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Chords for PC keyboard keys

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Chords for PC keyboard keys

Transpose so C = root at kbd note

When selected, any C chords will be rooted on the note played...

It is easiest to see how this option works with C chords.

E.g. if you set the chord to play to Cm then that means, play a minor third chord rooted on the note played. So, a pc keyboard key that normally plays the note D will play Dm chord, an E plays an Em chord and so on. So Cm just means to play the corresponding minor chord on every note. C7 means to play a dominant seventh on every note and so on.

With other chords, the effect of this option takes a bit of getting used to. For instance, if you use Dm as your chord symbol with this option, then a pc keyboard key that plays C normally will play a Dm chord. Then all the other keys will play chords transposed up by a whole tone from the pitch played in the same way. So D plays Em, E plays F#m and so on.

Similarly a G7 will be a dominant seventh transposed up by a fifth above the note played whatever it is - and so on.

Transpose so C = root at kbd note

Chords for first row - e.g. C, Cm, C7, Cdim7, Csus2, Csm, Cjm...

Example chords:

C, Cm, Csus2, Csus4, Cadd2, Cmadd2, Cadd2add4, Caug, Cdim, Cdim7, C5, C6, Cm6,C6/7, Cm6/7, Cmaj6/7, Cmaj7, C7sus4, C7add4,Cmaj9, C9sus4, C11, Cm11, Cmaj11, Cmmaj7, CmM7, Cmmaj9, CmM9, C7#9, C7b9, Cmaj7b5, Cm7dim5, Cmaj7aug5, Cmaj7dim5, etc etc

Microtonal symbols include: j = just intonation, s = septimal, p = Pythagorean, various others - see the help. These can be used to pick out the nearest scale degrees so for instance Csm and Cjm will distinguish the nearest to the septimal and just minor chords in any scale.

To see the intended exact tuning for the chord show a New Scale window and then enter #chord Csm into the Select from field (or whatever the chord symbol it is that you want to test).

See help for this window for the various chord notations supported. This is by way of a quick reference for some of the symbols currently supported

After you enter your chord symbols, use the Assign chords to keys button - or keep auto re-assign selected - to update keyboard...

Transpose so C = root at kbd note

When selected, any C chords will be rooted on the note played...

It is easiest to see how this option works with C chords.

E.g. if you set the chord to play to Cm then that means, play a minor third chord rooted on the note played. So, a pc keyboard key that normally plays the note D will play Dm chord, an E plays an Em chord and so on. So Cm just means to play the corresponding minor chord on every note. C7 means to play a dominant seventh on every note and so on.

With other chords, the effect of this option takes a bit of getting used to. For instance, if you use Dm as your chord symbol with this option, then a pc keyboard key that plays C normally will play a Dm chord. Then all the other keys will play chords transposed up by a whole tone from the pitch played in the same way. So D plays Em, E plays F#m and so on.

Similarly a G7 will be a dominant seventh transposed up by a fifth above the note played whatever it is - and so on.

Transpose so C = root at kbd note

Chords for third row - e.g. C, Cm, C7, Cdim7, Csus2, Csm, Cjm...

Example chords:

C, Cm, Csus2, Csus4, Cadd2, Cmadd2, Cadd2add4, Caug, Cdim, Cdim7, C5, C6, Cm6,C6/7, Cm6/7, Cmaj6/7, Cmaj7, C7sus4, C7add4,Cmaj9, C9sus4, C11, Cm11, Cmaj11, Cmmaj7, CmM7, Cmmaj9, CmM9, C7#9, C7b9, Cmaj7b5, Cm7dim5, Cmaj7aug5, Cmaj7dim5, etc etc

Microtonal symbols include: j = just intonation, s = septimal, p = Pythagorean, various others - see the help. These can be used to pick out the nearest scale degrees so for instance Csm and Cjm will distinguish the nearest to the septimal and just minor chords in any scale.

To see the intended exact tuning for the chord show a New Scale window and then enter #chord Csm into the Select from field (or whatever the chord symbol it is that you want to test).

See help for this window for the various chord notations supported. This is by way of a quick reference for some of the symbols currently supported

After you enter your chord symbols, use the Assign chords to keys button - or keep auto re-assign selected - to update keyboard...

