Updates & News
May 9 2021: The Rearranger!
If you saw my last video on Jukeblocks,
towards the end I mentioned the idea of rearranging project files.
This rearranger would take complete and even incomplete song ideas of just a few bars, and build them out into a new song structure. The advantage here is that it also retains your synths, effects and melodies.
I have made progress in that area and today I'm making an early version available to all Jukeblocks subscribers!
The reason it is not publicly available yet is because it's still very much in development.
There is currently only support for Ableton, only works with MIDI clips and works best with incomplete project files.
Opening it up to more DAWs and types of arrangements is next on the agenda and once it's more polished it will be made public to all users.
April 22 2021: Groups and Presets
I have added a group/bus for both the drum and synth elements of a project file, when using Ableton and FL Studio. This is in preparation for adding actual automation to the templates instead of it being represented by midi clips.
The following plugins will now also generate with a factory preset when using the Random Synths option: Serum, Korg M1, Sylenth1, Diva and Phase Plant. They also adapt to the type of element so bass instruments should receive bass presets.
More plugins should receive this feature too in the future, but are harder to implement. I'm looking at you Massive. Enjoy :D
April 3 2021: Helper Notes
In an effort to make the names of certain instrument more clear, I've added description for certain vaguely named sounds.
This can be enabled with the Helper Notes option.
For FL Studio this is nicely integrated into the Fruity Notebook on the master. Logic has helper notes in it's notepad too.
I'm not aware if the other DAWs have a similar notepad feature, so for now the notes are included in a separate text file.
The Template Notes option for Logic has been added. Default Samples and Random Synths will follow in the future. I've made the account page marginally neater too!
Edit: Just integrated the Helper Notes into Ableton as well. With "Helper Notes" selected, if you see a track with a "*" in the name it will display a description in your bottom left info-box while hovering over the track.
Big thank you to Gotno for pointing out this was even possible!
March 30 2021: Logic Project Files!
This one was a long time coming, and a highly requested feature. The generated song strucutres will now be available to download for Logic.
Almost all the features aren't availabe for the time being, but I will want to add those in at a later date.
As it's pretty new, let me know if you find any bugs!
March 23 2021: Algorithm Update
Wow, it's been almost a month since the last update here. However I've been working new features and updates everyday since then!
Today I thought I would introduce one of them, which is an update to the main song structure algorithm.
This new algorithm focuses more on reoccuring patterns throughout the song, and aims to solve weird quirks you could get in random generations from time to time.
It is still a work in progress, but it can now be enabled via the account page
I'm working on many other features I hope to bring to you soon! Also a download for Logic is coming (yay).
February 25 2021: Downgrade Ableton
I mostly report converter updates on the converter page
but I added the option to downgrade Ableton Live 11 files to Live 10 (or even Live 9).
Thought that was a handy feature (especially for people needing to collab between the two versions) so I'm mentioning it here as well.
February 19 2021: Simple Drum Beats
I updated the Default Notes and Template Note options for Ableton and FL Studio.
You now get a randomized percussion/crash sample (from the default sample library), along with a randomly positioned note for that percussion sample.
As you can now get a simple groove with drum samples alone, I took out the single midi notes in every synth as I don't see much purpose to it anymore.
February 12 2021: Add Random Synths
I have added the new "Random Synths" option for subscribers, which currently works with Ableton and FL Studio.
This allows you to select synth plugins from a dropdown menu in your account
page. You select the synths you want your template to randomly generate with.
If you don't have any plugins selected, it will just default to an empty track.
The plugins are currently saved to a cookie, so if you log in on a different browser/incognito mode you won't have the same list. There are over 20 synths to choose from at the moment, but I'll add more.
February 6 2021: New Grid + Trance
Thanks for the positive response on the Ableton/FL Studio converter! It's been really cool to see :)
I've updated the main Jukeblocks grid today to be a little nicer. This is a better solution to what I had before, plus I added some color to the darkmode too.
This new grid also allows for variating song segments. This means you can have an intro of 4 bars, a verse of 8 bars, and a break of 1 bar. This will only happen on a few genres for now, but helps creating more natural song arrangements.
Also finally a new genre! Trance!!! Let's gooo!
January 26 2021: Ableton/FL Studio Converter
I am s t o k e d
to announce the world's first Ableton/FL Studio project file converter!
This took a bit longer than expected as I wanted to get it right, but starting today you will be able to convert your project files to a different format.
There are still limitations and it will be an on-going process to improve it even more, but it is now in a state I am happy to share.
You can convert project files on the Converter page
and read information about what it can and can't do.
If there are any problems please let me know so I can fix them. Enjoy!!
January 04 2021: LMMS
Happy new year! Best wishes for 2021.
There haven't been any updates for a couple weeks but I haven't forgotten Jukeblocks. In fact, far from it. I've been working non-stop on new features.
Some will be out later this month, and others right now!
The biggest update right now is the inclusion of LMMS for project files. This was created by Spekular
who did an awesome job! (No options at the moment.)
As more DAWs were getting added, more buttons were being added too, which made the page cluttered. I'm now using a dropdown menu to tidy it up a bit.
Some other changes are the inclusion of an account page. It was actually here since the last update, but now I've actually added it to the navbar.
There are many other features that will be ready soon, so I can't wait to show them!
December 17 2020: Reaper
Downloads for Reaper are now available! Tested on v5.9 and above. No "Default Samples" option because Reaper doesn't come with stock samples, but Markers and Template Notes work.
I want to give a huge thanks to Soundemote
for doing the difficult work here. They make (free) plugins too!
I also added some explanations to the names/terminology used in the templates, which you can read under the "What do the names mean?"
December 07 2020: MIDI 2
The MIDI download now has access to the "Template Notes" option.
This means you can see and even hear (if your program allows it) the basic drum patterns with just MIDI for all genres except Videogame/AC.
December 06 2020: MIDI
I've just added a MIDI file format that should be useable for all DAWs now.
Each note represents a different pattern. Note 60 (C3 or C5 depending on your DAW) is equal to Pattern 1, Note 61 is equal to Pattern 2, Note 62 = Pattern 3, etc.
This is not a replacement for actual project files and would make more sense in the context of generated chord/melodies/drums, but at least all DAWs can get some usage out of it.
You can also hover over the track names (on jukeblocks) in case they're too long and get cutoff.
December 03 2020: Launch Day
Thank you all for the support and feedback so far! There were some issues but they have been fixed.
Ableton: Fixed files not working on Firefox.
Ableton: The different colors per track are more subtle now. Before this update it was extremely vivid.
Currently we are working on making more DAWs available soon!
December 02 2020
Jukeblocks publically announced/released!! Welcome!!!
November 18 2020
New genre: Cyberpunk!
Turned EDM/Pop into a more general EDM genre
November 11 2020
New genres: Pop, EDM/Pop, Eurodance, Hyperpop
November 6 2020
Important updates to The Algorithm.
Added Lofi and Videogame/AC style music (un-named game featured in a tutorial)
October 28 2020
October 26 2020
Support for Ableton 9.7 (Previously only 10)
October 23 2020
New genre's added to the site! Drum & Bass, Techno and Pop/Trap
Plus some pretty waves :)
September 25 2020
Added FL Studio File support
September 19 2020
The Grid v1 was created
Algorithm recreated in python
xlStudio v1 released (Excel DAW)
Ableton File Generation
Began song structure algorithm in Excel
First attempt at beat generation in Excel and also made a drum machine in Excel so I could test the samples