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Scales Drop List

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Scales Drop List

Scales Drop List

Show a list of scales to select from - and edit the list....

The scale consists of the pitches to use for your tunes, usually as intervals in cents or ratios from a beginning pitch called the 1/1. See the help for the Scale field for more information.

You can use this to choose another scale. If the main window has a drop list of scales already, then this window is a copy of it shown in the form of a list rather than a drop list, It also has extra buttons to configure it.

How to get here

Ctrl + 110

How to use this window

Highlight any scale from the list, or enter the scale values by hand.

Entries that end with ... change to another list of scales. Highlight the entry then press the Follow... button.

To add new scales to the list, or edit the list use the More version of this window.

To start a new Scales list, enter the description for the new list, and enter its desired file name into the scale field (or leave scale field blank to use the description as the file name). Then use the Add as Link button, and then use Follow... to edit the new drop list.


Choose how you want the scales list displayed

lsc File format

The file format uses intervals from the 1/1 and shows the 1/1

Main Window format

The main window notation can be configured to show steps, and omit 1/1

>> History

Click here to show recently visited files of this type...

Alternatively, Ctrl + right click on button, text field or drop list

Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F10.

The menu includes a Current Folder option to explore the folder for the most recent file.

>> History

for the short standard arpeggios list and :12 for the twelve tone list

Sync. Arpeggios list with current scale

Select to synchronise arpeggio lists with scales - for scales marked (Arp...)

If a scale doesn't end with (arp...) then it has no arpeggios list associated and uses the short list with Follow scale and a few figuration like arpeggios of interest in fracta ltunes.


Easy way to make a new scale by selecting notes from other scales...

Scale as Text

Just the scale as text - so with even more space available to edit large scales

Scale as Text

The scale intervals from the 1/1 in any of the recognised notations....

Change how these are shown from File | Scale Notation and Number Options (Ctrl + 18)

You can show them as ratios or cents, or in Hertz, also a special equal temperament notation: ex. 4//19 for the fourth scale step in nineteen equal, and various other options.

These notations can also be used to enter any of the values yourself. You don't need to enter them in the same notation in which the scale is displayed. For instance to enter a scale in Hertz do it as e.g.:

220 Hz 440 Hz 660 Hz 880 Hz

where you need to include the word Hz like that after each number to tell FTS that the numbers are in hertz.

Or you can put a z at the start of the line to specify that all the numbers are in Hertz:

z 300 350 450 600

There are many other options you can use here too, E.g. to make a geometric scale, sine warped scale, ... For details see Scale Notations

You can edit the scale here, or via Bs | Scale, or Bs | Scale & Arp. as Text

You can paste a SCALA scale into this field. It doesn't matter if the notes are on separate lines - the program will put them all on a single line for you for use in the main window. Also comment lines are ignored.

You can save the scale you make here from the menu Scale & Arp | Save Scale As... and get back to it from Open Scale in the same drop menu. When the scale is saved, the values are automatically converted to ratios or cents, if you have it set to one of the other more exotic notations in FTS.

You may find the Tune Smithy calculator handy when constructing new scales. You get to that from File | Calculator (Ctrl + 81)

Set as Preset

Set the highlight as the one to select when this list is first shown


Or ALT + select - follow the highlighted link to another drop list of scales...

Or CAPS LOCK physically held down + select

You may want to select the entry in order to edit it, so that's why selection on its own doesn't take you to the new drop list.

Add as Link

Make a link to a new list of scales...

You enter the name for the new list in the description field. Then place the desired fiile name to use for the new list in the place where the numbers normally go. You can leave the scale entries field blank to use the description as the file name.

The current main window scale is set as the preset scale for the list when it is opened. So make sure the current scale is a suitable one for the list when you first make it.

Then click this button to start your new list of scales.

To edit your new list, highlight the entry, and use the Follow button to navigate to your new list, then edit it in the usual way.

To link to an existing scales drop list just enter the description, and the file name (if different) and use Add as link.


