Noatikl generates its MIDI notes and MIDI controller events via the integrated Noatikl (MIDI) Music Engine (NME). This MIDI data can be used to drive 3rd party external MIDI software or hardware, such as synths, FX units and samplers, that you connect to Noatikl, or the integrated (but optional to use) Partikl Sound Engine (PSE), a powerful, advanced and modular synth + live FX network.
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Noatikl is available for both Desktop (Windows/Mac macOS) and Mobile (iOS). Those using Desktop Audio software generally have a preferred workflow, using either a DAW with Plugins, or using and connecting a number of Standalone apps. So that you can use Noatikl Desktop in the way you prefer, there are 2 versions - Noatikl Desktop Standalone and the Noatikl Desktop Audio Plugins (VSTi/Aui). The Desktop versions (only) also have extensive built-in scripting features which allow them to be used as a customisable hyperinstruments.
This guide details the various Noatikl app interface elements and what they do, as well as other kinds of application specific things such as installation, connecting to external MIDI sources etc. When it comes to defining how the music and sounds are generated, however, we direct you instead to the NME Guide and PSE Guide which cover all relevant objects, parameters and settings available.
The NME utilises a range of generative / aleatoric / stochastic / algorithmic music techniques and parameters and creates MIDI notes and MIDI controller events through the interaction of 4 different kinds of NME Objects: Voice (with 6 Voice Types), Rule (Scale, Harmony, Rhythm & Next Note), Piece and File. There can be multiple instances of the first two objects in a "piece" and there are a large number of Voice Object parameters to affect and direct the composition.
Rather than being a traditional composer or instrumentalist, with the Noatikl app you are conductor, director, curator or gardener. You set up the rules and settings that let it generate a composition for you, in real time, in all its detail. Random events in combination with a powerful set of musical rules are used to create a stream of music that is ever-changing and continually fresh, but which is entirely in accordance to your personal artistic choices and musical direction. How you interpret what you hear is filtered through your own internal knowledge of music. This combination of chance and logic is what allows the music to stay fresh, interesting and unpredictable.
Use this where:
Noatikl Desktop Standalone runs as a tool on its own, but you can also use it to generate and send MIDI events to a MIDI output device or virtual MIDI port. You can use it in this manner with any Windows (e.g. Sonar, Reaper, Cubase etc.) or Mac (Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools etc.) MIDI sequencer (also referred to as a DAW or Digital Audio Workstation) or standalone software synth or sampler.
We have created tutorials and template projects to "get you started"for some of the popular sequencers. Download the file below, extract the contents to the appropriate place on your computer, and then follow the appropriate tutorial to see how the template project works:
Use this where:
If you're just using Noatikl to render audio using Noatikl's built-in PSE modular synth, then there are no special requirements for configuring a Noatikl Audio Plug-in variant to work within your DAW. Noatikl will "just work".
However, if you want to process MIDI event data from a Noatikl Audio Plug-in variant, then you are likely to have some configuration work to do first.
The most fundamental challenge with the Audio Plug-in variants of Noatikl, is that Noatikl is quite unique in the music world; in that it generates MIDI data across more than one MIDI channel. Why does this make things difficult? Well, most MIDI Plug-ins are designed to deal with single channels of MIDI data, such as echo or delay FX; or even to generate simple sequences that target a single MIDI channel (such as standalone bass lines or drum riffs).
However, if you were to assign a Noatikl Audio Plug-in variant to a MIDI track in your sequencer, you would find that you could attach that MIDI track to render through only one soft synth (such as a VSTi synth). This is not good ... as what you really want to do is render each channel of data generated by Noatikl through a different synth! Some sequencers are not able to split output from MIDI Plug-ins attached to a MIDI track, on a per-MIDI channel basis, to target different synthesizers with data from different MIDI channels generated by Noatikl!
There is a huge range of plug-in formats, each of which behaves differently on different platforms. Noatikl is a MIDI-based generative music engine, and therefore is designed to emit (and respond to) MIDI events. However, each sequencer requires a slightly different variant of plug-in!
If you wish to use Noatikl as a plug-in MIDI event generator, then which plug-in variant to use, depends on what tool you are using, and which platform you are running on (e.g. Mac macOS or Windows).
Just to add to the challenge, not all hosts handle VSTi plug-ins correctly, and they all have their own ideosyncratic behaviours. So you'll probably need to experiment to find the Noatikl variant that works best with your favourite host. If in doubt, the standalone Noatikl version can usually be configured to work well with your sequencer; though the flexibility of the plug-in approach makes it well worth the effort in giving a plug-in variant of Noatikl a try too!
Noatikl 3 Desktop Standalone / Desktop Audio Plugin for Windows are available for download here from the Intermorphic website as 30 day trial full versions, and are installed as below. See Enter the Product Key on how to unlock them after the trial period is up.
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.
The Audio Unit plugin does not require a Product Key, but instead a Mac App Store purchased and installed version of Noatikl 3.
Garage Band 10 users: See the following - How do I use Audio Unit plugins?
Use the following steps, which are also shown in one of the video tutorials:
Start > Programs > Intermorphic > Noatikl
Finder > Applications > Noatikl
Once launched, the load screen will display for a few seconds as Noatikl loads up and show status updates such as "Loading skin" "version number " and "Loading content". Once Noatikl has loaded the load screen will disappear.
