Generative Music Suite

Composer Mixer Player System

macOS, Windows, iOS, Android

What is Wotja? (sounds like "wot-jah")

Wotja is our powerful & ever-evolving creativity suite for ambient generative music & reflective music, text-to-music melodies, MIDI generation & text cut-up for creative writing.

It uses generative techniques we have been crafting for 28 years, and is the successor to SSEYO Koan, Noatikl, Mixtikl, Liptikl & Tiklbox (our past apps).

History: Generative Music is a term coined in 1995 by Brian Eno whilst working with SSEYO Koan Pro.

User Reviews

"Masterpiece", "hands down the best generative software that I have ever used", "Brilliant", "Extremely musical", "Deep and professional", "best MIDI composition tool", "Love Wotja!"

For Everyone

You don't need to be a musician or expert to use Wotja. Anyone inquisitive can learn to master its power; see our video tutorials.

Important

'Wotja X 2018' or 'Wotja A 2018' is the 'annual' non-subscription feature unlocked version of 'Wotja X' or 'Wotja A' (where available).

Key Features [See 'Free Mode']

  • Easily generate beautiful live ambient music, MIDI & melodies
  • 100s of gorgeous generative music templates for mixing & editing are included
  • 130+ real-time changeable generative (MIDI) music parameters
  • Multi-channel MIDI Out/In [iOS/macOS: CoreMIDI & Virtual MIDI; Windows: Windows MIDI; Android - see requirements]
  • 'Text-to-Music' function to quickly generate reflective music & melodies using text in ANY language
  • Mix randomization options for fast creation of ideas, mixes & automatic albums
  • 48 independent content cells in 12 tracks for live mixing/generative cell sequencing
  • Editors to let you experiment with sound design & create modular synth/FX networks
  • SF2 wavetable & WAV/Ogg loop support for custom sounds
  • Cut-up editor for word locking, syllable rules, word alternatives, 5 source fields & more
  • Mixdown recording to VIDEO [iOS/macOS only], WAV, MIDI so you can easily use/share your creations
  • Up to 8 hours continuous live music generation [Music Play Time Timeout]; press play to restart
  • Inter-App Audio & Audiobus 2/3 support [iOS]
  • iCloud & iCloud Drive support [iOS/macOS]
  • Light & dark UI modes
  • Opens Noatikl, Mixtikl & Liptikl files
  • Lots more…

Reviews

Wotja Magazine Reviews

CDM

"Wotja is really one of a kind in the generative music space, there’s nothing like it at all. It’s really a seriously big bundle of tools, but all in one app, and all with the same purpose. Intermorphic has some serious credentials in this area, having been in the world of generative music for well over a decade now."

Wotja User Reviews

"Masterpiece"

"As an accomplished musician in my own right, investigating alternative means of generating sound is a longstanding interest of mine. Even after a thirty year career in the arts, this app has completely changed my perception of the concept of music itself! I implore all students of music to explore this software in its entirety- this past week has had me rediscover my love for creation."

"Light years ahead!"

"Wotja X is by far the most sophisticated and powerful generative music application available."

"Amazing Stuff!"

"I love the textures I’m getting already. If you’re thinking of purchasing, it’s well worth the price!"

"Fantastic support"

"Wotja is a fantastic generative sound canvas that you can control - or just listen to. It can be as easy as loading one of many included mix albums, to the generation of random mixes, to manual mix editing to actually getting dirty under the hood with the voice editing and the instrument design. It goes pretty deep!"

"Works well"

"This company is fantastic at what it does."

"A vehicle, a journey, a playground"

"All the toys, and far more than the sum of its parts. (Autocorrect had it as "more than the sum of its arts", which is actually more accurate)"

"Generative Music Masterpiece"

"These guys are Ambient legends and now we can all work with their tools. Create your own ambient tracks or use Wotja to create some initial ideas to build upon. I use this to quickly bang out some background music, but mostly it is the starting point for composing. I find having Wotja build a nice little background bed I can compose over; my tracks go places they never used to (in a good way). Wotja can be used as a stand-alone app or as just one element in your songwriting toolkit. I really love Wotja. A lot!! ... When you think of the fact that these guys helped develop ambient music generative technology from its infancy, then supporting them by buying the app only makes sense."

"Fantastic App!!!"

"Get the free version, try out everything for 3 days or just buy the current yearly version. You will not regret it!"

"great compositional tool"

"an indispensable instrument for widening your scope, when it comes to composition. Thank you for your work!"

