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The Melodics Pads play screen



The Melodics Keys play screen

The Melodics play screens, showing the notes.

1. Different colour notes – what do they mean?

In a performance, when you play a note you'll see it represented onscreen in a number of different ways – this is what they mean!

Keys Pads & Drums Means
= Play this note with your Left hand.
= Play this note with your Right hand.
= Played note early.
= Played note late.
= Played note perfectly!
= Missed note :(


In short: get them greens!

Preview

Preview before you play.

2. Preview is your friend, use it!

In the pre-play screen, before you perform the step, there’s a button to ‘Preview’ the step before you play it. Hit this, and the step will play through while the pads, keys, or drums you’ll be playing light up in time onscreen (and on your device, if it supports pad lighting).

Use preview to get a feel for what you’re gonna be playing, where your fingers need to go, and how to move around your instrument.


The 4 corner restart in action.

3. Four-corner restart (for Pad controllers)

When you’re in the flow of a lesson and you need to restart the performance, you dont’t have to take your hands off your device to reach for the space bar…

Just hit all four corner pads at once!

If you’re on pre-play, this will start the performance, if you’re already performing, this will restart it. Easy pease.

Got a Push, Maschine, or Launchpad?

There are some extra hardware controls mapped by default – check them out here.


Practice mode: setting the loop & adjusting the BPM.

4. Practice mode is the best

Sometimes you just want to work on a specific bit of an arrangement, or you’d like to slow it down to get to grips with it – we got you!

Above the arrangement, there’s a switch to go between “Performance mode” (which you’re in by default), and “Practice mode”.

In Practice mode, you can set loop points, and the arrangement will play over that section until you go back to Performance mode. You can also pull down the BPM to make it more managable.

Auto BPM: build it up slowly.

Once you’ve pulled the BPM down, hit the “Auto BPM” button. When this is active, it will automatically ramp up the speed by 10 BPM if you do well on the loop, until it reaches the tracks natural speed.

Wait mode:

Hit the “Wait Mode” button, and as each note reaches the play head, the performance will pause until you hit the correct note.


Volume settings

Where to find the volume settings.

5. Volume settings

Too loud? Need to adjust the metronome volume (or turn it off)? At the top left of the play screen (for Pads & Drums) or top right (for Keys), you’ll find the “Volume options – adjust those to change the levels coming out of the app

If you find the streak animations (the green flash when you’re on a run of perfects) distracting, there’s also a toggle switch to turn them off – don’t worry, you still get the streak!

You can also change the style of the metronome! Just click it (the box with two dots at the very top left of the screen) and you’ll get a drop-down where you can pick from a list of your favourite DAW’s.


Looking ahead at an arrangement.

6. Arrangement look ahead

As you get to more complex lessons, it can be useful to look over the arrangement before you play it to see what’s coming up.

When you arrive on the play screen, grab the handle of the step time bar & drag to scroll (you can also use your scroll wheel). When you’re ready to play, just hit the play button (or the spacebar) and the arrangement will scroll back to the beginning & start the performance.

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