WOTJA 4
Generative Music
+ Cut-Up Text Editor

Wotja at the App Store

Wotja at the App Store

Creative Writing
& Music Generator
System

Wotja 4

Generative Music Composer & Cut-Up Text Editor

Creative Writing & Music Generator System

Wotja 4 is our new, accessible hybrid creativity app for creative writing, relaxation and music generation. It's a unique all-in-one system for what we call "creative relaxation".

Creative Writing

Create novel cut-up word arrangements for lyrics, poetry, songs, haiku etc. Randomly select words from up to 5 user entered Source text fields + User Library + Wotja Word Bank. Lock what you want to keep and iterate. The creative writing process is perfectly complemented by Wotja's (optional) live generative music. After all, why not stimulate two areas of your brain at the same time?

Relaxation

Use random mix generation and text-to-music to quickly & easily create beautiful, personal reflective music mixes for your own shareable chillout playlists.

Music Generation

iOS: Wotja for iOS is a deep creative instrument in its own right and includes editors that let you explore generative music composition, text-to-music and sound design. It comes with 100s of editable generative music templates that can be mixed together easily + its sound engine features many modulatable sound units, FX units & quality SF2 (you can also use your own). It allows use of audio loops in Paks and has support for Core MIDI / Virtual MIDI Out/In, Inter-App Audio and Audiobus. Take it as far as you want.

macOS: Wotja for macOS does not include the (music generation) editors that are in Wotja for iOS but instead includes the Wotja Web Player with Safari App Extension which lets it play .wotja and .wotjabox music files embedded in webpages as Wotja URLs. As such, it is a companion app for Wotja for iOS, the Wotja Music authoring tool.

Free

iOS: In FREE operation you have access to EVERYTHING in Wotja for iOS (cut-up creation, mix randomisation, generative templates, generative parameter editing, synth editing etc.) and can create, save, play and share.

macOS: In FREE operation you have access to EVERYTHING in Wotja for macOS (cut-up creation and random mix generation) and can create, save, play and share.

Use it to:

  • Help break writer's block with new ideas for lyrics, poems, songs, haiku etc. (iOS/macOS)
  • Play webpage embedded Wotja URLs (Wotja files, Wotja Box files) created in Wotja for iOS (macOS)
  • Help break composer's block with new ideas for melodies, songs, etc. (iOS)
  • Create, play & playlist high quality, royalty-free, totally custom generative music / soundscapes: ambient, drone, relaxation, mindfulness, experimental etc. (iOS)
  • Experiment with generative (MIDI) music composition and sound design (iOS)
  • Use MIDI Out to drive other MIDI synths (iOS)

Sharing:
You can easily share your wotja as a file by email, or embed it in a webpage as a Wotja URL.

Music System:

At its core are three powerful engines: the MIDI generating Intermorphic Music Engine (IME) with 130+ parameters, the sound generating Intermorphic Sound Engine (ISE) and the Intermorphic Text Engine (ITE) that utilises the cut-up technique on a user editable word pool. The ISE lets you design/use portable complex stereo synth networks - great for rich & evolving sounds in shareable pieces.

MIDI & Audio for power users:
Via Core MIDI / Virtual MIDI / MIDI Clock*, use Wotja for iOS as a music generator to drive other MIDI synths for e.g. ideas and live performance. Inter-App Audio and Audiobus are also supported in Wotja for iOS.

Road Map:

iOS: Wotja for iOS is not Liptikl, Noatikl, Mixtikl or Tiklbox for iOS. It is a new tightly integrated app that coopts the best of each (and more besides) and provides a forward migration path for files created in them. Bottom line: We're better able to improve usability and deliver important new features & creative possibilities.

macOS: Wotja for macOS is not Liptikl 2 for macOS. It is a new creativity app that coopts it (and more besides, and with more coming) and provides a forward migration path for files created in it. Bottom line: We're better able to improve usability and deliver important new features & creative possibilities.

Examples

From as little as 2Kb of text it's easy to "wotjafy" a webpage and have it play beautiful live background music : no coding is required.

How do I do it?

Get Wotja for iOS and create and save a Wotja mix file (.wotja) or a Wotja Box file (.wotjabox).

These files are text files that can be opened in a text editor. They contain a text string that can be as little as 2Kb. We call this a Wotja URL ("WJURL") as it starts with wotja:// (it is really a kind of deep link).

The text includes all the IME and ISE settings required by Wotja to play your file and generate its music. It can also include a background image if you have used one but it does not include any custom audio data such as SF2 or Loops.

From your text editor, simply copy the contents of such a file to the clipboard (you can also export a Wotja URL to the clipboard directly from Wotja for iOS). Paste this text anywhere in a webpage, even in a weblink (href).

