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Old 2011-04-14, 19:53
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ReXen! The tuning processor

A question that I've seen asked a couple of times over the years, why are there no tuning maps in Reason?

It's a jolly good question too, as I'm always interested in playing around with pitches and microtonal stuff, but it's pretty impossible. So, how about a new option that would fit right alongside ReGroove?

Behold, the ReXen Xenharmonic Scale Processor!

  • Load/save *.xen? patches. Should be able to import Scala format (
  • Four scale memories, that can be linked to particular tracks in the manner of ReGroove (one probably shouldn't have the Reset All button right next to the Save Patch button though )
  • Full width keyboard - click a note or the green bar above the note to set the root note. Engage Virtual Keyboard button to play the keyboard á la the F4 OSK
  • Engage Keyboard Mapping to stretch note intervals equally across the keyboard, based on the root note. The picture above shows quarter notes, that's 24 notes per octave, so naturally stretching 24 notes to fit the keyboard would nicely map 2 octaves. The root here would technically be F3 not F2, but I've highlighted F2 for the sake of the visual. Octave roots are highlighted in red, useful for those occasions where the octaves are less obvious: a 26-note scale, for example, with an F3 root, the next octave would begin on G5, so that note would be highlighted
  • When it finally appears, engage the MIDI-Out button to send outbound tuning information
  • Pitch Editor: the info included here is basic, there would likely be room for more robust options, but essentially you can turn off equal temperament, adjust the number of notes per octave up or down from the usual Western 12-note scale, and also adjust cents if required (the detune-to-chorus possibilities here could be fantastic, well, if we get a fantastic chorus module...). And of course, the damn key signature!
  • Changing the Interval number will change the modes shown in the Modes window to those appropriate for the scale. Selecting a mode will overlay blue bars on the keyboard showing the notes used by the mode
  • Engage Limit Notes to Mode to make only the modal notes active - all other notes will not be played, and should be greyed out on the virtual keyboard. This would also have the benefit of keeping "Alter/Randomise Notes" functions to the scale
A simple, powerful and easy to use GUI interface, something pretty unheard of in microtonal software!
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