Adds the new scale to the list below the highlighted scale


Replaces the highlighted scale in the list


Remove the highlighted scale in the list


Select the scale you want to change - or use


Description to display for this scale or save to the SCALA scl file...

When you select a scale its desription shows here. You can then edit it to match your new scale. If you use the Add button (More version of this window) you can add this as a new scale to the drop list - then the description you enter here is the one used in the drop list when it is added.

The description can also start with MAKE SCALE to make special scales.

You can also use #chord as the description to make a scale that matches the chord, examples:

  1. chord c7 will make

400.0 700.0 1000.0 2/1


  1. chord ch7 will make

5/4 3/2 7/4 2/1

For details see Microtonal chords


for the short standard arpeggios list and :12 for the twelve tone list


for the preset list of scales


for the preset list of scales - to edit enter as scale value

' (apostrophe) Play scale

Play the scale - for options control + click, or click on quavers button

\ (back slash) Options for play scale / arpeggio / seed

Arpeggio and scale playback options - ascending, descending, both and more


Shows this window with more space or more options or alt. layout (2)


Shows this window with either less space, less options, or alternative layout


Shows the scale intervals as steps from each note to the next...

When unselected, shows the intervals from the 1/1

Help = F1

Click for help for this window. Or F1. Other opts: Shift , Alt, Ctrl + click...

F1 or click shows the help for the current window in your web browser.

Some windows may have no help yet in which case the help icon is shown crossed out with a red line.

Shift + F1 or Shift + Click brings up the tool tips extra help window (this window) to show any extra help for a tool tip.

You can tell if a tool tip has extra help if it ends ... like this one.

Ctrl + F1 or Ctrl + click takes you to the list of keyboard shortcuts for Tune Smithy.

Alt + F1 or Alt + click (alternatively Caps lock physically held down + F1 or Click) takes you to the on-line page at the web site about the current main window task - which gives a short introduction to it for newbies to the program. If there is no on-line page specific to a task, takes you to the main tune smithy page on the web site.

Since the help for Tune Smithy is currently a bit out of date and needs to be redone completely for the new 3.0 release, then you may find the on-line page for some of the newer tasks particularly useful.

Organise Windows = F2

Reset, or Save settings for this window. RIGHT CLICK for all windows menu...

Shows the Organise windows window - which you can use to reset all the parameters for the current window.

You can also use it to save the settings for just this window, or open previously saved parameters for just this window.

Also has a drop list of all the windows and their shortcuts, and related options - some to do with the menu listing, and some to do with window resizing and minimising.

Scales Dialog Star

Tip of the day - Scales category - right click for neighbouring windows...

Left click for a tip of the day in this category.

Right click to see a menu of neighbouring windows.

The neighbours are the ones you most often move to after this one or within a minute of this one, arranged by popularity.

So as you continue to use FTS, it will learn your habits, and the neighbouring windows listed here, should be the ones you most often visit after this one.

Op ...

Open a list of scales for main window or Scales Drop List (Ctrl + 110)...

You can also navigate to the list of scales by highlighting it in the list in the main window or Scales Drop List (Ctrl + 110) and using the Follow button.

To add a list of scales to the current list in Scales Drop List (Ctrl + 110), enter its file name as the description and use Add as Link...

SA ...

Save As a list of scales for main window or Scales Drop List (Ctrl + 110)...

This may be useful if you want to make a new scales list which is similar to an existing one.

To add your new list of scales as an entry to the current list, enter its file name as the description and use Add as Link...

Op Sc...

Open Scale (SCALA format)

SA ...

Save as Scale (SCALA format)

SA ...

The scale pitches (alternatively steps) as ratios, cents etc

Neighbours, and Previous - Up - Next

Help For Tool Tip - Shift + F1 (Ctrl + 141)

Select a Task (Ctrl + 213)

Scale and Arpeggio as text (Ctrl + 104 or Ctrl + T)

Scale Notation and Number Options (Ctrl + 18)

New Arpeggio (Ctrl + 6)

Tip of the Day (Ctrl + 125)

N.B. This list of neighbours may change when these pages are updated.

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