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Controls Common to Many Windows

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These are controls you can see in nearly all the Bounce Metronome Windows, for tool tip help, organise windows, and to play or stop bouncing balls or sound and change volume.

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Tool tip help (F1 or Ctrl + 141)

Show this Help window and leave it open as you learn how to use Bounce Metronome...

Hover the mouse over any button or window - and you will see a "tool tip" appear next to the mouse.

Many of the tool tips have extra help - if the tool tip ends with "..." - this means there is more help available, which you can read here.

You can show this help window at any time with F1.

Help for a window

Hover the mouse over it's title bar - or over the button you use to show the window.

Help for an individual control

To show the help for an individual control use Shift + F1. Or show this window first, and then hover the mouse over the control to see its help.

All the tips for the current window in a single page

To show tips for all the controls in the current window use CTRL + SHIFT + F1 - This shows all the tips for the current window in one large scrolling page (N.B. this page is in the file format used for web pages (HTML), so will show up in your web browser although it is in fact a file on your computer, not on the web).

Alternative ways to show this help window

You can use the ? button in any of the windows. You can also get to it from Help | Help for tools and windows.

Organise Windows = F2 (Ctrl + 51)

Reset your settings for just this window, save them, other window options - RIGHT CLICK on this button for MENU TREE OF ALL Bounce Metronome WINDOWS...

Shows the Organise windows window. If you use it with the main window then you can resets nearly all settings for Bounce Metronome. If you use it with any other window then you can reset the settings for just that window.

You can also use it to save the settings in the same way, or open previously saved parameters for just this window.

So for instance if you have a number of different ways of using a window which you often wish to use, set the window up as you like, then save your settings in Organise windows (Ctrl + 51) . You will find all your saved versions of the window in the drop list in Organise windows (Ctrl + 51) which you can then use to quickly change between the different versions of that window that you commonly use.

Also has a drop list of all the Bounce Metronome windows listing their shortcuts.

Also has some other Window related options - some to do with the drop list and the way the windows are listed in the right click menu of all the Bounce Metronome windows - and some to do with window resizing and minimising.

PLAY Sound (Alt + P)

Play the rhythm or to stop play - SHORTCUT: RETURN KEY - be sure to check to see if the bounce is in time with the sound...

If the bounce isn't in time with the sound

Switch on Set Bounce Synchronisation Delay in Bounce Options (Ctrl + 220)

If you hear no sound

Check which device you have selected in Choose OUT DEVICES and PARTS to play for each device (Ctrl + 41) . Check to see if you have the volume set to 0 in the main window or for all the parts in Show All Parts (Ctrl + 9) . Do you have all the parts silenced in Show All Parts (Ctrl + 9) .

You can silence or play individual parts in Show All Parts (Ctrl + 9) . You can also click on the bouncing balls display and use the shortcut key A to play all the parts and Z to silence all the parts, or 1, 2, 3 ... to silence or play individual parts.

Synchronisation of the sound with the bounces

You can delay the bounces to get them in sync. with the audio in Bounce Options (Ctrl + 220)

This may be needed since some sound devices have a fair amount of latency. You may see the bounce a fraction of a second before you hear the sound.

You can also adjust the bounces to anticipate the sounds - as for an orchestral conductor.

Play automatically when program starts

If you want to play the sound automatically when you start the program, make sure you have "Play Sound when Program Starts" selected in the Play menu.

Sound device to play the notes

You may have more than one device that can play the notes. Choose between them in Choose OUT DEVICES and PARTS to play for each device (Ctrl + 41) .

Instruments for the parts

Choose which instruments play the parts for the rhythm using Show All Parts (Ctrl + 9) . For instance you may want to choose a distinctive instrument for the part which plays the measure beat.

Another way to change the instrument for one of the parts is to click on the coloured oval to the left of each part in the main window, 2D Bounce (Ctrl + 219) or 3D Bounce (Ctrl + 224) .

