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Configure Count Waves && Transcribe to Seed

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Configure Count Waves && Transcribe to Seed

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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.

Auto set noise threshold

Sets threshold automatically when you open an audio file or end a recording...

When you open a file or end a recording, the recording is scanned to find the quietest section. Then the threshold is set to a fixed multiple of the noise level in the quietest section.

The parameters for the method (length of the quietest section to find, and how much to multiply the noise level by) are configured in the Record (temp) - Options (Ctrl + 108)

This threshold is the same as the noise threshold for the trim highlight suggestion.

Play freq on ed.

Play a note at the 1/1 pitch whenever it is changed

->Ther

To hear the effect of this, press one of the Transcribe -> Ther. buttons

Scale seed volumes to:

How to show volumes - choose which range is most useful...

The 0 to 127 is useful if you want to compare it with midi data as midi velocities use this range.

Scales...

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.

Arpeggios...

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

The arpeggio is a selection of entries from a scale. For instance if you have a twelve tone scale, the arpeggio could be a major scale, pentatonic scale, dominant seventh, major, minor chord etc. The notes can be in any order. However, in most cases it is easiest to use an arpeggio with the notes in ascending order.

You can use this to choose another arpeggio or edit the arpeggio. If the main window has a drop list of arpeggios already, then this window is a copy of it shown as a list rather than a drop list. It also has extra buttons to configure it.

Notes Found...

Find notes in clean recording - use other programs to clean them first...

The dection of notes is easily confused by background noise or low or high frequency sound.

So to improve the accuracy of the results, first use a sound editor to do a band pass or high pass to remove all frequencies outside the range of interest. Also do a noise reduction.

You could for example use Goldwave.

http://www.goldwave.com/

The count waves method is easily confused by low background noise such as traffic hum, and also by high fequency noise adding extra wave crossings. It can also be confused by any background noise as it can find regular patterns in noise not corresponding to any heard pitch.

The frequency spectrum method is less easily confused but background noise can add extra partials or lead it to detecting a pitch in the noise as the fundamental of the note to detect.

Both methods are programmed for solo recordings, withthe emphasis on high resolution pitch detection of the notes.

Any polyphony is just treated as noise and confuses the method.

Sometimes you can remove other instruments from a polyphonic recording to some degree using bandpass, most likely to be successful with instruments with few higher partials such as bird song and whistle, flute, recorder etc. If successful there, one might then in some cases be able to transcribe each part individually in Tune Smithy and then combine the result.

Current Scale...

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

16 bit

This threshold is the same as the noise threshold for the trim highlight suggestion in the Record (temp) - Options (Ctrl + 108)

Less <<

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

Amplitudes

Use the raw amplitudes as volumes...

An increase of about 3 decibels corresponds (almost eactly) to a doubling of amplitude. So if you use amplitudes as the volumes, then the volumes will vary much more than they do if you use decibels.

Humans hear volume levels logarithmically - so assuming that the midi velocities correspond to perceived volumes, then you should use decibels to get the same volumes out as in.

However, synths vary a fair amount in how they interpret dynamic ranges.

If for some reason the midi device is using amplitudes instead of decibels to interpret the midi velocities, then you may want to use amplitudes. For instance if it has an option to select a linear midi velocity to amplitude mapping, and you are using that option then you may want to use amplitudes here as well.

Decibels

Use decibels - corresponding to perceived volume - for the volumes...

This is the more usual situation. A doubling of amplitude corresponds almost exactly to an increase in volume by 3 decibels.

If you use decibels as the volumes, then the volumes will vary much less than they do if you use amplitudes.

Humans hear volume levels logarithmically - so assuming that the midi velocities correspond to perceived volumes, then you should use decibels to get the same volumes out as in.

So this is normally the best choice.

However, synths vary a fair amount in how they interpret dynamic ranges.

If for some reason the midi device is using amplitudes instead of decibels to interpret the midi velocities, then you may want to use amplitudes. For instance if it has an option to select a linear midi velocity to amplitude mapping, and you are using that option then you may want to use amplitudes here instead.

Midi 127 is

Preset is 80. You can set this HIGHER to DECREASE the dynamic range...

This sets how many decibels 127 should be treated as. If a note is at its maximum amplitude, then it will be treated as midi velocity 127. The volume for a quieter note is found by working out how much quieter it is than the loudest possible note, and then subtracting the difference in decibels converted to midi note values.

So - if you set this large, then it means there are many decibels between the loudest and the quietest notes - so volumes have to be very quiet before they count as less than midi velocity 1, so the midi dynamic range is less for the same range in decibels.

If you set it low then notes that are still quite loud will come in below midi velocity 1 so many notes will get cut off as too quiet to sound.

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 robertinventor.com 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.

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