"Surprisingly good results"

"This app is so much fun and the results are often beautiful and interesting. The cut-up technique lyric generator is worth the price. It's flexible enough so that you can steer the direction of the outcomes and continue to refine until you find something you like. I don't think there's another program like this."

"Amazing!!!"

"Loving this application! A great way to explore some amazing sounds and create new music. For all of it’s depth it’s incredibly easy to get started. Tech support is phenomenal. These guys really care about what they build! Highly recommended!"

"Professional grade! "

"Wotja X is the most powerful and feature rich application for generative music creation."

"Great"

"... a specialist app for making generative music ... the developer goes to great length to make it as accessible as possible to all (without losing the appeal for more experienced users). I really like it ... Recommended."

"Deep and professional app"

"If you loved Noatikl and Mixtikl then checking out Wotja is almost required. The guys at Intermorphic Ltd have wrapped up all the great stuff from the earlier apps and delivered them here in a beautiful package. I consider it my number one composing tool when I'm working in the Ambient genre."

"Brilliant"

"Intermorphic continues to produce brilliant apps. The possibilities of Wotja are vast and deep."

"Unique App"

"A unique app, which is getting lots of updates. Very deep, it requires considerable time to delve into it's complexities. It's well worth it though, in my view."

"Best generative music app"

"There is so many possibilities on this app. The creators are super nice people, theres only 2 of them but they do answer very quickly and are not greedy... It really scares me to think that the developers would stop supporting and growing such amazing tools, please don't! Much love"

"Completely changed my mind"

"I recently purchased the "pro" (non-subscription based) version of this. Like any musical instrument, it rewards more practice and play. And the fact that there are so many parameters to tweak, change (or not - you can use templates and leave them alone, but where's the fun in that?), modify, etc, only makes for more surprises and creative experimenting. You can just experiment, as with modular, old-school analog hardware, and see what happens. And quite often, there are very satisfying results. This is very powerful software. These guys are ***THE*** pioneers along with Eno in generative music. They clearly love it and deserve to make a decent living and be supported for their long-term and continuing work. Highly recommended."

"The perfect sleep machine."

"Intermorphic is awesome!! I was a little hesitant to purchase another subscription service, but it all really factors out to only about a dollar per month. Wotja is hands down the best generative software that I have ever used. Extremely musical. Keep up the good work."

"Still the best MIDI composition tool in my toolkit"

"Keep in mind that even though the app is associated with "generative music" and ambient sounds, it is possible to create music in any genre with this - its possible to direct every voice to play note by note OR just tell a voice to improvise OR tell a voice to follow and/or harmonize with other voices. ... nothing gives this much control to a composer on iOS and I've tried almost every sequencer, generator, MIDI tool available. It's very much worth learning, the developers are responsive and there is a great website for support."

"Every kind of amazing"

"Intermorphic's apps have always been strong on interoperability, but here they've managed to combine what is effectively Noatikl 4, Mixtikl 8, and Tiklbox 2 into a single beautifully-designed all-in-one generative mega-app – putting an end to all the copy-and-paste faffing that used to be involved if you wanted (e.g.) to use Noatikl content in Wotja. ... this is the culmination of everything Intermorphic have done, and an all-in-one machine for the creation of wonders."

"having the time of my life"

"It was amazingly easy to connect to my PC DAW with rtpMIDI so I can use my own sounds but it's hardly necessary, the latest Sound Engine is excellent. I thought I'd just say...excellent job. Thanks."

Screens

Wotja: for macOS, Windows, iOS, Android

Videos

Featuring live created generative music...

See the Intermorphic YouTube channel for our tutorials and other videos.

Wotja X V5.9: Generative Music Suite for Mac in 30s

Wotja X V5.9: Generative Music Suite for Windows in 60s

Wotja X V5.9: Generative Music Suite for iPad in 30s

Wotja X V5.9: Generative Music Suite for iPhone in 30s

Wotja V5: MIDI Out Pt1 - Using Generative Drum Templates to Play Beatmaker; mix in AUM

Wotja V5: MIDI Out Pt 2 - Using Generative Music Templates to Play Thumbjam/Beatmaker 3; mix in AUM

Wotja V5: Using MIDI Out to Play 3rd MIDI Synths (Analog Synth X / Thumbjam)

Wotja V5: How to Make & Tweet a Wotja Mix Video Recording


Audio Examples

Audio Recordings

The mix recording below was created from the 2 part video tutorial above (download the wotja file).

Listen to some other recordings (medium quality MP3).

