Launchpad Pro Mk3 Custom Modes

If you have a Launchpad Pro Mk3 (LP), one great way to take advantage of Scaler’s switching capabilities (for chord pads, chord row choice, and scale choice) is to create one or more Custom Modes for your LP, matched up with a saved state of Scaler so that they work smoothly together as per the layout you desire on the LP.

In this post I provide ‘SJ_Scaler_03a’ Custom Mode, and the Scaler state setup to match. This was created with the Novation Components software.

The operational idea is to have a fat set of chords and scale notes all accessible for playing at once, and to allow instant switching between multiple such sets at will.

The Note Playing Area here starts right above the chord pads at C4 and goes upwards for 5 octaves. There is not much bass available in this one!

This Custom Mode is meant to be used with Scaler open to Section C. I have populated all rows of Section C with chords related to the set of Scales called by the red pads. So, to have chords and scales match diatonically, press the red and orange pads (1 each) that are right next to each other. OTOH, you do not have to track scales and chords together - sometimes the clash can be interesting!

SJ Scaler 03a.syx.mid (556 Bytes)

SJ Scaler 03a Layout - 001.xml (59.5 KB)

Notes: Remove the .mid suffix from the .syx file before sending it to the Launchpad.

The .syx file for the LP was saved from the Novation Components software (free for LP owners) which was used to create the Custom Mode.

Tested and working well (so far) in Ableton Live 11.0.5b3.

Wish: for current Scale name to be also be displayed on the Section C page!

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In this post I provide ‘SJ_Scaler_03b’ Custom Mode, and the Scaler state setup to match.

Again, the Note Playing Area here starts right above the chord pads, but this time 3 octaves lower than the 03a version above. The very lowest note numbers are still given over to switching rather than playable notes, but this layout gets us down out of the dog-whistle zone!

SJ Scaler 03b.syx.mid (556 Bytes)

SJ Scaler 03b Layout - 001.xml (59.5 KB)

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Worth mentioning - the above are not 56 (or 64) chords all at once. The above offers only 8 “live” chords at a time, but with very fast switching to different sets of 8 as per the current (2.4) Scaler paradigm.

See: All Chords Live at Once (7x8=56)

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