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New Seed

Part for PC keyboard

If this shows Highl. Part it plays whichever part is highlighted in Parts window...

Or the first part highlighted if it is a multiple selection.

To set this to the highlighted part, enter 0 for the part number or adjust the number downwards below 1 using the up / down control

Deg. 0:

Show the 1/1 on the left, right, in the middle, or auto...

The auto option chooses between left, right, or middle depending on whether the scale to select from has only intervals greater than 1/1, only intervals less than 1/1 or both types of intervals.

Most scales will only have intervals greater than 1/1, so usually Left is what you want. Sometimes when one is working with the fractal tunes one may want to make a scale which has intervals below the 1/1, and to see those, you need to select middle or right as appropriate.

So - the Auto option detects intervals below the 1/1 automatically and positions the 1/1 so that you can see the scale intervals.

Notes for keys...

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

PC Keyboard Player

Play in this tuning from PC keyboard...


Width to show in octaves

Width - SPIN

Increase or decrease width to show in octaves

Seed dots

Click with mouse, or press keys on PC keyboard to add or remove notes..

When you use the mouse, click on a dot to add that note, click on the triangle to remove the note.

When you use the PC Keyboard, use the keys 2 3 etc to add or remove notes.

Normally the key 1 is assigned to the 1/1. Then the 1 on your PC keyboard has no effect when you select Edit, but plays the 1/1 when you select Play. The 2 on the keyboard then adds or removes the first scale value and so on.

If your keyboard has a key to the left of the 1, and you prefer the 1 to add or remove the first scale value, you can set it up like this. Go to Mouse & PC Keyboard Player - To Play (Ctrl + 24)) | More. You will find an option to use the key to the left of 1 on the keyboard as the first note.


Echo the dots picture in a larger window

Seed keyboard picture

Music Keyboard picture - use to play notes or select them...

This shows the notes on a picture of a music keyboard. It uses a standard black and white keys type arrangement, except that the white keys vary in width, with the D, G and A keys a bit wider than the others.

This makes it possible to display the notes as dots positioned exactly according to the pitch - those three white keys are wider because the interval from e.g. C# to D# is more than the interval from D# to the mid point of E and F.


Echo the keyboard picture in a larger window


Place the result back in the main window


Erase your new scale


Options for the New Seed, Scale and Arpeggio windows

Less <<

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

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

Fractal Tunes Dialog Star

Tip of the day - Fractal Tunes 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

New Scale (Ctrl + 5)

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

Custom Multi Instrument Voices Menu (Ctrl + 37)

Instruments (Ctrl + 8 or Ctrl + N)

Main window seed (Ctrl + 77)

Highlighted Instrument for Custom Multi Instrument Voice (Ctrl + 44)

Parts (Ctrl + 9)

Colours (Ctrl + 7)

New Arpeggio (Ctrl + 6)

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

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