Mixtikl 7 FAQ

FAQ - General


General comment: For Mixtikl 7 / Noatikl 3 the Partikl Sound Engine (PSE) Sound Units (Wavetable, Tone, DSynth, Particle) now run in stereo. In Mixtikl 6 / Noatikl 2 and earlier these units ran in mono, even though the PSE FX Units worked in stereo. Running the Sound Units in stereo does place a higher load on the processor, however, it greatly improves the sounds that the PSE can generate so it was an essential change we had to make.

You can get performance issues if the processor in your device is trying to do more that it can handle, and there are a number of possible reasons for this when it comes to using Mixtikl. However, before we look at those, there are some general things to check / note first when it comes to conserving processor cycles so that the app can use the maximum processor power available:

  • Use latest OS version: Ensure your device is using the latest OS update available for it.
  • Power cycle your device: This just ensures there is nothing running you don't expect to be running.
  • Other running apps: Although mobile OS are good at managing app usage these days, it might well be worth closing all other running apps.
  • InterApp Audio / Audiobus: Use of these takes up processing cycles, so try working without these on (at least until you have found an approach that works for you).
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, Cellular data: Use of these takes up processing cycles, so try turning these off. Why not try temporarily putting your devive into Airplane mode?
  • Don't run Mixtikl backgrounded: There are less processor cycles available to the app when backgrounded.
  • Cable connection to computer: If your device syncs, that, too, can use processor cycles, so try using it without a computer connection (but charging it from a USB charging point is fine).

Try these (in order):

  1. Audio Output Setting: The Mixtikl 7 default audio output is 44Khz stereo, whereas Mixtikl 5 / 6 defaulted to 22Khz stereo. We changed it simply as the audio output sounds nicer at 44Khz stereo, and devices have got more powerful in the last couple of years. However, runnning at 44Khz stereo places a higher load on the processor. If you are having performance issues, this is the first thing to try changing.
    • Solution: Try setting Audio Output to 32Khz Stereo or even 22Khz Stereo. Mixtikl Menu > Settings > Audio Output.
    • Note: Even if you set the Audio Output to 22Khz stereo, you will still be able to save Mixdown recordings at 44Khz stereo.
  2. Airplay: Airplay uses processing power to stream the audio, so if you are having performance issues please first ensure this is off.
  3. Templates/Content: To make the new templates sound really great they take advantage of the stereo sound unit capability (above) in the PSE. Some templates feature synth (and generator) networks are really quite complex, too, meaning they will use more processor cycles. The processor useage therefore greatly depends on the templates/content being used which means that some of the demo mixes will take up more processor cycles than others.
    • Solution: Either use fewer templates in a mix so there is less sound to generate (the cool Demo mixes use just 3 templates!), use less complex sound generators (such as templates that have a sound network primarily based on Wavetable units), or look to remove some FX units that are used in a template (you can do this via the Synth Network Editor).
    • Solution: Clear out any tap play content cells (generally found in track 12) as, even if you are not using tap play, these can still add to processor load.
  4. Track and Global FX: The new templates are generally sonically richer than Mixtikl 6 templates and most use a reverb and other FX in the template itself. This means you are unlikely to need Track or Global FX in mixes created from them (except in special cases).
    • Solution: Firstly try removing any Track FX and Global FX you have used, as you probably do not need them.
    • Solution: Secondly, try removing FX from the templates themselves (e.g. reverb, as that is a heavy hitter), and then add it back as a mix Global FX. Example: Copy one template's FX network to the the clipboard (FX Network Editor > bottom right Action button > Export to clipboard) and then pasting it into the mix Global FX (FX Network Editor > bottom right Action button > Import from clipboard) and then remove the FX from each Content Cell Voice's FX Network. This may change how the mix sounds quite a bit, so may require some experimentation.
  5. Creating new, random mixes: Because of the Mixtikl 7 template richness (above), you do not need many when creating a new, random mix.
    • Solution: Ensure that "Tracks" is set to 3 or less (you can have cells in each of these tracks containing content, as a track can only play one cell at a time. Mixtikl Menu > New > Settings.
  6. Use some older content, too: Because of the Mixtikl 7 template richness (above), you do not need many when creating a new, random mix. However, we still include the older Mixtikl 6 content which in general has less of a processing hit, so you might want to try sprinkling some of that in.
  7. Your Device....: We put this at the very of this list because we know only too well that money does not grow on trees and powerful mobile devices are very expensive. :( But, the device you are using is also a factor to keep in mind. How our app sounds is very important and, to keep moving forwards, we have to to take advantage of new capabilities and device power - we do this very carefully though. Unfortunately, sound generation and sound processing is a heavy hitter, and, moving to stereo sound units (see PSE comment, above) is just something we had to do...
    • Solution: If your funds allow, it might be worth at some point checking out a more powerful device.

Mixtikl and Noatikl are tightly integrated but cover different areas. If you love making and mixing generative music you will most likely want both!

