You touched on a few points of interest, so I guess I would like to relate this conversation to my buying / thinking / reasoning.
I own a Casio Workstation. I own a Korg Triton-Le. I own a Roland FA-08. Did I need yet another keyboard or another sound module – perhaps not. But I did purchase a Yamaha Genos… why?
My wife already liked using the Casio as an Arranger years ago. I wanted to employ hardware to avoid the latency of VST & software. We both really like the “realistic” (to a point) sound of Genos. Is the price point of the Genos justified?
Well, perhaps… The Casio is part Arranger. The Korg has some Arp and fancy demos. The FA-08 is a piano weighted keyboard. But none of the keyboards are as famous for their Arps like the Yamaha make is.
The Yamaha Genos has aftertouch. The Genos is Yamaha’s full-fledged flagship Arranger. The Genos can accept two MIDI ports and play ALL 32 channels at the same time – the equivalent of two keyboards-in-one.
The Genos has some advanced sounds. The Genos “compliments” all the other different makes/sounds of the other manufacturers of keyboards that I already own. They all sound very, very good together, as I knew would be the case as they all sound very, very different.
So, I guess I’m into flagships of sorts, but sound is very important to me.
So why Scaler and where does Scaler fit in? Well, it never hurts to have more tools, or does it? A LOT of people say that, but it simply isn’t true! Using the wrong tools will hurt you badly without you even knowing it.
The wrong tools cause you to build the house funny. And the wrong tools cause you to build the house slowly. The wrong tools also cause you (during your slow building) to microscope everything and question your own self-worth from time-to-time.
Well, thankfully, Scaler is none of that! I appreciate that the purpose behind Scaler has led to a well defined road or pathway, and I really appreciate that Scaler is fulfilling the purpose(s) for which it was built.
I don’t see much fluff – it’s kind of slim and trim. Do I know music theory? Sure, you betcha! Is it something I concentrate on? NO! It’s just something that I do withouth even thinking. It took years to hone that. Well, Scaler is this and more to many, many non-techo would-be musicians.
For sure, I’m not downing anybody, or anything, whatsoever. I’m just stating that life happens and we go our different diverse ways for whatever reasons. Scaler is “probably” one of the greatest tools for ALL – as it truly levels the “playing” field. (Honestly, I wasn’t trying to be punny.)
Seriously, Scaler has never once wasted my time with “mundane junk”. The “hit-n-miss” random generator stuff that is out there really stinks. It’s kind of an insult, imo. But some really like it – that’s just me.
I’m glad that the Scaler team took the time to say hello to many different folk asking, “How would you like to develop some performances for Scaler that we can use in our product?”. (I don’t know that’s the question, but you catch my drift.)
To me, it’s simply amazing to watch a product that is constantly in full-swing hands-on development. Or, said differently, “Life is a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get”. Well, hopefully that’s close enough to be recognized.
Thank you for your contribution, especially during the past year that we’ve all been through. I have my own opinions, but suffice it to say that people have needed something to turn toward, and Scaler’s purpose and timing couldn’t be much better than it was, or currently still is.
What else can I say (that hasn’t already been said)? If you haven’t seen the interview between PluginBoutique and Ed & David of Scaler you should! (No offense, but that’s just the order you guys were sitting in left-to-right.)
It’s a really good interview; you should check it out!