Ranger will reharmonize MIDI notes from any
source in real-time. There are lots of ways to control the
process and you hear the results as you tweak. You can
reharmonize a live performance, sections of a MIDI track or
an entire track in one shot. You can enter chords/scales
directly from Scout or manually from any MIDI controller.
You can even send it chords prerecorded on a MIDI track.
Harmatrix's Real-time MIDI Reharmonizer
You can select modes and inversion points, transpose the
new notes to any range +/- three octaves, and even transpose
the input for some very interesting results.
Ranger has some very versatile grace note handling
abilities. Grace notes are reharmonized relative to scale
tones and can then be inverted and/or transposed separately.
Or, convert grace notes to scale tones, and still be able to
independently invert or transpose them. This gives you the
ability to completely rework melody and bass lines with a
few clicks. Turn "Mary Had A Little Lamb" into a steroidal
funk groove or hypno transcendental cacophony.
There are four reharmonization modes.
- Linear Scale reharmonizes up or down to the target
scale, preserving the melodic structure of the incoming
notes. You can select any mode of any scale.
- Wrap Scale does wrap around inversions at a user
set point. This keeps the new notes in roughly the same
range as the originals, but also changes the melodic
- Linear Chord works much the same as Linear Scale,
but confines all notes to the selected chord. You can
adjust chord placement and shift-algorithms.
- Wrap Chord is the chord version of Wrap Scale with
the added ability to create random patterns, which can be
frozen and saved.
The chord modes operate much the same as algorithms found
in pattern based accompaniment sequencers, but with more
control and a few nice twists.
The scale modes, with their extensive grace note
handling, allow you to reharmonize entire tracks but still
preserve the structure, or, ---- mix it all up.
With all this control, you can do a straight chord, scale
or modal shift, create total melodic mayhem or anything in
There are many ways to utilize Ranger, but the general
procedure is select a track from your sequencer and route it
to Ranger. Adjust the controls till you get your desired
results. Send the results back to your sequencer for
recording, either as MIDI or audio. You can even take the
new track (MIDI), treat it as the original, and reharmonize
it, with unlimited morphing potential.
There is virtually no limit to the harmonic and melodic
variations you can create quickly and accurately. It's easy
just sit back, click and listen. The hard part is making a
decision when every click brings up something new.
Fortunately you can save your settings as presets so you can
always find your way back should you get lost in harmonic
heaven. Save them in banks of 10 for instant recall. Presets
can be triggered in any order with any timing to create
"Einsteinian" jazz progressions or "Zappatonian" marimba
Ranger even comes with its own note sequencer. It has
limited editing abilities and is, by no means, meant to
replace your main sequencer. But, you can do instant bounces
of reharmonized tracks so that you can experiment and morph
between 10 sequences, all within Ranger. You can sync-start
it to another sequencer for recording and playback. This
comes in handy for doing short sections especially when your
main sequencer's tracks get crowded.
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Harmatrix complete with Ranger and Scout is $39.95 (download).