Here are some of the main differences:

  • Mixtikl Generative Music & Loop Mixer:
    • Summary: A powerful but easy-to-use generative music and loop mixer app that lets you get quick results.
    • A cell sequencer/arranger primarily aimed at allowing users to easily mix together generative templates / pieces and then change track volume and pan settings - this can make it a snap to create and mix something new.
    • Has support for mix and cell randomisation - makes it quick and easy to try out new combinations of templates.
    • Includes support for using audio loops - useful for creating EDM/IDM or where you just want to mix in other recorded sounds.
    • Includes support for making and using mic recordings - useful for where you just want to mix in other recorded sounds (iOS/macOS/Win only).
    • Includes a basic "drill down" UI for editing of generative music parameters, but not allow editing of the generator network itself.
    • Content cell templates can be exported for further editing in Noatikl.
    • Allows MIDI recordings, and with options support for MIDI out (iOS only).
    • What it doesn't support: scripting; merging of templates; editing of generator networks; blending mode; easy generative music parameter editing.
  • Noatikl Generative Music Composer:
    • Summary: A handy composition tool for editing NME generative music parameters and generator networks.
    • Has a user interface primarily aimed at easy creation, design or editing of generator networks and custom generative music pieces/templates.
    • Provides a table view for all generators with easy access to all of the NME's generative music parameters - makes it easier to get things working the way you want.
    • Allows merging together of generative pieces.
    • Supports MIDI in/out so it can be used as a controller of external MIDI synths, but does not support use of audio loops or cell sequencing.
    • Features a blend screen for quite blending of piece volume and pan (iOS only).
    • Pieces created in Noatikl can be exported and then imported into Mixtikl or Wotja.
    • Allows use of Lua scripting and Listening voices so that you can explore your own hyperinstrument (Desktop version only).
    • What it doesn't support: audio loops; content cells; arrangement (except via envelopes); randomisation.

If you are happy with the content, features and interface of Mixtikl 5 or 6, then you won't need Mixtikl 7!

You would only need to purchase a licence for Mixtikl 7 if you want to use any of the all new content and cool new features in Mixtikl 7, play a mix made in Mixtikl 7 or to continue using Mixtikl if your OS version will no longer run an earlier version. See also: How to copy older mixes to Mixtikl 7.

Mixtikl 7 for iOS, macOS, Windows and Mixtikl 7 AZ for Android are new apps so do not interfere with installations of the no longer available Mixtikl 6 or Mixtikl 5. Mixtikl 7 works just fine, too, with mixes you have made in Mixtikl 5/6.

How we keep keep prices down and still keep moving forward

Intermorphic is just Tim and Pete; we are not a megacorp or big music software company. We are two normal, friendly, humble, approachable and easy going brothers that have spent over 25 years and many thousands of hours developing complex, deep and powerful Generative Music tools (e.g. Mixtikl and Noatikl).

Our generative music tools exist in a small niche area compared to other kinds of music tools which means there is not a big market for them. Developing them is an expensive and very time consuming business for all kinds of reasons.

We used to do free upgrades between major versions, but after making 40 free updates from Mixtikl 2 to Mixtikl 5 and nearly 30 free updates to Noatikl 2 we realised we just could not continue developing and extending our apps on that basis. For those customers that wanted further advancements we had to find another way. We always want to deliver great value for our customers so we developed a new commerical model that we think works for all - we call it the Fullgrade model. It basically means that all major versions are already priced as upgrades so if you want the new major version you just buy it!

If you enjoy using our generative music tools/apps and/or get value from what they allow you to do, then please do purchase our new versions - when you purchase our tools you get our eternal gratitude, and you will know that you have encouraged us to continue their development. Thank you!

No, sorry! We do free updates, not free upgrades. All our major versions follow a Fullgrade pricing policy meaning they are already priced as upgrades.

Mixtikl 7: If you want to use any of the new features in Mixtikl 7 then just purchase a licence for the new version.

Tip: On iOS you can also make great savings by getting an app bundle - see our Bundles page.

Mixtikl 6: Looking for the latest version of Mixtikl 6 (6.3.8)? See here for links.

By default we hide the older Mixtikl 6 paks/templates simply as the new Mixtikl 7 templates are so good! They are included, however, and it is easy to display them. Simply go to Menu > Settings and check the box that says "Show Mixtikl 6 Content". Once you have done that, the older paks/templates and demo mixes will show up in a dark grey colour in the expected places.

You can download a zip of the mixes here: Mixtikl 7 Demo Mixes.

Desktop: Unzip this in your Mixtikl iCloud folder or the Intermorphic folder. Mobile: Transfer it to Mixtikl using Use iTunes App File Sharing. Then restart Mixtikl. You should then see them with File > Open.

These are not included in Mixtikl 7 as we now have a new set of gorgeous sound presets and templates (you can also export favourite presets from these, too). But we are making them available if you want them; see below.

Tip: You see the TG Preset list from the Network Editor screen and when you then select the "Open" [Desktop] or "Action" [Mobile] buttons. Once the file below is copied to the right place, you may need to restart the app for the Presets to be displayed.

Mixtikl Desktop / Android version: Download a zip of the TG presets and place that in the Intermorphic Folder or zips folder under that.

Mixtikl Mobile version: Download the file above and then refer to Apple's docs on iTunes Apps File Sharing to see how to copy them to your iOS device.

iOS/OSX: In general, you should be able to download the latest version of a purchased app from the "Purchased section" of the relevant App Store as long as we have not removed that app from sale (we will do this for older versions after a changeover period, so as not to confuse people about which version to get). See the Apple information: Download past purchases. Note: You may also wish to refer to App Store related information: Mac App Store; iTunes App Store.

Quick links to the older versions whilst they are still in the stores during our changeover period.

iOS: If the above does not work for some reason (i.e. once the app is removed from sale), then to redownload the old purchased version of Mixtikl 6 iOS the following might work. To re-download to your device, from your iOS device select the following link: try this.

Mixtikl files for Mixtikl 6 or Mixtikl 5 (Full) (5.7.6 or later) are saved in the same way. See here.

