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Play Bar

Play Bar

A small window with handy buttons to stop / start tune etc...

It stays on top of the other Tune Smithy 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

Volume

Set master volume for FTS. Other controls also affect the volume...

Bs | Play control brings up the master volume control for Windows as a whole.

The volume is also affected by the volume for individual parts in the Parts (Ctrl + 9) window.

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

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

You can also vary the volume in Out | Options | More | Volume remapping, note on / off volumes etc. (Ctrl + 158) and if playing from Midi In there's another setting at In | Options | Keyboard Options | Touch. (Ctrl + 91)

See also Help | FAQ - trouble shooting | Why is everything so quiet

Volume

Set master volume for FTS. Other controls also affect the volume...

Bs | Play control brings up the master volume control for Windows as a whole.

The volume is also affected by the volume for individual parts in the Parts window.

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

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

You can also vary the volume in Out | Options | More | Volume remapping, note on / off volumes etc. (Ctrl + 158) and if playing from Midi In there's another setting at In | Options | Keyboard Options | Touch. (Ctrl + 91)

See also Help | FAQ - trouble shooting | Why is everything so quiet

Volume - SPIN

Adjust the volume up / down

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Show the volume as text box, or as a graphic...

Click here to change from one to the other and back

Pause

Pause playback, or continue play

Play

Click here to play it...

What this plays depends on the task selected from the Tasks menu.

It can play a retuned midi clip, chord progression, fractal tune or metronome

SHORTCUT FOR FRACTAL TUNES OR METRONOME

You can use Shift + click to fast forward...

Also Ctrl to fast forward even more. Shift multiplies the tempo by 10 and Ctrl multiplies it by 100, so the two together would play a fractal tune at for instance, 60,000 instead of 60 as the tempo. This is useful sometimes for fast forwarding through fractal tunes.

Record to Wave

Record everything you hear in waveform audio format..

To set the file name for the file to record to, use the Set File... button - which brings up the Record to file (Ctrl + 11)

Be sure to choose what you want to record using the Mixer and volume controls in the Bs | Record Control - Volume window.

Usually you set it to "Midi" or "what you hear" or the like. If this is set to record from the microphone you will get nothing recorded unless a microphone is plugged in.

Record to Midi

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 Tune Smithy 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 FTS 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.

Record To File Options

Choose the file name to record to and file format. Many options.

PC Keyboard Player

Play in this tuning from PC keyboard

Piano style Keyboard Player

This shows the notes on a picture of a piano style keyboard...

You see them here as you play from your midi keyboard. You can also play the notes by clicking on the dots on the keyboard using the PC keyboard or mouse.

Kbd Multiline

Shows them on a multiline keyboard - lets you show a wider span in octaves...

You see them here as you play from your midi keyboard. You can also play the notes here using the PC keyboard or mouse. Click on the keyboard first to get started playing.

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.

Ther.

Theremin played from mouse or joystick...

The theremin is that instrument you can play by waving your hands in the air without touching anything.

Here you use the mouse or joystick instead of just moving your hands around. As you move the mouse or joystick the note you play slides around in pitch wherever you want it to go.

This is just a bit of fun. Has various options - try the sliding chords preset :-).

Opts ...

Configure the Lissajous patterns and open and save the results...

This configures how the patterns are shown in the Lissajous window. For instance whether to show a title with details of the curve at the top of the pattern. Also you can save the patterns and reopen them.

The option:

Keep the pattern for most notes when keys are released

can be especially useful if you are using this as a way to make new Lissajous patterns. You can play a chord with several notes, release the keys, and the complex pattern you made when all the keys were held down remains in the window. You can then save it, open it, change the colours and so on.

Lissajous Pattern

Shows Lissajous figures as you play...

These patterns were originally made by a Frenchman Lissajous by shining light onto mirrors attached to tuning forks. They can also be shown using oscilloscopes.

The interesting thing about this pattern is that the same chord always has the same pattern whatever its pitch.

So for instance, all major chords with the same exact relative tuning have the same pattern, then there is another pattern for all minor chords, another for all diminished sevenths , and so on. Then there are separate patterns for each of the flavours of all those chords, for instance one for septimal minor chords, one for the ordinary just minor, and so on.

When you have a chord that uses small numbered pure ratios, for instance a chord in the harmonic series or other just intonation (pure ratio based) chords - the lines will join up after a few cycles around.

If the chord isn't quite pure, but close to just, then the lines continue for ever but they start off pretty much the same as the pure chords.

The pattern then would fill the entire area normally (if you set the time out high enough) so wouldn't be very interesting. So normally the lines are set to fade out if it continues too far to follow in the time available. This is configured in the Lissajous Colours and Line Options (Ctrl + 198)

Any that don't fade out can be finished if you give them enough time. The title will show that they need more time - use the Redraw with more time button to see the complete picture.

Some complex just intonation chords may fade out too, because Tune Smithy didn't follow the curve far enough to find the place where it joins up. The calculation continues ahead of the place it reaches with the drawing, so Tune Smithy can show many fairly complex just intonation chords without fading them out. But sometimes it just doesn't go far enough in the calculation to recognise them.

If the pattern fades out, and you know that it is in fact just intonation, and want to see the complete curve, increase the time out if necessary, and again, use the Redraw with more time button.

Though this window doesn't have an obvious menu, it does have one hidden away. Click on the icon at top left to bring up the menu with Close, Resize etc - and look down there and you will find some other options specific to this window - this is a simple way to keep some of the more often needed options ready to hand. You will find the redraw with more time option there, also one to print the window, and the options for the window

Opts ...

Options for the mouse theremin

Show dots for keyboard layout

Place this above the music keyboard pic to show where the arpeggio notes are

<--|---> Play control

Adjusts the playback volume for windows as a whole

' (apostrophe) Play scale

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

# (number) Play Arpeggio

Plays the arpeggio - for options control + click, or click on quavers button

; (semicolon) Play Seed

Play the musical seed. To play lower freq. && slower use SHIFT, ALT or both...

SHIFT+ play simulates playing a recording at half speed, so reduces the freq by an octave, and plays each note for twice as long as normal. Similarly ALT + play reduces the frequency by two octaves, at quarter speed, and BOTH TOGETHER reduce it by three octaves, at eighth speed.

This is particularly useful for the Audio Pitch Tracer task - as you can use Shift and Alt to slow down and change the pitch of the recording in the same way.

So use e.g. SHIFT + play for both seed and recording, to compare the transcribed seed with the original at the same lower pitch and slower speed. Or ALT or ALT + SHIFT similarly. Especially useful for high pitched quickly changing sounds like bird song.

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

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

Less <<

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

Diamond / Rect. Player...

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

Tips:

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.

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