Noatikl Desktop Standalone & Desktop Audio Plugin (VSTi) for Windows are made available via our website as 30 day trial versions. To continue to use them after the 30 day evaluation period requires that you purchase the revelant licence(s) from the Intermorphic webstore. Following your purchase you will be sent an Order Confirmation email that contains your Order ID, Customer ID (the email you used for purchase) and Product Key, or in some cases just a Product Key.
Note: From Noatikl 3 the Product Key for the Noatikl Desktop Standalone version and Noatikl Desktop Audio Plugin are both the same. However, you must still enter your Product Key into each product to unlock it. To enter your Desktop Audio Plugin product key, launch the Plugin from your Windows Desktop Audio Workstation (DAW) or Sequencer that is a VST host (e.g. Sonar, Reaper, Ableton, Cubase etc) and then follow the instructions below.
As you are entering your Product Key into a plugin on a Windows PC, then you might need to ensure that you are running the host software (e.g. Reaper 3) "as Administrator" in order to get the product key to stick.
This is right at the top of this guide because knowing how to transfer your files to/from devices to PCs is also key to backing up your creative work. That is very important and thus needs to be easy to find!
Noatikl 2.3+ and Mixtikl 6+
Tip: In Mixtikl 7 / Noatikl 3, to use App Files or Other Content from an earlier version, simply first move it to the Intermorphic Folder (a *flat* folder).
Our Desktop IM Apps look for Other Content, where used and referenced in an App File, in a specific folder. This allows such content to referenced/used in both mobile and desktop versions of those apps. We call this folder the "Intermorphic Folder". It is a *flat folder* (where tilde [~] or %HOMEPATH% in the pathname below is a shortcut for your user account name).
Mixtikl Note: The "User_Content" folder (Mixer > Mixer Cell > Content button, then ".." and scroll the list to see it at the bottom) is an alias for the "Intermorphic Folder", and is the fastest way to see the files located in it.
The "Intermorphic Folder" is found here:
~/Music/Intermorphic/zips/IMTPALLoopEssentials1.zip. Files are still saved to the Intermorphic Folder.
Important: iCloud-supporting Intermorphic Apps can use iCloud synching/backup for "App Files" only. "Other Content" must still be backed up/transfered in/out via the "Intermorphic Folder" below. Refer also to the Backup section at the end.
See the relevant sections below for details on what can be copied, e.g. "App Files" and "Other Content", what IM Apps support iCloud and other useful information and links.
Noatikl 2.3+ and Mixtikl 6+ (mobile and desktop versions)
Mixtikl 6+ (mobile and desktop versions)
These are saved by the relevant app with a filename corresponding to that of the app.
When you use iCloud in an iCloud-supporting app these files are all saved to iCloud (see the iCloud FAQ).
These are additional files that can be used by an IM app, including being referenced in App Files, and files that can be exported/utilised by an IM App. They are not saved to iCloud and they must be backed up separately.
Files that are exported/utilised by the app are stored locally in the Intermorphic Folder (see below).
It is strongly recommended that files that are referenced by your App Files should be put in the Intermorphic Folder (see below).
Noatikl 3.1+ and Liptikl 2+ (macOS)
Our iCloud-supporting Desktop Apps for Mac allow App Files to be saved to and opened from the iCloud Drive folder (see the iCloud FAQ). The folder on Mac macOS is found here:
You may want to use your own SF2/DLS (“SF2”) in mixes or pieces (“Pieces”) that can play in both Mobile and Desktop IM Apps.
In any event, make sure you put the SF2 or zip file(s) there before you reference them in your Pieces!
Note: You select the SF2 you wish your Synth Network to use via the PSE Wavetable Unit. The Wavetable Unit SF2 list is alphabetically sorted first on folder names (if present in a zip, see "Zipping with Folders" below) and then on SF2 names.
We appreciate you may have lots of SF2 you might want to use, or even collections of them and you want to keep things tidy and structured on your PC or even in the Wavetable SF2 list.
You might wish to zip with folders if:
Say you have the following collection of SF2 files that you want to use in an App (and want to show up in the Wavetable Unit SF2 list like this, too):
To retain that structure you must zip the above directory *such that it keeps the entire folder paths*. You can give this zip any name, maybe something like “mySF2Collection1.zip”
In macOS you can create this zip by right clicking the "mySF2Collection1" folder and selecting “Compress 'mySF2Collection1'”. Alternatively, in Terminal, navigate to the folder above this folder and type:
zip -r mySF2Collection1.zip mySF2Collection1
You can check that the zip has the files you expect in it by typing in terminal:
unzip -t mySF2Collection1.zip
Now, put this zip file *at the top level* of the Intermorphic Folder, restart the App and then create and save Pieces that reference these SF2. If you then move those Pieces between Apps, they should still play just fine (provided you have copied that zip file in of course!).
Note: Using iCloud as your App File backup mechanism is very convenient. It also keeps them in synch across devices and so makes it easy to work with those files in the iOS version of that app.
Note: If you want to remove Noatikl so you can reinstall an older version, see the instructions here.
Start > Programs > Intermorphic > Noatikl >
Noatiklto the Trash
noatikl_AU_mac.componentto the Trash
The following short text tutorials are to get you started fast, doing some very basic things with minimum fuss. The principles are the same for both Noatikl Desktop and Noatikl Mobile (even if slightly different).
