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New Seed

'a' = 1st note of arp. Enter = end seed, Escape = clear Alt + .(full stop) = Play

Show the keyboard to right of 1/1, to left of the 1/1, both, or auto...

The auto option shows the area to the right, to the left, or both depending on whether the scale to select from has only values greater than 1/1, only values less than 1/1 or both types.

Notes for keys...

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

Seed dots

Click or use keyboard to add or remove notes..

This selects notes from the scale to select from above.

The same method is used for the seed, scale or arpeggio windows. With the arpeggio windows, as an extra option use Ctrl + click to make an ascending / descending arpeggio.

With the keyboard, use the numbers 2 3 etc to add or remove the correspondingly numbered notes.

Normally the key 1 is assigned to the 1/1, which for scales has no effect when editing, but plays the 1/1 when set to Play. The 2 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, go to notes to play for PC Keys (Ctrl + 24) | More whereyou have 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

Keyboard picture for new scale - 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


Width to show in octaves

Width - SPIN

Increase or decrease width to show in octaves

More >>

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

Play from PC keyboard

Play in this tuning from PC keyboard...

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) == Ctrl + Shift + SCALE

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

Custom Multi Instrument Voices Menu (Ctrl + 37) == Ctrl + Shift + CUSTOMVOICES == CUSTOM_VOICES

Main window seed (Ctrl + 77) == Ctrl + Shift + SEEDASTEXT == SeedAsText

Highlighted Instrument for Custom Multi Instrument Voice (Ctrl + 44) == Ctrl + Shift + CUSTOMVOICEINSTRUMENT == CUSTOM_VOICE_INSTRUMENT

Instr. (Ctrl + 8 or Ctrl + N) == Ctrl + Shift + VOICES == VoiceMenu

Tune options, drone, && Undo o Backups (Ctrl + 33) == Ctrl + Shift + TUNEOPTIONS == SeedOptions

Parts (Ctrl + 9) == Ctrl + Shift + PARTS == PARTS_FT

Colours (Ctrl + 7) == Ctrl + Shift + COLOURS == Colours

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.

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