With Wotja for Mac installed and the Wotja Safari Extension enabled (see below), then when that page is loaded in desktop Safari you will hear reflective generative music.

It's cool, fun and is also an easy way for Wotja for iOS users to share with others what they have made.

How far you want to take your web page design (e.g. text, images, animation etc.) is entirely up to you.

Tip: Wotjas that include background images are much, much larger than those that don't. We recommend that if you want to allow people to download those then you place them on a separate download page - but that is up to you, too.

Advanced: If content in a Wotja URL references content in an add-on Pak then, provided that Pak is located in your Wotja iCloud Drive folder (iOS/macOS) or "Intermorphic Folder" (macOS), the content will play as expected.

Wotja URLs: the evolution of vector audio

It all started with work on "vector audio" that we pioneered at SSEYO in 2000.

Listen to some recordings (medium quality MP3) or try some live examples below.

Included IM Pak Content Mix Recordings
Ambiences 12 gen 'parts'
Arps 16 gen 'parts'
BellsGlasses 15 gen 'parts'
Drones 18 gen 'parts'
MelodicPads 15 gen 'parts'
Melodics 18 gen 'parts'
Strings 8 gen 'parts'
Weirdness 7 gen 'parts'
Windharp 7 gen 'parts'
Single Cell Demo Pieces Content Piece Recordings
Arp love Merged templates
Bells and pulse Merged templates
Calm trails Merged templates
Cosmic Merged templates
Ebb and flow Merged templates
Piano and glass Merged templates
Tiklbox Calm 5 Custom piece
Tiklbox 6 Custom piece
Included IM Pak Content Mix Recordings
GenMix1 29 gen 'parts'
GenMix4 23 gen 'parts'
GenMix5 12 gen 'parts'
GenMix6 25 gen 'parts'
GenMix7 25 gen 'parts'
DroneMaker 1 32 gen 'parts'
Generative Drums 1 (MIDI) 25 gen 'parts'
Generative Drums 2 (MIDI) 25 gen 'parts'
Generative Elements 1 (MIDI) 25 gen 'parts'

How to hear the examples

  • Desktop Safari: Get Wotja for macOS (it's free) and enable the Wotja App Extension (Safari > Preferences > Extensions > set "Wotja" checkbox to on).
  • Mobile Safari: Get Wotja for iOS and in the example pages tap the Wotja button and open the WJURL in Wotja.

Desktop Safari Tip: When in an example if you hear no music or the music stops, then try bringing the Wotja Web Player to the foreground. Press its Play button to restart it.

All
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Featured
Play
Example 1
WJURL as text
Play
Example 2
WJURL in a link
Play
Example 3
WJURL with image
Play
Example 4
WJURL + download
Play
Example 5
WJURL feat. custom pak
Play
3 Page Cycle
WJURL in web circle

Key Features

A handy table to see what is new in Wotja 4 vs Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Liptikl 2, Tiklbox 1 and Wotja 3.

Wotja Mobile

iOS
Android -
Apple Watch App TBD

Key Features
All in 1 Text AND Music creativity NEW
Save/Export for FREE (1 Cell)* NEW
1 min Play Time for FREE* NEW
Subscription / Paid Model NEW
Cut-Up Text Editor
List Player (Create Playlists) NEW
New Files (.wotjalist, .wotjabox) NEW
Wotja URL (V4) export NEW
2 x IM Albums for FREE $1.99 each
Album Player
Sleep Timer
Randomization - New Mix / Cell
Pak List Tagging
Template List Tagging NEW
More Randomisation Options NEW
Text To Music (TTM)
Per Voice TTM Composition Params NEW
Up to 12 Tracks
Easy Track Mixing
Easy Voice Mixing NEW
Track Cell Sequencing
Track Rules
Track FX / Mix FX
Mix in Pak WAV/OGG/MIDI files
Full IME 4 Editors NME 3
Full ISE 4 Editors PSE 3  PSE 3
Background Image
Text/Background Colour
Accessibility
Open Noatikl Files WJ Import/Export
Save Noatikl 3 Files WJ Import/Export
Open Mixtikl Files
Export (Legacy) Mixtikl 7 Files
Inter-App Audio / AudioBus
MIDI Out/In*
Listening Voices
Intermorphic Music Engine 4 Other apps use NME 3
Intermorphic Sound Engine 4 Other apps use PSE 3
UI for better productivity NEW
Improved slider control NEW
Improved Accessibility NEW
Blend Screen - NT iOS only - new Voice Mix panel
Make Audio Recordings -
Make MIDI Recordings - (Desktop only)
Tap Play -
Make Mic Recordings -
Scripting - (Desktop only)

Wotja Desktop

macOS Music Player NEW
macOS "Words" Cut-Up Editor
Windows Authoring -
DAW Plug-Ins -
Key Features
All in 1 Creativity System NEW
"Words" Cut-Up Text Editor
Subscription / Paid Model NEW
Text Export for FREE (Restrictions)* NEW
3 min Music Play Time for FREE* NEW
Safari App Extension
Plays webpage Wotja URLs .wotja, .wotjabox
NEW

* Extendable via IAP in the in-app Wotja Store.

