Five Alternatives to Chrome's Melody Maker



For those of us who don't know music theory but want to play around a bit, people of all ages seem to love Melody Maker and Song Maker from Chrome Music Lab.


Brought to you by Google's experimental music team, Melody Maker became popular among teachers as a way to keep their kids entertained. It's totally free and accessible through any web browser. So as long as you have an internet connection, you can freely experiment with making melodies online.


Wondering what other nifty music-making websites are out there for you to enjoy? In this article we'll cover a few of our favorite tools and let you know what it takes to get started with them.


Typatone - Generate Music by Typing Words

It's the simple things in life that sometimes bring us the most pleasure. That's certainly the case with Typatone. This fun little browser app from 2015 lets users create music as they type. Each keystroke will generate a corresponding note, so that words turn into melodies. You can play sentences back and a little yellow dot bounces over each letter in the word so you know where you're at in the sequence. You can even download a .WAV audio file of the notes you created.


AudioCipher - Typatone Alternative for Music Producers


For music producers who have a full digital audio workstation (DAW), check out the AudioCipher plugin. Like Typatone, the app turns words into melodies. But you'll be able to control more elements than with simple apps like Melody Maker. AudioCipher lets you choose a key signature, rhythm output, and drag it over onto any virtual instruments. Open up the piano roll and edit the notes as needed to arrive at your perfect melody. Audiocipher works on MacOS and Windows 10.


To get a better sense for how AudioCipher works, check out this quick demo video:


PixelSynth - Turn Pictures Into Melodies

This wild and experimental app called PixelSynth works in your browser and produces all sorts of strange sounds. It's different from Melody Maker because it's completely outside the confines of traditional music rules. Instead, the red vertical line scans slowly from left to right and transforms the visual information into sound frequencies. Sometimes it's enjoyable and most of the time it's terrifying and hard to listen to. Fortunately, you get some control over the chaos with the knobs shown in the upper right corner of the app. Plan to have fun, but keep the speak volume low!


Ocean Waves - Make Music Online with Others

One of the closest comparisons to Melody Maker is the Ocean Waves platform. Take your melody maker chops to the next level when you start sharing your ideas with other people around the world! Ocean removes the barrier to entry with writing music. You'll be able to start making your own beats fast, exploring sounds and sharing with people in no time.


The interface on Ocean includes a similar point-and-click process for creating notes. But it introduces a new spectrum of instruments and sonic possibilities. When you arrive at something you like, the app gives you choices for inviting friends to jam with you or share the loop with a built in community. Create a profile and you can stay in touch with people long term!


HookTheory - Song Analyzer


Keep the fun and colorful designs from Melody Maker when you visit TheoryTab by HookTheory. Don't let the name of the app scare you. This free app is endless fun for people regardless of what genre you enjoy. You'll have the chance to search through over 28,000 popular songs in their database, controlling playback of the chord and melodies.


Use the app to learn more about your favorite songs. You can change things like the key signature, the instrument, and the tempo of the song. Even if you don't know what any of that means, the interface is very easy to navigate. After a while on this site, some music theory concepts might even start to click into place!




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