Mixtikl 7

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7.2.0 - 08 Sept 16

Mixtikl 7

Generative Music Mixer

Mixtikl 7 ("Mixtikl") is quite possibly the most powerful generative music mixer there is.

It features an underlying 12 track mixer / cell sequencer / arranger / performer with 4 central mixer cells per track. It comes with hundreds of generative music templates, and there are a number of downloadable free audio loop Tiklpaks. You can also use your own loops in it, and import generative music you have made with Noatikl.

Mixtikl's generative music content is composed by the integral Noatikl (MIDI) Music Engine (NME).

The sounds Mixtikl makes are generated either by the flexible and integral Partikl Sound Engine (PSE) and/or by audio & MIDI loops / recordings you put into it. You can also use Mixtikl Mobile to drive external MIDI software or hardware synths, FX units and samplers (iOS).

Don't forget to check out the 2 minute videos!

Tip: If you just want to get started with the minimum of fuss & figure stuff out as you go, then check out the Quick Start tutorials.

Mixtikl is available for the following:

Because of its support for iCloud, some of the Mixtikl for iOS [iOS] screens are slightly different to those in Mixtikl for Desktop [DT] and Mixtikl for Android [AN]. The main differences are that some of the iOS screens have an additional toolbar at the top containing a Files screen link and an Action button, and in the Mixer screen a Randomise button replaces the Menu button, allowing mix randomisation to instead be carried out AFTER a mix file is created.

At the bottom right of most screens is a "?" for online help. Simply tap on it to go to the relevant page in this online Mixtikl User Guide or the PSE Guide. As Mixtikl is such a deep tool, this helps make it easier to find out about the operation of a particular screen or control.

Install & Launch

Mixtikl 7 for iOS / Android and Mixtikl Desktop Standalone for Mac macOS are installed via the respective app stores as part of the download process.

The 30 day trial full versions of Mixtikl 7 for Windows can be downloaded here. They need to be installed and have Product Keys that are entered as below.

Installing Mixtikl 7 Desktop Software Downloaded from IM Website:

  • The zip files you can download are called mixtikl_win64_standalone_setup.zip or mixtikl_win64_plugin_setup.zip.
  • Unzipping them will extract the file e.g. mixtikl_win64_standalone_setup.exe or mixtikl_win64_plugin_setup.exe
  • Run to install the 64-bit versions of :
    • mixtikl.exe (standalone)
    • mixtikl_VSTi_win.dll (VSTi plugin)
      c:\Program Files\VstPlugIns

      Important note: The Vst plugin is always installed to the \Program Files\VstPlugIns path shown above (and to the drive Windows is installed to), irrespective of the editable folder destination shown in the installer, e.g. “C:\Program Files\intermorphic\appname" where appname is the name of the Intermorphic app whose plugin you are installing. The editable destination affects *only* where the plugin uninstall files are put (e.g. unins000.dat and unins000.exe) so please leave it at the default setting.

  • If you want to use the Mixtikl 7 VSTi, you might need to tell your Sequencer program to scan the appropriate folder for the Mixtikl VSTi, as above.

The Mixtikl 7 Desktop Audio Unit (AUi) plugin does not require a Product Key, but instead a Mac App Store purchased and installed version of Mixtikl 7.

Garage Band 10 users: See the following - How do I use Audio Unit plugins?

  • The downloaded zip file is called mixtikl_AU_mac.component.zip.
  • Unzipping it will extract the file mixtikl_AU_mac.component
  • Copy or move this file to:
    • Admin password required:
      Hard Disk/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components 
    • Or (where tilde [~] in the pathname is a shortcut for your user account name):
      ~/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components 

Configuring your Mac so that Mixtikl can route its MIDI data

View the Noatikl video tutorials and follow similar steps:

  1. Enable your IAC driver
    • Click on the blue magnifying class (spotlight) icon on the top right of your Mac screen
    • Type "audio midi setup"
    • Click on the Audio MIDI Setup entry you will see listed under applications. This will run the audio midi setup application. Note: more advanced Mac users could use Finder to run this application directly, you will find it under Applications / Utilities Audio MIDI Setup
    • Click on MIDI Devices tab
    • Click on IAC Driver
    • Click on Show Info icon
    • Ensure that "Device is online" is ticked, and press Apply
  2. We strongly recommend that you download and use the excellent MidiPipe by SubtleSoft, which you can get from http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/audio/midipipe.html ... a very useful piece of software, which most of our Mac tutorials rely on! Please also refer to the Noatikl video tutorial - "creating your first piece on Mac" which will get you going with MidiPipe in 1 minute.

Sequencer-specific Plug-in notes

Launching Mixtikl 7

  • iPhone / iPad / iPod touch:
    • Tap the Mixtikl 7 app icon in the App screen.
  • Desktop PC or Mac:
    • on Windows PC, select
      Start > Programs > Intermorphic > Mixtikl
    • on Mac run
      Finder > Applications > Mixtikl

Once launched, the load screen will display for a few seconds as Mixtikl 7 loads up and show status updates such as "Loading skin" "version number " and "Loading content". Once Mixtikl 7 has loaded the load screen will disappear.

Windows Product Key

Mixtikl 7 Desktop Standalone & Desktop Audio Plugin (VSTi) for Windows are made available via our website as 30 day trial versions. To continue to use them after the 30 day evaluation period requires that you purchase the revelant licence(s) from the Intermorphic webstore. Following your purchase you will be sent an Order Confirmation email that contains your Order ID, Customer ID (the email you used for purchase) and Product Key, or in some cases just a Product Key.

Note: The Product Key for the Mixtikl 7 Desktop Audio Plugin the same as that for Mixtikl 7 Desktop Standalone version. However, you must still enter your Product Key into each product to unlock it. To enter your Desktop Audio Plugin product key, launch the Plugin from your Windows Desktop Audio Workstation (DAW) or Sequencer that is a VST host (e.g. Sonar, Reaper, Ableton, Cubase etc) and then follow the instructions below.

As you are entering your Product Key into a plugin on a Windows PC, then you might need to ensure that you are running the host software (e.g. Reaper 3) "as Administrator" in order to get the product key to stick.

Entering the Product Key

  • Open your Order Confirmation email
  • Launch Mixtikl 7:
    • Mixtikl 7 Desktop Standalone is launched as you would launch any standalone software.
    • Mixtikl 7 Desktop Audio Plugin must be launched via the VST host you are using it in.
  • Open the pop up Product Key dialog:
    • Mixtikl 7 Desktop Standalone: From the application title bar menu select Help > Mixtikl Product Key
    • Mixtikl 7 Desktop Plugin: from the app Main Menu select the "Store" button.
  • Copy the relevant information from your Order Confirmation email (i.e. Customer ID, Order ID and Product Key or where only Product Key is provided, then just that) and paste into the relevant fields. All information must be the same as that in your Order Confirmation email and please ensure there is no space in front of or after the Product Key in the Product Key field (which can happen when you paste it in). If you have problems, see this FAQ entry.