Noatikl is a very deep app and quick tutorials are no substitute for further investigation - they are just to get you started! To that end, in most steps we link to further information where you can go on to read and learn more about various screens and what they are for.
%HOMEPATH%\Music\Intermorphic. If these files are not there you can download a zip of them from here and then just unzip that in the Intermorphic Folder or iCloud Drive folder.
Noatikl Desktop comes in Standalone and AudioPlugin (VSTi / AUi) versions. It is a deep product and it does take time to master - but it is worth the effort. This section will go though the main areas of the desktop interface so that you can become familiar with what does what and we will go on from there.
Note: do also check out Noatikl Mobile, which has the majority of the power of Noatikl Desktop.
When you first load Noatikl Desktop you see the following screen which gives you some quick pointers on what to do next:
Noatikl comes with several demo pieces for you to try out. In the Desktop versions these are installed to the "Intermorphic Folder". Once you have finished with them you can delete them if you want. If you want to get them back again, just download a zip of the demo pieces and unzip that in the Intermorphic Folder.
To load and play them, from the menu select File > Open. Once the piece has loaded, just press the Noatikl Play button and enjoy!
The screenshot above was taken of Noatikl playing the "Demo - Cosmic" piece and it contains a number of generators (voices). This helps illustrate the different areas in the Desktop interface.
The top "Control" bar contains the Play/Stop button (press Play to hear Noatikl), as well as information on piece progress, and fast access to some key MIDI options (as these are very important for many Noatikl users).
The Play button starts you playing. You will only see this button for Noatikl standalone; for the plug-in variants of Noatikl, play/stop is controlled directly by your DAW's transport controls.
Note: if you have Sync? selected, then playback won't start making any sounds until the sequencer that you are listening to has the play button pressed on its own transport control. In this case, you must first press Play before Noatikl can respond to events from your sequencer's transport control.
The Stop button stops you playing. You will only see this button for Noatikl standalone; for the plug-in variants of Noatikl, play/stop is controlled directly by your DAW's transport controls.
Press the Play This File! checkbox to indicate which of your open documents is to be played in response to the Transport control in your DAW. Remember that Noatikl can have more than one document open at once, so this checkbox tells the DAW which of the open Noatikl files to play.
When the piece is playing, you will see various interesting properties get displayed in the Playback group:
This shows the current Piece tempo. If you are using one of the Noatikl Plug-in variants, then this value will be the value that is forced by the sequencer host in which Noatikl is running.
The elapsed time in Measures:Beats:Ticks format (MBT).Note that if you are using of of the Noatikl Plug-in variants, then this value might be up to a bar ahead of the value displayed by your sequencer's transport control; this is because Noatikl composes ahead according to a latency dictated by the behaviour of your host sequencer.
The approximate elapsed Noatikl Piece position, relative to the Piece Duration.
Whether or not you have "Partikl?" checked (which allows sounds and FX to be rendered via the PSE), you can optionally ask Noatikl to deliver MIDI event data from the Voices in your piece to a MIDI Output device.
If you are running within a sequencer which does not support MIDI routing from one VST to another then you must select any value other than "Sequencer MIDI Pipeline" (otherwise your MIDI events will not generate any sound in the sequencer).
If you are using some other VST Host which allows MIDI data to be routed from one VST into another one (e.g. Reaper), then you may select any of the available options; though you are most likely to want to select the "Sequencer MIDI Pipeline" option.
Mac: select an IAC port, and maybe use MidiPipe by SubtleSoft to render your audio data. Please refer to the Noatikl video tutorial - "creating your first piece on Mac" which will get you going in about 1 minute.
Windows – use a MIDI output device; use MIDI Yoke or Maple if you want to route data from Noatikl to your DAW!
In general, use the "Sequencer MIDI Pipeline" option.
You can tell Noatikl to listen-out for incoming MIDI data on the specified port. Noatikl can use incoming MIDI information for various purposes, including synchronisation and as a hyper-instrument through Listening Voices.
By default, the "Partikl?" checkbox is ticked. This means that Noatikl will play the MIDI events generated by the generative Voices, through the built-in PSE.
You can use the Sync feature to allow Noatikl (when playing through an external MIDI device or port) to synchronise with audio playback in your favourite Sequencer. Once this checkbox is selected, then playback won't start making any sounds until the Sequencer that you are listening to has the play button pressed on its own transport control.
Note: you will experience a degree of MIDI latency (i.e. all notes offset by a certain amount) and some small variation in the note playback timing (typically +/- 5 or 10ms). We are looking at ways to minimise this in later updates. If you record the Noatikl output to a MIDI file, then it is fairly easy to adjust for the latency and also quantise (if you want) the note timing.
Check the "Sync?" checkbox and set your Noatikl MIDI input device to listen-out to the MIDI port to which you have told your Sequencer to send MIDI sync information.
Press the Noatikl Play button.
Noatikl will then start and stop playing automatically in response to your pressing the play and stop buttons in the Sequencer.
For an example of setting this us see also this FAQ entry.
Press the play / stop buttons in your transport control.
Using Logic Pro on the Mac, you can use MidiPipe by SubtleSoft to provide the "cabling" between Noatikl and Logic. Please refer to the Noatikl video tutorial - "creating your first piece on Mac" which will get you going in 1 minute. Set-up couldn't be easier.
