DAW SETUP GUIDES

Click on the text to get info on setting up Melody Sauce in your DAW and how to use its features

Set up in Ableton

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In Live you simply load Melody Sauce as a VST plugin onto its own MIDI track, and then route the outgoing MIDI from this track to another software instrument track.

On a MIDI track select the Melody Sauce VST from the VST plugins in the track’s main browser:

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The authorisation window will appear.  Enter your license/serial key to authorise Melody Sauce (this requires an internet connection).  See Authorisation Guide for more details.

On a second Instrument Track loaded with one of your favourite software instruments, find the “MIDI From” dropdown menu (click the “I-O” button if this isn’t displayed).  Change both “All Ins” and then also “Post FX” (immediately below) options in the two boxes to “Melody Sauce”:

Finally click the arm button to arm the track:

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Melody Sauce is now ready for you to start creating melodies.

Multiple Tracks:

If you want route Melody Sauce’s MIDI output to multiple instrument tracks at the same time, change the MIDI Monitor setting on the receiving instrument tracks from “Auto” to “In”.

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You will need to set this back to “Auto” when you no longer want the instrument tracks to receive MIDI from Melody Sauce and instead receive MIDI from MIDI clips within your DAW.


What’s a Rich Text element?

In Live you simply load Melody Sauce as a VST plugin onto its own MIDI track, and then route the outgoing MIDI from this track to another software instrument track.

On a MIDI track select the Melody Sauce VST from the VST plugins in the track’s main browser:

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The authorisation window will appear.  Enter your license/serial key to authorise Melody Sauce (this requires an internet connection).  See Authorisation Guide for more details.

On a second Instrument Track loaded with one of your favourite software instruments, find the “MIDI From” dropdown menu (click the “I-O” button if this isn’t displayed).  Change both “All Ins” and then also “Post FX” (immediately below) options in the two boxes to “Melody Sauce”:

Finally click the arm button to arm the track:

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Melody Sauce is now ready for you to start creating melodies.

Multiple Tracks:

If you want route Melody Sauce’s MIDI output to multiple instrument tracks at the same time, change the MIDI Monitor setting on the receiving instrument tracks from “Auto” to “In”.

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You will need to set this back to “Auto” when you no longer want the instrument tracks to receive MIDI from Melody Sauce and instead receive MIDI from MIDI clips within your DAW.


Set up in Logic Pro

What’s a Rich Text element?

In Logic Melody Sauce can be loaded as a MIDI FX. This allows both Melody Sauce and the software instrument it’s controlling to sit on the same track.

On an Instrument Track loaded with one of your favourite software instruments, select Melody Sauce in the MIDI FX slot.

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The authorisation window will appear.  Enter your license/ serial key to authorise Melody Sauce (this requires an internet connection).  See Authorisation Guide for more details.

Melody Sauce is now ready for you to start creating melodies.

Set up in Cubase

In Cubase, all you need to do is load Melody Sauce as a VST plugin onto its own MIDI track, and then route the outgoing MIDI to another software instrument track.

Add an Instrument Track:

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Then load Melody Sauce as a VST Instrument:

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The authorisation window will appear.  Enter your license/serial key to authorise Melody Sauce (this requires an internet connection).  See Authorisation Guide for more details.

On a second Instrument Track loaded with one of your favourite software instruments, change the the MIDI input from “All MIDI Inputs” to “Melody Sauce - MIDI Out”:

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Finally click “record enable” to arm the receiving instrument track:

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Whilst continuing to highlight this receiving instrument track, click on Melody Sauce’s Edit Instrument window to open the plugin’s interface panel.  You need to have the receiving instrument track highlighted for the output to be activated:

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Melody Sauce is now ready for you to start creating melodies.

In Cubase it’s also helpful to set the transport bar to “Return to Start Position on Stop” so that you can set playback and Melody Sauce to begin on the first beat of a bar.

Set up in Studio One

In Studio One you simply load Melody Sauce as a VST plugin onto its own MIDI channel, and then route the outgoing MIDI from this channel to another channel with your chosen software instrument track.

In Studio One insert Melody Sauce VST from your Instruments (located in an EvaBeat folder) onto a new MIDI Instrument Track:

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The authorisation window will appear.  Enter your license/serial key to authorise Melody Sauce (this requires an internet connection).  See Authorisation Guide for more details.

