yes, "scales" in orca don't mean the same thing they mean in, say, quantizers. what they really are is a set of notes, essentially. it's just easier to say "scales" then saying "set of notes"... i do mention in the beginning of the manual that
scale term refers to a set of notes:
No matter what you do each CV output will only play notes from a set of 16 notes, preselected from a 5 octave range. These sets are referred to as "scales". Until you edit a scale it will always contain the same 16 notes. The only thing that changes is the order in which the notes are played. Tracks is what determines this order.
one of the reasons i picked this term is because white whale / kria / ansible also use
scale to mean "a set of notes", and i think it's important to keep the terminology consistent across different firmwares.