up to December 2003
FTS upload December
21 (UK time)
When you resize one of the windows that lets all its items
resize with it then rather than just do it once, it was redoing
them all several times with a lot of activity on the screen -
The new option to suggest a keyboard mapping had a few bugs in
it which showed up with some of the scales and arpeggios - fixed
The Lissajous 3D screen saver stopped whenever it ran FTS to
make its background music. There it was a simple thing - FTS runs
minimised rather than hidden and remains visible for a short time
after the screen saver stops. This lets you restore it if you
want to save its latest randomised tune - that is okay but the
minimised icon mustn't be highlighted ("activated" in
Windows jargon), which it was also doing, as that stops the
screen saver immediately. Fixed.
FTS upload December
18 (UK time)
When you use the pitch bend wheel to retune a chord with many
pitches in it all changing in pitch simultaneously and with the
notes resounding at different points in the slide and using
custom voices, then notes can get stuck on or get out of pitch
with each other - fixed.
Some other minor fixes in the GUI - things not
updating immediately when you change settings, and a couple of
check and radio boxes that didn't appear to do anything when you
clicked on them, that kind of thing, can't remember all the
details now as I just fixed them immediately as soon as I noticed
FTS upload December
11 (UK time)
Some of the new voice menus played patches that
were out by one - the ones with voice numbers starting from 1
instead of 0 and with the PatchAt syntax for finding the
instrument numbers in the file - fixed.
The retuning midi player may play with an
irregular rythm if you have a p.c.keyboard window showing at the
same time, possibly also even if it wasn't showing. When it was
visible, the problem was that it was repeatedly refreshing the
display for the p.c.keyboard window - fixed.
If you play from the PC keyboard at the same time
as the retuning midi player simultaneously you can get thread
lock - program stops responding. Fixed that.
Then to make sure it doesn't stop responding
because of thread block again, it has a thread block tester which
will now automatically free the situation after a half second or
so, if this type of thread block does recur (had it already but
it wasn't working in all possible situations before). Hopefully
won't occur again anyway and I have set the threadblock tester to
pop up alerts in the debug build so if it happens there I will
find out and fix it.
Thread block can happen if you have several
asynchronous things going on (playing tune, and working with GUI
to play another tune from PC keyboard say) and the program needs
to make sure that the various events from the different threads
don't get in each other's way - you can sometimes find yourself
in a situation where two parts of the program are each waiting
for the other to move, or even where part of the program is
waiting for itself, and so gets blocked. It then waits for ever
and so stops responding. That is what was happening here.
FTS upload December
4 (UK time)
If you play the chord progression plaer and
simultaneously play from PC keyboard then FTS seizes up and stops
responding. This was because of thread lock - fixed.
File | Save As brings
up your newly saved file in an unaddressed e-mail. That is
because it was doing Save As And E-mail
by mistake, sorry.
Chord progression player wasn't responding to F11
to stop all play. Also it wasn't resonding to Alt + P to play the
tune from the main window (played a fractal tune instead).
If you set the Arpeggio to not show 0s in one of
the other views, then in the chord progression player view it
doesn't play the chords properly - fixed.
Bs | Scales Options
| Mean Tone Scale - doesn't explain well what the
octave stretch is. One might well assume that it stretches all
the notes, but that isn't how it works here. Rather it increases
the size of the "octave" interval of repetition that
the scale gets reduced into. So you need to adjust the comma as
well as the octave shift if you want a stretched scale. Improved
exposition of this.
The section on roman numerals for the chord
progression player was very poorly expressed I felt - hopefully a
bit better now. Other small improvements in the GUI.
In the roman numerals notation, vii and VII
should have diminished fifths (tritones) and were playing perfect
fifths instead - fixed.
The Cj and Ck7s were identical and both had a 9/10
for teh seventh instead of 16/9 and 9/5 respectively - fixed
The u for undecimal notation had no effect..
Anyway now it is used for undertones, and to get undecimal you
now need to use ud as in Cud7.
If you go to File |
Open and browse to the FTS
Extra Shortcuts folder then choose to show all
the files there to find out what is in it, and choose to open one
of those files, nothing happens, which may seem puzzling. The
reason is because it is a .lnk shortcut, a file type which was
not recogised by FTS for opening. So now it will start up the
shortcut if you open it in that way. E.g.if you open the chord
progression player shortcut via that route from within FTS, it
will start up another copy of FTS as a chord progression player.
Actually if you open any shortcut from File | Open in FTS, it
will now start up whatever app that shortcut points too, and with
the arguments specified in the shortcut.
This bug shows up in the chord progression
player, when you choose Retune
scale to chord roots with a scale with more notes
in some semitones than others. Example: start with conventional
just intonation and then add in many shades of third such as 7/6,
9/7, 11/9 etc so that part of the scale has two or more notes per
semitone. Then the chord plays in tune but gets rotated around to
unexpected positions, maybe the E will be a 4/3 or some such. It
happened because the way it worked out how many scale degrees are
needed to rotate the scale to the desired position assumed the
notes were more or less evenly distributed - fixed.
Before there was a limit on how small you could
make the scale steps for equal tempered scales for the chord
progression player of 0.01 cents. Now you can use an equal
tempered scale with the steps pretty much as small as you like, e.g.
0.00001 cents - fixed
The File | Unlock
entry was shown as File | User Info
for users who haven't bought the program yet -
The musical e-cards weren't showing the desired
fonts - fixed.
Out | Notes In Play
| Refresh for Note Offs - even when unselected
still refreshes the window when the notes get switched off for
the chord progression player and chord / arpeggio / scale playing
The just intonatiion retuning with diesis shifts
sometimes causes unnecessary diesis shifts. It happens because
sometimes it finds an interval of a 6/5 say with a previous chord
when it could have found an octave or unison - fixed.
This only deals with some of the diesis shifits.
The reason is that it can't look ahead of course, and that may be
needed on occasion. Nor is it very good at looking back as it
only looks back two chords and a note four chords back may be
just a quarter note or so away and the diesis shift from those
notes may be very noticeable too. I may later be able to do
something about the look back, so it can look back a bit further.
But look forward is of course only possible with leisure time
Incidentally the order in which the notes in a
chord are played is important for the diesis shifts as the first
note played sets the pitch for the entire chord. So if you want
to ensure that a particular note in the next chord gets tuned
with the previous chord, then if possible make sure it is played
first, e.g. by adding a very short tied grace note before it so
that it gets played say a millisecond or so before the other ones
in the chord. But sometimes there will be no way one can ensure
that is played at the best pitch except by rewriting the piece.
C D tuned as 1/1 9/8
If the A is played first it will tune it as 10/9
5/3 perhaps, so the D then will be diesis shifted. Might even be
a broken chord with the D delayed for a beat or two.
Here is a recording of this comma shift as
adaptively retuned in FTS:
If on the other hand, the D is first in the new
chord, it will tune the A as 27/16 which is surely what one would
Only leisure time retuning can ever hope to get
the best solution available for this one too.
Could also have larger shifts than this too.
E.g. C Eb then Eb F#. Then play A C. If played as
a slightly broken chord in that order it will play the A a minor
third above the F#, and the C of course at a pure minor third
above the A, so it will get shifted in pitch by a major diesis
from the original C which is a really noticeable shift.
Here we go - real_time_adap_ji_diesis_shift
The two loud notes are both supposed to be the
same note, C. But the strict just intonation adaptive tuning more
or less forces a diesis shift of nearly a quarter tone between
them - unless one could look ahead in which case one would know
that the second one is on its way and be able to plan in advance
for it with the pitch of the preceding A. There is just no way ,
looking at the progression up to that point. to know where it
will go next. Maybe the F# is the important note and no C will be
heard again for many seconds.
Once again it is clear the final solution has to
be leisure time retuning to get the best possible results. As
observed before, with comma pumps and the stacked major or minor
chords, some diesis shifts and comma shifts are inevitable in
strict adaptive j.i. But leisure time retuning could minimize the
number and sometimes eliminate them entirely or shift them around
in the piece to make them less obvious.
Out | Just
Intonation Retuning | JI Pitch drift and chords | Log to text
This logs the text to a file. It could already do
that but I forgot to put the button here, so I suppose this would
count as a bug fix.
If you run the installer when FTS is already
running you get an Abort Retry Ignore type message. Fixed - now
option pops up to close FTS so that the install can continue. Was
doing this before but had got disabled somehow.
If you enter a scale as e.g. 0.5 for 0.5 cents
then it gets recorded as the unison scale 1/1 1/1 - fixed. (the
last number in the 0.5 was getting ignored in this situation).
Preset rhythm for the chord progression player is
missing its first beat - fixed.
Sorry, the Out |
Retune to j.i. harmony had got disabled in a
recent upload, only worked if you set it to play on several midi
out devices at once - fixed.
Some of the links in the help contents list (left
hand pane in the help window) open up in the contents pane rather
than in the help pane - fixed.
Various bugs to do with data entry for the rhythm
for the chord progression player and how it treated bar lines and
punctuation. - all fixed
Also if you enter 0 (zero) for the rhythm instead
of O (capital O) it interprets it as a note of zero length. Since
the two are visually identical then this is confusing. So it now
treats both as a quarter note. If perchance you do want a note of
zero length, then add a decimal point
0.0 (perhaps not so likely anyone will but who
knows...). - fixed.
Also if you have it set to pause before note ons
after patch changes from Out |
Options | Midi Out / Save Timings then this pause
gets applied at the start of the progression and shortens the
first note played in the progression - fixed
The Extra Chord
Symbols window was buggy and not working as
expected - fixed.
The cycle endlessly
check box for the chord progression player doesn't register
anything when you check it (actually it did switch on / off but
there was no indication of that except to play the progression
and see what happened) - fixed.
The Save Extra
Chord Symbols check box didn't register anything
and didn't do anything in the player window - fixed.
Timing of the first note in the progression was a
bit temperamental. May be fixed now but if not try selecting Out | Open Now before you
play the progression for the first time, play, wait a bit, then
Also if you had nothing at all in the Rhythm field, and Set rhythm selected, then
it didn't play a regular beat - fixed.
When you show the current scale in SCALA it
changes the current directory for FTS to the SCALA one too so
that if you then go to File | Open you will find that you are
browsing the files in the SCALA folder - fixed.
This fixes a bug with the just intonation
retuning - if you use it to retune from a keyboard with the pitch
bend wheel adjusted away from concert pitch it doesn't work
correctly - fixed.
31st October evening.
Quite a few of the chords still not right - sorry.
Should be okay now - fixed.
Here is a clip of some of the ones it can play,
with others possible following the same patterns:
C, Cm, Csus2, Csus4, Cadd2,
Cadd9, Cadd4, Cmadd2, Cmadd9, Cmadd4, Cadd2add4, Cmadd2add4,
Caug, Cdim, Cdim7, C5, C6, Cm6, C6/9, Cm6/9, C6/7, Cm6/7, Cmaj6/7,
C7, Cm7, Cmaj7, C7sus4, C7sus2, C7add4, Cm7add4, C9, Cm9, Cmaj9,
C9sus4, C11, Cm11, Cmaj11, C13, Cm13, Cmaj13, C13sus4, Cmmaj7,
CmM7, Cmmaj9, CmM9, C7#9, C7b9, C7#5, C7b5, Cm7#5, Cm7b5, Cmaj7#5,
Cmaj7b5, C9#5, C9b5, C7aug9, C7dim9, C7aug5, C7dim5, Cm7aug5, Cm7dim5,
Cmaj7aug5, Cmaj7dim5, C9aug5, C9dim5. (some are repetitions of
the same chord spelt differently).
Be sure to let me know if
you have any symbols to add - or if you happen to notice anything
not right in the list indeed.
If you start a midi file
recording before playing any notes in th session, then you get
the resets at the head of the file such as setting the midi pitch
bend range done twice - once when the recording starts, then
again when Midi Out is opened - fixed.
When you remake all the
Scala related files, some of the lists of modes don't get given
links to the lists of modes for presets scales - fixed.
The notes for the polyrhythm metronome were
getting panned back and forth as they played. This was caused by
the controller messages getting out of order because of some code
to make sure all the notes for each beat get played crisply
together at the same moment of time - fixed
- Well it depends on your midi device. Some set
the pan value for a note to whatever value it was when the note
was played and if it does that then should work fine to have
several notes in the non melodic percussion channel
simultaneously with different pan values. Otherwise you may need
to switch off the panning of thenotes for the metronome, and
there is nothing one can do about that if it is the situation.
Alternatively - use melodic instruments as they can be played on
any channel apart from the non melodic percussion one so the
problem of having simultaneous notes differeing in the pan
controller value in the same channel doesn't arise.
When you show the polyrhythm metronome player you
may get a message that a file is missing - until you edit the
drop list. Anyway it is fixed now. Also a visible square blob in
the window above the volume bar was removed.
Various bug fixes for the chord progression
player chord translation - particularly for the roman numerals
notation, some of the chord symbols were ignored or treated as
identical to other ones - fixed.
- if pitch of 1/1 is shifted from concert pitch and you choose to
show lines for the scale note positions, it doesn't show them in
the correct positino on the window - fixed.
Lambdoma view |
Show Freq not showing the check mark when you
select it - fixed
Bs | Tempo and
Volume for Tune | Vary timing by seed Pos - the
Vary To field wasn't doing anything - the amount it got speeded
up or slowed down was instead set to be the same as the Vary most
at field. Fixed.
If you play FTS along with Lissajous 3D running
and set so that the shape changes in response to FTS chords, and
then just play from the PC keyboard without playing a fractal
tune, the shape changes don't happen. (FTS wasn't checking
to see if LJ 3D was present or not in that situation so didin't
send it any information about the chords you play - this bug got
introduced with the speed optimisations in FTS a few weeks ago) -
Was ignoring notes relayed from the non melodic
percussion channel - fixed.
When you change the scale selection in the midi
relaying views, with Sync Arp selected,
the selection of arpeggio should reset to the appropriate Major
scale or Diatonic mode in the list of arpeggios, so that it will
be suitably tuned when playing the arpeggio from the white keys -
but wasn't doing that - fixed.
When you change the scale selection, with Sync Arp selected, may
get an access violation on rare occasions - fixed.
17th October 2003
Some midi clips with key signatures in them may
not play correctly in the retuning midi player, also the hex dump
for them from FTS may not display correctly. What it is is that I
hadn't realised that you can have just the number of sharps or
flats and leave out the field which says whether it is a minor or
major key, so the event can be shorter than expected. The meta
event includes the length of the meta event as its first field,
but I had just ignored that thinking the length wouldn't vary.
Similarly with all meta events now the length gets read, just in
case - fixed.
Various bug fixes with the new adaptive just
intonation option. Mainly, they were preventing it from tuning
very well when the pitch drifted far from its original position.
Fixed a bug that could cause notes to get clipped
short when there are in fact channels in play for them to play in
- only affects midi clips with much changing of pitch bends as
they continue, so showed up with the new just intonation adaptive
tuning, particulary when I tried it with a really challenging
midi clip, fast with many notes and pitch changes - fixed.
