwards chevron Icon.
  9. To access the mixer, tap on the Slider icon at the bottom left of the screen on the page with all the tracks shown.
  10. To save, tap the cloud Icon at the top right of the screen. You can choose if you want to Save private or Publish.
  11. Here you can name your project, add a description, and choose if you want to allow Forks, and if you want to move the song to a band.
  12. Save your project.

 

Android:

To get started recording using the BandLab Android App:

  1. Tap on the Red + Button in the app to open the Mix Editor.
  2. Choose Start project.
  3. You will be prompted with the Add New Track screen where you can choose what kind of track you want to start with:
    • Import Audio - Upload your MP3, M4A or WAV files.
    • 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 a 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!
  4. For vocals, choose Voice/Mic and you can record using the built-in mic on your phone.
  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 creating up to a total of 12 tracks.
  8. 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.
  9. 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, and we’ll be all ears!