It’s simple to create song structures in PolyNome.
The basic recipe is:
- Create Presets for the Verse, Chorus, Middle 8, Fills, etc.
- Create a Playlist for the song.
- Click the + button in the top right of the Playlist and click to add the Presets in the order they occur. Then hit Done.
- Click the gear icon for each item in the playlist and set the Repeats to the appropriate number (e.g. 4 bars of the verse, 2 bars of the bridge, etc.)
- Finally, click the Playlist Controls row at the bottom and turn on AutoAdvance and Play When Advancing.
Take a look at the video to see these steps in action.
How Playlists Work
It’s useful to know how playlists work behind the scenes in PolyNome.
When you add a Preset to a Playlist PolyNome creates a hidden copy of that Preset.
That means you can make changes to different versions of the Preset in the Playlist without affecting the others.
However, PolyNome knows where there are Presets with the same name. You also have the option to make changes to all Presets with the same name when you make changes. That means you can easily update a groove, or sounds in a pattern, across all copies of the same Preset no matter where they are.
Watch this video to see an example..
Playlist Power Tips
Let’s say you’re in a progressive rock band and you want to use PolyNome to create a click track for a song you play that has different time signatures.
The main verse and chorus are in 4/4, but the guitar solo is in 7/8. After that, it goes back to 4/4.
You can use the same recipe as above to set up this click.
BUT… what if the guitar solo isn’t a set length? Maybe the guitarist wants to play for 16 bars some nights and 32 bars on other nights.
Watch this video to find out how you can use PolyNome to make this happen.