Chrome Music Lab: How To Make Cool Music & Sounds

Music is something most people love. So, making it a fun learning experience through hands-on experiments will encourage playing with rhyme, sound, and melody.

Google created Chrome Music Lab (CML) in 2016. It is a simple to use online resource for students and music teachers.

Coders and musicians came together working with Chrome and web audio using freely accessible tools that let you use code to create sound.  

The Chrome Music Lab’s goal is to enable visitors to visualize and touch sound to see what sound looks like, learn how melody works, create rhythms, and turn drawings into music.

The CML website has sections called experiments that enable anyone at any age to explore how music works. Each experiment has a different focus, such as piano roll, song maker, harmonics, voice spinner, and sound waves.

How Does Chrome Music Lab Work?

Chrome Music Lab is intuitive and straightforward music software. The bright and colorful features make it approachable and friendly to people of all ages.

CML shares open-source code so musicians and coders can build their own experiments. Anyone across devices can instantly open it up and start playing without waiting for an app to download and install.

The easier it is for anyone to explore music, the more compelling it is for everyone to be curious, creative, and inspired. Many of the experiments can only be used immediately and on the spot. This means that you won’t be able to download, export, or share your work.

Two of the experiments do allow you to share, embed, and download your creations. Those two experiments are Song Maker and Melody Maker.

How To Create a Melody Using Chrome Music Lab

Start by going to the CML website and clicking on the Melody Maker tab. You can see the name of each experiment by putting your cursor inside the block.

Melody maker has a simple interface. Simply click on different boxes. Each box makes a different note. Try clicking a few boxes and then hit Play to hear your melody.

The lower the block, the lower the sound. To change the speed, move the blue ball to the left to make it slower.

Make the music faster by moving the blue ball to the right.  

Play around with the boxes until you create something you like. Click on a sound to delete it. The melody below is the first part of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

The orange button next to the play button repeats the melody you created.

How To Use Chrome Music Lab Song Maker

The Chrome Music Lab Song Maker is the most extensive project with many different options you can use.

The default screen has two octaves. Like Melody Maker, you click on the color-coded boxes to hear the notes associated with each box. 

The heavy blue lines every two boxes represent one beat. Alternating gray and white sections indicate music measures.

Clicking the Marimba icon at the bottom will change the sound to a different instrument.

The additional melody instrument options are piano, strings, woodwind, and synth.

To erase or delete a note, click on it. If you want to delete several at a time, hold the mouse button down and drag over the notes you want to remove.

Or you can use the Undo button on the bottom right-hand side.

With Song Maker, you can play multiple notes at once making it sound like a chord.

Use the blocks tab on the bottom of the screen to change the rhythm sounds. The options are conga, electronic, blocks, and kit.

Change the speed or tempo by moving the blue ball on the bottom.

Try the different options to choose the one you like best. You can also use the microphone icon to record your voice or any other sound you want to add.

When you have finished creating your song, click the Save button in the lower-right corner. You will see a popup showing the link to view your song.

Or you can share your song to Facebook and Twitter, copy the embed code to put on a web page or download a Midi or Wav file.

How To Create Harmony & Chords

If there is something on your canvas and you want to start another project, click Restart in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Let’s start by holding down the mouse for two-beats and go up the scale as in the screenshot below.

Create harmony in thirds by adding the blocks as seen in the screenshot below. We have added two beats in blocks 2, 3, 4, and 5 below showing intervals of thirds. Listen to the harmony here.

Now let’s create chords from the harmony in Chrome Music Lab. Add a fifth interval to create each of the chords in the screenshot below.

Listen to how the chords sound here.

How To Make Cool Sounds With Chrome Music Lab Oscillators

Start by going to the CML homepage and clicking on Oscillators.

Oscillators make sound by vibrating at a specific frequency at a steady rate. Change frequencies by dragging the widget up or down. Use the arrows to change the type of oscillator.

Try it out, by goingo to Move the oscillators up and down and listen to the sounds they make.

What Does Spectrogram Do?

See the frequencies that make up sound in a colorful picture with Spectrogram.

