What is the Melosity?
Melosity is an online platform where musicians can create music and invite other people to collaborate on the projects they are creating.
Why is Melosity an online studio rather than a 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.
Is there a Melosity app?
There is no app yet, but we have plans to build one in the near future. If you have any features you would like to see in the app, you can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 channel?
An audio channel is a layer of a track in which you record different parts of a song. Each channel contains a separate track of streaming audio. For example, you record in your first track (eg. drums) and then the second track would be another audio stream (eg. Guitar) and the third (eg. Vocals) brings the track together. As you get more creative you can add lots of channels, each adding tiny additions to give a different feel to the track. You can add your first channel by clicking the ‘record’ or ‘upload’ button on the left. You can also add a new channel by going to the ‘edit’ tab and clicking the ‘add empty channel’ tab.
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. If you have tracks already recorded into the project, they will not change to the new tempo and you will need to re-record them.
How do I create a new channel?
You can create a new channel in a few different ways:
1. Click the ‘upload’ or ‘record’ button on the left
2. Go to the ‘edit’ tab at the top and click ‘add empty channel.’
3. Right click below the record or upload button on the left and choose ‘add empty channel.’
How do I split a sample/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 wherever the playhead is over it. If the playhead is not over the track, the ‘split at playhead’ option will be disabled. Move the track over it and click the edit button again.
How do I extend/duplicate a track?
Hover over the sample you want to duplicate, click the ‘edit’ button, then click duplicate.
How do I get a track to snap to grid?
The snap to grid feature allows you to get your loop 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 channel?You can solo a channel by clicking the headphone button on any channel on the left. You can mute a channel by clicking the volume’ button on any channel 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 different levels of audio synchronization. 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 it had to be done 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 acoustic guitarist.
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 to the left of the record button on the bottom. Just select it from the ‘source’ drop down menu.
For some Mac users it may not be there. All you have to do is go to the apple logo on the top left, then choose ‘system preferences’ and then click the ‘sound’ icon. You will need to change the input to the audio interface that’s connected. If you have headphones connected directly into the audio interface, you will also need to select the interface as your output device.
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 you 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 the 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 edit tab, click ‘download track’ and then choose either ‘wav’ or ‘mp3’ as you format to download it in.
Download only certain channels - click the ‘S’ button on the left channel’s that you want to download. This stands for ‘solo’ and only the channels with this button clicked will download. Once this is done, you can then go to the ‘edit’ tab and click the ‘download track’ button. It will then only download the channels that were soloed. They will download as one audio file not separately
Download each audio channel separately - You can solo one channel at a time and then download them separately. We are currently developing a ‘batch download’ feature that will allow you to do it all in one go so bare with us as this is being developed.
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 contact them through their profile page
The second option is to login and then click the newsfeed button on the top right of your profile. Here you can post a message for what you are looking or search through other peoples messages and if there is a project that suits you, reach out to them directly.
How do I invite a friend to collaborate?
You can invite a friend to collaborate on a track by clicking the “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:
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 (email, whatsapp...etc..).
Do we have to be online at the same time to collaborate on a project together?
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 track 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?
Open the studio. On 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 by 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.
We are always trying to improve the platform. If you have a question and can’t find the answer, drop us a line to email@example.com or just message us in the live messenger in the bottom right.