15th October 2003
All sound offs abruptly clipping the end of some
of the notes in the flute part in the CPE Bach retuned piece -
could have had similar things in other pieces - result of not
using the channels for the pitch bends as efficiently as it could
so that it was needing to change the pitch bend immediately in a
channel that had just played a flute note, rather than use one of
the channels with no notes in play - fixed.
10th October 2003
Oops - last upload I switched off the sound for
the PC keyboard by mistake - fixed.
6th October 2003
When you relay from another program (not
likely to happen with midi keyboard), if it sends two identical
note ons at once in the same midi in channel then FTS plays them
both, but can only switch one of them off, and so you get a stuck
note. Fixed - well - now FTS doesn't attempt to play both in this
situation, so at least you can hear the music without stuck notes.
In some of the fractal tunes - such as Ascending
above the clouds - if a sustained note in the accompaniment is
for the same pitch as the melody line then it may get cut off -
3rd October 2003
View | Player | Theremin Opts |
Full screen window - the theremin plays fine but
doesn't show anything in the window - fixed.
View | Midi
Keyboard Retuning | Scale Retuning - things to do
with the interface needed attention (see What's
new ) - and I think there were some bugs too - at
any rate, didn't work too well in practice. - fixed.
1st October 2003
If you show an Arpeggio
window (or Seed or Scale window), after playing a note in it,
then you may find that from then on until you change the scale or
arpeggio or otherwise change the pitches to be played, all notes
may get played without pitch bends, i.e. in twelve equal, even
though they are shown as pitch bent appropriately in the Notes in Play window.
Could happen in other situations too. Didn't affect midi files
saved as you play.
Why it happened: The pitch bends were getting
sent as desired, but then they all would get anulled by a reset
routine which was called when the notes get switched off when you
change the keyboard focus away from the Arpeggio
window. Then later notes would get played without pitch bends on
assumption that they were okay. Fixed.
Retune to Just
Intonation chords (comma shifts) - was retuning
to a small interval like 9/8 when you play it ascending second
but not when descending - Fixed.
Same option - not retuning when you play from PC
keyboard - Fixed.
Also with the new the Retune
to Just Intonation -
after you switch it on, if you switch it off again you find it is
still retuning to 5 limit j.i.! - Fixed.
File | Number
Options | Ratios - when you use the option to
show approximate ratios with a tolerance of so many cents, the ^
notation to set a maximum power wasn't working as it should. E.g.
2^6 3^4 should show 400.0 as 81/64, while any smaller value for
either exponent should show it as 400.0. Fixed.
If you show the Note
Played window before any notes have been played,
then you get a handled exception. Fixed.
29th September 2003 - just a few minutes later
This is a very minor bug fix. Probably no need to redownload
if you have just got the last update of a few minutes ago.
Symptom: If you
select one of the Just Intonation
type options again when it is already selected,
then it changes the check state for Retune
to Just Intonation chords (comma shifts) even
though you aren't selecting it yourself - selects or unselects it
as a side effect. Fixed.
The confusion arose because originally the Just Intonation types
were all toggle on / off options, so they got switched off if you
selected them a second time, but I think this approach is clearer.
So - the way it works now is that when Retune
to Just Intonation chords (comma shifts) is
selected then it retunes to just intonation (preset to 5 limit
normally), then the type of just intonation is set using the Just Intonation type menu.
Then the type you have chosen remains selected there when you
switch off the just intonation retuning - so you can switch it on
/ off and it remembers your preferred type from last time you did
it, which I htink perhaps is the approach most useful to the user.
Incidentally later I will probably make a proper window for
this option where you can if you wish set all the individual
intervals that you would like to have justly tuned (to within
octave equivalence). It may also get integrated wtih the chords
in some way; not sure how yet.
29th September 2003
Midi files saved from FTS may cause midi players to crash when
This happens when Files
| Midi File Options | More Options | Microseconds per beat
somehow gets set to 0. The midi file gets saved with a tempo
indication of 0, and this causes the players to crash with a
divide error - probably because of a divide by 0. This bug also
causes all the times in the midi file to be saved at a value of 0
because with tempo 0 there is no time increment to use to record
the times. So any midi files saved with this setting are
unrecoverable - sorry about that!
- now whenever a value of 0 is found for the tempo then it resets
to the standard values. 250 is normal for the ticks per beat, and
500000 for the microseconds per beat, so you have a beat every
half second (metronome mark 120) and 250 midi ticks time
resolution for each beat, i.e. 500 midi ticks per second. If one
wants to vary that then it is done in the More
window also was missng the box for the metronome mark field - Fixed.
When you play the chord progression using the play button in Bs | Seed Options | Arpeggios as Chord
Progr. then the last chord gets left out. Also if
you have it set to play chords then other chords in the
progression may have missing notes - Fixed.
In Bs | Seed Options | Arpeggios as
Chord Progr, if you have it set to play chords (from
the double quaver play button) rather than sequences or broken
chords, then some of the chords in the progression may have
missing notes - Fixed.
in this window - when you choose the option to retune the tonic
to the chord root, this works when the progression is played in
the main window fractal tune but when the chord progression is
played using the play button in this dialog it doesn't retune the
tonic - Fixed.
A couple of the help files just showed garbage when you opened
them in your browser. The reason was that the html source code
had somehow got saved in rich text format instead of plain text,
which of course the browser wouldn't expect - Fixed.
25th September 2003
Parts | Shift by
arpeggio degree wasn't functioning as it should.
It should shift all the notes up a particular number of degrees
in the arpeggio.
Instead it was functioning more like Parts | Shift by arpeggio degree as
modulation - but with a bug in it too so really
it wasn't retuning to anything particularly.
Normally on discovering something like this which
will affect the way the tunes play, I would add it in as a new
option and get FTS to auto-update previously saved files that use
it. Here, I'm assuming those who tried it out found it buggy and
so no-one has used it. Be sure to let me know if you do need it
for a tune you have saved or something and I'll re-instate this
bug as a feature so that you can continue to play your files. I'd
normally do that anyway but haven't here as it seemed quite
possible that no-one might have used it at all.
23rd September 2003
The new I, V, IV , ii etc notation of the last
upload wasn't working as it should - read everything as I! Sorry
about that - fixed now.
20th September 2003
This time a major bug fix for the MFX plug in -
it was only retuning notes well if monophonic in each channel,
and was frequently cutting off extra notes in chords in longer
passages of music. Now works fine.
For those curious about the details: the problem
was caused by note offs from the Mfx Plug in getting relayed to
FTS somewhat out of sequence - because they use twodifferent
models - MFX uses a note + duration method and FTS uses note on
and off as they happen and in the conversion from one to another
the note offs that FTS needed to keep track of the notes were
getting out of sequence and some getting lost. As a result it was
stopping notes from sounding as a result of the option to make
sure you don't play the same note twice at the same time in the
same channel (the two Out | Options
| More Options | Same note polyph. options).
There was another bug as well, can't remember what it was now,
but it was much esier to fix, fixed that one first.
Though this fixes a fair number of the issues
with the MFX plug in, I wouldn't like to say that I'm sure I have
fixed everything yet. The interaction between FTS, the MFX plug
in and Sonar is quite complex to debug unfortunately with two
simultaneous apps running multimedia so that millisecond timing
of events count - and they use different conventions for sending
the notes too! I'll be doing more investigating and welcome bug
Another bug: the options under Out | Options | Controller Options | Auto
forget for various controllers wasn't always
working as it should. In some particular circumstances you could
start FTS up and find that it still has the reset all controller
in play from the end of the previous session (depending on where
in the start up sequence the midi devices get opened) - and this
can anull the effect of the pitch bends - result being that the
tuning auto resets to twelve equal :-(. Fixed!.
Also a number of other less major fixes.
Sometimes if you change the voice while keeping Midi open then
you will find that some of the notes still get played using the
preivious instrument (clears on close / re-open Midi Out). This
is fixed. Sometimes if you have a varying pitch bend wheel
position that continues to vary as you play new notes then you
find that as you play a new note with an old one still held down
then the new note gets cut off when you release the old note -
I think those are the main ones though I fixed
quite a few and didn't keep a record of everything I fixed.
5th September 2003
When you show a dialog then the hourglass
flutters for a while - this happens when tool tips get added to
the window because it was getting the text for the tool tip from
a hidden rich edit window and the operation to find the text was
slow enough to show up an hourglass briefly for each tool tip (so
a lot of flutters if many to add to the dialog). Fixed by using a
much faster method to find the tool tip text which also doesn't
show an hourglass at all.
Lambdoma keyboard option to show the otonality
and utonality information in the Notes Played window - not
working - fixed.
The drop list of devices for recording and
playing back the recording to temporary memory had no effect -
whichever one you chose it would use the Microsoft Sound Mapper
to choose the one you have set as your preset audio device -
The next bug applies to the parts window - where
you enter a partial name of an instrument in the field below the
list of voices, e.g. Ob for oboe, and it gets auto completed
This only worked for the melodic Midi voices. Now
will also work for non melodic percussion and also for any custom
voices you may have on the menus. Fixed.
In Windows 98 with Internet Explorer 5, if you
start FTS straight away before you see any tool tips in any other
program or on the task bar, then show a tool tip in FTS, and if
you then close it and hover the mouse over the task bar then you
get the illegal operation message at the moment that the tool tip
text should appear. Same thing happens if you show a tool tip in
any other program after FTS. Only solution then is to reboot.
Sorry! - fixed.
I think this was only an issue for IE5 + Win 98
because there is a related
bug that only happens if you are debugging a program in Win 98 +
IE 5 - if you show a tool tip in the debugged program before
you show it in any other program then when you exit the program
then other programs crash as soon as they are about to show a
tool tip. Normally it only affects developers running programs in
a debugger but for some reason has affected the release for FTS
too - or maybe a related bug. Anyway fixed now.
10th August 2003
Bs | Scales to make
& Opts | SCALA scales | Make all the SCALA related files
- when it makes the modes list for nine equal, makes the "Pelog"
one as a mode that ascends one way and descends another way -
that is because the quote there was treated by FTS as a signal to
do a separate descending mode - fixed.
When you show the current scale using Bs | Scale and then put
it into play mode then when midi relaying you just hear a low
rumble (lowest possible midi note or somewhere thereabouts I
Important bug fix!
Note. There has been an important bug fix for Lissajous 3D. It
can cause out of memory errors in other programs that you have
running at the same time if you run one of its animations for a
long period of time, or a shorter period on a fast computer -
For details see: http://tunesmithy.co.uk/Lissajous_3D/index.htm#whats_new.
If you are using Lissajous 3D with Fractal Tune Smithy or
indeed on its own, you should re-download it.
The rest of these bugs mainly affect players who
explore the Lambdoma scale, and product and rectangular scales
using the Lambdoma keyboard picture. One of them also may affect
you if you make a circulating arpeggio : a 0 1 2 3 4 0 type thing
- to ensure that you can only play notes within a particular
small compass of pitches whatever key you press. This is a
technique you can use, e.g. for bagpipe scales or scales which
used measured pitches of marimbas and other small range ethnic
instruments - such as the 1/1 7/4 1/1 ... type bagpipe scales
mentioned in the previous announcement..
View | Lambdoma
- if you show the dots to place above the music
keyboard and then change between the quadrants or make the entire
16 by 16 Lambdoma then the dots may get squashed into one side of
the picture or be out of view in it. Okay when you close the dots
and music keyboard pictures and reshow them - fixed.
When you play the Lambdoma notes by moving the
mouse around in the dots window then nothing shows up in the
Notes Played window even when you have it set to show mouse notes
(this would also affect the small range bagpipe and ethnic type
scale arpeggios). - fixed.
If you make a product scale or lattice and have a
different instrument for each part in the parts window you would
expect the instruments to play each row of the keyboard - since
these options are done by making a shifted version of the scale
for each part, then each row of the keyboard plays one of the
parts. However instead all the notes play on the intrument for
the highlighted part in the Parts window - fixed.
Bs | Arpeggio and
Scale Play button options | Asc Desc | Endlessly ascending
works fine, but Endlessly
descending doesn't play correctly. What it was is
that the endlessly descending scale used the volume envelope for
the corresponding position in the endlessly ascending scale, e.g.
the volume envelope for degree 1 instead of the second last note,
and so on - fixed.
p.c. keyboard - the standard setting here is to
play the highlighted part in the Parts window (or the one that
gets highlighted if you show it).
If the part to play is octave shifted, it plays
the pitch correctly, and normally shows it correctly, but while
the key is pressed down, changes the displayed ratio to the non
octave shifted version of it - fixed.
Various bug fixes for Out
| Options | Midi out / save Timing | Midi Relaying Speed Check.
Main one - if the relaying app changes the channel then the test
wouldn't find the note again after it got relayed around - fixed.
Bs | Scale | Synth
Wav, or Bs |
Arpeggio | Synth Wave - shows "Halt"
there until you press the button rather than the other way round
Scale drop list |
More Scales drop lists | Bagpipes scales - quite
a few start 1/1 7/4 (or whatever it is) 1/1 then up the scale -
and for these, you need another modes (arpeggios) list, to take
account of the extra note. Supplied it.
Also the bagpipe drone preset for Bs | Scales Options | Drones didn't
have a correct modes lists for Highland
Bagpipe with 7o4 and detuned octave.- fixed. Also
updated the scales drop list Bagpipe scales.lsc accordingly to
use the new modes list.
when I update a file already in FTS I advance the original date
by just a few minutes or hours - so that though it is new it will
still be dated perhaps to some date in 2002 or whatever. This
makes sure that if you have edited it yourself then the installer
won't replace your version because it is set to replace files if
newer. If you still see the old version here maybe you have
edited it at some point - using the Ed button, even if perhaps
you didn't chagne it at all - if so delete bagpipe scales.lsc and
run the installer again. or install into a new folder.
The pause key shortcut to turn the PC keyboard
around in the lambdoma switches off the next note played - fixed
(was because pause key is used also as shortcut to pause fractal
Changed the preset position for the rotation to a
three quarters turn - quarter turn turns the keyboard upside down
so is confusing.
Midi relaying standard settings were setting the
range for midi notes to play to 10 to 110 as for the fractal
tunes (prevents them going too low or high in long fractal tunes)
- should be 0 to 127 so that you have no restriction on the notes
you can play - fixed.
The music keyboard and dots windows have the menu
options for a lockable window in their system menu - but they
have no effect - fixed.
When you switch on the debug log in order to help
locate a bug it almost immediately switches itself off again -
Not remembering window positions or which wndows
to show at the start of each session, or which view to show from
one session to the next. Sorry about that - a missed out line of
code which meant it was no longer saving all that info at the end
of the session - fixed.
Lambdoma keyboard - if you use it with com port 2
then the notes played get displaced eight units to the right in
the display area. This is because of the new multiquadrant option
- should only do the displacement when that option is selected-
A bit more work on the auto harmony shortcut keys
for the lambdoma view - the O and U ones with the pure auto
harmony option didn't switch off the dependence on the direction
of melodic moveemnt- fixed..
If the first two notes of a randomised seed are
identical and you get a randomised fibonacci rhythm, resulting
tune may consist of repeating notes only - fixed by setting them
to different values from each other if this happens.
Help | Overview |
Musical Note Intervals | Newbie Notes | Find all the best ratios for a scale in
cents - was only searching to the next
denumerator above or below the optimal one - but as it is
searching for a prime limit ratio should go as far as the
tolerance set, unless user chooses to reduce the search range to
speed up the calculation - fixed.
