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Scaler 2 Music Theory Tools by Plugin Boutique

Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link) is an inspirational and powerful music theory workstation that gives you access to a world of new ideas, expressions, and melodies. With powerful detection of MIDI and audio, Scaler 2 can determine what key and scale you’re in and suggest chords that match your music. The plugin helps you discover the perfect melody with performance expressions, and can even suggest ways to change from one key to another.

With Performances, Phrases, and Rhythms created by real pianists and musicians, Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link) isn’t just about creating chords and arpeggios – it can lay down melodies as well. Over 200 Expressions let you experiment with riffs and melodies, which can be locked to notes of your scale or a chord.

New Audio Detection Technology means you can detect and analyse chords and scales from existing audio sources. With MIDI Capture, you can record Scaler’s output – whether you’re clicking keys or chords, or playing progressions – in order to drag the resulting MIDI to outside the plugin.

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Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link) now comes with 30 internal sounds including piano, synth, orchestral and guitar patches; Over 100 new song and genre-based chord sets and over 100 new artist chord sets to inspire new progressions and melodies. There are over 100 suggested modulation paths and presets to navigate from one key to another; plus hundreds of new scales and modes to get your creative juices flowing.

Lock keys to your chords to create complex melodies by intuitively moving around on your MIDI controller. Humanize Scaler’s performance by introducing variations to velocity and/or timing. Voice Grouping lets you automatically invert notes to restrict playback within certain octaves or by using open voicing. Scaler now makes Modulation Suggestions for movement between your current key and a destination. The majority of suggestions have been sourced from professional musicians, and some are generated algorithmically.

Edit Mode lets you dial in Duration, Octave, Inversion, and more parameters per chord, and there are new ways to edit chords when right-clicking. DAW Sync links your chord patterns to your DAW’s playback, making it easy to audition new progressions or alter existing chord patterns alongside your DAW project. Pad View makes it easy to construct entire arrangements, moving chords and whole progressions on a higher level.

Take more control over chords in the progression builder. With lasso, drag and drop, insert and replace functions, there’s less friction between what’s in your head and what’s possible in the plugin. You can also drag individual chords as MIDI to your DAW or OS.

Scaler 2 Benefits

  • Discover your music’s key and explore alternative scales and chord sets
  • Choose from hundreds of keys, quickly build progressions in the sequencer
  • Over 200 artist chord sets from the likes of Carl Cox, MJ Cole, The Temper Trap, Mitekiss, CeCe Rogers and Mike Huckaby
  • Over 200 genre and mood-based chord sets such as Chill, Drum & Bass, Jazz, Cinematic, EDM, Progressive…
  • Browse chord variations to get suspended chords, extended chords, dominant sevenths and jazz chords
  • Use the arpeggio or strum features to perform in real-time and synced to your DAW
  • Discover chord substitutions that lend variety to your progressions
  • Experiment with different chord voicings to spread notes across the keyboard
  • Export MIDI to your DAW simply by dragging and dropping
  • Assign any VST / AU instrument to Scaler 2 to control your favourite synths
  • Play and record one-finger chords and melodies using Scaler 2’s Bind MIDI function

Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link) makes finding chords and progressions intuitive and fun! It’s a comprehensive but easy to use a toolbox that will help anyone make better music.

New in Scaler Version 2

  • Redesigned from the ground up with over 200 new chord sets, hundreds of new scales, and 30 new instruments
  • Play melodic expressions with over 200 phrases, performances and rhythms by professional musicians
  • Establish your scale with audio detection as well as MIDI detection
  • Keys Lock helps you create emotive melodies by locking keys to your chords
  • MIDI Capture lets you perform inside Scaler 2 and then export the results as MIDI
  • Modulation suggestions give you new ways to reach musical destinations
  • Get more natural-sounding melodies and expressions with the humanise function
  • Edit Mode for adjusting length, inversion, octave and more per chord in a pattern
  • Pad View helps you to arrange multiple patterns and key switch between them
  • Audition new progressions in context with DAW Sync playback 
  • Voice Grouping can keep your chords within a certain range for voice leading
  • Chord editing and moving tools include lasso, drag n drop, replace and insert 

How it Scaler 2 Works

Scaler 2 Detect

Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link) can listen to incoming MIDI or audio data and detect the key your music is in. After this, it will suggest chords and chord progressions that will fit with your song. Scaler 2 can send MIDI to a virtual instrument in your DAW, and it has 30 onboard instruments to play with as well.

