Nikolozi — Artist & Engineer

Introducing Mela 4, unifying all 3 plug-in types into 1 modular design

Over the years Mela users have been asking for more flexibility in the Mela plug-ins. Things like adding new modules, supporting more types of synthesis, deeper modulation capabilities, visualisation and flexible routing. I always kept promising that I would like to get to all that, but first I had to rearchitect Mela internally and externally to make all these features possible. During the development of Mela 3, I used the Mela MIDI plug-in as an exploratory playground to develop new ideas. In Mela 4, I took these ideas further and unified all 3 plug-in types into one modular design. The new user interface and internal architecture allowed me to address a lot of user requests. It also makes it easier to expand Mela’s capabilities over time. Check out the intro video and changelog for the full details.

Download on the App Store


All prices mentioned here are in US dollars for simplicity. The full price of Mela 4 is $30. But you can get it for an intro price of $15 until May 19. There’s also the Crossgrade to Mela 4 app bundle priced at $30. This allows you to purchase both Mela 3 and Mela 4 for the full price of Mela 4. If you already own Mela 3 which you have bought at full price then you can use App Store’s complete-the-bundle feature and purchase Mela 4 for $10 (= $30 - $20). Note that, if you bought Mela 3 on sale it might be cheaper to purchase Mela 4 using the intro price rather than via the bundle. For example, if you bought Mela 3 during the Black Friday sale, you would have paid $10 for it. This means, using the bundle it will cost you [the bundle price] - [Mela 3 Black Friday price] = $30 - $10 = $20. I have no control over how the complete-the-bundle pricing is calculated, this is all done by the App Store.

Update: How the App Store app bundles work remains confusing and tripped up a few people. I ended up writing a long explanation on the Audiobus Forum about this issue. To give everyone enough time to figure out which pricing works for them the best, I’m extending the Mela 4 intro price offer until midnight of May 21. Let me know if you still have questions or concerns.

If you are a YouTube/Instagram artist/influencer and would like to showcase Mela in your videos get in touch. For those that genuinely can’t afford Mela for whatever reason I can provide you with a promo code as well.

Mela 3 vs Mela 4

I would like to bring your attention to 3 key differences between Mela 3 and Mela 4 that you may find important.

  1. Polyphony: the very first version of Mela 4 won’t support true polyphony, while you can have multiple Instrument lanes all producing different pitched tones, each Instrument lane can only produce one note at a time. Polyphony will be added later. I’m certain, the Mela 4 instrument plug-in can be very useful even if it’s monophonic for now.

  2. Phase Distortion: While Mela 4’s VA Oscillator module is a lot more capable than Mela 3’s oscillators I haven’t brought over the Phase Distortion algorithm just yet. Mainly because I’m still thinking about how I’m going to expand its capabilities, it will probably be a separate oscillator module with a few new features. There are many different ways to go about it. Mela 4’s VA Oscillator module offers a lot of new interesting morphable waveforms and supports ring modulation.

  3. Mela 1-3 presets aren’t compatible with Mela 4. Mela 4 audio engine is quite different from the previous versions of Mela, many modules have different sets of parameters and updated internal DSP. While it’s possible to create a preset migrator that creates somewhat similar presets, the resulting sound will still be significantly different and I feel it’s a wasted effort. I should focus on many other feature requests I have from Mela users. Mela 3 plug-in presets use the following file extensions: .melainstrument for Mela, .melaeffect for Mela FX and .melamidi for Mela MIDI. Whereas Mela 4 plug-in presets all have the same file extension: .mela.

In summary, just because Mela 4 is out doesn’t mean it’s making Mela 3 obsolete, especially the Mela 3 synth plug-in (Mela FX and Mela MIDI plug-ins can be fully replaced by Mela 4 plug-in for all practical purposes). If you have Mela 3 presets that you like to use, want to use the Phase Distortion oscillator or need Polyphony, use Mela 3. Mela 3 will remain in the App Store, and Mela 4 will continue to receive regular updates just as it did over the past 3 years.

Update: A new module, DS Oscillator, which sounds the same as the “Phase Dist” oscillator in Mela 2-3, will be part of the Mela 4.1 update.

Artist Presets

There’s a dedicated Artist Presets page where I’ll post Mela 4 presets created by users. If you have created Mela 4 presets, whether paid or free, that you want to share with others let me know and I’ll happily link them there.

Mela 4 Changelog



Modules & Modulation:

Routing & Buses:



Colour Themes:

Amp Envelope Module:

Distortion Module:

Envelope Follower Module:

FM Operator Module:

Pitch Processor Modules:

Macro Module:

MIDI Source Module:

Mono Module:

VA Oscillator Module:

Stereo Delay Module:

Other Modules:

To learn more check out the Getting Started with Mela or Mela FAQ. To report bugs or make feature requests visit the Mela Feedback site.

Grab Mela 4 from the App Store.