Noatikl 3 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 Noatikl. You can also get some audio artifacts occur in the PSE from "note stealing" (see below). However, before we look at any of 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.

First:

  • Use latest iOS version: Ensure your device is using the latest iOS update available for it.
  • Power cycle your iOS 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).
  • AirPlay, 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 Noatikl 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 Noatikl 3 default audio output is 44Khz stereo, whereas Noatikl 2 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. Noatikl Settings > Audio Output.
  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. Also, how you configure the Partikl Newtork can also play a part.
    • Solution 1 - Templates: Either use fewer templates in a piece so there is less sound to generate (the cool Demo pieces use 3 merged templates but even that can be too much on some devices!), 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 2 - Note Stealing: When the NME generates a lot of overlapping notes and Partikl is generating the sound then unless the PSE Polyphony setting is sufficient to cover all the notes that may be playing at the same time you can get an effect called "note stealing". This means a newly composed note will play in preference to the a previously generated note, on a First in First Out (FIFO) principle. The last note is instantly "dropped" meaning it can cause a click, especially if you are using FX. See the Polyphony setting in the Synth Network Editor.
  4. Track and Global FX: The new templates are generally sonically richer than Noatikl 2 templates and most use a reverb and other FX in the template itself. If you have a lot of Voices in your piece, then a lot of FX units can be in play at the same time.
    • Solution: If using these new templates in a (merged) piece, try removing FX from the templates themselves (e.g. reverb, as that is a heavy hitter), and then add it back as a 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 Global FX (FX Network Editor > bottom right Action button > Import from clipboard) and then remove the FX from each Voice's FX Network. This may change how the piece sounds quite a bit, so may require some experimentation.
  5. Merging pieces: Because of the Noatikl 3 template richness (above), you do not need many when creating a piece.
    • Solution: Try merging no more than 3 templates. This should still give you PLENTY of goodness to play with.
  6. Use some older content, too: Because of the Noatikl 3 template richness (above), you do not need many when creating a new piece. However, we still include the older Noatikl 2 content which in general has less of a processing hit, so you might want to try sprinkling some of that in.
  7. Try to isolate the issue: If you have got this far down the list and are still getting issues, such as ocasional clicks, glitches or pops etc., then it may be that the issue is coming from your piece and it might be worth seeing it you can isolate the problem. That means gradually removing Noatikl voices and PSE Sound Networks from your piece until the problem goes. Then you can work back up again.
    • Optional - MIDI Out: If you are STILL getting audio issues then it may well be worth trying to play the NME MIDI note streams via external/3rd Party synths (using MIDI Out) and seeing if the issues then go... If they do go, then it is likely the issue is something related to the PSE...
  8. 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.

Noatikl Mobile has access to all of the parameters that are in Noatikl Desktop and includes the same templates/content. Content authored in either will play just fine in the other, and vice versa. There are not many feature differences between the two, but the Interfaces are of course different (see below). A good point of reference is the Noatikl User Guide.

Features

In terms of features, Noatikl Mobile can do everything Noatikl Desktop can do except:

  • Noatikl Mobile does not support Scripting.
  • Noatikl Mobile does not presently support a Listening voice (meaning it can not be used as a hyperinstrument through responding to external MIDI input).
  • Noatikl Mobile does not have a plugin version (i.e. no Audio Unit for mobile).
  • Noatikl Mobile can emit MIDI clock information but it doesn’t support MIDI transport controls.
  • Noatikl Mobile does not allow MIDI file recordings to be made (you would need to use another iOS app for that).

Noatikl Mobile has a number of small additional advantages over Noatikl Desktop:

  • Noatikl Mobile has a Blend view that provides an easy way to drag voices around to mix them (and this is very handy).
  • Noatikl Mobile has a Settings screen that lets your set the Audio output rate and supports a number of MIDI Output options.

