We're currently living in the age of digital audio. Music Theory Tools is an incredibly powerful tool that is essential to any music producer.

But there are so many different Music Theory Tools plugins in the music production landscape, so we decided to create the ultimate list of the top Music Theory Tools plugins today that will help you find the perfect fit.


Notion 6

Music Theory Tools by PreSonus



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Redefining Music Notation

Bring musical inspirations to life with the blazingly fast and intuitive Notion™ 6 music composition and performance environment. Compose when and how you want and even enter music with your own handwriting. Take projects to the next level with deep integration with Studio One®. Hear and perform music with gorgeous samples by the London Symphony Orchestra and others. Deliver polished scores faster than ever before, from complete film orchestrations to simple lead sheets and guitar tab.

Whether you are an instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger, music educator, or student, you’ll find Notion 6 to be the easiest-to-use and best-sounding notation software on the market today. Notion 6: Redefining music notation.

New in Notion 6

The new features and enhancements in Notion 6 represent the most popular requests from the Notion user community and feedback from users of other notation platforms who are looking to make the switch.

Notable improvements include cross-platform handwriting recognition; new layout control and features for professional score output; drag to respace measures and systems; new instruments from Soundiron; new video window controls for faster scoring to picture; the new Notion Scores library, with over 100 great works; updated Music XML support for seamless transfer with other apps; MP3 export; MIDI over ReWire for improved integration with leading digital audio workstations; and unprecedented side-by-side workflow integration with Studio One Artist or Professional on the same computer or between multiple computers on the same network.

Hear your Music Played by World-Class Musicians

Notion gives you by far the best playback of any notation product out of the box, including the unmatched realism of orchestral and Steinway samples recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, guitar samples performed by Neil Zaza, bass samples by Victor Wooten, and drum samples by Roy “Futureman” Wooten. All were painstakingly recorded by top engineers using the best equipment. You get a wide array of dynamics, articulations, and performance techniques. New instruments in version 6 include the Notion Harpsichord along with the Lakeside Pipe Organ and Olympus Micro Choir sounds from our friends at Soundiron. But that’s just the beginning of Notion’s playback features.

Interactive Tools Make Entry Fast and Intuitive

Enter notes with ease using Notion 6’s interactive fretboard, keyboard, and drum pad. It’s the fastest and most convenient way to capture pitches, drum parts, and guitar fingerings. You can even customize the number of guitar strings on the fretboard and the order of entry for each voice for the drum pad. Lyrics can be entered in directly or pasted from any digital source. Want to get your hands on your score? Notion 6’s new Powered by MyScript™ handwriting-recognition feature for Mac, Windows, and iOS lets you write directly into the score, automatically converting your input into digital notation.

Choose chords from a generous chord library and create your own chords. It’s simple to enter the chord name or voicing you want to appear in your score. Choose from standard chord symbols and fretted chord symbols and design custom chord symbols and diagrams. Chords remain on the fretboard for repeated entry, and the software can recall recently used chords. Chord symbols can be attached anywhere over empty measures, meaning lead sheets can be created in no time!

Capture MIDI Parts and Edit them with your Score

Recording MIDI performances and editing MIDI data is easy in Notion. Viewing MIDI and standard notation together makes the experience unique and intuitive. Choose keyboard, guitar, or drum entry, and dial in exactly how Notion will follow your playing. Enter in real-time or in step time, then view your MIDI performance data in Notion’s Sequencer Staff.

Better yet, use the Sequencer Overlay, which allows you to see notation and MIDI performance data on the same staff. Using drag-and-drop, edit each individual note’s velocity, duration, start point, and endpoint. For precise values, double-click each note and customize the note’s numeric values directly. Notion combines the power of MIDI sequencing with the clarity of standard notation in a unique and powerful way.

If you Compose to Picture, Notion 6 is your New Best Friend

Film, video, and TV composers have specialized needs that just start with a synchronized video window. Notion’s video window includes a timecode view, and you can add hit points and select the volume, frame rate, and start time. Transport buttons let you control your score from the video window with fine frame control. Unlike other scoring software, Notion can handle all of the most important modern video file formats, including MP4, WMV (Windows only), H.264, MPEG, MOV, AVI, M4V, and 4GP on Mac and Windows. And Notion is the only major scoring program that handles video natively on 64-bit Windows.

Don’t Just Play your Kusic: Perform it, too

Notion lets you play back a score following metronome marks, but you can also perform your scores live, continuously controlling tempo and velocity. Jump in and out of repeats, vamp measures, fade in and out and navigate live from your computer keyboard or a MIDI controller.

To top it off, Notion 6 comes with the Notion Score Library, a collection of public domain scores in the Notion format.

Powerful Mix Engine by the Folks Who Defined Digital Mixing

PreSonus changed live sound with our StudioLive® digital mixers. We turned the production world on its ears with our Studio One digital audio workstation. While you might not expect advanced mixing capabilities to appear in ordinary notation software, Notion 6 is far from ordinary.

Get truly professional mixes with up to eight stereo buses through the built-in software mixer. Import an audio file to mix with your score or to transcribe from. Process your sounds through eight effects inserts with reverb, guitar-amp simulator, and EQ, compressor, and limiter plug-ins drawn from PreSonus’ Studio One DAW. You can also use your favourite VSTs. Yes, Notion is a professional notation program—but it's clearly much more!

Serious Studio Integration

While Notion exceeds all other notation software with its mix capabilities, you can take compositions to the next level by connecting Notion to a leading DAW through superior real-time audio/MIDI streaming over ReWire. Or create a music production powerhouse by pairing Notion 6 with Studio One 3, where you can now send audio, note, track, VST and score data directly between the applications. The workflow between Notion 6 and Studio One 3 is unprecedented, as both applications can run side by side on the same computer or on any computers on the same network.

Deliver Professional Scores and Polished Performances

While many Notion layout and notation choices are made automatically so you can focus on creating music, sometimes you need to fine-tune your score’s appearance for easy reading and a professional look. Notion 6 provides new layout handles that let you drag notes, measure lines, time signatures, and more while avoiding accidental respacing. Show and hide parts independently by system and show/hide resting staves for minimal wasted space and maximum readability. Even drag entire systems up and down on the page to adjust the spacing; when you let go, Notion rejustifies the layout.

When it’s time to deliver, Notion has you covered. Print stunning scores and export PDFs. Export standard MIDI files or MusicXML files for collaborating with people using other notation applications. And deliver fully mixed WAV files or MP3s of your entire performance or individual parts. You can even upload directly to SoundCloud® directly from Notion to share your compositions.




Features

  • Traditional Notation or Tablature – Fast and Easy

  • Easily compose, playback, and edit music
  • Perform scores using Notion as a live instrument and save your performance
  • Create a score on a Mac®, Windows® computer or tablet, and continue to edit on iPad® or iPhone® and vice versa
  • Interactive Entry Tools: Keyboard, Fretboard, Drum Pad, Chord Library (including custom chords)
  • Cross-platform handwriting recognition, powered by MyScript™ for written entry
  • Sequencer overlay to see notation and MIDI data on the same staff
  • Windows touchscreen support… just use your finger or stylus and tap
  • Work with Notion in your native language with options for Sim. Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish
  • Create and Perform with Unmatched Sound Quality

  • Best playback of any notation product, with samples recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, Roy and Victor Wooten, Neil Zaza, Soundiron, and others.
  • Full guitar and bass articulations in playback
  • Custom rules editor for instrument-specific articulations
  • Increase your sonic palette with additional expansion sounds from PreSonus or your favourite VST Instruments and libraries.
  • Process audio with included PreSonus® Native Effects Limiter, Compressor, and Pro EQ plug-ins or other VST plug-ins.
  • Mix with a DAW-style console with up to 8 individual buses
  • Live performance options include play, tap, vamp, repeat, fade, playback dynamics, and navigate with Heads Up Display
  • Serious Studio Integration

  • Transfer audio and note data between Notion™ and Studio One® anywhere on your network
  • ReWire support (host and slave), with real-time audio and MIDI transfers to a DAW
  • Set music to film with advanced video capabilities
  • Compose to picture with the video window
  • Import video in a variety of formats: MP4, H.264, MPEG, MOV, AVI, M4V, and 3GP on Mac and Windows, plus WMV on Windows
  • Native 64-bit support
  • Retina (Mac) and High-DPI (Windows) support for high-resolution displays
  • Deliver Professional Scores and Polished Performances

  • Print entire scores, individual parts, or lead sheets with chords and lyrics
  • Layout control tools: drag notes, measure lines, time signatures, and more, while avoiding accidental respacing
  • Show/hide parts independently by system for maximum readability
  • Import/export files to/from Finale® and Sibelius® via MusicXML or other apps via Standard MIDI
  • Export scores as PDF files
  • Export WAV or MP3 audio files
  • One-click Bounce All export of individual staves or mixed buses.
  • Share music with fans instantly via SoundCloud™

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Mac

  • Mac OS® X 10.8.5 or later
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or better recommended)
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
  • 8GB free hard-drive space

Windows

  • Windows® 7 x64/x86 SP1 +platform update, Windows 8.1 x64/x86, Windows 10 x64/x86
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD® Athlon™ X2 processor (Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon X4 or faster recommended)*
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
  • 8GB free hard-drive space

Note: Notion is not compatible with i9 or dual Xeon processors on Windows.