Mixtikl files for Mixtikl 5 Full (5.5.7 or earlier) are saved and loaded to/from this folder:

~/Library/Containers/com.intermorphic.mixtikl/Data/Library/Mixtikl/intermorphic/mixtikl/paks/User_Content/

Note: In earlier versions they used to be installed to either of:

~/Library/Mixtikl/intermorphic/mixtikl/paks/User_Content/ 
~/Documents/intermorphic/mixtikl 

NOTE: In your mix, if you use or link to audio files that are not in the IM Tiklpaks (e.g. perhaps your own sample loops or recordings), then you must also move those loops to the above folder and relink from there. Sorry, but this is all to do with the Apple sandbox requirement. Everything used by an app has to be within its sandbox.

Important: Before deleting Mixtikl, always backup your mixes and recordings (and it is always a good idea to sync backup with iTunes, too). See: Installing Content - B) Copy / Transfer files & zips FROM your device to PC / Mac

(Recommended) You can copy them off your device. See full instructions here.

You can also attach them to an email or export to clipboard and email them to yourself (so you can later open them again).

Of course you do not need to attribute Intermorphic! If you wish to, though, then please do!

Please note, though, that Educational versions may not be used for commercial or business purposes. Please also ensure you comply with the licence terms for any Tiklpak and/or 3rd party content you use in your recordings.

In general, yes you can. For further details and clarification around the Audio Loop Paks see here.

Please note that Educational versions may not be used for commercial or business purposes. Please also ensure you comply with the licence terms for any Tiklpak and/or 3rd party content you use in your recordings.

In general, yes you do when it comes to content created that is of a generative nature. But, it also depends on what 3rd party content or IP (if any) you include in your mixes.

You own the rights to recordings you make of mixes that use A) only the templates in the Intermorphic Generative Tiklpaks unless of course you add / include / modify etc. patterns in them to be tunes owned by other parties; and/or B) any content that you own the rights to (e.g. your own samples).

If you also include content from the IM Audio Loop Paks then, for that content, you just need to make sure you comply with the terms of the relevant EULA that relates to that content - see here.

If you include other party's IP (e.g. loops, samples, SF2 etc.) then, as they own that content, you have to comply with their licences terms for that.

At the end of the day, be sensible and respect the rights of 3rd party's. And, comply with their EULAs!

Please note that Educational versions may not be used for commercial or business purposes.

Yes, you may, but see here for further details.

It is very easy! Launch Mixtikl, and from the Menu screen (if you are in the mixer screen press the top left Menu tab) select the New button. From the list that pops up choose one of the installed Paks (e.g. GenMix 1) and then select New Random from the next list. Mixtikl will create a new mix for you, which you can tweak further by tapping the various cells. See the Mixtikl Video Tutorials for more help!

The processors in mobile devices are getting faster all the time. For example, Gen 3 iPod touch devices are not as powerful as Gen 4, which are not as powerful as Gen 5 etc.

Whether or not a mix will play fine on your device generally depends on how much processor power and RAM are required. The key elements to consider here are:

  • Audio output quality setting (doesn't change from mix to mix)
  • Number of modular synth based parts being used
  • Number of FX being used
  • Sheer number of parts playing
  • Amount of RAM being used (esp for audio loops)

You can generally tell when a mix is starting to push your device too hard, as the interface will start to get less responsive and you will get some audio breakup.

Complex Modular synth based voices (e.g. not just simple Wavetable) and FX are the real heavy hitters, so you need to use them carefully in a mix, and not use too many - and the number you can use depends on your device.

Try the demo mixes to see what works for you. If you get audio breakup problems then you are probably better off sticking to 22KHz stereo output (see below) so that most everything plays, and you can always use Mixdown recording to save to 44Khz stereo anything that you want keep keep as a recording.

The performance issue is a difficult one for us, as we don't want to prevent those lucky enough to have e.g. the latest generation iPhone/iPad/iPod touch or PC / Mac from doing the max that is possible (which does come down to RAM and processor). We could have cut Mixtikl down to only 6 tracks and one content cell per track, and only allowed just global FX, but we felt that going for a lowest common denominator then limited the appeal of Mixtikl.

Tips to try:

  • Try the included demo mixes at 16KHz stereo, 22kHz stereo and 44Khz stereo - you can change the audio output setting from Menu > Settings > Audio Output. You should be able to get a feel from the number of voices and FX as to what will work OK in a mix on your device. Audio loops have less effect on the processor, so you can have more of them.
  • Try removing parts from your mix to see if it then plays without breakup:
  • Try removing the mix level FX, and track level FX; and if you have applied any cell level FX, try removing those.
  • Try simplifying any custom sounds if you have used any.
  • Another alternative is to record your mix to an audio file, using Mixdown recording. Whilst this does not happen "live" (so you cannot hear the mix whilst it is recording), you can record the mix at the highest quality mix (e.g. 44Khz stereo). It can take a long time though, especially on older devices.
  • Your last resort is to consider upgrading to a more powerful, later generation Device.

  • Check the Mixtikl audio output is going to where you want it to:
  • Check the volume output settings of your Mac/Win PC or Device (device volume buttons and also see AirPlay above - try also using headphones to make sure you can hear something)
  • Check the Mixtikl Global Volume in the Top Display area is not zero (tap piece time at top and then adjust the pop up slider)
  • Try loading and playing one of the included Demo Mixes (Mixtikl Menu > Open) and then press the Play button.
  • Ensure mix is playing (play/stop button will be orange)
  • Ensure the relevant track rule is set to looping/sequence and not trigger/one shot (which shows as an exclamation mark on the right (col 7)
  • A Content Cell will show as red if the content cannot be found (and so cannot play)
  • Check track is not muted (M column 2)
  • Check another track is not soloed (S in column 2) and the track in question is not also soloed
  • Check track volume is not zero (black bar, column one)
  • If using generative content, sometimes takes a while to play
  • If using FX, check the Wet and Dry settings (try making Dry maximum just to check)

This is likely to do with Mixtikl's Mix Settings having a default setting of "Major" for the mix "Scale Rules". This setting overrides the scale rule setting in any Noatikl file used in the mix and so when you play your mix it might not sound quite as you would expect. You can of course change the mix Scale Rules value to whatever you want it to be, including "Use Cell Rules" (see below).

