I feel Scaler is so close of being a real game-changer program, but currently, it frustrates me, the user interface is almost impossible. Everything that is needed is already inside the software, but if I want to change something in the presets (to find a different chord in a preset progression for example) the task is so frustrating.
This program can help and save me a whole lot of time, but right now im struggling every time I use it, and I’m using it for almost a year, and already watched hours upon hours of tutorials.
I’m a professional composer\producer that unfortunately is a guitar player, and I think the Scaler idea is exactly for people like me, among the rest, a program that should help composers, not just a chord generator, It claims to do many things, but something in the product design makes it impossible, or at least really difficult, and again, its a huge miss opportunity, because with few little tweaks I’m sure it could.
There are so many little things to improve that I don’t know where to begin, I think in general, if I want to do a more specific things, like change chords to something I imagine in my head, or change patterns to fit exactly to what I aim, or use it in between parts that I already composed, or even If I have ideas of my own to new parts and want Scaler to help me, the mission become frustrating.
I’ll give some things I think should be improved:
Please make a chord substitutions section - I don’t mean chord tensions like you have, I mean substitutions, “family” of the same chord, or in context between 2 chords, or in context of the scale, or outside the scale but with context to the progression I already have. I’m seeking something kind of similar to what you did with the “suggest” button, only with substitutions, or advanced as you did with the modulation, but dedicated to substitutions, I don’t mind both actually.
For example - for Cmaj in the major scale, Am7 or Am9 is so basic and the only place I can find it is in - “rightclick-chord substitutions”- and that is almost the only option I have there, and I cannot hear it before I click!
Why? Should I guess how it’s going to sound? and in addition, after I click on it, it plays in a totally different range than my progression in section C, so I have to mess around in the edit mode, and after that, I don’t think it fits the composition and I need to try another thing.
This is a really clumsy operation to what I believe is a basic function, I think you really have to develop in that area and make chord substitutions something that is fun and easy to do. This is also the most urgent area for me, changing chords easily (to chords that are in the same “family”) could make a huge improvement in the software.
- In the mediants area - why I can’t hear the chord before I commit? this section is almost useless if I cannot hear the chord before I choose, it’s more of a gamble game of chords than something i can actually use, just because I cannot hear the chords before I commit. long story short - please let us hear the chord before we choose it.
- Please make everywhere on the screen that you could raise\lower octaves\invertions. It’s really annoying that chords I try appear in different ranges, make this option available in every section and every division even with a lock option so that the chords I’ll try will fit in range into the progression I already have in “section C”. this would do so much help.
“Maintain current scale\root” doesn’t work properly, it sometimes locks the scale\root and sometimes does not.
Also, please make a “maintain range” so that new options will fit in range to the progression I have in “section C”.
Also please make a clickable combination of “maintain - root\scale\range”. I would like to maintain both the scale and the root so that I wouldn’t have to choose between the two.
In “preform” give us a way to change the pattern. For example one of those patterns almost fits to my composition, but it needs a bit of tweaking, instead of wasting time trying to find maybe something else fits, I want some kind of arpeggiator or a way to change a thing or two manually.
I know I can “midi capture” it and then change it in the DAW, but then if continue to a new part, with Scaler, I lose the performance, and I have to do it manually time after time, thing that eventually will make me give up on Scaler and continue without it.
- Please get rid of everything in the GUI that doesn’t have a practical purpose so it will be much easy to understand what’s going on. for example - “right-click - preview chord”… why do I need that in the right-click? I can just click on the screen. there are many other no-use buttons there, or things I can do in multiple places, that overall it’s really distracting and over-complicating stuff.
Sorry for being too harsh maybe, It’s because I really appreciate the potential and intentions of this program, and it’s so close of being a real game-changer in how to access composition, I mean it in the scale of the midi invention, for real. but as I said, right now I stumble every time I want to do something serious with Scaler, and it’s a huge missed opportunity.
anyway, I thank the developers a lot, and appreciate your efforts big time, it’s almost the perfect program