HOLY SCALE! Chord Progressions Made Easy (Free Download)

No matter what genre of music you produce, knowledge of music theory is a must. It’s unavoidable. From uptempo EDM to a chill Hip-Hop groove, the way the music flows and comes together is all tied in some way to theory.

Music theory has always been considered a type of pre-requisite before attempting to venture into production and composition, and for good reason. It’s crucial to understand the relationship between all the many moving parts that makes up a well-rounded piece of music. But as music production has steadily evolved and grown more reliant on digital technology, so too has the framework for understanding theory.

Now, countless producers are capable of creating incredibly engaging hits with a very basic understanding of music theory. Seemingly gone are the days of sheet music and intensive training.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Music theory is an incredibly rich and complicated subject. Any types of tips, tricks and shortcuts are a godsend to those who understand the importance of theory, but have yet to reach the level of understanding needed to separate good music from the truly great.

Enter HOLY SCALE! This chord progression MIDI preset for Ableton Live is a quick and easy way to build unique and complex chord progressions all locked directly to a specific key and scale.


Created by 8bitbandit, this preset is a powerhouse of a production tool. Using the circle of fifths as its guide, HOLY SCALE! accurately generates chord progressions based on the parameters you set- effectively eliminating the guesswork and frustration of the depths of music theory. Simply choose a key and let the preset do the rest.


You can throw the preset onto an existing track to help with mash-ups and remixes, or you can start from scratch and use HOLY SCALE! as your chord progression guide. And on top of everything else, It is also correctly labeled for seamless use between Traktor, RecordBox and Mixed in Key. As you delve deeper into this incredibly useful tool you will quickly find that its efficiency and accuracy is worth its weight in gold.

Whether you are classically trained or just scratching the surface of music theory, HOLY SCALE! is a great tool to help you compose incredible chord progressions and learn a bit about theory along the way.

Much thanks to 8bitbandit and the Ableton community for creating and supporting this preset. Be sure to check out 8bitbandit and his brief tutorial video below for a more in-depth explanation.

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You can download the HOLY SCALE! preset HERE.

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