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InstaComposer

Music Theory Tools by W.A. Production



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New Generation Composition Tool

Sometimes inspiration comes at you thick and fast... but sometimes not. Instacomposer is your saviour when creativity runs dry, or when you just need your talent topped up. This MIDI generation plugin can conjure melody, rhythm, bass, pads and chords at the click of a button - all using artificial intelligence to create genuinely useful and musical riffs. This is the next step in automatic composition, using a complex algorithm to determine notes, harmonies and chords based on your personal preferences. With this much composing power at your fingertips, you’ll never be stuck in a musical rut again.

Artificial Intelligence

The backbone of Instacomposer is a behind-the-scenes decision-making matrix that creates notes based on both mathematics and musical knowledge. Plus, the artificial intelligence factors in a whole host of parameters that you can set in the bottom panel, from repetition probability to the complexity of chord shapes. Harmonic variations, strumming techniques and note density are just some of the myriad of options that can be adjusted, feeding the algorithm your own personal set of preferences. 

Total Flexibility

Instacomposer is as unique as you are, taking into account your chosen scale, time signature and riff length. Choose to create new sequences for one, some or all of the 5 tracks, and in any combination of melody, rhythm, bass, pad and chord. 

MIDI Editor

The onboard MIDI editor can be used to tweak the output of Instacomposer within the interface itself. This means that you can manipulate the music before it leaves the plugin, adding your own creativity and personal style on top of what the plugin has offered you. Move, copy and delete notes within a familiar piano-roll interface, even changing the velocity. 

MIDI Export

Drag the MIDI tracks straight out of Instacomposer and into your DAW for ultimate ease of use. Alternatively, set up multi-channel instruments and route the MIDI from Instacomposer into your favourite VSTi’s. In this way, you can preview all 5 tracks simultaneously, without ever leaving the Instacomposer environment. 

Presets

Instacomposer includes a huge number of factory presets; useful musical motifs to get you up and running quickly which can eventually become the basis for whole tracks. 

W. A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio quality processing quickly and easily. Enjoy!




Features

  • Intelligent MIDI Generation plugin 
  • Create Melodies, Phrases, Riffs, Chords & more
  • Infinite ideas at the click of a button
  • Generate 5 tracks simultaneously
  • Multi-track and Multi-channel routing
  • Automatic harmonies and chord progression generation
  • Comprehensive MIDI editing
  • MIDI drag and drop
  • Multiple time signatures
  • Many controls for Probability, Complexity & Variation
  • Factory Presets
  • Full PDF Manual & Tutorial video

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Windows

  • Windows 8 and later (32 / 64-bit)
  • VST Format

Mac

  • macOS 10.15 and later (64-bit only) (M1 Apple Silicon Supported)
  • VST & AU Formats

Compatibility

InstaComposer can be used on any software that supports VST or AAX plug-ins with MIDI routing or AU MIDI effect type. But to make sure it's compatible with yours please try the demo version before you buy (only major chords are allowed in trial version).

Windows

  • FL Studio 12 (and newer)
  • Cubase 10 (and newer)
  • Studio One 5 (and newer)
  • Ableton Live 9  (and newer) (Blue Cat's Patchwork plugin needed for multi-channel MIDI routing)
  • Pro Tools 11 (and newer)

Mac

  • FL Studio 12 (and newer)
  • Cubase 10 (and newer)
  • Studio One 5 (and newer)
  • Ableton Live 9 (and newer) (Blue Cat's Patchwork plugin needed for multi-channel MIDI routing)
  • Logic Pro X (and newer) (Blue Cat's Patchwork plugin needed for multi-channel MIDI routing)
  • Pro Tools 11 (and newer)

Global

  • NI Maschine - Blue Cat's Patchwork plugin needed for multi-channel MIDI routing
  • Mixcraft - Blue Cat's Patchwork plugin needed for multi-channel MIDI routing

Incompatible with

  • Maschine 2 (Win / Mac) - No MIDI routing. You can still use Drag&Drop MIDI function.
  • Reason (Win / Mac) - No MIDI routing. You can still use Drag&Drop MIDI function.

Important Note: In order to use this product with multiple MIDI outputs in Ableton Live, a copy of Blue Cat's Patchwork is required.

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reMIDI 2

Music Theory Tools by SongWish



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MIDI Sampling Is Finally Here

Introducing reMIDI 2, the follow up to reMIDI that allows you to take MIDI sampling to the next level with its new features. reMIDI 2 is a MIDI effect plugin that samples musical notes from MIDI files that allows you to quickly find, chop, key shift and time-stretch samples and map them to a controller.

reMIDI 2 is a plugin instrument capable of outputting MIDI as well as audio. A simple sine wave synth sound is built in for scratch work, so you can quickly find a loop for export as a MIDI file entirely within it.

The idea is to trigger other instruments via reMIDI, and how this is set up depends on the host DAW. For VST hosts (ie, Ableton Live), reMIDI loads as an instrument plugin onto a MIDI track, the output of which is sent to a second track (hosting the target instrument) using the DAW’s routing system.

For Audio Unit hosts (ie, Logic Pro), the included reMIDI_MFX MIDI effect plugin is loaded up instead. This is identical to the regular reMIDI, but it sits in front of the target instrument on the same track, outputting MIDI directly. It’s certainly the more elegant of the two approaches, although it only captures the raw triggering notes to the track, not the chords output by the plugin.

Each pad is assignable to have its own selected slice from the MIDI file loaded into the pad. You can combine different MIDI files (for melodic/drum MIDI) or record MIDI into pads from reMIDI MIDI input/output.

Now Included with reMIDI 2: SW Jazz Complete MIDI Pack

The complete set contains over 1000 files in 11 volumes. Each volume contains 100 Jazz block chord progressions in MIDI format.

These MIDI files can be dragged into any DAW, but why not just use SongWish’s reMIDI 2, a MIDI sampler VST. reMIDI 2 can load these MIDI files with some convenient features to play and edit them with.

You can animate these block chords with other MIDI utilities such as arpeggiators. Or get your jazz hands-on editing these progressions in your favourite DAW by modifying, adding/removing notes, or even changing the timing.




Features

  • Sample from over 1700 complete compositions with masterfully chosen chords, progressions, and melodies
  • Go beyond robotic arpeggiators by triggering natural MIDI sequences
  • Use reMIDI 2 with any MIDI Controller and create custom MIDI note bindings
  • A grid layout of 120 total pads, effectively  giving you 120 reMIDIs 
  • Easily audition automatically sampled slices of MIDI that loop perfectly at the touch of a key
  • Drag sampled chords and progressions out to your DAW
  • Easily work with MIDI without using a piano roll/note editor
  • Trust the musical wisdom of master composers – they offer timeless hooks, motifs, themes, and variations – all waiting to be discovered by sampling
  • Over 150 composers (Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Gershwin, etc)
  • 8 different genres (Baroque, Classical, Folk, Hymn, Jazz, March, Renaissance, and Romantic)
  • Save your own sample sets to the preset bank for later use
  • Easily cut the tempo in half or multiply it by any factor while staying in sync with your DAW
  • Assign any VST / AU instrument to reMIDI to control your favourite synths
  • Once you find a loop or a chord progression from a MIDI file you can keep searching the same file or other files for variations
  • Instantly transpose all the notes for endless remixi ng possibilities
  • No tedious manual slicing. Just set your starting point and slice size and reMIDI chops up the entire file into even parts
  • Use multiple instances of reMIDI to build a complete band of virtual instruments (drums, bass, keys, and leads). With this setup, you can conduct a whole band with one finger!
  • The built-in MIDI file browser makes it a breeze to instantly preview sections of full compositions or MIDI loop packs. Find inspiration in a flash
  • Browse the factory MIDI containing hundreds of high-quality files organized by style and composer
  • Expand the MIDI library by favouriting your own organized files and folders. Limitless sampling!

