As usual: I started with a dreamy guitar arpeggios in UJAM Silk 2, and then I ended in a totally different song, he he he
I love these crazy derailments on the fly
The Scaler status for guitar accompaniment & solo
(yes, this time Scaler Keys-Lock worked, even with a little help)
Scaler-State_2024-01-25_213713.xml (15.0 KB)
Scaler-solo.xml (15.4 KB)
The guitar for accompaniment: I used Scaler for chords, and my hands to change patterns, and also to move the 2 rollers
The guitar for the solo: AAS Strum is the only plugin I use & love for solos
The amp for guitar
The Ableton scale to help Scaler
and here is Crazy Silk
Wait - I thought you gave up Live?
I can’t do that
I dislike any other DAW for a reason or another
one doesn’t recognize my controllers, another doesn’t want certain plugins that I use every day (like Bitwig)
and almost all have GUIs I cannot cope with
so I am stuck with cashes on closing, but I can survive to it because I open the DAW again, I select to NOT retrieve the project, then I open that project as usual and it works
it just crashes when I close the DAW, nevertheless I save or not save the project before
If you google “ableton crashes on closing” you’ll see other experiment that
And there is always the hope that an update fixes it, even if
this bug was there in 2007, and the support always says the same silly thing “delete the customizations” What? The customizations are useful, even essential, sometimes
A very silly behavior indeed
Well, when I find some time I’ll try to debug
I’ll come back to Bitwig
The problem in Bitwig is that there is no a “Scale tool” like the one in Ableton, and as far as Scaler Keys-Lock work so badly, I cannot do solos without a tool like that
Bitwig seems recognizing my 2 controllers, but after a while it stops seeing them, dunno why
sometime the close the app crashes can be due to audio IO contention, and can also be file contention (sometimes the file handles opened for “tracks” as temp even, if some other process like A/V scanners, cloud services, other apps can cause an application (not just a DAW) to crash on close).
can you close the project but not the app? or either causes the crash? or there is no option to “close” a project - in which case, after the save, do a “new”, and then close the app.
This worked for me long ago when Live was doing that for me. The next update fixed it. But I learned to Save current project, Make a new project and then quit. That did work great. I had forgotten that since Live is totally stable for me these days and for a long time.
Thanks, I’ll try that later
I’m beginning to think a ‘Trials of Claudio’ live stream might attract viewers trying to guess what the next episode would be
I am sure you know what
BTW, I also tested Mulab, and even f it’s an outlier it seemed good, but this is not my next move, that is no DAW at all
Now I am testing Cantabile, free version
After all I love jamming, not editing, automating, mixing and mastering
I use Cantabile all the time, and find it very useful. If you splash a few EUR on the ‘Solo’ version, that has really good and intuitive midi routing (very flexible filters). I use it quite often in conjunction with Live…
Well, now that you say that, I think to remember you suggested me this piece of software, but I wasn’t ready for a no-DAW workflow
Now instead I am very happy with it because it is perfect for jamming and not recording anything (90% of my musical hobby)
I think that I’ll buy Cantabile Solo because you can record with it (10% of my musical hobby), but I want to test it before
Connecting keyboards is super easy!
Using my M-Audio Keystation MINI 32 was hard or impossible with DAWs, while here I just used 2 clicks to do that
So now I can use the Keystation MINI 32 to activate the UJAM Style Phrases while Scaler plays chords, and I can use the main keyboard to plays solos with the AAS Strum guitar
BTW, I found that the 3 data buttons of Keystation MINI 32 are defaulted to activate the Force and Damp button in the UJAM interface and it’s super cozy
You may care to glance at my Cantabile page on MIDI at
I have 2 questions for you:
1 - if I try to export the Scaler status within Cantabile, the latter freezes and I have to kill it in Task Manager (I asked their support and the forum, but no replies so far)
2 - I am trying to have Cantabile recognizing my 2 MIDI controllers (Korg Nanokontrol 2 and AKAI MIDImix) but they aren’t seen
So does mine - never noticed that. However, we can’t jump to conclusions here which it is here. I see you have posted on the Cantabile forum - let see what comes out of that. Brad normally picks up on these things.
“Cantabile recognizing my 2 MIDI controllers”
I’m note sure that ‘Solo’ will do much, but certainly you should be able to setup an input MIDI port and link it to the MIDI post exposed in Windows. I’t won’t recognise it automatically I suspect. I use LoopMIDI
to create the internal ports, then link these to Cantabile
You can see my Arturia Keylab in there.
Then to respond to the controller you could used MIDI rules capability, but that will probably fail your ‘20 minute’ test , but getting the midi in should be straight forward.
I think it is more a problem with Korg drivers, because even the Korg Editor doesn’t see it
Somebody in other forums advices to not use them
I also found that every time you move a USB device from a port to another, Windows 10 keeps it as a ghost device instead of removing it, so just now I deleted tons of ghosts…
I am a ghostbuster then?
Well, Cantabile has not a mixer, so not a big problem
Nevertheless, I always wanted to use the nano 2 for my Hammond plugin
I’ll do other tests
But before that I have to (try) to rebuild all my 30 Ableton Live songs in Cantabile: quite a though task,
I have to open each Ableton project, exporting all MIDIs, audio, presets, picture of plugins, etc. hoping I can import in Cantabile the Scaler status at least