Noatikl 3

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3.3.3 - 23 Sept 16

Noatikl 3

Generative Music Composer

Noatikl (pronounced "noh – tickle") is a very powerful generative (MIDI) music creativity application. It is the evolution of the SSEYO Koan Generative Music System.

Noatikl generates its MIDI notes and MIDI controller events via the integrated Noatikl (MIDI) Music Engine (NME). This MIDI data can be used to drive 3rd party external MIDI software or hardware, such as synths, FX units and samplers, that you connect to Noatikl, or the integrated (but optional to use) Partikl Sound Engine (PSE), a powerful, advanced and modular synth + live FX network.

Don't forget to check out the 2 Minute Videos!

Noatikl is available for both Desktop (Windows/Mac macOS) and Mobile (iOS). Those using Desktop Audio software generally have a preferred workflow, using either a DAW with Plugins, or using and connecting a number of Standalone apps. So that you can use Noatikl Desktop in the way you prefer, there are 2 versions - Noatikl Desktop Standalone and the Noatikl Desktop Audio Plugins (VSTi/Aui). The Desktop versions (only) also have extensive built-in scripting features which allow them to be used as a customisable hyperinstruments.

This guide details the various Noatikl app interface elements and what they do, as well as other kinds of application specific things such as installation, connecting to external MIDI sources etc. When it comes to defining how the music and sounds are generated, however, we direct you instead to the NME Guide and PSE Guide which cover all relevant objects, parameters and settings available.

Quick overview on the NME and how it works

The NME utilises a range of generative / aleatoric / stochastic / algorithmic music techniques and parameters and creates MIDI notes and MIDI controller events through the interaction of 4 different kinds of NME Objects: Voice (with 6 Voice Types), Rule (Scale, Harmony, Rhythm & Next Note), Piece and File. There can be multiple instances of the first two objects in a "piece" and there are a large number of Voice Object parameters to affect and direct the composition.

Rather than being a traditional composer or instrumentalist, with the Noatikl app you are conductor, director, curator or gardener. You set up the rules and settings that let it generate a composition for you, in real time, in all its detail. Random events in combination with a powerful set of musical rules are used to create a stream of music that is ever-changing and continually fresh, but which is entirely in accordance to your personal artistic choices and musical direction. How you interpret what you hear is filtered through your own internal knowledge of music. This combination of chance and logic is what allows the music to stay fresh, interesting and unpredictable.

Install & Launch

Noatikl Mobile

Noatikl Mobile for iOS is installed via the iTunes App Store as part of the download process.

Noatikl Desktop user - which variant should you use?

Use this where:

  • You have a sequencer which does not support per-channel routing of MIDI data output by a Noatikl Plug-in variant; or
  • There is no Noatikl plugin variant for your sequencer (e.g. ProTools.); or
  • You want to create self contained noatikl pieces that use the IM synth

Versions:

  • Mac - available at the Mac App Store
  • Windows - available as a 30 day trial from the Intermorphic web store

Noatikl Desktop Standalone runs as a tool on its own, but you can also use it to generate and send MIDI events to a MIDI output device or virtual MIDI port. You can use it in this manner with any Windows (e.g. Sonar, Reaper, Cubase etc.) or Mac (Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools etc.) MIDI sequencer (also referred to as a DAW or Digital Audio Workstation) or standalone software synth or sampler.

We have created tutorials and template projects to "get you started"for some of the popular sequencers. Download the file below, extract the contents to the appropriate place on your computer, and then follow the appropriate tutorial to see how the template project works:

Use this where:

  • You have a sequencer (such as Sonar, Logic or Cubase) which supports per-channel routing of MIDI data output by a Noatikl Audio Plug-in variant; or
  • You can set up your sequencer to use a Noatikl Audio Plugin to control multiple synths, all from one instance of Noatikl (depending on how your sequencer works note timing accuracy might be dependent of the setting for the Noatikl timer resolutions). See Cubase VSTi video tutorial or Sonar VSTi video tutorial for examples.
  • NEW for Noatikl 3.3.3+: You require multiple Concurrent Instances (beyond the 2 supported as default), and/or want to use it in a Playlist mode, and/or to extend the Music End Time (the default is 32,000 seconds) and/or you require a licence to use the Noatikl Desktop Plugin for a period of Commercial Use. Contact Intermorphic and subject to payment of the required fee we will generate and provide you with the relevant Noatikl Plugin Extension key.

Versions:

  • Windows - Free for Noatikl 3 Intermorphic Webstore customers
  • Mac - Free for Noatikl 3 Mac App Store customers

If you're just using Noatikl to render audio using Noatikl's built-in PSE modular synth, then there are no special requirements for configuring a Noatikl Audio Plug-in variant to work within your DAW. Noatikl will "just work".

However, if you want to process MIDI event data from a Noatikl Audio Plug-in variant, then you are likely to have some configuration work to do first.

Challenge number one: Noatikl emits data for more than one MIDI channel

The most fundamental challenge with the Audio Plug-in variants of Noatikl, is that Noatikl is quite unique in the music world; in that it generates MIDI data across more than one MIDI channel. Why does this make things difficult? Well, most MIDI Plug-ins are designed to deal with single channels of MIDI data, such as echo or delay FX; or even to generate simple sequences that target a single MIDI channel (such as standalone bass lines or drum riffs).

However, if you were to assign a Noatikl Audio Plug-in variant to a MIDI track in your sequencer, you would find that you could attach that MIDI track to render through only one soft synth (such as a VSTi synth). This is not good ... as what you really want to do is render each channel of data generated by Noatikl through a different synth! Some sequencers are not able to split output from MIDI Plug-ins attached to a MIDI track, on a per-MIDI channel basis, to target different synthesizers with data from different MIDI channels generated by Noatikl!

That said, many sequencers do work well with the Noatikl VSTi; Reaper, Sonar and Cubase being examples.

Challenge number two: the wide variety of plug-in formats

There is a huge range of plug-in formats, each of which behaves differently on different platforms. Noatikl is a MIDI-based generative music engine, and therefore is designed to emit (and respond to) MIDI events. However, each sequencer requires a slightly different variant of plug-in!

