Piano Roll: How to Use the MIDI Piano in Your DAW (2/2)


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How you can use the piano roll in your DAW to write tracks

4. Deactivate or mute

Muting notes in your piano roll is a straightforward editing idea—it’s an effective way to audition different concepts and get an idea of what different notes do when added or removed out of your association.

Deactivating or muting will work in another way relying on the DAW you utilize, however, omitting a note to assist with experimenting is always an excellent helpful approach to determine what’s wanted in your association.

5. Multi MIDI editing

Multi MIDI editing is another tool you need to use in most DAWs to edit the MIDI data despatched to a number of devices on different tracks.

In FL Studio, for instance, you may choose a number of devices and see the MIDI notes for each stacked on top of each others.

This makes it very easy to see how your association strains up between every instrument—particularly for those who’re utilizing a number of devices with different timbres.

The identical could be finished in Ableton Live by choosing a number of clips and opening the MIDI editor within the clip view.

6. Quantize and groove pool

One of the powerful elements of utilizing digital music production software is that it provides you with a ton of power to appropriate (or simulate) human error.

That’s why the quantize tool within the piano roll is so highly effective, it makes it tremendous straightforward to fix any errors when recording your keystrokes into the DAW.

In most DAWs you may control quantized ranges to retain among the human feels in your recordings as a substitute for quantizing to a 100% robotic stage.

And, if you want to quantize whatever’s written in your piano roll to a specific groove or swing, most DAWs include a groove pool that can quantize your MIDI elements to a specific feel.

7. Scale lock

Scale lock is probably one of the most helpful aspects of the modern piano roll.

With scale lock, you may set your grid to solely present notes from a selected key or scale.

So, for those who’re working in A minor, you may scale lock to solely present the notes that belong to the A minor scale.

Or if you want to write melodies in a mode, like the Lydian mode, for instance, you may scale lock the piano roll to solely present the notes belonging to the mode.

When it’s impossible to play a fallacious note, experimenting with different scales modes will get so much simpler!

Some DAWs like FL Studio and Ableton will even supply solutions about what note to play subsequent within the scale locked piano roll to assist with writing complementary bass lines or melodies.

8. Chord packs and melody packs

MIDI packs are one other fairly useful tool for sparking inspiration within the piano roll.

When you’re not tremendously up to date with your chord concept, there are tons of pre-arranged MIDI chord progressions that you may obtain for free and drag and drop into the piano roll.

For instance, we’ve covered lofi chord progressions with included free MIDI packs in previous articles.

The coolest part is that once you have the chords copied into your DAW, you’ve got complete freedom to play around with and be aware to find the voicing that matches the rest of your association’s best.

MIDI packs are tremendously nice to get your inventive juices flowing—however, don’t allow them to restrict your creativity, just because a MIDI pack claims to be theoretically sound doesn’t imply it’s more “proper” than any of your concepts.

9. Reverse and invert

From what I can inform this characteristic is unique to Ableton—however, the concept behind it’s positively replicable in different DAWs utilizing copy and paste.

In Ableton’s piano roll there’s a reverse button and an invert button that can both reverse or change the inversion of any chosen vary of MIDI notes within the piano roll.

That is glorious for experimentation—particularly for those who’re less knowledgeable about music theory and struggle with discovering fascinating inversions.

Roll one up

The piano roll is a large part of working inside a DAW, particularly when writing and recording with MIDI devices.

This visual illustration of your music is extremely powerful when it comes to writing and modifying your concepts—so takes some time to get to know it.

There are so many methods to make use of piano rolls, whether it’s easy editing, drawing in concepts, or utilizing a MIDI pack.

So, dive in and begin exploring the piano roll in your DAW!

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