MELODY SAUCE 2 HELP GUIDES

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Installation guides and tutorials from our team of experts.

User Guide

Once you’ve completed the set-up you are ready to begin creating melodies right away. Select “Help” from the main Settings menu to display the quick tips window to get help get you started:

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:

INTERFACE

Since finding the right melody is often about trying different ideas out over other song elements, Melody Sauce 2'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.

1. CENTER OF UI - CREATION CONTROLS

1.1 FREE OR STYLE MODE

FREE Mode is our basic mode where you select your own settings to control the generated melodies.

STYLE Mode allows you to create unique melodies for specific genres using our internal Style settings - simply choose a style from the drop-down menu.

Styles always load with their default settings, however you can still make adjustments to the controls and any new melodies will be created based on the current settings in the UI. When the settings in the UI have been modified from the style’s default settings, the style will have a “ * ” after its name in the Style panel.

(You can change this behaviour by clicking on the Settings menu and selecting “Always use style default settings for new melodies”).

1.2 CREATOR PADS

As soon as you’ve loaded Melody Sauce 2 you can start creating melodies straight away by clicking any available CREATOR PAD in the center of the UI.

Each time you click a pad a new unique melody is created instantly for you, either based on the settings you've selected (in Free mode) or the in-built Style settings if you've selected a Style (in Style mode). The pads are initially grey when active, but once you click one they will illuminate in time with the created melodies. (Note: In Style mode, only pads that fit that style will be available the others will be grayed-out).

1.3  MOOD & COMPLEXITY

To make it easy to experiment with these “on the fly” as you play your project, the Creator Pads are arranged in set combinations of MOOD and COMPLEXITY, so that you can easily select a different combination by simply clicking a different pad.

The complexity option labels run horizontally across the top of the creator pads display, mood option titles run vertically down the side of the pads. Complexity options are 'Simple', 'Complex' or 'All'. Mood options are 'Light', 'Dark', or 'All'.  E.g. the top-left pad will create Simple + Light melodies each time you click it. The ALL pads use both options, so the centre-bottom pad will create melodies that are Complex and that have both Light and Dark elements. Switch on the "EXTRA" buttons for more extreme results.

Once you click one of the creator pads, Melody Sauce 2 instantly creates a 4-bar, 8-bar or 16-bar melody depending on the speed you’ve selected, and if your project is already playing Melody Sauce 2 will automatically plays this at the start of the next bar, and the pads will illuminate in time with this melody.

Melody Sauce 2 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 4-bar positions (e.g. at the start of bars 1, 5, 9, 13, 17 etc). Melody Sauce 2 will continue to loop-play the melody from this point. You can continuously audition new melodies whilst your song plays by repeatedly pressing creator pads, and you could even create melodies in a live performance setting.

2 . LEFT SIDE OF UI

Changing these settings will have an instant effect on all Melody Sauce 2’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 2 is so simple, you can easily experiment with the above settings until you find the right melody.

2.1  KEY

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 (e.g.: 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.

2.2  SPEED

Select whether Melody Sauce will create SLOW, MEDIUM or FAST melodies. This will partly depend on the overall tempo of your track. As a rough guide, select Medium for tempos around 140 bpm and above, Fast for tempos around 80 bpm or slower, and either for anything in between.

Slow will play your melody in a half speed style, perfect for Trap producers who produce at double-speed tempos.

2.3  LOOP LENGTH

Select a SHORT, MEDIUM or LONG loop length to adjust how long the melody will be before it loops. The longer the loop, the more notes will play.

2.4 OCTAVE

Set the output to shift the higher or lower by octaves.

2.5  GROOVE SECTION

Selecting SWING gives your melodies more of a skipped feel. TRIPLET rhythms are three-note patterns that fill the length of a typical two-note pattern. These tend to work best with the Fast speed setting.

The SYNCOPATION button allows you to control whether your melody has syncopated 'offbeat' rhythms. When ON, the melody will almost always contain some offbeat rhythms. When not selected, the melody will have only on-beat 'straight' rhythms.

Click the LEGATO button to make the notes longer.

3.  RIGHT SIDE OF UI

3.1  OUTPUT

Select "INSTR" to use the internal sounds, or "MIDI" to output midi that you can route to another instrument (NOTE: for Midi output in Logic Pro, load the AU MIDI FX). You can mute Melody Sauce 2 by clicking the Mute button.

To route MIDI to another software instrument in your DAW, please refer to the Setup Guide for your DAW.

3.2 SOUNDS AND FX

When using INTR output, select one of internal sounds in the Sounds dropdown window, and apply any of 3 FX. Click the button for each FX to turn it on and move the sliders from left to right to increase the amount of FX applied.