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On a second Instrument Track loaded with one of your favourite software instruments, simply change the MIDI inputfrom “All Inputs” to “Melody Sauce”:

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Then finally make sure the track is armed.

Melody Sauce is now ready for you to start creating melodies.


Set up in FL Studio

In FL Studio you simply load Melody Sauce as a VST plugin onto its own MIDI channel, and then route the outgoing MIDI from this channel to another channel with your chosen 3rd party software instrument.

NB: For setup with native FL Studio synths (MiniHost etc), please see separate instructions b

3rd Party Plugins:

Insert Melody Sauce VST onto a new channel by clicking on “ADD” and “More plugins…”.

NB: be sure to use the VST version, and not the AU/Audio Unit:

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Search for MelodySauce and double-click on the VST plugin.

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The authorisation window will appear.  Enter your license/serial key to authorise Melody Sauce (this requires an internet connection).  See Authorisation Guide for more details.

Once authorised, open Melody Sauce’s interface panel and click on the Detailed Settings icon:

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Set the MIDI “Output port” to a specific port e.g. Output port number “1”

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On a second channel loaded with one of your favourite software instruments, set the MIDI “Input port” to the same port as you selected above (e.g. in this example set the Input port to port “1”):

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Melody Sauce is now ready for you to start creating melodies.

Native FL Studio synths (MiniHost etc):

1. Open a Patcher channel

2. Add Melody Sauce (right-click “Add plugin”)

3. Add your native FL Studio synth (eg: MiniHost)

4. Go to the Detailed Settings gear tab on Melody Sauce, and select a port (any) for the MIDI   “Output Port”

5. Make sure they are all linked as follows:

  - From FL Studio green MIDI output to Melody Sauce

  - From Melody Sauce green MIDI output to MiniSynth

  - From MiniSynth yellow audio output to FL Studio

See below:



Set up in Reaper

What’s a Rich Text element?

In Reaper you simply load Melody Sauce as a VST plugin onto its own MIDI track, and then route the outgoing MIDI from this track to another software instrument track.

On a MIDI track select the Melody Sauce VST to its own track.

The authorisation window will appear.  Enter your license/serial key to authorise Melody Sauce (this requires an internet connection).  See Authorisation Guide for more details.

On a second Instrument Track loaded with one of your favourite software instruments, click “Route”, click on “add new receive" and select “Melody Sauce”:

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Melody Sauce is now ready for you to create melodies.

Features at a glance

Once you’ve completed the set-up and have combined Melody Sauce with a software instrument, you are ready to begin creating melodies.

Since finding the right melody is often about trying different ideas out over other song elements, Melody Sauce’s simple interface is designed to allow you to experiment with the various settings and easily create and audition different types of melody whilst playing your project. The interface is divided into 3 areas:

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QUICK HELP TIPS:

Click on the help tips icon in the top right corner to display the quick tips window to get help get you started:

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1. MAIN CONTROLS

Changing these settings will have an instant effect on all Melody Sauce’s output - you can select them before you create a melody, or you can select them after to instantly modify the melodies you’ve already created.

As creating melodies with Melody Sauce is so simple, you can easily experiment with the above settings until you find the right melody.

1.1  KEY

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Select a key from the Key dropdown menu - this should be the key of the project you’re working on. The keys are organised in major and relative minor pairs (eg: C Major / A Minor). If you’re having trouble finding which key you’re in, you can use the up/down arrow buttons to shift up or down in semitone increments until your melody sounds in key.

1.2  SPEED

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Select whether Melody Sauce will create faster or slower melodies.  This will  partly depend on the overall tempo of your track. As a rough starter guide, use “Slow”for tempos around 140 bpm and above, “Fast” for tempos around  80 bpm or slower, and either for anything in between.

1.3  TRANSPOSE

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Set the output to create an octave higher or lower.

1.4  SWING

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Select to add swing when you create melodies.  This tends to work best with with the “Fast” speed setting.

1.5  TRIPLET

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Select Triplet to restrict Melody Sauce to creating melodies with triplet rhythms.  This tends to work best with with the “Fast” speed setting.

1.6  SYNCOPATION

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The Syncopation button allows you to control whether  or not your melody has syncopated rhythms (“offbeat” or “skipped” rhythms).  When ON, the melody will almost always contain some syncopated rhythms.  When OFF, the melody will have un-syncopated “straight”rhythms.

