Help for Tune Smithy
From Tune Smithy
Record to file
Start recording using the selected audio format
Save As Midi File for Tune
Browse for location to save, and save using exact desired times
Save As Play
Save using exact desired times and play
Select whether to record from microphone, or midi, or "what you hear" etc...
What you see hear depends on your system and soundcard. Usually there is a fader for the microphone and one for your midi synth, or maybe "What you hear" or "Stereo mix" etc. It controls the standard levels of recording for the whole of your system and windows.
Various options to configure how the midi recording is done
Save show as web page
Save using exact desired times and show the midi clip embedded in a web page
Includes CSound volume, reverb, audio format, etc. and save for fractal tune or metronome...
Midi, .Wav and Mp3 supported right away. For other formats, see FAQ | General...
To save mp3s etc, you need to install suitable utilities for FTS to call to do the conversion.
See FAQ | General | How do I record and play back recordings | Adding support for mp3s etc
Name for your recording, what you want it to be saved as
Click here to show recently visited files of this type...
Alternatively, Ctrl + right click on button, text field or drop list
Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F10.
The menu includes a Current Folder option to explore the folder for the most recent file.
Folder where you want your recording to be saved
Set to My Docs...
Set the save folder for your recording to your My Documents folder
Choose from recently visited folders for opened files...
You can also bring this up with Ctrl + right click on the folder text box or drop list if the window has one of those.
USING THIS LIST
If you want to navigate quickly to a file in any of the folders you have previously visited - then first choose the folder you want to go to here. Then go to File | Open - or use the Open... entry in the recent files list, and you will find that you go to the folder you selected here.
WHAT YOUR SELECTION HERE CHANGES
For windows with a separate Folder text field, your selection here will immediately update that field as well (e.g. for Record to File).
Your selection here also changes the drop list of files shown in the fractal tunes drop lists, or for the retuning midi player
It doesn't change the drop lists of scales, as those are user editable menus set up with their own navigation system and needn't correspond to the locations of any scales files on disk.
WITH THE PREFERRED FOLDER OPTION SWITCHED ON
Note that you can also choose a preferred folder to go to every time for File | Open - configured in the recent file types opts.That option overrides the folder selected here.
So, if you have the preferred folder switched on, the only effect of your selection here is to change the way the files are displayed in the recent files lists.
Set to Fractal tune file name
Sets file name for the recording to match tune...
When you use this button, the auto set check box gets switched on as well. In the rare case where you want to use this button just the once and not switch on auto set, you can use Shift + click on the button. That's not normally recommended since if you then open another file then you may easily save it again using the recording name for the previously opened tune.
Auto set will get switched off again automatically when you edit the recording file name away from the preset name.
What this button does depends on the task. For the fractal tune tasks, it sets the recording name to match the name of the fractal tune, but with extension .mid, .mp3 etc.
For the retuning midi player tasks, it sets the file name to the name of the original clip with _retuned added. E.g. from joyful.mid to joyful_retuned.mid
For midi relaying tasks it is automatically set to the most recently opened midi relaying file. Or if a project is open, then sets the recording name to the name of the project.
Browse for folder...
Browse for folder to save recording into - or Ctrl + open to change file too
Set to 0 to loop endlessly. 1 to play once. Or set number of times to loop
cycles - SPIN
Adjust the the number of times to play
Save Midi File
Makes midi file using the exact desired times...
This uses the exact times intended for all the notes rather than the times they were played.
For chord progression player, makes a midi clip for the chord progression.
For wave count task makes midi clip for seed, or for theremin playback.
For retuning midi player, retunes the original midi file to a new file using exactly the same timings, same number of midi ticks per second and tempi - and copies across all the original meta events such as desciptions, lyrics etc.
Render Score Now!
Converts the CSound score into an audio file for listening to...
You need to do this before you can listen to it. The score and orchestra files are just a series of instructions which CSound uses to make the audio file you can actually here.
When you press this button you will see the CSound window appear briefly. It will automatically close when it is finished.
If you want to close down CSound manually after the render, e.g. to give yourself the opportunity to read any error messages, then hold down Alt or Caps Lock while you press this button.
auto set name
Automatically sets recording name to match tune whenever tune changes...
For the retuning midi player, if the file to play and the file to record to are in the same folder, adds "_retuned.mid" to the retuned file
Set the instruments to use for CSound save and play in CSound AV...
These instruments are used for CSound only. For normal playback the instruments in Parts (Ctrl + 9) are used.
Adds reverb generated using CSound to CSound recordings...
Configure using C Sound Reverb (Ctrl + 179)
Use original midi file timings
Use the original times (for midi player) or calculated times (other tasks)...
Select for a glitch free recording even if your computer playback stutters, and with exact note placement and the crispest possible chords. Unselect to record the notes exactly as they are played.
When unselected, uses the actual times since the recording started. When selected, uses the original, or calculated times - the two are normally the same to within milliseconds but the original or calculated time is exact to the ms while the actual elapsed time may vary by a few ms, or sometimes even longer, depending on factors such as the CPU load on your computer.
