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Name/Version: roughness 1.0
Author: namedgraph  
Description: A Max4Live MIDI effect that creates chords using an X/Y pad control. Check out the demo:

The first (bass) note is read from the MIDI clip that is active on the device's track. Then by moving the X and Y controls you are changing the frequencies of the second and third note of the chord. The device translates the X/Y frequencies into notes and you get a (bass, note(X), note(Y)) chord. Certain X/Y positions will produce consonant chords, others will result in dissonant chords.

The notes are displayed together with the frequency ratios between X:bass and Y:X. Using the ratios one can figure out the chord type. For example, major chords have ratios of 1.25 and 1.2, respectively.

There's an Octaves control which sets the limit of the frequency field: the more octaves, the higher notes will the device produce.

There's also a toggle for switching MIDI pitch bend on and off. With the toggle on the device uses pitch bend to smoothly "glide" through the frequency intervals between discrete notes. With the toggle off, the pitch bend is not used.

The X/Y and the Octaves controls are suitable for automation, for example using LFO MIDI as the input. That way this device can be used to generate chords automatically. You can run the output through Ableton's Scale device to make sure the notes fit a specific key.

Inspired by Sebastian J. Schlecht's On Musical Dissonance:

Device Details

Tags effect
Live Version Used: 10.0.1
Max Version Used: 8.0.0
Date Added: Dec 03 2022 21:56:05
Date Last Updated: Not updated yet
Device Type: midi_device
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License (more info): Attribution

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