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Mac

  • OS X 10.7 and later (64-bit only)
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST

Windows

  • Windows 7 and later (32 or 64-bit)
  • VST

Please Note: reMIDI is not currently compatible with NI Maschine and Reason 11.

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InstaChord

Music Theory Tools by W.A. Production



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A MIDI Processing Plugin that helps you play chords and chord progressions faster and easier.

The foundation of a great song is based on its harmonic movements and chord changes which often is called chord progression. A change in chord progression can have a drastic effect on the mood or direction of a song. Even those with a background in music theory can experience repetition and stagnation. Using richer chords and new chord progressions can take the song to a new level and make it sound unique and professional.

Whether or not you are an experienced musician or just a beginner, with a vast chord bank and amazing playability, InstaChord has something to offer to you.

  • If you're a songwriter or a producer It will help you speed up the workflow and song creation process. Find the best progression and use a single midi pattern to play all of them.
  • If you're a player it allows you to play some of the hardest chords, in any musical key and combination of notes and different voicings, using just a few keys on your controller. Or jam and practice over them without spending much time creating a jam track.
  • If you're a student or a teacher you can use the plugin to learn and study the chords and use it as a reference and hear them in action.

Find the chords that work well together and build a perfect chord progression for your next song with just a few clicks. You can transpose all the chords to any other key you want using the 'transpose' button.

In addition to having access to chords and being able to set a progressions, one of the other great thing about InstaChord is it's playability.




Features

  • Chords with different voicing

  • We have Included almost all the common chords (maj, min, sus2, 6th, 7th, etc) in 5 different voicing (basic, 1st and 2nd inversions, guitar and wide). Each voicing mode has a unique sound due to the order of notes and might be a better choice to fit with the other chords in the song.

  • Playing chords

  • There are a lot of ways that you can play the chords. You can Hit or strum the chords with different combination of notes, speeds and directions. For example a key can be assigned to strum top 3 notes of the chord and another one to hit 2 middle notes.

  • You can also play individual notes of the chord separately. So it's possible to arpeggiate the chords or strum them manually as well.

  • This feature allows the fretting hand (chord changer keys) to control the sustain. So as long as the chord key is held down any note you play will ring out, just like a guitar or using a sustain pedal.

  • Set up to 24 different chords and switch between them using the chord keys.

  • Action Keys

  • Set your own functions for the 24 action keys provided and tell them what you want them to do. Play a full strum, hit first two notes, transpose, etc.

  • Transpose the current chords to any other key you want with just a few click. This is also useful when playing live when the key of the song changes.

  • Flexibility

  • Endless possibility of customization for any kind of applications. InstaChord is highly customizable and users can change things to match their needs. 

  • Set your own favorite action key setup out of vast number of action options and lock it so it won't change when loading a new preset.

  • The position of the chord and action keys on your controller, each in two separate octaves can be moved up or down placed in a more comfortable position.

  • Factory Presets

  • 40 carefully designed presets included with the plugin. These presets with professional chord progressions might come in handy starting you're new song.

  • InstaChord is easy to install and use and has a user-friendly interface. But we wanted to make sure you get the most out of the plugin so we have made several tutorials that cover installing the plugin and setting it up on different operations systems and DAWs.

  • DAW Compatibility

  • InstaChord can be used on any software that supports VST/VST3 plug-ins with MIDI routing or AU/AAX MIDI effect type. But to make sure it's compatible with yours, please try out the Demo Version before you buy (only major chords are allowed in the trial version).

  • FL Studio 12
  • Cubase 9.5
  • Studio One 3 
  • Ableton Live 9/10
  • Pro Tools 11+
  • Maschine 2 - No MIDI routing
  • Reason - Not compatible
  • Cubase 9.5
  • Studio One 3 
  • Ableton Live 9/10
  • Logic Pro X 
  • Pro Tools 11+
  • Maschine 2 - No MIDI routing
  • Reason - Not compatible 

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Mac

  • macOS 10.15 and later (64-bit only) (M1 Apple Silicon Supported)
  • VST, VST3, AU and AAX

Important Notes:

  • There may be some issues with InstaChord on M1 Macs which W.A. Production are working on.
  • For M1 Mac users, please use the Trial Version first.

Windows

  • Windows 8 and later (32 / 64-bit)
  • VST, VST3 and AAX

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InstaScale

Music Theory Tools by W.A. Production



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W. A. Production is rolling out another innovative tool to assist you in your song creation adventures. Play your instruments using the brilliant idea of relative notes, rather than the old static approach. Explore the world of scales and expand your creativity in a way that you never have before.

What is it?

InstaScale is a newly invented, scale oriented instrument with only 16 keys to play with. But wait, is that enough? Turns out it's more than enough. Unlike the standard keyboard instruments where each key can only play a single note, InstaScale has a set of smart keys, each one capable of playing different notes. The new note will be based on the given scale, last note's position and the action of the key assigned to it.

InstaScale is available as a MIDI processor plugin that can be used in any DAW that supports VST instrument plugins (with MIDI routing) or AU MIDI effect plugins, given you the freedom to play any instrument you choose without any limitations regarding the sound and hardware.

What can I use it for?

  • Learning. With all the scales included in the plugin and various information displayed on the interface, Instascale can be a valuable source to study and learn different scales and modes very quickly.
  • Ear Training. Get familiar with the scales in different keys and modes without having to know how to play them. Train your ear to recognize intervals and distances quickly. Using the home feature you can stay on a certain note and see what feelings it creates compared to the other notes of that scale.
  • Serious playing. Instascale might seem like a strange and unfamiliar instrument at first but don't be fooled, like any other instrument with enough practice and dedication you can play a kind of mind blowing music that you could have never done with any other instrument out there.
  • Experimenting and getting inspired. Considering that you can never hit a wrong note with Instascale, just play random keys and get inspired by the unpredictable but musically pleasant results. Happy accidents always happen. You don't even have to use your MIDI keyboard, you can use your drum pad/kit, map the pads to the correct keys and start playing. You'd be surprised how cool it feels and sounds.
  • Breaking the rules. The foundation of the plugin is based on doing things differently, knowing the rules first and then breaking them. So let it inspire you to go even further and find new ways to create music without limiting your mind to the concept of black and white keys and minor and major scales. The plugin guards the rules but lets you change them, bend them or break them. It lets you change the scale, root and home notes on the fly, do crazy runs, it even allows you to create your own experimental scales.

We are sure you will find Instascale fun to use whether it be as an educational tool to learn scales or expand your current knowledge, as an outlet for creativity, as a quick reference, or to be applied to your live set. Just like the creation of music, the possibilities within Instascale are endless and at your fingertips.

How does it work?

InstaScale works as a VST instrument and AU MIDI effect plugin. It receives midi data from the controller and swaps it with the processed one. In VST mode the output can be routed to any other instrument in the host application using the available routing functions in that host. The AU version works as a midi effect only in hosts like Logic Pro x that supports the type. There are 16 playing keys that will be used to play the target instrument. What these keys do and where they're placed on the controller can be customized. They can have static offset values like 'Home' or a relative ones like '+2' or '-3'. Using this offset value and the previous note, the plug-in calculate the actual note the key plays. you can read more about the playing keys in the manual. In addition to playing keys there are some control keys that can be used to change and control some of the parameters of the plugin like scale and octave directly from the MIDI controller.




