Documentation

Video tutorials

What are the 4 ways to make sound in DIN Is Noise?
How do I play and bend notes on the Keyboard-Keyboard?
How do I create drones?
How do I move drones?
How do I visually modulate a drone?
How do I visually modulate a bunch of drones?
How do I change the sound of a bunch of drones?
How do I launch drones like rockets?
How do I orbit a bunch of drones?
How do I launch drones from drones that orbit another drone?
How do I ornament notes on the Microtonal-Keyboard?
How do I play with the balls of Mondrian?
How do I turn regular polygons into waveforms?
How do I make drones launched from a drone launcher orbit that same launcher?
How do I make drones launched from a drone launcher orbit an another drone?
How do I make drones launched from 2 drone launchers orbit a 3rd drone?
How do I make binaural drones with DIN Is Noise and alter my consciousness?

Binaural drones:

Choose Menu > Instrument > Binaural drones to enter.

DIN creates binaural drones in pairs. The first drone goes into your
left ear, the second drone goes into your right ear and so on. So, 
you need to hear this on headphones :) The drones of a pair are 
separated by a small pitch (set with Separation)

DIN can make binaural drone pairs starting at a pitch (100 Hz as 
default), with separation between the drones of a pair as low as 
1 Hz.

DIN can also make binaural drone pairs on the notes of the scale starting
at the key note. You can set the key note and the other notes of the 
scale in the Settings page.

When creating binaural drones on the notes of the scale:

The key note can be the starting pitch or can be the key note of the
scale.

Turn on Close Octave to create a binaural pair on the octave note.

Resize separation to vary the separation between left and right drones
so that their absolute pitch still falls on the notes of the scale.

Press 2 or Menu > Editors > Waveform to edit the waveform driving all 
the binaural drone pairs.

Master Volume controls the overall loudness of all the binaural drones.

Fade time in seconds is the time taken to fade in/out when creating, 
destroying or syncing the drones.

Sync All Drones brings all the binaural drones in phase. Useful to resolve
flare ups to max (and distortion beyond). 

Keep the Compressor and Delays off.

For now, you cant edit the drones once you create them :( 
You have to delete and redo :(

Mondrian:

Inspired by the work of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian.

Balls bounce in boxes.
Pass thru slits.
Sound on impact.
Pitch from point of impact.
Initial volume from Menu > Parameters > Min Voices
  More voices means less volume per voice and vice-versa.

Horizontal goes from Key note to octave above.
Vertical goes Key note to octave above.

Set Key note and choose notes of the scale from Settings screen.

Boxes:

Create boxes within boxes.

r - split box under cursor into two vertical boxes or
    Menu > Tools > Split box vertically into 2 boxes 

SHIFT + r - split box under cursor into vertical boxes 
            on the notes of the scale or 
            Menu > Tools > Split box vertically at notes

CTRL + r -  split box under cursor vertically into N boxes. or 
            Menu > Tools > Split box vertically into N boxes

            Set N from Tools menu.

f - split box under cursor into two horizontal boxes or
    Menu > Tools > Split box horizontally into 2 boxes

SHIFT + f - split box under cursor into horizontal boxes 
            on the notes of the scale or
            Menu > Tools > Split box horizontally at notes

CTRL + f  - split box under cursor horizontally into N boxes or 
            Menu > Tools > Split box horizontally into N boxes

            Set N from tools menu.

v - delete box under cursor or Menu > Tools > Delete box
SHIFT + v - delete all boxes in Mondrian or Menu > Tools > Delete all boxes

t - make a grid of boxes on all the notes of the scale or Menu > Tools > Make note grid

SHIFT + t - make a N x N grid of boxes. Set N from tools menu. 
	    or Menu > Tools > Make N x N grid

h - assign random color to box under cursor

Click on a box's edge and just move mouse to move the edge. 
Click again or ESC to stop.

Slits:

Slits let balls of a box pass thru its walls or ceilings into
other boxes.

  You can make or close slits or let wrecking and healing balls 
  [see below] make and close them automatically.