Compare the Spectrograms of different sounds. Start with choosing an instrument or sound source from the bottom part of the screen. 

The image below shows a visual representation of the frequencies produced by a harp.

You can also use the microphone to record your own sounds or draw on the screen to create abstract funky sounds.

Start Making Music & Sounds With Chrome Music Lab

Are you ready to start playing around with Chrome Music Lab to see what kind of sounds and music you can create? It’s simple to get started. Head on over to the CML website and try some of the experiments.

Chrome Password Manager: How To Use It And Is It All You Need?

If you juggle multiple accounts across various websites and maintain different passwords for each one, you’ll need a password manager.

Most web browsers today come with native password managers that store usernames and password combinations, keep them in encrypted databases, and autofill details on login pages.

Google’s Chrome browser has a built-in password manager you can use to view all the passwords you store through the browser.

In this mini Chrome Password Manager review, we’ll walk you through how to use it and whether it’s everything you need to securely store all your login credentials.

Chrome Password Manager: What It Is And How It Works

Google Chrome has a built-in, handy password manager that saves and autofills usernames and passwords for different accounts you use online.

Chrome Password Manager also generates random passwords when you visit a website for the first time, which is securely stored inside your Google Account, and syncs across Chrome’s desktop and mobile versions. This stops you from picking the same password for every website you visit, and prevents you from losing valuable data when there’s a security breach.

How To Use Chrome Password Manager

Previously, if you needed to get to your saved passwords in Chrome, you’d have to click on your profile photo at the top right side of the browser and select Settings > Password. However, that will only show you a list of your Never Saved passwords, and if you click on any of those entries, it opens the site’s address in a new tab without showing your password.

You also can’t see or delete your passwords using the old method. To view and manage your passwords using Chrome Password Manager, use the steps below.

View, Copy Or Delete Your Password In Chrome Password Manager

To manage your password in the Chrome Password Manager, use the following steps.

  1. Open the Chrome Password Manager page, type your Google Account password if you’re not signed in, and click Next.
  1. Click Check password.
  1. Click the blue Check password button again.
  1. Enter your password.
  1. Click on the password you want to view or delete. If you don’t see any passwords, you probably aren’t saving any with the Chrome password manager, but it’ll still tell you whether they’re weak, reused, or compromised.
  1. In the new window, click the eye icon to see the password. If you want to copy the password, click the copy icon, and if you want to remove or delete it, click Delete. Click back to return to the password manager.

How To Enable/Disable Offer To Save Passwords And Auto Sign-In

The Offer to save passwords feature works in Android and Chrome, while the auto sign-in feature automatically signs into websites using stored credentials. If the latter is disabled, you’ll get a confirmation prompt each time before you sign into a website.

To enable or disable the Offer to Save and Auto sign-in features, click the Gear icon to open the Options window.

Click either of the options to toggle the slider on or off to enable or disable the features.

Note: If you enable the save passwords feature, it’ll remember your usernames and passwords so all you need to do is click the sign-in button on the website and it’ll automatically log you in. However, if you disable it, you won’t need to use Chrome Password Manager anymore. Disabling Auto sign-in also means Chrome won’t sign you into any websites you visit automatically.

Check Password Strength

Chrome Password Manager has a built-in tool known as Password Checkup, which keeps you safe online by checking your passwords’ strength and security. Many people still use common passwords like 123456 or ABC123 across multiple sites, and if these are involved in any breaches, their accounts become vulnerable.

With the Password Checkup tool, you’ll be notified when your passwords are compromised in a known security breach, if they’re being used on multiple sites so you can change things up, and if they’re too weak to be effective so you can create stronger passwords.

If this tool doesn’t work for you, there are several online password generators you can use to generate strong and secure passwords using random strings of characters.

How To Turn Off Chrome Password Manager

To clear your passwords on your computer, open Chrome browser, click More (three dots) at the upper right side of the window and select Settings.

Go to the Privacy and Security section and click Clear browsing data.

In the new window, click on the Advanced tab. If you’re signed into multiple accounts, check that the account you want to erase data from is the correct one. 