Scaler 2 Chord Sets

Scaler 2 comes with over 200 song and genre-based chord sets and over 200 artist chord sets to inspire new progressions and melodies; plus, choose from hundreds of scales and modes to get your creative juices flowing. Simply drag the chords you want into the sequencer to build a pattern that’s unique to you.

Scaler 2 Explore

Explore alternative chords that’ll fit with your progression, with loads of voicings, chord extensions and variations on particular chords to help you choose the perfect feeling with every step of your song.

Scaler 2 MIDI Capture

New Audio Detection Technology means you can detect and analyse chords and scales from existing audio sources. With MIDI Capture, you can record Scaler 2’s output – whether you’re clicking keys or chords, or playing progressions – in order to drag the resulting MIDI to outside the plugin. 

Scaler 2 Keys Lock

Lock keys to your chords to create complex melodies by intuitively moving around on your MIDI controller. Humanize Scaler 2’s performance by introducing variations to velocity and/or timing. Voice Grouping lets you automatically invert notes to restrict playback within certain octaves or by using open voicing.

Scaler 2 Edit

Edit Mode lets you dial in Duration, Octave, Inversion and more parameters per chord, and there are new ways to edit chords when right-clicking. DAW Sync links your chord patterns to your DAW’s playback, making it easy to audition new progressions or alter existing chord patterns alongside your DAW project. Pad View makes it easy to construct entire arrangements, moving chords and whole progressions on a higher level.

Scaler 2 Modulation

Scaler 2 makes Modulation Suggestions for movement between your current key and a destination. The majority of suggestions have been sourced from professional musicians, and some are generated algorithmically.

Scaler 2 Performance

With Performances, Phrases and Rhythms created by real pianists and musicians, Scaler 2 isn’t just about creating chords and arpeggios – it can lay down melodies as well. Over 200 Expressions let you experiment with riffs and melodies, which can be locked to notes of your scale or a chord.

Scaler 2 Compatibility

Mac

  • Cubase 9.5 – OK
  • ProTools 12.8 – OK
  • FL Studio 12 – OK (VST, not VST3)
  • FL Studio 20 –  OK (MIDI routing available from VST2 only)
  • Studio One 3 – OK
  • Studio One 4 – OK
  • Ableton Live 9 – OK
  • Ableton Live 10 – OK
  • Logic Pro X – OK
  • Reaper – OK
  • Bitwig Studio 2 – OK
  • Maschine 2 – OK – No MIDI Routing: Use Blue Cat Audio Patchwork for MIDI Routing
  • Reason – OK – No MIDI Routing: Use Blue Cat Audio Patchwork for MIDI Routing

Windows

  • FL Studio 12 – OK
  • FL Studio 20 –  OK (MIDI routing available from VST2 only)
  • Cubase 9.5 – OK
  • ProTools 12.8 – OK
  • Studio One 3 – OK
  • Studio One 4 – OK
  • Ableton Live 9 – OK
  • Ableton Live 10 – OK
  • Reaper – OK
  • Bitwig Studio 2 – OK
  • Maschine 2 – OK – No MIDI Routing: Use Blue Cat Audio Patchwork for MIDI Routing
  • Reason – OK – No MIDI Routing: Use Blue Cat Audio Patchwork for MIDI Routing

Important Note: Scaler 2 is only 64-bit compatible.

The next step in working with scales, chords and melodies in your DAW, the second full version of the critically acclaimed Scaler (VST/AU/AAX) introduces melodic expressions, over 200 new chord sets, modulation suggestions, audio detection, MIDI capture, 30 new instruments and much more.

Pricing and Availability

Scaler 2 (Affiliate Link) is available at Plugin Boutique with an introductory sale price of £39.95 / $49 and existing Scaler users can upgrade for £19 / $19 until 30th June. MSRP thereafter is £49.95 / $59, while the upgrade is £25 / $29.

Upgrade Note: For Scaler 1 users, a Scaler 2 Upgrade is available.

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