Welcome to our first news post on our new site!
In this edition, we're focussing on the latest firmware enhancements for Lumen released last week, which were driven by feedback from our early crowdfunding backers who have received their instruments.
In previous firmware, scales were saved per-instrument, with the idea being that specific scales would sound better on some instruments than others, so we'd tailor the scales to the instruments. A Hijaz scale (for example) on a Halo instrument might not be available on a Tingklik or Gamelan. However, that decision should (naturally) be yours to make. We've now created a more extensive set of scales which is available to all instruments, with only the scale that the original instrument was sampled in being unique to that instrument.
How this impacts you
When changing scales while playing, the range of scales available is significantly increased. The first scale in the list will be the scale unique to the currently selected instrument. Following that, all of the global scales are available.
Global Scales Available
The same concept applied to scales made by the player - they were saved with the instrument in which they were created. Now, scales that you create are available across any instrument loaded onto your Lumen.
How this impacts you
When creating new scales in the tuning mode, you will be using the currently selected instrument to tune the scale, but the scale itself will be available to all instruments.
While playing, your custom scales are listed after the Global Scales.
To summarize the scales list available when changing scales, the moment to switch into Scale select mode, they will be listed like this:
Current instrument's original scale -> All global scales -> All user scales
For the Halo Kiavara for example, you'll see:
KIAVARA -> AGEAN -> AKE BONO -> AMARA -> COPPERFIELD -> ... -> YOUR SCALE 1 -> YOUR SCALE 2
Another significant change is the ability to create, edit and preview scales directly onto your connected Lumen, using any instrument currently loaded. You can also preview the global scales which are available.
In the image below, the numbers represent:
Detailed instructions for firmware updates can be found on the Updating Firmware page.
If you have any questions or comments once you've tried this update, please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do our best to assist.
The Lumen Team