I saw the potential of Scaler quite fast and that it is also very convenient for especially users with few or no music theory knowledge. It is quite easy for everybody to create chord progressions.
And before reading the rest of my post, I want to thank you and the rest of the team for the work, dedication and effort you put in this software. You do a realy great job.
Now Scaler comes with a lot of presets for Melody, Bass, Performances, etc. which is great.
And my workflow looks like the following:
- I have a melody or/and a rhythm in my mind,
- I search the chordprogression in Scaler.
- Drag and drop the chords in my DAW and then try to make my melody fit to the chordprogression.
Now I thought, why not do the whole thing backwards? Might be more convenient and it gets more flexible:
- Have the melody in my mind.
- Play it on the keyboard and record it into MIDI.
- Load this MIDI into scaler and use this with any chord progression I feel comfortable with. Simmilar to the presets already installed, but with my own input.
I tried to visualize my idea with photoshop as best as I could:
As you see in the picture (down below on the left side) a simmilar menu could be done as there is already for the user chord progressions.
The user then can create and rename folders and maybe also subfolders.
The MIDI information could be:
- imported via drag&drop from the DAW or
- with the help of an import option from a file from the hard drives and
- with the already available record button.
Secondly, as @yorkeman mentioned in his post, the listening to samples can be quite time consuming and I totally agree.
I also have often the feeling that I spend to much time browsing for the right melody or I would like the compare to the other one I heard before, but I cannot remember which it was.
But I also think that the naming of those is irrelevant in which language they are. (Frankly, I love the Italian naming of those)
Maybe a visualization of those presets could be a feature for easier browsing, either by showing the MIDI information ( see my poor photohsop work down below on the right side of the screenshot ) or as musical notation, like some Kontakt instruments have or the Reaper musical notation view, to name two examples.
Thanks again and have a great day.