We Got The Beat: The Birth of a Custom Map

Shane R. Monroe
18 min readJun 10, 2020

Beat Saber is a virtual reality phenomenon. Using two lightsaber-like swords, you chop colored blocks flying at you; set to blasting music and a spectacular light show all in perfect synchronization to the beat. These play levels are known as charts, beatmaps or just “maps”; authored by unsung rhythmic heroes of the internet. How are these mini-capsules of musical magic created? The answer may surprise you.

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Shane R. Monroe

I write, blog, record and review anything that interests me — including humanity, parenting, gizmos & gadgets, video games and media.