If there are lots of notes to play then the play back time may lag by a significant amount - e.g. In fast fractal tunes or the like, it may be impossible to play all the notes quickly enough in real time.
If you play notes between the calculated times, the times are interpolated so that they are played back at the right place in the recording.
E.g. if you play a note from the midi or pc keyboard while a midi file is retuned, chord progression, seed, or tune etc is played etc, your note will get recorded at the right place in the recording even when using the desired rather than the actual times.
Log midi to text - uses midi file name, with ".notes_log.txt" added
All notes recorded to midi are also logged to this text file when selected
Start rec. at 1st note
With waveform audio formats, first note is an ignored cue note...
To use this with recordings in .WAV, MPE, or other audio formats, then play any note a moment or two before the recording starts. The cue note isn't recorded, it just starts the recording. This setting is useful when recording your playing from a music keyboard or from a PC keyboard. May also be useful when relaying from a midi sequencer or notation software. May not be needed for fractal tunes.
When this option is used for a recording in Midi format, the first note played is recorded, and the recording starts at the exact moment the note is sounded. That's because no extra preparation is needed to get the midi clip started - well a few bytes need to be got ready to be written to disk, that's all.
For fractal tune recordings in audio formats, again the recording can start straight away. That works because there can be a sufficiently long pause before the tune starts playing to be able to prepare for the recording before the tune begins.
However with improvisations, or when relaying via Midi In from notation software / sequencer, or if you start recording in the middle of a tune, the first note played after you press the button just cues the recording, and isn't recorded. All subsequent notes are recorded.
That's because it takes a moment or two to set things up for recording in audio format. The cue note would get lost anyway, or most of it, as the recording wouldn't start until it is well underway.
End rec. on stop play
Stops recording when you press stop play - or melody ends (if not cycling)
Start recording just before fractal tune
Used for recording fractal tunes to waveformat audio...
With this switched off, the recording starts immediately when you press the play button. With it on, the recording starts a little later - immediately before the start of the tune itself. The difference is most noticeable if you have it set to pause before the start of the tune, e..g .for a screen reader
You can leave the "Start at first note" switched on as well. When you do waveform audio type recordings (wav, mp3, au etc) the recording will start at the first note played (as a cue note) or at the start of the fractal tune, whichever comes first.
The cue note method is useful when recording your playing from keyboard or pc keyboard. This option is useful when recording fractal tunes to audio.
Play the recording directly in Tune Smithy - or stop playback...
Useful for a quick review of the recording to check it was made correctly. Changes to a stop button when playback is in progress.
For more detailed control, to pause, restart, change volume etc, you will want to play in Windows Media Player, WinAmp, etc.
To show the recording in the program which is set up to play audio clips on your computer, use the Play by Association button.
Play by assoc.
Play using the program set up to handle audio clips on your computer...
Use this after you have finished making the recording to play it to hear the results.
This has the same effect as double clicking on the file in your folders listing - it uses your computer's file association for whatever type of file it is you play - so will start up whatever program has been set up to handle this type of fiile.
Usually it will get played by Windows Media player. It could also be played by WinAmp or the like if they have been installed on your computer or other music programs you installed that have registered themselves as able to handle audio playback (the last one installed has precedence, also usually when a program is installed you are asked what file types you want it to handle).
You can configure the file associations yourself, using Tools | Folder Options | File Types in Explorer - or just right click on one of the files, go to Open With... then Choose Program... and say that you always want to use that program to open the files of this type.
Send the recording shown in this window as an e-mail attachment...
Uses whatever is your current preset e-mail client on your computer. If you haven't configured this at all, it will probably attempt to send it using Outlook Express.
If you need to send the file using web mail you will need to attach the file to the e-mail yourself manually
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
Click here to play it...
What this plays depends on the task selected from the Tasks menu.
It can play a retuned midi clip, chord progression, fractal tune or metronome
SHORTCUT FOR FRACTAL TUNES OR METRONOME
You can use Shift + click to fast forward...
Also Ctrl to fast forward even more. Shift multiplies the tempo by 10 and Ctrl multiplies it by 100, so the two together would play a fractal tune at for instance, 60,000 instead of 60 as the tempo. This is useful sometimes for fast forwarding through fractal tunes.
Pause playback, or continue play
Set master volume for FTS. Other controls also affect the volume...
Bs | Play control brings up the master volume control for Windows as a whole.
The volume is also affected by the volume for individual parts in the Parts (Ctrl + 9) window.
For the Wave shape player, go to the Wave Shape Player Audio Format (Ctrl + 188)
For CSound instruments, you can set the overall volume in the C Sound Save Opts (Ctrl + 168)
You can also vary the volume in Out | Options | More | Volume remapping, note on / off volumes etc. (Ctrl + 158) and if playing from Midi In there's another setting at In | Options | Keyboard Options | Touch. (Ctrl + 91)
See also Help | FAQ - trouble shooting | Why is everything so quiet
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.
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.
N.B. This list of neighbours may change when these pages are updated.