Interfaces (UI)

Beyond a pure feature comparison, many people find that desktop versions of apps allow greater productivity. There are too many differences to detail here but the Noatikl User Guide documents both the Noatikl Mobile UI and Noatikl Desktop UI.

Suffice to say, if you are planning on doing a lot of deep editing or composition then you might find it easier and quicker, therefore, to do things in Noatikl Desktop which has a multi-voice table view of parameters and requires much less drill down - a mouse is very very handy. Some UI areas are also just easier to use in the Desktop version, for example text editing / use of Patterns.

It's your choice...

All said and done, Noatikl Desktop costs more so maybe you start with the Mobile version and then see how you get on!

If you are happy with the content, features and interface of Noatikl 2, then you won't need Noatikl 3!

You would only need to purchase a licence for Noatikl 3 if you want to use any of the all new content and cool new features in Noatikl 3, play a piece made in Noatikl 3 or to continue using Noatikl if your OS version will no longer run an earlier version. See See also: How to copy older pieces to Noatikl 3.

Noatikl 3 for iOS, macOS and Windows are new apps so do not interfere with Noatikl 2 installations. Noatikl 3 works just fine with pieces you have made in previous versions of Noatikl.

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. Noatikl and Mixtikl).

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.

Noatikl 3: If you want to use any of the new features in Noatikl 3 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.

Noatikl 2: Looking for the latest version of Noatikl 2 (2.3.8)? See here for links.

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 Noatikl 2 iOS the following might work. To re-download to your device, from your iOS device select the following link: try this.

By default we hide the older Noatikl 2 templates simply as the new Noatikl 3 templates are so good! They are included, however, and it is easy to display them. Simply go to Settings (iOS), Noatikl > Preferences (macOS) or Noatikl > Options > Preferences (Windows) and check the box that says "Show Noatikl 2 Content". Once you have done that, the older templates will show up in the template list in a dark grey colour.

These are not included in Noatikl 3 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.

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

Noatikl iOS 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.

Noatikl Desktop version: These are installed to the "Intermorphic Folder". If you want to get them back again, just download a zip of the demo pieces and unzip that in the Intermorphic Folder.

Noatikl iOS version: Either re-install Noatikl iOS (making sure you FIRST BACKUP any pieces you have made that you want to keep) or download the above zip file to a PC and unzip that in the "Intermorphic Folder". Then, refer to Apple's docs on iTunes Apps File Sharing to see how to copy them to your iOS device.

To SAVE or EXPORT pieces/files you can either:

To RESTORE pieces/files:

PSE

If Noatikl isn't making any sound, first check that you have the Partikl checkbox ticked. If this is ticked, then Noatikl will automatically render all MIDI data that it generates through Noatikl's built-in Partikl sound system, and you should hear Noatikl playing (unless you've turned-down your computer's volume). If the checkbox isn't ticked, Noatikl will only send its MIDI data to whatever MIDI Output destination you have defined in Noatikl's top panel... which means that you've probably got a bit of MIDI configuration to do first in order to hear Noatikl play.

Note that Noatikl can play both through PSE and through a MIDI device, if that is how you have configured things - the choice is yours.

All platforms:

Don't forget to press play! Make sure your system volume is turned-up, and any speakers are turned on! Make sure you haven't muted all voices, or set their volumes or velocities all to zero. If you are using fixed-pattern voices, make sure they don't all have empty patterns.

iOS:

Unless you are using AudioBus, make sure this toggle (under Settings > Audio Out) is set to off or you will not hear anything!

Windows users:

Only one component at a time can render through the Windows Software Synth. If your Noatikl MIDI Output component is specified to render through this and you hear silence, make sure there is not already something else trying to render through it.

MAC users:

If you selected an IAC driver bus as Noatikl's MIDI output device, make sure you have an active rendered out for that device e.g. MIDIPipe from Subtlesoft or one of your sequencer tracks with an attached synthesiser or sampler plug-in. Please refer to the Noatikl video tutorial - "creating your first piece on Mac" which will get you going with MidiPipe in about 1 minute.

