Thursday, March 16, 2017

ScaleMaster 2 for macOS Released



ScaleMaster 2 is is a fantastic new upgrade to the venerable ScaleMaster app. It has been re-designed from the ground up with a very modern interface and includes a lot of new functionality like scale documents, much improved MIDI support, scrollable instruments and full screen mode.

The most important new addition to ScaleMaster 2 are exercises, because playing along with an exercise is sometimes more useful than merely looking up a scale for reference. To provide a useful working environment for reference as well as exercise related tasks ScaleMaster 2 introduces scale documents. Each document stands for a specific scale, instrument and exercise - all of which can of course be changed at will. This makes an easy task of going back and forth between different scales and you can share them with a friend or student. And switching between reference and exercise modes just takes a click or key stroke. 
As in previous versions scales can still be played back in reference mode. In exercise mode, however, there is an optional count-in, the playback speed can be controlled and then there is the new exercise generation interface. It allows the creation of of exercises based on range, initial direction and scale pattern. Exercises also offer a reverse option so any pattern created can be played bi-directionally. Having a reverse mode is incredibly useful for practicing because getting a scale under one’s fingers in one direction may take some effort. Tagging on the reverse a bit later then only takes a mouse click. 

ScaleMaster 2 also offers several new MIDI-related features. It supports all class-compliant MIDI controllers and implements virtual MIDI. That way it is possible to play ScaleMaster’s instruments via MIDI controller, even record small parts as exercise and use a properly configured DAW for playback if so desired. 

All instruments have been completely re-designed in ScaleMaster 2. They are housed in fully scrollable views with 24 frets for string instruments and a full 88-key piano keyboard. We also added the entire classical string family of instruments and refactored left-handed mode to a vertical reflection which is easier to read. All string instruments can be detuned and there are several tuning presets for instruments like guitar or bass.
With ScaleMaster’s chord matching feature an extensive list of chords can be matched to appropriate scales. Matches are displayed in the notation view with chord tones highlighted in red. On play the entire scale is played with the chord at the end. Chord matching comes in very handy when trying to determine which scales to use in improvisation and gives a number of alternatives to one's go-to scale choices.

Scales are elementary to all musicianship. They provide flavor and harmonic structure, but are at the same time fairly complex. Designed for the beginning musician as well as the professional, ScaleMaster has become a staple app for many musicians as an excellent tool towards advancement in theory and scales in particular. ScaleMaster 2 adds improvements in almost every aspect and makes an easy task of looking up a scale in seconds, getting a taste of its flavor and practicing it.

If you are interested in ScaleMaster 2 please make sure to read the online documentation which is quite extensive and includes many screenshots: http://bit.ly/2ncjRw7

Instruments:
Banjo, Bass, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Viola, Violin

Features:
• Exercise Generation
• Chord/scale matching
• Adjustable tuning for string instruments
• Support for left-handed players
• Supports all class-compliant MIDI controllers
• Full general MIDI instrument library
• Virtual MIDI
• File transfer via AirDrop, Email, Message

• Extensive documentation