repost from @productionmusiclive - Sometimes we know what kind of feeling we want to create in a song, but we can not come up with the right melody. If you find a cool vocal, synth, piano or saxophon loop, that sets the emotional tone and has the desired sound, but does not have the melodic structure you are looking for.
There is an easy trick, using Ableton`s simpler and an arpeggiator to generate some ideas, you probably would not have come up with.
Step 1: find loop
First you need to find the loop you want to work with. It should contain some clear tonal material, but can also have some ghost notes or crackles (like in- or exhaling) to add unique textures. Now load this whole loop into a simpler and hit the slice button. This will create individual one shots, starting at each transient, that can now be played with your MIDI controller or laptop keyboard, like a normal plugin.
Step 2: arpeggiator
Create a MIDI clip on your track and draw long MIDI notes, so the arpeggiator has something to work with. Now load the arpeggiator and set it to a mode you like - this technique works well with “diverge”, “converge” or “play order”. Tweak the arp until you like it and apply some effects, to give your melody more depth - the classics like reverb, delay and chorus will get you good results.
Try playing around with the transpose button within the clip, to give your melody a climax - transpose it 12 semitones after the first 2 hooks, to create some variation. .
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