Downloads

Wotja iOS What you get...
4.2.1 - 24 Mar 17

FREE

Subscription FAQ

In the free version of Wotja for iOS you have access to and can use for free everything in the app (including mix randomisation, templates, editors etc.) and can create, play, save and share.

Wotja for iOS: FREE Operation - Limitations

  • Save: "Words" data NOT saved to file (e.g. Cut-Up(s), Sources, Rules)
  • Text Export: Up to 100 characters
  • Edit Text: No (i.e. where you can edit words in the created cut-up)
  • Music Play Time: 1 minute (a pop up lets you know when your Play Time is up; you can easily restart from that)
  • Save/Export: Mix cell 1 ONLY
  • MIDI Out/In: Channel 1 ONLY

The above capabilities are available prior to purchasing any IAP subscription, and/or if your IAP has expired. We have a very simple approach to IAP and you can extend the capabilities of Wotja via the IAP available in the in-app Wotja Store.

For the benefits of a subscription model read this FAQ entry.

If you do not want to use in-app subscriptions, then simply purchase the non-subscription version of Wotja. In 2017 this is Wotja Pro 2017 which has PRO tier capability.

IAP - ESSENTIALS
$4.99 for 6 Months
  • Save/Export: Cells in column 1
  • Words tab data: Saved to file
  • Text Export: No restrictions
  • Play Time: Up to 1 hour
IAP - PRO
$9.99 for 6 Months
  • Save/Export: Cells in all columns
  • Play Time: Up to 8 hrs 53 mins (32,000s)
  • MIDI Out/In: Multichannel
  • Otherwise as ESSENTIALS
Wotja Pro 2017 iOS What you get...
4.2.1 - 24 Mar 17

Non-subscription version
$24.99
Wotja Pro 2017 at the App Store
  • One off purchase for app with PRO tier capability
  • Updated in tandem with Wotja for iOS during 2017
  • Important: For further updates after that either purchase the *next* non-subscription version or simply get the subscription version and purchase the IAP level that suits you
App Bundle for iOS Who it's for...


Special Bundle
$24.99
Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle - at the App Store
  • For past purchasors of Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Liptikl 2 for iOS or iOS bundles
  • Get Wotja Pro 2017 and save with "Complete my Bundle"
  • Available for a limited time
Wotja macOS What you get...
4.2.0 - 24 Mar 17

FREE

Subscription FAQ

Wotja at the Mac App Store

In the free version of Wotja for macOS you have access to and can use for free everything in the app (cut-up creation & random mix generation) and can create, save, play and share.

Wotja for macOS: FREE Operation - Limitations

  • Save: "Words" data NOT saved to file (e.g. Cut-Up(s), Sources, Rules)
  • Text Export: Up to 100 characters
  • Edit Text: No (i.e. where you can edit words in the created cut-up)
  • Music Play Time: Up to 3 minutes (a pop up lets you know when your Play Time is up; you can easily restart from that)
  • Save: Random mix (cell 1 ONLY)

The above capabilities are available prior to purchasing any IAP subscription, and/or if your IAP has expired. We have a very simple approach to IAP and you can extend the capabilities of Wotja via the IAP available in the in-app Wotja Store.

For the benefits of a subscription model read this FAQ entry.

If you do not want to use in-app subscriptions, then simply purchase the non-subscription version of Wotja. In 2017 this is Wotja Pro 2017 which has PRO tier capability.

IAP - ESSENTIALS
$7.99 for 6 Months
  • Save: "Words" data
  • Text Export / Edit: No restrictions
  • Save: Random mix (column 1 cells)
  • Music Play Time: Up to 1 hour
IAP - PRO
$13.99 for 6 Months
  • Save: "Words" data
  • Text Export / Edit: No restrictions
  • Save: Random mix (all cells)
  • Music Play Time: Up to 8hrs 53mins (32,000s)
Wotja Pro 2017 macOS What you get...
4.2.0 - 24 Mar 17

Non-subscription version
$34.99
Mac App Store
  • One off purchase for app with PRO tier capability
  • Updated in tandem with Wotja for macOS during 2017
  • Important: For further updates after that either purchase the *next* non-subscription version or simply get the subscription version and purchase the IAP level that suits you

Notes

  • Read the change log
  • iOS device requirements: iOS 10 or later; iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Wotja for iOS is a universal binary and supports standard and retinal displays for iPhone and iPad.
  • macOS device requirements: macOS 10.11 or later.
  • Wotja User Guide: Web/HTML | PDF

FAQ - Wotja

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Note: You can use almost all Wotja features for FREE before choosing to get a subscription for it.