  / - Click on an edge of a box to slit. If a slit already exists, 
      it will close.
      
      Cannot slit if balls will escape the entire playing area.
      Cannot slit corners.

  NUM_PAD + - Increase default slit size
  NUM_PAD - - Decrease default slit size

  To adjust an existing slit, edit one of its two lips:
  Click once on a lip, just move mouse to move the lip and click 
  again to stop.

  Also,

  F9  - remove all slits on the current edge
  F10 - remove all slits in the current box
  F11 - remove all slits

Balls:

b - to launch bouncers or Menu > Tools > Add bouncers
SHIFT + b - to launch wreckers or Menu > Tools > Add wreckers
CTRL + b - to launch healers or Menu > Tools > Add healers

Click, drag and release to launch with an initial velocity

The shortcuts below affect selected balls, balls in box under cursor 
or if cursor is outside all boxes, all the balls in Mondrian. 

[ - decrease speed
] - increase speed

; - decrease attack time
' - increase attack time
SHIFT + ; - decrease attack time increment
SHIFT + ' - increase attack time increment

, - decrease decay time
. - increase decay time
SHIFT + , - decrease decay time increment
SHIFT + . - increase decay time increment

o - rotate direction anti-clockwise
p - rotate direction clockwise
SHIFT + o - decrease angle of rotation
SHIFT + p - increase angle of rotation
CTRL + o - toggle auto rotate direction anti-clockwise
CTRL + p - toggle auto rotate direction clockwise

j - flip direction of travel

SPACE - freeze or thaw balls
SHIFT + SPACE - freeze balls
CTRL + SPACE - thaw balls

- - decrease trail length
= - increase trail length

Ball types:

  A wrecking ball slits walls and ceilings. Red in color.
  A healing ball closes slits.  Blue in color.

  F3  - turns selected balls into wrecking balls
        or wrecking balls into bouncing balls.
  F4  - turns selected balls into healing balls
        or healing balls into bouncing balls.
  F5 -  turns selected balls into bouncing balls.
  F6 -  change all wrecking balls into healing balls
        and vice-versa.

Ball selection:

Click once and just move mouse to draw a box to select 
some balls. Click again to stop.

Hold down SHIFT to add to existing selection
Hold down CTRL to toggle existing selection

i - invert current selection
k - select all balls in box under cursor
l - select all balls in all boxes
n - clear selected balls

F7 -  select all wrecking balls.
F8 -  select all healing balls.

Ball manipulation:

c - delete selected balls
m - move selected balls
      just move mouse to move balls, click or ESC or m to stop.

Miscellaneous:

1 - switch instrument or Menu > Instrument
2 - edit waveform 
3 - edit attack curve
4 - edit decay curve
z - shift instrument or selected balls an octave down
x - shift instrument or selected balls an octave up
      balls are gray if they trigger notes without modulation (default)
      balls are black if they trigger notes shifted down
      balls are white if they trigger notes shifted up
y - decrease number of voices
u - increase number of voices

Visual:

Mondrian draws a regular polygon when & where it triggers a note.

9 - decrease radius of note polygon
0 - increase radius of note polygon
SHIFT + 9 - decrease points in note polygon
SHIFT + 0 - increase points in note polygon

F2  - Turn the UI ON or OFF.

See Menu > Misc for more visual options.

w, a, s, d - move viewpoint

q, e - zoom in and out

Keyboard Keyboard:

Press a key. Hear a note. Watch a box.

Notes of the scale are mapped to keys on the computer keyboard.

Compass is 3 octaves.

1st octave: t, r, e, w, q, a, s
2nd octave: d, f, g, h, j, k, l
3rd octave: ;, ', ], [, p, o, i, u

The keys assigned depend on the notes in the scale.

z: shift an octave down
x: shift an octave up
F11 & F12 : decrease/increase octave shift bpm. Or use the Octave Shift widget.