Sonar

You may hear silence when using Noatikl MIDI events with the Noatikl VSTi with Sonar.

  • The solution to this problem is to modify your MIDI track to have a continuous stream of dummy MIDI controller events! This is required for Sonar to keep “pumping” Noatikl for more MIDI event data.

If using the Noatikl VSTi and your hear silence, make sure you have added Noatikl VSTi to your project properly.

  • To add the Noatikl VSTi to your project, do not start by using the synth rack; it will crash Sonar.
  • Insert the Noatikl VSTi by right-clicking the FX bin of an audio track; select the Noatikl VSTi plug-in.
  • Load-up a Noatikl file (or create a new one) within noatikl. That will give you something to hear in a moment. Make sure you set the MIDI Channel parameter for each voice, so you can be sure which software synth you want to direct it to.
  • Next, open-up the Synth Rack (Views > Synth Rack).
  • Right-click on the far-right pane of the Noatikl VSTi, and click on "Enable MIDI Output". This lets Sonar use the MIDI output data emitted from the VSTi by Noatikl. If you forget this step, Noatikl will remain silent.
  • Close the Synth Rack.

Cubase

If Noatikl VSTi MIDI events create silence, make sure you are not running with the “Sequencer MIDI Pipeline” selected. Not all sequencers support this feature.

  • The solution is to select one of the other MIDI output ports instead (and make sure you have a synthesiser listening out for that port!).

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.

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

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!

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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.

When using Mixtikl (mobile or desktop), you can export the content in individual cells where that content is generative (i.e. not audio loops), and then import it (as a new piece or added to an existing piece) for editing in Noatikl (mobile or desktop). There is one exception, and that is where the Mixtikl content uses a custom wavetable. In this case you will need to import it to a new piece and not merge into an existing one.

For Mixtikl Mobile > Noatikl Mobile

  • In Mixtikl, select the Content Cell you are interested in.
  • From the Content Cell menu select the Export button and you will get a message saying that the data has been exported to the clipboard.
  • In Noatikl Mobile, go to the Pieces screen and then select the import button on the bottom toolbar. You will get a pop up dialog givng you the option to add the content to the existing piece, or to replace it.
  • Choose the option you want and the content is imported and ready for editing. Once you have done your editing, you can of course export the piece and then import into a Mixtikl content cell.

Note: When you export from a Mixtikl content cell the Track FX are NOT included (but Cell FX are).

Note: Doing this in Mixtikl Desktop > Noatikl Desktop is similar except that in Noatikl the "Import" facility is under Menu > File > Import.

For Noatikl Mobile > Mixtikl Mobile:

  • In Noatikl, go to the Pieces screen and then select the export button on the bottom toolbar. get a messages saying the data has been exported to the clipboard.
  • In Mixtikl, select the content cell you are interested in.
  • Select the Import button and you will get a popup dialog where you choose what kind of clipboard to try to import from. Select the Noatikl/Partikl button.
  • You will be presented with an "Import As" dialog where you enter the name you want the content called (or just accept the default name presented).
  • You will see a couple of pop-up messages saying the content imported.

Note: Doing this in Noatikl Desktop > Mixtikl Desktop is similar except that in Noatikl the "Export" facility is under Menu > File > Export.

See the examples section or the Noatikl compositions forum. Or even check out the free Tiklbox, as all pieces were created with Noatikl.

See the installing Noatikl page for how to install the various Noatikl variants on your system!

If you have deleted e.g. Noatikl 2.1.5 Desktop Audio Plugins from your Mac and installed the Noatikl 2.3.3. Plugins (which require macOS 10.7+) and then try to re-install the Noatikl 2.1.5 Plugins (as you have sensibly made a backup) then you may find you get the message "Intermorphic Noatikl 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.noatikl.plist /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.noatikl.bom
    • sudo rm /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.noatikl.plist /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.noatikl.plist
    • sudo rm /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.noatikl.plist /var/db/receipts/com.intermorphic.noatikl_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 Noatikl!

