MuLab 3 Tutorial Creating A Sequence   

Lets start with a new session. Therefore, click the "File" menu button at the top left and choose "New Session".

MuLab automatically creates 4 tracks in the Composer, and 4 racks in the Rack Desk.

Tracks are used to contain the musical parts in your music like rhythms, basslines, melodies etc...

The music you generate on a Track can be sent to a Rack, which can further process that musical data, e.g. adding a bit of reverb to the drums.

Racks are very powerful. You can find detailed info on Racks here.

Now lets plug in a virtual synthesizer into Rack A. So lets click the top slot in the first Rack "Rack A".

From the popup menu, choose Synths -> Synthia

Synthia's editor automatically opens. At the left side you see the patch browser. Lets choose patch "Nabasa".

At this point, if you have a MIDI keyboard connected, you can play with Synthia on your keyboard.

And if you want, you can simply click the Record button in the Transport Panel to start recording what you play! Then click the Record button again (or stop playing by clicking the play button or press [Spacebar]) to stop recording.

Now in this tutorial, we'll show you another way to create sequence: by using the mouse.

In the Composer on Track 1, double-click and drag a new Part from measure 1.1.0000 to 3.1.0000.

A popup menu appears asking you what type of Part you want to create.

Choose "Sequence Part -> New".

Lets drag a Composition Loop in the Time Bar, and enable that Loop by clicking on the Loop button in the Transport Panel.

Also note the Part Property Panel at the right of the Transport Panel containing the Part's details like its target module (=where a part's output is sent to), and which sequence it is playing.

Now lets open the Sequence Editor for that sequence part so we can draw some notes.

Opening the Sequence Editor can be done by double-clicking the sequence part, by pressing [TAB] while that part is selected, or via the part's context menu (Windows: right-click)(Mac OSX: control-click).

At the left in the Sequence Editor you see a piano keyboard. Clicking on it plays the notes on the part's target module, in this case that is Rack A, which is holding a Synthia with the "Nabasa" sound.

Double-click or hold [Ctrl] to draw some new notes. For more detailed info on how to use the Sequence Editor, click here.

The bottom part of the Sequence Editor shows the velocity bars of the notes. The velocity of a note typically defines how loud it will sound.

Click the Play button in the Transport Panel. Now you hear the music playing and you see the position line moving.

If you want you can also set a Sequence Loop. Each Sequence Part can have its own loop, even when playing the same sequence as another part. You can move the Start-Loop-End Locators to wherever you want. If there are no loop locators yet, use the timebar's context menu to create them.

Here the End Locator has been moved to the left so the sequence repeats over 1 bar.

Note that if you right-click the sequence editor background, the sequence context menu will popup where you'll find a lot of interesting functions.

Now lets close the Sequence Editor and return to the Composer.

This can be done by pressing Return or Escape, or by clicking the "Close" button at the top left in the Sequence Editor.

In the Composer we see that our Sequence Part contains some events now.

Now lets copy this Part: go with your mouse to the middle of the Part so that it shows an Arrow cursor.

Then click and drag the Part around, while also holding the [Ctrl] key.

When you release the mouse button, the Part has been copied to the new location.

If you want to copy a Part so that it shares the same sequence as the original part, then hold [Ctrl]+[Shift] while dragging the Part.

This way, the copied Part will use the same sequence as the original part, and so editing either of both sequence parts will also affect the other part.

OK, lets save our session because saving is a safe thing!

Therefore click the "File" menu at the top left and choose "Save Session as..."