HELP GUIDES

Get the best out of Melody Sauce

Installation guides and tutorials from our team of experts.

DAW integration

Melody Sauce MIDI VST/MIDI FX integrates seamlessly with the major DAWs like Ableton Live, Logic Pro and FL Studio.

QUICK SETUP

Melodies for all genres

Whether you’re making a Trap beat or an EDM track, Melody Sauce’s unique MIDI phrase building engine creates melodies that work in all contemporary genres.

User Guide

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

For any support questions please visit https://evabeat.com/support/.


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Melody Sauce FAQs

If you have any pre-sales questions about Melody Sauce before you buy, or need post-sales help installing or using Melody Sauce, please take a look at our extensive FAQs. Below are some of our most asked FAQs.

Do I need an internet connection?

You don't need an internet connection to use Melody Sauce, but will need an internet connection once for the initial authorisation.

How do I download Melody Sauce?

If you purchased from www.evabeat.com, you should have received an email confirming your purchase with a download link, which also explains that you should receive a separate email from Keyzy with your license/serial key.  If you have purchased Melody Sauce through our site www.evabeat.com you can also find your download in your Account page here: https://evabeat.com/my-account/downloads/.

How do I get updates

We regularly release free updates, these are available from your original download link, and in your Evabeat account if you have one at https://evabeat.com/my-account/. You will be sent an email when updates are released.

If you purchased from Isotonik Studios, you won't have an account at www.evabeat.com.  Please login to your Isotonik account on their website if you need to access your downloads, or contact them at isotonik@isotonikstudios.com. Istonik will send updates out to you directly.

I need to reinstall Melody Sauce, where do I find my download / my installer files?

You can download the installer files from your the original download link you received by email when you first purchased the product.

Alternatively if you purchased through www.evabeat.com, you can also log in to your account and download the installers from there.

If you purchased from another dealer please log in to your account on their website, or contact them directly.

Is Melody Sauce compatible with other DAWS like Reason or Maschine?

Melody Sauce works with any DAW that allows the routing of MIDI from one plugin to another.

Unlike other DAWs Maschine and Reason don’t allow the routing of MIDI from one plugin to another.  Melody Sauce will still load and create melodies, however you won’t be able to hear them until you drag them into your DAW.  It is possible to get Melody Sauce working fully in Reason with MIDI routing with Bluecat’s Patchwork, which is a third party MIDI routing plugin (needs to be purchased separately).

As a result we don't fully support Reason, Maschine and MPC.  

MAC: I can’t install Melody Sauce in OS X

Check that your Mac is set to allow apps downloaded from identified developers as well the Mac App Store and approve EVAbeat by checking the following security settings:

  1. Go to  System Preferences, and then click on Security & Privacy
  2. Click on the padlock icon at the lower-left corner to enable you to make changes.
  3. Under “Allow apps downloaded from”, select "App Store and identified developers”.
  4. Beneath that if you see the message “System software from developer EVAbeat was blocked…” click on “Allow”.

Following successful installation you should find the “MelodySauce.vst” file here, unless you’ve selected a custom folder location:

Mac: HD/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST.

My download is incomplete

If you’re having trouble with corrupted or broken downloads or “file does not exist” errors, it’s usually because the download didn’t finish completely.

Please download files using a browser that supports broken or paused downloads - Google Chrome is recommended for this.

What about older DAWs?

We don’t support older DAW versions but it is possible that Melody Sauce could work very well in some. We’ve had good user reports of Melody Sauce working in FL Studio 12, Cakewalk/Bandlab, Reaper and in some versions of BitWig.  You can always try and if it doesn’t work request a refund (within 7 days).

What’s the difference between the Max4Live version and the VST/MIDI FX version?

The VST is a complete redesign of the M4L version. The VST version also has new features such as Triplets, Note Swap (keep the rhythm but change the notes), instant Harmonies and improved generative algorithms, as well as a new interface.

Please note the Max4Live version is for Ableton Live only and requires Max4Live.

Which DAWs will Melody Sauce work with?

Melody Sauce works with any well known DAW, like Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, FL Studio etc and any other DAW that allows MIDI routing.

Do I need an internet connection?

You don't need an internet connection to use Melody Sauce, but will need an internet connection once for the initial authorisation.

What about older DAWs?

We don’t support older DAW versions but it is possible that Melody Sauce could work very well in some. We’ve had good user reports of Melody Sauce working in FL Studio 12, Cakewalk/Bandlab, Reaper and in some versions of BitWig.  You can always try and if it doesn’t work request a refund (within 7 days).

