In this tutorial JK will demonstrate getting your project started with an initial melody using the creative tools in Maschine. JK will show how to use Arp mode to test out ideas, use chord mode to test out ideas, and once an idea is solid, start a new pattern and record the idea.Using an arp or chord generator is a great way to spark your creativity and can even help you start the foundation of your new musical project very quickly.
- [Voiceover] So once you have your sound, it's time to start working on your idea. And this really just comes from experimentation and seeing what inspires you. And sometimes even if you can't find inspiration, Maschine does have tools like the arp and the chord generator that you can mess around with to come up with ideas that you may not come up with on your own. A lot of times I'll use these tools, even if I don't use it in the final result, just to kind of get my juices flowing. So let's mess around with these and see what we can come up with. (musical tones) So let's first, maybe let's mess around with an arp.
So I'll go into Keyboard mode. And then I'm going to turn on Note Repeat. I'm gonna lock it so I can stay on the arp page. (musical tones) And sometimes I'll just go through and mess with the different settings. (musical tones) Maybe change my tempo.
(musical tones) So I think maybe I want to do something with the chords, so (musical notes) turn that off. Now we can turn on (musical tones) I'm kinda feeling like I want to mess with some type of different scale.
(musical tones) And the really cool thing about the scales inside of Maschine is you can mess with scales that you may not normally even experiment with. (musical tones) And sometimes it's just about messing around with different things and just trying different ideas.
And eventually something will come to you that captures your ear. (musical tones) So I kind of like that. Like I said, I'm using a Japanese scale, so it's not something that I would traditionally go to, but I kind of like how it sounds. (musical tones) So, I kind of like the flow of that.
I'm gonna kinda tap out my tempo, and maybe we'll just kind of record it. (musical tones) So, I'll start a new pattern, hold the Pattern button. I'll make this, say, 4:0:0 bars. And I just like to zoom my patterns in so I can see everything. (musical tones) Yah, so let's just do that.
And see what happens. (musical tones) So I kinda like how that sounds and I'm hearing maybe, like, some countermelodies that I wanna kind of throw in there and I want to turn off the Chord mode, but I'm gonna still keep it in this scale and just kind of mess around with some single notes and see how they fit on top of it.
(musical tones) So I kind of like (musical notes) Kind of like those just subtle, little extra notes to throw inside of the melody. So let's just record that and see how it sounds all together.
(musical tones) So I kinda wanted it a little bit (musical notes) Something extra right there, so I'm going to just undo that really quick. (musical tones) I kinda like how that sounds.
So you can see, just experimenting with your melodies and coming up with different ideas and trying to use the tools in of Maschine will allow you to spark things that you may not normally come up with on your own. And then once you start getting that initial melody going it's really easy to start building on top of that, and it's all about how you feel. There's no specific way that you need to start your ideas. You could've started with a drum. You could've started with a synth. You could've started with FX. I just chose to start with some chords and kind of add a little bit of extra melody to those chords.
And ow we can just start building upon this.
- Browsing KOMPLETE sounds
- Choosing sounds and instruments
- Recording melodies
- Creating the beat
- Adding character with KOMPLETE FX
- Arranging the song