Switch to the chord track

Woovebox interface showing a quick reminder of what chords the low and high keys play.
When switching to the chord track, a brief reminder of the "high" (key 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8) and "low" (key 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16) chords is displayed. In this case the "high" keys all sound minor chords, while thus "low" keys sound suspended second ("Sus2") chords.

Just like we did for the kick drum, hold the value button and short-press the 1/Cd button to switch to the chord (Cd) track.

The use of the chord track is not strictly mandatory, however strongly recommended to make the most of your Woovebox' capabilities; not in the least because it is a very quick, easy and versatile way of creating a professional sounding song. As you get to know your Woovebox better, you are encouraged to learn more about chords and how to relate to music production on your Woovebox.

You don't need to know any music theory however, to start using the chord track; all its functions work just as well if you play or produce music solely "by ear". If you are new to music production, then all you need to know is that a chord progression (cycling between two or more chords) tells a story; it creates tension and resolution over time, creating a strong interest and evoking emotions with your audience. The sort of story you want to tell and the types of emotions (happy, sad, mysterious, etc.) you wish to evoke, are controllable by the chord types, as well as the key your song is in. Many pop songs use 4 chords, some use only 2. There are no set rules, however there are some guidelines that may help.

Like the BPM (tempo) setting, the chords that are playing, flow through to many other aspects, from the way your bass lines and arpeggios play, to sound design and chord lock effects.

Set the root note and scale (optional)

If scales and keys are not something you wish to bother with at this time, it is enough to know for now that your song will be in the C major/A minor key by default (e.g. if you imagine a piano keyboard, all "good sounding" notes will be the white notes). If, however, you wish to set up a custom scale/key for your song, you can do so through the following;

  • Switch to Song mode (hold value knob and short-press 16/A8/SONG).
  • The root note can be set by changing the parameter under key 2/bs. Changing the parameter works in exactly the same way we changed the song's tempo (BPM); hold the key, and turn the value knob.
  • The scale or mode can be set by changing the parameter under key 3/Ld.

For an in-depth look at scales and modes, and how they relate to music production on your Woovebox, please see the scales and modes section.


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