PC Keyboard Player

Play in this tuning from PC keyboard

Transpose so C = root at kbd note

When selected, any C chords will be rooted on the note played...

It is easiest to see how this option works with C chords.

E.g. if you set the chord to play to Cm then that means, play a minor third chord rooted on the note played. So, a pc keyboard key that normally plays the note D will play Dm chord, an E plays an Em chord and so on. So Cm just means to play the corresponding minor chord on every note. C7 means to play a dominant seventh on every note and so on.

With other chords, the effect of this option takes a bit of getting used to. For instance, if you use Dm as your chord symbol with this option, then a pc keyboard key that plays C normally will play a Dm chord. Then all the other keys will play chords transposed up by a whole tone from the pitch played in the same way. So D plays Em, E plays F#m and so on.

Similarly a G7 will be a dominant seventh transposed up by a fifth above the note played whatever it is - and so on.

Transpose so C = root at kbd note

Chords for third row - e.g. C, Cm, C7, Cdim7, Csus2, Csm, Cjm...

Example chords:

C, Cm, Csus2, Csus4, Cadd2, Cmadd2, Cadd2add4, Caug, Cdim, Cdim7, C5, C6, Cm6,C6/7, Cm6/7, Cmaj6/7, Cmaj7, C7sus4, C7add4,Cmaj9, C9sus4, C11, Cm11, Cmaj11, Cmmaj7, CmM7, Cmmaj9, CmM9, C7#9, C7b9, Cmaj7b5, Cm7dim5, Cmaj7aug5, Cmaj7dim5, etc etc

Microtonal symbols include: j = just intonation, s = septimal, p = Pythagorean, various others - see the help. These can be used to pick out the nearest scale degrees so for instance Csm and Cjm will distinguish the nearest to the septimal and just minor chords in any scale.

To see the intended exact tuning for the chord show a New Scale window and then enter #chord Csm into the Select from field (or whatever the chord symbol it is that you want to test).

See help for this window for the various chord notations supported. This is by way of a quick reference for some of the symbols currently supported

After you enter your chord symbols, use the Assign chords to keys button - or keep auto re-assign selected - to update keyboard...

Transpose so C = root at note played

When selected, any C chords will be rooted on the note played...

It is easiest to see how this option works with C chords.

E.g. if you set the chord to play to Cm then that means, play a minor third chord rooted on the note played. So, a pc keyboard key that normally plays the note D will play Dm chord, an E plays an Em chord and so on. So Cm just means to play the corresponding minor chord on every note. C7 means to play a dominant seventh on every note and so on.

With other chords, the effect of this option takes a bit of getting used to. For instance, if you use Dm as your chord symbol with this option, then a pc keyboard key that plays C normally will play a Dm chord. Then all the other keys will play chords transposed up by a whole tone from the pitch played in the same way. So D plays Em, E plays F#m and so on.

Similarly a G7 will be a dominant seventh transposed up by a fifth above the note played whatever it is - and so on.

Transpose so C = root at note played

Chords for fourth row - e.g. C, Cm, C7, Cdim7, Csus2, Csm, Cjm...

Example chords:

C, Cm, Csus2, Csus4, Cadd2, Cmadd2, Cadd2add4, Caug, Cdim, Cdim7, C5, C6, Cm6,C6/7, Cm6/7, Cmaj6/7, Cmaj7, C7sus4, C7add4,Cmaj9, C9sus4, C11, Cm11, Cmaj11, Cmmaj7, CmM7, Cmmaj9, CmM9, C7#9, C7b9, Cmaj7b5, Cm7dim5, Cmaj7aug5, Cmaj7dim5, etc etc

Microtonal symbols include: j = just intonation, s = septimal, p = Pythagorean, various others - see the help. These can be used to pick out the nearest scale degrees so for instance Csm and Cjm will distinguish the nearest to the septimal and just minor chords in any scale.

To see the intended exact tuning for the chord show a New Scale window and then enter #chord Csm into the Select from field (or whatever the chord symbol it is that you want to test).