Features

  • Relative Playing. Experience the idea of relative notes and new possibilities to play musical instruments.
  • Scales. A list of commonly known and used scales such as Major, Minor, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor, Spanish, Arabic, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic, Blues, In Sen, Hirajoshi and more.
  • User friendly Interface: There are a lot of elements on the interface such as different readouts, virtual keyboards and graphics which help the user have a better experience and get the most out of the plugin.
  • Edit or Add Scales. Users can edit existing scales or add their own scales (Full version only).
  • Home Note. The home note can be changed from the root to any other note on the scale making it possible to play different modes or accompany chord changes.
  • Playing Keys with lots of options. For each of the 16 playing keys, there are two menus. The mapping menu, and the action menu. First one determines where the key is placed  on the controller, and includes a list of MIDI notes. The second menu determines what the key does and includes some static and some relative options like 'Home', 'Repeat', '+1', etc. You can read more about the playing keys in the manual.
  • Control Keys. There are several control keys that can be set and used to improve live performance. These keys provide an easy access to control and change the scale, octave, root and home parameters using midi notes on the controller.
  • Root -/+, Scale -/+, Home -/+, Octave -/+. When assigned to a midi note, these keys can be used to change the Key(root), Scale, Home Note and Octave by switching up or down the values.
  • Scale, Root, Home, Octave Switch keys. These assign a series of midi notes to be used to switch between specific values just by hitting a single note. For example by setting Root Switch to 'C2-B2', C2 on the controller will set the key to C, C# will set the key to C# and so on.
  • Poly: Multiple notes can be played simultaneously. Same notes can be stacked on top of each other to build chords. For example in C major, Home key plus two stacked +2 key will produce C major chord (C+E+G). The order of notes are important. So even if you're using MIDI editor in your DAW and placing them at the same point in time or even on top of each other, the first note created will be the first one processed and so the second note's value is based on the first ones.
  • Octave Shifter: Shifts the output octave up and down. Input octave can also be shifted to a more preferable playing position or to match the host's labels, using 'C2' menu.
  • Pass through mode: By changing the mode to pass through, users can bypass the plugin play the target instrument normally.
  • Map Playing and Control Keys: Instascale allows users to change the default settings and map all the keys to desired midi notes. Different keys can have the same offset value making it possible to set interesting playing modes.
  • Compatibility

  • InstaScale can be used on any software that supports VST/VST3 plugins with MIDI routing or AU, AAX MIDI effect type. But to make sure it's compatible with yours please try the Demo Version before you buy (only the C Major scale is available in the Demo Version).

  • Installation and Setup

  • The installation instruction will be included in the downloaded package and manual.

  • Tested OK on:

  • FL Studio 12
  • Cubase 9.5
  • Studio One 3
  • Ableton Live 9
  • Pro Tools 11+
  • Cubase 9.5
  • Studio One 3
  • Ableton Live 9
  • Logic Pro X
  • Pro Tools 11+
  • Incompatible

  • Maschine 2 (Win / Mac) No MIDI routing
  • Reason (Win / Mac) No MIDI routing

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Mac

  • macOS 10.15 and later (64-bit only) (M1 Apple Silicon Supported)
  • VST, VST3, AU and AAX

Important Notes:

  • There may be some issues with InstaChord on M1 Macs which W.A. Production are working on.
  • For M1 Mac users, please use the Trial Version first.

Windows

  • Windows 8 and later (32 / 64-bit)
  • VST, VST3 and AAX

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Phrasebox

Music Theory Tools by Venomode



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Description


A Phrase Arpeggiator for Creating Expressive Sequences from MIDI Chords

Turn simple chord sequences into expressive melody lines and musical phrases. Simply design your phrase in the piano roll, and Phrasebox will playback the pattern using whatever notes you input.

You have complete control over how the phrase is played. Select notes in pitch order, or use the special selectors – such as the loudest/quietest or first-played/last-played. Your phrase will be played back with sample-accurate timing.

DAW-Like Control

Phrasebox isn't like traditional step sequencers or arpeggiators – you have full control over the timing and length of notes as you would in your DAW. Alongside velocity controls, you can also adjust each note's transposition, and even select a random chance that the note will play.

If your transpositions end up falling between the notes of a scale, you can enable the "Lock To Key" feature to make sure your riffs are always in tune.

Controller Editing

Alongside note patterns, you can also send MIDI controller data. With up to 8 assignable controllers, you can design everything from piano parts using the hold pedal, to automated synth filters and pitch bends to make the perfect melody line.

Generation

If you want quick access to an unlimited number of phrases, you can use the built-in generation tools to quickly get inspiration. Simply set how you want the notes and controller data to be generated, and Phrasebox will create a unique phrase pattern with just the click of a button.

In Detail

Phrasebox is a phrase arpeggiator that gives you control over the playback like never before. With its DAW-like piano roll, you can create expressive, layered melodies that aren't limited in timing and length compared to traditional step arpeggiators.

The notes of the piano roll correspond to the pitch order of notes, with "special" notes (like the loudest or quietest notes played), which let you control exactly which notes you want to play. It also features a lock to key option so your transposed notes are never out of key, and the included controller window lets you also send MIDI CC data out to your instruments.

Phrasebox also features generation options, so you can generate unlimited unique phrases at the click of a button.



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  • Windows 7 / 8 / 10
  • 32 / 64-bit VST & AAX compatible DAW

macOS

  • OSX 10.7+
  • 64-bit VST / AU / AAX compatible DAW

Ubuntu

  • 18.04+
  • 64-bit VST Compatible DAW

Important Note: Due to MIDI routing limitation, Phrasebox is NOT compatible with Reason, Machine or VST3. Please download the demo version to test whether your DAW is compatible.

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Scaler 2

Music Theory Tools by Plugin Boutique



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Plugin Boutique Scaler 2

Empower the Composer Within

Scaler 2 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.

Already Own Scaler 1?

Upgrade to Scaler 2

If you already own Scaler 1, you can upgrade to Scaler 2 HERE.

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

Benefits

  • Discover your music’s key and explore alternative scales, modes and chord sets
  • Choose from hundreds of keys and modes, 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 300 unique genre, common and mood-based chord sets such as Chill, Drum & Bass, Jazz, Cinematic, EDM, Metal…
  • Browse chord variations to get suspended chords, extended chords, dominant sevenths and jazz chords
  • Create unique chords by searching & selecting from the circle of fifths or by entering note by note on your keyboard in Chord Create / Editor mode
  • Play melodic expressions with over 200 phrases, performances and rhythms by professional musicians across various time signatures
  • 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 or use over 30 internal electronic, acoustic and orchestral sounds
  • Play and record one-finger chords and melodies using Scaler 2’s Bind MIDI function
  • Establish your scale with audio detection as well as MIDI detection
  • Generate bass lines adapted to your current scale and chords with Bass Mode
  • Generate melody lines adapted to your current scale and chords with Melody Mode and Sequence Mode
  • Change keys, performances, melodies and basslines on the fly by MIDI Mapping to your computer keyboard or MIDI Controller
  • Get more natural-sounding melodies and expressions with the humanise and quantise function
  • Navigate between modes and pages using keyboard commands or UI buttons

What's new in version 2?

  • Redesigned from the ground up with over 600 new chord sets, hundreds of new scales, and 45 new instruments
  • Play melodic expressions with over 500 phrases, performances, sequences, basslines, melodies 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
  • Suggest Mode - Scaler 2 helps you add complexity and artistry to
    your chord progressions
  • Get more natural-sounding melodies and expressions with the humanise function
  • Edit Modes for adjusting length, velocity, inversion, octave, timing and performances more per chord in a pattern
  • Pad View helps you to arrange and play through 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 
  • Midi Mapping allows you to change, performances, scales and
    patterns on the fly
  • More than 100 new expressions in triplet feel and across several time signatures including 3/4, 5/4, 6/8, 12/8
  • New Chord Create / Editor mode - create chords by searching & selecting from the circle of fifths or by entering note by note on your keyboard

How it Works

Detect

Scaler 2 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 45 onboard instruments to play with as well.

Plugin Boutique Scaler 2

Chord Sets

Scaler 2 comes with over 400 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.

Plugin Boutique Scaler 2

Explore

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

Plugin Boutique 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. 

Plugin Boutique Scaler 2

Create

Suggest mode gives you chords compatible with your chord progression. 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 profiles lets you automatically invert notes to restrict playback within certain octaves or by using open voicing.

Plugin Boutique 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.

Plugin Boutique 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.

Plugin Boutique Scaler 2

Performance

With Performances, Phrases, Sequences, Basslines, Melodies 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 500 Expressions let you experiment with riffs and melodies, which can be locked to notes of your scale or a chord.

Plugin Boutique Scaler 2

What's new in version 2.5.0?

Suggest Mode

  • Generate chords compatible with your progression - follow Tonal or Scale relationships to build complex patterns
  • Works by analysing your current progression and suggestions based on internal artist based content
  • Generate random progressions and get inspired quickly

Guitar Overhaul

  • Chord Charts: Displays a guitar chord diagram for any chord in your Section C
  • Fretboard Views: New “Scale Degree” and “Scale Interval” views to explore the neck of your instrument
  • 5 New guitar-focused Voice Grouping profiles

Content

  • 4 New Sounds (Steel Acoustic, Electric Guitar, Retro Electric, Vintage Keys)
  • New Expression Mode: Strummed Sequences with 30 strumming patterns and variations
  • New Chord Sets (Pop Rock, Contemporary RnB, Pop Ballads, Deep House)
  • 20 Synth Sequences



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Mac

  • OS X 10.8 and later (macOS Monterey compatible)
  • 64-bit compatible only

Apple M1 Mac compatibility: Scaler is compatible with M1 machines natively and under Rosetta, we recommend using Rosetta for better stability. For more information, find out how to start Logic using Rosetta.

