Sylenth1 is a great VST for programming arpeggios. Unfortunately you can’t export the patterns to midi. But there’s a workaround for Studio One users.
You probably recognize this. You’re working on a new track and suddenly you’re stuck. Something is missing, but what is it?
In situations like this I like to be inspired by others. For instance by sampled loops. Or by playing around with arpeggios from soft synths, such as Sylenth1.
Lennar Digital Sylenth1 is a fantastic virtual synthesizer. And it contains beautiful pre-programmed arpeggios. But unfortunately you can’t just export them to midi, to play them with a different sound or a different VST.
Do you use Studio One Professional as a DAW and did you install Melodyne Essential? Then you can convert an arpeggio from Sylenth1 to midi, super fast!
This is how you make midi from a Sylenth1 arpeggio
Step 1. Select an arpeggio in Sylenth 1 and record your pattern.
Step 2. Turn off delay and reverb on the Sylenth1.
Step 3. Slow down the tempo of your track and – if needed – the decay time of your patch as well. You should be able to hear each individual note properly.
Step 4. Convert the arpeggio to audio.
Step 5. Convert the stereo track to a mono track. Then Melodyne works better.
Step 6. Now open the audio track with Ctrl + M in Melodyne and select the Melodic-algorithm.
Step 7. Melodyne recognizes the pattern and shows the midi notes.
Step 8. Drag and drop the midi track to a new midi track and play it now with a different sound or VST.
Now you can tweak and use the arpeggio pattern with every VST you like. And of course this method doesn’t only work for Sylenth1. You can try it on audio loops and others synths as well.
More tips for converting arpeggios in Sylenth1 to midi
Converting an arpeggio with Melodyne to Studio One doesn’t always works. Sometimes you have to fine-tune afterwards. But if you lower the tempo, turn off effects and convert the audio track to a mono-track, in 95% of the cases it works fine.
To finish things off a neat little trick for Sylenth1. When you activate sync in the synthesizer, the VST automatically synchronizes the tempo of the arpeggio. So it always plays in time.
It’s also nice to turn off sync and experiment with a non-synced arpeggio. This way you can make a creative arpeggio riser for instance, when you automate the arppegio-speed. Be creative and come up with some fresh and original results.