Next, select All time (or the time range you want) from the drop-down menu next to Time range.

Select all the items you want to erase. To clear the saved passwords, click Passwords and other sign-in data, and then click Clear data to delete everything from the central database and your computer.

Is Chrome Password Manager Enough?

Chrome Password Manager is a basic tool that Google uses to keep its users locked in their ecosystem so they won’t use other browsers or tools. It’s also a convenient way of remembering all your passwords, syncing them across your devices, and autofills details into forms on any computer.

However, it has a few downsides:

  • A hacker can use a few tools to crack into and see the passwords stored on your account, and use them to break into your accounts.
  • If you don’t use a password or login code at all, there’s no extra protection so someone can sign into your account, launch Chrome and see your passwords without any security checks
  • You can’t export your passwords all at once.
  • If you reuse passwords, an intruder can crack and unlock any other accounts you have.
  • Anyone with your Google password can view all your account details. However, Google’s geolocation tracking will flag any login from a foreign country as suspicious and deny entry, but someone on the same connection as you isn’t subjected to this check.

If you still prefer to use Chrome Password Manager, despite these flaws, there are a few things you can do for added security. These include adding a PIN code or password to your operating system as an added layer of defense, or getting two-factor authentication to use with your Google account.

Chrome Password Manager’s security isn’t the best there is, which is why using a dedicated third-party password manager is a lot better. It gives you more control over your passwords and reduces the chances of getting hacked faster with weak passwords. 

It also remembers each unique password you create and stores them securely for retrieval whenever you need them. All you have to do is remember a single master password for the software, though there are some that only require you to use your fingerprint, Face ID or a pin code to gain access. 

Do you use the Chrome Password Manager to save and manage your passwords? Share your experience using it by dropping a comment in the section below.

OTT Explains: What Is Google Meet & How To Use It

Office workers, suffer no longer—you don’t need to spend hours of your time in a stuffy meeting room. With conference call services like Zoom and Skype easily available on mobile and desktop platforms, it’s now easier than ever to set up a video call for work or pleasure, whether it’s a call with friends or a meeting with your boss.

Google’s own video calling service, Google Hangouts, was recently retired in favor of Google Meet. What is Google Meet exactly? Previously a business service, Google Meet is a simple, click-and-start video calling service that’s now available for all Google account users. 

What Is Google Meet?

Google Meet is Google’s premier video calling service. Originally launched in 2017 as a paid product for business users, Google’s decision to retire its consumer-orientated Google Hangouts service left a video calling-sized hole in its offerings—a hole that Google Meet is intended to replace.

Google Meet has been free to use for all Google account users since April 2020. It has a mobile app available for iOS and Android devices, or it can be used on your desktop or PC by visiting the Google Meet website. You can also use Google Meet in Gmail itself, as well as schedule calls for future events using Google Calendar.

While the service has been designed with businesses in mind, it offers a great experience for personal users. The benefit of using Google Meet over other services is simple—if you have a Google account, you don’t need to sign up for yet another account to start video calls with your friends, family, or work colleagues.

Scheduling a Google Meet Meeting

Before you can start a video conference call with another Google Meet user, you’ll need to start the meeting immediately or schedule it for a time in the future.

If you want to schedule a meeting, you can use Google Calendar to create a meeting ID that can be shared with other users.

  1. To schedule a meeting in Google Calendar, press the Create button in the top-right. In the meeting creation box, set the time, date, and name for the meeting, then press the Add Google Meet video conferencing button. This will create a shareable Google Meet link, which you can copy by pressing the Copy button. Press Save to save the meeting event to your calendar.
  1. To invite others by email, press the More Options button. In the wider meeting creation menu, you can invite other Google account holders to the event (and thus provide them with the link to the conference) in the Guests section.

The Google Meet link created with the event will take users to the private Google Meet meeting, and you’re free to use this before, during, or after the scheduled event time.

If you want to create this event in Google Meet, press the Schedule a video meeting from Google Calendar button on the Google Meet front page. This will take you directly to a new Google Calendar event, where you can schedule a meeting and invite others directly.