Copy Content In/Out (+ Backup)

This is right at the top of this guide because knowing how to transfer your files to/from devices to PCs is also key to backing up your creative work. That is very important and thus needs to be easy to find!

Noatikl 2.3+ and Mixtikl 6+

Tip: In Mixtikl 7 / Noatikl 3, to use App Files or Other Content from an earlier version, simply first move it to the Intermorphic Folder (a *flat* folder).

Intermorphic Folder

Our Desktop IM Apps look for Other Content, where used and referenced in an App File, in a specific folder. This allows such content to referenced/used in both mobile and desktop versions of those apps. We call this folder the "Intermorphic Folder". It is a *flat folder* (where tilde [~] or %HOMEPATH% in the pathname below is a shortcut for your user account name).

Mixtikl Note: The "User_Content" folder (Mixer > Mixer Cell > Content button, then ".." and scroll the list to see it at the bottom) is an alias for the "Intermorphic Folder", and is the fastest way to see the files located in it.

The "Intermorphic Folder" is found here:

  • ~/Music/Intermorphic/ (Mac)
  • %HOMEPATH%\Music\Intermorphic\ (Windows)
  • /Intermorphic/ (Android)
    • This is a folder that is at the top level of your *internal* storage card.
    • Note: Depending on your Android device this may also work with an external SD Card if Mixtikl is also installed to that card.
  • Tip: If you are not sure where to find the Intermorphic Folder, use an IM App as follows:
    • Mixtikl: Try saving a .mixtikl or .noatikl file and then take a look to see what folder it appears in.
    • Noatikl (Desktop): From the Menu select Tools > Show Folders > Noatikl Files
    • If you want to use Other Content from an earlier version of Mixtikl or Noatikl, or even your own content in IM Apps, simply move it to the above *flat* folder.
    • IMPORTANT: A flat folder means that *all content* must be at the top level of that folder. It must not be in a subdirectory under it or it will not be found. So, for example, the free Tiklpak AL Collections 1-3 zip file would just go here, alongside any mix files you might have saved or indeed any other content e.g.: ~/Music/Intermorphic/IMTPALLoopEssentials1.zip
  • Tip for NT3+/MT7+: To keep things even tidier on Desktop, you can now create a ‘zips’ folder under the IM Folder above and simply copy your zip files to there, e.g.: ~/Music/Intermorphic/zips/IMTPALLoopEssentials1.zip. Files are still saved to the Intermorphic Folder.

Important: iCloud-supporting Intermorphic Apps can use iCloud synching/backup for "App Files" only. "Other Content" must still be backed up/transfered in/out via the "Intermorphic Folder" below. Refer also to the Backup section at the end.

See the relevant sections below for details on what can be copied, e.g. "App Files" and "Other Content", what IM Apps support iCloud and other useful information and links.


iOS <-> Mac / PC:

Noatikl 2.3+ and Mixtikl 6+ (mobile and desktop versions)

  • See Apple's latest docs on iTunes Apps File Sharing for details on how to copy files (e.g. App Files and Other Content) from iOS to/from Mac/PC and vice-versa.
  • Important iCloud Note: On first start up of an iCloud-supporting iOS apps any App Files that are here will be moved to iCloud (if "iCloud" is selected in the pop up, rather than "Local Storage"). After that, no App Files are saved here and App Files that are copied here will NOT appear in the relevant App's Files screen.
  • Important note for App Files that reference Other Content: So that IM App versions (e.g. mobile, desktop) know where to look for them, when copying Other Content (see below. e.g. WAV files) from your device to your Mac/PC ensure you always put them in the Intermorphic Folder.
  • Tip: You may need to restart the IM App for it to be able to find any new content copied in.
  • Tip: You can also email yourself mixes and recordings, and then import from those, but that is something that has to be done one file at a time.
  • Other Content is shown in the root directory in the right hand side list. Ignore folders called "CompatibleAppsCache" and "intermorphic".
  • Mixtikl Tip: The "User_Content" folder (Mixer > Mixer Cell > Content List, then ".." and scroll the list to see it at the bottom) is an alias for the "Intermorphic Folder", and is the fastest way to see the files located in it (e.g. WAV files).
  • Mixtikl Tip: When WAV files are not in a correctly formatted Pak they will not be pitch shifted or time stretched if you change the mix root or tempo.
  • See the following links for information related to Noatikl 2.3 (or earlier) Desktop (macOS/Windows) or Mixtikl 5 Desktop (macOS/Windows).

Android <-> Mac / PC:

Mixtikl 6+ (mobile and desktop versions)

  • Connect your Android device to your PC or Mac. It will appear in Explorer or Finder as a USB device.
  • With Explorer or Finder, on your device look for the Intermorphic Folder (see below, a top level folder called "Intermorphic" (i.e. NOT /Music/Intermorphic/) on the *internal* storage card of your device).
    • Note: Depending on your Android device this may also be on an external SD Card if Mixtikl is also installed to that card.
  • Copy your App Files and Other Content (see below. e.g. WAV files) to/from this Intermorphic Folder.
  • The "User_Content" folder (Mixer > Mixer Cell > Content List, then ".." and scroll the list to see it at the bottom) is an alias for the "Intermorphic Folder", and is the fastest way to see the files located in it (e.g. WAV files).
  • Important note for App Files that reference Other Content: So that IM App versions (e.g. mobile, desktop) know where to look for them, when copying Other Content (see below. e.g. WAV files) from your device to your Mac/PC ensure you always put them in the Intermorphic Folder (see below).
  • Tip: When WAV files are not in a correctly formatted Pak they will not be pitch shifted or time stretched if you change the mix root or tempo.
  • Tip: You may need to restart Mixtikl for it to be able to find any new content copied in.
  • Tip: When WAV files are not in a correctly formatted Pak they will not be pitch shifted or time stretched if you change the mix root or tempo.
  • Tip: It is easiest to delete files on your Android device using Explorer or Finder but you can also delete them using Menu > Tidy.
  • See the following link for information related to Mixtikl 5 (Android).

App Files:

These are saved by the relevant app with a filename corresponding to that of the app.

When you use iCloud in an iCloud-supporting app these files are all saved to iCloud (see the iCloud FAQ).

  • .noatikl, .mixtikl, .liptikl, .wotja

Other Content:

These are additional files that can be used by an IM app, including being referenced in App Files, and files that can be exported/utilised by an IM App. They are not saved to iCloud and they must be backed up separately.

Files that are exported/utilised by the app are stored locally in the Intermorphic Folder (see below).

It is strongly recommended that files that are referenced by your App Files should be put in the Intermorphic Folder (see below).

