What is Melosity?
Melosity is a secure online platform that allows musicians to connect and collaborate on the same track real-time from anywhere in the world. Melosity is focused on matching the right musicians with the right skill sets, offering simple tools for musicians to create music together successfully.
Why is Melosity a free online studio rather than downloadable desktop software?
There are lots of advantages to having the studio online. Here are a few:
- The workload is moved from your computer to our servers, so you don’t need a super-computer to run the software.
- The studio is accessible wherever you go. This means you have access to your studio and files on any computer, anywhere.
- When we update the software, you don’t have to pay for the next version. We will just do it automatically from our servers.
- Melosity does not take any space on your hard-drive.
Is there a Melosity app?
There is no app yet, but we have plans to build a super mobile music making app in the near future. If you have any features you would like to see in the app, we would love to hear from you. You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why should I fill in my profile?
If you have filled in your profile, other users are more likely to find you in the search. Currently, we don't display empty profiles in the search. We want users to find what they are looking for and having the empty profiles to appear in the search would slow this down. The minimum requirements for you to appear in the search is to have a profile picture, tags and short bio.
Why do I need tags?
Tags are how the search finds you. For example, if you search for guitar, people with that tag come up in the search.
How to add tags?
On the profile page, click the hamburger menu, and then 'Edit profile.' This will make an 'Edit tags' button appear beside your username. Click on the 'Edit tags,' and an edit tags window opens. In the edit tags window, you can search tags by typing what you are looking for and choose from the results displayed.
What tags should I choose?
Select the tags of the instruments and the types of music you play or projects you want to collaborate in.
What should I write in my bio?
The bio does not need to be long. Just write what instruments you play, what kind of music you like and what kind of projects you would like to work on. You can also mention where you are based, and any musical career highlights.
How to edit bio?
On the profile page, click the hamburger menu, and then 'Edit profile.' Below the username, you can see text starting with "Let others know a little bit about yourself." Click on this and just start typing and your text will replace the existing text. When you are finished writing, just click anywhere on the screen and your bio is saved.
How to edit Profile Picture?
On the profile page, click the hamburger menu, and then 'Edit profile.' Then click on the profile picture, and a profile picture window opens up, where you can upload and crop your profile picture.
How to upload a track to profile?
Click on the 'Upload Track' button on the right-hand side of the screen. This will let you choose an audio file from your computer. Once you have chosen the audio file, click upload. The upload can take awhile depending on your internet connection speed and the size of the audio file. Once the file has uploaded, you can edit the name of the track, add tags to the track, and choose for the track to be visible for all, or just you.
How to add video to your profile?
Scroll down on your profile page, and an Embed Video button will appear on the right-hand side, just below your Tracks. Click the 'Embed Video,' and a window will open, where you can paste your YouTube video link. After this click, the green 'Embed" button and the video will appear on your profile.
How to search other musicians or specific instruments?
On top middle of the profile page, beside the Melosity logo, there is a search bar. Type whatever you are looking for in the search bar, and all matching profiles will appear in a drop-down menu. Just click on a profile picture of any of the search results, and it will take you to the profile of the user.
How to add social media links to the profile?
On the right hand side of the profile there is a gray circle with a plus sign. Click this and 'Add your social links' window will appear. In here you can paste any of your social media sites links. Once you click 'Save Changes,' the links will appear on your profile.
How to read my messages?
At the top right of the profile page, beside the hamburger menu, there is a message icon. When you click this, a drop-down menu with a list of your messages will appear. Click on any message to see the full message. If you have unread messages, the icon will display green with a number of unread messages. You cannot access your messages if you have not filled in your profile (profile picture, tags, and bio).
How to get to the News Feed?
On top of your profile page, on the right-hand side of the search bar, there is a 'News Feed' button. If you click this, it will take you to the News Feed.
How to get to the Studio?
On the top right of the profile page, there is a Studio button. If you click this, the studio will open in a new tab.
What is the News Feed?
The News Feed is the heart of the Melosity community and makes Melsoity the best music social media. The News Feed is where you can find musicians, make friends, get involved in a conversation, find existing online music collaboration projects to join and post your projects where you might be looking for a drummer, singer or whatever you happen to be looking for to make your track better.
How to post in the News Feed?
Click the green 'Post' button on the top left of your screen, just below the Melosity logo. You can either, choose an audio file from your computer, or drag and drop it., or you can just post a message. Once you have uploaded the audio file, you can also write a description.
How to delete a post?
On the top right corner of your post, there is an x sign. Just click this, and your message will be deleted.