3.3 MELODY BANK

Created melodies appear here. Make sure to hit PLAY on your DAW to hear them. You can play any previously created melody by clicking the melody’s play button.

Drag & Drop: Grab the "Cross" icon next to a melody to DRAG & DROP melodies out of the Melody Bank and directly into your DAW as MIDI.

Favourite: Click the "Star" icon next to a melody to add it to the FAVOURITES Bank, which is accessed by clicking the large star above the Melody Bank.

Delete: Click the "X" icon to delete any melodies individually.

Melodies can be renamed in the Melody Bank, just click on their current names. To clear the melody bank select “Clear Melody Bank” from the Settings menu.

Note: 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 melodies to your desktop and import them.

3.4 HARMONIZE:

Clicking one of the HARMONIZE buttons allows you to instantly add simple 2-part harmonies to your melodies. The 8vb button doubles the current melody an octave below, and Lo, Mid and Hi add different harmonies.

4.  ADVANCED EDITOR PANEL

Clicking the Advanced Editor button opens the Advanced Editor panel at the bottom of the UI, which contains various tools for editing your melodies.

4.1 EDITOR BLOCKS

Melodies are divided into 4 BLOCKS which can be edited separately. At Fast speed each block is 1-bar long, at Medium speed they are 2 bars long, and Slow speed they are 4-bars long.

The phrase in each block is represented by a letter, so in a sequence of blocks "AAAA" all blocks have the same phrase, in sequence "ABCD" the phrases are all different.

CLICK-DRAG a block to copy it to a new position.

SHIFT-DRAG a block to swap it with another.

4.2 MUTE OR LOOP

Click the "Sound" icon to MUTE a block. Click the other icon to LOOP a block.

4.3 LIGHT OR DARK SWAP, FLIP NOTES, SWAP RHYTHM


Use the SWAP buttons to swap the current phrase in a block with a new light or dark phrase or a new rhythm, or flip to invert the shape of the notes in a block.

Click LIGHT or DARK for new Light or Dark notes.

Click RHYTHM for a new rhythm.

Click FLIP to invert the shape of the existing note sequence.

Use the "Lock" button on the left hand side to apply the same Swap modifications to all similar phrases in a melody, for example clicking Lock and then clicking the Rhythm swap button on an "A" phrase will apply a new rhythm to all "A" phrase blocks in that melody.

When a block has been modified from its original state a “ * ” will appear after the block letter e.g. “ B* ”.

4.4 CHORD ADJUST

CHORD ADJUST allows you to select specific chords for each block of your melodies to follow, either before or after you've created a melody. For example, selecting “F Major” will force any notes in that block to fit with an F Major chord.

The available chords will change depending on the mood of your melody.

Switch Chord Adjust ON to apply chords.

4.5 EDIT PITCH

PITCH ADJUST allows you to adjust the pitch of each block up and down. The adaptive pitch shifting is different to standard semitone pitch shifting as it always keeps your phrases in-key.

Switch Pitch Adjust ON to apply.

4.6 UNDO/REDO, REVERT OR COPY

UNDO or REDO any changes you make in the Advanced Editor.

REVERT to put your melody back to its original state.

COPY to add a duplicate copy of your melody to the Melody Bank.

5. SETTINGS

Along with options to change some of the default behaviours of some of the functions mentioned, the Settings menu allows you to do the following:

5.1 BUTTON COLOR

You can select 1 of 3 color options for the UI buttons.

5.2 DE-AUTHORIZE COMPUTER

Your Melody Sauce 2 serial number (license key) is limited to activation on a maximum of 3 separate computers.  You can de-activate Melody Sauce 2 on a computer by loading the plugin on that computer and selecting “De-authorize This Computer”.

5.3 CHECK FOR UPDATES

Click "Check for Update" to open a link in your browser to your account page (requires account registration), where any available updates will appear in the Downloads area.

5.4 HELP

Clicking help will display the help windows containing explanations of the various controls on the UI.

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 2's, 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 2, but will need an internet connection once for the initial authorisation.

How do I download my copy of Melody Sauce 2?

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 Sealbucket with your license/serial key. If you have purchased Melody Sauce 2 through our site www.evabeat.com you can also find your download in your Account page here: https://accounts.evabeat.com

How do I get updates or access my installation files?

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


If you purchased from a partner website like Isotonik or Plugin Boutique, you won't have an account at www.evabeat.com. Please login to your account on their website if you need to access to your downloads.

How do I upgrade from version 1 of Melody Sauce?

Load Melody Sauce 2 in your DAW. The authorisation window will appear.

Click the blue upgrade button.

You will now see the upgrade screen. Enter your Melody Sauce version 1 license/serial key in the first white section. This will then make the second white section available for you to enter your Melody Sauce 2 upgrade license/serial key. Enter your upgrade license/serial key to authorise Melody Sauce 2 (this requires an internet connection). Also see here https://www.evabeat.com/daw-plugin-set-up-guides-melody-sauce-2


How many computers can I install Melody Sauce 2 on?

