These Max for Live devices are aimed at helping users quickly find chords and scales right inside Live without having to leave the program. There are two separate devices. One is for chords and the other is for scales.
This is a major update to my first “Learn Scales” device I released last year, done in cooperation with Max top-notch developer J74 (Fabrizio Poce).
The objectives of the original device have been continued here: trying to help people learn scales and chords. We do this by essentially making the devices cheat sheets, but not automating any theory. The user still needs to play the correct notes or write in the MIDI correctly. There is no automating mistakes or progressions. Hopefully the repetition of a particular chord or scale will become engrained in the user after a short time. If not, at least the user will have a plethora of chord and scale formations right in the program.
On top of helping with the Scales update and the new Chords device, J74 has also integrated the back-end of them to sync with Fabrizio’s set of J74 tools (such as HarmoTools, Progressive and BassLine), which are actually more of the automating music theory nature.
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The Learn Scales device has an incredible list of 47 scales from around the world. When a particular root note and scale is selected it is displayed on the keyboard in dark orange beginning from the selected root note. The root note of the scale also has a light grey line under it (or on top of it, in the case of the black keys). The lighter orange keys are the scale extended over the 3 visible octaves.
Learn Scales available formations.
The Lean Chords device is jam-packed with 62 chord variations. And, if that wasn’t enough, you can easily have the device show the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd inversions of each! Other important features are the possibility for quick chord audio preview (if you click on the chord keyboard area, you’ll hear the chord in output as audio) and the visualization in relation to a scale, showing which notes are in key and which not (synchronizing the information with the Learn Scales device).
Learn Chords available formations.
There is a Float Window button, that when clicked will bring the device into its own floating window which will stay visible while you are working with the device. There is also a “top” button which will make the device remain on the top and in view no matter what the user is doing inside Live. That way you can always see the scale or chord even if you are working inside a VSTi on a different channel.
The devices are Max for Live audio effects, but they do not alter the audio on the channel in any way. They are meant to be audio transparent. This way you can have them on an active or isolated channel without any problems.
If you are using the Learn Scales & Learn Chords devices at the same time there is a “Check” feature on the Learn Chords device. If you click that button the Learn Chords will display any notes in the chord that do not fit with the select scale in the Learn Scales device in the color red.
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