Chrome Music Lab or CML is an amazing online resource for both teachers and students for music. It is a product of Google and it was created in 2016. One can easily make a song on it because its interface is so easy to use for users. Teachers and students can easily explore sound and they can also find it easy to create new sounds. Some essential characteristics of Chrome Music Lab are that it is free, it is interactive for the users, it is simple to use on any device and it is bright and colourful.
How Can I Use CML?
There are almost 13 amazing experiments in Chrome Music Lab. Each experiment in CML is providing a new music concept to users. There is only one limitation of CML that you are not allowed to export or download your work. I think if you are a student and you are using this amazing online resource for the learning process, this is not a negative point of CML. Anyhow, students can save links to their work and they can easily use these links later. You can use CML either on your own device or in a group. Some essential tips to use different experiments of CML are given below;
How to Use Song Maker?
The first experiment that you see on CML is Song Maker. One can easily create a song with the help of Song Maker by clicking on the notes into the grid. There are two sections of its grid. The top section of its grid can easily be used for high notes and its lower section can be used for low notes. If you want to create a rhythmic pattern, you should click on two rows of dots that are shown at the bottom of Song Maker. Some essential things that you should know about Song Maker are given below;
- It is allowing its users to change the playback and tempo of their songs.
- It is also allowing its users to change the scale and length of its songs.
- If you want to record notes in Song Maker, you can use its mic.
How to Use Rhythm?
The second experiment on Chrome Music Lab is known as Rhythm. Rhythms are known as patterns of song. Mostly, these rhythms are repeated after every four beats. With the help of this experiment, it is also possible for you to change the setting of Rhythm according to your desires. It means that you can easily set its setting either after three, five or six beats. Some essential things that you should know about rhythm are given below;
- It is possible for you to add songs
- It is also possible for you to remove added songs
- Users can easily switch to new meters
How to Use Spectrogram?
The visual picture of the sound that makes up music is known as a spectrogram. This essential experiment of Chrome Music Lab allows the users to easily change frequencies of their songs from lower to higher or higher to lower. With the help of this experiment, it is also possible for users to compare frequencies of their songs with frequencies of other songs. Some essential things to know about this experiment are given below;
- The users find it easy to record their songs by using microphone
- In order to create abstract songs, users can draw these songs on the screen
How to Use Chords?
This essential experiment of CML is helpful for the teachers when they are giving the concept of triads to their students. The basic chord of CML is made up of three notes. These three notes are also known as triads. Teachers can easily give concept to their students how to tap a note on the piano to play a chord.
How to Use Sound Waves?
It is a scientific fact that sound travel into the air in the form of waves. These waves are much faster than the waves of water. This essential experiment is also helpful for users to easily trace the shape of the waves. For this reason, teachers can use a magnifying glass and tell to their students how sound waves travel by playing a low note on the piano.
How to Use Arpeggios?
It is an essential chord that allows users to play only one note at a time. There is a wheel in this experiment and users can easily use this wheel to explore major and minor chords. Moreover, one can also learn how to play arpeggios in different patterns. Some essential things to know about this experiment are given below;
- You can easily change the pattern of playback by clicking on arrows. On these arrows, there are one to five variations.
- If you want to change playback of your songs from harp to piano, you can also use it.
- There is also a metronome button on this experiment. With the help of this button, it is also easy for us to alter the tempo of our songs.
How to Use Kandinsky?
Wassily Kandinsky is an essential artist who tries to compare the paintings to make music. This experiment is made by getting inspirations from this artist. With the help of this experiment, it is possible for users to draw different kinds of shapes like circles, lines and triangles and change these shapes into music. Some essential things to know about this essential experiment are given below;
- According to this experiment, different kinds of shapes have different kinds of sounds.
- It is possible for us to hear playback of these songs just by clicking on the drawing.
- If you have drawn more than one shape, you can hear sounds of all of these shapes just by pressing the play button.
- In order to change the sounds of your drawing, you should click on the coloured button and try to change the shapes of your drawing.
How to Use Melody Maker?
It is also an essential experiment of Chrome Music Lab. With the help of this experiment, it is possible for students to create a single line melody. This single line melody is created with the help of graphic style notations. In order to make a single-line melody, we have to use time and pitch. Time is represented from left to right and pitch is represented from up to down. Some essential things to know about melody maker are given below;
- Melody maker of CML is known as a simple version of song maker.
- It is easy for the users to play the melody just by clicking on the play button.
- If you want to change the tempo of your song, you can also add some duplicate notes.
How to Use Voice Spinner?
There is also an experiment for voice spinning on the Chrome Music Lab. With the help of this option, it is possible for us to spin the recorded voice by playing it slowly, fast, forward and backwards. For this reason, you just need to record the sound by clicking on the microphone and after recording it, you can easily spin it.
How to Use Harmonics?
With the help of this experiment, it is possible for us to set the frequency of our voices. For this reason, first of all, you should click on the sound and hold on it in order to hear the sustained pitch. After that, you can set the frequency of your sound by two times, three times or four times.
How to Use Piano Roll?
Piano Roll experiment of CML allows the users to view the graphic notation version of different pieces. If you want to improve your sound, you should try to see a graphic notation version of well-known sounds. After seeing the graphic notation version of these sounds, you should try to compare these sounds with your sound and try to set it accordingly.
How to Use Oscillators?
The main function of an oscillator is to make sounds just by clicking on a steady rate. One can easily use the Oscillator experiment of CML just by clicking on the oscillator and by holding on it for a while. This will allow you to hear the actual frequency of your sound. On the other hand, if you want to change the frequency of your sound, you can easily change it just by dragging the mouse up or down. If you want to change the type of your oscillator, you can also use arrow keys.
How to Use Strings?
This is an essential experiment of CML that allows the teachers and students to explore the relationship between the length of the string and its pitch. In order to explore the mathematical relationship between the length of the string and its pitch, you just need to click on it. After clicking on it, you will see lots of strings. You just need to click on these strings in order to get an idea what will happen to the pitch if the original length of the pitch is divided to half. This experiment is also helpful for the students because it allows them to create low quality and high-quality sounds.