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.

In this sort of case, it almost certainly means that your Web Browser file cache is corrupted. You'll need to refresh/clear this cache, and try the download again.

This is the result of an oddity we've seen in some Macs. Please try the following simple steps.

  • Try this first
    1. Go to "System Preferences"
    2. Select "Displays"
    3. Choose the "Color" Tab
    4. Uncheck the "Show profile for this display only"
    5. Select the "sRGB IEC61966-2.1" profile
  • If the above doesn't work, then please try this:
    1. Select Options menu
    2. Select "Reset Column Widths"

As we test in Reaper, we give the following instruction for that (and then the Mac variant, too). But, the principle is the same for other DAWs / sequencers and concerns enabling MIDI Clock and Sync events to be sent from your DAW / Sequencer to Noatikl and then enablng MIDI events to be sent from Noatikl back to your DAW / Sequencer.

Important in all cases: You need to use a different bus for each of the above activites, e.g. IAC Driver - Bus 1 for MIDI input and IAC Driver - Bus 2 for MIDI output.

Note: We also refer to the Mac's inbuilt IAC Audio MIDI Setup - for more on that see here.

  1. Reaper MIDI Output: from the Menu select Preferences > Audio > MIDI Devices and in the MIDI output area double tap on the desired / listed MIDI output device (e.g. IAC Driver - Bus 2) and ensure that "Enable output to this device" and "Send clock/SPP to this device" are both checked.
  2. Reaper MIDI Input: from the Menu select Preferences > Audio > MIDI Devices and in the MIDI input area double tap on the desired / listed MIDI input device (e.g. IAC Driver - Bus 1) and ensure that "Enable input from this device" and "Enable input for control messages" are both checked.
  3. Noatikl: Set "Sync?" set to True, set MIDI Input to be the same as your MIDI output above (e.g. IAC Driver - Bus 2) and set MIDI Output to be the same as your MIDI input above (e.g. IAC Driver - Bus 1)
  4. Noatikl: Press Play ... Noatikl is now waiting...
  5. Reaper: Press Play ... Noatikl starts playing, at the tempo from Reaper.
  6. Note: Noatikl does not currently support "Resume", so if you press "stop" in your Sequencer, then to restart Noatikl you will first need to rewind your Sequencer head to the beginning before pressing "play".

If you want Noatikl to drive a MIDI output device with MIDI data, you will first need to specify the MIDI output device to which Noatikl sends its MIDI data.

If you are running within Cubase or other sequencers which do not support MIDI routing from one VST to another then, you must, select any value other than "Sequencer MIDI Pipeline" (otherwise you will just hear silence). If you are using Sonar, Reaper, or some other VSTi Host which allows MIDI data to be routed from one VSTi into another one, then you may select any of the available options though you are most likely to want to select the "Sequencer MIDI Pipeline" option.

Mac users using the Noatikl Audio Unit (AU) - you must route the output via an IAC port to a suitable synth device.

See the MIDI Routing and the MIDI Output pages in the Noatikl User Guide.

See also the installing Noatikl page for how further information on how to configure the various Noatikl variants on your system.

There are two ways for Noatikl to record MIDI files. Note that there is one (Type 1) MIDI file saved per 'playback'; but each instrument is recorded to an individual MIDI 'track' within that file.

  1. By recording a live take of the MIDI events that Noatikl is generating (see Noatikl Preferences).
  2. By "Cooking" (see Tools > MIDI File Cooker), which is much faster, and plays / records the piece as fast as it can - a 3 minute piece can take seconds to record this way.

Set up a pattern Voice in Noatikl on channel 1.

Set another Voice on channel 16. Set this Voice's Micro Controller 1 to send  CC22 with the mode set to 1-LFO (min, max, min), beat frequency 2000.

Set Noatikl to sync to the IAC port for which you are generating MIDI clock from Logic.

