New Chord Editor Control individual notes and velocities in each chord Use the circle of fifths to easily create chord progressions Search for any chord in Scaler More than 100 new expressions in triplet feel and across several time signatures Add bass/inversion display in chord name
- Audio-Detection Improved accuracy of detection Reduce the number of duplicate chords in results Filter-out unlikely chord types to reduce noise Add ability to detect from a file in the source dropdown New Modulation Preset - Neo-Riemannian Create harmonic transformations from any chord Support custom sounds folder location Support custom chordsets folder location Multi-Select Pattern and Pattern Chaining improvements Add ability to apply extracted voicing to a multi-selection of chords Ability to export chord names to MIDI markers when dragging to DAW New Arpeggio Octave Range option Add ability to select the output MIDI channel Keys-Lock - Chord Mute function now works properly when used with DAW-Sync Ability to select and remove multiple notes with lasso in Detect panel Add ability to synchronise the selected scale across instances
Fix “Right-Click -> Select All” in Pad View Fix erratic behaviour when deleting from a multi-selection in Pad View Fix bind to suggested pathways refresh issue in Modulation Fix UI not redrawing correctly after Clear State Fix lowercase display for minor chords in Modulation panels Fix empty large clip when dragging from MIDI Capture Other fixes and overall stability improvements
Can't believe I am back, but this program has had a big impact on my music. A little of this app appears in everything I do. It is now back on sale for the low price of $49. It reminds me a lot of BIAB in the way you can never really master the total content of what this program can do. It literally can hurt my head (in a good way ) thinking about what it is doing. Every use is a discovery. But if you have followed this thread, you already know that...
Riddle me this Batman, where were these genius insightful "Carnac the Great" like developers 30 years ago? OK fair is fair, how about even 10 years ago?
_________________________ Win10Pro64,i9-9900k,32GB,2TBSSD+20TB HDDs,1080TI,Scarlett18i8,MIDI4x4,Montage7,Fusion 8HD,QS8,Integra7,XV5080,QSR,SC-8850,SPLAT,FL21, SO3,MC8,AD2,ST3,Komplete14,Amptube5,etc. but I'm really a guitar player w/AXE FX III ++
Well someone has to do it, so it might has well be me. We all have our roles to play and apparently mine is to keep everyone up to date on Scaler.
New update released over night.
2.3.0 (available 8th February 2020)
Playback Add new Riffs to Melody mode New 70’s Funk & Soul chordsets Prevent notes from hanging when triggered from multiple sources at once. Prevent overlapping notes from hanging in performance/phrases/rhythms/melody/bass modes. Fix hung notes due to keyswitch not resetting properly after being pressed. Fix a playback issue when using alt-click to preview chords. Keys-Lock: Improve chord extension handling of altered chords. UI “Undo/Redo” is now accessible from the Scaler Logo - Right-Click menu. "Import/Export State” is now accessible from the Scaler Logo - Right-Click menu. EDIT panel: labels now refresh properly when changing chord parameters. Add bigger “Bind” buttons on all screens. Fix highlight of chords in Pad-View when using multi-pattern selection. Add ability to search by style in the Scales panel. Other improvements Audio detection from a file can now be run multiple times in a row Sync between instances now maintains multi-selection of patterns. Prevent a crash when changing parameters on a chord in the EDIT Panel after removing/reordering patterns. Prevent unexpected behaviors caused by the UI Keyboard creating notes with no velocity. Fix a calculation error creating notes with a velocity higher than the maximum allowed. The installer will now automatically move the sound library when using a custom location. Improve stability of the audio detection for sample rates up to 96KHz. Prevent a crash when resetting the playback. Prevent a crash when changing a chord voicing after deleting the parent pattern. Prevent a crash when removing Scaler from a track during playback. Fix a voicing calculation error when extracting/applying a voicing to a chord. “Right-Click > Detect” now refreshes the panel properly every time.
Version 2.4.0 free update released today (available 26th of May 2021)
CONTENT New “Common Progressions” Chord Sets New Performances, Bass & Sequences New genre Chord Sets: EDM & Metal 2 new Pluck sounds
MODULATION Progression - Add “Maintain Voicing” option to adapt the suggested chords to your progression’s voicing. Neo-Riemannian - Add “Minimise Movement” option. Mediants - Add “Group Voicing” option to prevent jumps in octave between distant chords.
COMMANDS Add new mappable commands to control Scaler with MIDI CC or keyboard shortcuts.
