Captain Melody 3.0 – This Plugin Will Help You Write Better Melodies
Mixed In Key just released Captain Melody 3.0 for Mac and Windows, the latest update to their award-winning Captain Plugins series. Captain Melody 3.0 includes six powerful new tools for writing melodies. The newest innovation is the “Idea Box,” that helps craft melodies appropriate for plucks, pianos, analog and VST synths, guitars, voice and other instruments. The resulting melodies can be played by the built-in Captain Plugins sounds, or routed to a virtual instrument of choice. It’s a surprise update that we didn’t know we wanted so badly!
If you haven’t read our overview of the Captain Chords and Captain Suite 2.0 update then check our other article!
Built for Making Hits
David Guetta wrote the melody and chords for his “Stay (Don’t Go Away)” remix with R3hab using Captain Melody 3.0 beta. This legendary artist beta-tested the plugin, helping to ensure Captain Melody 3.0 includes unique tools for creating the melody of a hit track.
David Guetta writes: “Captain Melody is super convenient for songwriting. I love the color feature that tells you how stable the note is in the scale. It’s cool to see what melodies are suggested when you are looking for a new idea.”
New Features in Captain Melody 3.0:
The Idea Box
Create and Edit your melodies with the Idea Box. It’s Mixed In Key’s most powerful invention. An array of parameters affect the melody’s rhythm, cadence, complexity, tonality and much more. Create arpeggios, change melody shapes, add randomness and experiment with variations of your melody. If you’re ever feeling stuck this will be your new go-to solution maker.
Notes in the user interface change color based on the amount of tension they have with the chords. This easy-to-learn color system helps to guide you to create melodies that complement the harmonies and rhythm in your track. Blue notes are stable, green notes add a bit more flavor, yellow notes want to resolve, and red notes are off-key with the track. Editing the MIDI notes inside the editor will automatically update their color to reflect how much tension the melody has with the chord progression created in Captain Chords.
Pencil and Paintbrush for MIDI
Draw in the notes of your melody inside Captain Melody 3.0 using the Pencil Tool. Paint your melodic ideas onto the MIDI editor and draw in polyphonic melodies. This extra level of control shifts the power more into your hands.
First Note and Lanes
Easily select the note your melody starts on using First Note. Change the probability that a note occurs in the melody using Lanes. Choosing “Follow Chords” within Lanes allows the intervals to be based on the chords changes as opposed to just the parent scale.
Import MIDI Files
Captain Melody 3.0 allows you to import MIDI files and transpose them to the key of your song. Start to work with pre-composed ideas in MIDI files by shaping them to become the main feature in your track.
Random “Dice” Button
Captain Melody 3.0 includes a randomization button in the Idea Box. Click it to try out a randomly generated version of your current selection. It’s an amazing way to fast-track inspiration. Here is where you can spice it up and roll the dice!
Add in original rhythms to your melodies using Captain Melody 3.0’s all-new record mode. Jam out rhythms on your computer or MIDI keyboard to add even more magic to your music.
Compose with Sounds from the latest Spotify charts
Captain Plugins preset bank has expanded to include a range of captivating new sounds. Choose from one of the updated presets including Plucks, Leads, Keys, Basses, Pads, Guitars and turn your productions into chart-topping hits. Now Captain Melody will help you sound even closer to the leading hits.
Send MIDI to your favorite software synths
Route the MIDI output from Captain Plugins into all VST and AU units in real-time. Connect Captain Plugins with Kontakt, Massive, Spire, Sylenth, Serum, Roland Cloud, Omnisphere and more. Using your own VST’s and AU plugins expands the creative potential of Captain Melody 3.0 and allows you to own your sound. Available for Mac and Windows Captain Melody 3.0 is available for both Mac and Windows systems. On Mac, we officially support Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, FL Studio and Cubase on Mac OS 10.10 and higher. On Windows, we support Ableton Live, FL Studio and Cubase.
Captain Melody 3.0 is available as a free update for existing Captain Plugins users. The entire suite of Captain Plugins can be purchased for $79 on the Mixed In Key website.
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