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Captain Melody 3.0 Available Now with Outstanding New Features




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Key New Features in Captain Melody 3.0

Mixed In Key releases Captain Melody 3.0 for Mac and Windows, the latest update to the award-winning Captain Plugins series. Captain Melody 3.0 includes six powerful new tools for writing melodies.

The newest innovation is the ” Idea Box ” that helps craft melodies appropriate for plucks, pianos, analog and VST synths, guitars, voice and other instruments. The resulting melodies can be played by the built-in Captain Plugins sounds, or routed to a virtual instrument of choice.

  • MIDI Import for Melody
  • Captain Chords MIDI Editing
  • Melody 3.0, a comprehensive overhaul of Melody with stunning new creative options
  • Magic Record lets you jam out notes right in your Melody canvas
  • Rhythm Record, jam custom chord rhythms live
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Built for Making Hits

David Guetta wrote the melody and chords for his “Stay (Don’t Go Away)” remix with
R3hab using Captain Melody 3.0 beta. This legendary artist beta-tested the plugin,
helping to ensure Captain Melody 3.0 includes unique tools for creating the melody of a
hit track. “Captain Melody is super convenient for songwriting.” says David Guetta and continues: “I love the color feature that tells you how stable the note is in the scale. It’s cool to see what melodies are suggested when you are looking for a new idea.

New Captain Melody 3.0 Features

  • Import MIDI Files
  • The Idea Box
  • Tension Editor
  • Pencil and Paintbrush for MIDI
  • First Note and Lanes
  • Random “Dice” Button
  • Magic Record
  • Ability to Send MIDI to VST’s
  • New Presets Inspired by the latest Spotify Charts

Let’s take a look at what is new in Version 3 in more detail. New killer features for me are The Idea Bo, the possibility to import MIDI Files, and that new presets are motivated by the latest Spotify Charts.

The Idea Box

Create and Edit your melodies with the Idea Box. It’s our most powerful invention. An array of parameters affect the melody’s rhythm, cadence, complexity, tonality and much more. Create arpeggios, change melody shapes, add randomness and experiment with variations of your melody.

Import MIDI Files

Captain Melody 3.0 allows you to import MIDI files and transpose them to the key of your song. Start to work with pre-composed ideas in MIDI files by shaping them to become the main feature in your track.

Tension Editor

Notes on the user interface change color based on the amount of tension they have with the chords. This easy-to-learn color system helps to guide you to create melodies that complement the harmonies and rhythm in your track. Blue notes are stable, green notes add a bit more flavor, yellow notes want to resolve, and red notes are off-key with the track. Editing the MIDI notes inside the editor will automatically update their color to reflect how much tension the melody has with the chord progression created in Captain Chords.

Pencil and Paintbrush for MIDI

Draw in the notes of your melody inside Captain Melody 3.0 using the Pencil Tool. Paint your melodic ideas onto the MIDI editor and draw in polyphonic melodies.

First Note and Lanes

Easily select the note your melody starts on using First Note. Change the probability that note occurs in the melody using Lanes. Choosing “Follow Chords” within Lanes allows the intervals to be based on the chords changes as opposed to just the parent scale.

Random “Dice” Button

Captain Melody 3.0 includes a randomization button in the Idea Box. Click it to try out a randomly generated version of your current selection. It’s an amazing way to fast-track inspiration.

Magic Record

Add in original rhythms to your melodies using Captain Melody 3.0’s all-new record mode. Jam out rhythms on your computer or MIDI keyboard to add even more magic to your music.

Compose with Sounds from the latest Spotify charts

Captain Plugins preset bank has expanded to include a range of captivating new sounds. Choose from one of the updated presets including Plucks, Leads, Keys, Basses, Pads, Guitars and turn your productions into chart-topping hits.

Send MIDI to your favorite software synths

Route the MIDI output from Captain Plugins into all VST and AU units in real-time. Connect Captain Plugins with Kontakt, Massive, Spire, Sylenth, Serum, Roland Cloud, Omnisphere and more. Using your own VST’s and AU plugins expands the creative potential of Captain Melody 3.0 and allows you to own your sound.

Availability and Pricing

Captain Melody 3.0 is a free update for existing Captain Plugins users. Available for Mac and Windows. On Mac, the tool officially supports Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, FL Studio and Cubase on Mac OS 10.10 and higher. On Windows, we support Ableton Live, FL Studio and Cubase.

The entire suite of Captain Plugins can be purchased for $79.

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