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Make a song

Lead track

Now is the time for melody. Instead of writing a big bunch of play and sleep commands over and over again, we’re going to use a shortcut: play_pattern_timed.

Instead of writing:

play :c2
sleep 0.5
play :d2
sleep 0.25
play :e2
sleep 0.75
play :d2
sleep 0.5

you can write:

play_pattern_timed [:c2, :d2, :e2, :d2], [0.5, 0.25, 0.75, 0.5]

The first list [:c2, :d2, :e2, :d2] is a group of notes and the second list [0.5, 0.25, 0.75, 0.5] is a group of breaks in between the notes.

Melody

Create a new live_loop called :melody create a lead theme for your song. If it feel easier, use the play_pattern_timed function to write the melody. You can use the piano also if it helps. Here’s an example:

live_loop :melody do
  play_pattern_timed [:c4, :e4, :f4, :g4, :f4, :e4, :f4, :g4, :f4, :e4, :f4], [0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 1.5, 0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 0.25]
end

Now the whole song could be something like this:

use_bpm 120

live_loop :drums do
  sample :drum_heavy_kick
  sleep 1
  sample :drum_snare_hard
  sleep 1
  sample :drum_heavy_kick
  sleep 1
  sample :drum_snare_hard
  sleep 1
end

live_loop :hihat do
  sample :drum_cymbal_closed
  sleep 0.25
  sample :drum_cymbal_pedal
  sleep 1
end

live_loop :bass do
  use_synth :fm
  play :c2, attack: 0, release: 0.25
  sleep 0.25
  play :c2, attack: 0, release: 0.3
  sleep 2
  play :e2
  sleep 0.75
  play :f2
  sleep 1
end

live_loop :melody do
  play_pattern_timed [:c4, :e4, :f4, :g4, :f4, :e4, :f4, :g4, :f4, :e4, :f4], [0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 1.5, 0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 0.25, 0.25], attack: 0, release: 0.2
end

Yay, that’s a great start! Now go and explore with different melodies, synths and attack: and release: values.