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PC Keyboard Player - To Show, sustain and controller

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PC Keyboard Player - To Show, sustain and controller

PC Keyboard Player - To Show, sustain and controller

Sustain pedal, modulation wheel, what to show on the keyboard, more options

How to get here

Use the To Play button in the PC Keyboard Player window. Or the Configure Show sustain or controller button in the Lambdoma and pc keyboard player tasks.

You can also get here from Bs2 | PC Keyboard Player - To Show

Shortcut Ctrl + 123 or Ctrl + K1.

How to use this window =

Choose how you want to show the notes on for the PC Keyboard player from the drop list. Other check boxes and controls will appear which you can use to configure your selection in detail.

The other options in this window configure various aspects of how the PC keyboard player especially works for sustain and sostenuto. If you want to configure the notes played use the PC Keyboard Player - To Play window.


The PC keyboard tends to be remarkably good as a (non touch sensitive) musical insturment considering that it wasn't designed as such, but often has limitations in the chords it can play.

However you can overcome some of those by using a sustain pedal which will let you play any chord you like by playing the notes one at a time and sustaining them.

PC Keyboard sustain

If you don't have a sustain pedal connected, or are on the move, never mind, you can use the space bar or other keyboard keys as sustain pedals or sostenuto pedals.

It can be useful to add or subtract individual notes from a sustained chord, and you can do that if you select the option to switch a sustained note off if you play it a second time.

Scroll mouse controller

If you have a scroll mouse, you can use it to adjust any controller. For instance Vibrato (also called modulation) or tremelo (wah wah type effects). Whether this does anything depends on whether your currently selected out device selects that controller - most midi out devices only support a few controllers. Though vibrato and tremelo are amongst the most commonly supported ones, along with stereo pan.

Other options in this window

The option to bring a mouse or PC keyboard window to the front when you move the mouse over it can be useful occasionally with a crowded screen with many windows. The option to switch of the mouse note when you move it out of the picture is usually best selected - helps prevent stuck notes when you change from one window to another.


Choose how notes are shown on PC Keyboard && square / diamond keyboard pics...

Current Notation....

Set the notation such as cents, ratios etc used for display of all scale values...

Also has various options to configure how other numbers (volumes etc) are displayed in Tune Smithy.

Symbols for accidentals...

Accidental symbols, && choose how keys play notes in between notes of arpeggio

8 / 6

For ratios on square / diamond keyboard only, for Lambdoma regions only...

This option is only used on the square / diamond keyboard window.

The separate Pc keyboard player window (keyboard icon) always shows row : col.

Though it still plays a region of the Lambdoma, its rows and columns don't normally match with the same numbered lambdoma rows and columns. So the : notation is always used for the PC Keyboard player..

8 : 6

This version is always used for the separate PC keyboard player window...

The separate Pc keyboard player window (keyboard icon) always shows row : col.

Though it still plays a region of the Lambdoma, its rows and columns don't normally match with the same numbered lambdoma rows and columns. So the : notation is always used for the PC Keyboard player..

Sustain "pedal"

Here you can use the space bar or other key as a sustain pedal...

The sustain pedal when held down prevents notes from switching off. Every note you play from then on continues to sound, even after you release the note, until you release the pedal.

In the case of the space bar you need to keep the space bar physically held down for as long as you want the notes to sustain, just like a normal sustain pedal. However, the normal sustain pedal is operated by the foot so leaves the hands free. With the keyboard space bar sustain, this isn't so easy to do so you may want a sustain pedal that can act more like a push switch that stays on until you press it again to switch it off.

If you want to be able to leave the sustain on indefinitely in this way, try Num Lock sustain or one of those options instead. Those options sutain the notes for as long as Num Lock (or whichever it is) is lit up.

This option works in addition to your Midi sustain pedal if you have one.

If you want to disable the keyboard sustain for some reason, and only use sustain from Midi In, then choose Sustain pedal only from this drop list.


You can use various keyboard keys for Sostenuto..

The idea of sostenuto is that it lets you hold down one chord while playing other notes. The other notes don't sustain. It is a bit like having an extra hand to hold down that chord while you continue playing with your other hands.

So it is like sustain but the sustain only applies to notes that are already held down before you press the sostenuto key, and has no effect on notes you press afterwards..

To use it, first play the chord you want to sustain, then press the key or pedal for sostenuto.

Then you can release all the notes for the chord, and all its notes will continue to be held down until you release the sostenuto pedal.

To put it another way - the notes sustained are the ones actually playing at the very moment that you change the pedal from off to on. They are sustained until you change the pedal back from on to off.

One nice use of sostenuto is for a drone like a Sitar drone. Use Sostenuto to set the notes on for the drone. Then play away and every so often hit one of the sostenuto notes. The sostenuto notes will continue to sustain as a drone after you release them - while the other notes will switch off immediately when you release the keys.

To Play - PC Keyboard Player...

Various options that affect the pitches and so on as played from the PC keyboard.

What to show on Piano style Keyboard pics...

What to show on music keyboard pictures - note names, intervals etc...

Choose what to show on pictures of the music keyboard when you play notes. Also various other display options such as text size, width in octaves and so on.

This is for any of the windows that have a picture of the music keyboard - the main window Music Keyboard player, multi-line player, and the Scale, Arpeggio and Seed edit windows.

If you select the Beating Partials option - note that this will show the Beats window whenever you play a chord.

These music keyboard pictures - though very similar looking to a conventional music keyboard, actually have the white keys of two sizes - the D, G and A keys are a little broader than the others. This is so that the width of the key can correspond exactly to the pitch range that it spans.

The stretchy keyboard options let you show the normal music keyboard and below it, another version which is stretched or compressed to show the notes to press on your Midi keyboard to get the desired pitches. This can be useful when you play notes from a music keyboard in FTS or use FTS for composition retuning via Midi In.

Colour code opts...

Options for the colour coding of notes played and the keyboard note colours


Shows the notes as you play them...

Tip: You can configure it to show note names, sol fa names, ratios, etc from the Tune Display Options (Ctrl + 19) window

It's meant just to give some feedback about note positions as you play. It can't be edited or saved, and you can only show your current playing, you can't move it back and forth to see earlier notes. To do all that properly would require a new program probably.

PC Keyboard Player

Play in this tuning from PC keyboard

Lambdoma keyboard Player

Show Lambdoma notes as you play, & play them using mouse or PC Keyboard...


You can use the arrow keys to move a sustained chord around after you have played it.

Show the Bs | Notes Played window to see your notes in a score like form as dots on staffs.

Click on the music keyboard icons - to show the notes on a music keyboard as you play. You can also play the notes by clicking on the music keyboard picture.

The menu under the Tune Smithy icon at top left of the Lambdoma Keyboard picture has a quick link to the options for this keyboard.

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.

PC Keyboard Dialog Star

Tip of the day - PC Keyboard 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.

Neighbours, and Previous - Up - Next

New Arpeggio (Ctrl + 6)

New Scale (Ctrl + 5)

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

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