Welcome to Stagelight Tips and Tricks Blog! This month we will dive into LoopBuilder, our easy-to-use looping engine, then hit 5 great tips that will give you a jump start in creativity and workflow. Before we get started, Open Labs would like to thank our remarkable Stagelight Beta Team for their feedback. Your participation in the Stagelight Forum over the past few months has been incredibly helpful to the entire Open Labs Community. Thank you all for your amazing support!
Now let’s jump right into some Tips and Tricks…
Stagelight’s LoopBuilder engine makes it fast and easy to build, arrange, mix, edit and share your songs all from one place. To get started in LoopBuilder, we recommend that you try out a SongBuilder lesson first as they will guide you step-by-step through multiple musical genres of your choice. If you are new to music creation software, going through just one of our SongBuilder lessons will help you making music faster and better than ever.
In Stagelight 2.1, you can now play clips, song parts, and even record new instruments directly in LoopBuilder mode on either your Windows or Android device. If your already a Pro and don’t need lessons, just select the ‘Play’ tab from the Stagelight home screen. There you can find options to launch a brand new song from scratch, load a song template, or open a recent project you may have already started. If you choose ‘New Song’ then Stagelight will launch you directly into a DrumTrack right inside LoopBuilder. Each clip is an editable track which makes it great to design song parts so you can easily remix or record all with your fingertips.
Do you like to create music the “traditional way” with a linear approach or Timeline View? Well, check out the next tip to utilize Stagelight’s new feature for selecting views.
In the upper right corner of Stagelight you can find a new “eye” icon for selecting between LoopBuilder and Timeline views. To switch you must first “stop” your song, then you will be able to toggle back and forth between your views whenever you want. Timeline view is a more traditional approach to music creation and will be more familiar to users who have already worked with other music software. LoopBuilder view allows you to work easily with audio or midi loops, record your own loops, and then sequence the performance for sharing.
Copy/Paste functions are some of the most essential controls to master for streamlining your songwriting experience. Duplicating loops, copying tracks, and even pasting whole song parts in Stagelight is super easy to master and should definitely improve your workflow.
Stagelight 2.1 has an on-screen toolbox along the right side of the app so you can easily access handy controls for editing loops and MIDI notes. If you prefer using a mouse and keyboard try ‘right-clicking’ to find to Copy/Paste or use the quick keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+C = Copy / Ctrl+V = Paste). Copy/Paste commands can also apply to Drum Tracks, Instrument Tracks, Audio Tracks and even LoopBuilder parts. For Audio Tracks you can also use the Inspector Tool to access the track menu to Copy/Paste or just right click with a mouse on the desired track/part/selection to Copy/Paste. After a track is copied, you can create a new track by using the keyboard shortcut ‘+ track’ to utilize the ‘paste track’ feature. LoopBuilder parts have an easy drop down menu as well to take advantage of these quick Copy/Paste controls.
Setting up a song template will allow you to start a new song with drum kits, instruments, presets and tracks just the way you want them for any type of project you may be working on. If you record vocals, you can create a song template with your audio tracks set up to record exactly the way you want. If you produce beats, you can have a template with all of your custom drum kits, synth presets and basic patterns ready to go. This is a powerful feature that will save you time and allow you to get to business as soon as you start a new song.
To make a song template, simply create and customize as many tracks as you want with all your personal settings and favorite effects loaded and then go to Menu > Song > Save Song Template. The new song template will show up under the ‘New Song’ section in Stagelight.
Tip 4. Change Wave Scroller Color
The Wave Scroller is a new graphical feature in Stagelight 2.1 that shows music streaming in LoopBuilder. When you first launch Stagelight the Wave Scroller is automatically a ‘Light’ color. To change to a ‘Dark’ color simply go to Menu > Options > General where you will find ‘Interface Controls’ to better define the look, scaling and lighting in Stagelight. This is also where you will find the Wave Scroller color option. Choose between Light/Dark. Stagelight also allows you change colors to song parts in LoopBuilder as well as your sounds in timeline view.
Are you ready to get your song heard? Stagelight provides social sharing by connecting you directly to Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Tumblr and email via SoundCloud. Publishing your track to the internet is now easier and quicker than ever before!
When your song is ready select the Share icon located at the top of the Stagelight Interface. Then, choose ‘Mixdown to SoundCloud’. Next, you’ll need to login to your SoundCloud account. Click to upload as a ‘Public Sound.’ After the upload is complete you will be able to share to the web and to the exclusive Stagelight Radio which is featured on our Stagelight Community page.
Thank you for checking out this month’s blog. We hope you can use these great tips and tricks for your next Stagelight song!