The reason we use this default "Major" mix Scale Rules setting is simple: You can import a Noatikl file into any content cell and it is possible each such Noatikl file uses a different scale rule. If each cell composes with different scale rules the mix could sound a little unharmonious.

If you do actually want a content cell to use the scale rule in your imported Noatikl piece (rather than the mix overide value you set in Mix Settings), in the Mix Settings screen set Scale Rules to "Use Cell Rules". If you do wish to use "Use Cell Rules" remember that Noatikl pieces in other content cells may be using different scale rules themselves. You many then wish to refer in the Guide to the two Mix Settings checkboxes called "Global Harmony" and "Strict Harmony", as these should help you there.

Yes, Mixtikl is a 12 track mixer that supports use of your own loops, and you can use an FX (e.g. EQ) on each track as well as one FX globally (all subject to device capabilities e.g. processor and memory). Loops must be in WAV or OGG format. For further details see: Using Add on Content and Copying files in/out.

Note: If you want other people to play your mixes then they should NOT reference loops or recordings you have created, imported or are not otherwise available in an Intermorphic Tiklpak. This is because other people will not have or be able to have access to that loop/recording on their device, and so will not be able to hear it! However, you could make and share your own Pak of loops/recordings - that is up to you!

These are saved to the "Intermorphic Folder",see here.

Mixtikl supports audio loops in WAV or Ogg format. There are 2 ways you can get loops into Mixtikl (Note: Mixtikl Desktop does not support loop importing via the clipboard):

  1. iOS Device: Via another 3rd party App on an iOS Device that supports Retronyms AudioCopy/AudioPaste or Apple General Pasteboard (most iDevice music apps support one or the other these days). 3rd party Apps generally only support WAV loops at the moment, though.
  2. Via File Transfer to the Device or copying the loops to the right directory on your PC. See here.

You can also create zip files of audio loops, and set them up as paks so that they will be auto pitch shifted/timestretched when you use them in a mix (via the Content Cell). See: Mixtikl Pak Maker User Guide. These paks can be imported via the route in 2 above.

Mixtikl includes integral audio loop time stretch / pitch shift ("stretch") algorithms. These allow you to change the root a tempo of a mix that uses loops. The algorithms are not lossless or artifact-free but they work fairly well.

When you import a loop from the clipboard into Mixtikl then it will make a guess as to the root and tempo of the loop and stretch that loop so that it fits the tempo and root of the mix. Note that Mixtikl does NOT compress the loops it imports, so any noise or artifacts you hear will be as a result of stretching process (and they will be worse the more stretching it has to do).

So, for optimum results when using imported loops, always try to make sure they are at the same tempo as your mix, and at the same root. However, they don't have to be if you don't mind them being stretched on import.

When you have placed loops on the clipboard and imported them via Mixtikl Menu > Import menu, then after the import has happened you are presented with the "Imported File Meta info" screen (See: Mixtikl Import). This is where you tell Mixikl about the root, time signature, tempo and (bars) loop length of the loop. It is verty important that you enter the correct values as Mixtikl will use these settings to determine what stretching (if any) is done.

When the processor is overloaded the UI can get become slow (slower than normal), and the biggest impact on that is use of FX and of DSynth, TG and Particle generated voices (as opposed to Wavetable). As they are the heavy hitters, then you need to use them carefully in a mix, and not use too many - and the number you can use depends on your device.

Whether or not it would appeal, depends on to what end you're using Noatikl; and to what end you'd *like* to use Mixtikl.

Mixtikl includes a Noatikl music engine. But it adds a lot to the Noatikl party. It lets you work more quickly with generative music, by focusing on higher-level issues, without focusing as much on the process of setting-up generative rules and parameters.

In Mixtikl, you're taking pre-authored Noatikl content that has pre-attached sounds (and maybe audio loops!), tweaking sound FX in real-time, and throwing them all together into a generative melting pot. Mixtikl's version of the Noatikl engine combines the composition process for all ongoing internal Noatikl pieces, to give a single unified generative output stream - an *audio* stream - where everything "just works".

Of course, you can also pull-in your *own* Noatikl content, attach sounds (using Mixtikl's built-in PSE synth), and have a blast mixing-up your own custom Noatikl content with the Mixtikl-included generative content (which is the same as in Noatikl incidentally).

You can also use Mixtikl to create audio recordings.

Yes, see here for the current range of Tiklpaks.

Mixtikl does not currently allow direct upload of recordings to SoundCloud. However, you can get Mixtikl mix recordings onto SoundCloud via another app that supports copy / paste as well as uploading to SoundCloud (iOS: see Retronyms AudioCopy App).

One app that can do that is MultiTrack DAW from Harmonic Dog. This app can also compress files to both OGG and AAC format (to save on upload banwidth) AND can send recordings via Email and transfer via WiFi.

