Published on:

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple — that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus

ReBoard - is a Max for Live Device based on the very simple Idea to play relative notes within a given scale. The name ReBoard is derived from Relative Keyboard.
This idea was invented by Leon Gruenbaum with the Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee Controller.

ReBoard transforms melodic playing in Ableton Live with Samchillian layout
user manual add ReBoard

After purchasing the Device an Account is created and you have to reset your password to have access to your Devices. Please be sure you use an valid mailadress.
If you have pruchased ReBoard already, please log into your user Account to Download it again.

relative notes?

the idea behind playing relative notes is, that one key will play a certain note in a scale up or down based on the interval.

That means, if you have a Key that plays always the next note in a scale up, like C, D, E, F etc …
and another Key which plays always two notes down, like C, A, F, D etc …

You can play alone with these two Keys the whole scale, also repeating melodies are possible to play, it’s a bit of a controlled randomness.

Inside the ReBoard Max for Live Device you can choose a scale from a collection and you can map any Key from your Keyboard to an interval or also to a fixed note, like the Root Note or the 1st, 2nd … etc. Note within the selected scale.

ReBoard is Compatible with MPE Keyboards like the Roli Seaboard or the Expressive E Osmose

how it works

this shows how the interval based plying of midi notes work

In this example you see that Note D3 triggers always the next note in the scale up.
Note C3 will trigger always two notes in the scale down.

set a scale

here you see how to set a root note and a scale inside reboard

Here you can set a scale and the rootnote. Only the Notes from the selected Scale will be played.


Videos from the original Samchilian & Kidchillian

by Leon Gruenbaum

User Manual


logo of the music blog

The original Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee was something else, though. It was accompanied by a gorgeous, punk-style mod of an ergonomic keyboard (have to ask Leon which one). It’s one of the first stories ever to appear on CDM

CDM 09/2023

System Requirements

Ableton Live Suite 10/11 with Max for Live 8.1 / Ableton Live Standart with an Max for Live License.

please note: Chord-O-Mat 3 works with Ableton Push 1 and 2. Push 3 is not supported

To install Max for Live Devices please read the FAQ

check out our other Devices