To sign-up, download Melodics for free and follow the instructions in the app to create your account.
We have a free plan available for those users who aren’t yet ready to subscribe to a full Melodics subscription, or want to get a better feel for the app before subscribing. There are 60 lessons available to play and practice with on the free plan. This is split across the Pads, Keys, and Electronic drums (20 lessons each).
With the free plan you have up to 5 performance minutes per day. Performance minutes are counted as the time where you’re actually practicing and playing courses, lessons or exercises. It does’nt include time spent browsing around the Melodics app, or in the pre-play screen before a performance.
Why only 5 performance minutes?
The word practice can leave a bad taste in your mouth, at least as it’s used musically. However - practicing by repeating something over and over again is still the best way to improve, and that’s true of learning to play music as it is anything else. We’ve found that even with small practice sessions of just 5 minutes a day, your skills, timing & muscle memory will start to improve rapidly. That’s why we start you off with just 5 performance minutes per day to build good habits around your daily practice.
You can purchase an annual or monthly subscription in three ways:
Melodics is a prepaid subscription service that allows you unlimited access to the Melodics app, its features, and a huge library of great sounding lessons to practice and play with. With a Melodics subscription you can practice and play across all of our available instruments - Pads, Keys, and Electronic drums!
As a Melodics subscriber, you are automatically charged either 1) monthly on the date you signed up on, or 2) annually on the date you signed up on, depending on which option you initially chose. Monthly subscribers are able to upgrade to an annual subscription at any time.
As a Melodics subscriber you will continue to be charged unless you choose to cancel your subscription. Upon cancelling your subscription you will still have full access to the Melodics app until the end of your current payment period.
With a Melodics subscription you get full access to the Melodics app, which means full access to all of the content and features inside across all instruments - Pads, Keys, and Drums! A Melodics subscription also unlocks unlimited play time, premium features such as Playground Mode and the Guided Path, as well as the fresh new content that gets regularly added.
All current Melodics subscribers have access and usage of the iPad app as part of their existing Melodics plan. You do not need to purchase an additional subscription in the iPad app to use it.
Not a problem, that’s why we have the “Free” plan available so you can start to build your skills and get to know us better. There are 60 great lessons in there for you to take advantage of, and 5 performance minutes a day for you to build good habits and an active and confident relationship with music.
With a monthly Melodics subscription you pay on a monthly recurring basis for full access to the Melodics app and all of its features. With an annual Melodics subscription you make an upfront payment for a full 12-months access to the Melodics app and all of its features. This is a recurring annual payment and will be automatically charged every 12-months unless canceled.
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Visit melodics.com/account/ and scroll down to update your payment details.
You can cancel your Melodics subscription at any time.
If you’re paying via PayPal, you can also cancel your Melodics subscription within your PayPal account by choosing to cancel your recurring payment to Melodics.
Upon canceling your Melodics subscription you’ll still have full access to Melodics until the end of your current payment period. If you have an Annual subscription, that means you will still have full access for 12 months following your previous annual payment.
After canceling your Melodics subscription and reaching the end of the last payment period, your account will be downgraded to a “free” account, and you’ll still have access to practice and play all of the free lessons for 5 performance minutes per day.
Please note that there are no refunds for unused time in your Melodics account should you cancel your subscription early.
Visit melodics.com/account/ and scroll down to see your current Melodics subscription details.
Visit melodics.com/account/ and scroll down to make any changes to your current Melodics subscription.
Go to the “You” screen in Melodics. You can enter your code in the “Promo Codes” tab on the left hand side.
If you wish to delete your Melodics account and don’t mind losing the progress you’ve made, you can log into your account here to begin the process.
In the Melodics app, just enter your email address and then click “Forgot password?” You'll be sent a code which will allow you to reset your password.
Streaks can be broken if you play Melodics offline or if you have a dodgy internet connection. If you think there has been an error, get in touch with us and we can help you out.
You can download Melodics from our home page. Note: you need to download Melodics onto a compatible Windows or Mac desktop computer / laptop. If you’re trying to download on a mobile device, we’ll send you handy link so you can download it on your computer later!
No, Melodics only supports 64bit operating systems and hardware.
Yes! Melodics for iPad will work on most iPads running iOS 12 or later. You can download Melodics on your iPad from the App Store.
No! You can try out all three instruments for free within the one app, and play 20 free lessons. Easily change instrument by clicking “switch instrument” at the top left of the main Melodics navigation bar.
Subscribe to unlock all 400+ lessons, 30 Courses, unlimited play time, and get access to new content every week!
Melodics requires an internet connection to download content in the background. But once this is done, yes, you can play Melodics offline. Here’s what you won’t get:
Other than that – you can play it all!
The more you practice, the more chance you’ll be rewarded with free sample packs! These are royalty free samples that you can use for your own music production. Check out our blog for more information about this.
Not yet! But we’ve got 800+ lessons covering all sorts of styles, and are adding new content weekly. Let us know if you can’t find what you’re looking for!