We adopted a subscription model for Wotja 4 for a number of important reasons. See this forum post if you want to know more about these then.

If you don't like subscriptions or their benefits (see below) then check out Wotja Pro 17, a non-subscription version of Wotja.

What is an in-app subscription?

An in-app subscription is just a mechanism that lets you pay to access certain features in an app for a set period of time.

We now use them in Wotja because they will help us fund our continued development of the app over an extended period of time.

What are the benefits?

Subscriptions are not the bad thing some people might claim or fear they are, especially when used by a bone-fide developer that creates high quality paid for software that does not treat you as the product. They are a win-win for both customer and developer.

Some of their benefits are as follows:

  • They let us spend more time working for our existing customers rather than spending that time in trying to find new ones.
  • They save you money over the course of a year compared to the price of the non-subscription version.
  • They help you with cash flow as they split the annual cost into a number of smaller payments during the year (we use a 6 monthly subscription period).
  • They make it cheaper to try a fully featured version than to purchase it outright - if you don't like the app and/or stop wanting to use it then simply cancel your subscription any time up to 24 hours prior to renewal.
  • They mean that during your subscription period you should continue to see improvements and new features that we would previously have had to hold back to charge for in another new paid-for version of the app.
  • They keep us on our toes as you can cancel at any time.

What are "auto-renewing" in-app subscriptions?

These are just subscriptions that will auto-renew when they expire without the need for you to set up a purchase all over again. They are convenient because, for something you love and use regularly (hopefully Wotja!), you do not need to make a new purchase each time the subscription ends. Your creative relaxation is uninterrupted. They are very easy to cancel though, see below.

Is it easy to cancel my Wotja subscription?

Yes, it is very easy to cancel your subscription and you can do so at any time up to 24hrs before it renews. You may even decide to cancel it just after you purchased it - that is your choice.

What happens if I cancel my Wotja subscription?

All that happens is that at the end of the subscription period Wotja will revert to FREE operation, i.e. the feature set and capabilities you can user for free. If or when you decide you would like to start a new subscription you can do so at any time.

How do I cancel my Wotja subscription?

Apple provides detailed information on managing subscriptions. Please refer to : https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202039

In Wotja:
  • Go to the Wotja Store and press the "Manage Subscriptions" button (it is shown in the area marked as "Miscellaneous".
  • You then see the Wotja subscription page and you can see what level of subscription you have.
  • Press the "Cancel Subscription" button.
  • Press the "Confirm" button in the pop up.
  • Your subscription will no longer auto-renew.
  • At the end of the subscription period Wotja will simply revert to FREE operation.

How are the Wotja subscription prices decided?

It is up to the developer to set the prices for the subscription options and they will balance many factors (it is ultimately a cost/return equation). If prices are too high then the IAPs are not purchased; if too low the app will eventually be abandoned and die because the costs are too high or returns too low to justify continuing to maintain / develop it.

Getting that balance right is an art, not a science. Because of that we may need to adjust our subscription prices over time.

How does Wotja subscription pricing stack up?

Prices have fluctuated over the years, but if you were to have recently purchased Noatikl 3 for iOS ($12.99), Mixtikl 7 for iOS ($7.99), Liptikl 2 for iOS ($4.99), Wotja 3 for iOS ($3.99, but no longer available) and the 2 Albums in Tiklbox for iOS ($1.99 each), it would have cost you around $34 USD (or equivalent in iTunes pricing). If you had got those in part as a bundle it would have been around $29 USD as we have recently been giving a 15% discount on bundle purchases of paid apps.

A 6-month subscription for Wotja ESSENTIALS is just $4.99 USD. The feature set in this tier is already way more powerful than was in Noatikl 3 for iOS where you had, in effect, access to only 1 cell and there was no track mixing, no content randomisation, no per voice TTM, no support for loops etc. Even if you had purchased your apps at lower prices then ESSENTIALS represents a massive saving on the above and you can use almost all Wotjas features for FREE before choosing to get a subscription for it (see also the feature comparison).

A 6-month subscription for the Wotja PRO tier is just $9.99 USD and is like having in one app Mixtikl 8, Noatikl 4, Liptikl 3 and Tiklbox 2 (were we to have developed them), along with all the other new things we are adding.

If you decide not to continue with your subscription then Wotja just reverts to FREE operation.

If you just don't like the Wotja subscriptions?

That's OK; we have now released Wotja Pro 2017, a one off purchase version of Wotja with PRO tier capability. It will be updated in tandem with Wotja during 2017. For further updates after that, purchase the next year's version or get the subscription version and purchase the IAP that is right for you.

