Scala File Support

yes, the scala file format is really easy! i’m loving this feature and it empowered me to work on a compositional idea based on the inharmonic series of metallic percussions.
still have to refine the whole concept but already did some tests and when it will be ready i think it will be something.
the cool thing is that it will be almost entirely centered around the er-301, showcasing its capabilities as a powerful laboratory for both sound design and composition.
will post results as i approach the final goal :slight_smile:

Many thanks! Naturally, I discovered the hard way that the O&C taps out at 16 step scales so I can’t load these on there even if I wanted to (which I do, alas).

Hi, is there a simple trick to getting the .scl files to appear visible in the 301 file structure? i’ve placed your hyenabansuristryx.scl file inside the ‘scale-quantizer’ presets folder (amongst a few other tests) and so far no luck getting it to appear when loading scale quantizer presets. does it need a ‘custom-unit’ or some other way to be applicable? apologies if it’s super obvious just currently stumped. thanks for any guidance.

As of v0.4.04:

Any scala (*.scl) files located in ER-301/scales will be automatically added to the list of available scales.

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Ah thanks!!.. i can now get Hyena’s scale appearing within the scales when inserting a scale quantizer unit. i’ve been making a few other scales using wilsonic and exporting and saving as .scl but no luck yet with any of those. trying different unicode exports in text-edit on a mac but nothing clicking yet. i noticed Hyena’s file is identified in the mac os as ‘simple text’ file while the wilsonic .scl files are noted as ‘plain text’.

You should use ASCII encoding not Unicode.

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Thanks I’ll look if possible via TextEdit

nope, you need some more advanced editor. on mac i used TextWrangler(free app) if i remember correctly, and had to fiddle a bit before finding the right setup but then it worked flawlessly.

ah here it is (from this same thread, some posts above:

hyena

Oct '18

after finding the correct file text encoding (in text wrangler set it in the preferences to Western (ISO Latin 1) ) then Scala correctly sees my files but i thought it would be in alphabetical order in the er-301 scale quantizer so i thought it wasn’t there.

newly added files are added near the end of the custom scl list but BEFORE the factory er-301 scales :smiley:
it WORKS !!!

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Hyena, Thank you again!! I did read that but initially without quite grasping… or wrangling. Onwards!
This is a massive potential. Very stoked. :crazy_face:

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Wow this is great - I don’t know why but it looked really difficult to me and mr OD just blew it away…I’m SO happy I found this place

Hyena what text editor do you use?

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On mac i used text wrangler. I recently switched to windows and havent looked yet for a good one. Maybe even open office stuff but i have to check. Maybe look on the scala website

yesssss!.. thanks again Hyena, finally can load up some of those amazing Moments of Symmetry custom scales
(for anyone working on older macs)…
found an archive copy of TextWrangler 4.5.12 that will work with osx 10.6 or older…
here:
http://www.barebones.com/support/textwrangler/coderdojo.html
saving as per the following:
Line Breaks: Windows (CRLF)
Encoding: Western (Iso Latin 1)

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For windows text editors : Notepad++ is pretty good and I think sublime text is also available on windows.

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Try Atom, it’s free, open source, and cross-platform.

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I’ve uploaded some custom scales and seem to be missing something. The root is skipped. Can someone spot what I’m doing wrong?

Taking Phrygian mode as an example so I can compare it with the built in Phrygian, it seems identical on the display except for the missing root.

Display of built in Phrygian scale:
0009

Display of my Phrygian (_Phrygian, Phrygian2, and _Phrygian3 all look and function identically):

0011

Here are the contents of my scales:

_Phygian:

! blah
!
Phrygian
7
!
0.00
100.00
300.00
500.00
700.00
800.00
1000.00

For setting the root I’ve tried 0, 0.00, or omitted it entirely (which obviously can’t be correct because it is the wrong number of notes). All three of those variations function and look the same in the scale graphic. What I’m doing wrong?

I threw some .scl files in the default scales folder, but upon opening the Quantizer and trying to load said scales they are nowhere to be found in the er301, did I miss something?

@sisyphus69 Is there an error log?

@Lokua Sorry for the late reply on this!

As the Scala format states:

  • The first note of 1/1 or 0.0 cents is implicit and not in the files.

The correct version would be:

! blah
!
Phrygian
7
!
100.00
300.00
500.00
700.00
800.00
1000.00
1200.00
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