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'

Shared Wotja Videos - Example

Variants & Versions

Variants

RECOMMENDATION: From V5.4 every new customer should consider getting the 'Wotja X' variant.

Wotja is currently available in two 'variants' ('Wotja A' (AKA 'Wotja') and 'Wotja X').

Wotja started out in 2014 as an app for iOS/macOS and was therefore 'Apple-only'. To keep things simple we're choosing in the docs to refer to this original Apple-only 'variant' as 'Wotja A' (NB: On the App Store it is still called 'Wotja' and has the foregoing icon).

So that we could run Wotja on multiple platforms we've for a good while now been hard at work on a new cross-platform UI variant (i.e. 'X') that we are presently calling 'Wotja X' and has the foregoing icon.

As of Wotja V5.4 these two variants are now major feature equivalent with only a few minor differences between them meaning we now just refer to 'Wotja' (unless we need to refer to a specific variant). In Wotja V6 for 2019 all new development will be on the new UI variant but throughout 2018 we will update both Wotja V 5 variants in tandem and so no paying customer will lose out.

We now have just one User Guide and documentation common to both variants. As the 'Wotja X' UI will be the UI we take forward in future we use screenshots from that.

To get familiar with the new UI, and with one exception, we do now recommend that new customers purchase the 'Wotja X' variant which is what we feature links to on this page. If you are on iOS and specifically need the Apple Watch companion app or accessibility support then you can still get 'Wotja A' from the iTunes App Store.

Versions

Wotja is available in three 'versions' (Annual, Free + Subscription, Free):

Annual version (2018)

OS Versions: macOS, Windows, iOS, Android

Variants: Wotja X / Wotja A (AKA 'Wotja')

  • Wotja X 2018 is the non-subscription 'annual' version of 'Wotja X'. It has the same capabilities as 'Wotja X' with an active 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription. The annual version has no auto-renewing In-App Subscriptions.
  • Wotja X 2018 for Windows is available only from the Microsoft Store.
  • Wotja X 2018 / Wotja A 2018 (AKA 'Wotja 2018') for macOS are available only from the Mac App Store.
  • Wotja X 2018 / Wotja A 2018 (AKA 'Wotja 2018') for iOS are available only from the iTunes App Store.
  • Wotja X 2018 AZ for Android is available only from the Amazon Appstore.

Subscription Version (free, with In-App Subscriptions)

OS Versions: macOS, iOS

Variants: Wotja X / Wotja A (AKA 'Wotja')

  • A powerful FREE app with an In-App Store. It runs in 'Free Mode' until purchase of the monthly 'Unlocked' auto-renewing In-App Subscription. On lapse of the In-App Subscription Wotja X reverts to the 'Free Mode' of operation.
  • Long Play: The 'Music Play Time Timeout' in Wotja X is set to 8 hours. When this is reached a mix or album will stop playing if it has not already done so and a simple manual restart can start it playing again. For specialist use cases where there is a need for to generate continuous live background music for longer than 8 hours, e.g. for art installations, a small shop etc., the subscription version allows it to be extended by the purchase of one of the specialist 'Long Play' tiers of auto-renewing In-App Subscription. See: FAQ on Wotja X Long Play.
  • Note: It is our intention in the longer term to release subscription versions for Windows and Android but as of yet we have no ETA.
  • For the benefits of In-App Subscriptions read this FAQ entry.

FREE version (locked in Free Mode)

Versions: Windows, Android

Variants: Wotja X

  • These versions are all permanently locked in 'Free Mode'.
  • Get the annual versions above if you want to use it with Free Mode 'Unlocked'.
  • Note: As noted above, in due course we may add In-App Subscriptions to the Windows and AZ versions; at that point they could then be 'Unlocked'.

'Free Mode' & Limitations

There is a way to use Wotja for FREE on every platform it is available for (iOS, macOS, Windows, Android).

This is via a free version that is either permanently locked in a 'Free Mode' of operation (Windows, Android versions) or is by default locked in a 'Free Mode' of operation until an 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription is in place, purchased from an In-App Store (macOS, iOS versions). When an 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription lapses then Wotja simply reverts to operating in 'Free Mode' - it's as simple as that!

'Free Mode' does have certain 'Limitations', of course, but it is powerful in its own right and also a means for testing/trial for those interested in considering a purchase. Alternatively, consider getting the paid-for 'annual' version instead, e.g. 'Wotja X 2018'.

