Going into EDIT MODE exposes a lot of the features and customization of PolyHarps.
This is a radio control that puts the editor into different modes, which interpret gestures differently.
Configures the setup of the current String Area. Read String Area to read about those controls!
Here are the various sub-modes that you can pick fromteh radio control box:
Play is a way to play the PolyHarp safely while still in editing mode. It's for testing while creating new layouts!
Move/Set lets you move buttons around, move all the Chord Buttons around, and scale and position them. It also lets you create, delete, move, resize and otherwise configure String Area properties. Many of the controls here:
This edit mode screen labels all the string areas and their corners.
The corners give you a little clue as to which corner it is - it may think it's a lower left corner when it's in the upper right, for example! The numbers are conceptually "inside" the String Area that it's associated with. You can drag around String Areas to make them arbitrary sizes and four-cornered shapes. If you overlap some string areas' corners, you can drag them together and they will share the same spot.
Touching and moving a Chord Button lets you reposition it.
Double tapping a Chord Button opens up a chord button editor:
This lets you set the
hammer, lock, relative: these options toggle on and off.
Hammer makes the button into a hammer: every time you touch it, it plays all the playable notes. The undamped strings are still available to strum. I'm not sure what velocity values hammered strings get.
Hammers have rectangular buttons.
Lock means tapping it once keeps the bar down and locks off damped notes, or even does transposition on the strings "permanently." You can use it to damp out strings in other scales. Tap it again to unlock it.
Lock bars have shield-like buttons.
Relative means that the interval assigned to the button is applied to the base frequency, transposing the whole PolyHarp with one button. It's like the Capo feature. Setting the interval to 1/1/ (0 cents) will reset the base Frequency to what it was before all the relative transposing.
Relatives have supercycle buttons, but with the edge a different color.
one of two colors for that button,
and whether the bar affects all the string areas or just some of them.
The Tone Spiral is a pretty simple one, it lets you set guides to snap to and select chords from a list, which can be sorted by tags. Sorry, you can't choose a Scala scale here, for that you need to use the Chord Maker .
Revert will reset the button to how it was when the dialog came up.
The example of what the button will look like is also used to change the shape of the button. Just touch the rendered button and it will resize with the touch point as the lower right hand corner. You can even drag outside the box fro some bug buttons.
You can change the color of the button to one of two colors. Use the selector for that!
You can finish editing your bar and go to an adjacent bar using the "previous bar" and "next bar" buttons. The order is a little hard to determine though!
You can move all the buttons in the chord box around by touching in the box where there are no buttons and dragging it. You can rescale the box and all the buttons by using two fingers anywhere to zoom, rotate, and move them! If you somehow lose the box, you can get it back (usually) by shrinking it with a pinch until it reappears.
Double tapping in the chord box, but not on a button, will flip the buttons around their x axis, which is a transform you can't do with just two fingers. Then you can reposition them!
Touching a String Area makes it "current", its edges are outlined, and its properties are made editable in the menu at the bottom of the screen.
The string areas have resizing circles on their corners. Move them to change the size of the String Area, and touch the middle of a string area to just move it around.
The Quad button frees the string area from rectangular constraints. You can make any four-sided harp now, even twisting and overlapping the strings.
There are a few buttons which help transform the string areas:
Clean is for helping to align chord buttons which is a strange process.
Create is for creating and deleting new chord buttons. It makes a copy of whatever you edited last. You can use multi touch to make a lot of buttons and move them around. If you hold a button for a little while, the mini editor comes up, as it does in "Move/Set" mode.
Grid puts up a grid that is 60x60, and successive taps make it 45x45, 30x30, or 15x15, (and then off). This may change! Certain movements for editing the PolyHarp are now snapped to a grid.
The Chord Maker button is the editor for creating and editing types of chords, that is, collections of intervals. This is a powerful interface! See: Chord Maker