What about a transition Bundle?

For those who might be considering moving to Wotja and who prefer not to using subscriptions we've introduced an iOS app bundle we call "Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle 3".

It is for customers who purchased any of the following apps either individually or in previous iOS bundles we offered:

  • Noatikl 3 for iOS
  • Mixtikl 7 for iOS
  • Liptikl 2 for iOS

Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle 3 lets you offset pro-rated past purchases of the above apps against the cost of Wotja Pro 2017 - meaning you can get it for much less than full price. You do this by using Apple's "Complete my bundle" mechanism.

How to do it:

  • First log in to your iTunes account (it must be the same one you used to make your original purchases).
  • In iTunes go to the Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle 3
  • The "Buy Bundle" button under the main icon should show you what is called the “Complete My Bundle” price, and this is a pro-rated difference between what you paid before for those 3 apps and the Wotja Pro 2017 price.

Note: The iOS apps in the bundle (Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7 and Liptikl 2) will see no further updates; they have to remain for sale so we can make the transition bundle available for sale (it is an Apple thing).

Note for customers of previous app bundles: Depending what bundle you might have purchased and when, we estimate that using "Complete My Bundle" you should be able to move to Wotja Pro 2017 for somewhere between $3 to $14. As to why you might wish to make this move see the feature comparision.

Why was the transition Bundle not available at Wotja launch?

This was principally because we had not initially planned to create a paid for Wotja Pro 2017 meaning there was nothing to have in a bundle! We only decided to create Wotja Pro 2017 following user feedback, and it took us a couple of weeks to build and release it. Once it was released it then took us a bit to realise we were now in a position to be able to create a bundle (doh!). Wotja 4 has been a huge amount of work for us and we simply just could not do everything at once or think of everything, but we have tried to respond quickly.

We hope the above info helps

We want you to be clear as to what subscriptions are and why we now use them in Wotja. If you purchase a subscription to Wotja then you get our eternal gratitude and you will know that you have encouraged us to continue development of our generative music tools. Thank you!

See the Wotja comparison table.

For detailed differences between Noatikl and Mixtikl, refer to this Noatikl FAQ entry.

Wotja 4 for iOS is in effect Noatikl 4, Mixtikl 8 and Tiklbox 2 for iOS all rolled into one. It is already more powerful than any of the foregoing individual apps.

Wotja for iOS is our primary mobile music app for 2017 and beyond. It is free to use and there is a lot you can do for free, too. It is in effect Noatikl 4, Mixtikl 8, Liptikl 3 and Tiklbox 2 for iOS all rolled into one and it is already more powerful than any of the foregoing individual apps.

If you already have Noatikl, Mixtikl or Liptikl for iOS we suggest you try it (you won't know what you're missing), but if you are happy with their content, features and interfaces then you are under no obligation to get Wotja - just carry on as you are!

Note: We have both subscription and non-subscriptions versions of Wotja available. See our FAQ entry on in-app subscriptions. See also our iOS Bundles.

Our Noatikl and Mixtikl Desktop music apps continue to be important, too, for our Desktop users (See these FAQ entries: Noatikl, Mixtikl).

You might want to consider getting Wotja 4 for iOS if:

  • You want to use any of its cool new features.
  • You want to continue to play your Noatikl / Mixtikl pieces if your OS version no longer supports your Noatikl or Mixtikl apps.
  • You are a fan of our artisan "creative relaxation" tools and what they mean to you, and you want to help support us in our efforts to continue developing them for you.

Note: Wotja 4 for iOS does not interfere with Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7 or Liptikl 2 for iOS installations and should work fine with pieces you have made in previous versions of Noatikl (mobile or desktop) , many mixes made with previous versions of Mixtikl (mobile or desktop) and files created with Liptikl 2. As Wotja 4 is free, you can easily try it out with your Noatikl and Mixtikl pieces (see: How to copy Noatikl pieces and Mixtikl mixes into Wotja 4). You may even want to try out creating some new random mixes! Note that Liptikl files require an active IAP Tier for data to be loaded correctly (sorry, but we just could not figure a way around that).

Yes we have a bundle (see below) but no, sorry, you cannot upgrade for free. All our previous major versions followed a "Fullgrade" pricing policy meaning they were already priced as upgrades and any new major version would have had to have been purchased as a new app.

Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle

For those who might be considering moving to Wotja and who prefer not to using subscriptions we've introduced an iOS app bundle we call "Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle 3".

It is for customers who purchased any of the following apps either individually or in previous iOS bundles we offered:

  • Noatikl 3 for iOS
  • Mixtikl 7 for iOS
  • Liptikl 2 for iOS

Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle 3 lets you offset pro-rated past purchases of the above apps against the cost of Wotja Pro 2017 - meaning you can get it for much less than full price. You do this by using Apple's "Complete my bundle" mechanism.

