Help for Tune Smithy
From Tune Smithy
Pans notes for parts. Use to set position to left or right for each part
Select the part you want to highlight
What is a part?
In a program without instant pitch bend retuning, this window would just show the midi out channels. However when you use pitch bends to change the tuning of the scale, it is the software that deals with the midi out channels rather than the user. The user doesn't work at that level at all (normally).
This is why: To play a chord, e.g. a justly tuned major chord 1/1 5/4 3/2, using midi pitch bends, the only way to tune it correctly is to play the notes on different output channels - for instance the 1/1 may be played on channel 1, the 5/4 on channel 2 and the 3/2 on channel 3. That's because in midi, (normally anyway) the pitch bend is set for a channel as a whole. The software does this channel swapping automatically - the notes change channel frequently to let them be retuned correctly and smoothly. So it is normal for the notes of a single chord or melodic phrase to be spread out over several midi channels. This sort of thing is something software can be programmed to keep track of in a routine (though complicated) fashion, but is mind boggling for a user of the software.
So as a user of the software, you need something else to work with rather than Midi out channels, and that's where the Parts come in. You just set up a part much as you would do for a channel in twelve equal type Midi work. You set it up with a midi instrument, controllers, pan position etc. You don't need to worry about the techy details of which midi out channels to send all the pitch bends and other messages to. FTS keeps track of all those details for you. The software will send the notes on whatever channel is appropriate, depending on its records of which notes have been sent on them previously - and it will also set the pitch bends accordingly for each channel, and also send any controllers and other messages to the correct channels as well.
However, if you are interested to see where the notes did get relayed to, just show the Out | More | Notes Currently Playing (Ctrl + 47)) window and you will see them all listed there, with the pitch bends in cents for each channel.
You will find that notes that need the same pitch bend often share channels, for instance all the 5/4s may play on one channel, or notes a quarter tone sharp or flat or whatever may all get played on the same channel - as long as they have the same requirements in terms of other controllers such as pan position etc.
To make sure that FTS does the channel mapping optimally for your current out device(s), run the Out Devices Capabilities Wizard in the Out menu.
Shows which instruments play which parts.
To change the instrument for a part, use the PARTS window. Then highlight the part to change, and select a new instrument from the Instruments menu, the Wave shape player, non melodic percussion, or the custom voices.
You can highlight more than one part - click on the first part in the Parts window (Ctrl + 9)), and then drag with the mouse to seelct more than one part. Or use Shift + click on the last part or Ctrl + click to add just one part to the highlight.
Then you will be able to change the instrument for all the highlighted parts at once. If you hold the SHIFT key down when you select an instrument, then you can select it, and the instruments that follow it in the menu into all the highlighted parts in the parts window - that's useful if you want to try out several instruments at once.
You can select non melodic percussion into any part. The non melodic percussion needs to be played on a General Midi synth or sound card - most sound cards are GM, but many specialist musicians synths are not. The non melodic percussion notes all get played on the Midi output channel 10 (normally).
You can select melodic instruments into part 10 as well, they will be relayed to other channels instead of channel 10 for a GM synth.
When you play notes from Midi IN, you would expect notes sent to FTS from channel 10 to play non melodic percussion. That's what happens if you have In | Options | Select Parts by Input Channel - then FTS will treat all notes from channel 10 as non melodic percussion instrument selections.
A quick way to set up your Midi Out settings appropriately for your current midi Out device is to run the Out | Out Device Capabilities wizard.
Whether pan is enabled for each part
Enable pan for the highlighted parts
The current pan value for each part
Pan value for the highlighted parts
Value... - SPIN
Adjust the pan value
Pan the number of parts to set from left to right
First part in play in centre
Pans them alternatively outwards left then right, with part 1 in the centre
All to Centre
Sets them all to the centre - 64
Choose pan values
Select the stereo pan position for each part yourself
Automatically pans instruments left to right in the order of their part numbers
You set how many parts this applies to with the Number of parts to set field below.
Pos in scale
Pans all notes from left to right up the scale, back to left again at repeat
Pos in arp
Pansleft to right in arpeggio position order, back to left at repeat
Pos in chord
Pans the notes in current chord left to right in order played...
As you play the notes of the chord move around so that at any time, the entire current chord gets panned from left to right in the order the notes were played.
When you play a single note it is panned to the centre. If you add a second note, the first note gets moved to the left and the second note is played to the right. Adding a third note moves the second note to the centre and the third note then goes to the right and so on.
The same happens when you release the notes, all the notes still in play are auto panned left to right in the order they were originally played.
Range for auto pan by parts
Lowest (left-most) of the pan values to set for the buttons, or for auto-pan
Range for auto pan by parts - SPIN
Adjust the lowest of the range of pan values to set
Highest (right-most) of the pan values
to - SPIN
Adjust the highest of the range of pan values to set
In - Yes
When selected, Tune Smithy responds to midi in pan change messages...
Usually selected. A midi in pan change message will switch off auto pan.
You may need to switch this off to auto pan in some situations. For instance if you return a midi clip in the retuning midi player or retune the output from notation software then it may set pan positions for the instruments and you may need to set FTS to ignore those before it can auto pan the notes or parts.
To switch it off just when auto pan is switched on, select the No In for Auto Pan option - which shows up when any of the auto pan options is switched on.
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 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 when these pages are updated - based on the ones I use myself. Prob. will show something else here in future.