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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)

Scales for parts presets....

Useful or interesting presets - tonality shifts, diesis shifts, CPS sets,...

Rectangular keyboard Player...

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...

Rectangular Scale...

Make a custom size lambdoma or edit the scale directly

Music Keyboard Player

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.

Opts.... What to show on Music Keyboard Pictures

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.

Less <<

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 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

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.

Neighbours, and Previous - Up - Next

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

New Scale (Ctrl + 5)

Twelve tone Mean Tones and Linear Temperaments (Ctrl + 53)

Tuner Options (Ctrl + 65)

Frequency Spectrum (Ctrl + 64)

Oscilloscope (Ctrl + 63)

Tuner - Count Waves or Freq. Spectrum Pitch Detection (Ctrl + 62)

Accidentals symbols and special opts (Ctrl + 61)

Midi Output Channels for Parts and Polyphony (Ctrl + 60)

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.

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