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Piano Style Keyboard Player - Multiline

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Piano Style Keyboard Player - Multiline

Click on keys to play

Music Keyboard picture - use to play notes or select them...

Keyboard Layout

This shows the notes on a picture of a music keyboard. It uses a standard black and white keys type arrangement, except that the white keys vary in width, with the D, G and A keys a bit wider than the others.

This makes it possible to display the notes as dots positioned exactly according to the pitch - those three white keys are wider because the interval from e.g. C# to D# is more than the interval from D# to the mid point of E and F.

The idea is that when you play chords, the interval between notes will be shown as the same distance, wherever you may play it on the keyboard. For instance, if you play a 6/5 anywhere on the keyboard, the distance between the dots will be the same.

How to make the seed, arpeggio or scale

Same approach as for the dots window.

For the New Seed windows

click on a dot to play the seed note, or use the keys 1, 2, 3, ... on the top row of keyboard. Continue with the other rows if you need to go higher. If you select With timings, then the timing of your keyboard or mouse playing is used for the seed. Otherwise the timing is ignored

For the New Scale or Arpeggio windows

When you use the mouse, click on a dot to add that note, click on the triangle to remove the note.

When you use the PC Keyboard, use the keys 2 3 etc to add or remove notes.

Normally the key 1 is assigned to the 1/1. Then the 1 on your PC keyboard has no effect when you select Edit, but plays the 1/1 when you select Play. The 2 on the keyboard then adds or removes the first scale value and so on.

If your keyboard has a key to the left of the 1, and you prefer the 1 to add or remove the first scale value, you can set it up like this. Go to Mouse & PC Keyboard Player - To Play (Ctrl + 24)) | More. You will find an option to use the key to the left of 1 on the keyboard as the first note.

What to show...

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.

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.

Neighbours, and Previous - Up - Next

New Arpeggio (Ctrl + 6)

PC Keyboard Player (Ctrl + 112 or Ctrl + K)

New Scale (Ctrl + 5)

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

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