Free Combinator Patch - VOICER for Scales & Chords

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Timmy Crowne
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Post 07 Aug 2018

Hey folks, here's something I've been working on for the past few days. Voicer is a Combinator patch that allows you to program different Scales & Chords settings for all 12 notes of the chromatic scale, unlocking a bit more potential from the stock player device. Key, scale, note count, inversion, open voicing, octave doubling and added color tones can all be adjusted per note.

Here's a quick demo:


The eagle-eyed (or eared?) among you might notice a G7sus4 and a Bmin7b5 in there, as well as several chromatic passing chords. These chords aren't normally possible to get from the Scales & Chords device without automation, but by pre-programming different settings for each note, it works out!

To program settings, click the “SHOW DEVICES” button. Hold the desired note on your MIDI or on-screen keyboard and locate the corresponding CV8X4 device (labeled “C, D♭, etc.) Each knob adjusts the numbered parameters on the Combinator's front panel (each CV1 knob adjusts KEY for its note, each CV2 knob adjusts SCALE, etc.)

Adjust the knobs while holding a note and see the parameters on the above Scales & Chords device change to taste. Note that this instance of S&C is merely a display unit. The actual audio path is at the bottom of the Combinator stack. The bottom ID8 device is sounding the notes, and of course it can be replaced with any other Reason instrument.

The front-panel buttons can be used to quickly overwrite their indicated parameters for the whole program. The front-panel rotaries are automatically adjusted via the Combinator’s rear CV inputs, so manually adjusting them should best be avoided as it will offset the calibration. Voicer uses the mod wheel to trigger the “ALTER” button in S&C.

By default, chords are mapped to the C major key, with passing chords built on the chromatic notes in between. The default mapping includes a sus4 chord on G and a dim (m7b5) chord on B. The pitch wheel can be used to transpose the entire program +/- 12 semitones. In order to ensure all voicing functions are complete before notes are sounded, Voicer employs a 4ms lookahead function at the MIDI input.
Voicer Pic.png
Download VOICER for Scales & Chords

Voicer requires 2 free rack extensions:
CV8X4 CV Generator from Aftermath Audio
ModSelsor CV Selector & Sensor from Hamu

Special thanks to the memory of Håkan Müller. His work made this whole idea possible.

Have fun.
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MrFigg
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Post 07 Aug 2018

I’m at work and just read your description of the combi and now I just want to get home and download it. Sounds awesome man :). Thanks.

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Noplan
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Post 07 Aug 2018

Awesome. Thanks.

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Post 07 Aug 2018

Nice work! Thanks

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Catblack
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Post 08 Aug 2018

Brilliant!
Do you sing like Olive Oyl on purpose? You guys must be into the Eurythmics.

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Post 08 Aug 2018

Scales and Chords don't interest me however you caught my attention with all those CV8x4's MMMMmmmmmmmm lovely LOL

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Post 08 Aug 2018

Now there's 'Awesome', and then there's 'XXL Awesome', and this is definitely the bigger one. Deep respect Timmy, but now I must return to exploring that coding and tracking that wiring loom.......

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Post 08 Aug 2018

cool cool cool

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Post 08 Aug 2018

Timmy Crowne wrote:
07 Aug 2018
Hey folks, here's something I've been working on for the past few days. Voicer is a Combinator patch that allows you to program different Scales & Chords settings for all 12 notes of the chromatic scale, unlocking a bit more potential from the stock player device. Key, scale, note count, inversion, open voicing, octave doubling and added color tones can all be adjusted per note.

Here's a quick demo:


The eagle-eyed (or eared?) among you might notice a G7sus4 and a Bmin7b5 in there, as well as several chromatic passing chords. These chords aren't normally possible to get from the Scales & Chords device without automation, but by pre-programming different settings for each note, it works out!

To program settings, click the “SHOW DEVICES” button. Hold the desired note on your MIDI or on-screen keyboard and locate the corresponding CV8X4 device (labeled “C, D♭, etc.) Each knob adjusts the numbered parameters on the Combinator's front panel (each CV1 knob adjusts KEY for its note, each CV2 knob adjusts SCALE, etc.)

Adjust the knobs while holding a note and see the parameters on the above Scales & Chords device change to taste. Note that this instance of S&C is merely a display unit. The actual audio path is at the bottom of the Combinator stack. The bottom ID8 device is sounding the notes, and of course it can be replaced with any other Reason instrument.

The front-panel buttons can be used to quickly overwrite their indicated parameters for the whole program. The front-panel rotaries are automatically adjusted via the Combinator’s rear CV inputs, so manually adjusting them should best be avoided as it will offset the calibration. Voicer uses the mod wheel to trigger the “ALTER” button in S&C.

By default, chords are mapped to the C major key, with passing chords built on the chromatic notes in between. The default mapping includes a sus4 chord on G and a dim (m7b5) chord on B. The pitch wheel can be used to transpose the entire program +/- 12 semitones. In order to ensure all voicing functions are complete before notes are sounded, Voicer employs a 4ms lookahead function at the MIDI input.