If you wish to use Noatikl as a plug-in MIDI event generator, then which plug-in variant to use, depends on what tool you are using, and which platform you are running on (e.g. Mac macOS or Windows).

  • Reaper - Noatikl is deployed as a VST plug-in, as Reaper can route MIDI events generated from a VST plug-in into other VSTi synthesizers. Further info.
  • Logic / Garageband (for Mac) - Logic (which uses the Audio Unit Format, but which does not support VST plug-ins), simply doesn’t support MIDI event generation by any Audio Unit plug-in... but we have documented a way to work-around this this. So you have two options to consider, depending on how you like to work: either use (follow the appropriate link to view the corresponding tutorial) the Noatikl standalone version or the Noatikl AU version.
  • Cakewalk Sonar - Noatikl can be deployed in Sonar (Sonar 6 and up) as the Noatikl VSTi. See the video tutorial and further info. The output from the Noatikl Audio Plug-in this is fed-in to your favourite synthesizer to render the MIDI events generated by Noatikl using the exact sounds you want. Note that there can be some timing problems inherent in using the Noatikl VSTi with Sonar; see here for more details about how to work-around these issues.
  • Cubase - Noatikl can be deployed in Cubase Windows as the Noatikl VSTi. See the video tutorial and further info. The output from this is fed-in to your favourite VSTi to render the MIDI events using the sounds you want.
  • Ableton Live - Noatikl is deployed as a VST Plug-in (Windows) or Audio Unit Plugin (macOS), See the video tutorial and further info.

Challenge number three: not all hosts are equal!

Just to add to the challenge, not all hosts handle VSTi plug-ins correctly, and they all have their own ideosyncratic behaviours. So you'll probably need to experiment to find the Noatikl variant that works best with your favourite host. If in doubt, the standalone Noatikl version can usually be configured to work well with your sequencer; though the flexibility of the plug-in approach makes it well worth the effort in giving a plug-in variant of Noatikl a try too!

Noatikl 3 Desktop Standalone and Desktop Audio Plugins

Noatikl Desktop Standalone for Mac macOS is installed via the Mac App Store as part of the download process.

Noatikl 3 Desktop Standalone / Desktop Audio Plugin for Windows are available for download here from the Intermorphic website as 30 day trial full versions, and are installed as below. See Enter the Product Key on how to unlock them after the trial period is up.

Installing Noatikl 3 Desktop Software Downloaded from IM Website:

  • Tip: You cannot install a 64-bit version on a 32-bit OS.
  • The zip files you can download are called noatikl_win64_standalone_setup.zip or noatikl_win64_plugin_setup.zip
  • Unzipping the relevant one for your OS will extract the file e.g. noatikl_win64_standalone_setup.exe or noatikl_win64_plugin_setup.exe
  • Run to install the 64-bit versions of :
    • noatikl.exe (standalone)
    • noatikl_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 Noatikl VSTi, you might need to tell your Sequencer program to scan the appropriate folder for the Noatikl VSTi, as above.

Configuring your Windows computer so that Noatikl can route its MIDI data

  1. Install and enable loopMIDI (or other similar virtual MIDI router)
  2. Proving loopMIDI works (e.g. in Cubase)
    • Create a MIDI project
    • On MIDI track 1 enter some notes with piano roll editor
    • Set "in:" to "Not Connected"
    • Set "out:" to one of the virtual MIDI ports.
    • On MIDI track 2 set "in:" to the same MIDI port.
    • Set "out:" to be your favourite VST Synth or sampler, e.g. "The Grand SE"
    • Press transport Play, and you should hear your MIDI events being rendered through a soft synth where your MIDI events have been routed from one track to the other through the virtual MIDI driver.

Sequencer-specific Plug-in notes

The Audio Unit plugin does not require a Product Key, but instead a Mac App Store purchased and installed version of Noatikl 3.

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

  • The downloaded zip file is called noatikl_AU_mac.component.zip.
  • Unzipping it will extract the file noatikl_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 Noatikl can route its MIDI data

Use the following steps, which are also shown in one of the video tutorials:

  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.subtlesoft.square7.net/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 Noatikl 3

  • iPhone / iPad / iPod touch:
    • Tap the Noatikl 3 app icon in the App screen.
  • Desktop PC or Mac:
    • on Windows PC, select
      Start > Programs > Intermorphic > Noatikl
    • on Mac run
      Finder > Applications > Noatikl

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

Windows Product Key

Noatikl 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: From Noatikl 3 the Product Key for the Noatikl Desktop Standalone version and Noatikl Desktop Audio Plugin are both the same. 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 Noatikl
    • Noatikl Desktop Standalone is launched as you would launch any standalone software.
    • Noatikl Desktop Audio Plugin must be launched via the VST host you are using it in.
  • From the Noatikl / Noatikl Plugin Main Menu select Help > Noatikl Product Key.
  • A dialog box will pop up, and you should 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.
  • See also the Noatikl Plug-in for details on the Plug-in Extension Key (this is something different).

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 Noatikl

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

iPhone / iPad / iPod touch:

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

PC:

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

Mac:

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

Quick Start

The following short text tutorials are to get you started fast, doing some very basic things with minimum fuss. The principles are the same for both Noatikl Desktop and Noatikl Mobile (even if slightly different).

Noatikl 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.

