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Melodic Instruments - Keyboard users - Alt a second time to get to menu...

Select an instrument from the menu or enter its name into the text box. Your selection is used for the currently highlighted part in the Parts (Ctrl + 9)) window.

To select the instrument into all the parts in the Parts window, use the Select for all parts check box .

How show this window

Instruments in the Instr. menu in the main window, or Instr. in the Parts window menu.

Shortcut keys: Ctrl + 8 or Ctrl + N

Special note for blind and partially sighted keyboard users

The Instruments menu actually appears in a new separate window which the user can move around and place where they like on the screen. So it is like a floating menu - but permanently available until user closes it.

So, to get to it you need to use the Alt key a second time. This also means you can get to this window using Ctrl + tab once it is shown, and you can close it like any other window.

See also

For non melodic percussion instruments use Non Melodic Percussion (Ctrl + 21).

For the wave shape instruments use Wave Shape Player Instruments (Ctrl + 196).

Or type name - either melodic or non melodic - recognises fragmentary names

Type instrument name to select it for highlighted part(s) in Parts window...

You can enter fragmentary names and it doesn't need to be the first word in the instrument name, for instance Harp for Orchestral Harp or even the likes of ngo for Tango Accordian

The search for the instrument will always turn up a unique instrument - the best match, or the first found.

It favours complete words first, then letter sequences that begin words, then letter sequences anywhere in the word. Also favours the first word in the name.

Select for all parts

When this is selected, the instrument gets selected in all the parts.


Set which instruments play in the Tune Smithy parts, and the volumes for parts etc...

You can set up any part with an instrument, volume, controllers and other parameters here. You can also set a different tuning for each part too using the Scales for Parts window.

This part then can be used in many places in Tune Smithy using the part number, and is the equivalent of a Midi Out channel in FTS. You can't use Midi channels directly as the notes for a single part often have to be relayed to many different channels for retuning purposes.

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.

Other Dialog Star

Tip of the day - For All 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

Parts (Ctrl + 9)

PC Keyboard Player (Ctrl + 112 or Ctrl + K)

Wave Shape Player Instruments (Ctrl + 196)

PC Keyboard (Rectangular) (Ctrl + 136 or Ctrl + D)

Modulation and Tremolo for Parts (Ctrl + 23)

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

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