  • Noatikl [NT2.5+]

    • Exported/Utilised: .fxm, .tg
    • Referenced: .Zip (Tiklpak/Pak), .SF2, .DLS
  • Mixtikl [MT6+]
    • Exported/Utilised: .WAV, .MIDI, .fxm, .tg
    • Referenced: .Zip (Tiklpak/Pak), .WAV, .Ogg, .SF2, .MIDI, .DLS

iCloud-supporting IM Apps:

  • Noatikl 3.1+ macOS, Noatikl 3.1+ iOS
  • Liptikl 2+ macOS, Liptikl 2+ iOS
  • Wotja 3.2+ iOS
  • Mixtikl 7.1+ iOS

iCloud Drive Folder (Mac):

Noatikl 3.1+ and Liptikl 2+ (macOS)

Our iCloud-supporting Desktop Apps for Mac allow App Files to be saved to and opened from the iCloud Drive folder (see the iCloud FAQ). The folder on Mac macOS is found here:

  • ~/iCloud Drive/Noatikl/ (Mac)
  • ~/iCloud Drive/Liptikl/ (Mac)

Soundfonts (SF2) for IM Apps - where to put them:

You may want to use your own SF2/DLS (“SF2”) in mixes or pieces (“Pieces”) that can play in both Mobile and Desktop IM Apps.

  • If you put and use your SF2 at the top level of the Intermorphic Folder (see above), any Pieces in any App will find them just fine (tip: so that the App can find a SF2 after you have added it, always restart the App).
  • Alternatively, if you have a lot of SF2 and you just want to keep things tidy under the Intermorphic Folder, then, if, all the sf2 are in a flat folder you can just zip the SF2 files and then put that zip file there.
  • Tip for NT3+/MT7+: To keep things even tidier on Desktop, you can now create a ‘zips’ folder under the Intermorphic Folder above and simply copy your SF2 zip files to there, e.g.: ~/Music/Intermorphic/zips/mySF2Collection1.zip.

In any event, make sure you put the SF2 or zip file(s) there before you reference them in your Pieces!

Note: You select the SF2 you wish your Synth Network to use via the PSE Wavetable Unit. The Wavetable Unit SF2 list is alphabetically sorted first on folder names (if present in a zip, see "Zipping with Folders" below) and then on SF2 names.

Zipping with Folders (optional)

We appreciate you may have lots of SF2 you might want to use, or even collections of them and you want to keep things tidy and structured on your PC or even in the Wavetable SF2 list.

You might wish to zip with folders if:

  • you want to have control over the order in which SF2 display in the Wavetable Unit SF2 list (i.e. you might want to easily see all ‘synths’ in one block); or
  • you want to retain the structure of the SF2 grouping (perhaps you have licenced a collections or set from a 3rd party and it is already set out like that)

Say you have the following collection of SF2 files that you want to use in an App (and want to show up in the Wavetable Unit SF2 list like this, too):

mySF2Collection1/drones/drone1.sf2
mySF2Collection1/pads/pad1.sf2
mySF2Collection1/synths/synth1.sf2

To retain that structure you must zip the above directory *such that it keeps the entire folder paths*. You can give this zip any name, maybe something like “mySF2Collection1.zip”

In macOS you can create this zip by right clicking the "mySF2Collection1" folder and selecting “Compress 'mySF2Collection1'”. Alternatively, in Terminal, navigate to the folder above this folder and type:

zip -r mySF2Collection1.zip mySF2Collection1

You can check that the zip has the files you expect in it by typing in terminal:

unzip -t mySF2Collection1.zip

Now, put this zip file *at the top level* of the Intermorphic Folder, restart the App and then create and save Pieces that reference these SF2. If you then move those Pieces between Apps, they should still play just fine (provided you have copied that zip file in of course!).


Backing up:

Note: Using iCloud as your App File backup mechanism is very convenient. It also keeps them in synch across devices and so makes it easy to work with those files in the iOS version of that app.

  • App Files on Mobile Device:
    • If you are using iCloud then we still recommend you occasionally back up your "App Files" that are in the "iCloud Drive" folder. Reason?: Just in case!
    • If you are NOT using iCloud for your App Files (meaning they will be stored locally on your device) we strongly recommend you regularly back them up to an "Intermorphic Folder" on that Mac/Windows PC. You should certainly do this BEFORE you remove an IM App from your device as the process of removal also removes ALL of the Apps' locally stored files.
  • Other Content on Mobile Device: If you have a Mac/Windows PC we strongly recommend you use it to regularly and separately back up your "Other Content" to an "Intermorphic Folder" on that Mac/Windows PC. You should certainly do this BEFORE you remove an IM App from your device as the process of removal also removes ALL of the Apps' locally stored files.
  • iOS specific note: Although making an iTunes backup of your device will back up all your installed apps AND their locally stored data (see: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4946), if you remove and then reinstall an app, its local DATA is not restored: the only way to get back that app's local data is to do a device restore from a backup (See: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766) - but that also then OVERWRITES ALL device app data with whatever was in the backup. If you want or need to go that route, see this FAQ entry.

Remove Mixtikl

Note: If you want to remove Mixtikl so you can reinstall an older version, see the instructions here.

iPhone / iPad / iPod touch:

  • In the App screen tap and hold the Mixtikl application icon, and then press the jiggling black cross in the left corner of it.

Android:

  • In the App screen tap and hold the Mixtikl application icon, and then from the pop up menu select "Remove from Device".

PC:

  • Select the corresponding Uninstall item
    Start > Programs > Intermorphic > Mixtikl >

Mac:

  • With Finder, locate the following folders:
    1. Hard Disk/Applications
      • Drag Mixtikl to the Trash
    2. Hard Disk/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components
      • Drag mixtikl_AU_mac.component to the Trash

Quick Start

These quick tutorials are to get you doing some very basic things with minimum fuss. Mixtikl is a very deep app and quick tutorials are no substitute for further investigation - they are just to get you started! To that end, in most steps we link to further information where you can go on to read and learn more about various screens and what they are for.

Tip: Have a quick look at the 2 minute videos.