  1. Launch Noatikl
  2. Open a piece:
    • Mobile: From the Files Screen tap on a file to load it and the piece will open in Design View.
      • When installed, Noatikl 3 iOS should come with some demo pieces pre-installed; If these files are for some reason not there then if you have access to a desktop computer and iCloud Drive you can download a zip of them from here and then just unzip that in the iCloud Drive folder.
    • Desktop:
      • Menu > File > Open and the select a file.
      • When installed, Noatikl 3 should add some demo pieces to the Intermorphic Folder : Mac macOS ~/Music/Intermorphic/ and Windows: %HOMEPATH%\Music\Intermorphic. If these files are not there you can download a zip of them from here and then just unzip that in the Intermorphic Folder or iCloud Drive folder.
      • Mac OS Tip: Were you to already have pieces saved locally and you use iCloud, then Noatikl 3 will likely save these to the iCloud Drive folder.
  3. Play the piece:
    • Mobile: Tap the Play/Stop toggle button in the bottom toolbar
    • Desktop: Tap the Play/Stop toggle button in the top toolbar
  4. Add a Template Voice:
    • Mobile:
      • Tap the + button in the bottom toolbar (next to Play/Stop toggle).
      • In the pop up list, tap any Pak on the left of the list (e.g. "IM3_Drones") and on the right tap a content item (e.g. "Choral lowfi"), which also previews that item (or select Pak "Noatikl Seed" if you want to add a new default Voice of one of the 5 Voice Types).
      • Tap the top right Merge item and press OK to add it to the existing piece.
    • Desktop:
      • Select any parameter of a Voice you want to add a new Voice AFTER.
      • Select Menu > File > New to see the list of Templates available (or select Menu > Edit > Add Voice to add a new default Voice)
      • Tap a content item in the Template list which also previews that item, and then tap the Merge button to add it to the existing piece.
  5. Save your piece:
    • Mobile: Tap top left Menu icon and you will see the Files Button Popup where you can decided what to do next on the way back to the Files Screen. In the Files Screen, tap on the file name with "untitled" text in it and enter a name for the piece ("MyPiece"), and then press the OK button.
    • Desktop: Select Menu > File > Save, enter "MyPiece" in the Save As field and find the folder to save it to iCloud folder or the Intermorphic Folder or the iCloud Drive folder as preferred or appropriate to you.
  1. Launch Noatikl
  2. Create a Piece:
    • Mobile: From the Files Screen tap the Create New "+" icon. Tap Standard Templates Pak on the left, tap Simple File template on the right and then tap the top right New button and you will be returned to the Design View with a new piece based on that template. Press Play to hear it.
    • Desktop: Select Menu > File > New to show the template list and from Standard Templates select the Simple file template; press the New button at the top of the template list to be returned to the main screen with a piece based on that template. Press Play to hear it.
  3. Assign MIDI channel (optional, as MIDI channel 1 should already be assigned): Tap and hold the Voice on the left and drag to the MIDI channel 1 box to the right (as you drag all of the MIDI channel boxes will become visible).
  4. Change Wavetable SF2 sound: Tap the Synth box (to the right of the MIDI box) to launch the Partikl Network Editor and in that tap the purple box marked "1 Wavetable". In the left hand SF2/DLS drop box select IM Synths and in the right Patches drop box select "11-VoxA" and press the top left button twice in a row (Desktop: "OK"; Mobile: "MIDI 1 Synth", then "Design") to return to the Design Screen with your new sound.
  5. Change Track FX: The Track FX (if any) is applied to just the track. Tap the FX box (to the right of the Synth box) to launch the Partikl Network Editor and in that tap the Folder button (Desktop) or Action button, then Open (mobile) to open the FX preset list. Select "Chorus default" and press the top left "OK" button (Desktop) or "Design" button (Mobile) to return to the Design Screen with your new FX.
  6. Change Global FX: The Global FX (if any) is applied to the whole piece and it's operation is just like a track FX, above. Tap the Glob FX box (to the right of and above all the tracks) to launch the Partikl Network Editor and in that tap the top toolbar Folder button to open the FX preset list. Select "Reverb default". Exit this screen as above.
  7. Save your piece: Follow the instructions in the first tutorial and save to "MyPiece2"
  1. Launch Noatikl
  2. Open the piece "MyPiece2" you saved in Tutorial 2 and play it.
  3. Change track volume/pan:

    Either:

    • Both: Tap the Track FX button and enter the "Amp" unit that you will see after the Chorus unit. Change the Level slider to suit (Tip: If you want to change the volume level for the whole piece, just go into the Global FX and add an Amp unit at the end by tapping to the right of the last FX unit and selecting Amplifier in the pop up list), or;
      • Mobile: Tap the bottom tab bar Blend icon to go to the Blend View, then drag the Voice icon around the screen to change its volume (up/down) and pan (left/right).
      • Desktop: In the left hand side Parameter Group display select the "Voice - User Env 1- Volume" parameter group. In the Envelope parameter control shown on the right, either draw on it with your mouse, or right click on it and select one of the options. Pan: Select the "Voice - User Env 1 - Pan" parameter instead and change the Envelope parameter control.
  4. Change track mute/solo:
    • Mobile: In the Blend View, tap on a Voice icon and from the pop up control select either Mute or Solo. Tip: You can also use the Mute or Solo button in the bottom toolbar.
    • Desktop: Check or uncheck the Mute parameter or, to solo just one Voice, select and hold the keyboard Control key when you select the Mute parameter.
  5. Change Voice pitch:
    • Mobile: Tap on a Voice icon and from the pop up control select Edit to enter the Voice View. Tap the left hand Basics group and then in the right of the screen scroll to find the Pitch parameter and use the slider or +/- control to change it. Tap the bottom Degin tab to return to the Design View.
    • Desktop: In the left hand side Parameter Group display select the "Voice - Basics" parameter group and then in the right hand side parameter grid change the value of the Pitch parameter using +/- control or just type a value in that parameter's grid cell.
  6. Export a piece:
    • Mobile: Tap top right "Action" icon and choose how you want to export it!
    • Desktop: Select Menu > File > Export and chose whether to "Export as mail" (a file attached to an Email) or "Export" which copies it to the clipboard.

Noatikl Desktop [DT]

Noatikl Desktop comes in Standalone and AudioPlugin (VSTi / AUi) versions. It is a deep product and it does take time to master - but it is worth the effort. This section will go though the main areas of the desktop interface so that you can become familiar with what does what and we will go on from there.

Note: do also check out Noatikl Mobile, which has the majority of the power of Noatikl Desktop.

Before you start ...

Ensure you have installed Noatikl Desktop and have it correctly setup for MIDI Out if you wish to use that. If you use Logic, also note the special instructions for Logic.

OK, let's get going!

When you first load Noatikl Desktop you see the following screen which gives you some quick pointers on what to do next:

Noatikl Start screen

Noatikl Start screen

Playing your first piece

Noatikl comes with several demo pieces for you to try out. In the Desktop versions these are installed to the "Intermorphic Folder". Once you have finished with them you can delete them if you want. If you want to get them back again, just download a zip of the demo pieces and unzip that in the Intermorphic Folder.

