Writing a Song in Caustic

Continued from "Caustic for Andoid - Getting to Know the Sequencer"

Previously, I showed you how to lay down a drum and bass track in Caustic.  In this article, we will add more instruments, and take a look at how to use the effects & mixing boards.

 Let’s pick right up where we left off in the last article, "Caustic for Android - Working with the Sequencer".

Startup Caustic, and load the song 'Mysong'.


Go to the Sequencer Screen, and it should look like this:


Remember in the last article, we created a BASSLINE2 pattern, but we did not yet add it to the song.  Let's do that now.

Press the 1st white box to the right of the BASSLINE2 icon.  Select pattern "A1" and press 'OK'.

As you did before, highlight the pattern and stretch it to the start of the 4th measure:


Press play to hear how it sounds.

Now let's add another instrument, this time a PCMSYTH preset.  Go to the PCMSYNTH1 screen, and press the PRESET field to bring up the INSTRUMENT FILE selection screen:


Pick the preset called 'lead juju', and press LOAD.


Slide the screen to the piano roll view for PCMSYNTH1, and starting on key C4, create the following pattern:


Return to the Sequencer, and add this new pattern, and stretch it to the end of the 4th measure:


Press play.   You'll also notice, that something sounds a little 'off', like it's out of tune.

Bring up the BASSLINE2 screen:


Notice the TUNE dial is cranked fully to the left.  Let's reset that dial to the default tuning by long-pressing the dial.  Hold your finger on the TUNE dial until it flashes, then the dial will be pointing straight up.  Press play again and listen to the difference.

It sounds in tune now, but now the pitch of our bassline is too high.  Go to the PAINO ROLL screen for the BASSLINE2 instrument, and select ALL, and drag the notes down 1 full octave:


Press play again, and the mix sounds better.  Return to the Sequencer screen:


Save your progress to "Mysong", and in the next article, we'll add some variety to make it more interesting.