Firstly, decide the audio qualitty you want Mixtikl to record your mix at, bearing in mind that some generative content can really work the processor hard (in some cases too hard to play/record at 44KHz stereo). Mixtikl defaults to 22KHz stereo operation. If you want to change to 44KHz stereo, then go to Menu > Setttings > Audio Output. Select 44KHz stereo, or whatever you want. This setting determines the maximum quality Mixtikl will run at, and you cannot record mixes etc at a higher quality than this setting.

When you press the mix record button (black spot on top toolbar), you have a setting below called +Options; press this to see all the options and set quality to what you want (noting above); e.g. 22KHz stereo, and set this before you make your mix recording.

Once the mix is recorded, you get a pop up message asking if you want to copy it to the clipboard. Say Yes.

Start the MultiTrack DAW app. Tap and hold a blank area in a track and select the blue Paste pop up button. Then select Menu > Help/Sharing/Upgrades and then Email. Select your encoding format and quality, then press send and it will encode and attach it to an email. Or, you can use SoundCloud (you will need to have a SoundCloud account of course!).

As of Mixtikl 7 export or playback of Music URLs is no longer supported. If you want to share your mix you have 3 choices. In Mixtikl 7 either:

See: Where do I find Crash Logs? and send the text in them through via our Contact Form, and don't forget to tell us what you were doing when you had the crash! Hopefully we will be able to fix the crash in the next update. Thank you!

Background

We try as hard as we can to make our apps stable. If this app does crash on you, then the chances are that for crashes in new apps (released after Jun 2014) we will (but not always) get reports from the HockeyApp integrated crash reporting system. Because of this, we have the best chance of fixing crashers and so our latest versions are likely to be the most stable. This is one reason we recommend that you always update your Intermorphic apps to the latest version, where your device/OS allows.

If you are using an earlier app then you can still send us a crash log so that we can investigate and try to fix the problem (for all users). The crash log files all start with the app name, and have an extension "crash". They are text files that we can read, and give us useful information in tracking-down a crash.

Even though we get the crash logs, it can also help us track things down if you send us any info about your particular crash, or indeed anything you think is not working right.

FAQ - iOS

See: Where do I find Crash Logs? and send the text in them through via our Contact Form, and don't forget to tell us what you were doing when you had the crash! Hopefully we will be able to fix the crash in the next update. Thank you!

Background

We try as hard as we can to make our apps stable. If this app does crash on you, then the chances are that for crashes in new apps (released after Jun 2014) we will get reports from the HockeyApp integrated crash reporting system. Because of this, we have the best chance of fixing crashers and so our latest versions are likely to be the most stable. This is one reason we recommend that you always update your Intermorphic apps to the latest version, where your device/OS allows.

If you are using an earlier app then you can still send us a crash log so that we can investigate and try to fix the problem (for all users). The crash log files all start with the app name, and have an extension "crash". They are text files that we can read, and give us useful information in tracking-down a crash.

Even though we get the crash logs, it can also help us track things down if you send us any info about your particular crash, or indeed anything you think is not working right.

Please look at this page on how to redeem codes: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT4480

Also, this link should take you to an iTunes redeem page.

You might want to do this if iOS updates to a new version and you do not or are unwilling to do that, you have removed Mixtikl and the new version of Mixtikl is no longer available for your version of iOS (we use Apple tools to build our apps, and Apple updates to these tools change which versions of iOS we can build for). So, how do you restore the last version of Mixtikl available for your version of iOS?

See Apple's instructions on how to do this or an AppleInsider article. Alternatively, you might try restoring from a device or even TimeMachine backup.

You can do that via the Mix Recording screen where you select the file you want to delete and press the Delete button, or via iTunes App File Sharing - see How do I transfer content in/out of Mixtikl?. Using iTunes App File Sharing, in the right hand list for Mixtikl simply select the file(s) you want to delete and use your PC's delete key.

For how to enable Mixtikl to play through Airplay see the instructions here.

iOS 10 note: In Control Center, which now has multiple panes, Apple have changed how AirPlay is accessed for audio streaming. Swipe up to access the Control Center. The first screen contains an AirPlay Mirroring option which only seems to show things like Apple TV. Swipe left to diplay the second screen (a music interface) where you can manage AirPlay to audio devices.

Audiobus / Inter-App Audio support is now enabled by default and can be used at no charge.

Please refer to the Apple website for information on how to use Inter-App Audio with GarageBand.

Please refer to the Audiobus website for instructions on how to use Audiobus. To use Audiobus you will also beed to install the Audiobus app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We make no charge to Audiobus suppport.

Note 1: Although not necessary for recording, "Input Monitor" (in MultiTrack DAW screenshot, the most righthand one below) is shown as being selected so that you can also listen as Mixtikl is being recorded. Some apps, like Loopy HD, do not seem to support input monitoring so in those apps you will not be able to hear the audio whilst it is being recorded.

Note 2: Although you *might* be able to jam live against Mixtikl (e.g. with Thumbjam) without audio breakup, recording that via Audiobus will certainly result in audio breakup and this is because of the way we have configured Mixtikl - we may be able to tweak that in the future. In the meantime, we recommend that you record the output and then jam against that - it is still great fun!

Mixtikl to Audiobus to MultiTrack DAW

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FAQ - Android


We do not sell a paid for version of Mixtikl for Android in the Google Play store for one main reason: Google does not automatically set and everywhere collect all sales taxes and then remit them to the relevant authorities on behalf of the developer. Amazon does this (and so does Apple for most major territories) which is why we sell Mixtikl 7 AZ in the Amazon Appstore. Instead, however, we make available on Google Play a full save ad-supported version, Mixtikl 7 GP.