To load and play them, from the menu select File > Open. Once the piece has loaded, just press the Noatikl Play button and enjoy!

Noatikl Desktop Interface

Noatikl Desktop UI

The screenshot above was taken of Noatikl playing the "Demo - Cosmic" piece and it contains a number of generators (voices). This helps illustrate the different areas in the Desktop interface.

Control Bar

The top "Control" bar contains the Play/Stop button (press Play to hear Noatikl), as well as information on piece progress, and fast access to some key MIDI options (as these are very important for many Noatikl users).

Play and Stop
Progress indicators

When the piece is playing, you will see various interesting properties get displayed in the Playback group:

MIDI Output

Whether or not you have "Partikl?" checked (which allows sounds and FX to be rendered via the PSE), you can optionally ask Noatikl to deliver MIDI event data from the Voices in your piece to a MIDI Output device.

If you are running within a sequencer which does not support MIDI routing from one VST to another then you must select any value other than "Sequencer MIDI Pipeline" (otherwise your MIDI events will not generate any sound in the sequencer).

If you are using some other VST Host which allows MIDI data to be routed from one VST into another one (e.g. Reaper), then you may select any of the available options; though you are most likely to want to select the "Sequencer MIDI Pipeline" option.

MIDI Input

You can tell Noatikl to listen-out for incoming MIDI data on the specified port. Noatikl can use incoming MIDI information for various purposes, including synchronisation and as a hyper-instrument through Listening Voices.

Checkboxes

Voice / Generator Network Editor

The central "Generator Network" editor / panel is where you marry voices (note generators) to MIDI channels, PSE synth sounds and FX. It shows a view of all NME Voices, together with cells showing the associated MIDI channel and any PSE Synth, Track FX and Global FX settings. Refer to the NME Guide for information on Voice and Piece parameters and the PSE Guide for information on Synth and FX parameters and Networks.

This panel lets you:

If you drag from a Voice box to a MIDI channel box that will tell the system that the Voice will play through the defined MIDI channel. If a new voice is added to a piece, the voice won't be assigned to a specific MIDI channel; if you haven't yet hooked-up a Voice to a MIDI channel, Noatikl will decide on a free MIDI channel to hook-up the Voice to when it starts playing.

Object Type View

The left view lets you select which type of NME Objects you want to edit the parameters for in the Parameter panel below.

Object Type View

Object Type View

NME Parameters View

The bottom "Parameters" view contains a table where you can view and edit all of the NME Objects and Parameters that make-up your Noatikl composition. It gives you access access to all the editors for the group of objects and parameters you select in the left panel. In the above picture, the Voices are listed together with their basic parameter values. Voices will flash here to show that they are playing a note.

You can add Voices (or other musical objects) within the table, so that each row represents a different Voice, and each column represents a different attribute of that Voice. Use the menu items to add, delete and copy voices and other objects.

File Menu

Note: If you are Noatikl for macOS, Noatikl 3.1+ for iOS and also use iCloud, then you might find it best to put your files in your Mac's the iCloud Drive folder. You can open and save to that folder and it means you can easily synch your Noatikl files between macOS and iOS devices that share the same iCloud account. See the iCloud FAQ.

Edit menu

Use the Edit menu items to copy and paste object parameters. The menu items available under Edit are as follows:

Control menu

Use the Control menu items to play / stop tracks. The menu items available under Control are as follows:

Tools menu

Use the Tools menu items to access integrated helper utilities. The menu items currently available under Tools are as follows:

Options menu
Help menu
Preferences menu

Mac: Noatikl 3 > Preferences...

Windows: Options > Preferences...

Plug-ins: Options > Preferences...

Use the relevant Preferences menu item to define the key settings that the way that Noatikl works. These include settings for MIDI CC Events, and also to allow automatic MIDI recording of a live playback (see also Tools), as follows:

Preferences Menu

Preferences Menu

MIDI Events

Automatic MIDI File Recording

Miscellaneous

Plug-in

Refer also to the Plug-in section.

Plug-in [DT]

The Noatikl 3 Desktop Plug-in for Mac (AUi) and Noatikl 3 Desktop Plug-in for Windows (VSTi) are both free for Non-Commercial Use for those who have purchased and installed the respective Desktop Standalone versions from the Mac App Store or Intermorphic Web Store.

Under Non-Commercial Use we allow making recordings for Commercial Use, but for the avoidance of doubt we do not include live generation of music for Commercial Use.

The Noatikl Plug-ins can be downloaded from our website and are provided "As is". Just like the Desktop Standalone versions they have a Music End Time of 32,000 seconds (nearly 9 hours, and the maximum value of the Piece Length parameter). The Plug-ins support up to 2 concurrent instance operation in a 3rd party licenced DAW.

Once installed, Plug-in activation is as follow:

See also the Noatikl Preferences menu which allows special modes of operation for the Plug-in(s).

The forgoing capabilities should be plenty for anyone wishing to make music with it in a non-commercial capacity. However, if you need to do more, it is possible to extend certain capabilities: see below.

Commercial and Extended Use

The Noatikl 3 Desktop Plug-in V3.3.3+ also supports the use of an Extension Key. This is a simple and flexible mechanism that allows us to licence the Plug-ins for Commercial and/or Extended Use e.g. for use as a live background generative music generator for installations, exhibitions, offices, public spaces etc.

To see the Extension Key screen, from the Noatikl Plug-in UI in your DAW go Menu > Help > Noatikl Plug-in Extension Key.

Noatikl Plug-in Extension Key Screen

Plug-in Extension Key Screen

Contact Intermorphic if you require a licence to use the Noatikl Desktop Plugin for any of the following. We will discuss your needs and the duration of licence required and, subject to payment of the required fee, we will then generate and provide you with the relevant Noatikl Plugin Extension Key. In all cases the Noatikl Plug-in operation is "As Is" and you will require a suitably powerful/configured PC, DAW and suitable multi-channel audio output hardware.