N.B. FTS uses a similar method for File | Number Options | Ratios options |
Tolerance in cents for approximate ratios in the
case where the numbers involved are small and the number of
primes used is large - but that didn't have this bug, it was only
When using FTS on older machines you may notice
the hourglass flutter for a while before a new window appears -
with a fast machine this happens so quickly as to be barely
noticeable. Fixed - well got it down to one flutter or so. It is
caused by FTS adding tool tips to the window.
If you play the theremin and at the same time
play the Lambdoma auto harmony chords with the chords set to play
a new part for each note of the chord, and if you also have it
set so that each part plays its notes on the same numbered midi
out channel, then the theremin resets to a range of +- two
semitones - this happened because they share the same channel -
the auto harmony chords needed to take account of the theremin
and leave it's channel (s) free - fixed.
May 26th evening
Out | Options |
More Options | Skip voice selections - when you
select it, seems to have no effect, doesn't change to show aas
selected (but does in the main wndow) - fixed.
This was a bit of old code from the time when FTS
could only have one midi out device open at a time. Now it
is a three state check box - when you select it, it skips midi
out patches for all the devices, and when you unselect it,
doesn't skip any for any of the devices. If it has been
previously set to skip them for some then it is shown as
indeterminate. So now its shown the same way as the one in Out | Multiple Midi Out Devices -
selected parts - except that clicking on that one
selects / unselects it for the highlighted part(s) while here it
does it for them all.
Lambdoma drone and auto harmony notes not getting
switched off when used with Out |
Play on several devices at once - fixed.
Out | Options | Out
Channs - not saving the settings for the next
session - fixed.
Still getting some randomised tunes that are only
a few seconds long repeated - fixed.
The new Synth Wave
button for View | Analyse Midi
Voice works fine, but for the New Arpeggios and
Scale windows - not making the correct pitches at all - fixed.
Installer making incorrect entry in Registry for
the program icon for the tune smithy file association - was
"C:\Program Files\Fractal Tune
Smithy\Fractal Tune Smithy.exe.0"
Should be a comma at the end:
"C:\Program Files\Fractal Tune
Smithy\Fractal Tune Smithy.exe,0"
This meant it couldn't find the icon so the
association just uses the windows default icon.
Now, you will see the Tune smithy red snowflake
icon opposite the .ts files in folder listings.
If you show the Parts
window, close it and then reshow it, it loses its menu - fixed
Meaning of the dots window in the main window
isn't clear - tool tip explained, but not very well - idea
is that you place it above the keyboard picture to show where the
arpeggio notes are - new tool tip to explain it better - fixed.
View | Lambdoma |
Auto Harmony | Auto harmony chords with each note
- the accompanying chords remain on and don't switch off - not
even with F12 - new bug for this option introduced with a recent
upload - fixed.
Also - the F12 all sound off now switches off all
the notes in FTS as before, but as an extra step, also calls the
midi routine to switch off any outstanding ones - this shouldn't
be needed as FTS keeps recod of them all - except in the case of
an FTS bug such as the previous one..
Another bug fix for the com ports input for multi-quadrant
Lambdoma. Also purges the com port now whenever you close or open
it in case it gets closed in the middle of a read operation.
Finally - Lambdoma users only - if the midi out
device selected on the out menu is already open in another app
when you start FTS then you may get two or more messages to say
the device is already open - once for Midi In if you also use FTS
for midi keyboard work - and once for each com port you have open
When FTS starts you get several separate icons
shown in the task bar - one for each window you have in use, and
one more for the program as a whole - instead of just a single
icon as before - fixed.
Some work on making it better for the screen
saver - maybe you will need to re-download FTS for the screen
saver when it is ready.
The randomised tune with randomised seed may
occasionally still make a very short tune of a few notes that get
repeated - fixed.
A bit more bug fixing of Com input for the
Lambdoma multi-quadrant option - fixed
May 21st Evening
- somehow left out the Scales
for parts check box which should be at top left
of the Scales for Parts window
When you midi relay a clip with pan values in it,
sometimes they may get ignored. Here this is caused by the option
Out | Options | Pan | Auto Pan.
The standard setting here is selected, however, combined with Auto pan for fractal tune only.
This should mean that FTS will auto pan the fractal tunes if one
is playing at the time, but receive pan from midi in if a fractal
tune isn't playing (algo comp users who set a value for the pan
for their tunes will find that this switches off auto pan).
However it was ignoring the pan values from midi in in this
situation instead - unintended - fixed.
Very occasionally, when you save a tune smithy
file and then re-open it later you may find it has got the scale
values wrong, usually extremely high. What happened is that it
gets saved using the Scala convention that decimal point = cents
- but then got read again by old code that didn't use that
convention - fixed
Any .ts files you saved in the past which may
have been affected by this will be read correctly now.
May 19 later in day:
If you install the update of FST posted earlier today in
Windows XP / NT / 2K you may get an error messsage: The procedure entry point ThunkConnect32
could not be located in the dynamic link library Kernel32.dll
It's because I included a copy of
one of the Windows 98 dlls so that FTS can call it to detect low
resources in Windows 95 / 98 / ME - this is the dll that
gets installed with the Resource Meter, and I did it so that FTS
can detect them in Windows 95 / 98 / ME even if the resource
meter hasn't been installed yet.
I placed it in the FTS folder
rather than the System folder, and the name of the dll is changed
too, so thought that would cause no problems for other operating
systems. What I
hadn't realised is that this dll can't be loaded in Windows XP,
so FTS should only load it if it is in windows 95 / 98 / ME. So
that is what it does now. Otherwise, it will delete it - fixed.
Sorry about this.
Pan bug - fixed a bug that would occasionally
cause the melody line for one part to pan over to the pan
position of another part for a note or two. If you have made
fractal tunes with this bug and liek the effect and want to re-enable
it you can do so from Out | Options
| More Options | Enable Bugs
Tool tips - when you hover the mouse over a tool
you may see an hourglass appear briefly before the tool tip
appears - fixed.
Arpeggios that ascend / descend - not always
played correctly from the PC keyboard - e.g. if you have the pc.
keyboard set up to play accidentals as well - fixed.
When you set the PC keyboard to play non melodic
percussion from Bs | PC keyboard
notes to play... (and this got left out of the
midi relaying menus too - fixed) then the PC keyboard layout
shows the ratos or cents values of the scale rather than the
names of the non melodic percussion instruments which one might
expect to see at that point - fixed.
View | Lambdoma |
Auto harmony.... (as it now is) | Broken chords - the
timing of these broken chords was irregular and erratic - fixed.
Most recent modes list doesn't get remmebered for
next session - fixed.
If you have your configuration settings file for
FTS gets larger than 10 K, later settings don't get read from it
though saved to it okay - fixed.
In | Options |
Scale for Parts Presets | CPs sets - selections
from the CPS sets not getting reduced to the octave - fixed.
View | Analyse Midi
Voice | Freq. Analysis | Recording (temp).. -
Though the waveform displays accurately when you zoom right in,
when you zoom out the waveform is often a bit irregular and not
as expected - fixed. (this didn't affect the frequency analysis
which naturally uses the highest resolution view on the waveform
Help | Overview |
User Guide 2 | Wave format non melodic percussion
- isn't switching off the notes. Mainly you notice it when the
tune ends, or if there is a gap between notes long enough so that
it can stop sounding in which case it doesn't get sounded again -
When you click for the help for a window, then
click on a link in the contents list for the help that shows up,
it gets shown in a new window rather than in the frame on the
same page - fixed
Newly introduced bug:
Under some conditions, you may get an exception
message in FTS while the tune plays - the Exception handler pops
up. Alternatively, a message may pop up saying "Couldn't
read from ..." with random characters for the file name
there - this is because of a bit of code activating that was
meant to only happen if FTS gets started up from another program
which passes the path to a list of midi clips for retuning via
shared memory - and because nothing had been put into that shared
memory for it to read, you get this nonsense file name message or
an exception instead. The code got activated because of a bit of
programming I had done in preparation for the tool tips. - fixed..
A few of the window links to the help don't link
to the correct place in the help - fixed (some dont' have any
help yet - that's another matter and I'll do that soon). Also
incorrect url for the link to Midi Yoke - fixed..
Bs | Arpeggio &
Scale Playback | Stop playback of ... at
- not working properly for scales with arpepggio
set to follow scale - gets set to first scale degree instead -
When you resize Bs
| Tune (or Notes
Played) the text for the Options
button may get cut - fixed.
Bs | Seed Options |
Undo Changes - wasn't working any more - fixed.
Voices | Custom
Voices | Edit Custom melod. voice | Edit Instr -
if you use Select Voice or Non melodic percussion - it always
pops up the Voice menu - reasonable - but if you actually want to
add non melodic percussion and, say, go to main window and choose
to show Non Melod. perc., you may find it gets selected into the
highlighted part in the Parts window instead of the instrument
for that custom voice. Now has two buttons there for Voice and
for Non Melod percussion, and it's fixed.
Bs | Seed | Apply
(as it is now called) - if you select "With timings"
here, then they don't get applied to the main window - the times
get copied into the main window as desired, but then they get
treated as an alphanumeric seed rather than timings - that's
because the semicolon that starts the timing info in the all in
one field main window seed got treated as punctuation actually
and was ignored - anyway it's fixed.
Bs | Notes Played |
Options | Intervals - not showing all the
lambdoma intervals there - fixed.
Bs | Find Seed from
recording | Re-find or find marked notes - not
working - fixed.
When you show the waveform of your recording to
temporary memory - it shows non existent half waves in some of
the silent parts of the recording at times - fixed.
A few more minor bugs fixed - one of them - in
the File | Midi File Options | Make
web page of fractal tunes - not showing the two
note images on that window. Also similarly for the time out
screen that pops up at the end of 10 minutes session in freeware
mode - no dancing notes show there any more - fixed.
Bs | Notes Played
(or Tunes) - this
is a bit erratic when used in the midi relaying views. or indeed
when playing from PC keyboard. That's because it uses the notion
of a Seed to decide how to space out the notes, which only really
makes good sense when displaying a fractal tune. Now it has an
option to show the width in Secs or Seeds, with Secs more
appropriate for the Midi relaying views - fixed.
Contents page when opened without frames opens
all links to other parts of the same page in a new window - fixed.
View | Lambdoma |
Options - now can switch off the log. Also now
can show the timings in the log. This is all to help with any
debugging in future should it be needed.
View | Analyse Midi
Voice | Show partials as text file... - for the
option to Add harmonic series
analysis, it used the standard deviation when it
should have used the formula for the standard devieaatin of the
mean (you divide by the square root of the number of values). So
the error margin there was far too large.
Help for this view didn't mention the
significance of the How much to
analyse (secs) field - this is important because
only the amount of time set there gets analysed even if you make
a bigger clip. Anyway it is now explained clearly I hope.
A few links in the help pointed to bookmarks that
don't exist any more or are on other pages - fixed (all the ones
I know about so far). I'll run a complete link test of the help
again before next upload.
If you have Lissajous
Options | Always show this number of cycles...
set, e.g. to 6 (which is the preset), and then make a Lissajous
figure with less than 6 cycles, it won't fade all the way to red
- e.g. the 1/1 : 1/1 circle was mostly blue - fixed.
When you pitch bend a sustained note, then if you
have released the keys, the notes don't bend in pitch. There were
also a few bugs in the pitch bending of chords. Fixed all the
bugs so it will now pitch bend all chords and sustained notes
fine, and turned the original bug into a new feature Out | Options | Pitch bend held notes
only as you'll see in What's
Main window button to play an arpeggio doesn't
work if you choose to play it descending and choose one like the
melodic minor that ascends one way and descends another way -
Bs | Notes Played |
Options | Notes As | Intervals -
not working as intended - fixed.
Broken link for help for Parts window - fixed.
FTS wasn't receiving Com port data from the Lambdoma Keyboard
in XP - now fixed.
If you show the Lambdoma keyboard picture in FTS and use the
new Set Duration option,
notes get highlighted for as long as you hold them down rather
than staying highlighted until they switch off at the end of the
duration as one would expect - fixed.
This is a bug that only surfaces if you save a
really huge midi file - one that takes some time for FTS to
generate and save. E.g. save one of the faster fractal tunes as a
midi file to play for hours or days, - this may take a few
minutes for FTS to make it on a slower machine (making a file
maybe hundreds of Kb or megabytes in size - huge for midi!).
Perhaps the most likely reason to do this is to find out how long
the tune will play for if it goes through all its layers, as
explained in the help for Bs |
Seeds Options | Fibonacci rhythm.
You will find that FTS stops responding until the
midi file save is complete, e.g. you can't move it around on the
screen. Nor can you stop it by pressing on the Stop button or by
pressing F11 as one usually can - fixed - now you can do all
Views | Analys Midi
Voice - when you click the play button to start
the recording, you get an error message and nothing happens. Same
thing if you try the oscilloscope.
This is because recently when I re-organised the code to solve
the dissappearing captions problem, some initialisation code for
the waveform got skipped and a value that should have been set to
1 to indicate ordinary PCM waveform audio remained at 0. Sorry -
Bs | Lissajou
Options | Minimum time to show each image -
doesn't pause for the desired time - fixed.
Bs | Lissajou
Options | Save As... - if you save while a
fractal tune is still playing, the lissajou figure may change
between when you see it and when you complete the save. Fixed -
by switching off the Lissajou update until the save is done, so
you always save the picture you see, rather than the next one it
makes or the one it is in the middle of making when you do the
save (if it is in the middle of making another one at the time,
it gets discarded before you see it).
Title bar text sometimes vanishes again in the
main window and Parts
window etc - fixed
The Lissajou figure sometimes shows an extra line
not part of the figure so far, or a triangle joining it to an
earlier point - fixed.
Lissajou figure which continues rather than
joining up sometimes doesn't fade out, or not completely, for the
option to draw it slowly as it is made - fixed.
The new custom list boxes are for unsorted lists
only - these won't work properly with sorted lists - but got used
for them, particularly the Organise (F2) | Overview windows -
Some code to optimise the new custom lists so
that they will refesh more quickly in fast fractal tunes bypassed
- works now - fixed.
Bs | Record to File
Options - if you record as say an mp3, the text
at the bottom of the window shows the file size of the .WAV file
as the recording progresses - because it records it as a .WAV
file then converts it. That wasn't clearly expressed. Now clearly
indicates that it is the size of the .WAV file, and then (new
feature) shows the file size of e.g. the .mp3 once Lame has
finished encoding it.
When you close a window in FTS sometimes you end
up with no window active (caption highlighted). This can confuse
those who use FTS with a screen reader as it no longer is set to
read an FTS window, and you need to Alt + tab to get back to
FTS again - fixed..
If you do a multi-selection of a voice into
several consecutive channels in the Parts
window, including the non melodic percussion part (which is
mainly intended for relaying non melodic percussion from Midi In
from e.g. a notation software program using non melodic
percussion), the non melodic percussion gets set to the medley of
percussion, rather than just being ignored as would be more
apprporiate - fixed.
