1. Play piano on computer keyboard
Select "Show Key Assignments" in the "Options" menu. Now you can see which piano key corresponds to which key on your computer keyboard. Play piano by pressing some keys: start slowly with a simple melody.
You can shift the position of the QWERTY keys one or two octaves on the virtual piano keyboard by using the [F5], [F6], and [F7] keys. [F5] is the default position (see image below), [F6] is one octave higher, and [F7] is two octaves higher.
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Troubleshooting: Computer keyboard to piano keyboard assignment.
The [Space] key emulates the effect of a sustain pedal for the lead instrument. If held down, the sound will be sustained.
The lead instrument can be shifted by one or two octaves in either direction with the [Page Up] and [Page Down] keys. The A, B, C tones can be activated/deactivated quickly with the [F1], [F2], and [F3] keys. Finally, the bass and rhythm part can be switched on/off with [F9] and [F10], respectively.
2. Play piano with the mouse
The basics are fairly simple: the left mouse button hits the piano keys. But there's more:
Hold down the right mouse button for legato mode. In this mode, the piano key last hit by the mouse will be held until
a new one is hit. This way you have time to move to the next piano key while the actual note is still sounding.
Also try out the Dragging Mouse Plays Piano option in the Options menu. If this is enabled, you can play the piano keys simply by moving the mouse over the piano keyboard while holding down the left mouse button.
3. Creative live sequencing, transitions
Use the Rhythm, Bass, and Arp switches in a dynamic way within your songs. For example, you can start with a lead instrument arpeggio, then switch on the bass, and finally the rhythm.
Use your computer keyboard to switch tones and accompaniment parts quickly. See Play piano on computer keyboard.
Change volumes, tempo, and shuffle while the accompaniment is playing to create interesting transitions between different instruments, the accompaniment, or various tempos. You can also experiment with more arpeggios running in hold mode. The possibilities are endless.
4. Mixing the lead sound
Try different instruments for the A, B, C tones. Experiment with relative volume and transpose parameters.
Apply different panorama values to the different tones for a wider and more open sound.
Experiment with different arpeggios and the hold option. Example: tone A:arpeggio, tone B:arpeggio+hold, tone C:no arpeggio. Create your perfect lead sounds for the various styles you like.
5. Expanding the sound horizon
Try combining different instruments at unusual frequencies. Use the Transpose parameter on the tone settings
page (click the settings symbol on the central orange display) for this. You can transpose any instrument to anywhere between -60 and 60 semitones, which should give you a lot of space for experimentation. Perfect your blend by adjusting the Volume and Panorama parameters. If you have created something unique, save it to a workspace file.
6. Using different music styles within the same song
You can smoothly travel between music styles without changing tempo and shuffle. In order to do this, the Always set tempo & shuffle to default when changing styles option has to be deactivated in the Options window. Also deactivate Default below the Tempo slider. Now, when you change styles, tempo and shuffle will be locked. Of course, this means that some styles will sound very unnatural when played far from their default tempos. However, often you can find certain styles that combine well within the same song.
7. Slight shuffle
Sometimes adding a hardly noticeable shuffle (e.g. 10% or 20%) to the rhythm creates a more human or more vibrant feel. Not all styles are suitable for this. Experiment to find the ones you like!
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