MIDI Routing [DT]

If you want to send MIDI output from Noatikl to a MIDI port or device, you will need to redirect the "MIDI Output" from Noatikl using a technique appropriate to your version of Noatikl.

If you are using a DAW/Sequencer, you must also assign one or more MIDI tracks to listen-out to the port to which you are directing your Noatikl output! Note that for quick testing of this approach on Windows, you have the option of directly targeting your built-in Windows wavetable synth.

You'll find a lot of information on how to configure the various variants of Noatikl in the Noatikl FAQ.

What Sequencers support direct sending of MIDI data from Noatikl, onwards to other Instrument Plug-ins?

Reaper for Mac and Windows:

Reaper is very easy to use with the Noatikl VSTi or Noatikl Audio Unit!

Follow these instructions to get something playing in under two minutes!

  1. Run Reaper.
  2. New Project (it'll have started with a new project anyways).
  3. Track -> Insert New Track.
  4. Click the "FX" button in the silvery panel on the LHS side; that panel is basically the controller for the track, the FX is how you attach FX chains (VST/AU) to the track...
  5. Type noatikl in the filter list to make it easy to find...select either the AU or VSTi version of Noatikl, and press OK.
  6. In Noatikl, File -> New -> Simple (or open a file you already have).
  7. In Reaper, press the play button

Logic / Logic Express / GarageBand for Mac

To use Noatikl AU with Logic is very easy; simply download the template project zip and follow the video tutorial.

Cakewalk (e.g. Sonar, HomeStudio) for Windows:

Sonar works well with the Noatikl VSTi (albeit with some possible keyboard issues in older versions of Sonar)! There can also be some timing problems inherent in using the Noatikl VSTi with Sonar; see here for more details about how to work-around these issues.

The steps for using Noatikl VSTi under Sonar Home Studio (which is similar to Sonar Studio/Producer) are as follows (see also the video tutorial). These steps might also work (in slightly different form) with earlier versions of Sonar; let us know if you find out.

Configuring the Noatikl VSTi the first time, for use with Sonar

When you've first copied the Noatikl VSTi to your computer, be sure to scan for the VSTi. On my machine, this involves the following steps:

  • Select Tools -> Cakewalk Plug-in Manager from the Menu
  • In the VST Configuration section, click on the Options button. Add to the list of scan paths, the folder to which you copied the noatikl_VSTi_win.dll file (on my machine, this is C:\Program Files\Steinberg\Cubase SE 3\Vstplugins, but could also be something like C:\Program Files\Vstplugins) .
  • Press the Scan VST Plug-ins button.
  • Noatikl VSTi_win should now appear in the VST Instruments (VSTi) Plug-in Category.

Using the Noatikl VSTI within your Sonar Project

  • Step 1: Add the Noatikl VSTi to your project
    • To add the Noatikl VSTi to your project, do not start by using the synth rack; it will crash Sonar.
    • Insert the Noatikl VSTi by right-clicking the FX bin of an audio track; select the Noatikl VSTi plug-in.
    • Load-up a Noatikl file (or create a new one) within noatikl. That will give you something to hear in a moment. Make sure you set the MIDI Channel parameter for each voice, so you can be sure which software synth you want to direct it to.
    • Next, open-up the Synth Rack (Views -> Synth Rack)
    • Right-click on the far-right pane of the Noatikl VSTi, and click on "Enable MIDI Output". This lets Sonar use the MIDI output data emitted from the VSTi by noatikl. If you forget this step, Noatikl will remain silent.
    • Close the Synth Rack.
  • Step 2: Add some Software Synths
    • Add as many software synths as you want to your Sonar Project; one for every distinct sound you want rendered by your Noatikl piece. Each software synth is on a separate audio track, of course.
  • Step 3. Prepare your MIDI tracks.
    • Create one MIDI track per Noatikl MIDI channel that you're interested in. For every such track:
      • You must make sure that Input Echo is turned-on! Note: you can see weird behaviour with Sonar, where changing one MIDI track's Input Echo status can reset the Input Echo status of another track (!); watch-out for this. The way to avoid this is first to select the Options -> Global -> General menu item, and ensure that the "Always Echo Current MIDI Track" item is not checked (the default behaviour is that this is checked, which is not what you want).
      • Select the MIDI Input as the appropriate Noatikl MIDI output (for example, noatikl_VSTi_in 1-> MIDI Ch.1). Set a separate Noatikl MIDI output channel for each MIDI track.
      • Set the output device as the appropriate software synth that you added earlier.
    • We have found that if you should set-up at least some MIDI data in at least one track (such as dummy MIDI controller events), otherwise the Noatikl data will be ignored! You probably also want to set a loop start and end point (presumably, choosing a loop size equal to or greater than your Noatikl Piece Length).
    • Save your project before you forget
  • Step 4: play and enjoy
    • Start playback - enjoy what you hear! Note that of course if you have too many software synths in your project, or are running on a slow computer, you might hear some audio break-up.

Cubase for Mac and Windows:

Cubase Windows works well with the Noatikl VSTi. The steps for using it with Cubase are as follows (see also the video tutorial). These steps might also work (in slightly different form) with other Steinberg authoring tools; let us know if you find out.

Configuring the Noatikl VSTi the first time, for use with Cubase

When you've first copied the Noatikl VSTi to your computer, be sure to scan for the VSTi.

