This is ScaleMaster playing back a recording. We are also adjusting the speed at this point as can be seen by the bpm indicator in the top left corner. Other things of note are the highlighted note in the instrument view and of course the progress indicator at the bottom of our tool strip.
As mentioned in the previous chapter ScaleMaster displays the current note in the center of the notation view.
The right half of the tool strip like like the image above once the recording button is tapped. The circular hollow recording button changes to the filled stop button image. The playback button is disabled during recordings.
To record a note it has to be triggered in the instrument view. Therefore the recording button is disabled on iPhones when they are in landscape mode showing the notation view. Another way to record music into ScaleMaster is to use a class compatible USB Midi controller. Check your controller's documentation for details. Class compatible in essence means a controller that does not require any drivers.
ScaleMaster does not enforce the recording of scale tones or any arbitrary recording length. The most common usage scenario will of course be to record a scale pattern of sorts like an octave up, maybe in thirds.
During hollow playback the playback button turns into a stop button and this time the record button is disabled. Right next to the playback button is the auto-reverse button. Auto-reverse is an extremely useful feature. For practice most of our exercises will ascend the descend or the other way around. Going From root to root maybe like in C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. If we use auto-reverse we only have to record our scale pattern in one direction. ScaleMaster will then play back the reverse as well.
Next to the auto-reverse button is the (in this case highlighted) count-in button. When enabled ScaleMaster will sound a one measure count-in before playback. Note that playback always assumes eighth notes and count-in is given in quarter notes.
Nest to the count-in button is the bpm control. This again is a touch and drag control.
Finally we see the orange playback progress bar at the bottom of the image above.
Being able to record position specific scale exercises for you instrument is a huge benefit in ScaleMaster. In particular since these exercises can be saved for later, collected and even shared with friends or between devices via iTunes file sharing.
Next let's take a look at our application settings.