Creating Custom Instruments and Tunings
The TuneLings App version 0.68 introduces the ability to easily create Custom Instruments and Tunings.
The App comes with a set of built-in “Default Instruments”, such as 6-String Guitar, Ukuleles, Bass Guitars, Mandolin, and so forth, in typical standard tunings. But when you want an instrument or tuning that’s not already available, you can create (almost) anything you can imagine, and use your Custom Instrument just like any other, including creating chords and palettes for it in the Chord Manager.
Every Custom Instrument is created for a specific TuneLing, and becomes a part of it, so you need never worry that the user won’t have it. You can also copy and paste instrument definitions between TuneLings, in case you use the instrument in more than one song.
Click on any part of a TuneLing (in the Studio) to select it: its Overview, a Channel, or a View – it doesn’t matter which. (As long as the TuneLing’s name is displayed above the audio time display, it’s active.)
Select Create New Instrument Or Tuning from the Edit Menu (it won’t be visible if you don’t have a TuneLing selected). This will bring up the Instrument Creator window, as shown below. Essentially, you create a new instrument by filling out the form.
You can then select any existing instrument from the popup menu as a starting point for your new instrument or tuning. The popup will show all default instruments, and any Custom Instruments that already exist for this TuneLing. Selecting one will fill in the form with the details of the chosen instrument.
You can then edit the items in the form to create your desired result. The meanings of each item are as follows:
(See the red numbers in the illustration, corresponding to each of these items:)
You want an open tuning for guitar, simply by tuning both E strings down to D. Just do the following in the Instrument Creator window: