There are reasons I’m not using the Chromatic option, and prefer working in scale modes:
Chromatic takes up more screen real-estate. On an iPhone, it’s more pleasant to have 7 tones/divisions, instead of 12, horisontally.
Whenever I’m in chromatic mode, my brain and ear will gravitate towards minor. So even if I start with the resolve to make a track in dorian, it will end up in minor.
When working within a mode, that can’t happen.
It’s so much more intuitive and fast, to work in a mode, as all the intervals in the chords are so clear: 1-3-5 for a major or minor triad, 1-2-5 for a sus2, and 1-4-5 for a sus4.
Someone above asked how many are using the harmonic minor mode. My guess is, it’s very few. It’s a mode that’s made for a specific purpose, all the way back to ancient classical composer stuff, or something like that. To make the jump from the 7 to the tonic less abrupt. As an improvement to melodic minor, which intended to improve on the regular minor. Or maybe it was melodic minor improving on harmonic minor, can’t remember.
But fact is, most composers ended up using natural minor anyway, because, well, it IS called NATURAL minor for a reason. It feels natural.
The same uselessness said about harmonic minor can’t be said about the dorian, phrygian and phrygian dominant modes. They are used widely, in pop, rock, and electronic music.
Synthwave in the Pertubator and Carpenter Brut genre will benefit a lot from f.e. phrygian and phrygian dominant modes.
And if you look into Dorian on YouTube, you’ll find that it’s a mode universally described as hopeful, beautiful, touching. Some of Michael Jackson’s most heartful songs, were in dorian.
Dorian was also the scale used in many Ennio Morricone film scores for legendary spaghetti westerns. Again: because it’s a hopeful mode. Hence mesningful as a musical mode for describing human emotion.
So, c’mon, @lenberg … Pretty please? Some modes? It will vastly expand the utility and usability of Auxy I’m not an app developer, but I imagine this being a low-hangin’ ripe fruit, ready for implementation?
Meanwhile, I’ll hum a hopeful melody… in dorian…