This article will guide you through creating a simple melody.

The Piano Roll

The single most important asset for hand-composing melodies is the Piano Roll Node. This Node has a complete piano roll interface where you can place and edit notes:

  1. Create a Piano Roll Node
  2. Right click (or touch and hold), then select Edit
  3. Click (or tap) to place notes, and right click (or touch and hold) to edit and delete individual notes

Basic Synthesis

The Melody you create using the Piano Roll Node way is output through the Melody Output. You can hook this up to melody-controllable audio sources, or automated melody processing (such as chord generating). Before going further, let’s set up a Melodic Oscillator Node to actually hear what we are composing:

  1. Create a Melodic Oscillator Node
  2. Connect your Piano Roll Node to your Melodic Oscillator Node
  3. Create an Audio Destination Node and connect your Melodic Oscillator Node to it (you most likely know this already)
  4. Optional: add a Gain Node between your Audio Destination Node and Melodic Oscillator Node to control volume easily

The Melodic Oscillator Node has further settings to tweak, once again accessible by right clicking on the Node, then choosing Properties. You can also do additive synthesis by connecting one Piano Roll Node to many Melodic Oscillator Nodes, then combining those with an Add (Audio/Control) Node, and you can also add further audio effects as shown previously.

Take a few minutes to create a melody on the Piano Roll. In the next article we’ll learn how to generate chords automatically and further automate melody processing.