You can add or remove notes by clicking on the gray rows at the top. SynthBox automatically plays the notes out loud for you. Try it!
Notes go into patterns, and you can edit one pattern at a time. Those numbered boxes at the bottom of the editor are the different patterns you can edit. Click the other boxes to move to a different part of the song, or click the arrows on the currently selected box to swap which pattern is played during that part of the song.
SynthBox can play several rows of patterns simultaneously, and each row has its own set of patterns. Most rows can play melodies or harmonies, but the bottom row is for drums.
All song data is contained in the URL at the top of your browser. When you make changes to the song, the URL is updated to reflect your changes. When you are satisfied with your song, just copy and paste the URL to save and share your song!
When SynthBox has focus (click on its interface above), you can use these keyboard shortcuts:
- Spacebar: play or pause the song
- Z: undo
- Y or Shift Z: redo
- C: copy pattern from selection
- V: paste pattern into selection
- 0-9: assign a pattern number to selection
- Arrows: move selection
- [ ]: Move the playhead backward and forward
- Shift 0-9: reassign the instrument for the currently selected pattern
- - +: move the notes in the pattern up or down (and hold Shift to move an octave at a time!)
- A: Select all patterns
- Shift A: Select current channel
- Enter: insert a bar
- Backspace: delete a bar
- F: move playhead to the First bar in the song
- H: move playhead to the selected bar (Here)
- M: Mute/unmute current channel
- Shift M: Mute/unmute all channels
- S: Solo current channel
- N: set pattern to the lowest-numbered one not used anywhere in the song (This can help you find gaps in patterns that you missed).
- Shift N: set pattern to the lowest-numbered one that is completely empty.
In the note pattern editor, you can click and drag horizontally on a note to adjust its duration. You can also click above or below an existing note to add more notes to be played simultaneously, which is called a chord.
ADVANCED: Drag vertically from an existing note to bend its pitch, or drag vertically from above or below the note to adjust its volume. You can perform fine volume adjustment if you hold Control while doing this!
ADVANCED: Click and drag on the pattern grid to make a selection. You can then press C/V to mass copy/paste parts of your song.
SynthBox has many more features. Try playing with the buttons and menus on the right side to find out what it can do! You can also click on the label next to each option for a description of what it does.
Check out some of these songs that other people have posted on Twitter! If you find something you like, you should let the creator know! And if you see any beginners asking for advice, maybe you can help them!
SynthBox does not claim ownership over songs created with it, so original songs belong to their authors.
Neither Chopy61 nor Synthbox assume responsibility for any copyrighted material played on SynthBox. No songs are ever received, recorded, or distributed by SynthBox's servers. All song data is contained in the URL after the hash (#) mark, and SynthBox running inside your browser converts that data into sound waves.
You can download an offline version of JummBox to use when you don't have access to the internet. The features are otherwise the same.