Help for Tune Smithy
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Scale and Explorations
Historical twelve tones
Set the drop list of scales to the historical twelve tones list
Open main window scale
Open Scale (SCALA format)
Save it As
Save as Scale (SCALA format)
Useful or interesting presets - tonality shifts, diesis shifts, CPS sets,...
Show Lambdoma notes as you play, & play them using mouse or PC Keyboard...
You can use the arrow keys to move a sustained chord around after you have played it.
Show the Bs | Notes Played window to see your notes in a score like form as dots on staffs.
Click on the music keyboard icons - to show the notes on a music keyboard as you play. You can also play the notes by clicking on the music keyboard picture.
The menu under the Tune Smithy icon at top left of the Lambdoma Keyboard picture has a quick link to the options for this keyboard.
Change layout, what to show, set moveable keyboard regions, shortcuts etc...
How to show this window - use To Show - Options in the main window for the Lambdoma task, keyboard shortcut Ctrl + 142
Choose what to show in the drop list at the top. To configure it in detail use the Configure what to Show, sustain and Mouse Ctrlrs button.
The moveable PC keyboard region is useful when you play from the PC keyboard, when you have the keyboard picture set up to show a larger region than the one spanned by your keyboard. You will be able to use the arrow keys and other shortcuts to move the playing region around within the on-screen keyboard.
The moveable Lambdoma keyboard region is useful similarly, if you have one of the Lambdoma keyboards and have the keyboard set up to show a larger region than the one spanned by your keyboard.
This window also has other options that affect the display of the on-screen keyboard.
There's also an option to make the parts depend on the row or column of the keyboard - this can be used to play a different instrument for each row, or column, of the on-screen keybooard.
Make a custom size lambdoma or edit the scale directly...
Vary the Upper and Lower numbers to set the starting ratio for the Lambdoma region.
Vary the To numbers to vary the width and height.
You can use the Step parameter to make ones that play e.g. alternate ratios in the Lambdoma in each row (or column or both) - set it to 2 for alternate ratios, 3 for every three ratios and so on.
You can also edit any of the ratios individually. Just edit the number in the text area and the Lambdoma will instantly update to play the new pitch.
Note - when you vary the width, start ratio or steps then the numbers are re-generated and any editing you do is lost.
So - first set it to the desired height, width etc. Then do your editing. Save as a project for future reference or you can save all your settings for just this window using the O organise windows icon at top right which brings up the Organise Windows (F2 or Ctrl + 51)
After you vary the settings here, show the Lambdoma keyboard (the coloured square or diamond icon) - Ctrl + D or Ctrl + 136 - to see the results, and play it.
This shows the notes on a picture of a music keyboard...
You see them here as you play from your midi keyboard. You can also play the notes here using the PC keyboard or mouse. Click on the keyboard first to get started playing.
Tip: you can use the page up and page down keys as a quick way to change the width in octaves.
Also if you go to the Tune Smithy icon at top left of the keyboard, you can quickly get from there to the options for this window.
What to show on music keyboard pictures - note names, intervals etc...
Choose what to show on pictures of the music keyboard when you play notes. Also various other display options such as text size, width in octaves and so on.
This is for any of the windows that have a picture of the music keyboard - the main window Music Keyboard player, multi-line player, and the Scale, Arpeggio and Seed edit windows.
If you select the Beating Partials option - note that this will show the Beats window whenever you play a chord.
These music keyboard pictures - though very similar looking to a conventional music keyboard, actually have the white keys of two sizes - the D, G and A keys are a little broader than the others. This is so that the width of the key can correspond exactly to the pitch range that it spans.
The stretchy keyboard options let you show the normal music keyboard and below it, another version which is stretched or compressed to show the notes to press on your Midi keyboard to get the desired pitches. This can be useful when you play notes from a music keyboard in FTS or use FTS for composition retuning via Midi In.
Shows this window with either less space, less options, or alternative layout
Show rotations of main window scale
Show what the main window scale is like starting at any interval...
This makes a text file and each line consists of the main window scale rotated around to start at another of its intervals.
This can be useful for analysing the scale, as you can read many things from it. You can immediately see which intervals span a given number of steps of the scale, and how many times each of those intervals occur and so on.
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.
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.
Scales Dialog Star
Tip of the day - Scales 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.
N.B. This list of neighbours may change when these pages are updated.