  1. Launch Mixtikl
  2. Files Files [iOS] or Menu Menu > Open Open [DT/AN]
  3. From the list of mixes shown, select one of the demos, e.g. Demo - Melodics and it will load in the Mixer screen (the most important screen in Mixtikl as this is where you control your mix).
  4. Play / Stop Button image Play/Stop: Tap to play or stop the mix
  5. Content Area Mixer Cells (Cols 3-6): Tap any mixer cell to display the Mixer Cell Menu (the second most important screen in Mixtikl as it is the starting point for adding or modifying content).
  6. Trigger button Content : Tap the Content button to display the Content List
  7. From the Content List, tap the right side "speaker" button to preview the content item or tap left side to select it, have it replace any content item already selected and return to the mix; or, tap the top left Cancel button just to return to the mix without any changes being made.
  8. That's it - easier than you might at first think!
  1. Launch Mixtikl
  2. Files Files > Select Mix > Randomise Mix Randomise Mix [iOS] or Menu Menu > Open New [DT/AN]
  3. In the Tiklpak List tap the left hand checkboxes to choose which Paks you want content to be selected from and then tap the right side of a Pak to select which Pak (e.g. IM3 Drones) you want to be the basis of your random mix (you can still mix in content from other paks though).
  4. Settings Mix Randomisation Settings: Tap this if you wish to change any of the randomisation settings before you create your new Random Mix.
  5. Random button Random: Now tap this to create your new random mix [DT/AN] or randomise the current mix [iOS] which you will then see in the Mixer screen.
  6. Track FX FX Cells (Col 8): These are cells in the far right column (Track FX) or top of that column (Global FX)
    • Tap an FX cell that is empty: You will see the FX Preset List (which you also see if you tap the FX Preset button in the FX Menu). Tap the FX Preset you want to have it added and you are returned to the mix.
    • Tap an FX cell with FX unit: You will see the FX Menu. Tap the FX Preset button to see the FX Presets. Tap the FX Preset you want to have it added and you are returned to the mix.
  7. Menu Menu > Save Save and type in the name you want and tap return [DT/AN] or Files Files and select "Save changes" from the popup [iOS].
    [DT/AN] only: Were you to now go Menu > Open you would see your saved mix at the top, in black (demo files show in dark grey).
  1. Launch Mixtikl
  2. Files Files > open "Demo - Melodics" [iOS] or Menu Menu > Open Open > "Demo - Melodics" [DT/AN]
  3. Volume/Pan: In the Mixer screen tap one of the far left cells (Col 1) in a track and then move the bottom pop up knob. To toggle between changing volume (black bar) and pan (grey bar), tap the TOP cell in that column.
  4. Mute/Solo: Similar to Volume/Pan, tap the cell in column 2 of the Mixer screen to Mute or Solo a track. To toggle between Mute or Solo, tap the TOP cell in that column.
  5. Track Rules: You will notice that track 4 starts with a populated cell. In column 7 there is a ">" symbol. This means the track is of type "Sequence". When it has that type, once a cell plays for as many times as you have set in the Mixer Cell (Gen Bars/Rng; Cell Repeat/Rng), play moves to the next cell. If you tap/hold one of the mixer cells it starts to play and the bar at the top turns orange to signify it is now looping. It will stay playing until you tap/hold it again to remove the looping behaviour. If you change the track type to Looping (tap the track type cell to toggle through all the types; Looping is just a loop symbol - see tracks 1-3) it means cells in that track no longer sequence - they will only play if forced to play (loop). This is mainly for performance possibilities. See Track Rules for more information.
  6. Menu Menu > Export Export [DT/AN] or Menu Mixer > Save Action [iOS]: Then choose how you want to export it. Select Export via Mail attachment to mail it to yourself!

Files [iOS]

Files Screen

Tap to zoom

In Mixtikl for iOS [iOS] file actions such as open, save, rename, delete, duplicate etc. are done in a Files screen because of its iCloud-support. Mixtikl for Desktop [DT] and Mixtikl for Android [AN] instead both use a Menu screen to do these things.

Note: If you are using both Mixtikl 7.1+ for macOS and Mixtikl 7.1+ for iOS then for your "App Files" you may also want to use iCloud rather than local storage (i.e. saving your files to your iOS device). If you use iCloud your App Files will also appear in your Mac's iCloud Drive folder, meaning you can easily synch those files between macOS and iOS devices that share the same iCloud account. See the iCloud FAQ. Note that "Other Files" (such as zip, sf2 and any recordings etc.) still need to be transferred via iTunes App File Sharing. See the Copy In/Out section.

Top Panel

New: Select New to create a new file.

Action:

Settings: Select for Settings used in Mixtikl, including a link to Info.

Edit:

Files Area

New: Select "Create New" to create a new file.

Saved File: Tap on one of the Saved File document icons to open a previously created file. A file's thumbnail will briefly jiggle when you close the file and return to the Files screen, making it easy to see what file you have just played or edited.

File Name: Tap on the File Name for a pop up dialog to rename the file.

Menu button   Menu (& Esc key on Desktop)

Note: This menu screen is displayed in Mixtikl for Desktop [DT] and Mixtikl for Android [AN] and visible buttons vary depending on version. Mixtikl for iOS [iOS], because of its' iCloud-support, performs file actions differently and instead uses a Files screen.

Main Menu

Menu

Top Buttons:

Center buttons:

New Mix [DT/AN] / Randomise Mix [iOS]

Menu Menu > New [DT/AN]

Mixer Mixer > Randomise Mix button Randomise Mix [iOS]

New Mix Screen

New Mix Screen

Mix Randomisation in Mixtikl is a powerful feature. It lets you randomise mixes in ways that can let you come up with new ideas fast. It comes with some default settings, but once you are familiar with Mixtikl you may way like to try customising the settings to suit your working preferences. This screen works slightly differently depending on the Mixtikl version.

Mixtikl [DT/AN]: This screen used to create new mixes which are randomised at the time of creation. It is accessed via the Menu screen.

Mixtikl [iOS]: This screen is used to randomise the current mix (there is no "From Mix" option, either). New mixes are instead created in the Files screen. It is accessed via the top left randomise button in the Mixer screen.

Random button Random

The Randomise Button works with the Paks you have checked in the Pak list, and according to the various randomisation settings for Content cells, Track volume/pans, GenBars/Range, and CellRepeats/Range etc. (see Randomisation Settings).

  1. From the Tiklpak list check all the Tiklpaks you want content to be selected from (tap on the checkbox to select/deselect).
    • Use the Default Pak Selection button (above) to to get back to the default selection of paks.

  2. Tap right side of the Tiklpak list to select/highlight the Tiklpak you want to be the underlying base pak for your random mix, e.g. GenMix 1.
  3. If, before you create [DT/AN] or randomise [iOS] a mix, you wish to change some of the randomisation settings, then select the Settings button and make your changes.
  4. Select the Random button and you will be and you will be returned to the Mixer Screen.

Empty button Empty

The Empty Button is the simplest of all the options and selecting it allows you to create an empty mix [DT/AN] or clear out your mix [IOS] to be based on the Tiklpak you choose.

From Mix button From Mix [DT/AN]

The From Mix Button lets you create a random mix based on a pre-existing mix.

Note: There are two alternatives, as follows:

  1. When the "Use Mix Cells Only" check box is checked (see Randomisation Settings) only mixer cells that already include content will be randomised according to the randomisation rules.
  2. When the "Use Mix Cells Only" check box is unchecked (Randomisation Settings) any mixer cell can be randomised according to the randomisation rules.