How to do it:

  • First log in to your iTunes account (it must be the same one you used to make your original purchases).
  • In iTunes go to the Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle 3
  • The "Buy Bundle" button under the main icon should show you what is called the “Complete My Bundle” price, and this is a pro-rated difference between what you paid before for those 3 apps and the Wotja Pro 2017 price.

Note: The iOS apps in the bundle (Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7 and Liptikl 2) will see no further updates; they have to remain for sale so we can make the transition bundle available for sale (it is an Apple thing).

Note for customers of previous app bundles: Depending what bundle you might have purchased and when, we estimate that using "Complete My Bundle" you should be able to move to Wotja Pro 2017 for somewhere between $3 to $14. As to why you might wish to make this move see the feature comparision.

Why was the transition Bundle not available at Wotja launch?

This was principally because we had not initially planned to create a paid for Wotja Pro 2017 meaning there was nothing to have in a bundle! We only decided to create Wotja Pro 2017 following user feedback, and it took us a couple of weeks to build and release it. Once it was released it then took us a bit to realise we were now in a position to be able to create a bundle (doh!). Wotja 4 has been a huge amount of work for us and we simply just could not do everything at once or think of everything, but we have tried to respond quickly.

See the examples section.

We hope to add further examples in due course.

We will be creating some video tutorials in due course.

Older format "http://" Wotja URLs included references to the underlying templates being used together with any user made changes to a small range of parameters. These URLs did not include your text or note patterns, either. The foregoing kept the size of the URLs small enough to be tweeted, but the approach was very limiting.

In Wotja 4, however, we have greatly expanded what gets saved to the the Wotja URL. It now includes *all* IME and ISE parameters, text and even images and Wotja files can now included multi-cell mixes! This is much better longer term but it does mean the WJURL is now way too big to be included in a tweet link to be shared via shortening.

So, we have changed our approach to sharing/publishing in a way that is much more powerful and flexible. Wotja 4 now supports "full" wotjas being embedded in webpages as "wotja: //" URLS, and without any coding at all. These wotjas can include your text, note patterns and mixes with as many pieces/voices as you care to use - and even a background image. Of course, you can design your webpage to look as beautiful as you like - maybe even displaying the words you use in your wotja!

To complement this approach we have created a Wotja Extension for Safari, available via the Mac App Store. All you need to do is embed the wotja in a webpage and then share a post/tweet that includes a link to your webpage - this also makes it clearer to people where they are going to with the link. With the Wotja Safari App Extension enabled, the webpage embedded wotja will play once the the page has loaded.

Finally, using webpage embedded wotjas also provides a simple way for you to let people download and play such "full" wotjas in Wotja for iOS - that not being possible before, either.

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

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

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

Please note, though, that unless you had an active, paid for subscription when you made the recordings they 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, though, that unless you had an active, paid for subscription when you made the recordings they 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.

APP FAQ

General comment: The Intermorphic Sound Engine (ISE) Sound Units (Wavetable, Tone, DSynth, Particle) run in stereo. In earlier iterations of our sound engine these units ran in mono, even though the 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 ISE 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 Wotja. You can also get some audio artifacts occur in the ISE 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. Tip: Even if no other app is running, this can sometimes solve problems that seem to have no obvious cause.
  • 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 device into Airplane mode?
  • Don't run Wotja 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 Wotja 4 default audio output is 44Khz stereo. 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. Wotja 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/Tracks: To make the new templates sound really great they take advantage of the stereo sound unit capability (above) in the ISE. 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 ISE can also play a part.
    • Solution 1 - Templates: Either use fewer templates/tracks in a piece so there is less sound to generate (in some of the 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 ISE Network Editor).
    • Solution 2 - Note Stealing: When the IME generates a lot of overlapping notes and the ISE is generating the sound then unless the ISE 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 ISE Network Editor.
  4. Track and Global FX: Our current templates are generally sonically richer than earlier templates (such as those from Noatikl 2 and Mixtikl 6 and earlier) 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 (ISE Network Editor > bottom right Action button > Export to clipboard) and then pasting it into the Global FX (ISE 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 Wotja 4 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 Wotja 4 template richness (above), you do not need many when creating a new piece. However, we still include the older Noatikl templates 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 IME Voices and ISE Sound Networks from your piece / mix 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 IME 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 ISE...
  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 ISE 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.

ISE

If Wotja isn't making any sound, first check that you have the "ISE for Sounds & FX" toggle turned on in Settings. If this is on, then Wotja will automatically render all MIDI data that it generates through Wotja's built-in Intermorphic Sound Engine, and you should hear Wotja playing (unless you've turned-down your computer's volume). If the checkbox isn't ticked, Wotja will only send its MIDI data to whatever MIDI Output destination you have defined in Wotja's MIDI Out settings... which means that you've probably got a bit of MIDI configuration to do first in order to hear Wotja play.