Bs | Scales Drop
List (and Arpeggios
Drop List) - the Add
Link button there wasn't working exactly as
intended - fixed. Also the message it shows now explains better
how it works. Also, you can now link to a list of scales file you
have already made by entering the file name in the definition box and the
description you want to show for the link into the description box.
Fixed a few bugs in View
| Colours with some of the fields there not
synchronising properly. Also made some of the text and messages
If you have a drop list of scales showing in the
main window which isn't in the FTS folder - e.g. the Scala Scales
drop list - and if you have another drop list of scales of the
same name in the FTS folder, then when you exit and start FTS
again you will now see the one in the FTS folder instead of the
one you had at the end of the last session - fixed
Search / sort of scales - slowed down
tremendously by a bug which meant FTS would scan all the way to
the end of a scale every time it reads one of the entries in the
scale, rather than just reading each one as it comes - fixed.
Reading of the .ini files also slowed down by similar bug - fixed.
The text on the PC keyboard layout picture and
Lambdoma keyboard rathre too low and wide, if you resize the
window to be wide and low - fixed.
Colour box section for custom colours - layout
and the way this worked was a bit unclear - fixed.
Slower start up for FTS than it used to have -
Fractal tunes often play rather slower than they
used to, and can be sluggish at responding when you click on
buttons etc. - this was because of a bug - fixed.
Also changed "caption" to "title
bar" where it occurs (a few places in the help), because
caption is a programmer's term for title bar - I hadn't realised
it was a technical term.
Similarly: "defaults" to "standard
settings", or "presets" - again default is a
computing technical term, which I hadn't realised.
Found a few slightly out of date sections of the
help and brought them up to date.
Views | Lambdoma
- now when you make one of the quadrants - calls the scale "First
Quadrant", Second, etc. - as is most helpful for users of
the Lambdoma keyboard. Also titles the main window with the scale
layout window - Goes blank on change scale or
notation - fixed.
layout window - adds the word cents or Hz for
those notations which need them - which makes the font very small
to fit the available space - fixed
Fixed a number of broken links in the help pages. Views | Retuning midi player | Standard
Settings button not setting a few things that can
affect it after playing fractal tunes - fixed by resetting the
fractal tune too when this button is pressed. Same for the Midi Relaying | Standard Settings.
Browse button for
retuning midi player not refreshing the drop list of midi files -
and the Open dialog it brings up defaults to files of type tune
smithy files sometimes instead of midi files - fixed
March 11 2003
MFX plug in
- if you are a freebie user, then it immediately pops up the
message to say that your session has timed out - fixed.
- if you have it set to switch off the drone after a time delay,
sometimes the drone note doesn't get switched off - fixed.
Lambdoma view -
if you edit the pitch in the From field for this view, then the
Pitch window and the keyboard picture (if set to show integer
frequencies) don't show the change straight away - fixed.
Also if you edit the pitch in the From field,
from then on the lambdoma keyboard plays transposed too high in
pitch - what was happening here is that as you enter, say, 256 as
the new pitch, you first type 2 so momentarily it gets set to 2
Hz, which is too low in pitch for a midi note - so FTS
compensated by setting the lambdoma ratio to an appropriate
number so you get the pitch of midi note 0 as the 1/1 of the
Lambdoma - but didn't update the ratio field at that point.
Result is that the lambdoma got transposed higher than you wished
it to be from that point onwards. Fixed.
FTS may stop responding for a while when you
click to record a midi clip, if it is set to start the recording
at the first note - fixed
Musical e-cards browse button doesn't work -
A couple of broken links for the ? icons that
bring up the help for a window - fixed
Seeds for layers window
help link incorrect - fixed
- when you edit the name for the region, only affects first name,
and also only after you highlight another region.
Bs | Seed Options |
Seed Symmetries - it shows the note numbers as e.g.
2 - 6 but you have to enter them as 2 3 4 5 6 if you want to edit
it - fixed
Views | Play
fractal Tune | Musical E-cards | Picture and Tune | Browse (for
picture) - the gif file name in the window
doesn't update when you click Ok after you open the file - fixed.
When you play notes on the lambdoma keyboard they
don't show up in the tune window - fixed.
Ctrl + Alt + X Shortcut
to show the rectangular scale / lambdoma keyboard window has no
effect - fixed
December 19, 4 AM
When you play a really fast tune with hundreds of
notes per second, like virtuoso_violin_with_flute, now you have
no timing glitches, but it may be very hard to click on the stop
button to stop it.
Reason it happens is that the tune is far higher
priority than the mouse click, and so to fix it, I found a way of
detecting the mouse click from within the tune so that you can
still stop it instantly with a click even in ultra fast tunes. (Technical
details - it checks to see if the mouse key is pressed down using
this Windows routine: if(GetAsyncKeyState(VK_LBUTTON)<0), and
if it is, then checks to see if it is within the rectangle
defining the stop or pause buttons. If it is, switches off all
notes and pauses until the button is released. Pauses for up to
two seconds after that to give the main window procedure time to
stop the tune if needed - can take that long because the tune is
so high priority)
When you play a very fast tune, e.g. a
polyrhythm, then you get occasional time glitches - brief pauses
in the tune of about a sixteenth of a second or so. This was
caused because FTS detects that it has been unable to refresh the
time so far for the tune field in the main window, so pauses
briefly to give it time to update. Completely unecessary to do it
that way and it is now done another way that still lets that
field update as soon as there is any time available to do it, and
doesn't pause the tune to do it. The thing is that the tunne at
real time is ultra high priority. Possibly if the tune is very
fast with many successive notes, this field may not update so
frequently as it normally does -but better that than timing
If the tune is really really fast incidentally,
like thousands of notes per second, FTS starts skipping notes to
let them get played, and keeps doing so until it gets up to date
with the current position in the tune again.
NB. one can use the F11 short cut to stop the
tune instantly if it is ultra fast and FTS gets a little sluggish
to respond to a click on the stop button.
Yesterday's upload with the new code to play MTS
sysexes on several devices at once generates a stack fault if you
use MTS sysexes on one Midi Out device plus ordinary pitch bend
retuning simultaneously on another, and then in addition add a
drone. The exception handler won't be able to recover from this
type of a situation, and FTS will just close- sorry - fixed.
In | Options | Play
Arp From - this was confusing to use because if e.g.
you choose one of the Follow Scale
options then you can no longer choose the Arpeggio
options - because the Arpeggio has got set to Follow Scale. Similarly
if you choose one of the Diatonic
options. This was fixed by keeping track of the most recent
arpeggio in use every time you make a selection for Follow Scale or Diatonic, and then
resetting the arpeggio back to it if one chooses one of the
Arpeggio options - goes to a default arpeggio of alternate notes
if one hasn't had any others before that point in the session -
When you use Out |
Use MTS Tuning Programs in combination with Out | Play on several devices at once,
it doesn't work - only one of the devices gets retuned - fixed -
and now you can use MTS Tuning programs on some devices and the
"instant pitch bends" way of retuning on other ones,
with all of them playing simultaneously. This is something one
may often want to do as for instance the FM7 is mono timbral so
if you want several instruments playing at once on the FM7, you
need to relay to it from several different Midi Yoke Junction
midi out devices. Here is an example mp3.com.au/HarmonicFlyght
- played on two copies of the FM7 simultaneously, and using
File | Reset Check
Boxes etc for the lambdoma and FTS views brings
up the message to ask if you want to reset to the defaults for
those views - better to skip the message there - fixed.
Removed Bs | Scales
Options | Add Ed buttons for M.w. drop list, -
because those buttons are always shown now - fixed.
If you have a device selected for output, and it
is also selected in the list of devices when you have several
open at once, and you play on it first as a single device, thenn
select Out | Play on several
devices at once you get an error message that the
device is already in use and can't be opened - fixed.
Bs | Record to File
| Start recording just before tune starts - shows
on for off and vice versa. Also defaults to on when it should
default to off.
When it is set to "on" then the
recording starts either at start of tune or at first note. When
recording in audio format, with this option, the first note is a
cue note which doesn't sound. - idea is you add an extra non
sounding note just before the start of the piece to cue the
That's fine, all explained in the help, and the
icons show that the program is waiting for the next note to play.
However, this option should not be the default. Also, the user
will maybe want to switch the option off, find they can't because
of that check box that looks as if it is off when it is on, and
get confused. Since a fair number of users do use FTS to record
in audio formats this is a significant bug fix, so updated the
version number to 2.21.
Highlight for Out |
Multiple Midi Out Devices - Selected Parts - if
the number of devices is more than the height of the list, list
contents jump after you highlight the last item - fixed.
Space bar as a sustain pedal - when used to
sustain repeated notes all played from the same midi in or PC
keyboard key then when you release the space bar then only the
last of those gets switched off - fixed by letting it only play
one note at a time - fixed.
Note, this implementation of a space bar sustain
isn't quite the same as use of a normal sustain pedal (which you
can also use with FTS of course), as that may let one
cummulatively play the same note many times with all those notes
sustained to make a chorus type effect. If you try that with the
space bar sustain option as currently implemented in FTS, you
will find only the first note sounds.
Bs | Scales Options
| SCALA Scales | Make SCALA scales and modes drop lists - Also,
select SCALA .cmd file to use | Make drop lists of modes (LMD
files) from SCALA list of modes - error message
pops up when the list is complete - happens when the entry to it
gets added to Bs | Scales | More
Scales drop list because it tried to add it
before the original file got closed so that it couldn't re-open
it to add the extra link back to the More
Scales drop list - fixed.
When you play tunes like the arabic_17_tone_maqam_Iraq.ts
with exceedingly short notes, many notes don't get played at all
- not just the very short ones, but long ones too. Fixed.
When using in freeware mode, you get the time out
message while playing the example tunes from the drop lists -
these are supposed to be free in freeware mode - fixed.
Forgot to add a reset to pitch bend of 0 (8192 in
miid pitch bend units) if no pitch bend messages have been
received yet for the option to retune for the next note only -
Fixed some bugs in Bs
| Scales drop lists - the window you use for
editing a drop list of scales.
Exception occurs (though handled by the FTS
exception handler so that you can continue normally) if you click
the icon to show the help on a computer with no file association
for html files - fixed.
Bs | Scales Options
| Sort Scales or Arpeggios list | Sort Now has no
effect - fixed.
The new Quicktime option gives notes that glide
to pitch instead of being on pitch straight away. Fixed with a
message to alert user that with QT one may need to apply a delay
before pitch bends.
Also had some bugs in the option to set pitch
bends in advance for all the notes of the arpeggio meaning that
it didn't set all the channels to the desired pitches, just some
of them. This option was also off by default - now set to on by
default. It is a way of making sure that in most situations the
pitch bends are all already as desired before the tune even
starts or you start playing. Only if you need more than 15 notes
in the arpeggio or if you need special effects - then you may
need the pitch bends in the middle of the tune - or for things
liek the Fibonacci tone scape - fixed as best it can.
When you play a non octave scale using the play
button next to the Scale
box in the main window, the playback may stop at the last note
before the octave - fixed.
Bs | Arpeggio | ->
Scale button to copy the arpeggio as a scale into
the main window doesn't set the main window arpeggio to 0 1, just
sets the arpeggio description to Follow
scale - fixed.
Set the maximum number of Quicktime devices to
two for the scroll bar in Out |
Midi Out Devices - Parts to Play | How many "Quicktime's to
show". That's because QT works fine with up
to 31 independent channels for the pitch bends, equivalent to two
devices + non melodic percussion, but doesn't seem to work after
that so well - possibly something to do with the way it is done,
so more to be researched on that.
Out | Play on
several devices at once - no sound - fixed.
Ctrl + C shortcut
saves a file instead of Ctrl + S
Custom voices with two instruments playing the
same note at the same time (E.g. Voices
| Custom voices | Flute + Oboe) often play just
one of the notes - fixed.
When you make the SCALA drop list of scales from Bs | Scales Options | SCALA Scales |
Make all the SCALA related files, it starts with
a link to Scales | More Scales... - this is intended - but then
that becomes the default selection when you open the list, when
the default selection should be one of the scales. Fixed - and
now whenever you open a list with the default set to a link to
another list, FTS will move the default selection down to the
next scale in the list, fi any, so it is also fixed for any
scales drop lists you may have already made before.
Automated dating of the upload announcement e-mail
template, download page, and What's new in this upload page to
match the date shown in Help |
About in FTS - to prevent recurrence of recent
glitches when I forgot to set all those dates to match each other
- should be fixed from now on....
Had Ctrl + C
as the shortcut to save a file instead of Ctrl
+ S - fixed.
When you enter a scale in cents by hand, if the
first note in the scale after the 1/1 is less than 0.1 cents, it
gets read as a scale in the harmonic series notation rather than
a normal scale. I.e. a scale such as 1/1 0.05 cents ... would be
read instead as an additive harmonic series like scale with 0.05
cents as the first term - fixed.
The buttons in the Make musical e-card window say
Make card, Make card with border,
etc, rather than Send card
Bs | Scale...
and Freq. analysis | Options |
Frequency spectrum Layout both have the same
shortcut (as shown using Help | Add
shortcuts to window captions) of Alt + Shift + S. Fixed by
making the shortcut for Frequency
spectrum Layout Alt
+ Shift + Z.
Various bug fixes in the relative cents options
in File | Number Options
Also bug fix in the drop list of scales for the Bs | Scales window - not
showing them properly when selected (was treating them as
harmonic series notation).
21st November - evening
Several windows are called Config in the Help
which are now called Options in the program itself - also some of
the messages in FTS refer to "Config" where it should
say "Options" - fixed.
When you choose File
| New - already shows it with an * in the title -
should only do that once you change it - fixed.
When you type Test into the Seed box, changes the
seed - that's because it was reading it as "Tes" before
you type in the final "t" - and that was interpreted as
unambiguously alphanumeric, so read as an alphanumeric seed even
without that option selected.- fixed - now you are recommended to
type #test, and the # ends the seed for the alphanumeric seeds.
When you remake the audio clips for a web page or
musical geometry model and choose to convert the previously
recoreded .Wav files into the new format, no error messages if
the old versions of the files can't be deleted because they are
in use by another application - fixed. Also when you replace old
versions of the files, sometimes conversion of mp3s results in
files of zero length - seems that you need to leave a small
amount of time after deleting the file before remaking it in Lame
When you enter the bit rate into Bs | Record to file options | Mp3 bit-rate
- doesn't change it (only the scroll bar changes it) - fixed.
Fractal tunes that have seeds with notes that are
extremely short, or of zero length getting notes stuck on - fixed.
Sometimes FTS tries to find a new channel for
pitch bends when there is one already free, and not finding
another one free, does an unnecessary all sound off. More
generally, often spreads the notes over more channels than are
needed - fixed.
18th November a bit later:
Bug fix for last upload in option to make audio
clips for file names in a web page - wasn't converting the first
two characters of the file names into characters suitable for
urls, sorry - fixed.
When you play monomode but not legato from the PC
keyboard, with the option to retune to the previous note in play
when you release second note of a trill, not doing the pitch
bends properly - fixed.
Various bug fixes for the MFX plug in which
wasn't behaving quite as expected. Still work in progress but the
main things are now fixed I think.