Wotja Features with 'Free Mode' Limitations:

  • Mixes (& Cut-Up):
    • Save/Export
      • Free Mode: Disabled
  • Albums/Playlists:
    • Export
      • Free Mode: No export of a mix to file
    • Delete files in Album
      • Free Mode: No
    • Change file position in Album
      • Free Mode: No
  • General:
    • 8 Hour Music Play Time Timeout
      • Free Mode: 1 minute
    • Multi-Channel MIDI Out/In
      • Free Mode: Channel 1 only
    • Mixdown Recording (Audio/MIDI)
      • Free Mode: Disabled

The benefits of 'Free Mode'

  • For free, use what you create, save & record (do still comply with the EULA and Terms of Service however)!
  • If you have an interest in Generative Music and you are someone who chooses only to use Freeware and/or if you are an Educator or in Education, then Wotja 'Free Mode' means you can explore and work with such things for free. As Wotja is a system that is undergoing continuous development, including being ported to other OS, it should be an app you might well wish to consider using!
  • When you find you want to do more than you can in Free Mode, then there are low cost Subscription and Annual version options you can purchase.

What can I do in 'Free Mode'?

  • Create and save automatic albums of generative music mixes:
    • Wotja supports making automatic albums, adding mixes to them, and playlisting.
    • You can add mixes to that album, too, and playlist it.
  • Explore generative music composition and sound design:
    • Use the Intemorphic Music Engine (IME) editors to try out all sorts of generative techniques and end up with something totally custom; start with the generative settings in the available templates if you want.
    • Use the Intermorphic Sound Engine (ISE) editors to create totally custom modular synth/fx sound networks, including using your own SoundFonts; start with the sounds in the available templates if you want.
  • Use MIDI Out/In on Channel 1
  • Although in-app support for mixdown recordings is not included, you can make up to 1 minute recordings of Wotja as follows: on iOS using Inter-App Audio or Audiobus (and a suitable audio/MIDI recording app) or on other devices using any app that can record system audio/MIDI.

Key Features

See what's new in Wotja 5 vs Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Liptikl 2 and Tiklbox 1.

Wotja 5

Key Features
Wotja X
Wotja A
(AKA 'Wotja')
macOS WJX NEW (5.2)
Windows WJX NEW (5.2)
iOS WJX NEW (5.2)
Android (incl. ARM Chromebook) WJX NEW (5.2, 5.8)
Paid-for 'annual' version
FREE versions
(See 'Free Mode')
WJX NEW (5.2)
FREE version with In-App Subscriptions
(See 'Free Mode')
WJ NEW (5.3 - 1 month Unlocked tier)
WJX NEW (5.2 - Long Play/Unlocked tiers)
UI Colour Scheme (Light/Dark) WJX NEW (5.9); WJA NEW (4.5 [iOS])
Mix Network IME Editor Panel WJX NEW (5.8)
MIDI Transport Control (AKA MIDI Machine Control – MMC) NEW (5.6)
MIDI Clock Sync NEW (5.6)
Mixdown to Video (iOS/macOS) NEW (5.5)
Full Deep Editing (Cut-up) WJX NEW (5.4); NEW (4.13)
Cut-Up Text Editor
(See 'Free Mode')
WJX NEW (5.4); NEW (4.2)
Syllables in Cut-Up Rules
(See 'Free Mode')
WJX NEW (5.4); NEW (4.3)
Cut-Up Rule Editor WJX NEW (5.4); NEW (4.3)
'Sources Only' Cut-up Mode WJX NEW (5.4); NEW (4.3)
Wotja Word Database WJX NEW (5.4); NEW (4.3)
Full Deep Editing (Generative/Sounds) WJX NEW (5.3); WJA NEW (4.13)
8 hour Music Play Time Timeout (MPTT)*
(See 'Free Mode')
NEW (5.2 - Wotja Unlocked)
NEW (5.1 - Wotja 2018)
NEW (5.0 - Free Mode 3 mins)
Auto Albums
(See 'Free Mode')
NEW (5.2 - Fewer Free Mode limitations)
NEW (5.0)
Auto-generated Mix/Album Icons NEW (5.0)
Album Randomisation Settings NEW (5.0)
BP3 Backings Template Pak NEW (5.0)
Use 24-bit WAV files in Paks NEW (4.11)
Single Cell Display Mode NEW (4.10)
BP2 Backings Template Pak NEW (4.9)
Support for Audiobus 3 (audio) [iOS] NEW (4.7)
Make Audio Mixdown Recordings
(See 'Free Mode')
NEW (4.6)
Make MIDI Mixdown Recordings
(See 'Free Mode')
NEW (4.6) (Desktop only)
Album/Playlist Player NEW (4.1)
New Files (.wotja, .wotjabox) NEW (4.1)
Improved slider control NEW (4.1)
Wotja URL (V4) export NEW
2 x IM Albums included (Were $1.99 each)
Hundreds of templates
Save ALL mix cells
(See 'Free Mode')
Export ALL mix cells
(See 'Free Mode')
Multi-channel MIDI Out/In
(See 'Free Mode')
Included Album Player
Sleep Timer
Randomization - New Mix / Cell
Pak List Tagging
Template List Tagging NEW
More Randomisation Options NEW
Text To Music (TTM)
(Use text in ANY language)
NEW
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 OGG/16-bit WAV + MIDI files
Full IME 5 Editors NME 3
Full ISE 5 Editors PSE 3  PSE 3
Background Image NEW
Text/Background Colour NEW
Open Noatikl Files
Save Noatikl 3 Files
Open Mixtikl Files
Export (Legacy) Mixtikl 7 Files
(See 'Free Mode')
Inter-App Audio / AudioBus (2/3) [iOS]
CoreMIDI / Virtual MIDI
Listening Voices
Intermorphic Music Engine 5 Other apps use NME 3
Intermorphic Sound Engine 5 Other apps use PSE 3
UI for better productivity NEW
Apple Watch App - NEW (4.4)
Improved Accessibility [iOS] - NEW
Accessibility [iOS] -
Blend Screen [iOS] - - NT iOS only - new Voice Mix panel
Tap Play - -
Make Mic Recordings - -
Scripting - - (Desktop only)