Open the Logic environment. Cable a tempo fader between midi ports and  sequencer input - set it to listen for CC22 on channel 16.

Set the piece tempo in Logic to <50 and hit play.

The Tempo of the ensuing Piece ranges between 50 and 172 BPM according to the cycle output of the controller LFO in noatikl.

Sit back and feel clever.

Note that the choice of midi channels and CC22 is entirely arbitrary. You can use any channel or CC you want. As long as the settings in Noatikl are matched to the settings in Logic, you are in business.

You can, of course, set up multiple "voices" in Noatikl simultaneously generating CC 22 on channel 16 to different rules and specifications to create really strange and unpredictable tempo effects. There is a lot more generative potential here than you can get from a simple tempo envelope.

This issue is most likely due to Noatikl running in 64bit mode. We have yet to isolate the problem but we are working on it!. This will most likely get you going:

  1. Please find the Noatikl application in your Applications folder.
  2. Right click on it, select the "Get Info" option.
  3. Check the "Open in 32-bit mode" checkbox.
  4. Re-start Noatikl.

As of Noatikl 3 export or playback of Music URLs is no longer supported. If you want to share your pieces you have 2 choices. In Noatikl 3 either:

The reason you might be asking this is because you are unable to migrate to a newer version of your operating system (e.g. you are stuck on Mac macOS 10.5) and later versions of Noatikl require e.g Mac macOS 10.9+.

We licence Noatikl on a major version number basis (e.g. Noatikl 1.X, Noatikl 2.x etc). So, if there is an earlier build of Noatikl that works for you (see the archive versions), purchase a licence to the latest relevant version of Noatikl (e.g. Noatikl 3) and then contact us and ask us to swop that licence for licence to the older version (e.g. Noatikl 2). We will send you the relevant Product licence key. Note that you will then NOT be licenced for the newer major version should you then go on to use that later.

Also note that we do not update archive versions of the software (see the archive versions), and so please download it and try it first and make sure it works OK for you before you purchase!

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.

Simply because Apple do not allow it. Scripting is required for Listening Voices to work, which is also why they are not supported in Noatikl Mobile.

Note: If you open with Noatikl Mobile a piece contain scripting information (i.e. that you created in Noatikl Desktop) then it just won't do anything. Althought it does not do anything in Noatikl Mobile, any scripting information already in a piece is still included in the piece when it is saved.

Firstly, Noatikl should not crash, and if it does, please do submit us your crash logs.

For capabilities of your device (which may be an older model) your piece is too complex, or using too many synth voices etc. In general the processing overhead is governed by the number of modular synth based parts being used (and synth polyphony), the number of FX being used, the sheer number of parts playing etc. Here are some things you can try:

  • If you are using Noatikl Mobile to control external MIDI synths and so do not need to use Noatikl's own inbuilt synth for sound generation, then switch the Partikl switch to off. Same comment applies to Audiobus.
  • If you are using Noatikl's synth, then try reducing the polyphony on the synth used for a voice, remove some of the FX being used (Reverb is very expensive in terms of processor hit), or try even changing the synth sound itself (patches that use the Particle generator are expensive in terms of processor hit)
  • If you need to use Noatikl's synth, then (coming in the next Noatikl update) set the audio output to 22KHz instead of 44KHz.

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

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

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.

FAQ - Mac / PC

Note: 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. If you are having problems getting the Product Key accepted the most likely reason is that either you have a space in front of or after the Product Key in the the Product Key field (there should be no space) or, in Noatikl 2 you are trying to enter a Standalone Product Key in the Plugin or vice-versa - see the note below.

Note for Noatikl 2 and earlier users: The Product Keys for the Desktop Standalone and Desktop Audio Plugin versions were different and sold separately. To use the Standalone version requires the Standalone Product Key and vice-versa.

