Creatives

The tools found in Creatives allow teachers and students to practice composition, improvisation, and notation for a creative music-making experience.

QBackBeat Lite

QBackBeat Lite allows you to create drum grooves by clicking on the white segments next to a variety of percussion instruments: Kick Drum, Snare, Floor Tom, and Hi-Hat.

To use QBackBeat Lite:

  • Select the segments you would like to fill with sound and playback your work by clicking the Play button.
  • You can adjust the tempo settings by clicking Moderato.
  • Click Menu to Save, Make an MP3, or Download.

QComposer Lite

QComposer Lite allows you to create melodies and chords by simply dragging notes to the staff.

To use QComposer Lite:

  • Select a note from the note options and drag it to a line or space on the staff.
  • To adjust the accidentals, select the flat, natural, or sharp sign.
  • You can adjust the tempo settings by clicking Moderato.

QGrooves Lite

QGrooves Lite allows you to create accompaniment by dragging loop tiles to the instrument grid. In this Creative, you can add loops for Keyboards, Synth, Drums, Percussion, and Bass.

To use QGrooves Lite:

  • To select a genre, click the yellow arrow next to Rock and make your selection.
  • You can adjust the tempo settings by clicking Moderato.
  • To adjust the key of the song, click a piano key.
  • Click Menu to Save, Make an MP3, or Download.

QStrum

QStrum allows you to create guitar, ukulele, or bass chord progressions by selecting chords and rhythm patterns.

To use QStrum:

  • To change the instrument for your piece, select the instrument tile on the left and choose between guitar, ukulele, or bass options.
  • Choose a strum pattern tile and drag it to the staff or add individual strum durations.
  • To adjust the chords, click one of the chord options before dragging your strum pattern or strum duration tiles into place.
  • You can adjust the tempo settings by clicking Moderato and making your selection.
  • Use the yellow buttons in the bottom left to either repeat, rewind, or play back your piece.
  • You can also toggle the mirror view in order to see a mirrored version of the playback.

QSynth

QSynth allows you to explore waveforms and synthesized sound. In this Creative, you can make adjustments to the Waveform, Amplitude, Phase, Harmonies, or even Detune the sound using the dials on the right-hand side.

To use QSynth:

  • Use the Zoom dials in the top left to adjust the size of the waveform.
  • The tone settings can be used to adjust the volume as well as the pan.
  • Toggle the Sound Profile on to see the Amplitude of the wave over Time.
  • Make additional adjustments to the Sound Profile by using the sliders on the bottom: Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release.
  • Adjust the pitch and octave by using the keys and yellow arrows in the bottom left.

QSoundFx

QSoundFx allows you to create sound effects and backing tracks to Quaver videos or custom videos uploaded by you.

To use QSoundFx:

  • Select a specific Quaver Video or click the Custom Video option.
  • Click Launch to customize the sound effects.
  • Use SuggestedFX to see additional sound clip categories.
  • Use the search bar to search for specific sounds.
  • Drag the sound effects clip to the SFX 1, 2, or 3 at the bottom of the screen. Any recorded audio will appear in the MIC section below.
  • Click Showtime to preview the video.
  • Choose Custom Video to upload or record your video.
  • Saved custom videos will be available in QSoundFX.

SongBrush

SongBrush allows you to draw on the staff with a variety of colors that represent instruments.

To use SongBrush:

  • Select an instrument and use your cursor to draw on the staff.
  • To adjust the instrumentation using the instrument tile.
  • Click Adante to adjust tempo settings.
  • Use the yellow buttons to Repeat or Play your piece.
  • If you need to Erase, Undo, Clear, or View the grid option, use the settings to the right of the Repeat and Play buttons.