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Captain Chords Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Explained

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    The Captain Plug-ins Suite

    In this video, Larry introduces the series and also explains the two basic sways of utilizing the plug-ins in this series as either Audio Unit sound modules or MIDI FX.

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    Choosing Keys & the Interface

    Larry now covers ways you can choose your scale or key in Captain Chords while also outlining the different areas of the plug-in GUI. Then learn all about the different ways you can "play" the plug-in as a sound module, a chord jamming instrument or an automatic progression generator.

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    Chord Progressions, Rhythm, & Timing

    In this video, explore some of the automatic chord generation features of Captain Chords, and go through how to choose from the library of progressions, timings and rhythms to access a whole world of musical possibilities.

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    The Sound Preset Area

    In this video, see how to choose presets, tailor them to your needs using Reverb, Delay and Filtering, and then how to automate these parameters.

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    Space, Strum, & Swing

    Now discover how the Space knob allows you to introduce spaces into your progressions in different ways. Then see how to introduce a strumming action to your progressions mimicking a guitar. Finally, learn how to introduce 8th and 16th note swing in order to enhance the groove of your progressions.

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    Manually Creating Chord Progressions

    Explore how to manually generate chord progressions by using the add function, and amend those chords for extra harmonic interest. Altering inversions, octaves, flavors and complexity is then shown, followed by how to add rests and also custom chords.

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    Editing Your Chords

    In this video, learn all about the editing features of Captain Chords including MIDI chord detection, chord info and the split function, so you can generate your own rhythmic patterns.

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    Arrange Progressions & Interact with Your DAW

    Larry now shows how he uses Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus and Drop to create different song sections. You can then drag these into the DAW?s arrange page to arrange these progressions to create your track!

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    Captain Deep

    Now discover Captain Deep including how to connect it to Captain Chords, and then generate different types of basslines and grooves. You'll also learn how to make sure your song sections line up between the two plug-ins, and how to manually jam a bassline using the Play Tab.

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    Captain Melody

    In this video, explore Captain Melody and see how to add a melody to your track. Larry covers using tension, rhythm and pattern to generate a series of different melodic lines, allowing the track to have a topline melody. Then see how the two-way communication between the plug-ins works, and how to jam using the MIDI and Qwerty Keyboard.

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    Jamming New Ideas with Captain Play

    In this final video, head over to Captain Play and watch how to use your MIDI keyboard and Qwerty Keyboard to play back new melodies and jam chord ideas.

Chapter 2 : 2.1 Update

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    2.1 Update

    In this video, Larry outlines the new Rhythm recording feature of Captain Chords 2.1, which allows you to record custom rhythms using your mouse, computer keyboard or MIDI keyboard, and then quantize and overdub the results for amazing results.

Chapter 3 : Captain Chords 5 Update

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    New Features in Captain Chords 5

    In this video, we cover the new rhythm record function that allows custom rhythms to be recorded in, using either the MIDI or computer keyboard. Larry also goes over how to host VST plug-ins from right inside the Captain Chords interface, and then demonstrates the new MIDI editing capabilities of Captain Chords and the enhanced Play functionality.

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    New Features in Captain Beat

    Larry explains and explores the new Drum Fill feature of Captain Beat, which allows you to quickly generate high quality drum fills in different genres. You'll also see how to build a beat using the extremely useful Foundational Rhythms to quickly generate a custom drum groove. Larry then outlines the new Import and Export functions for Captain Beat.

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    Captain Melody Update Pt. 1

    Learn all about the workflow of the completely redesigned Captain Melody, including how to load the plug-in and control other instruments, how to use the plug-in as a sound module, as well as how to use the Move Tool and Idea Box to create melodies using different conditions.

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    Captain Melody Update Pt. 2

    In this video, Larry breaks down the Lanes Tab, the Pencil Tool and Brush Tool which allows you to further sculpt your custom melody ideas.

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    Captain Melody Update Pt. 3

    Next up Larry goes into detail on the Import, Magic Record and Play Tabs offering another way of interacting with Captain Melody.

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    Captain Melody Update Pt. 4

    In the final video, on Captain Melody 5, you'll learn about the Velocity and Tension Tabs, as well as how to use the Arrangement Tabs in conjunction with Captain Chords.

Product Overview


Studio production wiz Larry Holcombe brings you in-depth Captain Chords video tutorials! Mixed In Key's amazing chord production machine is an indispensable writing tool. Learn how to use Captain Chords to create fantastic chord progressions for your songs and productions, quickly and easily.

Larry starts out by welcoming you and then explains the two basic ways of utilizing Captain Chords as either a plug-in sound module or MIDI FX. Then you'll see how to choose your scale or key in Captain Chords, learn more about the different areas of the plug-in GUI, and the different ways you can “play” the plug-in as a sound module, a chord jamming instrument, or an automatic progression generator.