If you have Out |
Options | Midi Output Channels set to a single
channel and the polyphony there set to 1 for monophonic playing
and then play two notes which are both near to the same 12 equal
note and let them overlap, when you play the second note the
first note gets switched off automatically as desired, but when
you raise the key for the old note the new note then gets cut off
too (both use the same note number in this situation) - fixed.
Parts | Mod Trem,
Portamento / Legato etc. - if you click on the
header for the column to show one of the controllers and then
show another one, and you don't have the controllers overview
window showing, it just sets the focus to the old one, instead of
showing a new window for the new controller. E.g. if you show
Legato controller and then click for Monomode it will just
highlight the Legato window unless you close that window first -
If you play monophonic triple or more note trills
in a tuning requring a cluster of close together notes with some
of the notes in twelve equal - e.g. in 24-et - then one of the
notes may sound a major third too low (with a pitch bend of -200
cents instead of + 200 cents) - fixed.
Buttons | Arpeggio
/ Scale playback | Make a list of arpeggios, broken chords or
chords into audio files...
With the /MAKE_CLIPS_FOR_AND_REPLACE
<web page file name>
instruction in the list of files to make, when it changes e.g.
"1 3/7 1/7 5/7.mid" to 1_3o7_1o7_5o7.mid to make it
into a file name suitable for use in urls, it wasn't replacing
the spaces by underlines - fixed.
When making e.g. mp3s, would save as 1_3o7_1o7_5o7.mp3.wav
and convert to 1_3o7_1o7_5o7.mp3, - should save as 1_3o7_1o7_5o7.wav
so that you can make all the types of audio clip from the same
original .wav files. Fixed.
More blank captions fixed in the same way as for
10th November - reducing size of callbacks, also sometimes other
procs called by them too - fixed.
10th November later in day
Bs | Scales Options
| MOS - the Repeat
generating intervals at field defaulted to 2/1 -
should be 3/2.
Sometimes the main window caption and the menus
show blank when FTS first runs - then show up when you touch them.
Solution - reduced the size of the main window callback function
to 1200 lines of code - with the rest of it in another routine.
Don't know why this method works, but it does; maybe there is
some limitation on the maximum size of a callback function in
Windows - fixed.
Pitch | Note To
Track - the edit field to the right thtat shows
the pitch, midi note etc as the tune plays shouldn't be editable
- you enter the freq. for the 1/1/ of the scale in the lower
right of this window instead - fixed.
In | Options | Kbd
Regions window - some things here unclearly
expressed - fixed.
Reduced the maximum size of a module in the .exe
file to help deal with a problem of menus and captions that
8th Nov later in day
In | Options | More
Options | Start tune when a note is played from midi in (a "cue"
note), and skip that note - only waits for one
second for the next note after the cue note, which is rather
short - increased that to ten seconds.
If you go to Views
| Analyse Recording or Midi Voice and then click
on the menu you may get repeatedly asked if you want to set to
the defaults for this view, until you use Ctrl
+ Yes to say you don't want to see that message
again in the session - fixed.
Some bug fixes in the option to make midi clips
for all the chords in a list of files - fixed
If you use Ctrl + Yes to the Yes / No type
messages to say you always want to answer yes to them, it stops
showing the message as expected, but it makes yor default answer
no (sorry!) - fixed.
Out | Options |
Midi out / save timing | Add pause at start of midi file
- unselecting has no effect - fixed
3rd Nov. evening
Bs | Record Control doesn't show the Sound Volume
control on some systems - should now find it no matter where you
have it installed, because it checks the registry entry for it
and looks in the location specified in the command string, and if
not pops up a message suggesting where to place it so FTS can
find it (e.g. in Windows or System folder).
Bs | Recording to
Temporary Memory | Options | Find Region to trim
- layout not clearly expressed - changed it to
read Trim Margin Left [ ... ] ^ v Right [ ... ] ^ v
- to set the amount of the margin for the trim.
2nd Nov. evening
When you change the bank for a part from Parts | Bank while the
tune is playing, it doesn't take effect immedeaitley, only when
you change to another voice and back again. Fixed.
If you click on Out
| Options | More Options | Send patch before every note,
you get a message asking if you want to use Tuning programs -
Bs | Recording to
Temporary Memory | Options | Find Region to trim -
wasn't working properly with sixteen bit data - fixed. Also now
works for stereo recordings
When saving in waveform audio format, file name
loses the ".wav" extension sometimes - gets the "wav"
included as part of the file name- fixed.
Bs | Recording to
Temporary Memory | Options | Recording & Playback - always resets
to Microsoft Sound Mapper
at the start of the session - fixed.
1st November later in day
Bs | Record To File
| Bit rate - not shown for the Ogg Vorbis file
format - fixed.
When saving in the Ogg Vorbis formats .ogg and .vorbis
the method using SOX and .dlls didn't work - so used new method -
FTS calls the command line encoders and decoders for those
formats now - fixed
Seed | Options |
What to show on keyboard picture | Show untransposed keys -
when untransposing, not untransposed to the correct position -
Bs | Seed Options |
Seeds for Layers - only shows the first couple or
so notes of each seed here - fixed.
- not using the correct values for the bell
partials for the recorder custom voice playing partials of the
bell - fixed. Also added the ref to the original partials to the Tune Info
File | Save As Midi
to save fractal tunes directly into midi format not working -
Some duplicate and similar entries in the fractal
tunes drop lists - fixed
Seeds times beginning "0.xxx" read as 0
from saved fractal tunes (including the example fractal tunes in
the drop lists) - only affects the last upload (upload for 26th
Oct is okay). Sorry! - fixed.
Bs | Arpeggio
window - if you expand the arpeggio to wider than the text field
available you can no longer edit it there to add new notes (no
auto h-scroll as one has with most of the other drop list edit
fields in FTS) - fixed.
Bs | Record to file
Config | Start midi recording on 1st note not
working any more- fixed.
Bug in save to midi if you record while playing
the seed (midi file gets saved in incorrect format and won't play)
bird calls with Afro Carribean percussion fractal
tune - sound stops after a few notes are played. - fixed.
If you edit the seed in the Seed
as Text window and reduce the number of notes,
the number of notes in the seed in the main window or the seed as
text window until you play the tune or hide / show the window.
Changed this so that the arpeggio pos. field is the one that
changes the number of notes in the main window. The volumes and
times fields change those values, but not the number of seed
notes - volumes or times beyond the end of the seed just get
Also not converting the characters to numbers
when you have Bs | Seed Options |
Alphabet Seeds | Alphabet / digit seeds selected,
without Show literal translation
for this seed
Here the problem is that if you don't have it set
to show the literal translation, then the seed needs to be
treated as the numbers instead - because you have to be able to
read the field in the way it gets shown in case user edits it.
However, if you paste a seed in with no spaces between the
characters, and starting with a letter of the alphabet or '0'
then this means it can't be a number, has to be an alphanumeric
seed - adn then it is okay to convert the characters to numbers.
So, fixed perhaps as well as is possible.
File | Number
Options | Calculator. If you enter a formula with
spaces into the calculator, only calculates it as far as the
first space (unless you put it in brackets). This is as intended
for the scales as each entry ends at the next space - but for the
calculator white space should be allowed anywhere as it is only a
single value that needs to be calculated - fixed.
A couple of the fractal tunes are far too fast,
and too high - ones affected are
1.082a | flute3_with_accompaniment.ts
1.082a | jazz_scale.ts
This happened because the seed starts with a 1 -
and when you do that, the number of levels affects the way the
melody sounds (usually one starts the seed with a 0). I had set
all the layers to 50 to give more flexibility for the option to
randomise the fractal tunes, but should have left these at their
original value of 11 to avoid changing the sound of the fractal
If you use the F11 shortcut to stop a tune, then
go to Bs | Record to file Config
and use the x
button there to make a hex dump of a midi file, then the hex dump
comes up blank (shows 0 bytes instead of the true file size) -
Button to play the seed, either in main window or
Seed window always
plays it full volume, and ignores the volume set for the
highlighted part in the Parts window, or for the main window -
When you use keyboard methods to move the cursor
for the mouse theremin, as an alternative to using the mouse (see
tip of the day 8) then this sometimes changes pitch of the note
in short abrupt fluctuations - unless the theremin window happens
to be neatly aligned with the top left of the screen - fixed.
Added extra sustain to three of the fractal tunes
- arabic_17_tone_maqam_Iraq.ts, arabic_17_tone_maqam_ussaq.ts and
virtuoso_violin_with_flute.ts - that's because I did them
originally on the SB LIve! S/W synth which does them with extra
resonances after the note off. This sort of thing can be quite
variable from one synth to another. On the Roland Sound Canvas
the notes for these tunes may be so short on a fast machine that
you don't hear them at all because they get cut off before even
the beginning of the attack - fixed.
Organise windows (O)
button | Tune Smithy Overview | Go to non default -
always shows the scales and arpeggios drop lists as changed, as
well as the scale / arp as text as changed when the scale or
arpeggio is anything different from the default - fixed.
All the fractal tunes now have a drone on the
first note! (inadvertent result of the drone bug fix on 22nd :-(
) - fixed.
Bs | Seed Options |
Drone Doesn't always start the drone if you
haven't yet played a note - fixed.
Bs | Seed Options |
Alphabet seeds | Alphabet volumes has no effect
except to hide / show the minimum and maximum volumes. Changed it
to a label rather than a check box - and whether to use volumes
or not is now set in the Seed as
Text window. Ditto for the Alphabet
times - fixed.
When you adjust the alphabet volumes range, and
ditto for the times, seed doesn't change in response until you
edit it in the Seed as Text
window - fixed.
When you select
With timings, or With
Volumes from Bs |
Seeds, doesn't show / hide the Volumes and Timings windows
immediately, as intended - fixed.
Some html tag errors in the help - fixed, and
checked in an html validator.
When you record fractal tune changes as you play,
then play it back complete with pauses, you get breaks in the
tune with the notes switched off between each section of the tune
and the next - fixed, with much smoother transition now.
Some fields not being updated as soon as they
should - e.g. when you record fractal tune changes as the tune
progresses and then stop the tune, the last time in the tempo map
window isn't updated then, only when you replay the tune - fixed.
New tab key shortcut to change the scale as you
play from PC keyboard has no effect - fixed.
When you look at detailed view of audio
recording, zoomed out quite a way and at the end rather than
beginning of the recording, not showing it correctly - fixed.
Check boxes to apply with times, volumes and
pauses not synchronised for all the New Seed windows - fixed.
View | Analyse Midi
Voice: Time in main window keeps running after
you click the stop button if the note length is high, say 60 secs
- until the time for the note runs out - fixed.
11th October afternoon
Occasional memory allocation error can occur when
editing the scales drop list - shows up as an error message in
the debugger - not sure if anything would happen in the release
and if so, the exception handler would probably handle it -
anyway it's fixed.
Error occurs when you open the Scales | More Scales | Canright's exs from Superparticular
Pentatonics - was result of a newly introduced
bug in an option used in this drop list to add a 2/1 at the end
of every scale in the file - fixed.
View | Analyse Midi
Voice | Freq Analysis | Config | Freq spectrum Config | Show as
bar chart - when you unselect this, it makes the
frequency spectrum graph by joining together the top left corners
of each bar in the bar chart. Should join together the middle
points. Result is that though it finds the partials centred
correctly for clear partials, they look slightly off centre in
the default non bar chart view - the partials themselves were
already correct, but this way of showing the spectrum is
misleading if you position the partials yourself by eye in the
non bar charts view - fixed.
Parts | More |
Portamento and Legato - if you select Portamento and Monomode without Legato (ok with legato) -
then it remaps notes to new channels as the note changes which
isn't desirable as then the portamento slide comes from the wrong
previous note each time. You need to make sure that each new note
for a part gets played in the same channel as the previous note
for that part when playing portamento just as you do for legato -
In Windows 95 the icon (with white squares) which
you click to bring up the PC Keyboard layout window gets shown as
rrom PC keyb with
clipped text, instead of the icon. Actually this is text that is
supposed to be heard by blind users who navigate using a screen
reader and is supposed to read Play
from PC keyboard (the screen reader programs read
the entire text whether clipped or not). All the icon buttons
have extra text for blind users. Anyway, I'd forgotten to select
a check box for this button to say that it is an icon based
button. Shows okay in Wni 98 anyway which is why it wasn't
spotted earlier - fixed.
Help | Contents |
Test My Midi Player - broken links for the midi
clips to play - fixed.
When you make a fractal tune consisting of a
single chord - e.g. using Bs |
Arpeggio / Scale Playback | Make chord / broken chord / arpeggio
into seed the chord sometimes has a ragged start
with the notes not starting crisply in time - fixed.
File | Midi File
Options | Midi Out / Save timing | Add pause at start of midi
file - not working with the option to make a list
of midi clips from the file names - fixed.
Buttons | Scales
Options | Scala Scales | Make all the SCALA related files
- error messages, and the files not made - fixed.
When you use Buttons
| Scales Options | Scala Scales | Show current scale in SCALA
also makes or shows the notes for the current window in .doc
format (= the f8 shortcut to add notes to a window) - fixed.
No help icon for the new
Buttons | Seed Options | Alphabet Seeds window -
Buttons | Arpeggio
/ Scale playback | Figuration Not playing
correctly. Turned out that it was skipping the first note of the
figuration, which put everything out of sync - fixed.
FTS used to let one use , and . interchangeably
to input values, because it is easy to type on instead of the
other - but this is confusing if you paste a comma separated list
of numbers with no spaces between them, as it then treats the
commas as decimal points, so reverted to the original method of
treating commas and periods separately - fixed.
Astonishment.ts example tune - plays very low in
pitch. This is because I increased the number of layers to 50, as
a result of increasing the maximum number of layers - but for
this fractal tune the melody you get is affected by the number of
layers because the seed doesn't start at 0. So reset it to the
Also Parts | Choose
parts by | Other | No overlapping notes in same part - state
of the check box not saved for this fractal tune - also should be
on for this tune - the scrunchy chords are as I originally had it
(actually the tune was made before the check box was added to the
dialog) and because of this bug was unchecked - fixed.
Buttons | Tune Info
- was getting saved to the .ini file only, and not to the Tune
Smithy file - it is intended as a way of adding information to
the fractal tune files you save - fixed.
When playing from PC keyboard, if you choose to
show the characters to play from the keyboard on the picture, and
then move the mouse over it, then as the selection changes,
doesn't show the correct characters if you choose to start the
scale from bottom left of the keyboard - fixed.
Exception sometimes occurs on exit after you have
been playing a fractal tune - fixed.
If you play a fractal tune with Out | Play several at once selected,
and then stop and then start again, you get an error message that
the midi devices are already in use - fixed.
When you have Play
several at once unselected, you can multi select
the lists in Out | Midi out devices
- Parts to Play but you only get a single
highlight for the list you click on. It should multi-select them
all (so you can enable / disable ports before you open them all
in one go) - fixed.
If you close Mdi In
you get an error message too - this is because of a recent option
to let FTS receive sysexes and relay them on - when it reset the
buffers to receive sysexes on closing midi in, the procedure that
processes the buffers sent out new buffers again which is what
caused the error - fixed.
Buttons | Tune -
nothing shown here - fixed.
File | Midi File
Options | Make Web page of fractal tunes - stops
working after you unlock FTS :-( - fixed.
