03 Jan Melodie User Guide
If you’ve just joined Melodie, welcome! This user guide explains all the features, reach out if you have any questions. To kick things off, here’s a short video….
- Music Search Tools
- YouTube & Audio File Search
- Find Similar
- Search Exclusions
- Hotkeys (Keyboard Shortcuts)
- Alternate Versions (Stems), Keywords & Copyright Info
- Downloading Preview MP3s
- Licensing Tracks
- Playlists & One-Click Mass Downloads
- Export Copyright CSV (Cue Sheets)
- Team Members
- Licences (EULAs)
- Favourites and Other Features
- Browser Compatibility
- Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to the Melodie user guide! Our music search engine was designed to be simple, flexible, and available to everyone.
We’ve thoroughly and meticulously tagged every track in our catalogue to provide you with the power and flexibility to search in the way that makes most sense to you.
There are five main ways to search, and you can use any combination of any of these functions simultaneously:
- Enter comma-separated keywords into the search bar;
- Use Genre, Mood, Instrument, Purpose, BPM and Key menus;
- Search using a YouTube link;
- Search using an uploaded audio file (mp3 / wav);
- Find similar tracks (from any Melodie track).
Search using YouTube Links & Audio Files
In partnership with our friends at Musiio, we provide a range of artificial intelligence-powered search tools, free for all Melodie users.
In combination with our much loved search interface, you can find similar tracks from an audio reference using (1) a YouTube link or (2) an uploaded mp3/wav file, or (3) any other Melodie track.
Need something that sounds a little like “X”? Just click on the YouTube icon in the search bar, and paste a YouTube link to produce similar sounding results.
Audio File Search
Click on the audio file icon in the search bar, then select and upload a reference audio file (mp3 or wav) from your computer to generate musically similar options.
If you like a Melodie track and would like to hear more in that tone, click the magnifying glass icon beside any track to populate a search to find similar sounding tracks.
Ever find yourself looking for a track without a certain something? Let’s say you want a melancholic track but without piano? Changing the search type from a regular search inclusion to a search exclusion is as easy as toggling the “+” or “–” icon located beside each keyword.
Include search results featuring this keyword.
By default, selected keywords will appear in pink featuring a “+” icon indicating a regular keyword search.
Exclude search results featuring this keyword.
Click the “+” icon once to switch to a “–” search, excluding results featuring that keyword.
Hotkeys (Keyboard Shortcuts)
These keyboard shortcuts, or ‘hotkeys’, allow you to find and download music faster using the commands on your regular keyboard.
|Next track||Right/Down Arrow|
|Previous track||Left/Up Arrow|
|Forward 15 seconds||“>”|
|Backwards 15 seconds||“<“|
|Continuous play on/off||“c”|
(For currently selected/playing track)
Alternate Versions (Stems), Keywords & Copyright Information
Every Melodie track is packed full of information and alternate versions. Click the small “down arrow” beside a track title to open into extended track view. Here you’ll find three tabs:
- VERSIONS (Alternate versions or stems)
- DETAILS (Creative keywords and track metadata)
- COPYRIGHT (Copyright information, option to download copyright CSV)
Downloading Watermarked Preview MP3s (Non-subscribers)
If you’re not a subscriber you can still download watermarked mp3 files for preview purposes. Once you’ve registered, simply click the ‘download’ icon beside any track listing to instantly download a watermarked MP3 file. Just remember, if you’re not a subscriber or a team member on a subscriber account these files are not licensed for use. You can subscribe at any time to remove the watermarks
Downloading Preview MP3s (Subscribers)
If you’re a subscriber or team member, click the ‘three dots’ icon beside any track listing to instantly download an mp3 (without needing to enter any production information).
Licensing Tracks (for Subscribers & Team Members)
Once you become a subscriber or team member on a subscriber account you can begin to license tracks, downloading full resolution WAV and MP3 files. To licence a track, click the ‘download icon’ beside any track listing.