For apps sold on Google Play the developer has to undertake all of that financial heavy lifting themselves. The costs of securing tax advice (even just to sell in major countries) together with the admin burden of making remittances, storing information for 10 years (yes, in Europe you have to commit to do that for every single sale of digital goods) etc. simply does not make sense for us at the moment for what is a niche $5 app - it would cost us way more to do than we would ever get back in terms of app sales. One day that might change, but until then we just do not have the resources to sell apps on Google Play - sorry.

Note: Being ad-supported means Mixtikl GP must always run in the foreground and be connected to the internet so that ads can display. If you want a version with no ads, that you can use offline or in background audio mode and make recordings with, then install the Amazon Appstore on your Android device (see next FAQ entry) and then get Mixtikl 7 AZ from the Amazon Appstore. It is very easy to!

See the Install Amazon Appstore for Android.

If you do not already have an account with Amazon you will need to set one up, but this is no different to what you would need to do to purchase via Google Play, either!

Once you have the Amazon App Store installed, just purchase Mixtikl AZ from the store. Once downloaded and installed you then just load Mixtikl from its icon, like any other installed Android app (you do not have to first load the Amazon Appstore).

We do not make Mixtikl 7 AZ available on Amazon Underground - we only make it available as a standard purchase in the Amazon Appstore.

You need to have the Amazon Appstore app installed in order to download/run Mixtikl 7 AZ.

To install the Amazon Appstore app see: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201357510

There is no need, as Mixtikl AZ is now a full product. But, for an Amazon Appstore app that did have IAP, this is what you would do:

  1. Open the Amazon Appstore on your device
  2. Tap the menu button
  3. Select "MY APPS" from the menu list
  4. Tap "ALL" in the upper right side (below the search bar)
  5. Locate your App and click “Install"

This is not a Mixtikl issue. Do a web search for "amazon android internal service failure". You should find a number of solutions to try and it seems that you need to de-register and re-register the device. You might even need to re-install the Amazon Appstore app.

FAQ - Mac / PC


IMPORTANT: If you have purchased a licence one of our tools via our website you will receive an email containing your Customer ID, Order ID and Product Key. Select and COPY THE PRODUCT KEY to the clipboard, do not try to enter it manually! If you are having problems getting the Product Key accepted the most likely reason is that you have a space in front of or after the Product Key in the the Product Key field (there should be no space).

Note for Mixtikl 6 and earlier users: The Product Keys for the Desktop Standalone and Desktop Audio Plugin versions were different. From Mixtikl 7 onwards the Standalone and Plugin Product Keys are the same.

Check you have followed the Product Key section in the Mixtikl User Guide.

Note: If you're running on Windows, and find Mixtikl doesn't save its license key when you close the application, use the Windows option to run the host software (e.g. Reaper) "as Administrator". Enter and save your registration details. Restart the application normally: it should now be fine. If you've got trouble saving the license key for the Desktop Audio Plugin, you should run the host application.

If the above does not get you going, then please try the following steps:

  • Close all instances of our software (including sequencers using our plugins).
  • Open the version of software you want to use (e.g. Mixtikl Desktop Standalone or the relevant Mixtikl Desktop Audio Plugin variant - which means you first have to insert the Plugin into a track in your DAW and then load the plugin from there), and from the Mixtikl Main Menu select the Quick Help button in the center to launch the Quick Help Screen and then at the bottom of the Quick Help Screen, select the link "Enter Mixtikl Product Key". Enter your Customer ID, Order ID and Product Key. We recommend you copy and paste the Product Key and do not try to type it in.
  • Once entered, close the software and restart it.
  • IMPORTANT: Ensure there are no spaces at the start or end of the Product Key.
  • Problems copying/pasting Product Key?
    • Mac - To paste on the Mac, you must:
      • Right-click in the text box, OR Control-click in the text box
      • ... then select 'Paste' from the pop-up menu
      • Alternatively, click in the text box, and press Cmd-V / Applekey-V (the paste shortcut).
      • Ensure there are no spaces in front of or after the Product Key in the the Product Key field.
    • Windows - To paste on Windows, you must :
      • Right click in the text box
      • ... then select 'Paste' from the pop-up menu
      • Alternatively, click in the text box, and press Control-V (for paste).
      • Ensure there are no spaces in front of or after the Product Key in the the Product Key field.
    • Mac users: If you are still having problems it is possible that you are using an email app that does not treat the Product Key as plain text. Try this:
      • run TextEdit (you'll find TextEdit using Finder in the Applications folder)
      • copy the values from your mail app
      • paste the values into TextEdit (where it is set-up to be plain text, *not* RTF format!)
      • copy each value you need from TextEdit
      • paste into the Product Key field in the App
      • Ensure there are no spaces in front of or after the Product Key in the the Product Key field.
    • See also http://intermorphic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=263.
  • Tip: If you are still having problems, please contact us and let us know the version numbered displayed in Help About (as well as OS version, how much free disk space you have, how much RAM do you have, the format of your hard disk [e.g. FAT32]).

You might want to do this if macOS updates to a new version and you do not or are unwilling to do that, you have removed Mixtikl and the new version of Mixtikl is no longer available for your version of macOS (we use Apple tools to build our apps, and Apple updates to these tools change which versions of macOS we can build for). So, how do you restore the last version of Mixtikl available for your version of macOS?

See Apple's instructions on how to do this. Alternatively, you might try restoring from a device or even TimeMachine backup.

If you have deleted e.g. an older Mixtikl Desktop Audio Plugin from your Mac and installed the later Mixtikl Plugin and then try to re-install the older Mixtikl Plugin (as you have sensibly made a backup) then you may find you get the message "Intermorphic Mixtikl can't be installed on this disk. A newer version of this software already exists on the disk."