Formats

  • AAX
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST2
  • VST3

Windows

  • Windows 7 and later
  • 64-bit compatible only

Formats

  • AAX 
  • VST2
  • VST3

Scaler 2 Compatibility

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

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
  • Studio One 5 - OK
  • Ableton Live 9 - OK
  • Ableton Live 10 - OK
  • Logic Pro X - MIDI Routing functionality available
  • Logic Pro X 10.7.1 running on Mac M1 & macOS Monterey - OK - MIDI routing available when disabling MIDI 2.0 in Logic's Preferences section
  • Reaper - OK
  • Bitwig Studio 2 - OK
  • Bitwig Studio 3 - 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
  • Studio One 5 - OK
  • Ableton Live 9 - OK
  • Ableton Live 10 - OK
  • Reaper - OK
  • Bitwig Studio 2 - OK
  • Bitwig Studio 3 - 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.

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Midi Madness 3

Music Theory Tools by Midi Madness Software



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Description


The Algorithmic Melody Generator

Introducing Midi Madness 3 - The latest version of the world-class MIDI generator. Midi Madness 3 can create an unlimited number of melodies using a simple set of probability weightings. Simply set some parameters, such as a chord sequence and some MIDI controllers, and let Midi Madness go wild, creating melodies, chord progressions and sequences.

Create Unlimited Sequences

Midi Madness lets you create an unlimited amount of sequences. A simple 2-beat techno bassline? No problem. A 16-bar epic trance chord sequence? Easy. Crazy evolving arpeggios? Simple.

Load Your Synths

Alongside generating MIDI data, Midi Madness 3 can now let you host your own synths. Gone are the days of routing from track to track; simply load up your VST synth, and start playing straight away.

Perform Live

Midi Madness 3 includes brand new playback modes - freestyle and trigger. Freestyle gives Midi Madness its own mind and sets it off playing a unique sequence. Trigger mode lets you use incoming MIDI as a trigger. Simply bash your piano keys, and Midi Madness will make all the notes fit the current chord sequence.



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Windows

  • Windows Vista or later
  • VST Compatible DAW
  • Dual Core Processor
  • 2GB RAM+
  • 1920x1080+ Resolution

Mac OSX

  • Lion 10.7 or later
  • VST/AU Compatible DAW
  • Dual Core Processor
  • 2GB RAM+
  • 1920x1080+ Resolution

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deCoda

Music Theory Tools by zplane



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Learn Any Song with deCoda, the Song Deconstruction Tool

Learn and Analyze Any Song

Import an audio file and deCoda will tell you the key, the tempo and chords as well as identifying verse, chorus and other sections of the track.

Dive deeper with deCoda’s easy-to-use tools to help you really perfect playing a song. Bring the tempo down to hear nifty musicianship or change the key of the song to find one that’s more suited to your playing or singing style.

An intuitive Focus EQ helps you identify parts of the song that you want to filter out or hear isolated.

deCoda was inspired and informed by professionals in the music and recording industry to help you learn songs faster and easier than ever.

Created by zplane, deCoda is powered by the same technologies that are used by leading music-makers and producers all over the world.

zplane technology is included in many leading DAWs and can be heard on countless chart-topping hits.

Musical Navigation

deCoda's knowledge of a song's beat, tempo and structure let you navigate in musical terms rather than in samples or seconds. Explore the song in parts, bars or beats just with a keyboard hit or touch screen swipe. Automatically have a section loop and expand these loops just as quickly. Concentrate on your instrument, not the navigation.

Chord & Structure Recognition

deCoda decodes your song's musical data such as beat, tempo, key, chords and song structure. Using AI, deCoda makes educated guesses for each providing a good starting point for your edits. In some cases, you won't need to make any edits!

Piano Roll With Spectral View

The Piano Roll shows the melodic content of your song and lets you pick the notes that you can use for transcription. Results can be played back and exported as MIDI to your DAW or notation software.

Focus

Focus mode lets you highlight the instrument in the stereo mix that you want to hear. And, when you're done figuring out the part then switch to inverted Focus mode to remove the instrument and practice with the backing track.

Change Tempo, Pitch or Both!

zplane's elastique Pro is one of the best and the most used time-stretching algorithms in the world. And of course, it's also inside deCoda. You can slow things down or speed them up and change the key to make it fit your instrument or voice. deCoda also detects the tuning frequency of the song and matches it automatically to your preferred tuning frequency - no manual setup needed.

Metronome

Need a metronome for practice? If you want deCoda can add a metronome, clicking in 4th, 8th or 16th beats - always in sync with your song. It can also add a 1 or 2 bar count-in and even identify a potential upbeat, so you will never miss the first note again.

Internal Library

Everything you drop into deCoda will be kept safe in the internal library. No more hassle figuring out where to save a project or finding the corresponding audio file. Just type the song's name into the search bar, and in no time you're where you left off last time.

Sharing

Need to share a project with a bandmate, producer, friend or a student? No problem, just export the project, and all including the audio will be one easily shareable file. Also, you can export the slowed version of the loop you're working on to put it on any playback device. And just send the notes you've figured out to a MIDI file or directly to any notation software of your choice.

Light / Dark Theme

Wherever you're using deCoda, zplane has the theme to suit. Sitting in a cafe doing your transcriptions, the light theme will give you the necessary contrast. While the dark theme will reduce eye strain when practising in the studio, basement or figuring out a song at night.




Features

  • Find Key, tempo and chords with the help of advanced algorithms
  • Learn to play songs in parts with flexible looping options
  • Automatic song structure detection helps you find intro, verse, chorus etc.
  • Transpose parts or the entire track to a key that suits you better
  • Change tempo without changing the pitch
  • Use the Focus EQ to isolate a certain instrument
  • View the parts of the song on a piano roll display
  • Export MIDI parts that you have traced from the audio.
  • Audio formats - wav, aiff, mp3, wma, flac, ogg
  • Native compatibility with Apple M1 processors

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  • macOS 10.15 Catalina - macOS 12 Monterey (Intel & M1 Apple Silicon supported (64-bit only)
  • Minimum System CPU - 2 GHz
  • Minimum Screen Resolution - 1366 x 768

Windows

  • Windows 10 - Windows 11 (64-bit only)
  • Minimum System CPU - 2 GHz
  • Minimum Screen Resolution - 1366 x 768

Please note: This is a Standalone Application and not a VST/AU/AAX instrument.

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Guitar Pro 7.6

Music Theory Tools by Arobas Music



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It's time for you to experience Guitar Pro

Editing sheet music has never been easier

Guitar Pro allows you to edit your music scores and tablature for guitar, bass, and ukulele, as well as create backing tracks for drums or piano. This is a most thorough yet user-friendly tool for musicians who wish to get better, compose, or simply play along. Download the free trial and start editing your own music.

Guitar Pro 7.6, a major step forward

This new version is free for Guitar Pro 7 users. Opening tool windows by clicking on the score, file explorer, tablature editing for 9- and 10- strings guitars, mySongBook integration, batch conversion tool, MIDI import improvement, better orchestral soundbanks, enhanced drums view – discover the many new features of this update.

The library of music scores created by Guitar Pro

mySongBook brings you over 2,000 Guitar Pro transcriptions of your favourite songs available directly in the Guitar Pro software. You can shop for music scores by the unit and enjoy all of the guitarist’s favourite tools, to learn songs or create masterpieces.

Overview

Tablature and score reader

Guitar Pro offers many reading features: 3 types of notation (standard/tablature/slash), zoom and virtual fretboard/keyboard to visualize the exact positioning of your fingers on them.

Edit your compositions

Create your own professional scores for one or several instruments and capture your notes quickly with the numerical pad, the mouse, or even a MIDI instrument.

Mix your sounds

The sound engine offers more than 1000 sounds (presets) using 200 soundbanks and 80 effects/amps modeling recorded in studio. Select your sounds among Arobas' built-in sounds or create your own presets.

Improve your technique

Enjoy a series of tools to optimize your practice sessions: tempo, looper, metronome, chord and scale library, guitar and piano fretboard. You can also edit or buy full scores files and then be able to solo or mute individual parts.

Thousand of tabs online

The Guitar Pro file format is the most widespread when it comes to look for tabs online. Download songs online or access to 2000 high quality full instruments tabs made by the Arobas team on mySongBook.

Share your music

Print your tabs, read it on your Guitar Pro app for smartphone or tablet, or export it in various formats like PDF, audio, image, MusicXML, MIDI...

