If you feel your melodies are too rigid and robotic, there are a few things you can do to humanize them.
After all, humans playing instruments can’t always hit everything on the metronome. Therefore, it’s only normal that the human ear looks for that kind of “randomness” in music to feel at home.
The first trick is to replicate the way a keyboard player really plays the piano. There are always slight differences between notes when it comes to when they’re hit. A keyboard player will rarely hit all the notes of a chord at the exact same time for instance. It’s a nice technique to add some room before each note plays in order to make it more real.
PLAY WITH VELOCITIES
Another way to humanize is again to analyze how hard a keyboard player hits the keys. No two keys will ever be pressed with the same intensity.
Yet when you draw a midi note in your piano roll, there’s a default value to each note. So the trick is to modify the velocities of the notes to make the melody flow a bit more so it’s not too rigid and robotic.
PLAY WITH NOTES LENGTHS
Melodies flow better when the notes have different lengths. Don’t stick to one note length and then copy-paste it.
Remember also to nudge them off the grid for a more realistic feel.
Automating parameters such as attack, decay and release are yet another easy and very useful way to modulate the output and make a chord progression or melody sound more organic.
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