Share on ... Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Pinterest Telegram × RapidComposer Basic Concept & Funcionality RapidComposer (RC) is used to produce compositions quickly using MIDI phrases. It is not meant to, and cannot mix, or master music. Once a composition have been finished, it can be exported as a MIDI, WAV, or AIFF file. These files can then be imported into a DAW for mixing and mastering. RC can also be used as a VST plugin inside your favorite DAW, for synching up audio and virtual instrument tracks (and vocals) with your RapidComposer compositions. Additionally, you can drag-n-drop entire Compositions or separate tracks to your DAW as MIDI files. Before you start using RC, it is important to understand exactly what a Composition consists of. A Composition is a collection of one or more Tracks, each which contains an Instrument (SoundFont, VSTi, or MIDI) controlled by a Phrase or Phrase Generator. Tracks are common to the whole composition, and, like DAWs, combine to produce a musical arrangement with harmony and melody. The basic unit of composition is a Phrase, which is a sequence of notes and/or chords (i.e. notes in parallel). Most commonly, phrases are created and extensively manipulated by using a Generator. There are 10 common Generators in RC: Bass Generator (melody in a lower octave, resembling a bass guitar performance) Chord Generator (simple rhythms: quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, etc.) Fingerpicking Generator (guitar-style patterns/arpeggios) Generic Generator (piano-like patterns that can be easily manipulated rhythmically, based on a series of variables) Melody Generator (generates melodies that intelligently fit over any chord or key. Not available in LE version) Phrase Morpher (intelligently connects Generators/Phrases, via voice-leading/analyzation. Not available in LE version) Rest Generator (NEW! Use in the Idea Tool to inserts rests in the composition) Piano Run Generator (rhythmically rich arpeggios running up and down chords, similar to the piano playing of P. Glass) Dyads Run Generator (generates a MIDI run, specifically by interval… commonly a “thirds run”, similar to the bridge of “Let It Be”, but could also be any interval or more than two notes) Strings Staccato Generator (creates beautiful staccato patterns, perfect for orchestral and string quartet arrangements) You can also create a phrase manually (in Note Mode, by entering with mouse or recording from a MIDI keyboard). Furthermore, you are able to save custom phrases with RC. Generators and the Phrase Browser are covered in detail in Chapter 1. Commonly, you will start with a Generator and tweak it, as this is the fastest way to get ideas going in RC. There are two types of tracks utilized in RapidComposer: Standard Tracks (MIDI) – Contain notes/chords/phrases for a particular Instrument. These track types are the bread and butter of RapidComposer. Audio Tracks – Audio track implementation is very basic with limited functionality (no pitch-detection or timestretch/tempo-matching). 16-bit/44.1 or 48 WAV and AIFF import only. Useful for sound effect placement, perfectly-chopped drum loops with a known, solid tempo, or for non-harmonic sounds.