Captain Play

Captain Play gives you the power to play complex chords with one finger, play melodies in scale and key and turbo-charge your MIDI keyboard.

Connecting Captain Play with your DAW

  • Select Captain Play 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. Captain Play integrates with your DAW exactly the same as the other plugins.
  • Play insert
  • Alternatively, you can access Captain Play natively in Chords, Melody or Deep, by selecting the Play tab.
  • Play in Chords
  • To route external MIDI signals, such as MIDI synthesizers, through Captain Play, use Captain Play as a VST insert, not AU. Logic users, insert Captain Play as a MIDI FX plugin.
  • Select the key and scale. Connecting to Chords

Using your computer keyboard

  • Choose the Computer Keyboard option from the top menu bar.
  • Choose Play Melodies or Play Chords.
  • Press Space to start and stop recording MIDI notes to the clip box
Computer keyboard

Play Chords

Select Play Chords from the top menu bar. This is the default setting.

Computer keyboard
  • Use keys A – J to trigger Most Common chords. These are triads I – VII in the selected scale.
  • Keys Q – U trigger 7th chords.
  • Keys 1 – 7 trigger borrowed chords.
  • Keys Z – M trigger suspended 2nd chords.
  • Bracket keys [ ] will move the four octave range up or down.
  • Press and hold Shift to enable a new rack of possible chord voicings:

    Shift chords
  • 1 – 7 to trigger borrowed chords.
  • A – J to trigger 6th chords.
  • Keys Q – U trigger 9th chords.
  • Keys Z – M trigger suspended 4th chords.

Play Melodies

Select Play Melodies from the top menu bar.

Computer keyboard play melodies
  • Use keys A – J to trigger scale notes in Octave 2 – 3.
  • Keys Q – U trigger scale notes in Octave 3 – 4.
  • Keys 1 – 7 trigger scale notes in Octave 4 – 5.
  • Keys Z – M trigger scale notes in Octave 1 – 2.

Using your MIDI keyboard

Choose the MIDI Keyboard option from the top menu bar.

In Captain Play’s Settings menu, ensure ‘Use MIDI input to play while in the Play tab’ is checked.

Use MIDI Input

Play Chords

Select Play Chords from the top menu bar. This is the default setting.

You will see 3 boxes in a grid, comprising an octave each.

MIDI keyboard chords
  • You can set each octave box to play in any octave from 1-8
  • You can set each octave box to play chords within a range of chord voicings, such as Common Chords, 7th, Suspended 4ths, and so on.
  • Add additional boxes by clicking the ‘+’ icon on either side of the grid.
Add Box

Play Melodies

Select Play Melodies from the top menu bar.

MIDI  keyboard play melodies
  • In Settings, ensure ‘keep MIDI keyboard notes in key and scale in Single Note play’ is checked. This will eliminate any notes that are not in the selected key and scale. In their place, the nearest in-key note will play.
  • Uncheck this box to return your MIDI keyboard to its standard arrangement.
Keep MIDI notes in key

Using Captain Play with 3rd party instruments

  • To route Captain Play to an external MIDI source, follow the same routing procedure as for the other plugins, shown above.

Sound Presets and FX

When working inside Play, 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

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

Play Settings
  • ‘Use MIDI input to play while in the Play tab’ enables MIDI devices such as MIDI keyboards to control Captain Play.
  • ‘Include MIDI In from the DAW while in the Play tab’ enables you to jam over the top of any other MIDI source as it enters Captain Play.
  • ‘Keep all MIDI keyboard notes in key in Single Notes Play’ removes out of key notes from your keyboard. The nearest note which is in key will play in its place.