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New Scale

Select from

Scales to select notes from for your new scale...

The scales in this list are chosen as ones that are particularly useful as a source of notes to use to make new scales.

The Mean tone... entry opens a separate window which you can use to create a new mean tone scale by entering the amount of the comma - it lets you make the scale in this window or in the main window as you prefer.

Some of the other scale construction options at the bottom of the Scale Explorations window (Ctrl + 17) work similarly - they can also be used to directly alter the scale to select from in this window.

Select from

Scale values for the scales to select from


Get the scale from the main window


Expand the scale if necessary to fill the window...

For instance, an equal temperament scale can be given using just one (or two) values, e.g. 100.0 for twelve equal, 1//17 for seventeen equal etc. This will expand it to fit the window, for instance to the octave (depending on width in octaves). You can then select from the result using mouse or keyboard.

Make ET

Leave blank - or enter number of steps to make an equal division scale...

Enter the number of notes in the equal temperament, e.g. 19 to make 19-et.

For equal divisions of some other interval instead of the 2/1 use a %, e.g. 13%3/1 for 13 divisions of 3/1 etc


Width to show in octaves

octaves - SPIN

Increase or decrease width to show in octaves

Scale 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.

Scale 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.


Place the result back in the main window

Select all

Select all the notes in the scale to select from to make your new scale


Erase your new scale

Notes for keys...

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


Enter your name for your new scale here

New scale

Enter scale itself - or make by clicking on dots to select from larger scale...

When done, use the Apply button to put the result back into the main window

New scale - SPIN

Rotate the scale steps around

Play from PC keyboard

Play in this tuning from PC keyboard...

More >>

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

Ech... Echo Dots

Echo the dots picture in a larger window

Ech... Echo Keyboard

Echo the keyboard picture in a larger window


Options for the New Seed, Scale and Arpeggio windows

What to Show...

What to show on the music keyboard pictures - intervals, chord intervals etc


Shows the scale intervals as steps from each note to the next...

When unselected, shows the intervals from the 1/1

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)

ain Window

Beats - Expected beat patterns for pure harmonic timbres (Ctrl + 2)

New Seed (Ctrl + 3)

New Arpeggio (Ctrl + 6)

Parts (Ctrl + 9)

Colours (Ctrl + 7)

Instr. (Ctrl + 8 or Ctrl + N)

Scale and Arpeggio as text (Ctrl + 104 or Ctrl + T)

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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