Using the Noatikl VSTI within your Cubase project

  • Step 1: Add the Noatikl VSTi to your project
    • To add the Noatikl VSTi to your project, launch the VST Instruments window by selecting Devices -> VST Instruments from the menu
    • Insert the Noatikl VSTi by clicking the top area in the first VST instrument slot; select the Noatikl VSTi plug-in (noatikl_VSTi_win or noatikl_VSTi_mac).
    • Load-up a Noatikl file (or create a new one) within noatikl. That will give you something to hear in a moment. Make sure you set the MIDI Channel parameter for each voice, so you can be sure which software synth you want to direct it to.
  • Step 2: Add some Software Synths
    • Return to the VST Instruments window.
    • Add as many software synths as you want to your Project; one for every distinct sound you want rendered by your Noatikl piece. In the above screen shot, you'll see three soft synths that have been set-up in the VST Instruments window, listed after the Noatikl VSTi plug-in.
  • Step 3. Prepare your MIDI tracks.
    • Create one MIDI track per Noatikl MIDI channel that you're interested in. For every such track:
      • Select the MIDI Input ("in") as the appropriate Noatikl MIDI output (for example, noatikl_VSTi_win or noatikl_VSTi_mac ).
      • To ensure that your MIDI track listens-out to only one of the MIDI channels output by Noatikl, select the Input Transformer button, and select the Local entry in the pop-up list that appears. In the presets drop box, select Channel Filtering followed by the specific channel that you want to listen to. Finally, set the Active Module 1 checkbox, and close the window. In case you find these instructions confusing, you should find that they are made clear in the video tutorial.
      • Set the MIDI Output ("out") to be the appropriate software synth that you added earlier.
      • You must make sure that Record Enable is turned-o.
    • Save your project before you forget
  • Step 4: play and enjoy
    • Start playback - enjoy what you hear. Note that of course if you have too many software synths in your project, or are running on a slow computer, you might hear some audio break-up.

Ableton Live for Mac and Windows:

The steps for using Noatikl VSTi under Ableton Live are as follows; these steps apply to both the Windows and Mac versions of Ableton Live.

Configuring the Noatikl VSTi the first time, for use with Ableton Live

When you've first copied the Noatikl VSTi to your computer, be sure to scan for the VSTi from Ableton. Once done, you should see noatikl_VSTi_win (Windows) or noatikl_VSTi_mac (Mac) in Ableton's list of "Plug-In Devices".

Using the Noatikl VSTI within your Ableton Live Project

  • Step 1: Add the Noatikl VSTi to your project
    • Add the Noatikl VSTi by selecting the plug-ins view, and dragging noatikl_VSTi_win (Windows) or noatikl_VSTi_mac (Mac) from Ableton's list of "Plug-In Devices" on to a MIDI track.
    • Show the input/output options for your tracks; set the track with Noatikl on it, such that input is set to "No Input".
    • Show the Noatikl editor window, and set-up a file to play (e.g. create a couple of voices).
    • Set the Noatikl MIDI Output to be a spare MIDI port; such as MIDI Yoke NT 1 (Windows) or IAC Port 1 (Mac); you can then hide Noatikl if you want to clear some screen space.
  • Step 2: Add some Software Synths
    • Create another MIDI track.
    • Drag a VSTi synth onto that track.
    • Make that track's MIDI Input to be the MIDI Port to which Noatikl is sending its data; such as MIDI Yoke NT 1 (Windows) or IAC Port 1 (Mac) in this example.
  • Step 3: play and enjoy
    • Start it all playing
    • If you can't hear anything, make sure that the green "on" button was set in the bottom panel in Ableton where Noatikl is shown. If this isn't enabled, you won't see Noatikl flash away when playing notes; so that is a clue to if you need to press this button or not!

Pro Tools

Logic [DT]

There is a separate section just for Logic and Noatikl Standalone. This because to run Noatikl under the direct control of Logic's own transport controls, and also route MIDI event data from Noatikl such that Logic can pick-up that data, requires that a little bit of preparation work is done first.

Logic sums all incoming midi data to the current active track in the arrange window because this is normally what you might want. However, it isn't what you want with Noatikl and the Logic manual isn't clear as to how to change this.

Using Noatikl Desktop Standalone application with Logic Pro:

  1. Enable IAC bus and assign this as the Noatikl output
  2. Launch Logic
  3. Select first track in the Arrange window and create an Audio Instrument track.
  4. Insert instrument plug-in of choice.
  5. Set MIDI channel of this instrument to 1
  6. Arm for recording
  7. Repeat for up to fifteen other tracks - assigning each one to a different MIDI channel
  8. Go to File -> Song Settings -> Recordings
  9. Check the box marked "Auto demix by channel if multitrack recording"

This now works correctly i.e. setting Noatikl to transmit on c1 directs the data to the first instrument in Logic, transmitting on c2 goes to the second etc.

You are now ready to make amazing music with Noatikl and Logic on your Mac.

Noatikl, Logic and MIDI feedback

Noatikl V1.5+ listens to incoming MIDI data to allow you to create dynamic hyperinstruments.

In order to use this feature in the standalone version of Noatikl, Logic users need to take certain steps to eliminate the risk of MIDI feedback.

Due to the way Logic implements it's own MIDI through system, it is essential for Noatikl to use different MIDI ports for MIDI in and MIDI out. Port sharing will cause MIDI feedback, lockups and the risk of system crashes.

Instructions for using the IAC driver.

Open Audio/MIDI setup in the Applications/Utilities folder. Select the MIDI tab.

Double click on the IAC icon and select Ports Click on the Add port button underneath the ports window. Accept the default setting by clicking Apply.

In Noatikl select IAC bus 1 as the MIDI output bus and IAC bus 2 as the MIDI input bus

Launch Logic.

Open the Environment window (Command 8) and select the Clicks and Ports layer.

Click on New -> Monitor to create a new Monitor object. Draw a cable from the Midi input object from IAC Bus 2 and connect it to this monitor. Do not connect the output of this monitor to any other object in the environment.

In the arrange page, select "Settings -> Synchronisation". Click on the MIDI tab. Set the MIDI clock destination tab to be IAC Bus 2 and you are good to go.

Instructions for MidiPipe

See also: Noatikl video tutorial - "creating your first piece on Mac" which will get you going with MidiPipe by SubtleSoft in 1 minute.

To create a second MidiPipe port, drag another MIDI in and MIDI out into your current pipe.

Select the second MIDI input and click on the blue menu display tab to show all the MIDI inputs. Click on Edit virtual Inputs

Click on New Virtual Input to add the second input, repeat this in the Virtual Outputs view to create a new virtual output. Click Done.

Highlight the first Midi output in the pipe. Ensure the box marked Pass Through is unchecked (this box is checked by default).

Save your Pipe.

In Noatikl select MidiPipe input 1 as the output and MidiPipe Output 2 as the input.

Instructions for Logic

Launch Logic.