You can activate Melody Sauce 2 on up to 3 computers with 1 license key which comes with each product purchase, provided they are your own personal computers.

I want to upgrade to Melody Sauce 2 but can't find my version 1 serial (license key)

You can find this in the email you received from Sealbucket (older customers might have received their email from Keyzy.io) when you first purchased Melody Sauce 1, or by logging into your account page at www.accounts.evabeat.com.

MAC: I can’t install Melody Sauce 2 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:


Go to System Preferences, and then click on Security & Privacy

Click on the padlock icon at the lower-left corner to enable you to make changes.

Under “Allow apps downloaded from”, select "App Store and identified developers”.

Beneath that if you see the message “System software from developer EVAbeat was blocked…” click on “Allow”.

Following successful installation you should find the “Melody Sauce 2.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 is the difference between Melody Sauce 2 and the first version?

Melody Sauce 2 is a huge leap forward from the first version. No longer just a MIDI plugin, Melody Sauce 2 is now a full melody creation solution featuring;


  • A new Sound Engine with nearly 100 sounds and 3 built-in FX so you can hear melodies straight out of the box - no need to route MIDI to other instruments.
  • New Style Mode with over 300 style settings, create melodies by genre for Hip Hop, Trap, EDM, House & Techno, Pop, Reggaeton and R&B.
  • New Advanced Editor lets you select specific chords for your melodies to follow, and to make detailed edits to your melodies bar- by-bar.
  • A host of additional controls including more options for loop length, octave, speed, save to favourites and more targeted output with the new 'Extra' buttons.
  • A new redesigned UI.
  • Improved melody algorithms, powered by our AI-powered Phrase Builder Engine
  • Now compatible with all major DAWs, including those don't allow MIDI routing like Reason, Maschine 2, MPC Beats and Garageband.


Where is my serial (license key?

The serial (license key) is sent to you by email from Sealbucket (some older customers will have received their email from Keyzy.io - you may need to check your junk folder).

If you haven't received your serial (license key) please open a support ticket and we'll send you it.

You can also view your license/serial key in your Evabeat account https://accounts.evabeat.com if you have purchased from our site.

Which DAWs will Melody Sauce 2 work with?

Below is a list of DAWs we have tested. Note – Melody Sauce 2 doesn't need to route MIDI anymore as it features in built sounds. Any DAW that supports AU and VST formats should work.

FL Studio 20 onwards

Ableton Live 9.5 onwards

Studio One 4 onwards

Logic Pro X onwards

Acid Pro 8 onwards

Reason 11 onwards

Reaper 5 onwards

Maschine 2 onwards

MPC Beats

Garageband

Do I need an internet connection?

You don't need an internet connection to use Melody Sauce 2, but will need an internet connection once for the initial authorisation.

How do I download my copy of Melody Sauce 2?

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 Sealbucket with your license/serial key. If you have purchased Melody Sauce 2 through our site www.evabeat.com you can also find your download in your Account page here: https://accounts.evabeat.com

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 2 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:


Go to System Preferences, and then click on Security & Privacy

Click on the padlock icon at the lower-left corner to enable you to make changes.

Under “Allow apps downloaded from”, select "App Store and identified developers”.

Beneath that if you see the message “System software from developer EVAbeat was blocked…” click on “Allow”.

Following successful installation you should find the “Melody Sauce 2.vst” file here, unless you’ve selected a custom folder location:


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

ACTIVATION FAILURE / SERIAL (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. No INTERNET CONNECTION when authorising (authorisation requires you to be online)
  3. Inputting the LICENSE KEY incorrectly. Make sure there aren't any missing characters.

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 2 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 https://accounts.evabeat.com


Does Melody Sauce 2 work with FL Studio Native Plugins (eg. MiniHost, Harmor?)

Yes, please follow the instructions below:

1. Open a Patcher channel

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

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

4. Go to the Detailed Settings gear tab on Melody Sauce 2, 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 2 green MIDI output to MiniSynth

- From MiniSynth yellow audio output to FL Studio

See below:

FL_Studio_Patcher.png

I can't load Melody Sauce 2 in my DAW

Ableton

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


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’ then '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”

Logic X
If you can't find Melody Sauce 2 in Logic, please follow these steps.

1. Open Logic Pro X.

2. Click Logic Pro X on the menu bar, then: Choose Preferences > Click on Plug-in Manager.

3. Search Melody Sauce 2 in the Search bar on the right hand side bar then click Reset & Rescan Selection at the bottom of the Plug-In Manager .Melody Sauce 2 should now be validated and ready to use.