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

Flash vs. Non-Flash Creatives

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

The Creatives menu will automatically default to displaying Updated Creatives which do not require the use of Adobe Flash.

If you would still like to use the Classic Creatives that still require Flash, be sure that Flash is enabled on your browser and within Quaver. Those resources can be found in the Classic Creatives tab. The Classic Creatives tab will only appear if you have Flash enabled in your browser. These will be available until Flash goes away completely.

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.

Classic Creatives

QBackBeat

QBackBeat allows you to create drum grooves by clicking on the black squares next to a variety of percussion instruments.

To use QBackBeat:

  • To select different instruments, click the Kit Lab button at the top. Here you can select from the Standard, Hip-Hop, and Rock Kit options.
  • You can also make further adjustments to the genres and rename specific instruments.
  • Adjust individual instrument volume settings by using the options to the right of each instrument.
  • You can adjust the tempo settings by clicking from the options at the top of your screen.
  • Once you have included some items in the instrument grid, you can use the Play, Stop, Rewind, and Volume settings in the top right.
  • If you choose to save your work, be sure to give the piece a new title then click File in the bottom left to Save, Print, or even Make an MP3.

QComposer

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

To use QComposer:

  • Select a note from the note options below and drag it to a line or space on the staff. You also have the option of clicking directly on the keyboard at the bottom of your screen.
  • For pre-built chord and melody patches, click Chord Builder or Melody Maker, select a patch, and drag it to the staff.
  • To adjust the Dynamics, Accidentals, Step-Thru, or Patch, click the corresponding button and make your selection.
  • You can adjust the tempo settings by clicking from the options at the top of your screen.
  • Once you have included some melodies or chords in your piece, you can use the Play, Stop, Rewind, and Volume settings in the top right.
  • If you choose to save your work, be sure to give the piece a new title then click File in the bottom left to Save, Print, or even Make an MP3.

QGrooves

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

To use QGrooves:

  • Select an instrument category on the left to view the more specific instrument options.
  • Make adjustments to the Chord and Duration by selecting a key on the keyboard and indicating whether you would like 4-beat or 2-beat grooves.
  • To select a different genre, scroll through the Style options and make your selection.
  • You can adjust the tempo settings by clicking from the options at the top of your screen.
  • Once you have included some groove loops, you can use the Play, Stop, Rewind, and Volume settings in the top right.
  • If you choose to save your work, be sure to give the piece a new title then click File in the bottom left to Save, Print, or even Make an MP3.

QStrum

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

To use QStrum Classic:

  • To change the instrument, select from the options listed on the left.
  • To adjust the chords, simply click one of the chord options.
  • Choose a strum pattern tile and drag it to the staff or add individual strum durations.
  • You can adjust the tempo settings by clicking from the options at the top of your screen.
  • You can also toggle the mirror view on in order to see a mirrored version of the playback.
  • Once you have included some rhythms on the staff, you can use the Step-Thru Practice, Play, Stop, Rewind, and Volume settings in the top right.
  • If you choose to save your work, be sure to give the piece a new title then click File in the bottom left to Save, Print, or even Make an MP3.

QSynth

QSynth Classic allows you to explore waveforms and synthesized sound. Here 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 Classic:

  • 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.
  • Make additional adjustments to the Sound Profile by using the sliders on the bottom: Volume, Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release.
  • Adjust the pitch and octave by using the keys and yellow arrows in the bottom left.
  • If you choose to save your work, be sure to give the piece a new title then click File in the bottom left to Save, Print, or even Make an MP3.

SongBrush

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

To use SongBrush Classic:

  • Simply select an instrument and use your cursor to draw on the staff. 
  • You can adjust the tempo settings by clicking from the options at the bottom left of your screen.
  • If you need to Play, Erase, Undo, Clear, or see the Notation View, use the Settings to the right of the tempo settings.
  • If you choose to save your work, be sure to give the piece a new title then click File in the bottom left to Save, Print, or even Make an MP3.

QSoundFX

QSoundFX Classic allows you to create sound effects and backing tracks to Quaver videos.

To use QSoundFX Classic:

  • When selecting a Quaver Video, click Preview if you choose to watch the video clip before making your selection.
  • Once you make your selection, 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 or browser allow.
  • On the left-hand side, click the arrow next to Video Sound FX to see additional sound clip categories: People, Outdoors, Sounds, Home/Auto, or Music.
  • 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 Play, Stop, Rewind, and Volume settings in the top right to hear your work.
  • Once you are done, click Showtime to see the video and sound effects in action.
  • If you choose to save your work, be sure to give the piece a new song title then click File in the bottom left to Save, Print, or even Make an MP3.

QDancer

QDancer allows you to choreograph your own dance routine.

To use QDancer:

  • From the QDancer landing page, select a Dance Style: Ballet or Hip-Hop.
  • Depending on your selection, you will be given a variety of specific dance moves to choose from and link together to create a choreographed performance.
  • All moves will fall into either Stationary, Traveling, or Transitions categories.
  • You can also select specific Costumes and Scenery using the menu on the far right.
  • Once you have included some dance moves, you can use the Play, Stop, Rewind, and Volume settings in the top right.
  • When you have made your final selections, click Showtime to see the full dance in action.

QSkits

QSkits allows you to create short skits using the busts made famous in the Quaver Essentials videos: Debussy, Vivaldi, and Beethoven.

To use QSkits:

  • You can choose from the following script items categories: Dialogue, Costumes, Animation, Scenery, and even Record your own audio content.
  • Make your selection and drag the script item to the script on the left-hand side to get started.
  • Once you have included some items in the script, you can use the Play, Stop, Rewind, and Volume settings.
  • When you have made your final selections, click Showtime to see the full skit in action.

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