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

General:

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.

Exporting to the clipboard:

Mixtikl

In Mixtikl, select the Content Cell you are interested in (the cell content must be generative i.e. not audio loops) and 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.

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

Noatikl

In Noatikl, go to the Pieces screen and then select the export button on the bottom toolbar. You will get a messages saying the data has been exported to the clipboard.

Note: If your Mixtikl content cell used a custom Wavetable/SF2, then you need to have that available to Wotja and you may need to recreate the association.

Importing from the Clipboard into Wotja:

  • In Wotja, go to the Design view, select a Cell and then select the Action button on the bottom toolbar. You will get a pop up dialog givng you the option to "Merge from Clipboard" or "Replace from Clipboard".
  • Choose the option you want and the content is imported and ready for editing.

You cannot record MIDI files directly in Wotja. You will need to use a 3rd party app to do that, using Wotja's MIDI Out capability.

By default we hide the older Noatikl 2 templates simply as our current templates are so good! They are included, however, and it is easy to display them. Simply go to Files > Create New > Templates > and turn on the toggle that says "Show Old?". 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 Wotja 4 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 included TG Preset list from the Network Editor screen. Select the "Action" button and then "Open".

Older Presets: Download a zip of the TG presets and place that in the Intermorphic Folder or zips folder under that.

Once the file above is copied to the right place, you may need to restart the app for the older Presets to be displayed.

Try this example.

When you visit the link to the Dropbox shared Wotja file in Safari then you will see a page of text - this is the Wotja URL.

Desktop Safari:

  • If you have the Wotja Safari App Extension installed then it should start playing

Mobile Safari:

  • Not recommended (WJURLs are LONG): To play this in Wotja iOS you must copy ALL the text to clipboard and then import it into Wotja - from the Files screen Action menu select "Import". You will be asked to give the file a name.
  • Recommended alternative: For mobile sharing of a Wotja URL, embed it as a link in a webpage and then share a link to that webpage.

Intermorphic apps that support Apple iCloud / iCloud Drive:

  • Wotja 4+ (iOS), Wotja 4+ (macOS)
  • Noatikl 3.0+ (iOS), Noatikl 3.1+ (macOS)
  • Liptikl 2.0+ (iOS), Liptikl 2.0+ (macOS)
  • Mixtikl 7.0+ (iOS)
  • Wotja 3.2+ (iOS)

iCloud Drive Folder:

The iCloud Drive folder on macOS is found here:

  • ~/iCloud Drive/Wotja/
  • ~/iCloud Drive/Noatikl/
  • ~/iCloud Drive/Liptikl/

Why use iCloud / iCloud Drive?

We strongly recommend using iCloud / iCloud Drive wherever you can.

There are five main reasons for that:

  1. Backups: Files kept in iCloud are always backed up.
  2. File Synchronisation: Lets you easily create and edit on any device. For example, on an iOS device you create a file on device 1 and then edit it further on device 2, and then on macOS work on that file in the desktop version of that app, and vice versa.
  3. File Organisation: You can move files around on iOS with the iCloud Drive app or on desktop PC with Finder.
  4. Single copies of Zip files (Wotja 4 only): If you Zip up additional content that you want your Wotja file to reference (e.g. SF2, WAV or OGG files) and you put that Zip File in the Wotja iCloud folder then you only need one copy of it (rather than a copy in the Intermorphic Folder of very device you use).
  5. Simplicity: You don't need to understand the intricacies of the "Intermorphic Folder" or Local Device folder.

Note on iCloud Drive Subfolders (folders under the main app folder):

Our iOS apps support "flat" folders meaning they will display all files under the root folder, including files in any subfolders.

Tip: If you want to limit what files are displayed in the iOS app, you need to move the files you don't want to see out of the main app folder, perhaps into a "Archived" folder under iCloud Drive.

Apple iCloud Drive FAQ:

See: iCloud Drive FAQ

How to display iCloud Drive on your iOS device home screen:

See: Help using iCloud Drive

Tip: Why can't I see the relevant app folder in my Mac's iCloud Drive folder or in the iCloud Drive on icloud.com?

If you have just installed one of our iCloud Drive supporting apps for the first time, then it seems it can take a while for the iCloud Drive synching to happen and for the folders/files to appear on your Mac. We know not why.... but a couple of suggestions to try are:

  • Sign-in to your iCloud web account (icloud.com) and from the home page select the iCloud Drive icon when you will then be able to see all your iCloud Drive folders. It seems that doing this may cause the relevant app folder to appear soon on the Mac.
  • It may be that the relevent folder is not showing in the above iCloud Drive folder, in which case we have found that if you connect your device to iTunes on your Mac and then perform an iTunes "Sync" for that device, it seems the folders/files then appear straight away under your Mac's iCloud Drive folder and in icloud.com.
  • Audio

    Wotja is Audiobus / Inter-App Audio enabled which means you can send an audio stream out through that and then record it with another suitable 3rd party app that supports Audiobus / Inter-App Audio and recording.