To use MIDI sync in Noatikl AU for Logic 8:
This is provided to protect against MIDI feedback, which can occur with some sequencers, notably Logic (which will by default present all data output to a port, as an input to all other ports).
The central "Generator Network" editor / panel is where you marry voices (note generators) to MIDI channels, PSE synth sounds and FX. It shows a view of all NME Voices, together with cells showing the associated MIDI channel and any PSE Synth, Track FX and Global FX settings. Refer to the NME Guide for information on Voice and Piece parameters and the PSE Guide for information on Synth and FX parameters and Networks.
This panel lets you:
If you drag from a Voice box to a MIDI channel box that will tell the system that the Voice will play through the defined MIDI channel. If a new voice is added to a piece, the voice won't be assigned to a specific MIDI channel; if you haven't yet hooked-up a Voice to a MIDI channel, Noatikl will decide on a free MIDI channel to hook-up the Voice to when it starts playing.
The Voice "Patch" parameter defines which MIDI Patch command to send for each MIDI channel - in general, you should only hook-up multiple Voices to the same MIDI channel if they all share the same Patch parameter.
MIDI Channel 10 is reserved for the Drum instrument. Every voice with a Drum Patch, should generally be attached to MIDI Channel 10.
If the "Partikl?" checkbox is checked, then MIDI events are routed for each channel through a PSE configuration defined by the associated Synth box, which by default will use the PSE's built-in MIDI Wavetable synth (using the Patch defined by the Voice's Patch parameter). If you want to use a custom sound, click the Synth button to invoke the Synth editor dialog.
The output from every Synth box can be passed through a custom PSE FX Network. If you want to use an FX, click the FX button to invoke the FX editor dialog!
The output from every PSE FX is added together and passed through a Global FX network. If you want to use a Global FX, click the "Glob FX" button to invoke the Global FX editor dialog. This dialog looks the same as for the Track FX dialog.
By default, the dialog shows no FX units. You can alter the network to use a custom set of sound FX units in various configurations; or select from a list of built-in preset FX.
The left view lets you select which type of NME Objects you want to edit the parameters for in the Parameter panel below.
This is probably the most important Object Type in Noatikl. A Voice is a Noatikl object that represents a generator of Music data. For example, a Voice can be used to play a fixed musical pattern. Or, a voice can be used to create notes according to various musical rules. A Voice can also be used to emit MIDI controller information that is used to control your favourite sequencer. You must have at least one Voice in your Noatikl composition but you may have many more if you want. The basic behaviour of a Voice is defined by its Voice Type property. You may tell Noatikl that individual Voices use specific Scale Rules (other any other of the supported Rules).
Scale Rule, Harmony Rule, Next Note Rule and Rhythm Rule. These rules provide the settings that govern what notes are composed, and when. Each Voice object can use it own rules, as well the Piece Rules object (below).
There is always exactly one Piece object in your Noatikl composition. The Piece object manages various high-level properties of your composition. These include things like what musical rules to follow by default (where not overridden by individual Voices), the Tempo to follow, and various other global properties.
You can store certain basic bookkeeping information related to your file, such as the title of the composition and the author. The File object doesn't define any data that affects what you hear in your composition.
The bottom "Parameters" view contains a table where you can view and edit all of the NME Objects and Parameters that make-up your Noatikl composition. It gives you access access to all the editors for the group of objects and parameters you select in the left panel. In the above picture, the Voices are listed together with their basic parameter values. Voices will flash here to show that they are playing a note.
You can add Voices (or other musical objects) within the table, so that each row represents a different Voice, and each column represents a different attribute of that Voice. Use the menu items to add, delete and copy voices and other objects.
Note: If you are Noatikl for macOS, Noatikl 3.1+ for iOS and also use iCloud, then you might find it best to put your files in your Mac's the iCloud Drive folder. You can open and save to that folder and it means you can easily synch your Noatikl files between macOS and iOS devices that share the same iCloud account. See the iCloud FAQ.
Creates a new piece for editing; select the template that you want to use as the basis for your new piece, via the dialog that is presented to you. Which templates get listed, depends on which template packs you have got installed.
Browse for a Noatikl template file to merge into the currently open piece.
From the list of templates, browse for a template that you want to merge-in to your current piece; Noatikl does the "right thing", pulling in all voices and rules from that template (it does *not* replace any rules, but will bring-in rules that do not currently exist in your piece); copies-in all voices and renames each voice if required to keep them unique. Try merging in one or more drum templates!
Browse for a Noatikl or Partikl file to open.
Browse for a saved Noatikl piece to merge into the currently open piece.
This is a similar operation merging in a Templates (see New > Merge above), except this will let your browse for a Noatikl file that you want to merge-in to your current piece. Try taking any piece, merging-in any other piece, and amaze yourself at what you hear.
Close the currently open piece.
Save your document as a Noatikl file with its current name in its current folder location.
Note: Noatikl 2 supported both the .noatikl and .partikl file format. Noatikl 3 supports the .noatikl file format but can still open older .partikl format files.
Save your document as a Noatikl file with a new name or folder location.
Import a Noatikl document from the clipboard.
Import a Noatikl document from the clipboard and merge it into the currently open piece.
Export your Noatikl file to the clipboard.