Open the Environment window (Command 8) and select the Clicks and Ports layer.

Click on New -> Monitor to create a new Monitor object. Draw a cable from the MIDI input object from MidiPipe Output 2 and connect it to this monitor. Do not connect the output of this monitor to any other object in the environment.

In the arrange page, select Settings -> Synchronisation. Click on the MIDI tab. Set the midi clock destination tab to be MidiPipe Input 2

Noatikl Mobile [MO]

Load Screen

Noatikl 3 Mobile Load screen

Noatikl Mobile for iOS (available at the Apple App Store) has all the power of Noatikl Desktop (including support for PSE Soundfont (SF2) Wavetables) except that it does not support Scripting, Listening Voices or MIDI transport controls.

That said, it has a useful "Blend" mode for X-Y blending of elements with a "drift" facility as well as support for Inter-App Audio / Audiobus and CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI. As with Noatikl Desktop, Noatikl Mobile takes a bit of time to master - but it is worth the effort.

This Noatikl Mobile section goes though the main areas of the mobile interface so that you can become familiar with what does what and we will go on from there. The parameters are all detailed in the preceding Noatikl desktop sections.

The "Views"

There are four main "Views" selectable via the bottom tab bar (see Views below). The first two views are where you design and blend pieces and are unsurprisingly called the Design and Blend views. The other two views are the Voices and Piece views, but more on those later. OK, let's get started, and to do that, we load Noatikl and from the Files screen open and play one of the included demo pieces!

Files [MO]

The Files screen is where you can create a new noatikl file, open one you have previously saved or delete/duplicate files.

Note: If you are using both Noatikl 3.1+ for macOS and Noatikl 3.1+ for iOS then 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 files will also appear in your Mac's iCloud Drive folder, meaning you can easily synch your Noatikl files between macOS and iOS devices that share the same iCloud account. See the iCloud FAQ.

Files Screen

Tap to zoom

Top Panel

New: Select New to create a new file.

Action:

Settings: Select for Settings used in Noatikl, 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 thumbnails to open a previously created file. The thumbnail is a representation of the generator network in your piece. 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.

Templates [MO]

The Templates screen is where you select and open templates that you want to base a new piece on (when accessed via Files screen) or add to the current piece (when accessed via Design/Blend views).

Templates Screen

Templates Screen

Top Panel

On the left of the top panel is a button that takes you back to the screen you came from. Depending on how you accessed this screen, on the right is shown one of the following:

Template List

On the left is the Pak (a kind of grouping) and on the right the template. Tap a template to preview it. Tap it again to stop the preview.

Saved Files

Always shown at the top for easy accesss, this is list of pieces you have already created and saved.

Standard (Empty) Templates

There are two simple templates that you can choose as plain starters.

Noatikl Seed (Voicetype) Templates

These let you start a new piece with a particular voice type.

Tiklpak Templates

Noatikl Mobile includes all the templates that are in Noatikl, grouped by Tiklpak. There are a lot of templates, so just scroll down the screen as you would any list in iOS.

Design [MO]

The Design view is where you will do your piece construction and set up.

Design Screen

Design View

Top Panel

The top panel contains the "Files" button on the left and the "Action" button on the right which is used to export the Noatikl file to clipboard (e.g. for use in Wotja) or to send it as an Email attachment.

Files Button

If you press this button you will see the Files Button Popup with the following options:

Piece Status Panel

Below this is the small Piece status panel and this shows the piece name, elapsed time in Measures:Beats:Ticks format (MBT), elapsed piece position (%) relative to the piece duration and the piece tempo.

Global FX Panel

The output from every FX is added together and passed through a PSE Global FX Network. If you want to use a Global FX, click the "Glob FX" button to invoke the Global FX editor dialog. This dialog looks the same as for the Track FX dialog.

By default, the dialog shows no FX units. You can alter the network to use a custom set of sound FX units in various configurations; or select from a list of built-in preset FX.

Voice / Generator Network Editor

The central "Generator Network" editor / panel is where you marry voices (note generators) to MIDI channels, PSE synth sounds and FX. It shows a view of all Noatikl NME Voices, together with cells showing the associated MIDI channel and any PSE Synth, Track FX and Global FX settings.

Tap/hold on a voice and you can drag it up/down to change the voice order. If you drag from a Voice button to a MIDI channel box that will tell the system that the Voice will play through the defined MIDI channel. If a new voice is added to a piece, the voice won't be assigned to a specific MIDI channel; if you haven't yet hooked-up a Voice to a MIDI channel, Noatikl will decide on a free MIDI channel to hook-up the Voice to when it starts playing.

Tap on a voice to get a standard iOS pop-up menu (Edit | Mute / Hear | Solo / All | Delete | Copy / Paste). To Paste a voice (once copied) you must tap an existing voice and then select Paste.

Toolbar

The toolbar contains the Play/Stop control, as well as a button to add templates, buttons for mute and solo screens, and a help/more button.

Views

At the bottom of the screen are 4 tabs that allow you to display the 4 main views, Design, Blend, Voices and Piece.

Blend [MO]

The Blend view is where you will do your piece blending (easily change volume and pan settings) and also have fun with the drifting capability (where voices can auto blend)!

Blend Screen

Blend View

Top Panel

The top panel contains the "Files" button on the left and the "Drift" button on the right. The 4 Drift options are: Manual (blend), Drift, Flock, Drift & Flock.

Piece Status Panel

As Design screen.

Central Area

The central area shows the piece voices and you drag them left/right to change their pan position, or up down to change their volume. Tap on a voice to get a pop-up menu (Edit | Mute / Hear | Solo / All | Delete | Copy / Paste | Pin). Selecting Pin will allow you to anchor that voice so that it will not drift.

Toolbar

As Design view

Views

As Design view.

Voices [MO]

The Voices view is where you edit all the parameter values for each of the voices in the piece. Simply select the Parameter Group on the left hand side, and then edit the parameters on the right!

Voices View

Voices View

Top Panel

On the left of the top panel is a "Files" button and on the right is Undo/Redo.

Voice # Selector

Tap left or right of this to quickly move between NME Voices.