What's New

Guitar Pro 7.6 - Free feature update

This new version is free for Guitar Pro 7 users. Thanks to your generous feedback, Arobas have developed the best version of Guitar Pro to date. Improved ergonomics, new features, and better audio rendering – discover all of what version 7.6 has to offer.

Click & edit!

A major new feature for score editing. All you need to do now is click on the following elements of the score to edit them: title, clef, key signature, tempo, sections, tuning, chords, triplet feel, fermata...

Retrieve your Guitar Pro files faster

The browser lists all Guitar Pro files available on your hard disk or in a specific folder. The search box, together with the visual and audio preview, allow you to quickly find the files you are looking for.

Access the mySongBook score library

The browser also offers immediate access to the entire mySongBook collection (on subscription) or to files purchased on the website. Access a free new "Tab of the Day" every day.

Improved track-tuning window

We have completely redesigned the tuning window to make it more intuitive and easy to use. Now customize the tunings of your Guitar Pro 7.6 tracks string by string in just one click.

Customize your MIDI imports

The MIDI import window now offers many settings for you to get higher-quality Guitar Pro files: track merging, importing onto existing files, quantization, choice of notation and sound, preview...

Convert all your old files in one click

The batch converter allows you to convert all your Guitar Pro 1 to 6 files (.gtp,.gp3,.gp4,.gp5,.gpx) into Guitar Pro 7 (.gp) format. Simply choose the folder (and subfolders, if any) containing the files to convert. The original files are not deleted.

And also...

Tablature editing up to 9 and 10 strings

The Guitar Pro features have been extended to include tablature editing for 9- and 10-string guitars. The chord diagrams and the fretboard also adapt to those instruments. Thus, Guitar Pro 7.6 now makes it possible to edit tablatures for 3- to 10-string instruments.

Enhanced soundbanks for orchestra and ukulele

Guitar Pro's audio rendering makes use of a library that includes over 200 realistic instrument sounds, which allows you to fine-tune the sounds of the tracks in your compositions exactly as you wish. We have improved the accuracy of the soundbanks for the following instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and ukulele.

Drums instrument view optimized for editing

With the drums view, you can choose to display the drum-kit components above each notehead on the score preview. If you like writing your drum tracks in tablature with MIDI numbers, these are detailed on the bottom part of the window so they can be selected quickly without need to memorize MIDI numbers.

Merging and splitting staves

This new tool converts a single-staff track into a two-staff track and vice versa.

New features in Guitar Pro 7

This new version of Guitar Pro takes into account users’ many suggestions with a more complete and professional graphical rendering of musical scores, an improved MIDI and MusicXML import/export, the addition of audio export formats and the return of drum-track editing by use of tablature digits.

The software’s user-friendliness has been entirely redesigned and modernized to support creativity and make audio fine-tuning ever easier. The program is now smoother, faster, and compatible with high-resolution screens.

Finally, it has never been more simple and enjoyable to play a song with Guitar Pro, thanks its new audio line-in feature. 

  • New interface: The interface gets more modern still, and more user-friendly. A toolbar contains the main functionalities of the software and an inspector simplifies choosing the song and tracks settings.
  • Performance and ease of use: Software startup and file loading have been enhanced. Scrolling and zooming are now both smoother. The install/update process is also improved.
  • High resolution: The software is compatible with high resolution screens (Retina and HD) and touch screens.
  • Quality of the score's design: The score-display engine has been entirely rewritten for even more realistic, professional sheet music.
  • New musical notation elements: Notation now includes golpe, pick scrape, and dead slap. The writing of bends in standard notation has been enhanced, and we have improved the management of conflicts between the various elements of the score.
  • Tablature for all tracks: In addition to fretted instruments like guitars, standard notation gets automatically transposed into tablature — this on all tracks, including piano, voice or drums.
  • Connect your guitar to Guitar Pro: Plug your guitar into an external sound card connected to Guitar Pro and apply to it the effects exactly as they have been modeled for any track in a given file.
  • Polyphonic tuner: Simply brush down the six strings together to check their tuning in a single stroke.
  • New instrument banks: Many sounds have been added, including the dobro, flamenco, manouche, and 7-string nylon guitars, the electric sitar, fretless bass, jazz double bass, accordions, mellotron, harmonicas, bagpipe, new synthesizers, and drum machines.
  • Stereo sounds: You can choose between mono and stereo for all acoustic instruments, as well as add automatic spacialization to drumkits.
  • Simplified audio adjustments: Choose and modify your sound from over 1000 presets combining a soundbank and an effects chain.
  • Mixing MIDI/RSE: Guitar Pro 7.6 makes it possible, within any given single file, to mix tracks that use MIDI tones with others that use RSE tones.
  • Improved instrument views: The virtual-instrument (guitar, bass, banjo, piano, and drums) windows are resizable.
  • Lock your files: You may lock your file to prevent any accidental modification. You may also add a password to it, to keep it from being opened or edited.
  • New audio-export formats: MP3, FLAC and Ogg formats are available when exporting RSE (Realistic Sound Engine) tracks. It is also possible to export all tracks separately in a single operation.
  • MIDI and MusicXML formats: Imports and exports in MIDI and MusicXML formats have been improved for better compatibility between Guitar Pro and other musical software programs.



Features

  • Read Music Scores and Tabs

  • Guitar Pro is a powerful score player really helpful to learn how to play, improve your technique, reproduce your favourite songs or accompany yourself.

  • Guitar Pro allows you to compose and read music scores using the musical notation of your favourite instrument. Display the tablature notation to learn guitar riffs or use the standard notation to read music score for piano, drums, brass and strings. Rediscover also the Slash notation to sight-read easily rhythmic patterns from chord charts.

  • Hit play and the tab automatically scrolls on. A highlighted cursor lets you know which note is being played and the sound engine reproduces all of the effects specific to the guitar: pickstroking and fingerpicking, bend, slide and ghost notes. You can also adjust tempo or use the speed trainer to loop a section of the score while inscreasing the bpm (beat per minute).

  • Drive your Guitar Pro files with the instrument's global view available below the sheet music. It allows you to have a synthetic view of the instrument tracks and thus to easily move around it. You can define various sections in a score, such as intro, verse, or chorus. Audio mixing features are included in this overview. You can mute one or several tracks, and choose to show or hide them. Simply solo/mute the tracks you want as if you were playing along with your band.

  • Music Score Edition

  • Express your talent by creating your own scores in a matter of minutes. You can edit the notes directly on the standard score or on the tablature. All the usual musical symbols pertaining to the guitar and to other stringed instruments are available. The notes capture can be made quickly with the numerical pad, the mouse, or even a MIDI instrument.

  • Customize your score

  • Based on the classic or jazz styles, you can set 70 different parameters, configure the layout of your scores exactly as you wish, and get professional-level paper printouts.

  • Create multitrack scores

  • The multitrack edition allows you to create music scores with dozens of instruments: guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, strings, brass and many more.

  • Notation elements

  • Guitar Pro allows you to add to your score all of the usual musical symbols pertaining to the guitar and to other stringed instruments.

  • Bar and sheet music organization

  • Key, key signature and rhythm rendition for your sheet music. Bar repetition, repeat bar, da coda, da segno, return to the line and section name (verse, chorus, bridge…) for your bars.

  • Music notation

  • Note value (from whole note to sixty-fourth note), triolets, n-tuplets, rest, dynamics, accents, tied note, accidental, fingering for left and right hand, up and down pick strokes, barre chords, stems and ligatures. You can also add comments to the score, lyrics and chord diagrams.

  • Playing effects

  • Let ring, palm mute, natural and artificial harmonic, bends, tremolo bar, vibratos, slides, hammer on, pull off, tapping, slapping, hoping, brushes, rasguedo, grace note, trill, tremolos, crescendo/decrescendo and fade in/fade out.

  • Tools for Composing Music

  • Ask any chord and Guitar Pro will display all possible positions on the fretboard. Draw a diagram by clicking on the chord grid and see all matching names.

  • View and listen many scales from the most common to the most exotic ones. The selected scale can be displayed on the fretboard or piano to help you compose your song, write a solo or melody line.

  • Easily enter the lyrics of your songs and arrange them at bottom of your vocal track. You can also add annotations to point riffs or solos out that might need some extra explanation for being played properly.

  • Polyphonic tuner

  • The polyphonic tuner allows you to tune your guitar by plugging it into your sound card or via a microphone. Just one brush-down stroke allows you to check the tuning of all six strings at once.