Export your Noatikl file as an Email attachment.
Open from a list of your recently accessed Noatikl files (not available in the Mac standalone version).
Use the Edit menu items to copy and paste object parameters. The menu items available under Edit are as follows:
Where possible, Noatikl presents an Undo option.
Where possible, Noatikl presents an Redo option.
Adds-in a new default object of the currently viewed type.
Cuts the currently focused object.
Copies the currently focused object.
Copies the currenly focused parameter.
Pastes in the most recently copied or cut object or parameter.
Deletes the currently focused object.
Restores the currently focused parameter to its default value.
Restores all parameters in the currently focused column to their defaults.
Restores all parameters in the currently focused row to their defaults.
Use the Control menu items to play / stop tracks. The menu items available under Control are as follows:
Starts or stops the piece playing (you can also use the Ctrl+Spacebar shortcut).
Solos the selected voice.
Unmutes all voices.
Mutes all voices.
Use the Tools menu items to access integrated helper utilities. The menu items currently available under Tools are as follows:
Displays the Noatikl script window.
Launches a utility to capture (as fast they can be generated) a user configurable number of takes to sequentially numbered MIDI files. For MIDI file saving, see also Preferences.
Starts off/stops the "cooking" process (make sure you have a Noatikl file loaded, and have set the number of "Files to Create" and "Record MIDI files to folder" below).
Closes the dialog.
Use the slider to select a number from 1-100 (or double click the number field to enter a number).
Tells you how many MIDI files have just been recorded.
Tells you the total size of the MIDI files that have just been cooked.
Uuse this button to see the folder where the recordings are saved.
Important note: when cooking a MIDI file, the tempo comes from the NME Piece Tempo parameters; not from any host sequencer.
This is the folder under which Noatikl saves and opens all files, including your custom Synth and FX networks, unless you are using iCloud.
Shows the folder where Noatikl saves MIDI recordings.
Mac: Noatikl 3 > Preferences...
Windows: Options > Preferences...
Plug-ins: Options > Preferences...
Use the relevant Preferences menu item to define the key settings that the way that Noatikl works. These include settings for MIDI CC Events, and also to allow automatic MIDI recording of a live playback (see also Tools), as follows:
Automatic MIDI File Recording
Refer also to the Plug-in section.
The Noatikl 3 Desktop Plug-in for Mac (AUi) and Noatikl 3 Desktop Plug-in for Windows (VSTi) are both free for Non-Commercial Use for those who have purchased and installed the respective Desktop Standalone versions from the Mac App Store or Intermorphic Web Store.
Under Non-Commercial Use we allow making recordings for Commercial Use, but for the avoidance of doubt we do not include live generation of music for Commercial Use.
The Noatikl Plug-ins can be downloaded from our website and are provided "As is". Just like the Desktop Standalone versions they have a Music End Time of 32,000 seconds (nearly 9 hours, and the maximum value of the Piece Length parameter). The Plug-ins support up to 2 concurrent instance operation in a 3rd party licenced DAW.
Once installed, Plug-in activation is as follow:
See also the Noatikl Preferences menu which allows special modes of operation for the Plug-in(s).
The forgoing capabilities should be plenty for anyone wishing to make music with it in a non-commercial capacity. However, if you need to do more, it is possible to extend certain capabilities: see below.
The Noatikl 3 Desktop Plug-in V3.3.3+ also supports the use of an Extension Key. This is a simple and flexible mechanism that allows us to licence the Plug-ins for Commercial and/or Extended Use e.g. for use as a live background generative music generator for installations, exhibitions, offices, public spaces etc.
To see the Extension Key screen, from the Noatikl Plug-in UI in your DAW go Menu > Help > Noatikl Plug-in Extension Key.
Contact Intermorphic if you require a licence to use the Noatikl Desktop Plugin for any of the following. We will discuss your needs and the duration of licence required and, subject to payment of the required fee, we will then generate and provide you with the relevant Noatikl Plugin Extension Key. In all cases the Noatikl Plug-in operation is "As Is" and you will require a suitably powerful/configured PC, DAW and suitable multi-channel audio output hardware.
If you want to send MIDI output from Noatikl to a MIDI port or device, you will need to redirect the "MIDI Output" from Noatikl using a technique appropriate to your version of Noatikl.
If you are using a DAW/Sequencer, you must also assign one or more MIDI tracks to listen-out to the port to which you are directing your Noatikl output! Note that for quick testing of this approach on Windows, you have the option of directly targeting your built-in Windows wavetable synth.
You'll find a lot of information on how to configure the various variants of Noatikl in the Noatikl FAQ.
Reaper is very easy to use with the Noatikl VSTi or Noatikl Audio Unit!
Follow these instructions to get something playing in under two minutes!
Sonar works well with the Noatikl VSTi (albeit with some possible keyboard issues in older versions of Sonar)! There can also be some timing problems inherent in using the Noatikl VSTi with Sonar; see here for more details about how to work-around these issues.
The steps for using Noatikl VSTi under Sonar Home Studio (which is similar to Sonar Studio/Producer) are as follows (see also the video tutorial). These steps might also work (in slightly different form) with earlier versions of Sonar; let us know if you find out.
