The Loopcracker Suite - Part 3
What's new in 1.5
Random Chords Section - This has been given a massive upgrade which allows you to now set up the parameters of any random chord. You can define what pitch area you want by setting the base value, how many octaves it should cover using the spread control, but most importantly there are now 42 scales presets (for Major, Minor, Dorian, Phrygian etc, etc) which can be adhered to, and of course, each bank can be to a different scale.
Scale Assigns Upgrade - The scale assigns have now got presets available to them, allowing each bank to be set up as it's own scale (for Major, Minor..... yeah them again).
Individual Key Transpose - Each scale bank in the set can now be transposed into key. This works with both the new Random chord generation and the new Scale presets, along with existing user defined scales, of course.
What is Chordbank?
Chordbank is a utility Player device designed to extend the capabilities of the existing Players which come as standard with Reason. Chordbank allows you to build up complex banks of 24 chords and scales in any key, with each chord then automatically converting itself to a full-sized scale of the chord notes.
Using the elegant "Quick Learn" function will allow you to set up hugely complex arrangement possibilities, quite literally in seconds, with as little Qwerty/GUI interaction as possible - in fact, almost all functionality is available via the MIDI controller keyboard.
Unique to the RE format is the ability to store the individual velocities to be replayed - we haven't found any "chord theory" type devices in any other plugin formats that can do this, actually (out of curiosity, if you know of any please tell us). The ability to store chords with a preset velocity, or to trigger the velocity as per the input MIDI are also present. All notes and velocities are available for editing in the bank, of course.
Also unique to the RE format (and again probably everywhere else :) ) are the flexible options for triggering chords and scale notes. Each patch can hold a maximum of 24 chords and their matched scales, but these can be reassigned. So if you want the chords in banks 10, 17 and 19 to link to the scale held by bank 7, while chord 7 is linked to scale 1, it can be done and is quick and easy to set up. In fact, every action in Chordbank has been designed to require the minimal number of user gestures for set-up.
There is a scale only mode which maps scales to their relative positions on the MIDI keys, but the Chord modes operate on a one-key-per-note basis, meaning there are no redundant keys, and so jamming around with little knowledge of music theory is more intuitive and REALLY good fun.