Creating and Joining a Google Meet Meeting

If you want to create a meeting immediately, you can do this from the Google Meet front page, from the Gmail website, or from the Google Meet app on iOS or Android.

  1. Press the Start a meeting button to immediately create a new meeting. This creates a virtual meeting room with its own 10-letter ID code. 
  1. With the link created, you can test your video and mic input on the left-hand side. Once you’re ready to join the meeting, press the Join now button, or Present if you want to share your screen. A direct link to your meeting is listed above the options to join the meeting—you can copy this link or save the 10-letter code here to allow other users to join your meeting.

It’s also possible to create and join a Google Meet meeting using the Gmail interface. This is only possible for desktop users—mobile users will need to download and install the Google Meet app instead.

  1. To create a new Google Meet meeting in Gmail, open your Gmail inbox and press the Start a meeting button in the Google Meet section in the left-hand menu. This will open Google Meet in a new window, allowing you to preview your camera and mic feeds. As before, press Join now or Present to join the meeting.
  1. If you want to join a meeting, press the Join a meeting link instead.
  1. Gmail will ask you for the 10-digit Google Meet meeting ID code. Type this into the provided Got a meeting code? Box, then press Join to join the meeting.
  1. If a correct Google Meet meeting ID code is provided, Google Meet will launch in a new window—press Join, Ask to Join or Present to join it. Another user in the Google Meet meeting may need to approve the invite to join if the user hasn’t already been invited to the meeting. If that approval is given, you’ll successfully join the meeting.

If you’re on Android and iOS, you can join meeting calls with other Google users using the Google Meet app.

  1. To create a new meeting in the Google Meet app, press the New meeting button. This will create a new meeting, with a pop-up containing the meeting ID and sharing link. To join a meeting in the Google Meet app, press the Meeting code option instead.
  1. If you decide to join a meeting, you’ll need to type your Google Meet meeting ID in the Enter a meeting code window, then press Join meeting to join the meeting, or Present to mirror your device screen to the meeting.

When you decide to end a meeting, all other connected users will need to leave the meeting for it to truly end. The meeting ID will remain valid, however, allowing you to reconnect and restart a meeting later, should you wish to do so.

Video Conferencing With Google, Zoom, and More

With the ability to schedule and launch video calls on desktop and mobile, Google Meet offers strong competition to Zoom and Microsoft Teams for quick, easy team meetings. It’s also a good option for personal calls, although other options, such as Whatsapp video calls, are available for you to try.

If you can’t decide between these services, why not try all of them? Even business-orientated services like Microsoft Teams offer a free service or trial period, but for Google account holders, Google Meet offers the quickest and easiest route to video calls between colleagues and friends—entirely for free.

How the Google Keep Extension on Chrome Makes Web Surfing Fun

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and distracted while surfing the web. You start with one seemingly simple task and before you know it find yourself switching back and forth between a million tabs having lost what you were looking for in the first place completely.

After you move on to something else, searching your open tabs in Chrome can take a while. A different way to stay on top of your tasks is to take notes and save your findings right there and then. 

A great solution for taking notes without interrupting your tasks is using the Google Keep app. Now you can use it in a simple and sleek form of a browser extension. Quickly take notes, make lists, save important web pages and review them later with the Google Keep Chrome Extension. 

Why Use The Google Keep Extension?

First of all, note-taking apps are great for improving your productivity, and Google Keep is no exception. If you know how to take full advantage of the app, it can save you time on planning important events, keep your to-do lists and personal notes organized, and even help you with project management. 

How does it work? Once you add the Google Keep extension, you can save items while browsing with just one click. That way you can continue surfing the web and come back to it later on. You don’t have to worry about losing an important link ever again.

Access all your saved content whenever you want from the Google Keep webpage. The labeling system helps you keep your notes and saved cards organized. Color-code your cards to make them pop-up among all other content, or use images or drawings to get creative with them. You can also set reminders for completing tasks and Google Keep will alert you about them when the time comes. 