Melodics requires an internet connection to download content. If you're having trouble starting a lesson, check that you are connected to a stable internet connection. Try disabling any firewalls / VPN / proxies that may be interfering.
Make sure your app is up to date! Melodics will prompt you to update when one is available, or you can always re-download the latest version from our website.
If you're still having issues, get in touch with us and we’ll help you out.
Yes! You can view our full keyboard shortcut list here.
Why yes, yes you can. For this, you need practice mode. When you go into the Play screen, you’ll see the option for practice mode at the top of the screen.
You can slow the lesson right down, and it will loop forever. You can also pause the lesson during playback for a deeper look at at difficult sections. For more information on how Practice Mode works, check out this guide!
In the settings screen, you’ll find a range of settings for your connected instruments.
Selected instrument: If your instrument is one Melodics recognises you can select it here and you’re good to go. If it doesn’t appear in this list, don’t worry – click the ‘map your instrument’ button below to create a mapping.
Map your controller: If your instrument is not on the supported devices list, you can create your own mapping for it. Click the ‘map your instrument’ button and follow the instructions to create a [USER] mapping.
Revert all mappings: If you've previously mapped your instrument because Melodics didn’t automatically recognise it, or if you made a mistake when you mapped it, clicking this button will remove any and all of your mappings.
For more information on Melodics settings, visit this page.
For drums you can adjust your instrument sensitivity. This setting only appears when you have drums selected as your instrument. For more information, check out this guide on Melodics settings.
Well…no, but it is much better experience with one with one!
View a list of all supported devices here.
Almost all MIDI instruments will work with Melodics, you may just need to manually map it first. Go to the “Settings” screen in Melodics and hit the “Map your controller” button and follow the on screen instructions.
If Melodics isn't seeing your connected instrument, try using a different USB cable or USB port on your computer. Also try resetting your controller to factory settings. You may need to refer to the user manual to see how to do this.
Most instrument’s transport controls will work in Melodics. If not, try hitting “Revert all mappings” and reselect your instrument from the dropdown menu if available.
Easy. Go to the “Settings” screen, and on the right under the list of connected devices there’s an option to “Revert all mappings” – just click that.
In the settings screen, you'll find a range of settings for your audio output.
Selected Device: this is your audio output device. Normally ‘OS default’ is the best setting but if you‘re using an external audio interface, you can select this as your output here.
Outputting on channels: If your audio interface has multiple outputs to choose from, you can select the specific outputs you would like to use. This option will only appear if your have multiple outputs to choose from.
Latency: the latency slider allows you to increase / decrease your buffer size. If you‘re experiencing latency, make sure this slider is in its lowest setting. If you're experiencing distortion, try increasing the slider until the distortion is gone.
Use in exclusive mode: this setting is for Windows only. With exclusive mode on, you may be able to achieve lower latency. Be aware that while using your audio device in exclusive mode, system audio and audio from other applications will not be able to use your audio device at the same time. Close Melodics or turn off this setting to allow other applications to use your audio device again.
Master Volume: you can change the over all volume level of Melodics with this slider. This will affect all audio in the app, including app sounds.
Play test audio: this button will play a short audio clip to test your sound. If you're adjusting your audio settings or volume, you can quickly test the result with this button.
For more information on Melodics settings, visit this page.
You should be able to choose your audio interface in the “Settings” screen in Melodics under “Audio Output”. Make sure you have installed any necessary drivers before launching Melodics. You may need to check with the manufacturer on how to do this.
Distortion can sometimes be cause by latency issues. Try raising the latency slider in the Settings to see if that helps.
If you’re using any external audio hardware like an audio interface, try increasing the buffer size settings for this. You may need to check your manual on how to do this.
Still having issues? If your headphones are USB based, try using headphones with an audio jack!
Some audio output devices are faster to respond than others. If you’re noticing a significant delay between when you hit a note and when you hear the note, you may need to troubleshoot your audio setup.
Are you using bluetooth speakers? Try using something connected via a cable instead. Make sure all your audio drivers are up to date. If you’re using your computer’s built-in speakers or headphone output, you may find ASIO4ALL drivers can reduce your latency. (Applicable to Windows only.) Windows users can also try using the ‘use in exclusive mode’ option in settings. View this page for more information.
We do this to get lower latency and better performance. If you want to, you can switch it off by turning off the ‘use in exclusive mode’ option in settings. View this page for more information.
On many Windows computers, the headphones are a different audio interface. When you switch audio interface, audio stops.
To fix this, just open the “Settings” screen in Melodics, and reselect your audio output device.
You can turn off the metronome by clicking on the metronome settings in the top left hand corner of the lesson play screen (see screenshot below) and select “Off”.
You will still hear the metronome during the “count-in” intro before the lesson begins, but you won‘t hear this during the lesson itself.
You can do this within lessons using the inbuilt mixer. Adjust the metronome, your notes, guide notes and the backing track levels direct from the play view.