NME Voice Parameter Groups (left panel)

Tap one of the groups to display, on the left, the parameters for that group. Refer to the NME Guide for information on Voice parameters.

Piece [MO]

The Piece view is where you edit all the NME Piece parameter values for the piece itself. Simply select the Parameter Group on the left hand side, and then edit the parameters on the right. Refer to the NME Guide for information on parameters.

Piece View

Piece View

Top Panel

On the left of the top panel is a "Files" button and on the right is Undo/Redo.

NME Piece Parameter Groups (left panel)

Tap one of the groups to display, on the left, the parameters for that group. Refer to the NME Guide for information on Piece parameters.

Tips

The Piece parameters can make a big difference how your piece sounds, especially the tempo and root. When exporting a piece for use in Mixtikl, remember that it is best to use a maximum piece length (32,000 seconds).

If you are going to be making your piece available for others to use, you may well wish to include your own copyright statement for the piece. Each voice can also have its own copyright statement.

Settings [MO]

This screen is where you configure how you want Noatkl to play its sounds and how to control other apps via Audiobus and Core MIDI.

Settings Screen

Settings Screen

Top Panel

On the left of the top panel is a button that takes you back to where you have come from.

Information

The first item on this screen, the Information button takes you to the Information screen which shows the version number and has a number of useful links including to this User Guide.

Audio Output

Note: Inter-App Audio and Audiobus are on by default. To use either of these you need to route Noatikl via an Inter-App Audio or AudioBus enabled app.

Partikl (PSE) Synth for Sounds & FX: On by default. Enables PSE sounds, which all voices use as this is the sound generator for Noatikl. Turn this to off when you want to play through an external synth(s) and you do not want to hear the PSE sounds as well. NOTE: When this is set to OFF you will not hear anything from Noatikl unless you have a MIDI device connected (and you will hear sounds through that instead).

Audio Rate: 44 kHz by default. 44 kHz gives the highest quality sound output from the modular synth (should you be using that). Depending on how complex your piece is in terms of sounds and FX, however, older devices might struggle at this output rate. In which case, you can try reducing how hard Noatikl works the processor by reducing the output rate to 22 kHz.

MIDI Input

Note: MIDI Input is only used by Listening Voices.

Tap the MIDI Input button to go to the MIDI Input Devices screen where you will see toggles for all MIDI Input Devices detected by Noatikl.

Enable MIDI Input Toggle

Shown at the bottom of the screen, don't forget to turn this on (it is on by default) if you want Noatikl to detect incoming MIDI!

MIDI Output

Core MIDI: Off by default. When enabled, tells Noatikl to send-out MIDI events via Core MIDI. Apps that are Core MIDI enabled can take advantage of this.

Virtual MIDI: Off by default. When enabled, causes Noatikl to present a number of Virtual MIDI ports - one Omni (all channels) and 16 per-channel virtual MIDI ports - and Noatikl sends MIDI events as Virtual MIDI ports over Core MIDI.

MIDI Clock: Off by default. When enabled, tells Noatikl to send-out MIDI Clock events over Core MIDI / Omni channel.

Latency: 100ms by default. Sets Latency (milliseconds) to apply to MIDI events sent-out to Core MIDI / Virtual MIDI by Noatikl. Use to help remove jitter if using e.g. Network MIDI.

Tuning: Off by default. Useful option for tuning external analog synths - causes all notes sent-out by Noatikl to be "forced" to the specified pitch.

Miscellaneous

Show Noatikl 2 Content

This toggle allows you to hide the older Noatikl 2 templates, making it easier to see what is new for Noatikl 3.

Rule Editor [MO]

This view is where you select and (real-time) edit the Rules used in your voice or piece - be they Scale, Harmony, Next Note or Rhythm rules.

Rule Editor View

Rule Editor View

Rule Edit area

This control lets you change the rule elements. Tap on the element to change its value. The composition engine accomodates all rule changes in real-time - which can be a lot of fun!

So that you can tell when a voice using the currently selected rule composes using it, it flashes the colour of the voice type used by that voice. This is primarily to remind you that other voices rely on that rule, so if you are going to change it then the way other voices compose may change, too. It can be useful to have the same rule used by all voices, but if you want to, then each voice can have its own rule!

Rule List

Below the Rule Edit area is a scrollable list contains all of the defined rules. Tap a rule to select it so that you can edit it in the Rule Edit area above.

Toolbar

The toolbar contains the Add Rule button, as well as a the Edit Rule Name, Cut, Copy and Paste buttons and the Delete button. When you select the Add Rule button you are presented with a set of included default rules. For Scale rules these include Major, Minor, Dorian, Hypodorian, Hypolydian, Hypomixolydian, Hypophyrgian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Pentatonic, Phrygian.

Pattern Editor [MO]

This view is where you edit all the Pattern parameters. Patterns are a little tricky to use in the mobile version (because of limited string editing), so be aware.

Patterns View

Patterns View

Edit Pattern

Tap in the field to edit the NME Pattern or Sub-pattern. The NME Pattern Syntax can take a bit of getting used to and you will need to study it carefully if you want to use patterns.

Toolbar

The toolbar contains the Add Pattern button, as well as a the Up and Down buttons to move patterns up and down, the Delete pattern button and the Presets button. Select the Presets button display a list of preset included patterns to choose from.

IMPORTANT: The pattern you select in the presets list OVERWRITES your current selected pattern.

Tip

Patterns are a way that can be used to create hidden structure in a piece. Set up a voice to be of Voice Type Pattern, set its volume to be zero (e.g. in the Blend view), but do not mute it (or it will not count in terms of composition). Then, follow that Fixed Pattern voice with another voice. Set up the following voice with Chords Strategy set to Chordal Harmony and you will never hear the pattern but it will be used as an invisible skeleton around which to compose! If you want to hear the pattern, set Follows Strategy to Semitone Shift.

Credits

Intermorphic is just Tim Cole & Pete Cole and we have many people to thank for their support and help at different times over the years. Their efforts have helped us get to where we are today with all the IM apps/tools, including Noatikl and the NME (which is in all our apps). The list below is an ever expanding one, in no particular order, and does not include everyone (sorry to those we have missed!):


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