The sequencer is where it all comes together: the chords that provide the notes, the patterns that describe how to play a chord and of course the instruments that have to play all this.

The tracks

MelodyBuilder Sequencer

1: the tracks, 2: the chord track, 3: instrument tracks with patterns

There are three types of tracks:

  1. Sections: You cannot add or remove this track. All entries in this track are more or less notes that help you to structure the sequence a bit better. This track has no influence on the sequence itself and what notes are played.
  2. Chords: In this track you arrange the chords you want to use in your sequence. Drag and drop chords from the chord database into here and then arrange them as you like, again via drag and drop. Also standard copy&paste operations are available.
  3. Instrument tracks: The instrument tracks are representing the instruments in your song or sequence, for example one track for the bass, one track for the drums, one track for the melody. The patterns you create are going into these tracks because a pattern describes how the instrument should play whatever chord is active at the position you add your pattern.

The following track actions are available:

  • Select a track: Click on the track list to the left side of the sequencer.
  • Add a track: Click the + icon in the toolbar to add a new track or right click on any track in the list and select “Add track after this”.
  • Remove a track: Click the trash can icon in the toolbar to remove the currently selected track or right click on a track in list and select “Delete track” from the menu.
  • Duplicate a track: Right click on a track in the list on the left side and select “Duplicate track” from the menu to duplicate the track and all patterns it is using.
  • Move track up / Move track down: To rearrange the tracks in the list, right click on a track in the list and select “Move up” or “Move down” from the menu.
  • Mute / solo a track: Click on the M or S button.

How to change the instrument or rename a track?

Double click on a track in the list on the left side. A dialog opens where you can edit the name, set the reverb and chorus level and select an instrument. Alternatively, right click on the track in the list and select “Properties” from the menu.

How to add chords to a sequence?

Add chords via drag and drop from the chord database.

How to edit chords?

Often you want to change the note order in a chord in your sequence or change the octave it’s played in.

  • Double click on a chord or right click on it and select “Properties” from the menu. A dialog opens where you can edit name, notes and relative octaves for a chord. The relative octave can be between -2 and 2. So if a chord is played too high, just open the dialog and select “-1” for each note.
  • If you want to play a chord one octave higher or lower, select and press the plus or minus key to increase or decrease the relative octave for all notes in the chord.
  • Invert chords: Right click on a chord (or group of selected chords) and select “Invert chords” from the menu. That’s an experimental feature. What it does is mirroring the selected chords at a center note. Sometimes it creates nice result, sometimes it doesn’t.

How to copy&cut&paste entries?

Select entries (chords, patterns, section entries) with a left mouse click. If you want to select several entries or deselect an entry, hold the Ctrl key while clicking on the entry.

You can also hold the shift key and hold the left mouse button and then draw a rectangle to select all entries in this rectangle.

Copy&Cut can then be done via pressing the Ctrl+C or Ctrl+X key combination.

For pasting entries press Ctrl+V. The thick red line is indicating the position at which the copied entries will be pasted. You can move this line by clicking at the according position in the header. Similar to Apple’s Logic this line also serves as play position indicator. If you never worked with Logic before, it will take a few minutes to get used to it.

How to add patterns?

There are several options:

  • If you want to re-use an existing pattern, drag and drop it from the pattern list into it’s position.
  • If you want to create a new pattern at a certain (empty) position in the sequence, right click at this position and select “Add pattern here” from the menu.
  • If you want to create a variant of an already existing pattern, right click on the pattern in the sequencer and select “Create pattern variant” from the menu. A variant is simply a shortcut to make a copy of a pattern and replace the original pattern at this position with the copy.

Keyboard shortcuts

Ctrl+A Select all entries
Ctrl+C Copy all selected entries
Ctrl+X Cut all selected entries
Ctrl+V Paste copied entries
+ Increase relative octave for selected chords
Decrease relative octave for selected chords
Ctrl+Z Undo
Ctrl+Y Redo
Del Delete selected entries
Ctrl + Left Mouse button Add entry to / remove entry from group of selected entries
Shift + Left Mouse button Draw a selection rectangle