From Noatikl 3 onwards the Standalone and Plugin Product Keys are the same. To continue to use the Desktop Standalone version after the 30 day evaluation period requires that you purchase the Noatikl 3 Desktop Standalone licence from the Intermorphic webstore. The Desktop Audio Plugin is provided "As Is" and is free to use once you have purchased the Noatikl 3 Desktop Standalone licence.

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

Note: If you're running on Windows, and find Noatikl doesn't save its license key when you close the application, use the Windows option to run the host software (e.g. Reaper 3) "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 for which you have purchased a license (e.g. Noatikl Desktop Standalone or 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 Noatikl Menu select Help > Product Key and 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.
    • We have also had problems reported from Mac users with Microsoft Entourage. The issue is that the Product Key is not being treated as plain text. Try this:
      • run TextEdit (you'll find TextEdit using Finder in the Applications folder)
      • copy the values from Entourage
      • 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 Noatikl...!
      • 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 wish to try loopMIDI.

Note: We are not responsible for external links, 3rd party software etc.

To see how to route external MIDI (e.g. generated by an app like Noatikl Desktop connected to e.g. loopMIDI [Windows] or MIDIPipe [macOS] or Audio MIDI Setup (IAC Driver) [macOS]) to Reaper (a Desktop DAW which may have Plugin Synths etc), hop over to the Cockos (Reaper) website and follow these instructions.

If you want to show the MIDI notes you've captured, have a look at this video.

Note: We are not responsible for external links, 3rd party software etc.

Apple’s tool chains no longer allow us to build 32 bit versions, and we’ve had to adapt with them.

You would be still able to use the archived 32-bit version which you could download/try out if you were interested. The last ever release of that was Noatikl 2.1.5.

FAQ - Plugins (VST / AU)

See: Installing Noatikl 3 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.

Note: 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. If you are having problems getting the Product Key accepted the most likely reason is that either you have a space in front of or after the Product Key in the the Product Key field (there should be no space) or, in Noatikl 2 you are trying to enter a Standalone Product Key in the Plugin or vice-versa - see the note below.

Note for Noatikl 2 and earlier users: The Product Keys for the Desktop Standalone and Desktop Audio Plugin versions were different and sold separately. To use the Standalone version requires the Standalone Product Key and vice-versa.

From Noatikl 3 onwards the Standalone and Plugin Product Keys are the same. To continue to use the Desktop Standalone version after the 30 day evaluation period requires that you purchase the Noatikl 3 Desktop Standalone licence from the Intermorphic webstore. The Desktop Audio Plugin is provided "As Is" and is free to use once you have purchased the Noatikl 3 Desktop Standalone licence.

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

Note: If you're running on Windows, and find Noatikl doesn't save its license key when you close the application, use the Windows option to run the host software (e.g. Reaper 3) "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 for which you have purchased a license (e.g. Noatikl Desktop Standalone or Desktop Audio Plugin variant), select Help > Product Key and 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.
  • Tip: Do not have any spaces at the end of the Product Key ... or at the start.
  • 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.
    • We have also had problems reported from Mac users with Microsoft Entourage. The issue is that the Product Key is not being treated as plain text. Try this:
      • run TextEdit (you'll find TextEdit using Finder in the Applications folder)
      • copy the values from Entourage
      • 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 Noatikl...!
      • 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]).

Almost certainly, the issue is that you've not told your sequencer(s) to scan the appropriate folder for the Noatikl VSTi. The folder in question is (depending on your system):

  • c:\Program Files\VSTPlugins (32-bit Noatikl VSTi: Windows XP, or 32-bit Windows 7/Vista)
  • c:\Program Files (x86)\VSTPlugins (32-bit Noatikl VSTi: Windows XP, or 32-bit Windows 7/Vista)
  • c:\Program Files\VSTPlugins (64-bit Noatikl VSTi: 64-bit Windows 7/Vista)
See also: Noatikl Installation

Sonar 6 currently (as of Sonar 6.2) has buggy handling of keyboard events for VSTis and the Noatikl plug-ins are affected by this to some extent under Sonar 6.

