Help for Tune Smithy
From Tune Smithy
Set Out devices for In Devices
Enable Out devices for In
When switched on, lets you assign out devices individually to each in device
Set which of the out devices you want each In device to play
Choose an in device from this drop list
Out Device - AVOID REPEATS here
Choose the out device you want it to play on
Add entry for the selected In device, set to play the selected out device
Remove currently highlighted out for in device from the list
Replace the currently highlighted out for in device with the new selections
Selects any In devices that are needed for your assignments of out for in...
Whenever you change the choices of out devices for in devices, this option will automatically select all the in devices you need in the In menu, and switch off any that you don't need.
Selects any Out devices that are needed for your assignments of out for in...
Whenever you change the choices of out devices for in devices, this option will automatically select all the out devices you need in the In menu, and switch off any that you don't need.
It also updates them so that they are set to play all the parts - the idea there is that if it is the only out device to play from the selected in device, it may as well play all the parts.
If you do a setup with one in device playing on several out devices, you may want to send some parts on some of the out devices and some on others. If so be sure to switch this option off before setting up the parts for the devices.
Shows this window with either more space, more options, or alternative layout
Pause playback, or continue play
Play midi clip, chord progression, fractal tune or metronome..
What this plays depends on the task selected from the Tasks menu.
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.
Set overall volume. Check also Bs | Play control - Volume, && Parts window...
The volume is also affected by the volume for individual parts in the Parts window. Also in the case of midi instruments you can configure the volume for windows as a whole using Bs | Play Control - Volume.
For the Waveform player (triangle wave etc), go to the Waveform Player Audio Properties window (Ctrl + 188)
For CSound instruments, you can set the overall volume in the CSound Options window (Ctrl + 168)
You can also vary the volume in Out | Options | More | Volume Remapping (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
Auto set by name
Sets relaying In devices to play on consecutive sound producing out devices...
This gives a preset to get you started that may perhaps be suitable for many.
You can save your own preset assignments for this window too - once you have it all set up as you like it, go to the O organise windows icon and save the contents of the window as Midi Relaying settings.
This preset is done on the basis of the name. The idea is to look for devices that appear on both the in and out menus that are the same in name or similar after replacing the word "out" for "in". These then are quite likely to be for midi relaying rather than sound producing devices as such, as software loopbacks like Midi Yoke Junction, or USB devices, or hardware devices like soundcard ports are all likely to add similar named out and in devices to the menu.
Any other devices in the out menu are then quite likely to be sound producing devices.
So it goes through all those probably relaying in devices, and assigns them to consecutive probably sound producing out devices.
Set which parts from the Parts window to play on which out devices
Set which midi out channels to play for each part...
You have sixteen midi channels to share out between the parts. On some devices however, the same instruments can share channels, so that you can have a flute and oboe say playing at once in the same channel, while with others you need to share the channels out between all the parts in play.
Notes at (12) equal tempered intervals with each other can all be played on the same channel. However in other tunings, unless you use tuning tables, often notes for the same part will need to be played on different channels.
How many you need to set aside for each part depends on the scale and the level of polyphony. For instance, quartertone music can be played on just two channels with the normal level of polyphony in Midi, one channel for the ordinary notes and another for the same notes a quarter tone sharp (or flat).
You can play notes in a pentatonic scale, whatever the tuning, with at most five channels without any extra limitations on polyphony. Also any octave repeating twelve note scale can be played on twelve channels with no extra polyphony limitations.
You can manage with less channels if you have less polyphony. If you have at most eight note polyphony say, then you may need only eight channels - that means polyphony involving eight separate scale degrees in octave repeating scales, as notes an octave apart can be played on the same channel. It is often good to have spare channels or so in addition to requirements, however because if you go right up to the limit of the number of channels and then change the chord, you can get pitch bend artefacts with the resonances of notes that continue to sound when they are switched off - or else they get abruptly stopped by an all sound off if you have that option selected. In that case sixteen channels would be safer for eight note chords and eight channels for four note chords - i.e. four notes ignoring any voices at octave intervals with each other.
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.
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
Midi Out Dialog Star
Tip of the day - Midi Relaying 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 each time this help is updated - it is based on the windows I use myself most often after this one.