How To Install The Google Keep Extension

Before you start using the Google Keep extension, here’s how to set it up. 

  1. Open the Google Keep extension page in the Chrome web store. 
  1. Click the Add to Chrome button.
  1. You’ll see the Add “Google Keep Chrome Extension”? menu pop up. Select Add extension
  1. Chrome will then inform you that you added the extension. You can now access Google Keep by clicking the yellow icon with a light bulb next to the address bar. 

How To Use The Google Keep Chrome Extension

Now that you’ve added the extension, find the Google Keep icon in the upper-right corner of the window and right-click on it. Select Go to Keep to bring the app up in a new tab.

When you first land on the Keep page, the app will ask you whether you’d like to use light or dark mode. We recommend enabling the dark mode for a more comfortable user experience. Once you’re done with overall app customization, you can start adding notes and web pages to your Keep. All your items will be synced across all of your devices, including computers, Android, iOS, and Wear that you use. 

You can add notes from the Keep page by using the Take a note… menu from the top of the window. 

Alternatively, you can create a note while browsing. Just click on the Keep icon to do it from any Chrome tab. Add a note and a label to organize your notes better, or leave it as it is. 

Get Creative With What You Save

Google Keep allows for some creativity with the notes you create and the content you save. Here are a few tools that you can use to better organize your Google Keep cards. Learn to use all of them to take full advantage of the service.

Use Labels To Create Categories

Labels are the easiest way to organize the content on Keep. They make it easier for you to add and then search the notes for any specific information. Labeling will also help you keep your work-related content separate from personal content. 

Any item on Google Keep can have one or multiple labels. You can create new labels from the Google Keep page, as well as from any other Chrome tab when adding a note. 

Use Imagery & Color Codes To Visualize Your Goals 

Whether your cards and notes on Google Keep are all professional or personal, it never hurts to visualize your goals better. You can add images or photos to your cards and lists for better motivation. 

If it’s a to-do list, create a color-coding system that will tell you how far in progress you are with the tasks. Together with smart labeling and motivating imagery, you can turn your Google Keep page into an inspiring vision board.

Use Reminders To Never Forget Another Birthday Again

Google Keep allows you to set a singular or a repeated reminder for your notes with a date and time. This is a  handy feature for both your close friend’s birthday and a conference video call that you can’t miss. 

Use Shared Lists to Make Household Chores Easier

You can share your notes and lists from the Keep with any of your contacts. Find the collaborator icon when you open your note, click on it and add their name or email. 

Aside from professional collaboration, you can use it to organize your friend’s birthday party, or to share shopping lists with your family. You can tick the items off the list once you get them, and the Keep will update the list for everyone you shared it with. 

Access Google Keep From Your Phone

You can access your notes and cards from other computers and mobile phones. 

From your smartphone, you can either use the Google Keep mobile app to see your saved content, or go to Google Keep page from the Chrome browser. All changes and updates that you make on your phone will be automatically saved and visible from other devices as well. 

Download: for iOS, Android.

Check Out What Else Google Has To Offer

Google has long branched out from the search engine that it used to be. If you like Google Keep, give other lesser-known Google services a try. You might be surprised by what they have to offer.

Do you use Google Keep? Do you prefer using the app or the Google Keep extension? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. 

How To Fix Gboard Not Working On Android & iOS

Gboard is Google’s keyboard app available for both iOS and Android based devices. It replaces your default keyboard and lets you get access to many Google features straight from your new Gboard keyboard. If you’ve been using this app for a while, you’ve likely found Gboard not working on some occasions.

Sometimes the Gboard keyboard app might suddenly crash, not load entirely, and so on. If you’re facing any kind of issues with it, there are a few things you can do to fix the issue and get Gboard to work properly. 

Fix Gboard Not Working On Android

If Gboard is not working on your Android device, you have several methods to try to fix the issue.

Restart Your Android Device

A number of apps and processes run in the background on your Android device at any given time. Sometimes, some of these processes get in the way of Gboard’s functionality and that causes the keyboard app to malfunction.

