Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Noatikl for iPad pt. 6

In this part of the tutorial, we will finish out the voices for our song with a flute and a vocal choir sound. For these voices we will use another voice type - rhythmic (which is the default for Noatikl).

To add the voices, press the + button on the design window and select Rhythmic to merge in a new voice.

Do this for each voice and name the first, "flute" and the second "vocals". Make sure that flute is connected to MIDI channel 2 and vocals to MIDI channel 3.


For the flute, we want just one part playing but we need to set the rhythm rule and set the pitch to a higher range. The Pitch is set to 55 (higher numbers mean higher notes) and the Pitch Range is set to 32. This determines the highest and lowest notes.

The rhythm rule is set to "All But Dotted" for the flute. Clicking on the rule will show you the note types and you can tweak the probabilities for each duration if you wish.

You'll notice that each grey bar is set to 100% so each of the grey notes is equally likely to play.

For the vocals voice, the rhythm rule is set to slow.

We want the vocals to sing in harmony so we will go to the chord screen and select a chord range. For the vocals, we use a Depth of 1 and a range of 3 which means each note will be between 1 to 4 voices and harmonies.



If we listen now, we should hear a fully harmonized song! In the next part, we'll cover how to perform and record the song.



  1. Thanks Michael. Mine doesn't sound too bad using the basic free SampleTank!

  2. Yeah, you can always replace one patch for another. I think the best bet for virtual MIDI is anything that can handle multiple MIDI channels. I tried a new piece with 3 separate apps and it started bogging down and stuttering - too much for the iPad! Sampletank remains my favorite with Noatikl iPad version. When I want to go bigger, I go to the Desktop Noatikl :).