If you use Ctrl + Yes on a Yes No message to skip
in the future it works, but if you do this with an Ok or Ok
Cancel message it has no effect - fixed.
Buttons | PC
keyboard Notes to play - help icon took you to an
old section of the help which no longer exists, - the help for
this window is in Help | User Guide
2 - fixed.
Out | Options |
Cusomise voices menu names (was Use GM default instrument names)
- when selected, if you edit the name for the instrument names
list to make a new list, you get an error message to say that
your new file doesn't exist yet (which of course it doesn't, but
that's okay) - fixed.
Buttons | Seed
Options | Fibonacci rhythm | Custom rhythm | Play Fibonacci
rhythm - when you select this, the other fields
in this window remain disabled and you need to hide it and show
it again to enable them - they should get enabled immediately -
8th August evening
When you save a fractal tune using File | Save As | Files of Type | Tune Smithy Files (*.ts),
then it shows the entire path as well as the file in the file
name field - fixed.
When you do a save of the fractal tune in midi
format using File | Save As | Files
of type | Midi file,
the status line in the main window showing how much time is saved
to the midi clip doesn't refresh properly - it updates while the
tune is being saved, but there is no last refresh at the end - as
a result the time shown here is often just a little short of the
time that was actually saved - the time you see if you play the
midi clip - fixed.
Fixed a number of broken links in the help for
FTS (some on-line sites, and some internal links too).
The equation parser didn't recognise unary minus
in some situations such as 3^-(2^3) - fixed.
Freeze in Windows 95 which may possibly have
been caused by the method used by FTS for synchronising threads
for memory allocation in Win 95. So, reverted to the more normal
Windows methods in the place of dlmalloc which it currently uses.
A couple of broken links in the help Help | Overview | Register
Occasional delays of 50 milliseconds or more when
sending sysexes to the FM7 - this turned out to be a timing issue
in FTS itself, now fixed, and the option in FTS to delay note ons
after sysexes now defaults to unselected.
MFX Plug in not working at all as reported on 10th
July, because of the protection of the .exe files - fixed (thanks
to great support from the protection scheme developers) - FTS can
now communicate with the plug in while protected, and it has been
added back in to the installer.
Out | Use MTS
tuning programs was often sending sysexes more
than once for notes that didn't need to be retuned as they were
already in the tuning table - fixed.
Exception sometimes occurs when opening Midi Out
if the device is already in use by another application - handled
by the FTS exception handler, but shouldn't happen - fixed.
Size of mean tone comma defaults to 1/1 instead
of 81/80 (until you select it from the drop list of commas) -
MFX plug doesn't work in the release. This turns
out to be because of the protection of the .exe files to prevent
the code gen being cracked, which is preventing FTS from
communicating directly with the MFX plug in. I'm investigating to
see if I can find a work around for this. Meanwhile, removed the
MFX option from the installer.
Buttons | Seed
Options | Polyrhythms | Auto adjust to keep slowest rhythm at the
same tempo - idea is, once it is selected, then
you can change the polyrhythm as you like and the slowest beat
stays constant in speed - this is working fine. However, when you
select it, the tune will be faster than it was when it was
Fixed by auto adjusting the main window note
length whenever you select / unselect this option with Play Polyrhythm selected.
Added a thread block tester. It checks to see if
any threads have been blocked for more than four seconds, and if
so, releases the block. This is in case thread block ever occurs
again in a future release - in normal circumstances a thread will
never get blocked for as long as four seconds in FTS - the block
is usually for a minute fraction of a millisecond, or
occasionally a bit longer for ones that block a thread during
refresh of a window. In the debug version a message will pop up
if this ever happens to alert me to it so that I can fix it. In
the release, it will just get de-blocked if necessary with no
If you show a Seed window, and play some notes in
it, after that the main window play button for the fractal tune
no longer has any effect - fixed.
This was because of a new measure I added in
recently to help with synchronisation of the threads. What had
happened is that one part of the program was going into a section
of code and not notifiying the rest of the program that it had
left it again, which was the source of the bug.
Buttons | Scales
Options | Make MOS or Hyper-MOS... - not showing
this window when you click on it - fixed.
When you read a scale using File
| Open | Files of type | SCALA
scales (*.scl) with the Scale / Arpeggio as text
window showing, the scale refreshes in the main window but not in
the Scale / Arp as text
window - fixed.
Error message when one tries to start FTS in Win
Cannot find import; DLL may be missing, corrupt
version. File "KERNEL32.dll", function "InterlockedCompareExchange"
- fixed - this happened because this is a routine
for Windows 98 or later, so I used an alternative (less optimised)
implementation of it instead.
Musical E-cards - messages in several paragraphs
shown as a single paragraph in the card- that's because it wasn't
inserting <BR> tags for them into the html for the card -
If you choose a font for the card, not showing
the text in that font - fixed.
The new MFX plug in wasn't relaying pitch bends
or changing channels after the first audition of a clip - fixed.
Not saving in the new W2S (wave to seed) format -
Some bugs in the new version for the tempo map -
Mouse theremin works but joystick theremin not
responding to the joystick properly - fixed.
Bug fixes in the 21st June upload - but it seems
I forgot to rename it after uploading it, so no-one will have
donwloaded it anyway.
Reg code bug - if you downloaded the most recent
FTS beta upload, it probabaly won't recognise that you are
registered. Sorry if that happened - the result of commenting out
a line of code :-(. - fixed
N.B. maybe this is a good moment to mention that
when I release FTS 1.09 I'm going to need to change the
registration system. I'll e-mail new reg codes to all registered
More Windows XP bug fixes.
Oscilloscope sometimes waits a long time before
it shows the new waveform when you start play, and when it does
show it, only responds at a fixed rate of one update per second
whatever value you set for the oscilloscope refresh rate- fixed.
Stationery + 3D attachment template leaves out
the 3D attachment - fixed.
FTS 1.09 beta wasn't working in Windows XP (also
not in NT / 2K).
Debugged it in this OS, and it is now working
Monophonic legato trills by holding down first
note while you repeatedly play the second note of the trill not
working - it was automatically switching off the previous note
before applying the new pitch bends - not necessary in this
situatin and stops the trills working properly - fixed.
When you use Buttons
| Scales Options | SCALA Scales | Make / Remake Scales and
modes drop lists... | Make list of scales... with
Add scales drop lists (LSC files)
to the More Scales drop list... selected, your
new drop list doesn't get added to the More
Scales drop list as it should - fixed.
Views | Play
Fractal Tune | Theremin Config - Mouse right button controller
- not switching off when the button is released - fixed.
Some bugs in playback of the fractal tunes,
including dropping some of the constituent notes of custom voices
when there are enough channels available to play them all - fixed.
Pan bug - sometimes when playing the fractal
tunes, notes for one instrument get panned to the position of
another instrument (also would affect other controllers used with
the fractal tunes) - fixed.
Some other bugs too minor to list them all here (e.g.
some entries shown multiple times in the tune smithy overview
window). - fixed
No longer able to play the Fibonacci rain shower
fractal tune (just does a single percussion note for it) - fixed
Installer - changed the TS file association
content-type back to "application/octet-stream" (had
set it to "text/plain") - difference is that if you
click on the link to a TS file in a web page and it's MIME type
is text/plain, you show it as text in the browser. If it is
application/octet-stream then you open it with whatever program
is associated with the file type. It needs to be set to
application/octet-stream for the links to example ts files in the
help to work.
File | Midi File
Options | Gallery - can't change it from the
default times of 4 and 8 mins - fixed.
Selecting from arpeggios drop list while the
overview windows are shown has no effect - fixed.
When using tuning programs instead of pitch
bends, + custom voices, some channel changes when you have close
together notes (ones that would require identical midi notes for
the pitch bends + midi note needing least pitch bend method) -
Fractal tunes using
Parts | Order of Play | By layer with simultaneous notes
- this only affects the fractal tunes - plays all the parts of
some of the fractal tunes using the same voice. This was result
of repositioning the note ons in the fractal tunes so that all
the notes of a chord were played together after all the pitch
bends and effects for the note (for crisper chords when very
large numbers of notes are involved) - the note ons also got
played after the patch changes too, so only the last one applied
Not reading the starting pitch for the older
fractal tunes - all resetting to the default of 1/1 = middle c -
(sorry, prev. upload didn't fix this)
Not reading the starting pitch for the fractal
tunes - all resetting to the default of 1/1 = middle c - fixed.
Out | Options |
Tuning Programs - when used with
custom voices, many extra patch change midi messages, and when
used with single note retuning, retunes each note of a custom
voice individually - better to retune them all in one multple
note "single note retuning message" just before the
custom voice notes are played - fixed.
Main window views - First time you show the main
window views after installing, they are all done to the same size
N.B. reason for making the main window views
resizable is that if one uses very large fonts for a dialog menu,
it reduces the amount of space available for the dialog itself.
So if one needs large characters in order to be able to read the
menus, one may want to resize the main window views and any of
the other views with menus in order to see the whole of the
Joystick theremin no longer playing in response
to joystick since a recent upload - fixed.
File | Reset Check
boxes etc, and Views
| Midi Relaying | Reset All disables the sustain
pedal - fixed.
Midi in controllers not relaying to correct parts
when one chooses parts by midi input channel - fixed.
Details: it resets
In | Options | Kbd Config | Accidentals as to Sustain pedal toggles flats / sharps -
that is a new default. Idea is that with the optione Only use if arp starts @a,
one can set up arpeggios to use the sustain pedal to select
accidentals, or not, as one wishes - and it would only come into
play for those arpeggios - a few in the presets list and ones one
makes oneself. Means that when one selects the 19-et and 31-et
presets one can immediately use the sustain pedal to select
accidentals without having to read the help and select it from
the drop list. This overrideds the sustain pedal so that it
selects accidentals instead as intended. However, bug in coding
caused this option to switch off the sustain pedal for all
arpeggios whether beginning with @a or not - fixed.
Clipped text for some of the check boxes etc. -
Some Midi relay settings not saved from one
session to the next - fixed.
Some bugs with the theremin including occasional
high pitch notes out of sequence (for angle of exactly 0 or pi
radians) - fixed.
Astonishment.ts - some notes not sustaining as
they did in FTS 1.082 release - fixed. Turned out to be a newly
discovered bug in 1.082 - that Parts
| Choose channels by | Other | No overlapping notes in same part has
no effect in the 1.082 release, and astonishment.ts has this set
on. Fixed by ignoring this setting when reading fractal tunes
saved from FTS 1.082 or earlier (rather late in the day to
release a bug fix for it for FTS 1.082 and it has never been
File | Reset Scales
/ Arpeggios - you get asked if you want to save
the drop list whenever you do this if you haven't made a custom
reset for it - fixed.
Seed etc. window - when you show the note names,
shows sharps as e.g. C sharpb instead of D4b - fixed.
Various odds and ends sorted out while doing the
help (can't remember them all) - fixed.
Buttons | Arpeggos
drop list and Buttons
| Scales drop list not always changing correctly
when you add / replace entries or make new links - fixed.
Typing a charcter such as 's' into the Scale
keyboard or dots to play a note instead activates the S shortcut
key, in this case, Select all
Various bug fixes for the harmonic series
notation. - fixed
24th March 2002 - a bit later in the day
Some of the drop lists that show note numbers and
so forth don't change teh selection - e.g. if you highlight one
of the regions in the Keybaord Regions window, you find the note
names don't change. The drop list of notes in all the possible
formats does change actually, if you check, but the selection
doesn't get updated accordingly - fixed.
24th March 2002
Bug in save of scale to .ts files and .ini with n-tet
notation. Saves in n-tet notation, - wasn't intended to do so.
They could normally be read okay even so, but at present they get
corrected by the compensation for the buggy save in n-tet
notation that was added for 15th
February. There is no way to correct for both, so now I've
added a check box
Bug in save of scale to .ts files and .ini with n-tet
notation. What happened is that they got saved in n-et notation,
then when read, gets corrected by the bug fix for the buggy save
of tune smithy files that use scales in n-et notation in the
beta preview before tet notation that was added for 15th February .
There is no way for FTS to correct for both
automatically as both use the same notation.. Sorry about that.
So, for files saved using the recent beta preview
(earlier this month), just update the beta preview and they will
read okay. For older ts files saved using the beta previw from
the beginning of this year, if the scale isn't right when you
read them, select
Buttons | Seed etc
| Config | Correct for buggy save of scale to .ts files in some
beta preview uploads (before 15th Feb 2002)
and read them again, and they should read okay. .
Unselect this box once you've finished using it, so that you can
read the newer files okay
23rd March 2002
If one has File |
Number Options | Use SCALA convention: decimal point = cents
unselected, then save to .scl format
for scales in cents prefixes all the cents values with ', e.g. '100.00000. SCALA won't
be able to read them as it isn't standard for the SCALA scale
format. FTS doesn't expect this eitehr in a .scl file, however,
added option to skip the '
if found, so if you have saved any .scl files like this, you can
at least read them back into FTS and re-save them. Or, just edit
them and remove the extra characters. Sorry about this. Fixed.
22nd March 2002
Main window plays harmonic series okay, and
playing subharmonic series as intended for negative note seed
numbers when the scale is the harmonic series, but not playing
subharmonic series if you define it instead using h 1/2 as the scale (i.e.
as descending scale rather than descending notes in ascending
scale) - fixed.
Scale window not showing this version of the
subharmonic scale correctly, ditto for the mixed harmonic scales
- some work still to do on this (blue dots not shown correctly
for subharmonic scale).
16th March 2002
Last upload had some debug code in it that will
be activated when in 256 colour mode and slow up start up in this
display mode - sorry - fixed.
The two bugs from 15th March weren't fixed
completely - okay now.
15th March 2002
File | Number
format options - always resets to Scala notation
decimal point = cents at start of session, and doesn't keep some
of the other values from one session to next -fixed.
If you unselect File
| Auto save config, then at start of next
session, the scale resets to a scale with a negative cents value
instead of the default (12-et) - fixed.
13th March 2002
In | Options |
Configure Midi Kbd | Notation as Accidentals | Sound effects - this
wasn't working at all, at least, not doing anything sensible, and
looking the code it is clear I just added it in, left it mid edit
and never finished it - I have no memory of trying it out either
When you have arpeggio prefixed with @a to indicate that one
can use the sustain pedal (or other method) to toggle sharps /
flats, then it doesn't get read properly from the .ts file -
12th March 2002 afternoon
Views | Analyse
Recording or Midi voice | Show recording - not
refreshing when you click the Stop
rec. button. - fixed
Also, Play & Play
detail button for playing the recording, for this
view , starts play when you press it and stops when you release,
instead of starting play when you release the button, and needing
another click to stop play - fixed
12th March 2002
Parts | More |
Portamento and Legato | Ok to use monophonic legato type trills -
not pitch bending correctly when trilling between notes that
are close together in pitch - fixed
Out | Notes In play
| Show ratios etc instead of pitch bends - not
showing these correctly - fixed.
Out | Options |
Resets | Do pitch bends for all the notes of the main window
arpeggio before opening Midi out and whenever arp. or scale
changes - not sending the pitch bends for all the
mid out ports when only some of them play the first part - fixed.
