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What is Jukeblocks?

Jukeblocks is a song structure generator, that generates the tracks, song sections and composition/arrangement of a song.
It does not (currently) generate melody/chords, but is intended for you to fill in with your own sounds and ideas. It is a creative launch pad for you to start making music with.

Each block/cell in the grid represents a bar.
When a block is filled in, that means there's a pattern there, like a drum loop or bassline.

Sometimes you'll see two or more blocks merged together, because the pattern lasts longer than 1 bar.
If you see a block that's a darker color (or has a different number in the project file), it's because it's a different pattern, usually a variation of Pattern 1.
For instance, Pattern 2 for the bassline could have a couple different notes from Pattern 1.
Patterns are usually independent per track. If you see Pattern 1 on the Bass track and Pattern 1 on the Lead track, they aren't the same midi pattern (but could be if you want them to).

When you download a project file there are a couple options to use if you are subscribed.
The Marker option adds timestamps/locators to your project file.
The Template Notes option adds notes into each pattern to speed up work flow.
The Default Samples option uses the default drum samples that come with your DAW.
The Random Synths option adds plugins to your project file (selected from the account page). Certain plugins will also randomize which preset gets added to the project.

Remember, Jukeblocks is meant for boosting your productivity and creativity.
The templates it generates are creative prompts, so feel free to do your own thing with them. Switch up sections or add different parts if you so please!

The project files are created for and newer versions of Ableton 9.7, FL Studio 12.5, Reaper 5.9, LMMS 1.3.0 and Logic Pro X (Version 10.6.1).

Who is Jukeblocks?

This site was made by me (Dylan Tallchief), initial creator of LES, xlStudio / Excel Drum Machine, and maker of YouTube music production content.
Additional help from Lucia for her mock-up design which inspired this site's design, Emily for her help on the css and Ruben for coming up with the name Jukeblocks.
The Reaper downloader was created by Soundemote.
The LMMS downloader was created by Spekular.
I am not affiliated with any of the DAWs or plugins featured on this website in any way.

Why does Jukeblocks exist?

I've always had a hard time arranging & structuring songs. How long should certain sections be? How many elements and layers should I be using? Is it too empty, is it too much?
Jukeblocks exists to solve that problem. It creates a randomly generated template for you (from scratch), with a full song structure including what sounds to add to the song.
Additionally, you can also immediately download the project and start working on it in a DAW, making it very efficient for workflow, productivity and creativity.

What do the names mean?

If you are unfamiliar with production terminology a lot of the names may be confusing. I also come up with my own naming schemes for other sounds so I will explain in more detail here.

Jukeblocks Specific:
upHH: Upbeat Hihat. This is commonly found in house music and is the hihat between the kick and clap. Boots n cats n boots n cats n...
Perc (x2)/(x3):  If you see (x2), it implies how many times a sound gets played per bar or pattern, so x2 = 2 times, x3 = 3 times. You'll probably only see this on percussive elements.
(One) Note: Some sounds stay on one single note for a long time.
Hi String: Or sometimes High String. Just a high pitched violin string. It will also usually be sustained for a long time, just like above. Here is an example (immediately heard in the intro).
Mute: You will see this in the automation track sometimes. The idea is to silence the song/instruments for a period of time. Even though patterns are a bar long, you can mute it for just a beat or two. You decide which beat to mute.
If it's at the end of a section it's typical to mute the last beat(s) of the bar instead of the first. To achieve this effect can automate the master volume down, or simply remove/shorten patterns.
Same as above, but for specific instruments or group of instruments.
Video Game 1 (AC):  This genre's real name has been masked for legal reasons. It's based on a popular "social simulation" game featuring animal people.

Common Production and Music Terminology:
Staccato: A short and sudden sound. Like the strings in Psycho.
Pad: This is a slow evolving, lush ambient sound. You'll find presets for these in most synths.
Stab: This is a short melodic synth sound. Usually a chord, but you also have bass stabs. Basically it's somewhat Staccato sounding.
Vox: Short for vocals.
808: The name originates from the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine, but the term is commonly used nowadays to refer to the type of bass samples used in trap/hiphop and other genres taking influences from that.
Fill: This is a drum fill, which is a variation in the drum pattern, usually towards the end of a song section.
Filler Snare: This is a secondary snare used as little "fills" between the main snare.
Amped/Dist:   Amped is short for amplified. Dist is short for Distortion. Amplified could mean just being louder, but in Jukeblocks it most likely refers to being distorted/overdriven/saturated.
Perc: Short for Percussion.
Reese Bass: A Reese Bass this is a sawtooth bass synth which will usually have 2 or more voices that has been detuned from each other. You have many more advanced variations of the reese bass heard in a lot of drum & bass music like Neurofunk. However, if it's any other genre it will probably resemble the simpler reese sound design.
LP: Short for Lowpass. LP Reese = Lowpassed Reese.
HP: Short for Highpass.
Break: Short for drum break. Typically used to refer to vintage samples/loops of drums that have been sampled in other songs. The amen break is the most popular example.
Lick: A short melody line, almost like a melodic fill.
Riff: Similar to a lick, but more of a main element that plays an important role.
Glissando: When you slide up or down the scale.
Sustained: A sustained sound is a sound this is "held down" and remains playing/making noise as long as the note is still active/down.
303: Short for the Roland TR-303. This was intended as a bass machine but is used commonly for that "acid" sound.
Detuned:This can mean off-key/out of pitch, but in the context of sound design it usually means that Unison is being used and the voices of the unison are tuned apart from each other.
Arp: Arp is short for Arpeggio, and means a repeating melody of notes from a chord or group of held down notes. They can sound almost robotic.
Ride: This refers to a ride cymbal.
Bg: Short for background. Like background synth, background vocals, background pad, etc.
Rhodes: An electric piano.
Pedal Note: Also called pedal point. This is a note in a melody that stays on the same note while the rest changes.
Tapestop: This is an effect that sounds like the track is being played on tape and slowed down. Example.

What is the MIDI download?

If you don't have any of the available DAWs you can use a MIDI representation of the song structure.
This means each note represents a pattern (not actual melodies). Note 60 (C3 or C5 depending on your DAW) is pattern 1, Note 61 is pattern 2, Note 63 = pattern 3, etc.
This isn't a replacement for the actual project files and would make more sense if there were generated chords/melodies/rhythms, but it does bring some basic functionality to all DAWs until custom project files are available.
If you have the "Template Notes" option turned on then you will be able to see and hear (depending on the program) basic drum patterns. If the drum pattern is different, the midi notes will move up a semitone.

Why should I subscribe?

Subscribers can download more, customize how the project files are created (with samples and synths for example), unlock more genres to generate and even convert project files up to 100mb using the converter.
I think Jukeblocks has the potential to help you out in your own music production. Subscribing will also pay for hosting and developing new features for the website.

Which DAWs have which features?

Not all the DAWs have all the "Options" available to them at the time being.

DAWs Markers Simple Drum Notes Default Samples Random Synths Converter Rearranger
FL Studio

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