    Audiobus / Inter-App Audio support is enabled by default and we make no charge for its use*.

    Inter-App Audio

    Please refer to the Apple website for information on how to use Inter-App Audio (and iOS 7+ system provided capability) with GarageBand. There are many other IAA enabled apps, such as Multitrck DAW and Thumbjam.

    Audiobus

    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 This is a 3rd party paid for app.

    MIDI

    Wotja is a very powerful MIDI application and supports Core MIDI and Virtual MIDI. You can record it with another suitable 3rd party app that supports Core MIDI / Virtual MIDI and MIDI recording.

    Wotja FREE: MIDI out and related settings are not supported.

    We try as hard as we can to make our apps stable. To that end we now include in our apps either HockeyApp or Crashlytics. Because of this, rest assured we will have been alerted to it and we will be trying to fix it. This also means our latest versions are likely to be the most stable so we recommend keeping Wotja updated to the latest version, where your device/OS allows.

    Even though we (usually!) 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. The crash log files all start with the app name, and have an extension "crash". They can be found here: Where do I find Crash Logs?. They are text files that we can read, and give us useful information in tracking-down a crash and you can send them to us via our Contact Form. 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!

    IME FAQ

    We will add items when required, otherwise see the Wotja FAQ.

    ISE FAQ

    Sure! Follow these links to some tutorials that will help you to learn how to create sounds using the ISE:

    The most important thing to remember when you start using the ISE is that the audio for a voice ALWAYS comes from the rightmost signal-rate effect unit!

    The effects units for each voice are in general processed from left-to-right. Think of the system as a pipeline of audio information, where audio is generated over on the left, and passes through intervening effects units and ends-up on the right hand side, at which point it gets generated. However, the pipeline can actually be pretty complicated, in which case it can become useful to think of an Effect Module as being either like a tree of interrelated modules, or even a network of effect units working together in complex way!

    So, the best way of thinking how effects units work, is in terms of a collection of special-purpose units, that are connected together in pretty much any way you want, using invisible connecting "cables". The user interface shows these connections as best it can. Note that feedback loops or 'cyclic dependancies' between units are not allowed.

    The user interface displays a module by showing the signal-rate units at the top of the display area, and control-rate units below them. The currently selected unit is displayed differently to help remind you which unit you are currently editing.

    The outputs from all voice-level effect modules are summed-up by the ISE Synth, and are then passed into the Global Effects Module, which you can define if you want.

    Note that control-rate units do not generate stuff that you can hear directly, you use them purely to control parameters of other effect units in system. Control-rate units can be used to modulate parameters for both signal-rate and other control-rate units. For example, you could have an envelope unit (c/envlope) whose sole purpose is to create an envelope of values which is used to modulate the frequency parameters of a dsynth unit.

    You might be wondering at this stage, exactly why things are so flexible? Well, the reason is that it is this very flexibility which makes the ISE so powerful at creating a truly mind-boggling variety of exciting sounds and audio effects! However, this flexibility can also make things a little complicated to get your head around... which is where this documentation comes in.

    The ISE has a built in limiter which stops the sounds from overloading. However, it can sometimes add distortion in a mix with many instruments. The key to prevent this is to decrease the internal volume of the final mix. One way to do this is to make use of the global effects module level effects: you can simply use an amplifier to reduce the overall mix level! Another powerful technique is to apply a compressor to dynamically limit the volume level (though this can mask dynamics in some content).

    One easy way to deal with this is to make use of the global effects module level effects: simply use an amplifier to increase the overall mix level! Another powerful technique is to apply a compressor in "expander" mode, to dynamically boost the volume level (though this can mask dynamics in some content).

    This is very easy to do:

    1. Open the Modular Synth dialog
    2. Select the line you want, and click on the Edit button to pop-up the editor for the selected MIDI line.
    3. Click on Export, then OK to close the editor
    4. Select the line you want to copy to (and if in the Modular Synth dialog, set the Polyphony to whatever you want, probably the same as the line from which you are copying), then click Edit to pop-up the editor for the selected MIDI line
    5. Click on Import - your sounds are now copied and hopefully your piece will sound like you intended!

    You can of course also use exactly the same technique in the Effects dialog. You can copy Effects designs from MIDI line to MIDI line within the system; or copy the Global effects design to a MIDI Line, or copy from a MIDI Line Effects Design to the Global effect.