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New Arpeggio


Width to show in octaves

Width - SPIN

Increase or decrease width to show in octaves

Arpeggio 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

Arpeggio 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

Select all

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


Erase your new scale


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.


Options for the New Seed, Scale and Arpeggio windows

Notes for keys...

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


Adds the new arpeggio to the list below the highlight


Replaces the highlighted arpeggio


Remove the highlighted arpeggio


Make a link to a new drop list of arpeggios...

You enter the name for the new drop list in the description field. Then place the desired fiile name to use for the new list in the place where the numbers normally go. Then click this button to start your new droplist of arpeggios

Synth Opts...

Chord to Synthesize - and Opts..

You can use this window to make an audio clip of a chord, broken chord, double broken (try it out to find out what that does) or sequence.

The chord is made using one of the Wave Shape Player instruments - these are particularly useful for hearing distinctions of just and tempered tunings as they are steady in pitch and accurately pitched, with no vibrato. They also use harmonic timbres (most of them).

A pure harmonic timbre is one in which all the component pitches are exact multiples of the base frequency. This means that the waveform repeats exactly. In fact mathematically pure harmonic timbres are the same thing as exactly repeating waveforms.

The wave shape player - though it can play other sounds such as plucked sounds - specialises in pure harmonic timbres with a very wide range of shapes for the waveform - using various mathematical formulae.

\ (back slash) Options for play scale / arpeggio / seed

Arpeggio and scale playback options - ascending, descending, both and more

PC Keyboard Player

Play in this tuning from PC keyboard...


Select this to show the arpeggio as steps from each note to the next...

When unselected, you show scale degrees, with 0 for the 1/1 of the scale.

So for instance in twelve tone scales with the initial 0 shown, the pentatonic arpeggio is

0 2 4 7 9 12

as scale degrees, or

0 2 2 3 2 3

as steps.

You can show / hide the initial 0 there from the More version of the main window.

Show 0

Show the 0 of the arpeggio

If you choose to hide the 0, and then want an arpeggio that starts on some scale degree other than 0, then put the nubmer in square brackets - see the pelog arpeggios lists for examples.

Less <<

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


What to show on music keyboard pictures - note names, intervals etc...

Choose what to show on pictures of the music keyboard when you play notes. Also various other display options such as text size, width in octaves and so on.

This is for any of the windows that have a picture of the music keyboard - the main window Music Keyboard player, multi-line player, and the Scale, Arpeggio and Seed edit windows.

If you select the Beating Partials option - note that this will show the Beats window whenever you play a chord.

These music keyboard pictures - though very similar looking to a conventional music keyboard, actually have the white keys of two sizes - the D, G and A keys are a little broader than the others. This is so that the width of the key can correspond exactly to the pitch range that it spans.

The stretchy keyboard options let you show the normal music keyboard and below it, another version which is stretched or compressed to show the notes to press on your Midi keyboard to get the desired pitches. This can be useful when you play notes from a music keyboard in FTS or use FTS for composition retuning via Midi In.

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)

New Scale (Ctrl + 5)

Parts (Ctrl + 9)

Colours (Ctrl + 7)

Instruments (Ctrl + 8 or Ctrl + N)

Tune options, drone, && Undo / Backups (Ctrl + 33)

Organise windows (Ctrl + 51)

Make web page of tune midi or audio clips (Ctrl + 49)

Midi out options (Ctrl + 48)

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

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