Show Paks Checkboxes Show Paks

The Show Paks checkboxes at the bottom of the New Mix screen will filter what Tiklpaks you will see in the Pak list. Using these filters makes it easy to only select from certain kinds of Paks (or by deselecting the checkbox to clear those selections). For example, if you do not want to see/use any content from Loops paks (e.g. the FREE Audio Loops Tiklpaks), then make sure the Loops box is unchecked (default setting).

Open Mixes [DT/AN]

Menu Menu > Open

Open Mixes screen

Open Mix Files Screen

This is where you open a previously saved mix. Mixes you have saved are coloured black, and mixes/example mixes included with any Tiklpaks you may have installed are shown in grey and at the bottom of the list. Do check out the example mixes, as they are a great place to start!

Tip: You can show or hide the example mixes included in the Mixtikl 6 paks with the "Show Mixtikl 6 Paks" toggle in Settings.

Note: You cannot rename Mix files, and if you want to change the name, simply save the mix again with the name you want and then delete the original.

Tip: You can delete Mix files you have saved as below, or via the Tidy screen:

Save Mixes [DT/AN]

Menu Menu > Save

Mix Save Screen

Save Mix Screen (Desktop)

The first thing you need to do is to save your new mix! When saving files, renaming mixes etc. in Mixtikl, you will be presented with the Text Entry screen.

Where Mixtikl saves mixes:

All mix files in Mixtikl are saved to the /Music/Intermorphic/ folder as below (see here for more info).

Import Mixes [DT/AN]

Menu Menu > Import

Imports a mix that has been pasted to the clipboard (the "mixtikl://" data string), perhaps copied from an email or forum posting. See also importing to a Mixer Cell and Importing mixes, Tiklpaks, audio loops .

Export [DT/AN]

Menu Menu > Export

Export your mixes to clipboard or email.

Mixer Screen

Mixer Screen iOS

Mixer Screen [iOS]

Mixer Screen DT/AN

Mixer Screen [DT/AN]

The Mixer Screen is where most of the action happens in Mixtikl. It is where you set up your mix so this is where you need to start.

Note: The iOS and DT/AN Mixer screens differ in that the iOS version has a additional Top Orange Bar, see below.

Tracks: There are 12 tracks and each track contains 4 Mixer Cells. Tracks can be muted/soloed, have their volume and pan changed and have FX applied. A Track's Mixer Cells have one of 4 different track selectable behaviours: A) "Sequence" - each mixer cell plays its content through once and play moves to the next mixer cell in the track, B) "Looping": a mixer cell plays/loops forever, C) "Spot": a mixer cell plays once but only when "triggered" to play, and D) "Tap": when in the Visualizer and the screen is tapped notes are played using the sound generator in the selected Tap Cell.

Mixer Cells: A track can play only one Mixer Cell at at a time, whether it has content in it (a generative "part" or loop) or it is silent or empty. A part's sounds, FX, root, pitch offset and rules can be customised on a per cell basis.

Cell Highlight: An orange surround indicates the cell in any screen that has current focus. A red surround means the cell is sticky (see Tools). Tip: in the Desktop versions the cell position can be selected by keyboard arrows (see Navigation).

Top Orange Bar [iOS]

Display Area image

Contains the following buttons:

Top Display Area

Display Area image

Contains the following buttons:

Top Toolbar

Top Toolbar image

Contains the following butons:

Tracks

There are 12 tracks each with 8 cells; the four central cells (in between the two dark vertical lines) are the "mixer cells" via which content is added to the mix.

Bottom Toolbar

Bottom Toolbar

Contains the following buttons:

Vis Screen

Visualiser button   Visualiser

Visualiser Screen

Visualiser Screen

The visualiser can be driven by any music that Mixtikl creates or plays, e.g. generative music as well as audio or MIDI loop beats and samples! It can also driven by the notes generated by tap-play and a mix can have a number of these "tap parts" which can even be different sounds on different tracks to create a multi-layering effect. Tap parts can be customised in many ways in Mixtikl, such as by changing the sound, the FX, the generative rules, the pitch and pitch range, the harmonisation etc.

Included text can also be displayed onscreen in a number of ways including: as a message (with "karaoke" style highlighting), in random order, revealing words one at a time, as random words chosen from an included word bank, with floating words and even as a jumbled up message.

Note: If you don't hear any notes being played when you tap the screen it is either because no tap-part has been included, or the tap-part is not configured correctly.

Visualiser controls

Mixer Cell Menu

Mixer Mixer > Mixer Cell > Menu

Mixer Cell Menu

Mixer Cell Menu

Mixer Cells are at the heart of Mixtikl, so this menu is one of the most important screens in Mixtikl. It lets you access the Content List to enter/change the content in a cell, loop/un-loop a cell, trigger a cell, import audio loops from another app (iOS only, via audio clipboard), get info on the content in the cell (if from a properly constructed Tiklpak) and to set the cell root, pitch offset and cell rules etc.

Tapping on any mixer cell in the Mixer screen will load this screen.

Trigger button Trigger

Choose this to force the mixer cell to play. What happens depends on what the Track Rules are set to:

Trigger button Content

Displays the Content List, which provides you the means to preview and/or add content your to mix. This content can be from the included Tiklpaks or other content accessed from the "User_Content" folder such as your own loops (see also Add-on Content). The "User_Content" folder is also where any recordings you make in Mixtikl are saved to.

Tip: To access the "User_Content" folder, tap the (..) list item once and then scroll down the list of paks to see it (it is at the bottom). For information on how to copy your content to this folder, see here.

Loop On/Off button Loop

Tap this to force the cell to loop continously, or to un-loop it. What this button does, depends on what the Track Rules are set to:

Gen Bars control Gen Bars/Range

These two controls determine the bar lengths for generative content and help you to "arrange" a mix so as to allow it to breathe better. The settings have no effect for non-generative content (i.e. content that is not Noatikl based).

Info button Info

This will only display if there is content in the Mixer Cell, and tapping it will open a browser window. This will display a webpage with further information on the pak that this content items comes from (if known). Note that if the mixer cell is showing as red, then it means Mixtikl cannot find that content (it is not present / installed in your version of Mixtikl). This button can be useful to help find out more about that content and where to get it, should you want to hear the mix as intended.

Cell Repeat/Range control Cell Repeat/Range

These two controls determine how many times the content in the mixer cell repeats, helping you to "arrange" a mix so as to allow it to breathe better. This setting applies to both generative and non-generative content, and goes on the length of the underlying content in the cell, e.g. if the cell contains a 4 bar audio loop, this just sets how many times that loop will repeat.

Roots & Rules button Roots & Rules

This buttons will only display if the content in this mixer cell is generative (e.g. Noatikl-based). In which case, select it to launch the Cell Noatikl Rules screen.

Mixer Cell Root & Rules

Mixer Cell Roots & Rules

Import button Import

This button allows you to import into the Mixer Cell suitable content that has been copied to the clipboard, i.e. Noatikl files or Audio/MIDI files. Noatikl file import is supported by all versions of Mixtikl; audio/MIDI import is iOS version only.

