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 MuLab by MUTOOLS is an Audio Plugin Host and a Standalone Application. It functions as a Standalone Application. It can host VST Plugins. It supports ReWire.
MuLab
Product MuLab
Developer MUTOOLS
Price (MSRP)
Free / €69
Type / Tags Sequencer / Multitrack
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Instruments
 
Can Host
Effects
 
ReWire Mixer Application
UtilityStand-alone utility / application
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
8.1.5
 
Downloads Released
 
8.1.5
 
Downloads Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
AIFF, MP3, OGG, REX2, WAV
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionSerial Number

MuLab is an inspiring music production studio for Mac OS X and Windows featuring an integrated top-quality modular synth and effect engine.

MuLab is an easy, effective and rock-solid tool designed to create, record, edit and finalize your music.

MuLab 8 features Flexible Audio Sequences, Creative Time Stretching and many more improvements.

Thanks to the new Audio Sequences you can now use samples directly in a composition, without the need to plug in (multi-) samplers and MIDI notes to play them.

Audio Sequences also let you play samples at a different tempo without changing the original pitch. This is done by slicing the sample into discrete audio events and each audio event is time stretched as needed. You have perfect control over the transients, the quantizing, etc. so any piece of audio can be blended into a composition, even if it's at a different tempo, pitch and groove.

The sample events in an audio sequence are not limited to the original sample. You can switch each sample event to play another sample, at another pitch, with another stretch factor. So, for example, you can replace the snares in a sample loop with one of the snares in your sample library, or with a different sound.

MuLab 8 also supports high time stretch factors which let you make new sounds out of sample slices also within the MUX Modular synth and effect environment.

More on http://mutools.com

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Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.89 from 9 reviews

Reviewed By Ambient Mechanics
September 20, 2018

I've tried many DAWs over the years, but MuLab is by far my favorite and the only one I now use. I love the intuitive design of its UI, which means it doesn't get in the way of me being creative..and its powerful tools enables me to be just that.

The thing I really love most about it is its ability to record music like any other DAW, as well as giving you the option of taking a modular approach to creating music, with it's built-in tools and included sounds and presets. From a user's point of view, it's like owning two great DAWs seamlessly merged into one..and combining and/or switching between both interfaces (the standard DAW interface and the Modular interface) during a project is as simple as clicking a button. This makes it a great "first" DAW for people just starting out in music / beat production, as well as a really powerful tool for any seasoned Pro.

The detailed help documents found on the MuTools site covers every aspect of the program and does a really good job of explaining and walking you through the program's features. I found it to be a well-written guide, that serves to get you up and running with MuLab right from the very start. There's also really good, solid support offered through the official MuTools forum here on KVR, which clearly shows how fast help is given and issues addressed in general..

All DAWs do the same basic job..but the best DAW for YOU is the one that compliments / enhances YOUR workflow in general. MuLab seems to take this into account, perhaps more than any other DAW, with the options it gives you and the powerful creative set of tools it puts in your hands..but, unlike other DAWS out there, it doesn't leave you feeling "over-whelmed" by the whole experience..

In short, MuLab sounds great, looks fantastic and is a real joy to use..plus it's great value for money, which is always a good thing, too! Thanks MuTools, for creating this gem and keeping its development moving forward all the time. MuLab is my "go-to" DAW and I'm going to be using it for many years to come.


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Reviewed By Bady89
July 30, 2018

What a Beast.

I tested 20 DAW and decided to buy MuLab.

Why ?

- Best DAW Interface i found so far.

- Amazing Sound.

- Very Fast.

- Very Powerful.

- Much Fun.

- Fair Price.

First time i tryed mulab i created a small test Song just in an hour.

In that time i don't even find the Piano Roll in an overcomplicate FL Studio.

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Reviewed By Protocol_b
November 7, 2017

Absolutely top notch - specifically for MIDI management. Route anything to anything. I've tried every live host on Mac out there that I can find - they ALL had issues. I am heavily into arpeggiators & step seq's. NORA and NUMEROLOGY both have complex GUI's involving tabs and resizeable pages. I did not find a single live host that could successfully present those to me until I tried MULAB (except MainStage - but MIDI routing virtually non-existent). Like they say, everything just works, no surprises except happy amazement. Completely intuituitive - you can go a long ways before you need to crack a manual. AND it comes with MIDI tools that are essential for complex routing, such as a MIDI monitor. With Ableton they won't even give you that until you buy the most expensive edition - they sell you a carpentry kit and then withhold the hammer. And speaking of step-seq's, the one in MULAB is a monster.

This dev has mad coding skills and deep insight on what is necessary, what should be simple, and how to make it rock solid. Making it available as a VST on MAC changes Everything - MULAB inside LIVE is better than sex. OK, well, better than coffee.

