Creatives

Overview

QuaverMusic features a variety of composition tools. This documentation will give you an overview of the composition tools found in the Creatives.

Prerequisites

You should already have a Quaver username and password and be able to access your Teacher Dashboard at QuaverEd.com. If you need login instructions or help to access the dashboard, please reach out to our team at Info@QuaverEd.com. 

Table of Contents

This help article covers:

Navigation

From your Teacher Dashboard, select the Creatives icon. This will load your Creatives Menu. This menu features a variety of resources to use for composition and creation both in the classroom and in student assignments

Where are the Classic Creatives?

QuaverMusic.com is now entirely out of Flash as of December 2020.

While the Classic Creatives (which relied on Adobe Flash) are no longer available, do not fear! We’ve made it easy to download compositions that were created using the Classic Creatives.

The Creatives MP3 Library provides an easy way to download MP3 versions of the compositions you created. You’ll find this library by clicking the Creatives icon on your Teacher or Student Dashboard.

As time goes on, we’ll continue to add additional functionality to the Non-Flash Creatives. Stay tuned!

Updated Creatives

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 play back your work by clicking the Play button.
  • You can adjust the tempo settings by clicking Moderato and making your selection.
  • Add additional measures by clicking the yellow arrows on the bottom right.
  • 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 and making your selection.
  • Click Play to listen to your piece.
  • Add additional measures by clicking the yellow arrows on the bottom right.
  • Click Menu to Save.

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 and making your selection.
  • To adjust the key of the song, click a piano key.
  • Add additional measures by clicking the yellow arrows on the bottom right.
  • 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 specific 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, simply 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 on in order to see a mirrored version of the playback.
  • Add additional measures by clicking the yellow arrows on the bottom right.
  • Click Menu to Save.

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.
  • Click Menu to Save.

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.
  • When selecting a Quaver Video, click Preview if you choose to watch the video clip before making your selection.
  • Click Launch to customize the sound effects.
  • If you choose the Custom Video option, you will be prompted to upload or record your video. Be sure to give your video a title and click Save.
  • Once saved, the custom video will be available in QSoundFX. Here you will be able to drag and drop sound effect clips or even record audio directly into the screen if the microphone settings on your computer and browser allow.
  • On the right-hand side, click the arrow next to SuggestedFX to see additional sound clip categories: People, Outdoors, Sounds, Home/Cars, Music, or All FX options.
  • Use the search bar to search specific sounds.
  • Once you have made your selection, drag the sound effects clip to the SFX 1, 2, or 3 at the bottom of the screen. Any audio you record will appear in the MIC section below.
  • Use the yellow buttons in the bottom left to Repeat, Rewind, or Play back your work.
  • Once you are done, click Showtime to see the video and sound effects in action.
  • Click Menu to Save, Make an MP4, or Download.

SongBrush

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

  • Simply select an instrument and use your cursor to draw on the staff.
  • To adjust the instrumentation, click on the instrument tile and select one of the provided options.
  • Adjust individual instrument volume by using settings below.
  • You can adjust the tempo settings by clicking Andante and making your selection.
  • 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.
  • Click Menu to Save or Make an MP3.

Creatives MP3 Library

QuaverMusic’s Creatives MP3 Library provides an easy way to download MP3 versions of the compositions you created using Quaver’s Classic Creatives. Though these versions of the Creatives are no longer available and can no longer be edited or displayed within Quaver, the audio files are still available for download. Users will be able to download any song that was saved or published from the Flash version of the following applications:

  • QGrooves
  • QComposer
  • QBackBeat
  • QStrum

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