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Is there a way to add custom scales in piano roll?

+87 votes
asked Dec 27, 2017 in MIDI Editing by williamlinghuang (320 points)
I really hope there are more scales in the bank or if I can add my own scales once, then the software automatically does it for all tonic notes.

Also, is it possible to make the scale highlight all the way down the grid? It's hard to line up every single time. Thanks!

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+9 votes
answered Jan 17, 2018 by AlexTinsley (884,900 points)
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+11 votes
answered Apr 2, 2018 by danielbayer (2,860 points)
This would be so nice. Please either integrate more scales and also their modes or define a file format for loading our own scales!
+11 votes
answered Jul 30, 2018 by alexbingerd (480 points)
The same problem, I want to add lydian and locrian scale. Hope that developers will add some new feature for custom scales
+6 votes
answered Dec 11, 2019 by anubhavukil (5,920 points)
Please add more scales. Like, the Native Instruments Scales.

We should be able to add custom scales.
+1 vote
answered Jun 22 by tonybenevento (170 points)
Yes please add custom scales, I rarely stay in the tried and true. Harmonic/Melodic and mixed Major/Minor and lydian would be great starts!
+2 votes
answered Jun 24 by fschmidt (4,660 points)

The selection of scales is indeed not very consistent

Natural Minor ( ≙ Aolian), Dorian, Phrygian & Mixolydian are all just permutations of the major scale!

So either you include all permutations 

- meaning also: lydian, lokrian -

or none of the permutations.

Example: If you need D-Dorian, you can as well just set the scale to C-Major.
That's also the workaround if you need let's say the Lydian scale.
If you need F-Lydian, set the scale to C-Major.

As mentioned: Letting users create their own scales with custom labels
would be the easiest and best solution in my opinion as no scale could ever be missing! :D

+1 vote
answered Jul 16 by tpntrnka (330 points)
Color coded notes in the editor would be nice too. As in many other DAWs 4 colours for: 1. Note in scale and chord, 2. note only in scale, 3. note only in chord, 4. note out of scale and chord.
+1 vote
answered Aug 10 by robertgray3 (35,090 points)
Yup, would be very useful.