I am always skeptical of anything that is said to lend a hand to composition. Most here have likely either been exposed to music theory or have self trained on the basics.Enter Scaler, a relatively recent addition that loads in a DAW as a plugin. Most recent release of the plugin is Scaler 2.
I looked at this for quite some time before I finally bought it because I reasoned I wanted to be the one composing and didn't want any help. That hasn't really changed for me. I'm glad I have it though, let me explain.
The plugin is a crash course in music theory on steroids. Simply amazing. Some admit to using Scaler as their composition partner. I won't go as far as that. I doubt I'll ever use it in that capacity. What I really DO like is the accessibility to any kind of music construction all in one place. Think a smorgasbord with all selections present. One could easily get fat on this plugin.
Since I don't have a 500 page music encyclopedia in my head ready for instant retrieval Scaler makes an excellent way to remind myself of the musical possibilities in any given musical situation. TBH I haven't directly used any of the suggestions and instead, found myself playing with it like a toy for grown ups.Hopefully soon I'll put it to better use.
I thought maybe someone else might find this most useful. I am in no way paid or recompensed for mentioning Scaler. I just think it's a cool tool and I wanted to share it.
Some videos describing products are captivating. Let's just say that most videos out there on this plugin weren't made by people especially gifted in this area *yawn*. If you can manage to plod through the details or download the demo I think when you actually try it you'll be impressed!