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Get in Control: An overview of control elements and settings in Liquid Notes

This is the second video of the "Getting Started" video series. It explains the main control elements that form the user interface in Liquid Notes, and their operation. Also, the video takes a look at the different settings available to you.

It's important to us that you have an easy start with Liquid Notes and get to understand the concept of the user interface as quickly as possible. This enables you to get more out of our intelligent music production tool, and have more fun with it.

Basic control elements in Liquid Notes

The operation of the vertical sliders (controllers) and the function buttons were covered in last week's article focussing on a general overview of Liquid Notes. This is a continuation of it, looking at the loop bar, scroll bar, and the cursor.

The loop bar sits atop the chord symbols. It is used to select a sequence of chord regions for playback. If active, it is displayed in a bright blue. If it's inactive, it shows as a dark gray. It is activated by clicking on the upper area of the loop bar or by clicking on the loop symbol that can be found to the right of to the transport bar symbols (back, stop, play).

Shift position of the loop bar by holding down and moving the bar left or right. Extend or shrink the selection of chord regions by clicking on the upper corners of the loop bar and dragging it to the side. Place the bar anywhere on the timeline by holding down and selecting an area on the timeline.

Place the cursor by clicking anywhere on the timeline. Activate the button "follow cursor during playback" to prevent the cursor from jumping out of sight while the song is in playback.

Use the scroll bar to zoom in or out of your song by dragging its ends to the left or right. Move to different parts of your song by dragging the scroll bar. Note that if the zoom level is too low, controllers may disappear and are marked as blue chord areas.

Settings in Liquid Notes

The menu allows you to open the general settings window, or to jump directly to routing and reharmonization settings.

In general settings, uncheck "limit available chords" to access significantly more chords for substitution. The extended set also contains rather uncommon chords, so the default setting for your project is set to limit the available chords for substitution.

The routing settings give you options for handling the instruments of the built-in synthesizers and for connecting Liquid Notes to a sequencer. Use it to reassign instruments and to mute or solo them.
You may also access the instrument settings directly by clicking on the quick access button on the menu bar.

Check the ReHarmonize settings if you think there is an error in the automatic detection of instruments or if you want to change the behavior of individual tracks:

  • "Drums/static" blocks selects tracks from any alteration.
  • "Fit to root" is recommended for bass tracks.
  • "Fit to scale" makes the selected track behave like a melody.
  • "Fit to chord" makes notes in the respective track gravitate towards the chord notes rather than "free melody notes".
  • "Add tension" selects the track to produce additional tension notes.

More detailed information is available in the user manual of Liquid Notes!

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