5 Quick Tips To Get The Most Out Of The Chord Composer
1. Add Width To Your Chords
Adding width to your progressions not only gives your chords more depth, but it also provides you with extra room to edit chord voicings, allowing you to add colour to your arrangement. A simple way of doing this is by swapping the inverted root note with another nearby note which fits the chord. The Chord Composer makes this very easy with the Note Adder, as it only allows you to add notes which are compatible with the chord you are editing.
In the example below, I used the Chord Composer to create a simple chord progression of I - I - IV - II in F# Minor, with a repetitive 1 bar rhythm. I changed the lowest root note for the F#3- chord from F#2 to A2, and the B3- chord's inverted note from B2 to F#2. This was done by using the Note Adder to the add the extra notes to the chords in question, and then zeroing out the velocities of the notes I wanted to exclude. Whilst the change was very subtle, it added alot more character to the progression.
The best part is that when you use the Chord Composer to export the MIDI file to your DAW, the zero velocity notes are automatically excluded, meaning you don't have to do any more editing in your workstation.
2. Use The Pattern Generator As The Foundation For Building Your Chord Progressions
Once you've selected the chords you want to include in your arrangement, you will then have to customise the rhythm in order to fit the song you are composing for. This is where the Chord Composer's Pattern Generators come in handy, as they allow you to apply and customise your own rhythmic patterns during live playback, so you can tailor the progression to your track.
In the video below, we demonstrate how you can use the Chord Composer's Pattern Generator to create a fully personalised chord progression around an existing vocal arrangement.
3. Make The Most of the Progression Stacker
The Progression Stacker allows you to manage and switch between all the progressions you currently have in your workspace. It also allows you to easily copy and paste between progression by simply dragging and dropping the progression you are pasting. This can be very useful for storing and auditioning between different progression ideas, in order to asses which of your arrangements work better in your current track.
4. Audition Different Chord Voicings
It can be very easy to get stuck auditioning the same chord progressions over and over again. This is why we have made it so easy to audition different chord voicings within your existing progressions. The Chord Composer's intelligent Chord Transposer allows you to apply different chord complexities to any progression currently in the Chord Sequencer Grid, simply by changing the settings within the Chord Generator or Chord Editor Tab.
In the example below, we use the Chord Transposer to alter the original chord progression from using seven chords to nine chords. As you can see, the Chord Composer swapped out all chords requiring a changes whilst leaving all existing start, length and velocities settings unchanged. This can be especially useful for auditioning different complexities during live playback.
Before: Seven Chords
After: Nine Chords
There is nothing worse than have a robotic sounding chord progression serving as the foundation for your track. Even very subtle changes in the velocities and positioning of your chords' notes can have a huge impact on the final sound of your progression. This is why we recommend using the Chord Composer's velocity humanisation to give your chords a more immediate human feel.