Practice rhythms ranging from ordinary simple and compound time up to complex polyrhythms and additive rhythms (also known as long bars or hypermeasures) - see Polyrhythm Metronome
Play chord progressions - you can copy / paste most chord progressions from other web sites directly into the player and click the play button to hear them straight away. You can also set a rhythm to create a backing track for practice. Play the chords in any tuning you like or in historical temperaments - see Chord Player
Explore the tune generating capabilities of Fractal Tune Smithy - create beautiful fractal music intricate as snowflakes. Compose new tunes just by varying the parameters of the example tunes. This is suitable for complete beginners to music and composition, advanced algo-comp enthusiasts - or as a source to generate new melodic ideas - see Play & Create Tunes as intricate as snowflakes
Try out any of the tunings that have been developed world wide - historical baroque tunings, Gamelan tunings, Indian music, tunings based on vertex patterns of 3D shapes, and other special ones invented by modern scale designers- see Microtonal Scales and Tunings
Move the mouse around to play a theremin with many advanced features (the theremin is that instrument that you play just by waving your hands in the air). You can also play the theremin using the PC keyboard to change the speed and direction of the theremin mouse cursor. See Mouse & Joystick Theremin.
Find out about the use of the Lambdoma keyboard in music therapy, and play in
the Lambdoma tone array using your mouse, PC keyboard or Barbara Hero's
hardware Lambdoma keyboard - see
Lambdoma Music Therapy
Transcribe bird song or microtonal solo lines and export the transcription as a MIDI file - see Audio Pitch Tracer
Analyse the sound of a musical instrument or chord to high pitch accuracy - useful for microtonal enthusiasts
who are willing to spend
some time tweaking it to get the best results - see
Sounds Harmonic Analysis
Use the Wave Shape Player to make audio clips of your chords directly as audio files - see Chord Synthesis
Explore the capabilities of CSound with ease - a music synthesis system that has until now had a reputation of being hard to use as it required programming skills. Tune Smithy's innovative automated C-Sound orchestra-builder lets you just choose the C-Sound instruments from a drop-list, much as you would with a normal midi instrument - see CSound.
Use the new inbuilt Wave Shape Player as a source of new
pure harmonic timbre type sounds. It explores some
of the sounds you can make by repeating a short segment of the curve for any
mathematical formulae in various ways, which is an unusual approach in this field, so may give new sounds for composers.
It's other speciality is that it plays frequencies with extreme precision (exact to fifteen decimal places or so). It can be a useful alternative to your sample player or soundcard when you want the notes to be particularly precisely pitched.
The preset instruments can just be selected from a menu. Also you can tweak the parameters - and if you have some basic maths awareness, you can also use it to make new waves yourself - see Wave Shape Player .
Do microtonal calculations with the inbuilt Calculator - just enter any sum, or formula and it will instantly calculate the result. It's strong point is that it is particularly designed for use with scale calculations involving cents, ratios etc. See Calculator
"Even after quite a few hours delving into this Tardis of a utility, I felt there was still lots more to explore, and while this does make Fractal Tune Smithy rather overwhelming at first sight, you're unlikely to get bored with it."