9: load previous waveform in library
0: load next waveform in library
Or press < and > buttons on the Waveform widget.
Press 2 to edit the waveform or Menu > Editors > keyboard-keyboard waveform

Mouse driven pitch bend:

  Dotted vertical line marks the mouse position of the last triggered note.
    Move left of dotted line to lower pitch of all active notes
    Move right of dotted line to increase pitch of all active notes

  Mouse driven pitch bend overrides MIDI driven pitch bend.

  If you cant see the dotted line, mouse is out of DIN window. Bring it
  inside and play a note.

  If Show nearby notes is ON, mouse movement only bends the last 
  triggered note.  Move your mouse to the nearby note to bend to 
  that note.

  Press SPACE to stop mouse driven pitch bend. It will be available again 
  when you trigger a new note.

MIDI:

  If MIDI input is available, dotted crosses will mark the 13 notes 
  of the octave.

  Setup MIDI in Settings page.

  White box shown when you play White note.
  Black box shown when you play Black note.
  Size of box is proportional to MIDI velocity.

  Edit MIDI velocity curve (press 5 or Menu > Editors > Velocity)

Instrument:

  1: Switch instrument or choose from Menu > Instrument

Editors:

  2: keyboard-keyboard waveform
  3: attack
  4: decay
  5: velocity (MIDI)
  6: delay
  7: octave shift

Edit the attack & decay curves to sculpt the attack & decay of a note.

Set sustain (marked by a blue triangle) on the attack editor. 

Parameters:

  Visually edit variables voices, attack_time, decay_time and pitch_bend. 

  Left-click on the micro-button at the left of a slider to edit
  its min/max.

  Hz/pixel is the amount in hz the pitch of a note will bend for 
  every pixel you move beyond the dotted line with your mouse.

  Use Octave Widget to change octave over bpm.
    Click left arrow to shift an octave down.
    Click right arrow to shift an octave up.
    Change bpm to control speed of octave shift.

Delay:

  Click on the Delay button to toggle stereo delay lines.

  Use the Delay editor (press 6 or Menu > Editors > Delays) to change 
  feedback & volume curves.

Microtonal Keyboard:

Instrument:

1 : switch instrument or choose instrument from Menu > Instrument

Editors:

2 : microtonal-keyboard waveform
3 : drone modulation
4 : voice modulation
5 : gater
6 : delay lines
7 : octave shift
8 : drone waveform

or choose editor from Menu > Editors

Drone:

  A drone is a continuous sounding tone.
  Create drones on the microtonal-keyboard.
  Height of the drone is its volume.

  q - add drones. press and hold key and move mouse to spray 

  you can add drones below the microtonal keyboard too.
  their waveform is reversed.

  or

  choose Menu > Tools > Add drones. click to add a drone, click
  and drag to spray, ESC to stop.

  Click & drag a box to select drones.
      
  e - press once and just move mouse to move selected drones:
    move in x changes pitch of selected drones.
      press CTRL to move only in x
    move in y changes volume of selected drones.
      press SHIFT to move only in y
        move in both changes both.
    press e again or click or ESC to stop.

  or

  choose Menu > Tools > Move drones. Move mouse as above to move drones,
  use CTRL and SHIFT as above too and ESC or e to stop.

  c - delete selected drones

  or

  choose Menu > Tools > Delete selected drones. Careful! No undo :)

  SPACE - mute/unmute lead voice (useful when you want to work just on drones)

  or 

  Click on Voice at the bottom of the microtonal-keyboard.

  , - decrease drone master volume
  . - increase drone master volume

  k - toggle drone anchors
  
  For selected drones,

    + - increase trail length
    - - decrease trail length
    9 - reduce handle size
    0 - increase handle size

  Drone launch:

    A drone launcher launches drones into the microtonal keyboard at 
    regular intervals with an initial speed and direction. These 
    drones usually fall to the bottom of the microtonal keyboard under 
    gravity and bounce back too except when they are targetting 
    another drone to become one of its satellites.

    h - toggle selected drones into drone launchers
    n - decrease drones per minute launched
    m - increase drones per minute launched

    [ - decrease speed of launched drones
    ] - increase speed of launched drones
      SHIFT + [ - rotate direction of launch anti-clockwise
      SHIFT + ] - rotate direction of launch clockwise
      CTRL + ] - toggle drawing of velocity vectors

    or set from Menu > Parameters

    You can set the number of times the launched drone bounces back from the
    bottom of the microtonal keyboard with Menu > Tools > Bounces.