This will open the ‘Generate Licence’ window where you’ll need to enter production details like Production name, Primary production type (main usage), Broadcast (yes or no).
Select ‘Remember details’ for next time if you are downloading multiple tracks for the same production (saves you entering information again and again).
The details you enter here will generate an End User Licence Agreement (EULA), which can be accessed at any time via the Licences page inside your account.
Click “PROCEED TO DOWNLOAD” to continue.
The next screen provides links to download your files as either WAV or MP3.
If you’d like to download the main version as well as all the alternate versions, click the pink “ALL” button.
The “End User Licence Agreement” is a unique licence document outlining the usage of your track(s) in the production specified.
“Download CSV” downloads a spreadsheet in “cue sheet” format, displaying legal copyright information for each track.
Playlists & Mass Downloads
To add a track to an existing Playlist or to create a new playlist, click the playlist icon beside any track listing.
If you have an Enterprise level subscription, you can add multiple tracks to a playlist and then mass download the entire playlist as a single compressed zip file.
Open a playlist and click DOWNLOAD PLAYLIST, enter production information as you would any other download, then on the download screen click either:
– DOWNLOAD ALL (wav or mp3) – for all tracks in playlist including alternate versions, or
– DOWNLOAD MAINS (wav or mp3) – for all main tracks in playlist excluding alternate versions.
NOTE: These mass downloads zip on the fly – and can be several GB in size – so please click download one playlist at a time to avoid browser freak outs. Once each download has started you can click the next one safely (and have many downloading simultaneously). The time playlists take to download will depend on your internet speed. We recommend using Chrome or Firefox.
Playlists licensed in this way are stored in your account on the Licences page.
Export Copyright CSV (for Cue Sheets)
Single Track Downloads
On the file download screen, scroll to the bottom of the page and click:
– Download CSV– downloads a spreadsheet in “cue sheet” format, displaying legal copyright information for the MAIN and ALTERNATE VERSIONS of that track.
On the file download screen, scroll to the bottom of the page and click either:
– Download CSV (MAINS) – downloads a spreadsheet in “cue sheet” format, displaying legal copyright information for only the MAIN versions of each track in the playlist, or
– Download CSV (ALL) – downloads a spreadsheet in “cue sheet” format, displaying legal copyright information for the MAIN and ALTERNATE VERSIONS of each track in the playlist.
By default, the first account created for your business is the Account Owner. This user has access to billing and renewals, managing all aspects of your Melodie account.
Account Owners of Pro and Enterprise level subscriptions can add, remove and change access permissions for other Team Members via your account settings.
Assigning a Team Member as an Admin gives that user the same permissions as the Account Owner, excluding billing and renewals.
When a new user is added, an invitation link is automatically emailed to the new user. If that email doesn’t arrive, click:
- RESEND INVITE to send another email, or
- COPY INVITE URL to copy/paste the invite link via another means of communication (if blocked by firewalls, spam filters etc).
As an Account owner or Admin user, you will see all downloads across your team on the Licences page. Account Owners and Admins can access the Team Members page when logged in via Account Settings (accessed via the dropdown menu top right of page).
To view your Licences go to Account Settings (drop down menu top right corner of page), then click ‘Licences’. Here you can find a permanent list of your downloaded licences.
You can re-download files or EULA licence certificates at anytime using the DOWNLOAD button (EULA licence certificates are located in the lower left corner of the download page).
If you would like to use the same tracks for a new production, simply click CREATE NEW LICENCE to generate a new EULA from the same track (or set of tracks).
Favourites & Other Features
To add a track to your favourites list, click the Favourites ‘Star’ icon. Your favourites list can be converted into a playlist at any time.
To share a track, simply click the ‘Share’ icon to copy the URL, then paste it into a browser, email or social media platform.
For best performance we recommend using a recent version of either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you’re using Internet Explorer it’s time to upgrade!
Frequently Asked Questions
If there’s anything missing in this user guide please let us know. You’ll also find answers to many common questions over at our FAQ page.