I offer the resources below so that others may find an entry point to exploring alternative tunings in their music.
Scale Workshop allows you to create microtonal tunings and play them within your web browser. Your created tunings can be exported and downloaded to your device in various tuning formats.
It’s a web app, so it supports modern browsers on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. You can track Scale Workshop development on GitHub.
Includes all edo tunings up to 55edo and a selection of other microtonal scales that might inspire your next melody.
Instructions: unzip the files in your
"~/Bitwig Studio/Library/Presets/" directory. Launch Bitwig. Load a preset into the Micro-Pitch device.
For Bitwig Studio 3.1 and up
Handpicked microtonal tuning files that I collected around 2014. Includes a written guide to introduce you to using these tunings. Download them all
Multiple tuning formats are included:
See a list of microtonal software plugins that support microtuning.
|World Scales Pack|
Traditional scales from various cultures.
|No Octaves Pack|
Scales which have no octaves. Truly something unusual.
A paradox – harmonious scales with no clear tonal center.
|Regular Temperaments Pack|
Scales which contain lots of new chords.
Boom – An 808 bass drum style synth
Microsampler – A polyphonic sampler
Tune into any equal temperament or load a Max/MSP coll text file generated by Scale Workshop.