I would love to be able to write my own “performances” in my DAW that would drive Scaler and follow Scaler’s chords just as its built-in performances do.
I tried to do this using the existing Keys Lock - Chord Notes (KL-CN) feature, by sending notes to Scaler in the Keys Lock (green keys) range. Unfortunately it doesn’t work well because KL-CN’s mapping changes based on the number of notes in the selected chord. (You can see the mapping numbers displayed on the green keys changing as you play a triad vs a 7th or 9th chord.) This makes it impossible to have a single DAW-based pattern that adapts to any selected chord in the very musically-useful way Scaler’s built-in performances do.
Another challenge is the way the range of mapped green keys in KL-CN moves around depending on the number of chords in the bound key range. If you have eight chords in your pattern, the KL-CN green range jumps up an octave to get out of the way of the bound range. This is a major headache if you’re trying to use KL-CN to play patterns coming from the DAW - you add another chord in Scaler and the whole thing gets screwed up!
If Scaler had another mapping mode similar to the way Scaler’s built-in performances are represented, and this mapping mode was stable, had a wide-range of keys, with that range configurable (the way we can configure the binding octave), we would be able to create our own DAW-based performances that are as powerful and adaptable as Scaler’s. That would be amazing!
Our DAWs already have awesome pattern-creation tools - they have the ability to go way beyond what Scaler performances can do. I just want to combine that with Scaler’s ability to modify patterns on the fly according to chords, and have each one do what it does best!