You can also pick your metronome, with the familiar sounds of Ableton Live, Logic, Maschine, and many more. Click the metronome icon in the top left corner of the playback screen to choose.
Connect your pad controller to your computer via USB. Our supported devices do not require mapping, just plug in and play. If your pad controller isn’t supported, just hit the ‘map your controller’ button in settings. Refer to our pads connection guide for more information.
You do not need a pad controller, but it is much better with one. Your computer keyboard can be used as a 4x4 controller.
Check that you don’t have “note repeat“ or an arpeggiator turned on for your controller. Also check that your controller pad sensitivity isn’t set too high. Most pads are quite sensitive, so you shouldn’t need to press too hard.
Put the device on a solid surface when you are performing. If the play surface is unsteady or bouncy, you’re more likely to experience undesirable play characteristics such as over-sensitivity (double triggers), or under-sensitivity (missed notes).
This is probably because you remapped your controller. User mappings don’t have pad lighting. If your controller is a supported device, go go back to the default mapping – and get the lighting back – by hitting the “Revert all mappings” button in the Settings screen.
Some lessons require 16 pads specifically in a 4x4 layout. If your controller has 16 pads but is configured in a 8x2 layout, unfortunately it won’t be compatible. Don’t worry, you can still complete these lessons using your computer keyboard!
In the pre-play screen, you’ll see that every pad is either blue or yellow – blue pads are played with your left hand, yellow with your right. If there is a number on the pad, that number corresponds with the number above the “hands” illustrations to show you what finger to use.
Melodics lessons are all designed with specific learning outcomes. We’ve chosen each layout to teach specific techniques and make it a challenge.
That being said, a lot of pads players have their own preferences, so you can also edit the layout to your needs. Check out this guide for more information.
For the cue point drumming style lessons, C stands for cue point. For most lessons, you want to set the cue points on the beats within a bar, so C1 goes on the first beat, C2 goes on the second, etc.
There will be some lessons where the cue points go in other places, so check out the descriptions in each lesson.
Generally with cue point drumming lessons, you can use any finger.
Most hardware manufactures follow the pad numbering that was established in 1988 with the release of the MPC60. Pad 1 is in the bottom left corner.
Most, but not all.
To be consistent across our lessons, regardless of what your hardware says, in Melodics Pad 1 is always in the bottom left corner.
For all Maschine controllers, you'll need to download the Melodics templates for NI Controller Editor. Check out this guide for more information.
Open ROLI Dashboard and choose “Melodics” under the “Apps” tab. Refer to our ROLI Lightpad Block connection guide for more information.
Connect your keyboard to your computer via USB. Our supported devices do not require mapping, just plug in and play. If your keyboard isn't supported, just hit the ‘map your controller’ button in settings. Refer to our keyboard connection guide for more information.
Yes, and the layout is like this:
Your keyboard might be set to an octave higher or lower than what’s required to play this lesson. Just use the controls on your keyboard to change up or down an octave (check your user manual for how to do this).
When you open a lesson you’ll enter the finger placement screen, which shows you both the notes you’ll need to play on the keyboard and the fingers on each hand you should be playing these with.
Play around here until you get a feel for the different notes or chords, then give the lesson a go!
Exercises are a zen-like contrast to the error focussed and feedback driven lesson experience. One that instead rewards patience, concentration and repetition. The idea is to keep practicing the exercise until you feel confident and ready for the next lesson in the course.
Our Melodics lessons relate to the wider world of written music. You may notice that the design of these hints at the bass and treble clef of piano sheet music. This is designed to sub-consciously develop your spatial recognition of key interval structures and make it easier for you to transfer your learning between different contexts.
Open ROLI Dashboard and Select “Single Channel” on the left panel. Refer to our ROLI Seaboard Block connection guide for more information.
Yes you can, and here's how.
Connect your kit to your computer via USB. Our supported devices do not require mapping, just plug in and play. If your drums aren’t supported, just hit the ‘map your controller’ button in settings. If you’re using a MIDI – USB interface, you will need to manually map your kit. Refer to our drums connection guide for more information.
Drums lessons are designed for electronic drum kits. Because drumming is all about timing and technique, you will get the most out of our lessons using MIDI drums.
If you don’t have a kit but would like to check out some Drums lessons, you can use your computer keyboard. The layout is like this:
You’ll need to make sure your kit is sending standard MIDI on MIDI channel 10. Try resetting your drum module to factory settings to fix this. Refer to our drums connection guide for more information.
Yes! Hitting your high and mid toms together with your kick and hi-hat pedals will start / restart the lesson.
We recommend using Melodics drum sounds, as they are designed to suit each lesson. That being said, if you’d like an extra challenge you can try using your module’s drum sounds instead. Here’s a guide on how to set that up.
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You can play it with your computer keyboard, but it is a much better experience with access to a MIDI keyboard, pad controller, or MIDI drum kit.
These MIDI devices are connected: