Samplitude Academy – Creating and Editing MIDI Objects

Creating a new MIDI object

Step 1: To add a new MIDI object at the playback marker position on the selected track, go to “Object” and select “New MIDI Object”.

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Step 2: A dropdown menu will appear where you can choose a template for the MIDI object. The selection includes templates for drum parts, MIDI phrases such as filter sweeps and empty MIDI objects of various lengths.

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To create a MIDI object with a customized length, proceed as follows:

Step 1: In the Grid and Marker Bar drag out a range to the length that the MIDI object will have. We’ll go with a length of three and a half bars.

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To set the range precisely we’ll activate the grid function and set it to quarter note steps.

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Step 2: Select the option “New MIDI Object in range” from the “Object” menu.

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The new MIDI object will appear in the selected track.

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Inverting a melody

Step 1: First we’ll create a MIDI object by going to „Object“ > „New MIDI object“ > „MIDI Phrases“ > „MIDI6 Oct Seq 16th“. Have a listen to the sequence. This will work well with a piano sound which we can generate using the MAGIX “Vita” synth as the playback device.

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Step 2: Double-clicking on the MIDI object opens the MIDI Editor – either in the Docker or in its own window. If you want to move the display out of the Docker, simply drag the MIDI Editor tab out of the Docker or double-click on the tab.

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The corresponding dialog window will now appear as a separate window. This window can be returned to the Docker by double-clicking on the window header or dragging it back to the tab bar.

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Step 3: Now select the option „Melody Inversion“ in the MIDI Editor.

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When the MIDI Editor is docked, the menus can be opened by right-clicking on an open space on the screen.

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The result is a mirror image of the sequence.

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As you can see, the MIDI sequence in the object and the MIDI Editor has been inverted with respect to the pitch of the notes. Each downward progression is now an upward progression and vice versa.

Step 4: You can also invert individually selected MIDI events. To do this we’ll click on the last four events while holding down the Ctrl key. The last selected note in this example is C3.

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Step 5: Now select the MIDI function „Melody Inversion“ in the MIDI Editor.

As you can see and hear, the last four notes are mirrored upwards relative to the C3.

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Step 6: Use the keyboard shortcut „Ctrl + Z“ to undo the last step and then select the four events again this time with C1 as the last note.

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Step 7: Now select the MIDI function „Melody Inversion“ again.

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This time the events will be mirrored downwards relative to the C1.

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Retrograde (Reverse)

Step 1: First we’ll create a new MIDI object („Object“ > „New MIDI Object“ > „empty 1 Bar“), open the MIDI Editor, and then draw a pentatonic sequence (C – E – F – A – B – C) as 16th notes.

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Step 2: Now switch to the Combi-Tool mode and make sure that no events have been selected.

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Step 3: Now go to „MIDI Functions“ > „Retrograde (Reverse)“ in the MIDI Editor.

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As you can see by the pattern of the note sequence, the events have been reversed. The sequence of notes will now be played backwards. The result is a mirror image on the vertical axis.

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Step 4: To finish off we now want to play back in reverse only the notes in the third bar. To do this we’ll use the Combi-Tool to draw a rectangle around the notes we want to select

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and then select the “Retrograde (Reverse)” function again.

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You can use this method to play any passages you want in reverse.

 

We hope you have a lot of fun creating your own melodies using MIDI sequences!

Your Samplitude Team

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