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Tune Display Options

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Tune Display Options

Tune Display Options

How to show the notes, and various other options for the tune window


Choose between Intervals, Score, or Graph type displays...

Intervals - the spacing of the score depends on the interval sizes, and you can customise the number of dotted lines and gaps used to break it up to make it easier to read

Score - conventional five line score, or the microposition by pitch variation on it which is similar in appearance but with variable spacing so the notes can be positioned vertically according to the exact pitch played.

Graph - shows the pitches played as a line graph


Height of the score in octaves

Octaves - SPIN

Increase or decrease height of score in octaves


width in seeds or seconds

Width - SPIN

Increase or decrease width in seeds or seconds


Width is measured in fractal tune seeds


Width is measured in seconds

PC kbd opts...

Various options that affect the pitches and so on as played from the PC keyboard.

Micro-position by pitch

Position of note shows the exact pitch played - variable spacing...

Since the pitch difference between the lines in the score varies in a conventional score (e.g. F to G in the treble space is a smaller step than G to A at 3 semitones instead of 4) this score has to be shown with variable spacing between the lines.

This has a tendency to confuse the eye a bit, so to make it clearer, dotted lines are shown for the D in treble and bass - because it has the smaller pitch step above and below it.

The sharps and flats will be shown a bit above or below the line - so e.g. D# will be posiitoned a bit above the D line and Db a bit below it, also a pure 5/4 E very slightly below it - with the position depending on the exact pitch played.

To see the subtle distinctions such as the 5/4 E only 14 cents flat, you need to make them as easy to see as possible.

Some tips: try showing the notes as diamonds (easier to see exact position on the staff), set the height in octaves low, e.g. 2, show just one of the clefs, and show the tune echo (so you don't need the extra screen space for buttons etc) and maximise it.

Colour code by note

Show the Tune or Notes played as score notes in colour

See Colour code options to set up the colours to your liking and try out other colour schemes. The standard setting here is Barbara Hero's Pythagorean based colour scheme.

Colour Code Opts...

Options for the colour coding of notes played and the keyboard note colours


Accidental symbols, && choose how keys play notes in between notes of arpeggio

Scale Notation Number Opts...

Set the notation such as cents, ratios etc used for display of all scale values...

Also has various options to configure how other numbers (volumes etc) are displayed in Tune Smithy.

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.

Position percussion notes by part

Positions non melodic percussion notes on the score by the part..

As the non melodic percussion notes have no predefined pitch, they are normally shown arbitrarily as middle C with an X to show that it is non melodic percussion.

When positioned by parts, the note is shown as a middle C if it is played in part 1, as E if played in part 2, and so it continues:

C 1

E 2

G 3

B 4

and so on.

This is especially useful for the metronome and polyrhythms player task. If all the notes are shown at middle C on the staff, it impossible to distinguish the different parts on this score.

Pos. all by part

Positions all notes by the part rather than by pitch...

This is especially useful for the metronome and polyrhythms player task. If you play the rhythm on a pitched instrument, and don't vary the pitch in the Parts window, all the notes play the 1/1 pitch as set in Pitch of 1/1 of Scale (Ctrl + 10). This makes it impossible to distinguish the different parts on this score, as they all play the same pitch.

When positioned by parts, then the actual played pitch is ignored. Instead, the note is shown as a middle C if it is played in part 1, as E if played in part 2, and so it continues:

C 1

E 2

G 3

B 4

and so on.

Set up Score for Lambdoma

Sets up a special score for the Lambdoma...

This shows the notes played according to the row of the Lambdoma rather than according to pitch height, with a separate three line "staff" for each row of the eight by eight Lambdoma.

The gaps between the staffs are shown alternately as dashed lines and ledger lines.

It also works for the sixteeen by sixteen Lambdoma, this time you have two three line staffs for each row.

Tip: you can use the >> button in the Notes played as score window to show a larger version of this window.You can resize it and maximise it too of course, like the other FTS windows, but the larger version has smaller buttons in proportion so gives more space for the score.

Copy Score...

Copies an image of the tune score to the clipboard...

You can then paste it into another program like Word or an image editing program

Less <<

Shows this window with either less space, less options, or alternative layout

Neighbours, and Previous - Up - Next

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

New Scale (Ctrl + 5)

Seed & Tune Transformations & Tune Options (Ctrl + 33)

Frequency Spectrum Options (Ctrl + 67)

Oscilloscope Options (Ctrl + 66)

Tuner Options (Ctrl + 65)

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

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