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Reviewed By Ramlee
November 7, 2017

In the world of free sequencer/DAW platforms, there are many contenders and just as many pretenders. MULAB stands out as a platform that delivers and then some. Exceptionally light on system resources and yet lacking nothing in terms of essential functionality, MULAB has become my new best friend; well....new best composition platform. Believe me when I say, "I tried them all..". LMMS looked promising but baffled me with its less than intuitive external keyboard routing which seemed to trigger all channels simultaneously; even after assigning separate MIDI channels to every track! Sequitur was equally alluring with its sexy interface and stripped down simplicity but again external keyboard frustration seemed built into the system. MULAB just worked straight away and the learning curve was refreshingly quick...everything made sense. Moreover, MULAB shipped with a bunch of synths and effects that weren't Casio rejects; no...there was real quality and depth to the instruments - the Hammond B3 was simply gorgeous. Suffice to say that if MULAB doesn't get your juices flowing then nothing in the GPL DAW menagerie will do it for you. The best free composition platform currently available and did I mention that it can be installed on a thumb drive so you can jack your studio into any available hardware...brilliant. (9 out of 10 only because I anticipate that it's just gonna get better)

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Reviewed By jelboss36s
December 20, 2015

Absolutely the best DAW I have ever used. It is user frendly, Modular/MIDI, and so far to date not one singe bug, flaw, crash, or problem of any kind. And what can I say..? it has unlimited undu & redu =)

What is the bottom line in audio? "That sound". Many DAWS, amps, amd audio gear work the same, but if you play guitar and want "that sound", you get a Marshall. This DAW has "that sound".

I have tried just about all the workstations out there, and in my opinion Mulab is hands down the best digital AUDIO WORKSTATION/AUDIO PRODUCTION software on the market today.

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Discussion

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BlackWinny
BlackWinny
3 October 2014 at 2:10pm

It's a question to ask not here but on the Mulab forums, there:

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=79

liquidsound
liquidsound
1 February 2015 at 9:42pm

A formidable DAW I agree.

I own most of them but I use MuLab all the time.

Modularity: what Live is achieving with M4L and Bitwig "will try" with v2 has been in MuLab for years! Way ahead in the Modular-DAW world race.

DjMarto
DjMarto
4 January 2017 at 5:56pm

I have a problem: every time that i export the composition as an audio file the file that i find in the folder has some interferences or it flickers about every 30 seconds, plz help me.

BlackWinny
BlackWinny
4 January 2017 at 8:15pm

"...every 30 seconds..."

A little birdie tells me that you haven't entered your serial code, have you ?

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jadamso
jadamso
24 January 2017 at 3:40pm

A really nice program made even more impressive by a small development team.

harmonicgleam
harmonicgleam
5 March 2018 at 8:05pm

A beautiful idea that seems to work for some people. I wish to use MuLab but It appears to me to be missing some crucial features. The documentation is very poor not to mention incomplete. I have yet to find a review from a known site such as sonic state. I am unable to sync this software to anything and unable to get support. J'apprécie les clowns au cirque que je les renvois dans l'entreprise.

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mgiambro
mgiambro
26 July 2019 at 7:53pm

I agree that the MuTools documentation could be better and there certainly is a lack of YouTube coverage. However, you have to appreciate that MuTools is a one-man show. FL has a huge user base, famous EDM endorsers and a team of developers / marketing people .. I (for no particular reason) bought FL Studio when I already had MuLab. I much prefer MuLab for many reasons. It's lightweight, good on CPU and extremely powerful once you understand the modules. If there's something you need, there's usually a module which will do it. Problem is.. people don't know this. There's so much to MuLab / MUX. Marketing and awareness is the problem.

Caps
Caps
26 July 2019 at 9:51pm

Great admiration for a one or even a few man development team. I do have great admiration for MULab creator when I found out he is the founder and only developer. There are pros and cons to a one only developer. I moved on to Reaper and have not looked back. My interest in mostly in a DAWless creative environment. I decided over a year ago that I was not going to try to figure out tutorials that had no sound so I then moved on like others have done.

mgiambro
mgiambro
26 July 2019 at 9:59pm

Fair enough. Reaper is great software. Though, IMHO more suited to bands / audio recording etc. I'm ITB, so MuLab fits me better. That said, Reaper is also a great option.

ubailey
ubailey
5 February 2019 at 9:06pm

Yea FL is superior yto most DAWS even the big names.

Caps
Caps
26 July 2019 at 11:58pm

If I may add, I wanted to use a surface controller, still looking for one which has a small footprint. MUTools, I learned was not up to that :(.

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