How to search the News Feed?
If you are looking for posts on particuar genre of music or instruments, you can search them on the search bar at the top of the news feed.
How to get back to your profile page?
At the top right of the News Feed page, there is 'My profile' button. This will take you back to your profile.
Are there any tutorials?
Yes. There are some tutorials on our YouTube channel. You can check them out here: http://tinyurl.com/qbqm9bx
I’ve never used a recording software before, what do I need to get started?
Assuming you already have an instrument, you will just need the following:
- An audio interface. You can buy these in any music store or online.
- A microphone.
- Cabling to connect your instrument and microphone to the audio interface.
We will recommend some to you, but make sure to get other advice before purchasing as they vary depending on your needs.
What is the best microphone to use?
There are lots of options to choose from. They vary depending on what you are using them for. The most popular entry-level vocal mic is the Shure SM58 for around $100.
What is an audio interface?
Put very simply; audio interfaces enable you to get sound in and out of your computer. They give you the ability to connect professional microphones, instruments and other kinds of signals to a computer, and output a variety of signals as well. A must-have for every home studio.
What is the best audio interface/Soundcard?
Again there are loads of options to choose from. We read through lots of reviews to save you time and the Focusrite 2i2 comes in on top for most reviews. It costs around $150 and Focusrite even do a starter pack for beginners that include everything you need to get started for around $250.
Getting Started in the Melosity Studio
What is an audio track?
An audio track is a layer where you record different parts of a song. For example, you record in your first track (eg. drums) and then the second track would be another audio (eg. Guitar) and the third (eg. Vocals) brings the project together. As you get more creative you can add lots of tracks, each adding a tiny addition to give a different feel to the project. You can add your first track by clicking the ‘record’ or ‘upload’ button on the left. You can also add a new track from the left hand side clicking below the existing tracks the Add Track button.
What is BPM?
Beats per minute (BPM) is a unit typically used as a measure of tempo in music creation. You can increase or decrease the BPM within the Melosity studio by going to the ‘BPM’ area at the bottom. If you click on the number that’s there, you can type in the new BPM you want for your track. You will need to do this before starting your project as this will change the metronome speed to the new BPM you want. It is especially beneficial to play with a metronome, if you are planning to collaborate with someone else, as they can then follow your BPM.
How do I create a new track?
You can create a new track in a few different ways:
- Click the ‘Add an audio file’ button on the bottom center of the screen, just above the playback controls. This will create a new track for uploaded file.
- You can click the 'Add track' button on the left of the screen, just below the existing tracks. If there are many tracks in the project, you might need to scroll down before you see this button.
How do I split a sample/track?
Position the playhead where ever you want to split the track. When you hover over a track, an ‘edit” button appears over it. Click this button and then click ‘split at playhead.’ The track will split at the position of the playhead. If the playhead is not over the track, the ‘split at playhead’ option will be disabled.
How do I extend/duplicate a track?
Hover over the sample you want to duplicate, click the ‘edit’ button, then click Duplicate. The duplicated track appears right after the existing track. For example, this is an excellent way to duplicate loops.
How do I get a track to snap to grid?
The snap to grid feature allows you to get your loop or recording to snap perfectly into the vertical grids within the studio. This makes for easier editing when looping and splitting tracks. You may want to switch it on or off depending on your needs. You can get a track to snap into the grid by clicking the ‘grid on’ button on the bottom right of the studio. You can turn it off using the same button.
How do I zoom into the track?
All you have to do is click the zoom function on the bottom right of the studio.
How to I solo and mute a track?
You can solo a track by clicking the headphone button on any track on the left. You can mute a track by clicking the speaker button on any track on the left.
How do I get my audio tracks to sync together?
Currently, depending on your internet speed, hardware setup and computer, you may experience synchronization issues. If it does not sync 100% accurately, you can position them manually yourself by selecting them and dragging them into place. This is best done with the grid off (turn it off on the bottom right of the studio). We will have a better solution in the next version, but for now, if you experience this issue, it has to be fixed manually. You only have to position it once and then it will remain in that position for the future.
How do I record into the studio?
There are a three ways of doing this:
- You can record in using the computer mic. The sound will not be great, but this is good for recording in some quick ideas or samples.
- You can record in using a USB mic. This will give you much better sound quality and is all you need if you are a singer/songwriter or playing an acoustic instrument.
- Assuming you have an audio interface (and downloaded the driver if required), you can connect it in through the usb port of the computer. Once you connect it, the device should appear in the list, which you can open by clicking the microphone symbol the left of the record button on the bottom. Just select it from the ‘source’ drop down menu.
