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Midi File Options

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Midi File Options

Midi File Options

Various options to configure how the midi recording is done

Save As...

Browse for location to save, and save using exact desired times


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.

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.

Save Play in web page

Save using exact desired times and show the midi clip embedded in a web page

How much time to save for fractal tune

Time to save for fractal tune in minutes


Extra seconds to save for fractal tune

File format to use for fractal tune save

Most files - format 0 or 1. Both sound the same. Format 0 is simpler. 2 is rare

REST at end of midi file:

Rest at end of the midi file to allow notes to fade away (in seconds)

Add RESTat start of midi file

Rest at start of the midi file to allow time for playback device to initialise...

This may be needed for some playback devices - if you start right away, then it is possible that the very first notes played may be lost in some players and midi out devices.

Midi Out / Save timing...

Vary beat timing and volume continously within the bar...

You use this window to set the tempo, also to vary the tempo, and volumes continuously within the seed or "bar". Also you can configure the tune note sustain - how much each note overlaps the next one.

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.

auto set

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

Record To File Options

Choose the file name to record to and file format. Many options.

Neighbours, and Previous - Up - Next

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

New Scale (Ctrl + 5)

Make web page of tune midi or audio clips (Ctrl + 49)

Make Polyrhythms Web Page (Ctrl + 155)

Organise windows (Ctrl + 51)

Rhythms and Polyrhythms (Ctrl + 89)

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

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