If you don't see these parts adjustment controls in the main window or 2D Bounce (Ctrl + 219) you can show / hide them with the gray half ellipse at the left of the window. If you don't see them in 3D Bounce (Ctrl + 224) then you can switch on the option to show the Parts strip adjustments in 3D Bouncing Ball Visuals 3D Bounce - 3D Visuals (Ctrl + 226)

Pause

Pause playback, or continue play

Volume(Alt + V)

Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Other controls also affect the volume...

(see the end of this tip for keyboard shortcuts for this control)

How to set the Volume for Windows as a whole

If the sound is still very quiet even when the volume here is set to its maximum, you may have your overall volume for the computer set low.

You can get to this from Play | Play control - Volume

You will then see a window with faders you can use to set the volume for Windows as a whole.

For details see the help tip for Play | Play control - Volume

Other things that change the volume you hear

There are various other settings in Bounce Metronome that also change the volume of individual beats, parts, or types of instrument etc.

You can adjust the volume for individual parts in the Show All Parts (Ctrl + 9) window to make some quieter than others.

You can adjust the volume of individual beats using Beats volumes and times (Ctrl + 76) or Beats As Text (Ctrl + 77)

If you have been using Vary Beat within bar - tempo and volume variation (Ctrl + 20) - particularly if you set Vary Volume here with a large number of layers and a lot of variation, the tune can get very quiet or inaudible at times.

Individual volume controls for particular types of instrument

The Wave Shape player and csound instruments have their own volume controls which set how loud they should be.

For the Wave shape player, go to the Wave Shape Instruments - Audio Format (Ctrl + 188)

For CSound instruments, you can set the overall volume in the C Sound Save Opts (Ctrl + 168)

Volume remapping

For more fine control of volume settings, you can also remap the volume range using off volumes etc. (Ctrl + 158) .

Also if you use a midi keyboard or instrument or relay notes from another program, there's another setting at In | Options | Keyboard Options | Touch (Ctrl + 91) you can use for fine control of how to interpret volumes played via midi in.

Keyboard shortcuts for the Volume control

Before you use these shortcuts, you need to click on the volume control - or move to it using the TAB key. Then you can use:

LEFT and RIGHT ARROWS - adjust volume 1 step at a time (out of 127).

Page Up or Page Down keys - adjust volume 4 steps at a time

Up or Down arrow - adjust volume 2 steps at a time

A tool tip will show up with the current volume. You can change the range of numbers used to show the volumes in Show All Parts (Ctrl + 9) .

Play bouncing Balls

Animate the bouncing balls or stop the animation...

Bounces stop and start when sound stops and starts

Normally the bounces animation starts whenever you play the sound, and stops automatically when you stop the sound.

To play the sound without bounces - press STOP Bounces after the sound starts, and to play the bounces without sound, click the START Bounce button..

Configured in Bounce Options (Ctrl + 220) - see "Auto start and stop animation when sound starts or stops"

Synchronisation of the sound with the bounces

You can delay the bounces to get them in sync. with the audio in Bounce Options (Ctrl + 220)

This may be needed since some sound devices have a fair amount of latency. You may see the bounce a fraction of a second before you hear the sound.

You can also adjust the bounces to anticipate the sounds - as for an orchestral conductor.


More

Shows more controls, or a larger version of the window with more space, or an alternative version of the window.

You may be able to use this several times. Usually lets you fine tune settings which rarely need to be adjusted - or use more advanced features of the window.

Less

Shows less controls, or a smaller version of the window with less space, or an alternative version of the window.

This can be used as a way to hide the more advanced options and fine tuning controls for newbies, or anyone who doesn't need them.

You may be able to use Less several times to get a very compact version of the window or a version with few options.


Other Dialog Star

Tip of the day - For All category - right click for neighbouring windows...

Left click for a tip of the day in this category.

Right click to see a menu of neighbouring windows.

The neighbours are the ones you most often move to after this one or within a minute of this one, arranged by popularity.

So as you continue to use Bounce Metronome, it will learn your habits, and the neighbouring windows listed here, should be the ones you most often visit after this one.

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