BIND Add the ability to bind chords to “All” keys instead of “Only White” keys. Add the ability to start the “Bind” area from any note of the keyboard. Add the ability to switch between OCT/ST steps when defining the “Bind” area from the side menu. Add new binding mode “True Scale” to map chords on notes belonging to the selected scale.
PLAYBACK Prevents hanging notes when playing a chord while navigating to another panel. Playback in Section A now follows global settings for “Perform Mode”. Internal playback now cancels previously latched notes to prevent overlap. Fix keyboard display showing keyswitch keys while in Chord Edit mode. Fix an issue in the Detect source selector causing the source to appear empty. Fix an issue in the Sound selector causing the selected value to change back to “Felt Piano” after turning it off. Properly navigate to the “Detect” panel after detecting a chord selection. Prevent latched notes from clashing with internal section playback. Fix an issue preventing the last latched chord from starting playback. Fix an issue in the Voice-Grouping causing the extracted voicing to reapply incorrectly when voiced across multiple octaves. Fix an issue preventing latched chords from playing when triggered from the UI. Avoid stopping playback on UI Close/Reopen.
AUDIO DETECTION Prevent the first chord from being ignored after clearing the detection. Fix an issue causing the result of a file analysis to not display properly.
INTERFACE Improve “lasso” selection on Windows (clicking away from selected content now clears the selection properly). Fix double drag of MIDI content in affected DAWs. Improve “Save” function in Section C (saving individual patterns is now optional). Improve “Save/Override” function in Section C (add ability to select the session to replace from a dropdown menu). Add the ability to “Sync” new parameters between instances (DAW-Sync, Section C Looping, Chord Duration). Add the ability to “Sync” the entire state between instances. The “Add Chord(s) to" option in the Right-Click menu is now accessible from chords in the Section C. Add “Replace Current Pattern” option in the Right-Click menu for chord selection. Fix keyboard display showing wrong marker/icons on keyswitch keys. Fix an issue causing the Section B chords to be hidden on navigation. Fix a navigation issue when detecting chords from Right-Click > Detect. Disable unavailable “Chord Mute” option in some Keys-Lock mode.
I could have put this video in a number of places, but I chose here. I have always realized the significant overlap between BIAB and Scaler but this video is the best I have seen of someone attempting to build a song, ala BIAB, using Scaler. In reality a workflow which combines both BIAB and Scaler takes advantage of the best of both.
It is that time again. The folks over in Scaler forum are buzzin this morning with release of Scaler 2.4.1
WARNING: If this is your first introduction to Scaler 2, you may want to start viewing from the beginning of this thread. Scaler 2.4.1 is for extreme musical nerds only!
Just for those who need to know. Scaler 2.4.1 Change Log
Content & Playback o New Common Phrases (Chordal & Progression) o New Basic Performances o Improve timing precision - Fix timing offset in recorded performance, prevent short notes from being added to recorded MIDI at looping points and prevent hung notes. o Add the ability to Quantise and Latch chords with Perform mode OFF o Fix “Chord+Melody” playback to avoid creating overlapping MIDI notes.
MIDI Mapping o Add the ability to manually select the MIDI CC to map from a dropdown when creating an action. o Add the ability to map "MIDI Panic" to a command binding o Add the ability to bind dropdown menus' "Previous" / "Next" command to a MIDI CC o Add new assignable commands for keyswitch actions (toggle chord/scale mode, toggle chord mute, switch melody patterns) o Add the ability to disable keyswitch (green keys) from the side menu. o Add the ability to override an existing command mapping.
Other Improvements o Fix - Extracted Voicing - Avoid creating an extra gap in octave when re-voicing extended chords o Include inversions when exporting MIDI markers (slash chords) o Fix multi-selection not applying changes when modifying multiple chords in EDIT matrix o Keys-Lock - “Scale Notes Mapped” profile now prioritise the natural position of each mapped note correctly. o Forcing a chord set into a scale now refreshes the chord colours and Section B properly. o Multi-selection of chords are now moved properly when dragged from a Section C pattern into an empty pattern. o Fix an issue causing the Keys-Lock settings to be lost when entering/exiting the Chord-Edit view. o Dragging a single chord with an expression ON now exports the duration of a single chord instead of the duration of the whole pattern. o Fix a bug in the generation of modulation pathways creating duplicate suggestions in Modulation Popup. o Fix an issue preventing the transposition of "Community" chord sets. o Fix an issue causing the "..." button to appear in the wrong location
Review - Band-in-a-Box® 2023 for Windows is Overflowing with Features!
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