Google launched a browser-based sequencer for making music
Chrome Music Lab has launched a new music creation tool called Song Maker. A browser-based experience, Song Maker is a sequencer that allows you to program loops for two different instruments of your choosing, then save it or send to someone else for collaboration.
Google Creative Lab launched Chrome Music Lab in 2016. A series of web-based experiments, each Chrome Music Lab installment let you play around with music and sound in a different way. This includes Oscillators, which has you squish and stretch a cute character to learn about frequency values, and Sound Waves, which shows a visual representation of how sound vibrations travel through the air.
Song Maker is a tad more complex, but is still very straightforward and foolproof. It has a sequencer format divided into two sections: a main portion for melody and a smaller bar at the bottom for rhythm. You can choose between several musical options for each section, then draw your notes in using your mouse, keyboard, or finger, depending on your device.
You can also hook it up to a MIDI keyboard or enable the mic button to sing into Song Maker; a hovering icon will appear on the left-hand side to show what note you’re hitting.
Beyond the main interface, there’s a bunch of options available to further customize your song. You can adjust the tempo with a sliding bar, set an octave range, the length of your loop, how many beats you want per bar, and more. Overall, it’s a neat little experience that’s fun to casually play around with.