How do I download Melody Sauce?

If you purchased from www.evabeat.com, you should have received an email confirming your purchase with a download link, which also explains that you should receive a separate email from Keyzy with your license/serial key.  If you have purchased Melody Sauce through our site www.evabeat.com you can also find your download in your Account page here: https://evabeat.com/my-account/downloads/.

My download is incomplete

If you’re having trouble with corrupted or broken downloads or “file does not exist” errors, it’s usually because the download didn’t finish completely.

Please download files using a browser that supports broken or paused downloads - Google Chrome is recommended for this.

MAC: I can’t install Melody Sauce in OS X

Check that your Mac is set to allow apps downloaded from identified developers as well the Mac App Store and approve EVAbeat by checking the following security settings:

  1. Go to  System Preferences, and then click on Security & Privacy
  2. Click on the padlock icon at the lower-left corner to enable you to make changes.
  3. Under “Allow apps downloaded from”, select "App Store and identified developers”.
  4. Beneath that if you see the message “System software from developer EVAbeat was blocked…” click on “Allow”.

Following successful installation you should find the “MelodySauce.vst” file here, unless you’ve selected a custom folder location:

Mac: HD/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST.

ACTIVATION FAILURE / LICENSE KEY “INVALID"

If you can’t authorise or your serial/license key returns an “invalid” error, please see the following possible causes and fixes.

1. Possible issues with your computers "copy" function.  Try copying your serial key and then clicking the "PASTE" button in the authorisation window (rather than using your computer's keyboard to copy and paste) can resolve these issues.

2. A FIREWALL or anti-virus software on your computer which is preventing our licensing server from connecting to your computer via the internet. Please try authorising again with any firewalls or anti-virus tools switched off (eg. Windows Defender, Windows SmartScreen, McAfee, Norton, Avast etc).  After successful authorisation you can switch your firewall back on.  Please note, if you have your firewall on during authorisation, and then simply switch the firewall off after attempting authorisation, this will not work.

For more information on how to prevent Firewalls blocking authorisation in Windows, please see this article:

https://evabeat.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360001682138-WINDOWS-I-can-t-install-Melody-Sauce-or-get-Melody-Sauce-working-in-Windows

Here's some further info on configuring Windows Defender Firewall to unblock Melody Sauce:

https://www.technipages.com/blockunblock-programs-in-windows-firewall

3. No INTERNET CONNECTION when authorising (authorisation requires you to be online)

4. Inputting the LICENSE KEY incorrectly.

5. The INSTALLER didn’t download properly. In Windows, once you’ve checked you’re installing the correct version of Melody Sauce (32-bit or 64-bit depending on your Windows version), right click on the installer file, go to properties and check that the “unblock” box is ticked.

REPEATED LICENSE KEY REQUESTS

If Melody Sauce keeps asking for a license key every time you load it, please see the following possible causes and fixes:

1. A FIREWALL or anti-virus tools on your computer which is preventing our licensing server from connecting to your computer. Please try authorising again with any firewalls or anti-virus tools switched off (eg. Windows Defender, McAfee, Norton, Avast etc).  After successful authorisation you can switch your firewall back on.  Please note, if you have your firewall on during authorisation, and then simply switch the firewall off after attempting authorisation, this will not work.

2. You have some software running that is constantly changing your computer’s network ID - for example MAC SPOOFING software, Virtual Machine (VM) software (e.g. VMFusion, Parallels and OSX Bootcamp), some VPNs, and some FIREWALLS which have these components.

If you have a Firewall, or any MAC spoofing, Virtual Machine or VPN software running, please try turning them off and then re-authorize again to see if that resolves the problem.

After successful authorisation your computer should be activated and you should be able to continue to use Melody Sauce offline (with no internet connection) and with your firewall back on.  Melody Sauce should not make any further requests for your license key.

MANAGING & DELETING ACTIVATIONS

Once you've set up an account at www.evabeat.com, you can view and delete any of your existing activations by logging in to your account at http://evabeat.com/my-account/.

MAXIMUM ACTIVATIONS EXCEEDED

If you get a “maximum number of activations is exceeded” error when entering your license key, please see the following possible causes and fixes:

1. Your license key has been used to activate/load Melody Sauce on the maximum 3 computers already.

2. You have some software running that is constantly changing your computer’s network ID - for example MAC SPOOFING software, Virtual Machine (VM) software (e.g. VMFusion, Parallels and OSX Bootcamp), some VPNs, and some FIREWALLS which have these components.

If you have a Firewall, or any MAC spoofing, Virtual Machine or VPN software running, please try turning them off and then re-authorize again to see if that resolves the problem.

