Playing chords using Lightpad blocks can be rather difficult. The Noise app does have a chord mode, but what’s produced are parallel block chords, all of the same type. On the desktop, there are some plugins or standalone software to transform note combinations into all sorts of chords and arpeggios (one note acting as almost a modifier key for the chord).
It’d make sense to have something like this on iOS. It could even work with two Lightpad blocks with one serving to change chords and the other Lightpad (or a Seaboard) to play the notes, a bit like a guitar or accordion. That way, complex chord structures (spanning multiple octaves) could be played much more easily.
My use-case is using the Roli Lightpad to play scales and chords on the Teenage Engineering OP-Z.
The context is coffee shop jamming. I don't want to have my laptop open. And using the Lightpad with the OP-Z is a very nice mobile setup.
The only way I can do this currently, so far as I can tell, is to connect the Lightpad to my MacBook and use the ROLI Dashboard to select the scale type and transpose the root note.
I want to be able to select the key and scale without using the Dashboard app.
Two options would work for me.
1. Being able to select the key and scale using the Lightpad itself, similar to how you can do it with the Korg Nanopad.
2. Have the OP-Z send midi cc to the Roli to change the Key and Scale.
Please, so much this!
The current "chords" feature is not really much handy without the possibility to lock to key.
Feels like the work is mostly done, just needs the extra bit of recognising the current key the song is in :)
(maybe make the scale settings global?)