What’s a ReaScale?
REAPER includes a few basic scales for it’s Scales and transpose functions. The ability to load reascales allows the user to expand this functionality. A reascale file contains one or more custom musical scales or chord pattern templates. Once loaded, the new scale/chord templates are accessed in the MIDI editor Scale menu or with the transpose function. Selecting a scale in the MIDI editor will hide the notes outside of the scale. This function doesn’t create a scale automatically, but will keep your entered notes in key.
This doesn’t seem like much, but it really adds a lot of functionality (especially chords) to REAPER’S fairly basic MIDI editor.
How do I get them?
User ZappaDave contributed a ton of scales for the REAPER MIDI editor to the stash. Have a browse through this forum discussion and choose the version you find most suitable. Part 2 seems to be most useful to the average user.
How to install
- Download the reascale file.
- Move it to the Data folder in the REAPER resources folder.
- Open REAPER MIDI editor, click on scale dropdown at the bottom of the editor and select Load.
- select the reascale file.