LDM Design Strum Roll: Easily Create Realistic Guitar Chord Patterns with this Ableton Device

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Tuesday, 17 May 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

Creating realistic guitar chord patterns can be a challenge. If you don’t have the time to learn how to play the guitar, or if you want to create chord patterns that go beyond what is possible on a real guitar, then Strum Roll is the device for you!

With Strum Roll, you can quickly and easily create nuanced and realistic chord patterns in Ableton. You can use it with sampled guitar instruments or any other instrument for unique sounds!

LDM Design Strum Roll driving Ambient Guitars - Spitfire Audio (Kontakt)
LDM Design Strum Roll driving Ambient Guitars – Spitfire Audio (Kontakt)

LDM Design Strum Roll

The Strum Roll is a great device for quickly and easily getting guitar chords into Ableton. You can transfer easily found guitar chords from the web onto the fretboard GUI without needing to transpose note for note into the piano roll. You can then use the strum settings to create articulated chord strumming patterns that sounds like a real guitarist.

Sounds great with sampled guitar instruments or you can use it on synths or any other instrument for unique sounds! The Strum Roll is a great way to get your guitar chords into Ableton quickly and easily. You can find chords on the web and transfer them onto the fretboard GUI without needing to transpose them note for note into the piano roll.

You can then use the strum settings to create articulated strumming patterns that sound like a real guitarist. The Strum Roll sounds great with sampled guitar instruments, but you can also use it on synths or any other instrument for unique sounds!

The Strum Roll device is a handy tool for any musician. With the guitar fretboard GUI, you can easily click to insert a note for each string. Clicking the arrow buttons on the right will then play the chord, either up or down the strings. Using the Strum Time setting at the top will set the time delay between each string being played in the chord.

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There are also parameters for Tuning, Octave, Randomize Velocity, Note display, and MIDI notes to trigger the down and upstroke of the chord. Select from a number of different popular guitar tunings. The Strum Roll device is sure to make your life easier.

The Strum Roll Randomize Velocity feature in Ableton (sometimes you miss those great features in other DAWs) can be a great way to add some interest and variation to chord progressions. By adding a random variation in velocity level for each note, you can create more expressive and realistic strumming patterns.

LDM Design Strum Roll
LDM Design Strum Roll

To do this, simply set up the MIDI notes for the desired chord strokes and create a MIDI clip. Then, in the Note Display, lower the note length of the MIDI notes so that the chord doesn’t have time to play all the notes of the chord. This will result in more articulate and interesting strumming patterns.

LDM Design Strum Roll is a welcome addition for guitarists looking for a better way to input chords into their DAW. The device makes it easy to strum up and down the strings as you would on a real guitar, and playback up to 8 chords using a single midi note for each.

This means you can easily input complex chords without having to manually transpose each note into a piano roll, and anyone can quickly find guitar chords online to copy into the device. Strum Roll also provides better articulation of playback, making it easier to achieve realistic guitar sounds in your recordings. Overall, this is a great tool for anyone looking to add some guitar parts to their productions.

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Conclusion

The Strum Roll device is a handy tool for any musician. With the guitar fretboard GUI, you can easily click to insert a note for each string. Clicking the arrow buttons on the right will then play the chord, either up or down the strings.

Using the Strum Time setting at the top will set the time delaybleton’s Strum Roll is a welcome addition for guitarists looking for a better way to input chords into their DAW. The device makes it easy to strum up and down the strings as you would on a real guitar, and play back up to eight chords using a single midi note for each.

This means you can easily Strum Roll is a welcome addition for guitarists looking for a better way to input chords into their DAW. The device makes it easy to strum up and down the strings as you would on a real guitar, and play back up to eight chords using a single midi note for each.

About LDM Devices

LDM Design is a project which started life in 2016, recreating Monome apps in Max For Live to use natively on the Launchpad Mini, which are still freely available on his website. He also created the popular glitchy multi-FX sequencer devices Manglerack and MangleFX, influenced by the legendary Illformed Glitch VST. Since then the project has expanded into making all kinds of M4L devices, always taking care in designing a clean, unique GUI. Many of his devices also show a love for introducing various degrees of chaos and probability into music production. His first release for Isotonik, the LP Pack, continued recreating and improving upon classic Monome apps and original ideas to expand the creative potential of the Novation Launchpad Mk1 and Mk2. Next, as a homage to the great Brian Eno and his creative processes, LDM then released the best-selling Chance 10 Pack, which is a selection of modules utilizing chaos and probability to affect various elements of production. There are a number of great free devices available on his website – ldmdesign.org. Chords in Key convert single MIDI notes into chords based on a set key, Gravity Delay is a fun ‘bouncing ball’ MIDI delay, and Autosputter is for live glitchy audio slicing, based on the old Instajungle VST. LDM Design continues to work on projects for Isotonik and his own website which will be available soon.

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