Quick start

Start Compose!

We assume you have correctly downloaded and installed Compose!.

When you start Compose! you will see a Window that consists of four parts: the menu bar, the vector view, the composition view and the MIDI view. The vector view presents consists of two parts: a choice of vector (the very left) and the vector panel with selected vectors. By clicking on a vector a copy is made in the vector panel. If you click a vector in the vector panel and next in the clips panel a clip is created from the selected vector. Just press play and the clip is played. Created music is display in the MIDI view.

Some people like to have a clean simple view when editing their composition. By pressing F11 you can switch between normal and minimalistic view.

Make your first music

In this example you will learn how to create a vector, make a clip and play it. We will use the sinus as an example, because this illustrates nicely some aspects of computer generarted music. Just quit and start Compose! to have a clean layout.

  • Click at the sinus vector button in the vector choice.
  • see a vector in the selected vector view. It is a nice sinus.
  • There a vage outline in the left upper corner of the clip view. Click in the clip view. At that spot a clip is inserted with a sinus drawn in it (see the picture in the previous paragraph).
  • Press play and try to understand why you hear what you hear.

Intermezzo: editing the clip

Moving a clip around
  • When you click on the clip and drag it you can move the clip around. In this way you can change the time that a clip starts to play.
  • A clip can be made shorter or longer by clicking and dragging its resize handle.
Quick editing a clip

When you move over the clip a panel with several buttons appears above the clip: the so called quick-buttons (see image above). You wiull see these extremely often so that's why a short explanation now is useful.

When you have created a clip it appears as a small piano roll. When you move over the clip a panel with several buttons appears above the clip: the so called quick-buttons. One of the buttons is the play button: click it and this clip will play. Above the clip view you see two rows of buttons, The first row are the play controls. When pressing the play button all clips will play.

  • Edit - when clicking this button the clip switches to edit mode
  • duplicate this clip
  • save this clip as MIDI file
  • Play - the clip starts to play, when pressed it changes into Stop
  • stop playing, when pressed it changes into Play
  • link this clip to a another clip; click this button, next to the clip to link to
  • unlink - remove the link to this clip
  • mute - mute this clip, when a clip is muted ni MIDI evfents are sent to the MIDI view
  • delete this clip

Changing the music

Changing durations

Changing the note durations is quite simnpel. This example learns you how to change the durations with the Sinus vector.

View Explanation
Click at the Sinus vector and start dragging it towards the clip for which you want to change the durations.
Drag it over the clip, this opens itself into the clip editor. Just move it to the duration aspect and drop it there.
The clip editor closes itself and the newly added vector is applied. See how the length of the notes differ.
Clip Editor

The clip editor is opened by clicking the edit button . The three button left below are the so called aspects. These can be changed by any vector you wish. Simply drag and drop a vector from the edit view on one of the aspects. An existing vector will be replaced. If you want to get rid of a vector on an aspect button, just drag and drop it to the trash area. For aspects without vectors defaults apply(more on that later [bookmarken!]).

In the clip editor the instrument can be changed as well. Click at the instrument drop down box, scroll to the desired instrument and on playback the clip produces different music. When a drum sound is selected the clip changes to a drum, the same applies to selecting a MIDI controller and a chord sound. There is more to clips than treated now but that will be treated more thoroughly in the clip editor.

All important subjects have now been treated for Compose!. You can start composing music now right away. In the user manual more topics are treated.

manual_quick.txt · Last modified: 2014/06/17 21:53 (external edit)
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