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Plugin Boutique Scaler

Scale Detection & Generation Plug-in
Published December 2018
By John Walden

Need help coming up with creative chord sequences? Plugin Boutique’s Scaler can provide the missing music theory...

Musical creativity is not always something you can just turn on like a tap, so software developers are working on tools that can provide compositional inspiration. One such is Scaler, which Plugin Boutique describe as a “creative chord composer”.

Scaler’s musical assistance comes in the form of a plug-in that supports VST, AU and AAX hosts, with a succinct PDF manual and helpful prompts built into the user interface that help you get started. The plug-in contains a small selection of internal sounds so you can explore its features without recall to any other tools. However, within most DAWs, you can route the MIDI output from Scaler to another MIDI track, where you might have a more sophisticated virtual instrument sound engine inserted.

Striking A Chord

In essence, the plug-in is built around a database of scales, modes and chords. A ‘detect’ mode lets you play in any combination of individual notes or chords, whereupon Scaler will first identify the chords you’ve played, and then show you which key/scale/mode/chord combinations they best fit into. MIDI input can come from your own ‘live’ keyboard...

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Published December 2018