The difference between synthesizers and samples is that a sample is just a sound file on your computer but a synthesizer is a program or piece of hardware that creates the sound live.
A Tidal install comes with synthesizers as well as samples. A good synth for making melodies is
superpiano. In Tidal, you play synths with a combination of
s to choose a synth and
n to select the notes you want to play.
d1 $ n "c a <f d> e*2" # s "superpiano"
You can modify patterns with the hash mark
#. In this case we’re modifying a pattern of notes with an instrument. We can modify the sound of instruments too.
d1 $ n "c a <f d> e*2" # s "superpiano" # sustain 2 # lpf 1000
We can choose octave by putting the octave number after the letter:
d1 $ n "c4 a5 <f4 d5> e3*2" # s "superpiano" # sustain 2 # lpf 1000
We can also make chords by adding
'dim, among others.
We introduced the transformations
sometimes which can be used to change the pitch of notes and make changes to patterns happen only half the time, respectively.
d1 $ sometimes (|+ 12) $ n "c4 a4 <f4 d4> e3*2" # s "superpiano" # sustain 2 # lpf 1000
We also learned that we can make multiple sounds happen at the same time with
[ , ].
d1 $ s "[bd*4,bd*3]"