When you've first copied the Noatikl VSTi to your computer, be sure to scan for the VSTi. On my machine, this involves the following steps:
Cubase Windows works well with the Noatikl VSTi. The steps for using it with Cubase are as follows (see also the video tutorial). These steps might also work (in slightly different form) with other Steinberg authoring tools; let us know if you find out.
When you've first copied the Noatikl VSTi to your computer, be sure to scan for the VSTi.
The steps for using Noatikl VSTi under Ableton Live are as follows; these steps apply to both the Windows and Mac versions of Ableton Live.
When you've first copied the Noatikl VSTi to your computer, be sure to scan for the VSTi from Ableton. Once done, you should see noatikl_VSTi_win (Windows) or noatikl_VSTi_mac (Mac) in Ableton's list of "Plug-In Devices".
There is a separate section just for Logic and Noatikl Standalone. This because to run Noatikl under the direct control of Logic's own transport controls, and also route MIDI event data from Noatikl such that Logic can pick-up that data, requires that a little bit of preparation work is done first.
Logic sums all incoming midi data to the current active track in the arrange window because this is normally what you might want. However, it isn't what you want with Noatikl and the Logic manual isn't clear as to how to change this.
Using Noatikl Desktop Standalone application with Logic Pro:
This now works correctly i.e. setting Noatikl to transmit on c1 directs the data to the first instrument in Logic, transmitting on c2 goes to the second etc.
You are now ready to make amazing music with Noatikl and Logic on your Mac.
Noatikl V1.5+ listens to incoming MIDI data to allow you to create dynamic hyperinstruments.
In order to use this feature in the standalone version of Noatikl, Logic users need to take certain steps to eliminate the risk of MIDI feedback.
Due to the way Logic implements it's own MIDI through system, it is essential for Noatikl to use different MIDI ports for MIDI in and MIDI out. Port sharing will cause MIDI feedback, lockups and the risk of system crashes.
Open Audio/MIDI setup in the Applications/Utilities folder. Select the MIDI tab.
Double click on the IAC icon and select Ports Click on the Add port button underneath the ports window. Accept the default setting by clicking Apply.
In Noatikl select IAC bus 1 as the MIDI output bus and IAC bus 2 as the MIDI input bus
Open the Environment window (Command 8) and select the Clicks and Ports layer.
Click on New -> Monitor to create a new Monitor object. Draw a cable from the Midi input object from IAC Bus 2 and connect it to this monitor. Do not connect the output of this monitor to any other object in the environment.
In the arrange page, select "Settings -> Synchronisation". Click on the MIDI tab. Set the MIDI clock destination tab to be IAC Bus 2 and you are good to go.
See also: Noatikl video tutorial - "creating your first piece on Mac" which will get you going with MidiPipe by SubtleSoft in 1 minute.
To create a second MidiPipe port, drag another MIDI in and MIDI out into your current pipe.
Select the second MIDI input and click on the blue menu display tab to show all the MIDI inputs. Click on Edit virtual Inputs
Click on New Virtual Input to add the second input, repeat this in the Virtual Outputs view to create a new virtual output. Click Done.
Highlight the first Midi output in the pipe. Ensure the box marked Pass Through is unchecked (this box is checked by default).
Save your Pipe.
In Noatikl select MidiPipe input 1 as the output and MidiPipe Output 2 as the input.
Open the Environment window (Command 8) and select the Clicks and Ports layer.
Click on New -> Monitor to create a new Monitor object. Draw a cable from the MIDI input object from MidiPipe Output 2 and connect it to this monitor. Do not connect the output of this monitor to any other object in the environment.
In the arrange page, select Settings -> Synchronisation. Click on the MIDI tab. Set the midi clock destination tab to be MidiPipe Input 2
Noatikl Mobile for iOS (available at the Apple App Store) has all the power of Noatikl Desktop (including support for PSE Soundfont (SF2) Wavetables) except that it does not support Scripting, Listening Voices or MIDI transport controls.
That said, it has a useful "Blend" mode for X-Y blending of elements with a "drift" facility as well as support for Inter-App Audio / Audiobus and CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI. As with Noatikl Desktop, Noatikl Mobile takes a bit of time to master - but it is worth the effort.
This Noatikl Mobile section goes though the main areas of the mobile interface so that you can become familiar with what does what and we will go on from there. The parameters are all detailed in the preceding Noatikl desktop sections.
There are four main "Views" selectable via the bottom tab bar (see Views below). The first two views are where you design and blend pieces and are unsurprisingly called the Design and Blend views. The other two views are the Voices and Piece views, but more on those later. OK, let's get started, and to do that, we load Noatikl and from the Files screen open and play one of the included demo pieces!
The Files screen is where you can create a new noatikl file, open one you have previously saved or delete/duplicate files.
Note: If you are using both Noatikl 3.1+ for macOS and Noatikl 3.1+ for iOS then you may also want to use iCloud rather than local storage (i.e. saving your files to your iOS device). If you use iCloud your files will also appear in your Mac's iCloud Drive folder, meaning you can easily synch your Noatikl files between macOS and iOS devices that share the same iCloud account. See the iCloud FAQ.
New: Select New to create a new file.
Settings: Select for Settings used in Noatikl, including a link to Info.
New: Select "Create New" to create a new file.
Saved File: Tap on one of the Saved File document thumbnails to open a previously created file. The thumbnail is a representation of the generator network in your piece. A file's thumbnail will briefly jiggle when you close the file and return to the Files screen, making it easy to see what file you have just played or edited.
