As I recall the video tutorial does mention that some of the performances have “hard wired” notes that may be incompatible with some Scales/Keys. I have noticed this here and there. What I’ve done in those cases is to print the MIDI to a MIDI track and then edit the few out of scale notes. Of course, then, you must turn off the Performance.
When I hit such a place I use my MIDI Controller and unbind Scaler. I like the internal sounds, but mostly use Scaler to drive and print parts for other instruments.
Some kind of “pitch quantize” might be “nice.” I realize this may not be a perfect solution, but I’ve used it to adjust the odd note that shows in a given performance. I often find that I’m starting parts start with performance mode but doing further editing/recording to improve the part.
@1stInversion is right, in “chord” mode, the phrases are resolved against a scale that depends on the chord you are playing. So when you play an F Maj chord, it will play the phrase content in F major scale and contain notes out of the C major scale.
You can however switch to “scale” mode in the settings panel. In this mode, the phrase will be adapted to the currently selected scale. It will not depend on the chord played anymore and you won’t have to manually edit the notes.
If you want to get into more customization, drag the chord into Section C and open the Edit playback mode. Here, you can set each chord to “scale” mode and select any scale supported by Scaler. When playing back your progression the phrase content will be generated in the selected scale.
Your solution is exactly the one that I’ve been using! I’m new to Scaler, but I think the thing that really sets it apart from other plugins I’ve tried is the performances/phrases. I would really love if a ‘foolproof’ in-key mode could be added that makes it unnecessary to have to go back and make edits or use workarounds. But, the more I learn Scaler the more I really like it. It’s such a powerful tool.
Your Section C idea sounds very powerful. I’m going to try getting deeper with this concept.
The ‘scale based’ mode feels limiting to me because of how the melody always stays in a fixed position. One workaround I’ve tried is to use the key switch to temporarily use ‘scale mode’ on any notes that create phrases outside of the key.
I really think adding a universal ‘in key’ mode would bring Scaler’s power to a new level. Either way, I’m still blown away by the power and depth of Scaler.
There a fine line between making everything 100% compatible and less interesting. Remember these phrases are made by musicians and producers where adding harmonic nuisances is what makes tracks special. Sometimes they don’t translate everywhere but as mentioned before there is always the flexibility of dragging and editing in DAW. We have plans for the future which will make all of this more malleable.
@davide I completely understand what you are saying about maintaining the integrity of the artist’s original intention when they crafted the phrases.
I think a perfect solution would be to have 2 modes.
'Purist’ Mode: Scaler’s current behavior
‘Conformist’ Mode: forces phrase notes to the nearest ‘in key’ scale tone
For me, the current implementation is a workflow killer. I would like to create a custom chord progression and then experiment with phrases in the key I’ve chosen to work in. I’d never want to hear ‘out of key’ notes by default. Dragging and editing in the DAW just slows the creation process down.
Scaler is such an amazingly customizable piece of software, so it just makes no sense to me why it should not be flexible in the phrases area as well.
I’m only harping on about this because I’m genuinely impressed by Scaler. Unlike other similar plugins, I could really see Scaler becoming a genuine part of my writing workflow.
Looking forward to seeing what Scaler will offer in the future!
I’m not sure how much this is a problem in many respects. There are lots of music styles where one ventures outside the scale notes to phrase things in interesting ways. John Williams uses these kind of voicings all the time and it adds so much depth to the aural soundscape. Perhaps one might look at these as a learning experience on how things might be made to work. Again I think of Scaler as not doing everything for you but of opening doors that I might not have thought to open and leading down interesting paths. Just my opinion of course.
I don’t think it’s a problem at all. I’m glad some of the performances have real character rather than just conforming to diatonic patterns. I have no objection to non-harmonic tones, passing tones, etc. used in performances. IMHO, they add to the party. It’s certainly easy enough to change a pitch or two that doesn’t work.