See also Copy Audio/MIDI to clipboard.

Mixtikl for Mac/PC or Android: To get audio/MIDI into a Mixtikl Mixer Cell you should skip this section and instead see Advanced Settings > Browse and the instructions on how to transfer files to < > device/PC/Mac.

Mixer Mixer > Mixer Cell > Import >
Mixer Mixer > Record > Clipboard >

First copy some suitable content to the clipboard and then select the Import or Clipboard button as above and you will get a pop up message asking you "Choose Import Clipboard". Select the relevant option from one of the following:

  1. AudioPaste (Audio including any available metadata)
    • In the popup Retronyms AudioPaste control, select where you want to copy from and choose the Recording that you want to paste into Mixtikl.
      AudioPaste screen
    • The Mixtikl "Import As" screen is then displayed, with a name already in the edit field (Appname_Date_Time) to make it quicker to get the recording in, and you do not have to change this if you do not want to. Tap or double tap the displayed file name to edit it and then the bottom Return button when done.
      Import As screen
    • You see a message telling you that the file has be copied.
    • Press OK to see the Mixtikl "Imported File Meta Info" screen. We make a guess at the Tempo and Bars of the recording from information we can back from AudioPaste, but it depends on the App you are pasting from, so please double check! You will need to set the Root and Time Sig settings if different from those shown. See also FAQ entry "Loop Import".
      Metainfo screen
      • Root:
        • Set the root note (e.g. C#) for the imported loop
      • Time Signature:
        • Set the time signature (e.g 4/4) for the imported loop
      • Tempo:
        • Set the tempo (e.g 120bpm) for the imported loop
      • Bars:
        • Set the number of bars (e.g 4) for the imported loop
    • Once done, press the top left check (OK) button and you see a message saying "Clipboard import all done". Once you press OK to dismiss this message you will see the name of the recording appear in the Mixer Cell. It can take a little while for the name to appear, especially for big recordings, as Mixtikl is loading the recording into memory so that it is ready to play. To copy this recording to other cells, use the Copy command in the Tools menu.
  2. General Pasteboard (Audio/MIDI with no metadata)
    • When the import is completed you will also then see the "Imported Meta File info" screen where you will need to set the Root and Time Sig settings if different from those shown. See also FAQ entry "Loop Import".
      Metainfo screen
      • Root:
        • Set the root note (e.g. C#) for the imported loop
      • Time Signature:
        • Set the time signature (e.g 4/4) for the imported loop
      • Tempo:
        • Set the tempo (e.g 120bpm) for the imported loop
      • Bars:
        • Set the number of bars (e.g 4) for the imported loop
  3. Noatikl / Partikl (Noatikl file)
    • Once imported you can then edit the Generator, Synth and FX parameters via the Generative button, below.
  4. Cancel
    • Select to cancel

Import button Export

Note: button displayed only if Cell contains generative content

This button and allows you to export the Noatikl generative content to the clipboard, perhaps for use in Noatikl or Wotja. See this FAQ entry.

Generators button Generative

Note: button displayed only if Cell contains generative content

This button launches Mixtikl's Generator Network Screen. From this you can tap one of the left hand generator buttons to launch Mixtikl's NME Generator Editor or one of the right hand Synth or FX buttons to launch the revelant version of Mixtikl's integrated PSE Network Editor.

OSX Generator Network Screen

Generator Network Screen


NME Generator Editor

Note: For full details what each of the parameters do, refer to the NME Guide.

Generator Screen

Generator Editor Screen

The Generators button will only display if the content in this mixer cell is generative (e.g. NME-based content); it will not display if the cell contains and audio or MIDI loop.

You have access to all NME parameters except those for the Piece and File Objects, and noting also that Mixtikl Mobile does not support scripting or listening voices. Experimenting with NME parameters is a great way to learn about how the NME works!

The NME Editor in Mixtikl is different to the one in Noatikl, but it still allows powerful real-time & inline editing/customisation of the core NME parameters used in a generative part. This includes adding, deleting and renaming Voices as well as editing pattern strings. It is a drill down editor, and is meant for editing of generative content rather than creating new NME content from scratch, for which we direct you to Noatikl itself (but you can do that if you have the patience and then export it from the cell to import into Noatikl!).

There several buttons at the top of this dialog which allow you to create a new .noatikl file, import, export or save one (the folder button) or copy, cut, rename etc voices (the pencil button). The Left / Right arrow buttons allow you to undo or redo your last action.

Clear button Clear

This clears the content from the current cell.

Advanced button Advanced

This displays a list containing advanced settings for the Mixer Cell. In all probability you will never want to or need need to check these out!

Track / Global FX

Mixer Mixer > Global or Track FX cell

Track & Global FX Menu

Track & Global FX Menu

Note: For full details on how the PSE works, refer to the PSE Guide.

Track FX cells and the Global FX cell are at the heart of Mixtikl as they determine what FX, if any, are applied to the content in each track, as well as to the whole mix (i.e. globally). They also let you access the FX Preset List to select a preset, disable or enable a FX, access the FX Network Editor or clear an FX etc.

Select either the Global FX cell or a Track FX Cell in the last column of the Mixer Screen.

Selecting this will display the PSE FX Network Editor for your selected FX so that you can change the values of any FX unit or controller and then save them back to the mix file.

FX Disable button Disable/Enable

Select to enable or disable the FX. When the FX is enabled it shows in the mixer as a icon of the normal colour for that FX. When disabled, the colour is muted (duller).

Edit FX Unit button Edit FX

Select to customise the relevant Track or Global FX unit or network you have already applied.

FX Preset button Preset

Select to display the FX Preset List. There are a wide range of FX Presets that come with Mixtikl, to get you started, but you can also customise and save them.

FX Clear button Clear

Select to clear the Global FX or selected Track FX, as relevant.

Mix EQ

Mixer Mixer > Mix EQ EQ

EQ screen

Mix EQ Screen

You may never have the need to use this, but the EQ Screen is where you can set the global Mixtikl EQ setting, applied to all mixes. You can also select from a number of EQ Presets.

Select the EQ Preset List at the bottom to open the list of Presets, and choose the preset you want. Alternatively, drag the sliders to customise the mix EQ to suit!

Mix Recording

Mixer Mixer > Mix Record Mix Record

Mix Recording

Mix Recording

Note: This capability is not present in Mixtikl GP for Android.

Tip: You can also get to the Mix recordings screen from the Preview button on the Main Menu.

IMPORTANT: Depending on tempo, audio quality, mix complexity and bars you want to record for, on mobile devices it can take a LONG time e.g. tens of minutes (for longer settings) to making recordings during which time the UI will be unresponsive. You can estimate how long a mix recording will take by recording it for 1 bar. Simply multiply that time by the number of bars you want to record for.