    You can also set the drone's rebound speed as a % of speed going in 
    via Menu > Tools > Speed %

    You can set the lifetime of the launched drone with Menu > Parameters > Change
    Drone Lifetime.  
    
    A launched drone is removed when its lifetime has finished or when it has bounced
    enough, whichever is earlier.

    INSERT - to toggle snap drones to notes.

  Orbiting drones:

    Select a bunch of drones and Menu > Orbit selected drones.
    The last selected drone becomes the planet. The other drones
    become satellites.

    or,

    l - orbit selected drones

    and,

    ; - select the planet
    ' - select the satellites
    o - decrease acceleration of satellites towards planet
    p - increase acceleration of satellites towards planet
      CTRL + p - toggle drawing of acceleration vectors

    or

    set from Menu > Parameters

  Launch drones that become satellites:

    A launcher can supply satellites to a planet ie drones 
    launched from a drone launcher can orbit another drone: 

      Select a bunch of drones. 
      Choose Menu > Set targets.
      First drone becomes the drone launcher.
      Drones from this drone orbit the other drones in turn.
      ie they become its targets.

    Change centripetal acceleration of drone launcher (see above)
    to get the satellites orbit their targets tightly (or loosely).

    Set drone lifetime and orbit insertion time of the drone
    launcher to set them for the children.

Modulation:

  j - toggle modulation target: voice or drones

  F7 & F8:  change FM (frequency modulation) rate in bpm of selected
            drones or all drones or voice.

    SHIFT + F7/F8: decrease/increase amount of change of FM rate in
    bpm of selected drones or all drones or voice.

    CTRL + F7: set current FM rate as minimum.
    CTRL + F8: set minimum FM rate to 0

  F9 & F10: change AM (amplitude modulation) rate in bpm of selected
            drones or all drones or voice.

    SHIFT + F9/F10: decrease/increase amount of change of AM rate in
    bpm of selected drones or all drones or voice.

    CTRL + F9: set current AM rate as minimum.
    CTRL + F10: set minimum AM rate to 0.

  r and t:  decrease/increase AM depth of selected drones or all drones
            or voice
    SHIFT + r: decrease change of AM depth
    SHIFT + t: increase change AM depth

  y and u:  decrease/increase FM depth of selected drones or all drones
            or voice
    SHIFT + y: decrease change of FM depth
    SHIFT + u: increase change of FM depth

  or set from Menu > Parameters

Phrasor:

  f - start/stop recording phrase
  v - play/pause phrase
  g - erase phrase

  or 

  Menu > Tools > Record a phrase
  
  Scrub with phrase position slider.

Delay:

  Click on the Delay button to toggle stereo delay lines.

  Change feedback & volume curves in the Delay editor (press 6 or
  choose Menu > Editors > Delay)

Gater:

  b - toggle gater or click on the Gater button

  Press 5 or choose Menu > Editors > Gater to edit beat shape.

  F5 & F6: decrease/increase gater bpm
    SHIFT + F5/F6: decrease/increase amount of change of gater bpm 
    CTRL + F5: set current gater bpm as minimum.
    CTRL + F6: set minimum gater bpm to 0

  or set from Menu > Parameters

  Gater button flashes indicating beat shape.

Octave shift:

  z - shift down an octave
  x - shift up an octave
  F11 & F12: decrease/increase octave shift bpm

  Press 7 or choose Menu > Editors > Octave Shift to edit how tone changes to octave.

Visual:

  i : toggle display of frequencies under notes and volume under mouse cursor
  or Click on i at the  bottom of microtonal-keyboard.

  F2: Turn UI on or off.

