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Seed as bar charts

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Seed as bar charts

Seed as bar charts

A chart of all the seed notes - click on a note to change the seed...

How to get here

Bs | Seed as Bar Charts, or Ctrl + 76 or via a button in many of the fractal tune main windows.

How to use this window

Left click on the volume / time window to change the volumes. Right click to adjust the start and end times of the notes.

Click within the seed numbers window to change the note numbers. There is no need to drag (though it does no harm).

Click the play seed button to hear the effect of your changes.

Often you may want to add or remove notes. To add a note use Shift + click on the seed, and to remove it use Ctrl + click.

Sometimes the seed has many notes, or some very short duration notes - and it is hard to see the details when you display the complete seed.

To zoom in, Alt + drag on any part of the seed to bring it up magnified in a separate zoom in window. You can click within the zoom in window to adjust the seed in the same way as before.

This zoom in method also works with the volume / duration chart

Volume / time

Left click on a note to change its volume, right click to change timing...


To change the volume of a note just click on it. There is no need to drag though it does no harm.


To change the timing, right click. This changes the position of the nearest note boundary to the click.

So to make a note shorter, right click on the line to the right of the note. To change the start time of the note, right click on the line to its left.

You can drag if you like. Dragging the notes seems to be the most intuitive approach for the note timings perhaps.

Zoom in

If the seed has many notes, or has some sections with many short notes in a short space of time, you may need to zoom in on part of the seed to see it in detail.

To do that, hold down the ALT key and drag over the area of interest. This will bring it up in a new window which you can then use to edit it just as you do for the original.

Click to set note. NO NEED TO DRAG . SHIFT+ click on a note to duplicate it. CTRL + click on a note to delete it..

Click to adjust the seed numbers - note positions in the arpeggio...

This adjusts the seed numbers. These have to be whole numbers - show the grid if you want to see them as discrete steps.

The vertical scale in this picture changes as you use larger numbers.

To add higher numbers, click above the highest note in your seed. The picture will auto re-scale if needed to show your new number. Similarly for lower numbers click below the lowest note.

To see the effect of your actions on the seed numbers themselves,have the Main window seed (Ctrl + 77) window open at the same time.

Zoom in

If the seed has many notes, or has some sections with many short notes in a short space of time, you may need to zoom in on part of the seed to see it in detail.

To do that, hold down the ALT key and drag over the area of interest. This will bring it up in a new window which you can then use to edit it just as you do for the original.

Find Seed notes from recording...

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.

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.


Pause playback, or continue 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


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.


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

; (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


Shows a line every three numbers, double line every 10...

It's done this way so that you can easily distinguish the numbers, but still can see the lines even if the seed numbers get quite large.

If the lines are very close together, zoom in on the region using Alt + drag.

M.W. Seed...

Edit the seed numbers times, and volumes by hand

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.

Fractal Tunes Dialog Star

Tip of the day - Fractal Tunes 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

Seeds for Layers (Ctrl + 31)

Tune Script (Ctrl + 171)

Notes Found in Recording (Ctrl + 72)

Select a Task (Ctrl + 213)

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

Main window seed (Ctrl + 77)

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

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