Also for this option - not refreshing the window
always to show the new values, and not updating when you start to
play the fractal tune and a few things like that - fixed.
Mono mode only works if you show Out | Options | Controllers in Play for
the Mono Mode controller
at least once in the session first - fixed.
If you select Views
| Colours | Custom button images and unselect Custom background you see
the tranparency colour as a square of colour for the button (e.g.
magenta) instead of the window background colour - fixed.
For 256 colour display, buttons show a square of
nearly the correct colour for the background, but not quite -
6th March 2002
Background texture for dialog not showing
correctly in 256 colour display mode - now using popularity
algorithm for the background texture - fixed (more or less anyway).
2nd March 2002
If one uses FTS with a
keyboard that sends active sense messages, then FTS can crash -
exit immediately with a blue screen type error message - when
Midi Out and Midi In are both open. This happens with two of the
three midi synths of my SB Live ! soundcard, and happens at once,
whenever FTS sends an active sense message to it. Solution: to
not relay them, and add a check box to select to relay them if it
is desired, plus a warning message before selecting it. This is
new because in earlier versions of the beta preview, FTS didn't
relay the active sense messgages.
The check box is In
| Options | More Options | Relay active sense -
defaults to unselected. Fixed
In | Options |
Scales for Parts presets - adds an extra 0 factor
at the end - fixed.
When you have File
| Number Options | Show Herz selected, if you
then change the pitch using the Pitch
window, the main window scale continues to show the old herz
values - fixed.
Various other bug fixes to do with the File | Number Options window
(I can't remember them all).
Out | Options | Pan
| Auto pan by scale pos has no effect - fixed.
Parts | More | Amp
Var... and Pitch
Var... - values saved to the .ts file but not
read from it when you open it again - fixed - and as the info is
in the .ts file, any files one may have saved earlier with this
option will be read okay. - fixed
Parts | More | Amp
Var... and Pitch
Var... - when in effect, vibrato is supposed to
start at x = 0 for the start of each note, but was only doing so
for the pitch variation, and then, only if you had both effects
in play for the part - fixed.
21st Feb 2002
If you have the option
selected to open the midi in port at the start of the session,
and it is already in use by another program, FTS waits for it to
become free before starting, which isn't a sensible thing for it
to do - fixed.
window - if you use Alt + click to copy a part, it does it, but
doesn't refresh the lists so it looks as if nothing has happened,
until you close the window and show it again - fixed.
Midi relay file format *.rly - only saving the
info that affects the fractal tune, scale arp etc, not the
keyboard regions, controllers etc - fixed.
Keyboard regions not being saved properly to .rly
and .ini file - gets out by one when you save and re-open - fixed
(plus this will fix any other bugs there are of the same type as
they all use the same code).
If you save a drop list of arpeggios with the
Steps tick box
selected, and some of them,like melodic minor, ascend one way and
descend another way, those ones aren't saved correctly - fixed
Various niggling bug fixes in In | Options | Scales for Parts Presets.
Fractal tune ignores the descending mode of an
arpeggio that has distinct ascending / descending modes - fixed.
have some notes cut off short in the 1.082 version, and sustained
in the new version. For instance, in the old waterwheel, the
first phrase by the flute ends with a note cut off suddenly,
while in new version it is sustained into the next phrase - the
new version is as it should be as it has Parts
| Order of play | Other | Sustain all notes to next note for same
This turns out to be caused by a bug in the 1.082
release, and it is rather hard to add code to duplicate it in 1.09
- I've tried, but after reproducing the bug faithfully, and
combining it with the FTS 1.082 method of allocating pitch bends,
it still doesn't manifest in exactly the same way as before -
instead, after adding the bug back in, too many notes
get cut off short. Oher parts of the code have also been changed
since then. I think perhaps one may just have to accept that
occasionally some notes get sustained a bit longer in new version
and if one wants to hear the exact amounts of sustain produced by
the earlier buggy version, one needs to use FTS 1.082 - sorry -
not fixed, and not likely to be fixed either prob. - but I'll
give it some more thought.
Auto sync of Arpeggios with the scale is syncing
the description only - the arpeggio stays as it was - fixed.
Save of scale to TS file is incorrect - uses the
n-tet notation for some notes, and when using this notation it
also adds 1 to all the scale entries. E.g. if you save and re-open
the African xylophone, then you will find it no longer sounds the
same. Fixed for now by making it so that it no longer saves in
the n-tet notation (which is as it was originally, and as
intended - okay if one saves to enough decimal places of
precision to recover the notation when one wants to show the
notes in that format). Also, to keep compatibility with any files
saved using the buggy version, if it finds the n-tet notation in
the saved scale, it corrects for the error. So it can read any
files you have saved in this format - fixed.
Not saving the formula for Parts
| Choose Parts by | Other to the TS files - fixed.
Apologies to algo-comp users of FTS!
Buttons | Scale... -
bug in selection of notes if you play notes on the PC keyboard to
select notes from the scale to make a new scale - okay if you use
the mouse - fixed.
Pitch of 1/1 window - if you use up / down arrow
with focus set to the scroll bars, it moves the pitch up for the
down arrow and down for the up arrow. Can't do anything about
this easily, as I want it to be left for the left arrow and right
for the right arrow with horizontal scroll bars for the notes and
the horizontal scroll bars respond to the up arrow key in the
same way as the left arrow. However, did do a vertical scroll bar
for the frequency - sort of fixed...
When you click on the record to midi or record to
Wav buttons in Views | Many
Controls, the icon doesn't chagne to show that
you are recording - fixed.
When playing with separate ascending and
descening arpeggio from the PC keyboard, like melodic minor, or
say, 0 1 3 | 0 2 3, then sometimes playing okay in ascending and
descending modes depending on the previous notes, and sometimes
not. It was because it was taking account of key releases as well
as key presses, and what one got depended on whether one released
a key on the PC keyboard before playing the next note - fixed.
Various bugs in the FFT and wave counting section
- but as that is very much mid edit anyway, I haven't kept track
of what they all are.
Update of FFT window for log plot frequency axis
for large FFT sample size was slow - fixed.
7th February 2002
Not reading the partials saved from the FFT view
correctly - fixed.
Buttons | Scale
window not responding correctly when you click to select notes (bug
introduced with new extension to both negative and positive
numbers for the degrees when clicking to select notes) - and some
other related bugs in this window - fixed.
Buttons | Seed |
Config | Play from PC keyboard options | Play -> triangular
lattice vectors - the ratios showing as decimals
such as 1.5, 1.2 instead of 3/2, 6/5 - fixed.
Mouse and keyboard note playing for the Seed
window - some delays before the note sounds on occasion - fixed
Quite a few bugs in the Seeds
window, especially to do with shifting the zero position of the
seed, and playing the seed using the Alt
+. (full stop) short cut - all fixed
- except that if you record a seed shifted up and
the number of notes in the scale isn't an exact multiple or
divisor of the repeat for the arpeggio, then you will hear a
transformed seed rather than the one that starts the fractal tune
- explained in the help, and now you also get a message
explaining the situation if you change the zero position for such
a scale / arp. That will prob. be left as it is, as it is
Views | Scales work
- can't change to this main window view - shows
the Midi relaying view instead - fixed.
Buttons | Scale |
Play (or Edit) | Shift
+ enter to make an echo of the picture with the
dots, or keyboard - not responding to mouse moves or button
clicks to change the selection of notes etc. - fixed.
If you have a scale with the notes on several
lines in another document, and paste it into the Buttons | Scale box, then
instead of the notes being put all on one line, they are put on
multiple lines, so that you can only see one of the notes in the
box (though they show okay in the picture with the dots) - fixed.
If you use the N:
prefix at the start of a scale to indicate that all ratios of a
scale are in n-tet style notation (fractions of an octave) rather
than ratios, e.g. 4/19 for 4th degree of 19-tet, it works fine,
but if it is lower case n:,
the values are read as herz instead (misreading it at h:) - fixed.
Main window | Note
length shows large number of significant places
instead of the number set using File
| Number options sig figs - fixed
Buttons | Note time
options | Time for one note,
Time for 10th note of Arpeggio and Volume for 10th note of Arpeggio -
not updating when scroll bar is pressed - fixed
File | Number
options | Alternative cents notation | Radix -
not updating when scroll bar is pressed,. - fixed
When the Alternative
cents notation is selected, the Show cents as diffs from 12-tet
didn't work. Example: to base 5, 5-tet is 0 100 200 300 400 1000,
so one would want to show cents diffs from those values instead,
i.e. cents diffs from 5-tet - fixed.
Renamed File |
Decimal notation | to n-tet
or small ratios which is what it is now.
Buttons | Seed
options | Fibonacci rhythm | First Fibonacci layer -
not updating when scroll bar is pressed - fixed
Various bug fixes in the Buttons
| Seed / Scale / Arpeggio windows. Main ones: you
can't select the Main
radio button. Not setting the keyboard focus to the keyboard or
dots when you move the mouse over it to activeate it. - all fixed.
Various bugs in the FFT sections found while
working on the new FFT main view - fixed.
Resource leak when changing views, + if you do it
many times, FTS can't show main window and exits - fixed.
Buttons | Seed
Options | Multiple Und0 | Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y
for fractal tunes not working - fixed. (N.b. this only is
implemented for fractal tunes, not for midi relaying and other
Also done it so that if you do Ctrl + Z back
until you reach the original tune, it removes the * from the
title to show that the tune has changed.
Volume as edit
field - the fractal tune doesn't respond
immediately to the change of volume, as it does when you have the
volume as a graphic - fixed.
Some bug fixes for the Scale
window. This is the main one:
If you show a Scale
window, and also show the fine tune controls for the window,
under some circumstances, when you move the mouse over the
keyboard to sound the notes, all the notes get retuned upwards or
downwards to the neighbouring notes to either side (until all you
have left of your new scale are the two notes 1/1 and 2/1) -
File | Number
Options | Ratios Options | Tolerance in cents - if this is set to non zero : slow memory leak
of a few bytes every time a scale is refreshed while program is
running (clears up on exit session) - fixed.
Various bug fixes for the user interface (scroll
bars, text, etc) for the In |
Options | kbd regions dialog.
Buttons | Seed
Options | Fibonacci Rhythm | Custom Rhythm | replace L by
- if you edit this field and then play the fractal tune straight
away, then rhythm isn't played correctly (okay if you save and re-open,
or exit and start a new session, or unselect then re-select the
fibonacci rhythm) - fixed.
Buttons | Seed
Options | Fibonacci Rhythm | Fibonacci tone scapes | Find
companion ratios now or
Keep companion ratios optimised for pitch drift e-
the companion ratios limited to the same range of values as is
used when finding all the first row ratios - so if you enter a
large ratio, it won't be able to find the companion ratios for it
Recording in Midi format from FTS while playing:
first patch for each midi channel not recorded in the midi file -
Sorry! - fixed
Many windows don't have enough space for the
button images if one makes custom images for them that fill a 32*32
bitmap (the ones with the program all happen to have a fairly
wide transparent margin) - fixed.
Buttons | Tune |
Options | Notes as | Ratio,
Ratio from previous note renamed
to Interval, Interval from previous note
Buttons | Tune |
Options | Notes as | Interval, Interval from previous note when
you click Play Scale,
this shows cents instead of ratios for scales that show as pure
ratios in the main window - reason for this is that it shows the
cents value sent to midi out, with a drop in resolution because
of the use of midi pitch bend units, rather than the internally
used value - fixed by changing this to the internally used value.
Buttons | Tune |
Options | Notes as | Note-name
- if one has the C' C c c' c'' type notation selected in the
notes drop lists such as Pitch | Note it shows them all as upper
case instead of upper / lower depending on whether note is above
middle c - fixed.
Buttons | Record
config. Shows the X...
hex dump button for WAVE
(*.wav) selected as the format - only relevant
for MIDI format - fixed.
Buttons | Seed... |
New Seed, scale or arpeggio options | note names
- when one selects it, text changes to 1, when unselected,
changes to 0 - fixed.
With the custom buttons and background selected (as
it is by default now), sometimes crashes on exit. I.e. you exit
from the program, and at that point get the message that it has
done something illegal and will be terminated - usual thing in C,
zero valued pointer, this time, because one of the subroutines
was given a zero valued pointer by Windows and was trying to use
it, which is "illegal" - fixed
Sometimes when you click a button or a tick box,
the text for another button or tick box vanishes - only when one
has a custom background - fixed.
Note that if you click on a tick box and hold the
mouse down and move the mouse cursor, the box vanishes until you
release it. This I can't fix at present, and it may not be
possible to fix it while getting everything else working okay
with the custom background. However users don't usually drag with
the mouse in the middle of clicking a tick box or radio button so
I think this is okay. If anyone does mind about this, fix is to
switch off the custom background bitmap.
Views | Midi
Keyboard Retuning | Presets for scales dep. on parts...
(same as In | Options | Presets...
button) - for the tonality diamond and free tonality diamond,
instead of entire left part of keyboard playing the inversion of
the scale, only the leftmost octave or so does - fixed.
Ditto: if one chooses the Free
tonality diamond, and then does a fair number of
root control changes, then the minimisation of 1/1 drift stops
working and the pitch played by the 1/1 starts to drift. What
happens is that the root gets large as one applies repeated
changes of the root. The transposition as degrees in the arpeggio
was restricted to the range -100 to 100 which eventually is too
small to compensate for the change of root.
Now, if root gets large, it gets transposed back
into the vicinity of the original octave of the scale, and then
the transposition is adjusted accordingly, to keep both numbers
small. (Also the restriction on the size of the transposition is
removed now). Fixed.
Messages that one gets about making the scale
first before clicking the buttons somewhat confusing - fixed.
Views | Midi
Keyboard Retuning | Presets for scales dep. on parts... | Scales
for Parts...|Skip single note results for factor selection (this
tick box shows up if one does one of the CPS sets) should default
to selected, so that e.g. if one plays keys to both select and
unselect the same CPS set factor, it leaves one at the previous
selection - fixed.
Main window views - Fractal tunes drop list - not
showing the fractal tune name - fixed.
Show Views | Menu
Only and then any of the other views and the
scale and arpeggio drop lists go blank (need to reset using e.g. File | New or File | Reset Scales and File | Reset Modes) -
Rename File | Reset
Modes to File |
Reset Arpeggios list.
If one has Out |
Options | Mid Out Channels set to just a single
channel (say, channel 2), and play a piece that requres more than
one note playing at once, then rather than cut off the first note
when second is played, FTS plays the second note in channel 1.
That's not right, user has said that they are only to be played
on channel 2 (maybe synth isn't set up to receive notes at all in
channel 1) - fixed.
20th December, evening
Buttons | Scale fields
not changing the main / Arp as text
- the arpeggio description and definition window
arpeggio - fixed.
In | Options | More Options |
Relay directly from MIDI In to Midi Out (for use with record play
along hex dump, switches off at end of session)....
- not recording correctly to midi file. Same thing as the
aftertouch bug of a while back - using the default of two data
bytes for each message, which is okay for relaying to Windows as
Windows always expects to be sent two bytes, and resets the
number of bytes as needed depending on the midi event - but when
saving to file, one needs to program for this, saving the correct
numbers of bytes for each type of event. Relaying directly to
midi out bypassed the FTS programming for this. Fixed for all the
short messages. Not implemented or tested for sysexes of more
than two bytes..
