For a general introduction to maqamMaqam (pl. maqamat) is the modal melodic system used in the Arab worldVisit the link to learn more and these presets, please visit A Guide to the Maqam Tuning Presets for Ableton Live 12.

About this maqam

This 21-pitch set enables all of the typical modulations within Maqam Bayati and Maqam Saba. It includes three variants of E♭ (suitable for Ajam B♭, Kurd D, and Hijaz D); two variants of E1/2♭ (the lower one slightly preferable for Saba and the higher slightly preferable for Bayati); two variants of E♮ (one of which is extra high for the modulation to Rast on G); Two variants of A (one PythagoreanPythagorean tuning is an approach to tuning based on stacking pure fifths (i.e. fifths with an exact frequency ratio of 2:3).Visit the link to learn more, one a bit high); Two variants of B♭ (one Pythagorean, one a bit low, suitable for lots of folk music). Maqam Hijaz and Hijazkar would also be reasonable with this pitch set, using the higher B♭ and using the D♭ as a C♯. This pitch set was developed by Sami Abu Shumays.

JinsJins (pl. ajnas): a scale fragment of 3, 4, or 5 notes with a specific mood and melodic vocabulary.Visit the link to learn more modulations possible within this pitch set

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