The symptoms are that when using the Noatikl VSTi in Sonar 6.... various keys don't respond until you release them; and then also appear in UPPER CASE rather than lower case. These keys include the following: abcdefghiklmnopqstuvxz ...

We have logged this as a bug with Cakewalk. If it annoys you (and we're sure it will!), then do please feel free to ask Cakewalk when they'll get around to fixing the problem.

We think the reason is that historically not many plug-ins have great support for keyboard handling. We've worked hard to put great keyboard handling in Noatikl; and some operations such as naming Voices etc. of course rely on typing on your keyboard.

Note that in Sonar 6, the VST host window includes a new button on the top right of its toolbar, which says on the tooltip "Give all keystrokes to Plug-in". However, enabling this seems to make no difference at all to the plug-in behaviour...

If you have problems where, for example, you want to name a Voice with lower case 'a' characters, but keeping seeing 'A' instead, then consider using the standalone version of Noatikl to change the name before re-opening in Noatikl VSTi under Sonar.

Sonar's VSTi host adaptor implementation has (historically) a pretty sloppy interpretation of MIDI event times generated by VSTi plug-ins such as Noatikl. Current versions of Sonar may have addressed this, of course.

If you are experiencing this problem, consider sending MIDI data from Noatikl VSTi to Sonar via a MIDI Yoke port, rather than sending them directly through the MIDI sequencer pipeline. Believe it or not, this gives far better timing accuracy when you hear Noatikl's music render by your Sonar-hosted software synths.

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

FAQ - Older Versions (MT5, MT6)

If you are happy with the features and interface of Noatikl 2, then you wont need Noatikl 3!

You would only need to get Noatikl 3 if you want to use any of the cool new features in Noatikl 3, play a mix made in Noatikl 3 or to continue using Noatikl if your OS version will no longer run an earlier version.

Noatikl 3 for iOS, macOS and Windows is a new app so does not interfere with an installation of the no longer available Noatikl 2. It works with pieces you have made all previous versions of Noatikl.

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!

As of Noatikl 2.7.20 for iOS (a free update) Noatikl became a purchaseable full product with no IAP Store. If you previously purchased an IAP and have 2.7.20+ you will find it fully unlocked with no need for IAP!

Historical: Users of Noatikl 2.7.6 for iOS wishing to view the instructions for using the older Noatikl IAP store and for restoring IAP purchases can find them in the archived Noatikl 2.7.6 PDF Guide.

Files in Noatikl 2.3 and earlier were saved to the User_Content folder. You can find the User_Content folder on your PC/Mac file system from the Noatikl Application menu. To use your own content in the app simply copy it (including content zips) to this folder.
  • Noatikl 2.3 (or earlier) Desktop Standalone / Audio Plugin

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

    • Noatikl > Tools > Show folders

    The folders are here:

    • Macs (Noatikl Desktop Standalone from Mac App Store):
      (the tilde [~] in the pathname is a shortcut for your user account name)
      ~/Library/Containers/com.intermorphic.noatikl/Data/Library/Noatikl/intermorphic/templates
    • Macs (Noatikl Desktop Audio Plugins from IM Web store:
      (the tilde [~] in the pathname is a shortcut for your user account name)
      ~/Library/Noatikl/
      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\noatikl\templates
    • Windows 7:
      \ProgramData\intermorphic\noatikl\templates
      

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

As of Aug 1st 2014 we removed Noatikl 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 Noatikl 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 Noatikl 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 Noatikl for Mac. Your installed version of Noatikl Free for Mac will of course continue to work, but that version will no longer get any updates - these will now all come through Noatikl for Mac.

IMPORTANT: If you do decide to delete Noatikl Free for Mac then back up your Noatikl files first. See the Copy In/Out section for Desktop Noatikl and specifically the instructions related to Noatikl 2.3 or earlier.

NB: From now on if people want to try a free version of Noatikl, then they can try the iOS version or try it via a Desktop Plugin.