Adding horizontal scales with recognize

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Adding horizontal scales with recognize

Do problems occur when setting horizontal scales to recognize?

If Im working in one mode, Asian or European scale for an extended period in a song, does it make sense to enable recognize on that horizontal scale for use with the harmonizer?

It would be very useful if the harmonizer featured selectable user definable presets of available scales and chords (for quartal harmonies etc)

Am i missing something? Should I just be doing everything with vertical scales? How does that effect that harmonizer?

Also, is there a way to restrict the chords in the harmonizer to a non maj/min horizontal scale?

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The harmonizer works mainly with scale sets and chords. Horizontal scales are not involved directly (only because they are part of scale sets). Setting the "Recognize" switch should not do any harm. As far as I remember, it will not have any effect though. The switch is intended mainly for chords.

[quote]If Im working in one mode, Asian or European scale for an extended period in a song, does it make sense to enable recognize on that horizontal scale for use with the harmonizer?

No. It makes more sense to create a scale set based on that mode (double-click and save to the catalog) and enable the "Include alternative scale sets" option for the scale selection preferences. This will make Synfire include the mode and all its rotations (modes) when looking for vertical scales.

When you play and record a progression from a palette opened on that scale set, you will get the mode(s) as vertical scales in the harmonic context.

[quote]It would be very useful if the harmonizer featured selectable user definable presets of available scales and chords (for quartal harmonies etc)

At the risk of stressing the word Agenda again: Yes, that's on our agenda ;-) Currently the harmonizer is looking for chords and scales are matched in a subsequent step. The harmonizer considers chords from all scale sets at least remotely related to the assumed key signature, but that could be limited to selected scale sets too.

That limitation won't work though, if your melodic material is significantly off the target scales. It will not modify the input in order to match the desired scale.

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