Moving on, explore how the Space Knob allows you to introduce spaces into your progressions in different ways, and how to give a strumming action to your progressions mimicking a guitar. Larry then shows you the Sound Preset area where you can select presets and then tailor them to your needs using Reverb, Delay, Filtering, and Automation.

Throughout the rest of the video series you'll see how to manually create chord progressions, edit your existing chords, arrange progressions in your DAW, and use both Captain Deep and Captain Melody for even more creativeness. Plus, you'll also learn how to jam new ideas with Captain Play an important feature added in version 2.1, and much more.

To see what each video is about and how they can help you learn Captain Chords, see the individual Captain Chords tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're new to producing with Captain Chords and want to learn it inside and out, this collection of Captain Chords videos will turn you into a super hero in no time! Make better chord progressions today... watch “Captain Chords Explained®” today!


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Captain Chords Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 32 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Course Really in depth and helpful view of this great plug in suite
Date published: 2021-05-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great stuff. Presenter is very experienced in his subject. What amazing software is around these days. Watching this video series will provide a foundation of knowledge for the successful use of these plugins. Great stuff.
Date published: 2020-12-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So simply explained and easy to follow! Thank you so much Laurence!
Date published: 2020-12-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Good I gonna buy captain chord ,Good Product to have in the tool box
Date published: 2020-11-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely Helpful and Useful This course is super comprehensive and a great way to learn how to construct chords if you’re not well versed in music theory. Not only that; this course makes you want to brush up on music theory, which in my opinion is an even bigger takeaway.
Date published: 2020-09-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Useful Good basic level introduction of this software for first time user.
Date published: 2020-09-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Course A great course teaching equally great software. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Nice... ...but he play to long with diffent instruments and rhythm. Should explain just the functions it needs just quarter oft time...
Date published: 2020-04-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Groove 3 did it again! Really really good tutorial on everything Captain!
Date published: 2020-02-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Enjoying the course Opening my eyes to different ways of using it.
Date published: 2020-02-06
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great course to get you up and running Covers all the functions in detail. Provides just the right amount of info and examples to get you going with chords, bass, melody and play.
Date published: 2020-01-01
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful to me. Mixed in Key and YouTube only offer cursory previews of program; sizzle points only. This was much more useful and comprehensive than anything else I've seen. I was able to start using program with decent results immediately afterwards. I watched with program open on one screen and tutorial on the other and jumped back and forth trying what I was seeing as I went along.
Date published: 2019-12-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Its a.... The best composer software in the Century!! in love to improve and the impressions
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from It was very helpfull these are good instructions to start with
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Fantastic explanation about the product which can be applied on any DAWs.
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exciting new terrain for music making Even though it can handicaps you via music theory, it can also liberate you if you use them properly. After this video, I have dozens of new approaches to songwriting.
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from fantastic very good insight to the program
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from really good tuturial it was really helpfull
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Explain everything!!! One the best I have seen!
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good It was good and very knowledgeable.
Date published: 2019-02-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful when experiencing a bloc especially! Really helps save time also by getting into the intricate areas of this plug-in collective!
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful...Fun Plug-in Helped explain how modules tied together.
Date published: 2019-02-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful - even for a beginner in electronic music like me Every module and all the options were explained well. I just have some basic knowledge regarding chords but this was enough to understand nearly everything. Just sometimes I wished the author would speak more clearly (he mumbled sometimes a bit too much for me as a non native speaker of the english language). But that happened just sometimes and almost everything else was really very good. So thank you very much for this very helpful video course and keep on the great work! :-)
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great one superb explanation of the app
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clean and clear I would recommend this tutorial to anyone who is interested in producing interesting chords and melodies. This could be used for back up instruments such as strings and horns as well. I’m particularly interested in the variety of baselines generated. They’re very solid and compelling. In short… a great course.
Date published: 2019-01-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Captain Chords Explained: Excellent presentation Great starter item. Went away with a good idea how everything works. Wish it would have contained an explanation of what "drop" means.
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent Instruction Taught me music theory and chord progressions, in a useful manner. Love it
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really explains short-comings of Captain Chords The review course itself is very complete and comprehensive to explaining Captain Chords. I would listen to another of this author's courses. It does however really expose the extreme limitations of Captain Chords and Deep plugins.
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from All you need to know ...to start creativly working with these amazing set of plugins. Every aspect is explained in detail, easy to follow and to understand it's mechanics and possibilities.
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Exactly What You Need to Know I have this plugin and never knew some of the under the hood capabilities. This series explained everything I needed to know and how to integrate it into my workflow. Thank you for the overview!
Date published: 2019-01-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful and well taught help me understand child progression much better
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Right on time with this video. Cool very cool. I see lots of possibilities when I insert different sounds from other libraries!!! I purchased Captain Chords a day prior, then Groove 3 came to the rescue. Right on Groove 3!!!
Date published: 2019-01-18
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