Mixdown button Mixdown Audio Recording
With non-real time recording (mixdown), it is easy to make the best possible quality audio or MIDI recording of your mix or arrangement (but you cannot interact with it at the same time), even if your device struggles to play it live at the quality you want.

Mixdown button Live Audio Recording
It is easy to record your mix to an audio or MIDI file of specified bar length, and you can interact with it while the recording is being made, even when in the visualizer (Mixtikl Mobile has a default setting of 22KHz stereo for audio output for this value). If your mix struggles to play at that quality, either reduce it, or make a mixdown recording!

To make a mix recording:

Email button Email mix recording

Note: On Mixtikl for Desktop, this will only work with the OS preferred Email client.

Audio/MIDI checkbox Audio / MIDI

You can select whether to record your mix to either an audio file, or a MIDI file (but not both at the same time).

Tip: Note events and music generated by tap events in the visuallizer also get recorded, too!

Play/Stop button Play/Stop

Clipboard button Copy to Clipboard [iOS]

  1. Select an item in the recordings list
  2. Press the Clipboard button, and then either select:
    • Pasteboard
      • Choose this to just copy the item to the clipboard without any meta information
    • AudioCopy
      • Choose this to use Retronyms AudioCopy, which can include meta information
      • In the popup AudioCopy control enter a name for the recording and select the "Copy Audio" button to copy the recording.
        Audiocopy screen

Delete button Delete

Rename button Rename

Settings button Mix Recording Settings

Select the Settings button to show the Mix Recording Settings screen. Here you can define the settings for both Live recordings and Mixdown recordings, and (aside from the preface) they can be different for each.

Mix Recording Settings

Mix Recording Settings

Where Mixtikl saves recordings:

All recordings in Mixtikl are saved to the /Music/Intermorphic/ folder as below (see here for more info).

Mic Recording

Mixer Mixer > Mic Record Mic Record

Mic Recording screen

Mic Recording Screen

Note: This capability is not present in Mixtikl for Android.

IMPORTANT: Depending on tempo, audio quality, mix complexity and bars you want to record for, on mobile devices it can take a LONG time e.g. tens of minutes (for longer settings) to making recordings during which time the UI will be unresponsive. You can estimate how long a mix recording will take by recording it for 1 bar. Simply multiply that time by the number of bars you want to record for.

It is easy to make a mic recording of specified bar length, and attach it to a particular cell. You can do the same things with a mic recording as you can with any other loop (e.g. pitch shift/time stretch it if you change the mix tempo or root, or just stream it so that it never changes).

Large/long microphone recordings are best set to play as a "stream" meaning they can be played right off the storage media/hard drive and do not have to first be loaded into memory (which can take time which will also mean a mix can take a long time to load). Samples need to be first loaded into memory so it can be pitch shifted/time stretched as required).

Songwriter Note: The mic recording facility is designed for recording (and using in mixes) ambient sounds, speech etc. that do not require a precise "bar boundary" start. However, in the Mixer Cell Advanced Settings we do provide a "Stream Skip" setting that you can experiment with.

To make a mic recording:

  1. Mic Record button
  2. Start:
    • Select the Mic Recording Button above from the Mixer Screen.
    • You will see a pop up message asking you "Mic Record - Select the cell to which you wish to record".
    • Press OK and you are taken back to the mixer screen where you will notice that the bottom right toolbar "Tools" button now has a red outline.
    • Select the desired cell to then see the Mic Recording screen.
    • Mic Recording button
      In the Mic Recording screen select the Live Rec recording button to start the recording.
    • The mic recording will now being made according to the bar length defined in Mic Recording Settings, unless you otherwise stop it.
  3. Stop:
    • In the mixer screen, press the stop button, or wait for it to reach the bar length specified in Settings.

Play/Stop button Play/Stop

  1. Select an item in the recordings list
  2. Press the Preview button to start playback
  3. Press the Preview button again to stop playback

Clipboard button Copy to Clipboard [iOS]

  1. Select an item in the recordings list
  2. Press the Clipboard button, and then either select:
    • Pasteboard
      • Choose this to just copy the item to the clipboard without any meta information
    • AudioCopy
      • Choose this to use Retronyms AudioCopy, which can include meta information
      • In the popup AudioCopy control enter a name for the recording and select the "Copy Audio" button to copy the recording.
        Audiocopy screen

Delete button Delete

  1. Select an item in the recordings list
  2. Press the Delete button to call up the text edit screen
  3. Press OK if you want to delete the recording

Rename button Rename

  1. Select an item in the recordings list
  2. Press the Rename button to call up the text edit screen
  3. Rename the file and press return to accept the change

Settings button Mic Recording Settings

Select the Settings button to show the Settings screen. Here you can define the settings for mic recording.

Mic Recording Settings

Mic Recording Settings

Where Mixtikl saves recordings:

All recordings in Mixtikl are saved to the Intermorphic/ folder (see here for more info).

Mixtikl Tools

Mixer Mixer > Tools Tools

 Mixtikl Tools

Mixtikl Tools

There are a number of tools and macro functions available for the Mixtikl Mixer. When selected, the colour of the Tools cell highlight changes to red.

Tools are generally sticky (i.e. they operate until cancelled) and the method of operation is generally:

  1. Select the tool entry
  2. The list closes
  3. Select a mixer cell
  4. To turn off the mode, press the tools button again

[COPY CELL/FX]

[TRIGGER CELL]

[CLEAR CELL]

[RANDOMISE COLUMN]

[RANDOMISE TRACK]

[SKIP CELL]

[SILENT CELL]

[LOOP CELL]

Clear Mix Content

Mixer Mixer > Clear Clear

 Clear Mix Screen

Clear Mix Content

The Clear Mix Content screen gives you quick toolbar access to a number of ways to clear cells in your mix.

Tip: You can also clear a cell directly from the Mixer Cell, or with use of sticky Tools.

Clear Menu

General Settings

Files Files > Clear Settings [iOS]

Menu Menu > Clear Settings [DT/AN]

Settings Screen

System Settings

The Mixtikl Settings screen provides you with a number of ways to customise Mixtikl. The iOS version of the Settings screen is shown; the Android and Desktop versions look different but the differences are noted below.

iOS Note: Audiobus / Inter-App Audio support is enabled by default.

Information [iOS]

Links to a screen containing information such as the version number, and also various web links, including to this guide.

Miscellaneous

MIDI Out [iOS only]

Audio Output

Mix Settings

Mixer Mixer > Tempo / Root button Tempo/Root

Mix Settings Screen

Mix Settings Screen

From the Mix Settings screen you can pitch shift & time stretch the entire mix (but it is not real time, and it can take some time). You can also change the generative harmony and scale rules that apply to all generative parts in the whole mix except where over-ruled on a per-cell basis.

Select the top OK button to apply any changes you make to the Tempo and Root settings (conversely, select the Cancel button to reverse all your changes and close the screen). Changes are made (non-destructively, i.e. in memory) to each content item in your mix.