Ultimately it is down to Apple's decision not to expose uninstall options in the menu somewhere!

Solution:

  • Close any installer you might have open
  • Open the Terminal application (under Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal)
  • Paste these 4 lines into the Terminal window:
    • sudo rm /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.mixtikl.plist /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.mixtikl.bom
    • sudo rm /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.mixtikl.plist /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.mixtikl.plist
    • sudo rm /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.mixtikl.plist /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.mixtikl_plugins.bom
    • sudo rm /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.mixtikl.plist /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.mixtikl_plugins.plist
You can then install your older copy of Mixtikl!

Note: the first time you enter the "sudo" command-line, you'll be prompted to enter your password.

Explanation: the "sudo" command tells the system to run the command that follows with an administrative level; otherwise, you wouldn't be able to remove the (hidden) receipt files that are blocking your re-installation of the older version.

Check (using Audio MIDI Setup under Finder > Application > Utilities > Audio MIDI Setup) that the default input device matches your default output device!

  • Select Finder > Applications > Mixtikl

Yes you can! Follow these instructions:

  • Install Wine from your normal Linux package installer.
  • Download the Liptikl / Mixtikl / Noatikl etc. zip for Windows as required.
  • Extract the downloaded zip file to your system.
  • Run the e.g. mxitikl_win_setup.exe program using Wine Windows Program Loader (right-click on the file, select the appropriate option...) ...
  • Ignore any install-time warnings you see about registering the Mixtikl browser plugin.
  • Run the standalone application - you can find this from menu Wine ->Programs -> Intermorphic (Mixtikl/Liptikl/Noatikl), or at (for example):
    <home>
    .wine/drive_c/Program Files/intermorphic/mixtikl/mixtikl.exe
  • It should all work just fine! Noatikl however: to get output from Noatikl, will require you to configure your Linux MIDI configuration to suit - this is entirely up to the user to figure-out! - do please let us know how you get on here via our forums. See http://wiki.winehq.org/MIDI for outline instructions....
  • If you try out the Liptikl, Mixtikl or Noatikl trial versions and then decide you like it and want to continue using it - please buy a license from us! :).
  • Do let us know if you'd be willing to purchase a Linux-specific implementation of LT/NT/MT from Intermorphic.
  • NB: Files are are saved to e.g.
    <home>
    ~/intermorphic/mixtikl/paks/User_Content/abcdefg.mixtikl.

FAQ - Plugins (VST / AU)


See: Installing Mixtikl 7 Desktop Software Downloaded from IM Website

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.

  • First try removing Mixtikl, then try re-downloading the latest version and then re-installing to see if you get the same problem.
  • If your problem persists, it is likely a misbehaving 3rd party audio device, or maybe webcam. Try unplugging them all and then retrying Mixtikl.

Almost certainly, the issue is that you've not told your sequencer(s) to scan the appropriate folder for the Mixtikl VSTi. The folder in question is (depending on your system). Please refer to the installation page which lists where the VST plugins are installed.

For Windows and Mac, you can select Mixtikl from your sequencer as Mixtikl VSTi (win/mac) or Mixtikl AU (mac), depending on the capabilities of your sequencer.

You need to attach the Mixtikl AU to an instrument track, and NOT an audio track. If you try adding to an audio track, the Mixtikl AU won't be listed!

FAQ - Older Versions (MT5, MT6)


If you are happy with the features and interface of Mixtikl 5 or 6, then you wont need Mixtikl 7!

You would only need to get Mixtikl 7 if you want to use any of the cool new features in Mixtikl 7, play a mix made in Mixtikl 7 or to continue using Mixtikl if your OS version will no longer run an earlier version.

Mixtikl 7 for iOS, macOS and Windows is a new app so does not interfere with an installation of the no longer available Mixtikl 6 or Mixtikl 5. It works with mixes you have made in Mixtikl 5/6.

See here for information on our Fullgrade model. It basically means that all major versions are already priced as upgrades so if you want the new major version you just buy it!

Mixtikl 5 Free for iOS turned into Mixtikl 6.2.23 for iOS in June 2014. Mixtikl 6 was a free update that converted a free app into a full app. You can get the free Mixtikl 6 update for as long as it is available. You would only need to get Mixtikl 7 if you want to use any of the new features in Mixtikl 7 or to continue using Mixtikl if your version of iOS will no longer run an earlier version.

See our Fullgrade commercial model

The Tiklpaks that we used to make available via IAP are now all available for free download. In Mixtikl 6 they no longer require the IAPs so these IAPs will not show up.

You can download the Tiklpaks from here: Free Tiklpaks

Note: To Transfer Zips into Mixtikl 6 does not require an IAP, either, as it used to in the early days of Mixtikl 5. This capability is now built into Mixtikl 6+.

  • When Mixtikl 5 loads you see the message "Audiobus initialisation problem - There was a problem setting up Audiobus communication. Audiobus will be disabled". This is because Audiobus v1 that was included in Mixtikl 5 does not work with iOS 8.
  • The Mixtikl 5 UI seems to overlap the status bar
    • Yes, it does seem to, but it does not affect operation.

If in a Mixtikl 5 mix you had configured a template with a custom wavetable patch (Mixer Cell > Sounds), Mixtikl 6 might not always be able to resolve that custom patch setting properly.

Solution:

  1. Select a Mixer Cell that doesn't sound right.
  2. Tap the Content button and notice how the content item is highlighted in the list.
  3. Tap to re-select the content item; it is selected and you are taken back to the mix.
  4. You may need to restart the mix, but the cell should play fine.
  5. You might now want to press the Sounds button to customise the patch, via the Wavetable unit.
  6. Do the above for all problem cells.
  7. Save your mix!