What is the best way to record vocals?
Good vocals come down to a number of factors including the type of mic and even the room you are recording in. If you are looking to do a lot of recording, the best way is to buy an audio interface and microphone. Using just a USB mic is pretty good, but it will not give you many options. Make sure when choosing the mic that you ask for one that is specifically good for vocal recording.
How do I connect my instrument?
You can connect your instrument through the audio interface. All you have to do is plug your instrument into the interface and then the interface into the USB port on your computer. Make sure your audio interface is connecting to the studio (See “How do I record into the studio?” above). When you click the record button within the studio your instrument will start recording in. Don’t worry if you take a few seconds before playing, you can trim out the start of it by using the editing tools (See “How do I split a sample?’ below).
How do I cut out the start of a track I recorded into the studio?
When you record in, you will probably want to cut out the first few seconds (from clicking the record button to starting to play). To do this, all you have to do is go to the bottom left of the track you want to edit. An arrow appears on the bottom left corner of the track. Left click and hold on the arrow and drag right to the point you want the track to begin.
How do I download my project?
Downloading is simple but you have a few options depending on what you need:
- Download the whole track - Go to the hamburger menu on the top right corner, click ‘download' and then choose Project to download the current mix of the project.
- Download only certain channels - When you hover over the track header of the track you want to download, a gear button appears in the top right corner of the track header. Click the gear button and then Download a track. It will then only download the track.
- Download each audio channel separately - Go to the hamburger menu on the top right corner, click ‘download' and then choose 'All tracks.' This will download a zip folder of all your tracks in the project.
How can I find other musicians to collaborate with?
You can find people in one of 2 ways:
- Login and click in the search bar at the top of your profile. Here you can type the instrument or skill you are looking for and choose someone from the dropdown menu. You can then message them through their profile page.
- The second option is to login and then click the news feed button on the top right of your profile. Here you can post a message for what you are looking for or search through other peoples messages and if there is a project that suits you, reach out to them directly by clicking on their profile picture, which takes you to their profile. In the profile you can message them directly.
How do I invite a friend to collaborate?
You can invite a friend to collaborate on a track by clicking the green “Add friend” button on the top right of the studio. You can then choose to invite them by Facebook or by just copying a link and sending it to them however you like. They will then receive a link to your project to join in their own time.
Do you have any top tips on getting a collaboration going quickly?
Yes. There are a few things you can do:
- Share the project link on the News Feed, and explain clearly what you are looking for. In addition to this, you can always Email J.P. at email@example.com if you are looking for a specific instrument, and he can help you to connect with the right people.
- Put down your part first. This will allow them to get a feel for what you are trying to create.
- Give them a description of what you need from them. If they don’t know what you need, they won’t know what to add and will wait for more instruction from you.
- Give them permission to record in a few different ideas. This will get the ball rolling.
- Find out what time they can log in at, and you log in too. You can then work together in real-time as if you are sitting beside each other.
- They will only see the studio chat comments whenever they enter the studio, so keep the communication going in other ways.
Do we have to be online at the same time to collaborate on a project to
No you don’t. You can add your bit when you are online and they can add their bit when they are online. Saying that, if you are both online at the same time it will speed up the creation process as you will both be able to see everything in real-time.
If I invite a friend to collaborate, what do they get access to?
They will only get access to the tracks in the Project you invite them into. They get full permission to collaborate only on that track.
How do I open a previous project I was working on?
If you navigate to the Studio from your profile, it will automatically open the last project you were in. Once you are in the studio, in the top right you will see a hamburger menu’ Click this and then click ‘open project.’ Once you click on this, you will see the 5 most recent projects you are working on in order of the most recent. If you want to find another one, just click the ‘all projects’ button to go to the projects page.
Is there a limit to the amount of friends I can invite to a project?
There are no limits.
If I create a track with other musicians, who owns the track?
In the current version of Melosity, this will be up to you to work out. You are collaborating with people you already know so we assume you don’t record every track with your friends for commercial purposes. In the case that you do, you will just need to work that out separately however you normally would away from the Melosity studio.
If you book a platinum user and pay for their services, you own the rights to the project, unless you make some alternative arrangements.
How do I get back to My profile from the Studio?
The studio opens up on its own tab, so you can just navigate back to the profile tab. If for some reason you have closed that tab, you can click the Melosity logo on the top left of your studio screen, and this will take you to the landing page, where there is a link to My Profile.