18th December 2001 - a few minutes after the previous
File | Midi File
Options, and File |
Midi File Options | More Options... some fields
shown blank and tick boxes ticks not shown - fixed.
About box will still show yesterday as the upload
date - fixed.
Fixed some clipped text in dialogs.
In the last couple of experimental beta uploads,
saving to midi as one plays or relays may ignore the file name in
the Buttons | Record Config
box, and instead uses the most tune smithy file name that one
saved to most recently. Fixed.
When one opens a midi file for a hex dump, if it
has text events that need to be wrapped to several lines, multi-line
text is shown correctly, prefixed with ";"s, however
the later bytes are shown in the file commented out by being
prefixed with ";" when it should be a ":".
Such a hex dump can't be conveted back to bytes using b2hedit
until one goes through and replaces those ";"s with
":"s - fixed.
Highlighting an entry far down in the Organise Windows (yellow O icon) |
Overviews lists of windows causes the list to
scroll up until the highlight is just out of sight at the bottom
of the list - fixed.
With the new custom background texture, the main
window buttons with images vanish if you click, hold the mouse
button down, and then drag while keeping it held down - fixed.
Buttons | Note
timing options | Tempo map highlighted zone - the
text within this region gets lost when one has a background
texture - fixed by re-arranging the window and removing the text
"Highlighted Zone" from the group box - the line round
the controls. The method for replacing the background with
texture doesn't work at present for a group box with text, so
this is a solution. Same kind of thing in various other windows
with group boxes. - fixed.
Buttons | Seed... |
Play button not changing to a Stop icon when it
is pressed - fixed.
Some of the check boxes etc. for the new dialogs
not updating - fixed.
In | Options... |
More Options... | Ignore midi in patches - box
can't be ticked - fixed.
Out | Options... |
Close midi out when inactive - box can't be
unticked - fixed.
Parts... | More...
| Ranges... - if one has Sync to Pitch ticked,
then as one changes pitch in the Pitch window, the range (compass)
of each part changes in synchrony. E.g. recorder, C5 to D7'
changing to F4 to G6. Working fine, but the note name and midi
note number for the highlighted row not being updated if one
changes the pitch while the Ranges window is shown - fixed
Out | Controllers
for Parts | Controllers in play not responding to
changes in the controller drop list - fixed
Values for controllers sometimes not changing in
the dialogs when changed from Midi In - fixed.
When pan is changed from midi In, this has no
effect if one has Out | Options |
Auto pan by parts, or
auto pan by pos in scale ticked. Fixed by
automatically switching off the auto pan in this siuation.
When a Bank Select message is sent, one should
resend the patches for any voices in play, e.g. if keeping same
patch number and changing from one bank to another. Fixed.
Some text fields in the new controllers windows
not responding to scroll bars, or entries not changing when the
text below it is edited, and so forth - fixed.
Seed as text volumes and times only changing main
window seed if one has Buttons |
Note timing options | vary volume with pos on arp. / mode,
and note time by note height
respectively, ticked (there isn't supposed to be any connection
between these,it's just a glitch) - fixed.
Out | Notes in play
| Refresh after note offs not working. - done
Missing help and organise windows icon for pitch
and colours window - fixed.
Parts | Octave
shifts for channel not read from the .ts file (so
e.g. african jungle no longer sounded the same) - fixed.
Out | Close when
inactive can't be ticked - fixed.
convention dec. pt eq. cents not remembered from
one session to the next - fixed
Many controls View
| Cents or small ratios not ticked - fixed
Out | Notes in Play
| Refresh after note offs not working - fixed.
Simultaneous note ons with same note number and
patch getting relayed on the same channel.
Apparently, some high end synths and soundcards
do support this, but many don't - not recommended for making midi
clips for general use. Added tick box Out
| Options | Same note polyph for single voice.
Defaults to unticked, and when unticked, if you play same note
twice, e.g. because you have keyboard mapping that sends two keys
to the same note, they are played on separate channels, so only
one gets switched off at a time.
Vibrato and tremulo for Midi out, by continuous
stream of expression and pitch bending messages. This was result
of Parts | Amp Var...
and Pitch Var...
defaulted to on, should default to Off - fixed.
Ticking In | Open
now has no effect - fixed
Ticking In | Open
at start of session has no effect - fixed.
When clicking on the FTS desktop shortcut created
by the new installer you get message "Couldn't read from
Open" - fixed.
Blank caption on start up - fixed.
Not reading the midi keyboard map from the .ini
file: In | Options | Kbd config |
Play Arpeggio With - fixed
Pitch bends of 0 shown as the likes of 1.23456789
e-11 etc instead of 0 for Out |
Options | Notes in play - fixed.
Time for one note not
saved properly to .ts file / read from it not working . Also
reset of note length - resets on open / save, and not on reset.
This only affects yesterdays new experimental upload = fixed.
Midi out options |
Close midi out when inactive can't be ticked -
File | Number
Options | Use scala convention decimal point eq cents
not saved to .ini - fixed
OPen midi in at start of session - ticked n the
menu, but the box not showing the tick - fixed.
In | Options | Sync
seed / scale / arp. - can't tick it. - fixed
New Scale | add to
main window drop list doesn't work properly -
Values such as n(1/19) shown when one resets all
the numbers, for the cents and small ratios. - this is for one of
the ohter options - fixed.
Too many pitch bend messages - not settling down
to one pitch bend per channel for scales needing less than 15
pitch bends as it should. - fixed
window not showing the correct duration first time it is shown -
A pitch bend of exactly - 200 cents (pitch bend
value 0), is not applied. - fixed
This will happen rarely as most bends FTS uses
are in the range -50 to 50 cents, but could happen as result of
pitch bend added to notes already having a bend.
Main situation one will notice it is when one
does the FTS midi pitch bend test - type #test into the musical
seed box and click the play button, you should hear a repeated
note consisting of, say, note 58 (Bb) + 200 cents, and note 62 (D)
- 200 cents, which of course should be the same notes - used to
check ones soundcard or synth is applying pitch bends correctly.
For the new preset for Margo Schulter's
sesquisexta - should select In |
Options | Configure Midi Keyboard | Drop list: Custom - stop auto synchronising 1/1,
so that one can set the positions of the 1/1s in the two halves
of the keyboard independently - fixed.
Retuning midi player bug: getting timing wrong if
note is longer than a fifth of a second and you have Buttons | Note timing options | More... |
Time by previous note selected - fixed.
Midi in Pan of 64 not relayed - fixed.
No ticks showing for the voices menu for the midi
groups of voices such as Piano, Chromatic percussion etc when you
tick a voice within it - fixed.
When In | Options |
Scales by Tracks | Sound roots is unticked, plays
midi note 1 for the roots instead of being silent for them -
If you enter a scale in cents with File | Number options | Use SCALA
convention: decimal point = cents ticked, and
last note of scale is in cents, and you do it with no white space
at the end, the last note is read as 1/1 - fixed.
Help icon for Buttons
| Seed Options | Fibonacci rhythm shows the help
for the fibonacci tonescape - fixed.
File | File Associations |
In | Options |
Configure Midi Keyboard | Set Pitch Bend Range -
if you change this away from the MIDI default of 2 semitones,
Scale / Seed / Arpeggio windows not playing correct pitches -
When Out |
Auto pan by track number is ticked, if you play a
fractal tune with several voices, then follow it with one with a
single track only, the voice gets panned to the various positions
of the previous fractal tune instead of staying in the one place
The asterisk next to the Note
options... button in the main window Advanced Tune Smithying / Original views
to show if any note timing options are in effect didn't show up
if one ticked Note timing Options |
Tempo map - fixed. Also added check marks to the
buttons menu for Buttons | Note
timing options... and Buttons
| Seeds Options...
In | Options |
Presets | White
keys play mode, black play accidentals (if any), play highlighted
track - changed it back to play track 1, and done
it so that if you select any of the presets, it sets the
highlighted track to track 1.
In | Options |
Presets for mapping regions of keyboard...
Added Track 1 back
in as an option, and got the Highl.
Track. showing properly when selected, and the
text box able to accept h
(= highlighted track) as an entry.
If you play a fractal tune, and click on the main
window Record to Midi
to stop the recording, sometimes you get message "Error reported while sending data to Midi
Out - Midi out close", "Undefined external error"
Also, skipping the midi resets for the end of the
midi recording, to reset the pitch bends and controllers when
finished - fixed
(Though modern midi players do this anyway at
start of clip, and if you halt playback before that point, you
are going to be left with pitch bend retuned channels anyway
whatever messages one puts in the clip.)
If you change the fractal tune using the drop
list of fractal tunes while a tune is playing, then many of the
edit fields (such as time for one note, tracks, etc.) don't work
anymore until you exit and start a new session, and you can only
change values using the spin controls etc. - fixed.
When Buttons |
Seeds Options... | Multiple Scales... | Sync with muliple seeds
is ticked, the Multiple scales
window shows places for scales beyond the last seed in the list (though
you can't select a scale into them) - fixed.
and Non melodic percussion menu
left out of the Ctrl + tab
navigation between FTS windows - fixed.
Some resizing / re-organising of windows,
including creating new window: Buttons
| Seeds Options... | Fibonacci rhythm... | Fibonacci tonescapes...
| Optimisation config... with the optimisation
controls from the Fibonacci
tonescapes.. window, and reducing size of windows
that were too large to fit on 640*480 screen with normal size
fonts (which I use as a max. size for window for FTS).
Retuning midi player getting the timing wrong
when playing some midi files - fixed (was because it wasn't
taking account of running status in the midi file).
When recording to a midi file, changes in channel
pressure were saved as a two byte message with second byte 0,
when it should be a single byte message. This caused glitches in
playback of the recorded midi clip, as part of the next message
was read as a time rather than the next message - fixed.
In | Options |
Configure Midi Keyboard | Set Pitch Bend Range -
if you change this away from the MIDI default of 2 semitones,
doesn't always remember the changed pitch bend range, e.g. when
you start a new session - or close and re-open midi out (effect
was synth dependent) - fixed.
With non default pitch bend range, if you pitch
bend far enough so that the note needs to resound, sometimes it
gets stuck on - prob. fixed.
Custom voice as
Timbre dialog - all fields showing blank - fixed.
Opening previously saved lists of partials (type *.tbr) had no
effect - fixed.
When one has Out |
Ok to use several ports at once ticked, though
the ports get selected / unselected as desired for playing, only
one of the ports gets ticked at a time on the menu - fixed.
I'd made the Tracks list multiple selection as a
try out, meaning to put it back to single selection for the
So, it doesn't have code for handling this, sorry!
Put it back to single selection - fixed.
Idea of the multiple selection is that one can
select a voice into several tracks in one go. Alsoselect
consecutive midi voices into the tracks by some keyboard
shortcut, say, using Ctrl + click on the first voice. E.g.
highlight eight tracks and Ctrl + click on Piano will place the 8
piano voices into them - useful when trying out soundbanks /
fonts. However, it was just an idea I was thinking over, and not
intended for the upload.
[2nd Nov: multiple selection for the Tracks
window is now working]
Also I added option to choose highlighted channel
for midi in, similar to the new processing for the PC keyboard
voice, but hadn't yet added anything to the Midi in processing to
take account of this - fixed.
Some bug fixing of the FFT section.
The file asssociations you can make from File | File Associations
by ticking one of the boxes for one of the file types such as .ts only work if name for
the Fractal tune smithy folder has no spaces in it - fixed.
27th October upload 3
When Config | FFT
Config | Log plot frequency axis was ticked, FFT
detail view didn't show correct region - fixed
Blank fields showing in the FFT
Peak detection dialog - fixed.
27th October upload 2
Bug fix - realised that if one goes beyond the
range of a 32 bit integer with the tick count, will cause a
glitch in the rhythm, so now tick count just cycles around the
ticks for a single "bar". Also means that one can get
extra pauses at end of each "bar" if one wants that by
changing the number of ticks for the bar after entering the
23rd October 2001 p.m.:
Main window: Show volume as text box (the <
button) - shows label and scroll bar, but not the text box- fixed.
Various bug fixes. Main one, the multiple seeds
option, which applies for some fractal tunes (such as the golden
ratio cello tune) was no longer working as it used to - getting
the seeds okay, but resetting number of seeds to 0 - fixed.
9th October 2001 p.m.
Affects anyone who might register for first time
using the upload earlier today (9th Oct). If one hides the
registration window at start up (by unticking the new tick box),
then registers, then FTS forgets that you have registered when
next section starts (because the code to show the startup reg
window also checked that you were registered, and unticking the
box bypassed that check). - fixed
8th October 2001
Was still timing out for the play along from PC keyboard -
which was the situation originally and I intended to change it to
unlimited play from PC keyboard. - fixed.
Not showing the help and organise windows buttons in the pitch
and colours dialogs and a few other ones (they are there but
invisible because the icon isn't drawn) - fixed.
4th October 2001:
On showing window then closing again (e.g. with Escape or Alt
+ F4), one wants the focus to return to the main window,
especially for keyboard users, and wasn't doing that - fixed.
For new retuning midi player: if playing an already tuned file
as 12-tet + pitch bends to keep the tuning, resets to 12-tet if
you close and re-open midi out while it is playing. (Has no
effect if retuning a 12-tet file to some other temperament or
scale, as there aren't any pitch bends in the file itself.)
Same happens while midi relaying - if you use the pitch bend
wheel to bend the pitch away from the current scale that you are
retuning to, and then close and re-open the midi out while
keeping the pitch bend wheel held away from the middle position,
then the midi note relayed will reset to no extra pitch bend.
Decided that instead, one wants to remember all the midi in
pitch bends on closing and re-opening the midi out. Resets them
if midi in is closed and reopened.
Now instead, it resets the midi in records of pitch bends etc.
just before it starts to retune a file, in case it has no pitch
bend information in it (and is intended to be in 12-tet), as
otherwise the notes would just be played with all the current
midi in pitch bends, e.g. from previously retuned file.
This behaviour is fine for both midi relaying from midi
keyboard and playing a midi file to retune it = fixed.
Still not refreshing the Midi files drop list for the retuning
midi player when you change the folder - fixed
Stop playback of midi not stopping if pause is pressed - fixed.
3rd October 2001:
In | Options | Configure Midi
Keyboard | Repeat Scale / Arpeggio at keyboard "octave"
padding out with duplicate notes if nec. not
working properly - fixed.
New retuning mid player - wasn't pausing for the correct time
for some notes - fixed
Out | Close when inactive
- new option recently added - can't untick it - fixed.
Also, this option closes midi out when switching between FTS
windows (instead of just when switching to another app), and
closes midi out even if there are still notes sounding, instead
of waiting for the playing to end first - fixed.
2nd October 2001:
Midi files drop list for the retuning midi player
wasn't refreshing automatically if one changed the current
folder, e.g. by opening a file from
File | Open.
28th September 2001:
Fixed bug prevented use of the Gene Ward Smith transformations
in conjunction with root control.
17th September 2001:
Fixed crash of FTS that happened on showing the Midi Keyboard Regions
window when running FTS in NT or Windows 2000.