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Pitch of 1/1 of Scale

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Pitch of 1/1 of Scale

Pitch of 1/1 of Scale

Transpose all the notes up or down in pitch...

This sets the pitch of the 1/1 of the scale used by Tune Smithy to play your notes. 1/1 here means the original note all other scale pitches are measured from.

So when you change the pitch of the 1/1, it transposes all the notes of the scale, so all the notes played in FTS using that scale.

How to get here

Click on Pitch... in the main window menu or the 1/1 Pitch button in some of the windows.

Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + 10 or Ctrl + PI.

How to use this window

Click on the coloured bar to set the 1/1 to any note you like. Or use the controls below it to adjust the position of the 1/1 - or enter the desired frequency, or midi note.

To hear the pitch of the 1/1 as you change it, use the Play on ed. button.

Midi In considerations

If you use this with a music keyboard or other midi input, then you will also want to configure which midi in note plays the 1/1. This is usually 60 for middle C. The auto sync option will automatically change the midi in note to match your current selection for the 1/1. When this option is switched off, then note 60 always plays the 1/1 so if you change the pitch it plays here, it will mean that FTS transposes the pitch of the keyboard.

Pitch of 1/1

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

To set a new pitch for the 1/1, click on the bar, or enter the new frequency - or use the spin controls to move the 1/1 up or down in pitch.

To hear the 1/1 as you vary it, select the Play on ed button.

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


Shows note name for the 1/1 - you can choose how it is displayed...

Select from the drop list to choose how the notes are displayed.

In the c' type notation, notes in the octave from middle c upwards are shown lower case and notes in the octave immediately below middle c are shown upper case. Dashes are used for the next octave above or below. So it runs:

C' C C C' C c c' c c c'

where c is middle c.


Choose the octave for the 1/1

Octave - SPIN

Change pitch of 1/1 by octaves


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...

To set how much this adjusts the fine tune adjustment for each click - vary the Fine Tune step.

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 In Notes 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 spin control to adjust fine tune from concert pitch

Fine Tune step - SPIN

Increase or decrease the fine tune step...

Adjusts by root two each time, so two clicks double the amount of the step.


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


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 web site about the current main window task - which gives a short introduction to it for newbies to the program. If there is no on-line page specific to a task, takes you to the main tune smithy page on the web site.

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

Organise Windows = F2

Reset, or Save settings for this window. RIGHT CLICK for all windows menu...

Shows the Organise windows window - which you can use to reset all the parameters for the current window.

You can also use it to save the settings for just this window, or open previously saved parameters for just this window.

Also has a drop list of all the windows and their shortcuts, and related options - some to do with the menu listing, and some to do with window resizing and minimising.

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

Lissajous Pattern Options (Ctrl + 138)

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

Lissajous Pattern for Notes Played (Ctrl + 137)

Frequency Spectrum Layout (Ctrl + 134)

Frequency Spectrum (Ctrl + 64)

PC Keyboard (Rectangular) (Ctrl + 136 or Ctrl + D)

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

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