Introduce chords as musical units

Possibility to work with chords as musical units in note clips and in the Detail Editor Panel. A Chord view of instrument and hybrid tracks would allow to:

  • Use chord values in devices and modulators just like note values.
  • Create chords by their name or through a friendly interface.
  • Automatically detect chords in note clips, and name them.
  • Render note clips using chord units that can be selected and manipulated.

The possibility to work with chords would allow a more modular and efficient workflow. It would make visibly identifying melodies easier and with e.g. basslines automatically following the main lead melody’s root note, it would permit more automation. Creating melodies would be significantly easier for users who could use a hand with music theory.

What problem(s) would this feature resolve?

Currently, Bitwig understand only notes. Users need to bring their own knowledge of music theory to work easily with chords and harmony.

How does this feature fit in Bitwig as a product?

Bitwig is all about modular and automated production, so this fits right in.

Is there already an alternative way to achieve this on Bitwig?

Some Note FX devices produce chords out of notes or can keep different notes in key. That’s it. The piano roll has no idea about chords or scales.

Could it be implemented using Bitwig components or APIs, without Bitwig team’s support?

No.

Could it be provided by an STV or something else reasonably integrated with Bitwig?

No.

Are there other products that offer this feature?

e.g. Cakewalk, Ableton

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Polarity has created a “Circle of Chords” preset that is no substitution to this request at all, but might make the work with chords easier for some of us.

Polarity Music - easy chord progressions?