Captain Melody 3.0

Captain Melody 3.0 can integrate seamlessly with Captain Chords, or function as a standalone compositional tool.

You can connect it to Captain Chords or choose your own Key and Scale.

Pegasus Workflow in Captain Melody

Connecting Captain Melody with your DAW

  • Select Captain Melody from your VST or AU plugins menu. Add it to a MIDI channel as an Instrument. Logic users can also add it as a MIDI FX unit. Melody 3.0 integrates with your DAW exactly the same as the other plugins.
  • Connecting to Chords

    Connecting to Captain Chords

    • Choose option to ‘CONNECT’ to Captain Chords. Connecting to Chords

    Standalone Mode

    • Select the key and scale. Connecting to Chords

    Captain Melody is designed to follow the chord progression created in Captain Chords for each individual tab, ‘VERSE’, ‘PRE CHORUS’, ‘CHORUS’ or ‘DROP’.

    Alternatively you can create your own in standalone mode.

    Song segment tabs

    Jamming live with Captain Play

    Similar to Captain Chords, Captain Melody can also be played live and recorded using the Captain Play tab.

    For a full analysis of Captain Play’s functionality, see How-to Guide: Captain Play

    • Use keys A – J to trigger individual notes (pitches) within your chosen key & scale.
    • Keys above and below row A – J will trigger the notes an octave above or below.
    • Bracket keys [ ] will move the four octave range up or down.
    • Choose to play Melodies or Chords.
    • Choose to use your Computer Keyboard or MIDI Keyboard.
    Computer keyboard Computer keyboard or MIDI

    Using Melody 3.0 with 3rd party instruments

    • Similar to Captain Chords, Captain Melody can also use the generated MIDI to allow the sound source to come from a 3rd party soft-synth, or external hardware instrument.

    Sound Presets and FX

    When working inside tabs ‘VERSE’, ‘PRE CHORUS’, ‘CHORUS’ or ‘DROP’, the Sound Preset, Reverb, Delay, Filter and Volume can be adjusted

    Sound presets and FX

    New Sound Presets available now!

    Octave, Note length, and Tension dropdowns

    Generating Notes

    Captain Melody does NOT auto-populate the plugin. Instead, you have several options for generating notes:

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    IDEA

    The Idea Tool has multiple parameters that will generate notes and influence the melodic composition. These can be combined in infinite ways.

    To get started, click the ‘Plus’ icon to view your initial idea.

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    Notes will be auto-populated. If you are connected to Chords they will be influenced by your chord progression. Otherwise, they will be influenced by the selected key and scale.

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    There are 4 tabs within the Idea tool: SHAPE, RHYTHM, FIRST NOTE and LANES.

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    SHAPE

    This tab controls the number of Steps and the Leaps within the melody using 0-100% rotary knobs. You can affect the overall shape of the phrase and transpose it in Octaves 1-8.

    Step knob determines how much your melody will rely on stepwise motion for intervals between notes. Stepwise motion means traveling in single note steps up and down the scale.

    Leaps dictate how many sequential notes will include a leap of a 3rd or more. The absence of Step or Leap is note repetition.

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    RHYTHM

    Density controls the total number of notes in the Idea box.

    Triplets controls the frequency of triplets.

    Length controls note length . (Notes will not overlap unless you manually alter them in PENCIL mode.)

    Rests is how many sections exist where no notes are present.

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    FIRST NOTE

    Select which note related to the Chord your Idea Box is residing over will begin your melody.

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    LANES

    Each note in the selected scale is represented from 1st (Root) through to 7th

    Higher percentage values mean greater representation within the progression.

    eg 50% ratios of 1st and third notes will result in a roughly equal split of 1st and 3rd notes only. If you have Follow Chords enabled then the intervals will be related to the chords from Captain Chords.

    ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS

    The Update button within each tab updates the melody only within the settings of that tab. For instance if you click Update Rhythm then you will get a new rhythm based on your settings, but your shape will stay the same.

    The Dice Icon is the equivalent of clicking all four Idea tool updates simultaneously.

    You can also duplicate the current Idea Box at any time.

    You also have the ability to select notes using the Move tool and convert them to an Idea Box at any time. This reverse engineers the information in the selected notes and adjusts the settings in the Idea tool to reflect the selected melody.

    PENCIL

    Add notes by clicking the mouse on a selected note and time position. Edit the note length by dragging the sides.

    Delete by Ctrl-Clicking the note.

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    You can change the selected note’s position in the scale by choosing a Tension value from 1-7. You can also move it up or down by octave. These effects can also be achieved by manually dragging notes with your mouse.

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    BRUSH

    Click and hold your mouse to start drawing. Release to enter note(s). You can choose the note by dragging it up or down the keyboard. New notes will be created when you drag the mouse along the timeline.

    You can change the Note Length. You can also ‘Allow polyphony’ to enable multiple notes to write on the same beat, and allow notes to overlap.

    IMPORT

    Import MIDI files from your computer library. They will display inside Melody 3.0 as editable MIDI notes.

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    You can then decide if the imported file should keep its current key and scale or transpose to Melody’s current key and scale. You can also change the whole project to match your MIDI file. If the imported midi file is larger then desired, select desired notes and right click “Crop Notes to Selection”.

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    RECORD

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    Record notes in real-time with your computer keyboard or MIDI keyboard. Press Spacebar to begin and end recording. Enter to save.

    You can disable/enable a metronome to help you play in time.

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns

    After recording, you can adjust quantization, and overdub your recording. When you’re hapy with it, press Done to enter it to the timeline. Clear to start over. You can also press Esc to clear at any time.

    Using the MIDI Input tab

    You can use Captain Plugins’ on-board sound pallette as a soft-synth by using the MIDI Input tab. Incoming MIDI signals, whether from a MIDI clip or keyboard, will trigger Captain Plugins’ sounds. You can choose the sound, adjust FX, volume and filter. However you cannot use Captain Plugins’ core functionality.

    MIDI IN

    SETTINGS

    Rhythm and Pattern dropdowns
    • Connect or Disconnect to/from Captain Chords.
    • Keep Playing MIDI Notes when the plugin window is closed
    • Include MIDI In from the DAW while in the Play tab
    • Keep all MIDI keyboard notes in key in Play
    • Limit Note dragging to one direction at a time