See help for this window for the various chord notations supported. This is by way of a quick reference for some of the symbols currently supported

After you enter your chord symbols, use the Assign chords to keys button - or keep auto re-assign selected - to update keyboard...

Auto Re-assign chords to keys when edited here

When selected any changes here immediately update the pc keyboard player...

When unselected, your changes only take effect when you click the button to assign chords to keys.

Auto re-assign when current instr. for part for Kbd changes

Keeps chord instruments synchronised with main PC keyboard instrument...

When selected, if you change the insrument for the pc keyboard part in the parts window then all the pc keyboard chords automatically get updated to play that part.

Any inversion okay

Let the chords be inverted - you don't care which inversion is used...

It is done so that the inverted chords all use a similar range of pitches - chords that span less than an octave will be inverted if necessary until they only use notes in the first octave above the 1/1.

For the Chords for PC keyboard keys (Ctrl + 172) window - that's how it works if you have the option to transpose all the PC keyboard chords to notes played switched off. When the chords get transposed, they work similarly, but inverted if necessary so that they only use notes in the first octave above the note to be played.

Broken

Play broken chords - just for testing and listening to component notes

Keep same note origin for each chord sequence repeat

For transposed chords - ex pentatonic C Cm will play C Cm D Dm etc...

To explain this take the example of a pentatonic to play C D E G A C

If the chords to play are C Cm and you transpose them to root at the keyboard note to play then the chords row will play

C Dm E Gm A Cm

But if you have this option on then each keyboard note will get repeated until the end of the chord sequence, so then you play

C Cm D Dm E Em ...

Similarly C Cm C7 will play C Cm C7 D Dm D7 etc.

You don't need to re-assign chords with this option. It has an effect immediately even if you have auto re-assign chords switched off. So long as this row already plays chords transposed to the keyboard note played then whenever you switch this option on / off you will see the chords on the keyboard change immediately.

Keep same note origin for each chord sequence repeat

For transposed chords - ex pentatonic C Cm will play C Cm D Dm etc...

To explain this take the example of a pentatonic to play C D E G A C

If the chords to play are C Cm and you transpose them to root at the keyboard note to play then with this option switched off, the chords row will play

C Dm E Gm A Cm

However, if you have this option switched on then each keyboard note will get repeated until the end of the chord sequence is reached, so then you play

C Cm D Dm E Em ...

based on C C D D E E with each keyboard note repeated twice

Similarly C Cm C7 will play C Cm C7 D Dm D7 etc.

You don't need to re-assign chords with this option. It has an effect immediately even if you have auto re-assign chords switched off. So long as this row already plays chords transposed to the keyboard note played then whenever you switch this option on / off you will see the chords on the keyboard change immediately.

Keep same note origin for each chord sequence repeat

For transposed chords - ex pentatonic C Cm will play C Cm D Dm etc...

To explain this take the example of a pentatonic to play C D E G A C

If the chords to play are C Cm and you transpose them to root at the keyboard note to play then the chords row will play

C Dm E Gm A Cm

But if you have this option on then each keyboard note will get repeated until the end of the chord sequence, so then you play

C Cm D Dm E Em ...

Similarly C Cm C7 will play C Cm C7 D Dm D7 etc.

You don't need to re-assign chords with this option. It has an effect immediately even if you have auto re-assign chords switched off. So long as this row already plays chords transposed to the keyboard note played then whenever you switch this option on / off you will see the chords on the keyboard change immediately.

Keep same note origin for each chord sequence repeat

For transposed chords - ex pentatonic C Cm will play C Cm D Dm etc...

To explain this take the example of a pentatonic to play C D E G A C

If the chords to play are C Cm and you transpose them to root at the keyboard note to play then with this option switched off, the chords row will play

C Dm E Gm A Cm

However, if you have this option switched on then each keyboard note will get repeated until the end of the chord sequence is reached, so then you play

C Cm D Dm E Em ...

based on C C D D E E with each keyboard note repeated twice

Similarly C Cm C7 will play C Cm C7 D Dm D7 etc.

You don't need to re-assign chords with this option. It has an effect immediately even if you have auto re-assign chords switched off. So long as this row already plays chords transposed to the keyboard note played then whenever you switch this option on / off you will see the chords on the keyboard change immediately.

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