Tip: Generative content should change as soon as you make a change to the pitch/tempo/rules values; audio loops will be changed as quickly as is possible to pitch shift/time stretch them. You can press the Cancel button at any time.

Tempo list

Root list

Global Harmony

Strict Harmony

Harmony Rules

Harmony Rule Editor screen

Harmony Rule Editor

Note: For details of what the Rules do, refer to the NME Guide.

Scale Rules

Scale Rule Editor screen

Scale Rule Editor

Note: For details of what the Rules do, refer to the NME Guide.

Mix Randomisation Settings

Mixer Mixer > Randomise Randomise > Clear Settings [iOS]

Menu Menu > Clear New > Clear Settings [DT/AN]

Randomisation Settings Screen

Randomisation Settings

There are a number of Mix Randomisation Settings that determine what content can be selected for randomisation, and how it is selected.

General Controls

Cell Controls

Checkboxes

Visualiser Settings

Mixer Mixer > Vis Settings Vis Settings

Visualiser Visualiser > Vis Settings Vis Settings

Menu Menu > Vis Settings Vis Settings [DT/AN]

Visualiser Settings Screen

Visualiser Settings Screen

Buttons at the top are shortcuts to a number of key activities such as saving mixtikls, getting more mixtikls, opening saved mixtikls, making recordings etc.

Top Buttons

Message and Visualizer Settings

Add-on Content

There are a number of sources of such content that you can use in Mixtikl Mixer Cells, noting that add on content needs to be of the types listed in Content Types.

See the information on Transferring files to < > from your device.

More Mixes...

Menu Menu > More More

Displays a list of weblinks to sources of shared mixes, and communities.

Content Types

Mixtikl allows the use or mixing together of many different audio and music files, namely "content". This content can be in a wide range of file formats, from audio clips to MIDI files and beyond. To keep things simple, we refer to any item of content in any format simply as "content" or "content item", but this section gives some more information on the different formats.

Mixtikl’s content flexibility allows you to be creative in ways that both suits the capabilities of your device and that match your personal preferences – namely how much memory you have on your phone, and how much space you want to set aside for storing content or recordings of mixes you might make.

Audio Content

Audio content is used where maximum sonic impact is required. The reason is that an audio sample (a short clip) contains a great deal of high quality pre-processed audio information (such as a real voice, electric guitar riff, orchestral theme etc). However, the downside is that memory usage is higher than for other content types (for both storage and operation). A typical 1 bar audio sample (in compressed Ogg Vorbis format, 48Kbps) is around 15Kb, but in order to be mixed it must first be expanded into your device RAM memory, where it might be >4 times larger!

Audio formats supported (file extensions capitalised for consistency):

Note: When using audio content, there are a number of factors that determine the size of the content item. The key ones are the tempo of the mix and how many "bars" there are in each item of content (a "bar" is a musical term which refers most commonly to 4 beats, and is the normal minimum size for a content item), and then for each item the sample rate, bit depth and whether the sample is stereo or mono.

Tempo is to do with how many beats per minute (bpm) you have in your mix, which is defined in each Pak. Tempo and the content size are closely interrelated in that a 1 bar 60bpm audio clip is 4 seconds in length (each beat is 1 second in length and there are 4 of them in a bar), and a 1 bar 120bpm audio clip a 2 seconds in length (each beat is ½ second and there are 4 of them).

MIDI Content

MIDI content is an electronic version of sheet music (in that it only contains note playback information), and it is played through the Mixtikl integral MIDI synthesizer. MIDI content has the advantage of small size, and so uses far less device memory, but it does not have the sonic impact and richness of the much larger audio content. A typical 1 bar MIDI riff is around 1Kb.

MIDI formats supported (file extensions capitalised for consistency):

Advanced Content

Various advanced content options are available within Mixtikl, and these allow greater use of the device as a music "computer", creating rich sounds from small components. This kind of content is typically in .noatikl format, and it allows the use of real software synthesisers, FX and music engines. A 1 bar .noatikl file can be just a few Kb in size, but can be set up to allow the creation of hundreds of minutes of varied and sonically rich content.

Noatikl files may contain any combination of NME parameters and PSE Modular Synth and FX network settings. Noatikl files are generative content, meaning that they are composed for you in real-time by the Noatikl Generative Music Engine.

Advanced formats supported (file extensions capitalised for consistency):

SoundFont (SF2) / DLS 1 Wavetables

The PSE multi-synth, via the Wavetable Unit, can be used to hook up MIDI or advanced content to a SF2 or DLS 1 Wavetable. The SF2/DLS Wavetable can either be in one of the pre-installed Paks, or included in a Pak you might have made. Either way, it has to be installed to your device and PSE must know the path to it.

SF2 / DLS formats supported (file extensions capitalised for consistency):

Being able to target SF2 / DLS 1 Wavetables via PSE means that MIDI playback, via the MIDI synth in PSE, can use some cool sounds and with the smallest performance overhead - all you need is the Wavetable!

Multi-bar Content

This is content in any of the above forms that plays for more than 1 bar. It can be even more effective than content of 1 bar length as it provides more continuity and variation over a longer period of time. Mixtikl is very powerful in that mixes can utilise not only 1 bar content, but also multi-bar content. Mixtikl intelligently caters for content of non-full bar length (e.g. 2 ¼ bars). When the content is not in a Tiklpak it will not simply loop the content, causing mix synching problems, but will instead pad it out with silence until it reaches the next bar boundary. Content that *is* in a Tiklpak is time- stretched/shrunk automatically to the nearest bar multiple.

The "mixtikl" file itself

When you add content into a mix, references to it are saved to the ".mixtikl" file. The mixtikl file stores all the information about what content is used in the mix and where used, together with sound FX, generative rule customisations etc. However, all content referenced in the mixtikl must be installed in Mixtikl in order for it to play - e.g. loops and MIDI files are not themselves saved to the mixtikl file!

Add-on Zipped Tiklpaks/Paks

There is a lot that can be used in Mixtikl. See here for what is available!

Navigating Mixtikl is pretty straightforward, and how you do it depends on whether you have the iOS, Android or Desktop versions.

To action or activate a cell, button or area

General Activation Areas

Controlling Knobs and Sliders (DT)

  1. Select the knob or slider control (as above);
  2. Tap/hold the bottom pop up slider control and drag L/R to select new position;
  3. Release

Keyboard Up/Down, L/R & Enter (Desktop version)

Cancelling from lists

Clearing contents of a Content or FX Cell

Desktop Control

Desktop Menus

These are shown at the top, and are only visible on the desktop versions.

Keyboard / Keypad shortcuts

In addition to being able to navigate and control Mixtikl with your mouse, the following shortcuts are available for the Desktop versions.

Mixer

Mixer Cell

Quick Help & FX


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