Voicer Pic.png

Download VOICER for Scales & Chords

Voicer requires 2 free rack extensions:
CV8X4 CV Generator from Aftermath Audio
ModSelsor CV Selector & Sensor from Hamu

Special thanks to the memory of Håkan Müller. His work made this whole idea possible.

Have fun.
I’ve been automating the hell out of S&C since I got my hands on it. Interesting device that you’ve made. I’ve yet to check it out, but thank you for contributing to the community!
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Post 08 Aug 2018

this is wonderful thank you

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Timmy Crowne
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Post 11 Aug 2018

Hey everybody, thanks and you're welcome! Hope you find this patch as useful and fun to play around with as I do.

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Post 11 Aug 2018

Timmy Crowne wrote:
11 Aug 2018
Hey everybody, thanks and you're welcome! Hope you find this patch as useful and fun to play around with as I do.
I'm really enjoying it! I am going to work up a version that uses 4 Volt SL1s so I can have access to those pattern sets. Maybe map the SL1 patterns to the expression pedal so I can feel things out as I play.

Here's a little test I did last night.


I had tried to use keynote2 before, I didn't realize the secret was to scale it with the MIDI gate!
Do you sing like Olive Oyl on purpose? You guys must be into the Eurythmics.

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Post 06 Oct 2018

Timmy Crowne wrote:
07 Aug 2018
Hey folks, here's something I've been working on for the past few days. Voicer is a Combinator patch that allows you to program different Scales & Chords settings for all 12 notes of the chromatic scale, unlocking a bit more potential from the stock player device. Key, scale, note count, inversion, open voicing, octave doubling and added color tones can all be adjusted per note.

Here's a quick demo:


The eagle-eyed (or eared?) among you might notice a G7sus4 and a Bmin7b5 in there, as well as several chromatic passing chords. These chords aren't normally possible to get from the Scales & Chords device without automation, but by pre-programming different settings for each note, it works out!

To program settings, click the “SHOW DEVICES” button. Hold the desired note on your MIDI or on-screen keyboard and locate the corresponding CV8X4 device (labeled “C, D♭, etc.) Each knob adjusts the numbered parameters on the Combinator's front panel (each CV1 knob adjusts KEY for its note, each CV2 knob adjusts SCALE, etc.)

Adjust the knobs while holding a note and see the parameters on the above Scales & Chords device change to taste. Note that this instance of S&C is merely a display unit. The actual audio path is at the bottom of the Combinator stack. The bottom ID8 device is sounding the notes, and of course it can be replaced with any other Reason instrument.

The front-panel buttons can be used to quickly overwrite their indicated parameters for the whole program. The front-panel rotaries are automatically adjusted via the Combinator’s rear CV inputs, so manually adjusting them should best be avoided as it will offset the calibration. Voicer uses the mod wheel to trigger the “ALTER” button in S&C.

By default, chords are mapped to the C major key, with passing chords built on the chromatic notes in between. The default mapping includes a sus4 chord on G and a dim (m7b5) chord on B. The pitch wheel can be used to transpose the entire program +/- 12 semitones. In order to ensure all voicing functions are complete before notes are sounded, Voicer employs a 4ms lookahead function at the MIDI input.

Voicer Pic.png

Download VOICER for Scales & Chords

Voicer requires 2 free rack extensions:
CV8X4 CV Generator from Aftermath Audio
ModSelsor CV Selector & Sensor from Hamu

Special thanks to the memory of Håkan Müller. His work made this whole idea possible.

Have fun.
Download link isn't working :cry:

PhillipOrdonez
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Post 06 Oct 2018

Download link isn't working :cry:
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It worked for me just fine.

Thanks op for this, it looks very interesting, will delve into it once the work day is over and try to see if i can get around programming different scales. Cheers!
Kjempefint :)

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Catblack
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Post 07 Oct 2018

I did work up a version with Volt's SL1, but I kept getting serious high DSP usage with it. I'm not sure if it was my setup or what my computer was running in early August when you posted this combi. Or if it's the routings with the SL1 or maybe the ModSelector eating up dsp bars. But your Voicer combi is really super nice. Seems to be working a bit better for me now.

I really love it!
Do you sing like Olive Oyl on purpose? You guys must be into the Eurythmics.

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Post 12 Jan 2019

Thanks again for your work Timmy, and for posting this in my thread about S&C. I'm having a lot of fun with it and being able to "program" chords of my choice is awesome, although a bit time consuming and tricky to work precisely with, but that is no critique at all, it's just sad that we don't have this option in the regular S&C player.

I'm a jazz artist now, just so you know. Lol.

Man I really wish I understood what is going on in that combinator. It probably doesn't help that I don't have a clue about what either CV8x4 or ModSelsor are doing exactly. And what are those two blocks of player devices for? Do they receive MIDI data separately and are blended together after the fact? Did you by any chance make some sort of sketch/diagram/tutorial on how to build this from scratch? Your combinator is one wonderful big mystery to me :)

Anyway thanks again for this tool!
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