From the eComposer Settings screen you can model your melody, through four intuitive controls that adjust:
- the range of notes used
- the character of the melody
- the density of notes
- the movement of the melody
Style control selects the type of style used. You can choose between 24 different modes.
Values can be changed using the [-] and [+] buttons, or by clicking in the actual value and using the keypad of your device. Holding down the name of each control, a window appears explaining its function.
Entering the Settings screen forces the creation of a new composition.
If you want to keep the melody with which you were working, save it first in Midi File format, if you want a carbon copy, or in Preset format, which saves your current configuration.
Selects the note range used by eComposer. An octave consists of 12 consecutive notes (from C to C, for example). eComposer uses a maximum of 8 octaves (96 notes). The portion of the keyboard is chosen randomly, but you can raise or lower the general tone of the melody on the Main screen with the keyboard. The default is 3 octaves.
Some instruments, due to their own nature, may stop sounding in the highest or lowest zones.
Values between 1 and 8 octaves.
Modules the melodic coherence of the composition.
At its minimum, the notes of the melodic line have not big jumps in tone, creating a more coherent and predictable melody. For example, a C will be followed by a D or an E. At their peak the jumps in tone between the notes are more pronounced, producing more incoherent melodies, but also more interesting effects.
With values close to 1, the notes of the melody tend to be tonally near each other. With values close to 100 jumps between notes are very marked.
Values between 1 and 100
Define the density of notes, or what is the same, the number of notes per second the composition will have.
In their minimum values long-term notes have a preference, creating melodies with few notes, which may be more appropriate for intimate music, romantic, contemplative, etc.
At their peak, short-term notes have a preference, resulting in more dynamic and more notes per second, which is more appropriate for action musics. Except at the extreme values, the duration of the notes is not uniform throughout the composition.
Some instruments, such as precussion, pianos and guitars do it right with shorter notes -high density. Other instruments such as violins, flutes and organs do it better with long notes -less density.
Values between 1 and 100
Defines the ascending or descending movement of the melody.
In their threshold levels, the melody tends to follow the same direction up or down for as long as possible, depending on the chosen number of octaves.
At their peak, changes direction, up and down constantly.
Values between 1 and 10
Sets the duration of the melody.
The maximum duration is 59 minutes and 59 seconds and the minimum is set to 5 seconds.
Limited to 20 seconds in the lite version
Style / Create
Style lets you select an scale upon which to construct your melody. Experience with the 24 styles provided by eComposer.
Clicking Create button, eComposer creates a new melody and opens the Main screen.
Depending on the length chosen, eComposer may take a few seconds to compose the melody.
On a Motorola Dext mobile (an old model) with Android 1.5, creating a tune of 59 minutes with the more complicated setup may take about 7 seconds.