2. CREATION CONTROLS

2.1  CREATOR PADS

Clicking one of the 9 central creator pads will instantly create a melody that’s created for you there and then, based on the parameters you’ve selected on the left hand side of the interface.  The pads are initially grey when active, but once you click one they will illuminate in time with the created melodies.

Along with the pre-creation settings on the left hadn’t side of the interface, Melody Sauce also creates melodies based on mood and complexity options. To make it easy to experiment with these “on the fly” as you play your project, the pads are set out in pre-arranged mood and complexity combinations, so that you can easily select a different combination by simply clicking a different pad.

Sync/Timing

As Melody Sauce automatically syncs to your DAW’s internal clock and timeline, to get the created melodies to play in the correct sequence it works best if you place your song’s elements in standard positions that are 4-bar blocks from the start position 1.1.1 (eg. at the start of bars 1, 5, 9, 13, 17 etc).  Melody Sauce will continue to loop-play the melody from this point.

2.1.1  Mood & Complexity

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The complexity option titles runs horizontally along the top of the creator pads display, and the mood option titles run vertically down the side of the pads.  Complexity options are “Simple”, “Complex” or “Both”.  Mood options are “Light”, “Dark”, or “Both”.  For example, to create melodies that are light and complex, the corresponding creator pad for this combination would be the pad in the middle of the upper row.

Once you click one of the creator pads, Melody Sauce instantly creates a 4-bar or 8-bar MIDI melody (depending on the speed you’ve selected), and if your project is already playing Melody Sauce will automatically plays this at the start of the next bar, and the pads will illuminate in time with this melody.  The melody will also appear as a MIDI clip in the Melody Bank on the right of the interface (see 3.1 below).

You can continuously audition new melodies whilst your song plays by repeatedly pressing creator pads, ideally timing your click somewhere before the next 4-bar or 8-bar section in your song.  And you could even create clips in a live performance setting.

3.  POST-CREATION CONTROLS

3.1  MELODY BANK

When Melody Sauce creates a melody it automatically stores this as a MIDI clip in the Melody Bank.

Play button: you can go back to any previously created melody and play it by clicking the melody’s play button.

Melody Sauce will continue to add the melodies you create here, and you can scroll up and down to view the ones that aren’t currently displayed.  The settings used in the clips are shown in the 2-letter code at the end of the clips e.g.

shows that the “Dark” and “Complex” was used.

Delete button - press to delete any clips individually.

Drag & Drop: the created MIDI melody clips can be dragged out of the Melody Bank and directly into your DAW simply by grabbing them by their drag-and-drop icon to the right of a melody’s play button .

This action automatically mutes Melody Sauce’s output (see 3.5 below) so you can continue to work in your DAW.  When you’ve finished working in your DAW and want to return to creating more melodies in Melody Sauce simply un-click the mute button.

NB: FL STUDIO - FL Studio allows you to drop MIDI directly into the Channel Rack or into an instrument’s Piano Roll.  Alternatively you can drag the melody clips to your desktop and import them.

3.2  SWAP:

Clicking one of the Swap buttons allows you to instantly swap the current melody with some new notes whilst keeping the same rhythm.  This is useful when you’ve found a rhythm you like, or   when you want to create multiple versions of a melody to create some melodic development or counter melodies.  The left hand Swap button  will swap the current notes with new “light” notes, and the right hand Swap button will swap the current notes with new “dark” ones.

3.3  HARMONIZE:

Clicking one of the Harmonize buttons allows you to instantly add simple 2-part harmonies to the melodies you’ve created. The “8vb” button doubles the current melody an octave below,  and “Lo”, “Mid” and “Hi” add various different harmonies.  Clicking “off” will remove the harmonies.

Harmonies can only be added after clips have been created, and they won’t work if the polyphony of the underlying instrument is set to mono/monophonic.

3.4 LEGATO

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Click the Legato button ON to make the melody legato.

3.5  CLEAR / MUTE

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Clicking the clear button will clear all the created melodies stored in the Melody Bank - so only do this if you’re happy to erase them as there is no undo function for this.

Clicking the mute button will mute Melody Sauce’s output. Mute is automatically activated when you drag a MIDI clip out of Melody Sauce and into your DAW.  Un-clicking the mute button will re-engage Melody Sauce’s output.

SUPPORT

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