File Name: Tap on the File Name for a pop up dialog to rename the file.
The Templates screen is where you select and open templates that you want to base a new piece on (when accessed via Files screen) or add to the current piece (when accessed via Design/Blend views).
On the left of the top panel is a button that takes you back to the screen you came from. Depending on how you accessed this screen, on the right is shown one of the following:
On the left is the Pak (a kind of grouping) and on the right the template. Tap a template to preview it. Tap it again to stop the preview.
Always shown at the top for easy accesss, this is list of pieces you have already created and saved.
There are two simple templates that you can choose as plain starters.
These let you start a new piece with a particular voice type.
Noatikl Mobile includes all the templates that are in Noatikl, grouped by Tiklpak. There are a lot of templates, so just scroll down the screen as you would any list in iOS.
The Design view is where you will do your piece construction and set up.
The top panel contains the "Files" button on the left and the "Action" button on the right which is used to export the Noatikl file to clipboard (e.g. for use in Wotja) or to send it as an Email attachment.
If you press this button you will see the Files Button Popup with the following options:
Saves your changes, closes the file and takes you back to the Files screen.
Saves changes to the file and lets you continue editing the file.
Creates a new file (which you can rename) based on the current state of the open file, but leaves you in the current open file - meaning if you then exit the file you will see this pop up dialog again letting you choose what to do with the file. Note: This is NOT the same as Save As.
Lets you discard any changes you have made to the file since opening it.
Closes the dialog.
Below this is the small Piece status panel and this shows the piece name, elapsed time in Measures:Beats:Ticks format (MBT), elapsed piece position (%) relative to the piece duration and the piece tempo.
The output from every FX is added together and passed through a PSE Global FX Network. If you want to use a Global FX, click the "Glob FX" button to invoke the Global FX editor dialog. This dialog looks the same as for the Track FX dialog.
By default, the dialog shows no FX units. You can alter the network to use a custom set of sound FX units in various configurations; or select from a list of built-in preset FX.
The central "Generator Network" editor / panel is where you marry voices (note generators) to MIDI channels, PSE synth sounds and FX. It shows a view of all Noatikl NME Voices, together with cells showing the associated MIDI channel and any PSE Synth, Track FX and Global FX settings.
Tap/hold on a voice and you can drag it up/down to change the voice order. If you drag from a Voice button to a MIDI channel box that will tell the system that the Voice will play through the defined MIDI channel. If a new voice is added to a piece, the voice won't be assigned to a specific MIDI channel; if you haven't yet hooked-up a Voice to a MIDI channel, Noatikl will decide on a free MIDI channel to hook-up the Voice to when it starts playing.
The Voice "NME Patch" parameter (see Voices View) defines which MIDI Patch command to send for each MIDI channel - in general, you should only hook-up multiple Voices to the same MIDI channel if they all share the same Patch parameter.
MIDI Channel 10 is reserved for the Drum instrument. Every voice with a Drum Patch, should generally be attached to MIDI Channel 10.
If the "Partikl" toggle is checked in the Settings screen, then MIDI events are routed for each channel through a PSE Synth configuration defined by the associated Synth box, which by default will use PSE's built-in MIDI Wavetable synth (using the Patch defined by the Voice's Patch parameter). If you want to use a custom sound, click the Synth button to invoke the Synth editor dialog.
The output from every Synth box can be passed through a custom FX Network. If you want to use an FX, click the FX button to invoke the FX editor dialog.
Tap on a voice to get a standard iOS pop-up menu (Edit | Mute / Hear | Solo / All | Delete | Copy / Paste). To Paste a voice (once copied) you must tap an existing voice and then select Paste.
The toolbar contains the Play/Stop control, as well as a button to add templates, buttons for mute and solo screens, and a help/more button.
The Blend view is where you will do your piece blending (easily change volume and pan settings) and also have fun with the drifting capability (where voices can auto blend)!
The top panel contains the "Files" button on the left and the "Drift" button on the right. The 4 Drift options are: Manual (blend), Drift, Flock, Drift & Flock.
As Design screen.
The central area shows the piece voices and you drag them left/right to change their pan position, or up down to change their volume. Tap on a voice to get a pop-up menu (Edit | Mute / Hear | Solo / All | Delete | Copy / Paste | Pin). Selecting Pin will allow you to anchor that voice so that it will not drift.
As Design view
As Design view.
The Voices view is where you edit all the parameter values for each of the voices in the piece. Simply select the Parameter Group on the left hand side, and then edit the parameters on the right!
On the left of the top panel is a "Files" button and on the right is Undo/Redo.
Tap left or right of this to quickly move between NME Voices.
Tap one of the groups to display, on the left, the parameters for that group. Refer to the NME Guide for information on Voice parameters.
The Piece view is where you edit all the NME Piece parameter values for the piece itself. Simply select the Parameter Group on the left hand side, and then edit the parameters on the right. Refer to the NME Guide for information on parameters.
On the left of the top panel is a "Files" button and on the right is Undo/Redo.
Tap one of the groups to display, on the left, the parameters for that group. Refer to the NME Guide for information on Piece parameters.
The Piece parameters can make a big difference how your piece sounds, especially the tempo and root. When exporting a piece for use in Mixtikl, remember that it is best to use a maximum piece length (32,000 seconds).