  • Virtual instruments

  • Virtual instruments let you view and enter musical notes from a graphical representation of your instrument. It can display notes of the current time, the notes of the current bar or of the selected scale. Intuitive and easy to use, it is an ideal tool for beginners or tablature notation fans.

  • Print and Share Your Files

  • Guitar Pro Import/Export: Import your .gtp, .gp3, .gp4, .gp5 and .gpx files. Export them with Guitar Pro 7.6 in .gp5, .gp and .gpx format.
  • PowerTab/TablEdit Import: Guitar Pro allows you to import files from others tablature editor softwares.
  • MIDI Import/Export: Import and export your files in MIDI format for further processing in a sequencer.
  • ASCII Import/Export: Import and export your files in ASCII. The ASCII format — or simple text file — was the first format used for the sharing of tablatures.
  • MusicXML Import/Export: MusicXML is a digital sheet music interchange and distribution format used by a wide range of music notation softwares.
  • MP3, WAV, FLAC, Ogg and AIFF Export: You can convert a Guitar Pro file into an audio file for you to create your own backing tracks.
  • PDF Export: The PDF format is a standard when you wish to print or share your music scores with musicians.
  • PNG Export: Exporting into PNG (image) will let you save your tablatures as big-sized pictures. Those pictures can for instance be integrated into a webpage for wider diffusion.
  • Lock/Unlock a file: It is possible to lock your files with a password in order to protect and share them. You can block a file from being opened, or modified.

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  • OS: Windows 7 or greater, macOS X 10.10 or greater
  • Architecture: 32 or 64-Bit
  • CPU: Dual-core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • HD free space: 2 GB
  • Screen resolution : 960x720 pixels display
  • Administrator rights
  • Audio device
  • Internet connection required to download the software.

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Harvest

Music Theory Tools by Harvest Plugins



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Description


Unlimit Your MIDI

Harvest is a MIDI sequence generator. It's a VST Plugin that can produce melodies, chords, and drum patterns. Generate unique loops, subtly tweak melodies or create MIDI chaos.

  • Stop running out of ideas.
  • A MIDI generator that you control with instruments.
  • Reduce the need for sample packs.
  • Get unstuck using a unique workflow.
  • Kick start your next project.

Harvest is a MIDI generating workflow for writing music in your DAW. Harvest allows the use of physical MIDI instruments to tap rhythms and select notes, so writing music with Harvest is uniquely intuitive and fun. Designed to combine your creative input with randomization, and to be a source of inspiration whenever you need it while reducing the need for sample packs.

Use it to generate melodies, chord progressions and drum patterns.




Features

  • Interactive piano roll so you can be specific when you need to.
  • Preset scales and customizable scales - control the feeling of your sequences.
  • The ability to tap rhythms - rhythms can be randomly generated too, but playing an instrument gives you creative control.
  • Lock tool for filtering out parts that don't work, so you're left with the best.
  • 8 Effects that give even more creative control over the randomness.
  • Live Mode - use Harvest as a fancy arpeggiator.
  • Drag and Drop
  • Rhythm Panel

  • Sequence Details

  • Effects Panel

  • Additional Functions


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Windows:

  • PC with Windows 7 (with SP 1), Windows 8 or Windows 10
  • DAW with VST Support (64-bit only)
  • Broadband internet connection for installation.
  • 20mb free disk space.

macOS:

  • Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 - macOS 10.15
  • DAW with VST or AU Support (64-bit only)
  • Broadband internet connection for installation.
  • 20mb free disk space.

DAW Compatibility

Support DAW's:

  • FL Studio
  • Ableton Live
  • Logic Pro X
  • Cubase
  • Studio One
  • Reaper

Unsupported DAW's:

  • Pro Tools
  • Reason

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Forager

Music Theory Tools by Harvest Plugins



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Description


Need Inspiration for Your Tracks?

A fresh, exciting chord progression is a perfect way to inspire amazing melodies, bass lines and drum patterns. But sometimes habits keep us from writing chord progressions that truly inspire us. Forager presents a way of creating unique chord progressions that help do just that.

Overview

Note Selection Panel

Chord List

Grid Matrix

Filter Panel




Features

  • Easily Play All Chords Using an Actual MIDI Instrument (don't kill creativity by dragging and dropping).
  • Use the Element of Surprise to Explore New Vibes (using Forager is actually FUN).
  • Break Out of Your Usual Patterns (Forager provides an entirely new workflow guaranteed to get you creating songs you never imagined).
  • Control the Complexity of Your Chords (easily break out of key without creating chaos in your track).
  • Originality-Centric Workflow (take all the creative credit, don't use packs someone else made).
  • Made For All Genres Of Music (control how simple or complex you make your chord progressions).
  • Usable With Any Sound (you can play all your chords & progressions with your favourite instruments & synths).
  • Compatible With Most DAWs (plus both Mac & PC).

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Windows

  • PC with Windows 7 (with SP 1), Windows 8 or Windows 10
  • DAW with VST Support (64-bit only)
  • Broadband internet connection for installation.
  • 20 MB free disk space.

macOS

  • Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 - macOS 10.15
  • DAW with AU / VST Support (64-bit only)
  • Broadband internet connection for installation.
  • 20 MB free disk space.

DAW Compatibility

Supported DAW's:

  • FL Studio
  • Ableton Live
  • Logic Pro X
  • Cubase
  • Studio One
  • Reaper
  • BitWig
  • Cakewalk
  • Mixcraft
  • Waveform
  • MuLab

Unsupported DAW's:

  • Pro Tools
  • Reason

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Melody Sauce

Music Theory Tools by EVAbeat



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Description


Memorable melodies. Instant inspiration.

Create melodies like the pros.
 

Melody Sauce is a midi melody creator plugin.  It's for any producer who struggles to come up with instrumental melody ideas, needs some melodic inspiration, or wants to speed up their workflow with an unlimited supply of instant melodies created for you at the click of a button. 

Whether you’re working on a Trap beat or an EDM banger, Melody Sauce’s simple interface helps you easily create catchy, versatile melodies and toplines, which you can use straight out of the box or as musical starting points to spark your creativity. It's the perfect tool for getting you started on your next project or overcoming beat-block.

Melody Sauce creates MIDI melodies, simply connect it to any of your favourite software instruments in your DAW to create melodies “on the fly”. Melody Sauce’s midi-drag-and-drop features also allows you to work on the melodies inside your DAW.

None of the melodies are pre-programmed, they are created for you based on the parameters you control using complex algorithms that are capable of creating a near-endless supply of melodic ideas.

And you don’t need in-depth music theory knowledge to get the best out of Melody Sauce, just your ears.




Features

  • VST plugin (AU MIDI FX in Logic) that generates 4-bar to 8-bar MIDI melodies
  • Simply connect the midi to any software instrument
  • Get instant melody inspiration for your productions
  • Create, audition and modify melodies at the click of a button
  • Advanced generative algorithms capable of creating millions of melodies
  • Melodies are not pre-programmed, they are created for you on-demand
  • Simple interface and intuitive controls help you guide the output
  • Select between Light and Dark mood, and Simple and Complex settings
  • Select the basic rhythmic feel of the melodies (Speed, Swing, Triplet, Syncopation)
  • Instantly add harmonies to generated melodies
  • Generate and modify melodies inside the plugin as your DAW project plays 
  • Or drag-and-drop MIDI clips into you DAW for further editing
  • An unlimited supply of unique melodies, no two melodies are the same
  • Speed up your workflow and overcome beat block
  • For all commercial genres from Trap & Hip Hop to EDM, House and Pop 
  • For all major DAWs (any DAW that can route MIDI from one plugin to another)
  • No need for in-depth music theory knowledge
  • How Does It Work?

  • Once you’ve loaded Melody Sauce in your DAW, simply set any software instrument to receive MIDI from Melody Sauce and you are ready to begin creating melodies.

  • Melody Sauce’s simple interface is designed to allow you to experiment with the various settings and easily create and audition different types of melody, even whilst your project is playing.  Or you can create as many melodies as you want and drag them instantly into your DAW.

  • Simple Controls

  • Guide the output with Melody Sauce’s simple controls to create exactly the types of melody you need.  Set the key and octave, along with the basic rhythmic feel you need via on/off controls for Swing, Triplet and Syncopation.  Select these at any time, either before you create your melodies, or whilst created melodies are playing to instantly modify them.

  • Mood and Complexity

  • Creating melodies couldn’t be simpler via the central creator pads.  Clicking one of these pads will instantly generate a 4-bar or 8-bar MIDI melody (depending on the Speed selected) that’s created for you based on the parameters you’ve selected and that plays in sync with your project.   

