Help for Tune Smithy

Pitch of 1/1 of Scale

Intro

Click to set the pitch for the 1/1 of the scale

Pitch of 1/1

Click to set the pitch for the 1/1 of the scale

Set to middle C

Set the 1/1 to concert pitch C

To A

Set the 1/1 to concert pitch A

Use Concert Pitch

Select this to move the 1/1 to the nearest concert pitch note

Use Concert Pitch - SPIN

Change 1/1 to next or previous white note

Use Concert Pitch - SPIN

Change pitch of 1/1 by semitones

Note

Shows the 1/1 note name - you can choose how the notes are displayed

Octave

Choose the octave for the 1/1

Octave - SPIN

Change pitch of 1/1 by octaves

Freq.

The frequency for the 1/1 in Hertz

Freq. - SPIN

Increase or decrease the frequency in Hertz

Play on ed.

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

Fine tune from concert pitch:

How far the 1/1 is above or below concert pitch in cents

Fine tune from concert pitch: - SPIN

Increase or decrease the fine tune adjustment from concert pitch

Play 1/1 or arp 0 from Midi In note

Shows the note to play 1/1 from - choose how it is displayed from droplist

Auto select note for 1/1

Automatically set 1/1 played from keyboard key for closest concert pitch...

So for instance, if the 1/1 is closest to concert pitch A = 440 Hz, then the keyboard map will be set up so that this note is played from the key on your keyboard which would normally play this pitch in twelve equal music, i.e. midi key 69. Generally it is set to the key on your keyboard which in twelve equal concert pitch plays closest to the currently selected 1/1.

This is perhaps most useful when you are using a scale to play twelve tone music in various keys.

An example may help by way of illustration to explain how this works.

For instance if you want I, IV and V pure in just intonation in any key, just choose the relevant just intonation scale in the main window, select this option, and then if you want to play in some distant key say C# major in just intonation, just change the pitch of the 1/1 to C#.

Normally this would shift everything up by a semitone so that the C on your keyboard plays C#, so you could then play in C major and hear it in C# major.

But if when you adjust the pitch of the 1/1 you choose to play the new C# 1/1 using the C# key on your keyboard, then you can play in C# from your keyboard and will hear the notes as desired in the key of C#. But since you also are using the scale with the 1/1 starting at C# too, that make it with the I, IV and V pure in C# as desired

This can easily be done by hand, the check box just automates it and makes it easier. You can achieve the same effect by adjusting the tonic in the main window, but again, doing it here may make it simpler to do as you have only one thing to change and the rest is automatic.

There is nothing else to do if you have Play in Scale selected, but if you have play in arpeggio selected, then the arpeggio should be rotated around depending on the new 1/1 position. This can be done automatically so long as the arpeggio mathes the midi map, e..g. that you have the diatonic arpeggio played from white keys, generally the arpeggio has to have the same number of notes as the midi map (in this case seven) and have steps in the right places.

So - to help with this, you probably will want to have Rotate Arpeggio selected, which adjusts the arpeggio automatically if necessary

Rotate Arp.

Automatically rotate arpeggio when midi note for 1/1 is auto selected...

This can usually be done if the arpeggio has the same number of steps as the midi keyboard map (see Play from Custom Midi Map (Ctrl + 160)), or is a multiple of the number of notes in the map (e.g. single arpeggio spanning two octaves of white notes, or any arpeggio played from all keys).

The arpeggio is automatically rotated around.

This is easiest to see when you play the arpeggio from All keys, as a first example.

So e.g. if you change the 1/1 from C to C# , with the 1/1 also played from C# instead of C, the arpeggio needs to be rotated around so that the step of the arpeggio from C# to D which used to be the second step of the arpeggio is now the first step.

It gets more complicated if you have play from white keys say. Then the arpeggio may be has say 5 scale degrees for the first step, which in the keyboard map occurs between C and D with C# as an accidental. So if the 1/1 moves from C to D that's straightforward, just rotate the arpeggio around by one step, 5 scale degrees. But if it moves from C to C#, it is not so easy to see what to do as you have choices, 2 and 3 equally valid with 1 and 4 also outside runners.

In that situation, this option will take your current tuning of the sharps and flats as a guide. So if for instance the C# plays scale degree 3 of the arpeggio then the arpeggio will be rotated around by 3 scale degrees.

You may want to edit the arpeggio after such a rotation if you want one of the other alternatives. Just edit the first number in the arpeggio, in square brackets (if you have show 0 unselected) - in this case to any of 1, 2, 3, or 4.

Fine Tune step

Size of the step for the spin control to fine tune from concert pitch

Fine Tune step - SPIN

Increase or decrease the fine tune step

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Shows this window with more space or more options or alt. layout (2)

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

Help = F1

Click for help for this window. Or F1. Other opts: Shift , Alt, Ctrl + click...

F1 or click shows the help for the current window in your web browser.

Some windows may have no help yet in which case the help icon is shown crossed out with a red line.

Shift + F1 or Shift + Click brings up the tool tips extra help window (this window) to show any extra help for a tool tip.

You can tell if a tool tip has extra help if it ends ... like this one.

Ctrl + F1 or Ctrl + click takes you to the list of keyboard shortcuts for Tune Smithy.

Alt + F1 or Alt + click (alternatively Caps lock physically held down + F1 or Click) takes you to the on-line page at the robertinventor.com web site about the current main window task - which gives a short introduction to it for newbies to the program. If there is no on-line page specific to a task, takes you to the main tune smithy page on the web site.

Since the help for Tune Smithy is currently a bit out of date and needs to be redone completely for the new 3.0 release, then you may find the on-line page for some of the newer tasks particularly useful.

Organise Windows = F2

Or F2 - Reset / save / open for individual windows, right click for cat. list...

Shows the Organise windows window - which you can use to reset all the parameters for the current window - or save them all, or open previously saved parameters for just this window. Also has a drop list of all the windows and their shortcuts.

You can also right click on this icon as a quick way to get the floating drop menu of all the Tune Smithy windows organised by category

Other Dialog Star

Tip of the day - For All category - right click for neighbouring windows...

Left click for a tip of the day in this category.

Right click to see a menu of neighbouring windows.

The neighbours are the ones you most often move to after this one or within a minute of this one, arranged by popularity.

So as you continue to use FTS, it will learn your habits, and the neighbouring windows listed here, should be the ones you most often visit after this one.

Neighbours, and Previous - Up - Next

N.B. This list of neighbours may change when these pages are updated - based on the ones I use myself. Prob. will show something else here in future.