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In this tutorial I go over how to use chord generators in Cakewalk by Bandlab. In this video you will see how I use Reason Scales and Chords | InstaChord | Chordz to make chords. I will show step by step how to set it up in cakewalk so that you can make chords faster and easier.
Another thread got me thinking about arpeggiators. I realized that the ones I have are bound to a particular synth or sampler library and most can't export the MIDI pattern of what they're playing which can make it a hassle if you want to enhance the part (let's say double a part with another instrument) or change the instrument. Yeah you might be able to use Melodyne and convert the audio to MIDI but that's a lot more work/hassle than just using something that can generate the MIDI patterns (arpeggios, chords, strums, finger picking or whatever) in the first place. These are what I found. List is in alphabetical order. Unless noted the following are only arpeggiators. Arp4midi by xoxos (Windows) - free! ArpLite2 by SynArp (Windows) - free! BlueARP by Oleg Mikheev (Mac, Windows) - free! Cakewalk FX Arpeggiator - MIDI FX plugin comes with Cakewalk/Sonar. Cthulhu by Xferrecords (Mac, Windows) $39 >> Arpeggiator, Chord analyzer & generator hypercyclic by mucoder (Linux, Mac, Windows) - free! Kirnu by Arto Vaarala (Mac, Windows) - free! Kirnu Cream by Kirnuarp (Mac, Windows, iPad) - €35 >>standalone/plugin versions, chords as well as arpeggio patterns, ... midiChords by VST4Free (Mac, Windows) - free! >> Chords & basic strumming, imports Cubase/Nuendo Chorder .xml presets, ... Obelisk by FrozenPlain (Mac, Windows) - $25 >> Chords generator only RandARP by CodeFN42 (Windows) - free! Riffer by audiomodern (Mac, Windows) - €49 >> random melody/pattern generator. Not really an arpeggiator but can (kinda) be used as one. I haven't used any of these so have no personal comments other than Cthulhu and BlueARP seem to have the most positive buzz online. Feel feel to comment about what you use and your experiences good or bad.