Artist & Engineer

Mela FAQ

Why should I get Mela? What’s so special about it?

Mela is a modular music-making tool that scales with your needs. Expanding on this, its 3 core strengths are:

  1. Mela is Visual and Modular. With its intuitive interface, you can seamlessly build fully custom polyphonic synthesisers, unique audio effects, and complex MIDI processors.
  2. Mela Scales. It can be a core part of your system or be used as a small utility to let you perform niche tasks. Mela can run as a standalone app or as multiple plug-in instances in a host, on macOS and iOS.
  3. Mela has Great Support. Its capabilities continuously improve, evolve and expand. A new version of Mela comes out every few weeks with new features and modules designed around user feedback.

Will Mela support earlier versions of iOS or macOS?

Unfortunately, Mela will not support earlier versions of iOS and macOS. I know it’s very upsetting to the users on older devices that can’t upgrade to the latest OS. But I have very limited resources. I currently have to test and support all 3 types of Mela plug-ins (Instrument, Audio Effect and MIDI Processor) inside multiple AUv3 hosts (GarageBand, Logic Pro, AUM, Cubasis, Live etc) on multiple devices with different form factors (iPhones, iPads and Macs). That’s a lot of work as it is, and supporting older OS versions would significantly increase the debugging and testing required. Furthermore, Mela usually utilises the latest OS features. Writing code to incorporate the same functionality on older devices is non-trivial work. Finally, I have a long list of user feature requests, and I would rather focus my efforts on that.

Can I open presets created by older versions of Mela?

Mela 3 can open presets created using Mela 1 & 2 and Mela 5 can open presets created using Mela 4 or later.

Can I open a preset even if I don’t own all the modules the preset uses?

Yes, purchasing simply enables the module UI. In other words, Mela presets will still generate and process audio with locked modules.

I bought Mela 4 but most modules seem to be locked in Mela 5.

This situation generally shouldn’t occur. However, in rare cases where the App Store information hasn’t synchronised with your device, Mela may not be aware of your purchase history. Tap on the Restore Purchases button within the app to resolve this.

I bought Collection X but its modules still appear locked.

In rare cases, your device or the Mela plug-in instance may not receive the purchase information from the App Store. Tap on the Restore Purchases button within the app to resolve this.

I’m a YouTube/Instagram artist/influencer and I would like to showcase Mela in my videos.

Sounds great. Send me links to your pages and I’ll provide you with a promo code. Don’t forget to tag me, so I can discover it easily.

I would like to report a bug / make a feature request.

Visit the Mela Feedback site and create a post.

I would like to get a refund.

Unfortunately, developers have no direct way of issuing refunds. But you should be able to do so via Apple’s site. Follow the instructions described here.

Module collections are too expensive

You don’t have to purchase all module collections at once. Even with just Collection 0, which is free, you have access to some of the most feature-rich modules, such as Arpeggiator, VA Oscillator, VA Filter, LFO, and Stereo Delay. Purchasing Collection 1 grants full access to a total of 36 modules, which should be more than sufficient to create custom polyphonic synthesisers, unique audio effects, and complex MIDI processors. Additionally, modules that you haven’t purchased still process and generate sound. This means you can use all factory presets as well as any other Mela preset created by anyone, even if those presets use modules you don’t own.

My recommendation is to only purchase modules when you find yourself needing to use their UI.

If you genuinely can’t afford any collections for any reason, feel free to get in touch, and I’ll provide you with a promo code.

Module collections are too cheap.

If you want to help me turn Mela into a sustainable business, don’t wait for the sales, purchase all collections, spread the word and leave a review on the App Store.

The Mela app icon kind of looks like a fox’s face.

Thanks for noticing. Mela means fox in Georgian. The logo is simply the area under the cos(πx) curve in the [0, 2] range.