One of the ways to fix these minor issues on your phone is to reboot your phone. Rebooting restarts all the apps and processes that were running on your phone and allows your phone to repair itself.

Clear Keyboard’s Cache Files

Like many apps, Gboard uses cache files so it can serve you faster by storing important items in these files. However, cache files are often the reason Gboard isn’t working on your phone. Removing these files from your phone should fix the issue for you.

This won’t affect how the app functions as your phone will rebuild these files when you start using the app.

  1. On your phone, head to Settings > Apps & notifications and tap on Gboard.
  1. Tap on Storage and select the button that says Clear Cache.

Disable All Other Keyboards

Android keeps multiple keyboards enabled on your device so you can switch between them with the tap of a button. However, this sometimes creates conflicts and causes Gboard not to function.

Disabling all keyboards except for Gboard should fix the issue.

  1. Head to Settings > System > Languages & input on your phone and tap on Virtual keyboard.
  1. Tap on Manage keyboards on the following screen.
  1. Turn the toggles for all keyboards except for Gboard to the OFF position.

Wipe Cache Partition In Recovery Mode

The cache partition on your phone stores temporary system files. If there’s an issue with any of these files, it could cause Gboard to not function on your device. Luckily, you can wipe off the data on this partition and remove the problematic files from your device.

This won’t change how the Gboard app functions or how your phone works.

  1. Reboot your Android device into recovery mode.
  2. On the main recovery mode screen, tap on the option that says Wipe cache partition.

Reinstall Gboard From The Play Store

If nothing works, your final resort is to delete the Gboard app and reinstall it from the Play Store. This’ll remove the app and the files associated with it. If there were any problematic files with the app, this will remove it for you.

  1. Install a secondary keyboard app from the Play Store if Gboard is the only keyboard you have.
  2. Head to Settings > System > Languages & input > Virtual keyboard on your phone and tap on Manage keyboards.
  1. Turn on the toggle for the newly installed keyboard app.
  1. Go back to Settings and tap on Apps & notifications followed by Gboard.
  1. Tap on Uninstall to remove the app from your phone.
  2. Launch the Play Store, search for Gboard, and install it on your phone.

Fix Gboard Not Working On iOS (iPhone/iPad)

The Gboard app can malfunction on iOS-based devices as well. The methods below will help you fix these issues on an iOS device.

Fix “null” Next To Gboard

If you see “null” next to Gboard in your keyboards list, re-adding the keyboard to the list will fix it for you.

  1. Launch the Settings app, tap on General, and select Keyboard.
  1. Tap on Keyboards.
  1. Select Edit at the top-right corner and tap on the red sign against Gboard. Then tap on Delete to remove the keyboard.
  1. Tap on Add New Keyboard.
  1. Select Gboard from the list.

Disable The “Allow Full Access” Option

To access all features that Gboard has to offer, you need to give it full access on your iPhone or iPad. Sometimes, letting Gboard run all features causes the keyboard to crash and cause other issues.

You can disable the option that gives it full access and that’ll fix Gboard not working for you.

  1. Head to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards and tap on Gboard.
  1. Turn off the option that says Allow Full Access.

You won’t have access to all Gboard features but your keyboard will work just fine.

Make Gboard Your Default Keyboard

If Gboard is your secondary keyboard, it’s worth setting it as the default keyboard to see if that fixes the problem. 

  1. Head to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards and tap on Edit at the top-right corner.
  1. Drag Gboard from the list and place it at the top of the list.

Reinstall Gboard From The App Store

If the methods above didn’t work for you and Gboard still crashes or doesn’t work as it should, you can try removing and reinstalling it on your device. This’ll give the app a fresh chance to create new files and should remove problematic files as well, if there were any.

  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards and tap on Edit at the upper-right corner.
  1. Delete Gboard from the list.
  1. Tap and hold on Gboard on your device’s main screen and select the X icon.
  1. Select Delete to delete the app from your device.
  1. Open the App Store, search for Gboard, and install it on your device.

How’s Gboard working on your devices? Have you ever had any issues with it on your Android or iOS phone? Let us know in the comments below.