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The above picture shows the main parts of the main MuLab window:

Music is composed by layering tracks that play melodies, percussion, bass lines, etc all progressing over time. All this is done in the Composer.

At the top-left of the main MuLab window there is the Main Menu. At the right of the main menu there is the View Panel which lets you switch between the different editor views. More to the right there is the Transport Panel with the Play, Record, Tempo, ... controls. And at the top-right there is the Focused Module Keyboard that plays the focused plug-in module.

At the right of the composer there is the Browser which lets you manage and drag-drop sounds, sequences, samples, effects etc. And below the composer there is the Mixing Desk with all your synth and effect racks.

 

Connecting Tracks To Modules

The composer itself doesn't make any sound, it's just your tool to compose a song, just like Mozart was writing notes on a sheet. Then you need instruments that will actually produce sound. In MuLab the generic term for instruments and effects is a Module, for example a "Fat Moog Bass" is a kind of instrument module, and a "Deep Space Reverb" is a kind of effect module.

Each track in the composer is connected to a specific module, it's the track's target module. All parts on that track will play the track's target module. Simply drag-drop a module on a track to define that track's target module. For example, all mixer racks are modules too, so to tell track X that it should play rack Y, drag-drop rack Y on track X.

 

Launching MuLab
The first time(s) you launch MuLab, it will auto-load Start.MuProject and automatically start playing this project. This project makes it very easy to immediately start having fun with MuLab even without knowing anything about it. Click in the editor to draw notes and click the various tracks to switch the sound and editor. As soon as you open or save a project yourself, the Start.MuProject won't be automatically opened anymore on startup, instead a start dialog is shown from which you can choose which project to open:

Tip: You can also drag-drop a MuProject file on this dialog to start with that project.

 

Part Editor

When double-clicking a part or clicking the EDIT button in the View Panel, the part editor is viewed where you can edit the selected part. By clicking on the tracks at the left you can switch the part editor to other parts.

For detailed info about the different part editors see:

 

Notes

  • Most of MuLab's functionality is located in the context menus which popup when you right-click an object. You can never do something wrong by right-clicking somewhere. At the contrary: Try right-clicking every possible object on the screen and you may discover extra functionalities! There is only one exception to this right-click rule: In the sequence editor, right-clicking a note will delete the note.
  • MuLab likes drag & drop So try dropping files on the various components in the user interface and you'll discover which drops work. And if you have a great drag-drop suggestion, email .

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