Once you've set up an account at www.evabeat.com, you can view and delete any of your existing activations by logging in to your account at http://evabeat.com/my-account/.

If you've purchased Melody Sauce from a dealer, you can also add your license key here too.

FL STUDIO: I can’t load Melody Sauce in FL Studio

Please follow these steps:

1. Go to options Options and select “Manage Plugins”

2. Click on Melody Sauce

3. Under Options tab, click:

'Rescan previously verified plugins’

'Rescan plugins with errors’

4. Make sure the correct path for the plugin is listed under the “plugin search path”, if not please add this

5. Under the Plugin tab, select “Synth” under type.

6. Click “Verify Plugins” in the top left hand corner

7. Click “Find plugins”

Does Melody Sauce work with FL Studio Native Plugins (eg. MiniHost, Harmor?)

Yes, please follow the instructions below:

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:

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ABLETON LIVE: I can’t load Melody Sauce in Live

Please follow these steps:

1.Go to Live's Preferences

2. Go to Plug-ins (Live 10.1 and later) or File Folder (all Live versions until 10.1)

3. Go to Plug-In Sources

4. Activate either the VST Plugin Custom folder or VST Plugin System folder by clicking “on”, depending on where your VST files are located

5. If using a custom folder, click "Browse" to select the folder where your plug-ins are installed.

6. Click “Rescan Plugins”. Live will scan all available plug-ins and once completed they will show up in Live's browser under the Plug-ins category.

7. If the plugin still isn’t found, rescan your plugins whilst holding down the ALT key which this forces Ableton to perform a full rescan of blocked plugins.

Please also see Ableton’s advice for troubleshooting plugins here: https://help.ableton.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000349184-VST-AU-plug-in-doesn-t-appear-in-Live

“CANNOT LOAD DB” Error

f you see a “Cannot Lead DB” error, please see the following possible causes and errors.

The DB file “evabeat_db.txt” should be located in the users “shared” folder, so this error could be due to a problem with user access permissions preventing access to this folder - for example if you’re not logged in as an administrator, or the shared folder is located on another drive.  

The “evabeat_db.txt” file should be found at this location:

Users/Shared/Evabeat/MelodySauce/

If you’ve checked you can access this folder, please reinstall Melody Sauce, using the following instructions (for Windows):

Firstly please check that you’ve installed the correct version of Melody Sauce: 32-bit or 64-bit depending on your Windows version.

Secondly please check that you don’t have any firewalls, anti-virus tools or download settings that are preventing the installer from installing properly.  Turn off any firewalls like Windows Defender and SmartScreen before attempting to download the installer again.

How to disable SmartScreen (Windows 10)

SmartScreen is a built-in Windows 10 feature designed to protect your from phishing attacks and malware and this feature can sometimes cause “This app can’t run on your PC” of “Unknown Publisher” errors. Please disable SmartScreen and then reinstall Melody Sauce. To disable SmartScreen do the following:

Press Windows Key + S and enter SmartScreen.

Choose Change SmartScreen settings and select "Do not do anything" (turn off Windows SmartScreen).

Click OK to save changes.

Once you have downloaded the installer following the instructions above, if this doesn’t resolve the problem please follow these steps:

  1. Select either the 64-bit or 32-bit installer depending on your version of Windows.
  2. Right-click the installer file view the file’s properties and make sure that the “unblock” box is ticked in the bottom right-hand corner of the properties window.:
  3. Open the Melody Sauce WIN installer and choose Custom Install.
  4. In the Install Options set, change the VST paths to the following exactly (be sure not to add a trailing "slash" at the end):
  5. 32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Vstplugins
  6. 64-bit: C:\Program Files\Vstplugins
  7. Please type these destinations manually even if it looks the same on your computer.
  8. Then continue running the installer.

Why can’t I hear any sound?

Melody Sauce generates MIDI melodies - you just need to route the MIDI to another MIDI track with a loaded software instrument to hear them.  You simply load Melody Sauce as a VST plugin onto its own MIDI track, and then route the outgoing MIDI (MID out) from this track to another MIDI track (MIDI in) that has a loaded software instrument.

Please see setup guide for your DAW for more information.

How do I export or record the MIDI from Melody Sauce into my DAW

You can drag and drop any created melodies from the Melody Bank inside the plugin and onto any MIDI track in your DAW.  You should be able to grab the melodies using the small cross (see below).  They will then appear as normal MIDI clips, so you don’t need to record them in (in FL Studio drag the MIDI into your Piano Roll or Channel Rack):

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