Movement:

  a, d, w, s: left, right, down and up
  or Click on the arrow keys at the bottom of the microtonal-keyboard

Curve editor:

ESC: quit editor to return to instrument or use Menu > Instrument
  2-8: switch to an editor or use Menu > Editors

  Curve editing:

    Simply click a vertex/tangent and move mouse to move. click again to stop.
    ALT + click and move mouse to move picked vertex and all following vertices. 
    Therefore, pick first vertex to move the whole curve.

      press SHIFT while moving to move along Y axis
      press CTRL while moving to move along X axis

    i - To insert a vertex, choose Menu > Tools > Insert vertex
    v - To delete a vertex, choose Menu > Tools > Delete vertex

    To draw a freehand curve, choose Menu > Tools > Draw & replace curve
    
    z:  undo last operation
    Or Menu > Tools > Undo

    LSHIFT + z:  redo last operation.
    Or Menu > Tools > Redo

    LCTRL + c:  copy curve under cursor. 
    Or Menu > Tools > Copy.

    LCTRL + v:  replace curve under cursor with copied curve. 
    Or Menu > Tools > Paste.

    To convert curve to a polyline, choose Menu > Tools > Fold tangents.  
      Turn on Selection only to fold tangents of just the selected vertex.

    To convert polyline to bezier curve, choose Menu > Tools > Unfold tangents.
      Turn on Selection only to unfold tangents of just the selected vertex.

    To mirror whole curve about X-axis, choose Menu > Tools > Mirror about X
      Turn on Selection only to mirror just the selected vertex or tangent

  Curve library:

    9:  replace selected curve in editor with previous curve from library.
    0:  replace selected curve in editor with next curve in library.
    Or use the < and > buttons at Menu > Tools > Library

    +:  add curve in editor to library.
    Or choose Menu > Tools > Library > Add

    -:  delete current curve in library.
    Or choose Menu > Tools > Library > Delete

    Menu > Tools > Library > Replace to replace current curve in library
    with the picked curve.

    see curve-library command to organise curves in the library.

  Tangents:

    c:  toggle if vertices should carry their tangents when moved.
    Or from Menu > Tools

    m:  toggle if a vertex's tangent is mirrored on its other tangent.
    Or from Menu > Tools

  Movement:

    w, s, a , d for up, down, left and right.

    Or from Menu > Tools

  Snapping:

    x:  toggle x snap.
    y:  toggle y snap.
    b:  toggle x and y snap.
    n:  turn off snap.

    Or choose from Menu > Tools

  Visual:

    Menu > Tools > Label vertices to toggle vertex labelling 
        
    o   toggle overlay of current instrument

    / : toggle waveform samples display
        or choose Menu > Tools > Show waveform

    . : toggle between drawing the curve profile or drawing the 
        curve profile plus vertices/tangents
        
        or choose Menu > Tools > Draw curve only

    F5, F6: decrease, increase x chunk size
    LSHIFT + F5, LSHIFT + F6: decrease, increase y chunk size

  Mouse capture:

    F7: start / stop mouse capture.
    F8: assign mouse capture to vertex / tangent under cursor.
    F9: detach mouse capture from vertex / tangent under cursor.

    or choose from Menu > Tools > Mouse caputre

  Miscellaneous:

    r : to apply current plugin

Recording:

You can record the sound DIN is making to an uncompressed .WAV file on the desktop.
  You can record for as long as your computer memory will allow.

  CTRL + ENTER - to start/stop sound recording
  or Click on the Record button at the bottom of the keyboard-keyboard

  LALT + ENTER - to clear existing recording
  or choose Menu > File > Clear

  Menu > File > Save to save the recording as a .WAV file on the desktop.

Console:

  TAB: enter/leave command mode
  UP_ARROW / DOWN_ARROW: scroll up/down command history

  In command mode, type help to reveal available commands. Or type
    help command_name
  to get help for a particular command.

  PgUp, PgDn: page up, page down
  BACKSPACE: delete all text in console
  `: fold/unfold console

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