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Volume - Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Other controls also affect the volume...End last bar (editable) - Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Other controls also affect the volumeEnd last bar (spin) - Adjust the volume up / down/ Show volume as a number (button) - Change between the volume as text box, or as a graphic...Pause (button) - Pause playback, or continue playPLAY Sound (button) - Play Sound - play the rhythm or stop play - SHORTCUT: RETURN KEY - May need to ADJUST SYNC. of bounce with sound...Record to Wave (button) - Record everything you hear in waveform audio format..Record to Midi (button) - Record to a midi file as you play or relay...PC Keyboard Player (Ctrl + 112) - Play with PC Keyboard - percussion, or melodic instruments, with sustain, and sostenuto and various layouts including Janko style keyboard...More » More (button) - Shows this window with either more space, more options, or alternative layout---> Play control (button)|<--|---> Play control (button) - Volume Control - Adjusts the playback volume for windows as a wholeRecord To File Options (button) - Export to Audio, CSound or Midi - Choose the file name to record to and file format...Play bouncing Balls (button) - Animate the bouncing balls or stop the animation...Close (button) - (no tooltip help yet)
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Volume - Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Other controls also affect the volume...(editable) - Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Other controls also affect the volume...(spin) - Adjust the volume up / down/ Show volume as a number (button) - Change between the volume as text box, or as a graphic...Pause (button) - Pause playback, or continue playPLAY Sound (button) - Play Sound - play the rhythm or stop play - SHORTCUT: RETURN KEY - May need to ADJUST SYNC. of bounce with sound...Record to Wave (button) - Record everything you hear in waveform audio format..Record to Midi (button) - Record to a midi file as you play or relay...PC Keyboard Player (Ctrl + 112) - Play with PC Keyboard - percussion, or melodic instruments, with sustain, and sostenuto and various layouts including Janko style keyboard...More » More (button) - Shows this window with either more space, more options, or alternative layout---> Play control (button)|<--|---> Play control (button) - Volume Control - Adjusts the playback volume for windows as a wholeRecord To File Options (button) - Export to Audio, CSound or Midi - Choose the file name to record to and file format...Play bouncing Balls (button) - Animate the bouncing balls or stop the animation...Close (button) - (no tooltip help yet)
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This is what you get in the More version of this window (you use the More button to show it).

Play Bar

Play Bar - A small window with handy buttons to stop / start tune etc - to move it, click and drag on any part of the window outside or between the buttons

It stays on top of the other Bounce metronome windows all the time.

Use the ? More or ? Less buttons to show a larger or smaller version of this window.

HOW TO GET HERE

Bs | PLAY Tool Bar or Ctrl + 170

(editable)

Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Other controls also affect the volume...

You can also use Page up and Page down to adjust the number one at a time, or Shift + Page Up and Page down to adjust by four at a time out of 127.

You can change the range of numbers used to show the volumes with a drop list in Show All Parts (Ctrl + 9).

VOLUME FOR WINDOWS AS A WHOLE

If the sound is still very quiet even when the volume here is set to its maximum, you may have your overall volume for the computer set low.

You can get to this from Play | Play control - Volume

That brings up the master volume control for Windows as a whole.

OTHER THINGS THAT CHANGE THE VOLUME YOU HEAR

There are various other settings in Bounce metronome that also change the volume of individual beats, parts, or types of instrument etc.

You can adjust the volume for individual parts in the Show All Parts (Ctrl + 9) window to make some quieter than others.

You can adjust the volume of individual beats using Beats volumes and times (Ctrl + 76) or Beats As Text (Ctrl + 77)

If you have been using Vary Beat within bar - tempo and volume variation (Ctrl + 20) - particularly if you set Vary Volume here with a large number of layers and a lot of variation, the tune can get very quiet or inaudible at times.

INDIVIDUAL VOLUME CONTROLS FOR PARTICULAR TYPES OF INSTRUMENT

The Wave Shape player and csound instruments have their own volume controls which set how loud they should be.

For the Wave shape player, go to the Wave Shape Instruments - Audio Format (Ctrl + 188)

For CSound instruments, you can set the overall volume in the C Sound Save Opts (Ctrl + 168)

VOLUME REMAPPING

For more fine control of volume settings, you can also remap the volume range using off volumes etc. (Ctrl + 158).

Also if you use a midi keyboard or instrument or relay notes from another program, there's another setting at In | Options | Keyboard Options | Touch. (Ctrl + 91) you can use for fine control of how to interpret volumes played via midi in.

(spin)

Adjust the volume up / down

/ Show volume as a number (button) (Alt + /)

Change between the volume as text box, or as a graphic...

Click to change from volume as a text box to volume as graphic, and back again.

Record to Wave (button) (Alt + E)

Record everything you hear in waveform audio format..

Set the file to record to in Record to file (Ctrl + 11) which also has various options for the recording.

To choose what to record, use the Mixer and volume controls for your computer. You can get to them via the Record Control button in Record to file (Ctrl + 11) - this will show up if you select Waveform Audio as the type of file to record to, or any of the related formats such as mp3.