If you are going to be making your piece available for others to use, you may well wish to include your own copyright statement for the piece. Each voice can also have its own copyright statement.
This screen is where you configure how you want Noatkl to play its sounds and how to control other apps via Audiobus and Core MIDI.
On the left of the top panel is a button that takes you back to where you have come from.
The first item on this screen, the Information button takes you to the Information screen which shows the version number and has a number of useful links including to this User Guide.
Note: Inter-App Audio and Audiobus are on by default. To use either of these you need to route Noatikl via an Inter-App Audio or AudioBus enabled app.
Partikl (PSE) Synth for Sounds & FX: On by default. Enables PSE sounds, which all voices use as this is the sound generator for Noatikl. Turn this to off when you want to play through an external synth(s) and you do not want to hear the PSE sounds as well. NOTE: When this is set to OFF you will not hear anything from Noatikl unless you have a MIDI device connected (and you will hear sounds through that instead).Audio Rate: 44 kHz by default. 44 kHz gives the highest quality sound output from the modular synth (should you be using that). Depending on how complex your piece is in terms of sounds and FX, however, older devices might struggle at this output rate. In which case, you can try reducing how hard Noatikl works the processor by reducing the output rate to 22 kHz.
Note: MIDI Input is only used by Listening Voices.
Tap the MIDI Input button to go to the MIDI Input Devices screen where you will see toggles for all MIDI Input Devices detected by Noatikl.
This is used for detecting MIDI sent via a network (e.g. from a Mac over WiFi).
These allow Noatikl to detect MIDI it sends out over Virtual MIDI (see below). As it is a kind of MIDI feedback it is for specialist use and unlikely you will need to use it.
All 3rd party MIDI emitting Apps or MIDI devices Noatikl detects will be shown here; toggle on the ones you want Noatikl to recieve MIDI input from.
Enable MIDI Input Toggle
Shown at the bottom of the screen, don't forget to turn this on (it is on by default) if you want Noatikl to detect incoming MIDI!
Virtual MIDI: Off by default. When enabled, causes Noatikl to present a number of Virtual MIDI ports - one Omni (all channels) and 16 per-channel virtual MIDI ports - and Noatikl sends MIDI events as Virtual MIDI ports over Core MIDI.
MIDI Clock: Off by default. When enabled, tells Noatikl to send-out MIDI Clock events over Core MIDI / Omni channel.
Latency: 100ms by default. Sets Latency (milliseconds) to apply to MIDI events sent-out to Core MIDI / Virtual MIDI by Noatikl. Use to help remove jitter if using e.g. Network MIDI.
Tuning: Off by default. Useful option for tuning external analog synths - causes all notes sent-out by Noatikl to be "forced" to the specified pitch.
Show Noatikl 2 Content
This toggle allows you to hide the older Noatikl 2 templates, making it easier to see what is new for Noatikl 3.
This view is where you select and (real-time) edit the Rules used in your voice or piece - be they Scale, Harmony, Next Note or Rhythm rules.
This control lets you change the rule elements. Tap on the element to change its value. The composition engine accomodates all rule changes in real-time - which can be a lot of fun!
So that you can tell when a voice using the currently selected rule composes using it, it flashes the colour of the voice type used by that voice. This is primarily to remind you that other voices rely on that rule, so if you are going to change it then the way other voices compose may change, too. It can be useful to have the same rule used by all voices, but if you want to, then each voice can have its own rule!
Below the Rule Edit area is a scrollable list contains all of the defined rules. Tap a rule to select it so that you can edit it in the Rule Edit area above.
The toolbar contains the Add Rule button, as well as a the Edit Rule Name, Cut, Copy and Paste buttons and the Delete button. When you select the Add Rule button you are presented with a set of included default rules. For Scale rules these include Major, Minor, Dorian, Hypodorian, Hypolydian, Hypomixolydian, Hypophyrgian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Pentatonic, Phrygian.
This view is where you edit all the Pattern parameters. Patterns are a little tricky to use in the mobile version (because of limited string editing), so be aware.
Tap in the field to edit the NME Pattern or Sub-pattern. The NME Pattern Syntax can take a bit of getting used to and you will need to study it carefully if you want to use patterns.
The toolbar contains the Add Pattern button, as well as a the Up and Down buttons to move patterns up and down, the Delete pattern button and the Presets button. Select the Presets button display a list of preset included patterns to choose from.
IMPORTANT: The pattern you select in the presets list OVERWRITES your current selected pattern.
Patterns are a way that can be used to create hidden structure in a piece. Set up a voice to be of Voice Type Pattern, set its volume to be zero (e.g. in the Blend view), but do not mute it (or it will not count in terms of composition). Then, follow that Fixed Pattern voice with another voice. Set up the following voice with Chords Strategy set to Chordal Harmony and you will never hear the pattern but it will be used as an invisible skeleton around which to compose! If you want to hear the pattern, set Follows Strategy to Semitone Shift.
Intermorphic is just Tim Cole & Pete Cole and we have many people to thank for their support and help at different times over the years. Their efforts have helped us get to where we are today with all the IM apps/tools, including Noatikl and the NME (which is in all our apps). The list below is an ever expanding one, in no particular order, and does not include everyone (sorry to those we have missed!):