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Main window seed

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Main window seed

Main window seed

Edit the seed numbers times, and volumes by hand

Seed as Bar charts...

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

Text As Seeds...

You can enter an alphanumeric seed or DNA / protein sequence etc.

Text As Seeds...

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.


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

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

Volume for notes when they are in the middle of a rest at slower moving layer...

This is used to multiply the volumes. For instance if set to 1/2 then the faster moving layers play at half volume when the slower moving layer is silent.

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

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

Select a Task (Ctrl + 213)

Seed as bar charts (Ctrl + 76)

To Notation (Ctrl + 55)

Tempo and volume for fractal tune (Ctrl + 20)

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

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