To keep the app size down they are no longer included in the app itself. However, you can now download a zip of them which includes ALL the AL Collection 1-3 Tiklpaks, for FREE from here.

Once downloaded to your desktop computer, just follow these instructions to copy the zip file to the right place.

As of Mixtikl 6.2.23 for iOS, Mixtikl for iOS became a purchaseable full product - there is no longer an IAP Store. If you have previously purchased an IAP, simply get Mixtikl 6 (a free update) and you will find it fully unlocked with no need for IAP!

As of Mixtikl 6.2.23 for iOS, Mixtikl for iOS became a purchaseable full product - there is no longer an IAP Store. If you have previously purchased an IAP, simply get the new version (a free update) and you will find it fully unlocked with no need for IAP!

Users of older versions wishing to view the instructions for using the older Mixtikl IAP store and for restoring IAP purchases can find them in the archived Mixtikl 6.2.10 PDF Guide.

Firstly, you will need to re-enter it only once and it should not then need re-entry for any subsequent update.

From Mixtikl 6.2.23 onwards we fixed an issue affecting how Desktop Standalone and Plugin product keys. If you entered the Product Key for the Plugin then you could find that the Desktop Standalone Product Key picked up the Plugin key, and so would not work. In this new build simply re-enter your Product Key for the Desktop Standalone version and all will again be fine!

If you cannot find your Deskstop Standalone Product Key, contact us with your order details and we will email it to you again.

Firstly, don't panic! - you will not lose out.

As of Aug 1st 2014 we removed Mixtikl (6) Free for Mac from the Mac App Store. The simple reason for this is that we needed to cut down the number of different variants we have to maintain so as to have more time to work on features. And, of the people who purchase Mixtikl for Mac, the vast majority seemed to get the Full version which made it clear that was the variant to retain.

If you were one of the very few customers who did purchase the IAP in Mixtikl (6) Free for Mac then please get in touch with us providing proof of that purchase and we will gladly give you a promo code for Mixtikl 6 for Mac. Your installed version of Mixtikl Free for Mac will of course continue to work, but that version will no longer get any updates - these will now all come through Mixtikl for Mac.

IMPORTANT: If you do decide to delete Mixtikl Free for Mac then back up your Mixtikl files first. See the Copy In/Out section for Desktop Mixtikl and specifically the instructions related to Mixtikl 5 or earlier.

NB: If you want to try out Mixtikl before purchase, then they can try it via a 30 day trial Desktop Plugin.

Files in Mixtikl 5 were saved to the User_Content folder. You can find the User_Content folder on your PC/Mac file system from the Mixtikl Application menu. To use your own content in the app simply copy it (including content zips) to this folder.
  • Mixtikl 5 Desktop Standalone / Audio Plugin

    To see the folder in Mixtikl Desktop Standalone software (not the Audio Plugins) :

    • Mixtikl > Options > Show the User-Content folder

    The folders are here:

    • Macs (Mixtikl Desktop Standalone from Mac App Store):
      (the tilde [~] in the pathname is a shortcut for your user account name)
      ~/Library/Containers/com.intermorphic.mixtikl/Data/Library/Mixtikl/intermorphic/mixtikl/paks/User_Content
    • Macs (Mixtikl Desktop Audio Plugins from IM Web store:
      (the tilde [~] in the pathname is a shortcut for your user account name)
      ~/Library/Mixtikl/intermorphic/mixtikl/paks/User_Content
      You can get to this folder by opening Finder, selecting Go -> Go to Folder... and pasting in the above path.
    • Windows XP:
      \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\intermorphic\mixtikl\paks\User_Content
    • Windows 7:
      \ProgramData\intermorphic\mixtikl\paks\User_Content
      
  1. Connect your Android device to your PC or Mac. It will appear in Explorer or Finder as a USB device.
  2. With Explorer or Finder look for a top level directory on the device called "intermorphic". Drill down on that directory and you will find the following:
    • [device]intermorphic/mixtikl/paks
    • [device]intermorphic/mixtikl/recordings
    • [device]intermorphic/mixtikl/paks/User_Content
    Note: the recordings directory is where audio and MIDI recordings get saved to, and the User_Content directory is where your mixes are saved to. If you have got the IM Audio Loop Collection or MDB Tiklpaks or have created your own zipped paks you can put them in either the User_Content or paks folder above.
  3. Copy your mixes and recordings to/from these folders. If you want to access the same mixes and recordings in Mixtikl 5 for Desktop, put them in the corresponding folders in Mixtikl 5 for Desktop.
    • Note: Once content (e.g. a mix file) is in the User_Content folder on your Device, you cannot then move it from there to another pak, so your User_Content folder may get a bit busy. However, you can delete files on iDevice using Menu > Tidy.
    • Note: Mix files will load just fine from the User_Content folder as the underlying pak info is saved to the mix file.
    • Note:You may need to restart Mixtikl for it to be able to find any new content copied in.
    • Mixtikl Tip: To use content you copy over, in the Mixer Screen, select a content cell, select the Content button in the Mixer Cell Menu and then select either the ".." folder selector item and then scroll to find your pak (e.g. a pre-installed pak, a pak you have created and installed yourself, or one of the IM Audio Loop Paks you might have installed) and select the file you want to add to your mix or look for your content in the User_Content folder. Alternatively, select Menu > New to create a new mix which uses content from those paks (if the paks contain loops, first ensure the Loop checkbox is checked so you can see them!).