  • These pads are set out in pre-arranged mood and complexity combinations - Light, Dark or Both moods, and Simple, Complex or Both complexity - so that you can instantly select a different combination by clicking a different pad. Continuously create audition new melodies whilst your song plays until you find the one you’re looking for.

  • Drag-and-Drop

  • Instantly export midi clips for melodies you’ve created by dragging them from Melody Bank straight to your DAW.

  • Instantly swap the notes of a melody with some new notes whilst keeping the same rhythm.  You can also swap between new Light and Dark notes.  This is useful when you’ve found a rhythm you like, or when you want to create multiple versions of a melody to create some melodic development or counter melodies.  

  • Harmonize 

  • The Harmonize buttons allow you to instantly add simple 2-part harmonies to the melodies you’ve created.  Choose between Low, Mid and High harmonies.


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  • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (compatible with M1 via Rosetta)
  • Windows 7 or higher
  • 4GB of RAM required
  • Internet connection for download & product activation
  • 3 computer activations per license key.

DAW Compatibility

  • FL Studio 20
  • Ableton Live 9.5 - 11
  • Logic Pro X
  • Cubase 9 & 10
  • Studio One 4
  • Reaper 5
  • Acid Pro 8 & 9
     

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TONIC

Music Theory Tools by zplane



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Unlock Your Music - Intelligent Key & Scale finder

Find the key of your loops, remixes, and song ideas with TONIC by zplane. Use the AI-powered music theory plugin to find the scales and chords that work with your music.

Put TONIC on any audio track and hit play in your DAW. TONIC will analyze the sound in real-time and present you with up to three suggested keys with a graphical representation showing the confidence level. Fold-out the keys panel and try out notes and chords for the suggested keys to find the perfect fit.

Add bass, melody or harmony to your tracks with ease when knowing the key, scale and chords that work well with your recordings and samples.

One Size Doesn't Fit All

Sometimes more than one key can fit the audio—see and compare multiple possibilities with TONIC which shows 3 keys listed by probability.

Stay Sharp

Select whether TONIC should display keys using sharp instead of flat enharmonic spellings.

Just The Right Notes

Use Fold Keys to hide all but the correct notes for the selected key—validate the key and learn its scale quickly.

Chords That Fit

Enable Chords mode to see and hear the various chords that perfectly fit the selected key.




Features

  • Detect the key in any audio recording
  • Explore the compatible notes and chords with the fold-out Keyboard View
  • Mono and Stereo operation
  • Reference tuning detection for recordings that deviate from A440
  • Offline mode – detect the key before loading audio files into samplers
  • Native compatibility with both Intel and M1 Macs

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macOS

  • macOS 10.15 or higher
  • Intel or Apple Silicon processor 64-bit
  • VST3, AU, AAX
  • 32kHz - 192kHz sample rate

Windows

  • Windows 10
  • Intel Processor 64-bit
  • VST3, AAX
  • 32kHz - 192kHz sample rate

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Chord Prism

Music Theory Tools by Mozaic Beats



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Description


Chord FX Suite

Easily create your own professional-sounding basslines, melodies and arpeggios over any chord progression.

Chord Generator

Play one finger chords from any Key or Scale. Choose from multiple chord types (triads, 7ths, 9ths) and multiple inversion and voice leading options.  Apply Strum, Repeat, Hold and Velocity effects.

Smart Scale

Play amazing basslines and melodies with Mozaic Beats' patented Smart Scale. Features different mappings for different experience levels.  For beginner mappings, the Scale shifts with each Chord Selection. This allows you to keep your hand in the same position, while the right tones shift to your fingers.

Step Sequencers

Program and apply different rhythmic patterns to the content you create with the Chord Generator and Smart Scale. Chord Prism comes with a wide range of genre-based presets which take full advantage of the Step Sequencers.

Multi Arp

Create from a palette of multiple one finger arpeggios which can be applied to any chord selection. Mozaic Beats' patented Multi Arp allows you to mix and match arp patterns into unique directional and tempo changing combinations.

Instance Sync

When using multiple instances of Chord Prism within a project, each instance will share Key, Scale and Chord information. This allows you to quickly add elements like bass, melody and arpeggios to a chord progression without having to think about what tones will work over the chords.

Multi-Instrument Performance

Play a chord progression, melody and bassline simultaneously with different instruments inside of your DAW...  like you have four hands. Chord Prism's Mute buttons allow you to isolate specific roles for each instance.

Chord Editor

Adjust the notes of each defined chord on a step by step basis with Mozaic Beats' patented Chord Editor. Create any inversion, voicing, extended or altered chord imaginable. A powerful tool for more experienced users looking for advanced accompaniment options.

Export MIDI

Once you have gotten your track to where you want it, you can easily drag and drop the actual midi notes being performed to an instrument track within your DAW.

Key/Chord Shifters

Change your key or chord types on the fly with Chord Prism's shifter keys. Great for live performance or quickly auditioning different ideas in the studio.



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  • Mac OS X 10.11 and above including Big Sur (64-bit only).
  • Windows 7 and above (32-bit and 64-bit compatible).

Most DAWs - Chord Prism is recognized as a VST Instrument within your DAW.  It does not produce any sound, but can be set up as a MIDI Output to another instrument within your DAW.  You can then record your selections to the Chord Prism track, which will control the playback of another instrument track.  You can also export the midi from Chord Prism to other instrument tracks. Multiple instances of Chord Prism can be used within a project.

Maschine and Reason - Since these DAWs do not allow for routing MIDI from one track to another, Chord Prism allows you to load an additional VST Instrument within itself. You can scan your VST instruments into Chord Prism's library or drag and drop individual VST instruments from their folders on your computer to the Chord Prism Library.

Logic Pro - Chord Prism can be used just like native Logic MIDI Effects, where it is placed in front of the instrument in the signal chain.

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CHORDS

Music Theory Tools by W.A. Production



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Inspirational Chord Progressions to Kickstart Your Music

When you first sit down at a blank project sometimes you need a fresh hit of motivation and creativity. That’s why CHORDS is here for you. Originally designed for EDM productions, but useful for a variety of genres, this clever workstation will conjure chords of all shapes and sizes with just a couple of clicks. Try out new ideas for your tracks within the intuitive interface and let this plugin take the strain, from suggesting single 4-note chords to producing entire 8-chord riffs.

CHORDS must be assigned to a MIDI track or instrument track on your DAW via MIDI In. For the required routing setup, follow instructions in the manual of your DAW. The innovative software will generate looped options for up to 8 chords with full control over chord shape, inversions, velocity and more. Then just drag the MIDI straight from the plugin to your project, letting your creativity flow freely, guided by the suggestions from CHORDS.

Global or Granular

Use the global controls to adjust inversions, length, speed and root key of the entire playback, making on-the-fly adjustments to your entire riff a simple process. To get into the detail, click a segment for more granular control over chord shapes (including major/minor variations), individual inversions and velocity. 

Simple Segments

With up to 8 segments, each containing a different chord type, you can choose to trigger between one and four notes per chord. The playback of these segments syncs to the host BPM of your DAW, always remaining locked in time. You can add and subtract segments with ease and change a range of parameters, independently for each segment. 

Essential Parameters 

Each segment can be programmed with inversions from -6 to +6, transforming chord shapes and placing the root note inside of the chord itself. Experiment by pushing the lowest notes up an octave, or highest notes down an octave, turning your chords inside out.

Just The Tonic

With your chords loaded and a segment chosen, use the 18 buttons in the centre of the interface to choose Tonic, Subdominant or Dominant chord shapes. From simple triads, right through to more complex shapes, let CHORDS find the right notes for any related chord. Fancy a G7sus4 or a Bm7b5? Just let this plugin find the correct notes and work out the difficult stuff for you.

Export MIDI

To get the chord progressions into your own projects, simply drag and drop from the plugin to your DAW. Then you can edit to your heart’s content, chopping up the MIDI, transposing and twisting the CHORDS suggestions to suit your own style of music.

Powerful Presets

CHORDS includes a huge number of factory preset progressions, all labelled in detail. These are useful musical motifs to get you up and running quickly which can eventually become the basis for whole tracks. 

W. A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio quality processing quickly and easily. Enjoy!




Features

  • Chord-creating MIDI effect
  • Connects to any sequencer
  • Global and per-segment control
  • Intelligent harmonic progressions
  • Preview mode for in-plugin playback
  • Export MIDI
  • Factory presets
  • Resizable interface
  • PDF Manual & Tutorial video

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  • Windows 8 and later (64-bit only)
  • macOS 10.15 and later (64-bit only)

Please Note: AAX Format requires ProTools 11 or higher.

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