In the Record Control, normally you select "Midi" or "what you hear" or "Stereo mix" or some such option. The Record Control is often set to record from the microphone - if you leave it at this setting, you will get nothing recorded unless a microphone is plugged in.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR VISTA USERS

NOTE Some sound cards can't record to audio at the same time as they play (i.e. are only "half duplex"). This is a Vista issue mainly nowadays as many soundcards that can record fine under XP don't record in Vista.

If you have one of these soundcards then you won't see any Stereo mix or any other option like that in the Record Control when you install the soundcard in Vista, though you will see it if you install the same soundcard under XP.

Try and see if there is anything there that looks likely, and see if any of them work. If you can't record to waveform audio, you can still use the record to midi.

One techy solution that some people find works with some computers, is to install an XP driver for your soundcard using the XP compatibility option in Vista. If that works, the XP driver will probably support full duplex recording under Vista.

The other possible solution is to add an extra soundcard to your computer which supports full duplex recording under Vista. You can do this even if you have a laptop or notebook as there are many USB external soundcards available nowadays.

Record to Midi (button) (Alt + M)

Record to a midi file as you play or relay...

Set the file name to record to, using the "File" tied quavers icon.

If you want to save a fractal tune generated by Bounce metronome itself, or a polyrhythm metronome, and you are happy to record it starting at the start of the tune, it is better to use File | Save As | Files of type | Midi file (*.mid). You choose how much to save from File | Midi File Options.

That way all the notes can be recorded in one go - with that way Bounce Metronome doesn't have to actually play the notes in order to record them. So you don't need to wait for it to finish playing, also since it doesn't need to actually play the notes, it records them always at exactly the desired times. So the timing is always going to be crisp and unaffected by any other program you may have running in the background as the tune plays.

PC Keyboard Player (Ctrl + 112)

Play with PC Keyboard - percussion, or melodic instruments, with sustain, and sostenuto and various layouts including Janko style keyboard...

You can choose what to play using On Screen Keyboards - Volume Sensitivity etc (Ctrl + 24) - with options for instance to play a different part for each row of the pc keyboard. The option to play melodic instruments using a Janko hexagonal keyboard type layout is in the More (several times) version of On Screen Keyboards - Volume Sensitivity etc (Ctrl + 24).

You can set what to show, and also set which keys are used as the sustain or sostenuto pedals in On screen keyboards - To Show, sustain, sostenuto, and controller (Ctrl + 123)

<--|---> Play control (button)

Volume Control - Adjusts the playback volume for windows as a whole

What you see depends on your system and soundcard.

There may be an overall volume control, a volume control called WAVE, one for your speakers, and one for the midi synth e.g. SW Synth, and possibly more.

Normally the one called WAVE makes a difference only for the waveform player and playback of audio recordings in Bounce metronome.

The one for your speakers and the one for the midi synth, and the overall volume may all change the playback volume for midi playback, which is what Bounce metronome uses to play its notes most of the time.

ADDING MORE FADERS TO THE PLAY CONTROL

Sometimes you can show more faders in the Play Control window. To do that go to Options | Properties and choose which controls you what to show.

Record To File Options (button) (Alt + I)

Export to Audio, CSound or Midi - Choose the file name to record to and file format...

QUICK START

1. Choose the type of recording from the drop list - usually midi, mp3 or waveform audio (Alt + Y).

2. Set the file name you want to record to (Alt + I, or to set the folder Alt + O)

2. Press the Start Recording button (Alt + R).

3. Play some notes or play the tune.

4. Press the End Recording button when done (Alt + E).

5. To play back the recording to hear what it sounds like, use Play Recording (Alt + D)

TROUBLE SHOOTING

If you choose mp3 or waveform audio, and get no sound recorded, use the Record Control.. button - see the tip for that button for details. Some Vista users may have soundcards that can't play and record at the same time - again see that tip for details and what you can do about it.

START RECORDING AT FIRST NOTE, END AT STOP PLAY

These options are useful to avoid long silences at the start and end of the recording.

With the CSound and Midi options you can also save the tune directly to an audio file.

For Save to Midi you have an option to save the tune directly to the file in Midi File Options (Ctrl + 12) and you set the amount of time to record there.

Similarly with CSound you can save the tune directly to a CSound orchestra and score, and to an audio file in C Sound Save Opts (Ctrl + 168) and set the time to record there.

DETAILS FOR THE SOUND FORMATS

What you see in the rest of the window depends on the file format you choose from the drop list.

To hear the sound exactly as you recorded it, on any computer, you choose Waveform Audio (*.wav). You can also choose mp3s for a smaller file size - mp3s, though close to the original, often change the sound of the recording slightly in order to reduce the size of the file - a difference which audiophiles can hear, though most other listeners may not notice.

For this type of recording your soundcard needs to be full duplex - most are but some newer computers with Vista can't record in this way- see the tool tip help for the Record Control button for details.

Choose Midi for a smaller size of file which plays back using the installed instruments on your computer soundcard or other device - it also has the advantage that you can open it in music software programs and edit the notes, which you can't do with the audio recordings, and just by changing the instruments to play or the audio device, one midi file can be used for making many different versions of the audio recording played on different instruments.

The other compressed formats have various advantages. The .ogg recording is favoured by many musicians nowadays as an alternative to mp3 that many prefer.

The CSound option lets you make a recording using CSound instruments selected in C Sound Instruments for Parts (Ctrl + 169), to add to the range of possibilities for the recording.

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