Downloads

macOS

Wotja X 2018 Non-subscription 'Annual' Version (macOS)
5.9.0 - 14 July 2018
See: Requirements


$
Mac App Store
Wotja X Subscription Version (macOS)
5.9.0 - 14 July 2018
macOS: Requirements


FREE + $ Subs

Wotja at the Mac App Store
Group: Features Monthly
Unlocked

Unlocks the 'Free Mode' Limitations.

Group: Long Play Monthly
Personal (refer to EULA) Music Timeout: Off; Personal Use Only
Biz 1 (refer to EULA) Music Timeout: Off; Commercial Use: Biz 1

Wotja Features with 'Free Mode' Limitations:

  • Mixes (& Cut-Up):
    • Save/Export
      • Free Mode: Disabled
  • Albums/Playlists:
    • Export
      • Free Mode: No export of a mix to file
    • Delete files in Album
      • Free Mode: No
    • Change file position in Album
      • Free Mode: No
  • General:
    • 8 Hour Music Play Time Timeout
      • Free Mode: 1 minute
    • Multi-Channel MIDI Out/In
      • Free Mode: Channel 1 only
    • Mixdown Recording (Audio/MIDI)
      • Free Mode: Disabled

Windows

Wotja X 2018 Non-subscription 'Annual' Version (Windows)
5.9.0 - 14 July 2018
Windows: Requirements


$
Get
See Important Notes below
Wotja X Free Version (Windows)
5.9.0 - 14 July 2018
Windows: Requirements


FREE
Get
See Important Notes below

iOS

Wotja X 2018 Non-subscription 'Annual' Version (iOS)
5.9.0 - 14 July 2018
See: Requirements


$
Wotja 2018 at the App Store
Wotja X Subscription Version (iOS)
5.9.0 - 14 July 2018
iOS: Requirements


FREE + $ Subs

Group: Features Monthly
Unlocked

Unlocks the 'Free Mode' Limitations.

Group: Long Play Weekly
Personal Music Timeout: Off; Personal Use Only
Biz 1 Music Timeout: Off; Commercial Use: Biz 1

Wotja Features with 'Free Mode' Limitations:

  • Mixes (& Cut-Up):
    • Save/Export
      • Free Mode: Disabled
  • Albums/Playlists:
    • Export
      • Free Mode: No export of a mix to file
    • Delete files in Album
      • Free Mode: No
    • Change file position in Album
      • Free Mode: No
  • General:
    • 8 Hour Music Play Time Timeout
      • Free Mode: 1 minute
    • Multi-Channel MIDI Out/In
      • Free Mode: Channel 1 only
    • Mixdown Recording (Audio/MIDI)
      • Free Mode: Disabled

Android

Wotja X 2018 AZ Non-subscription 'Annual' Version (Amazon)
5.9.0 - 14 July 2018
Android: Requirements


$
Wotja X AZ Free Version (Amazon)
5.9.0 - 14 July 2018
Android: Requirements


FREE
See Important Notes below
Wotja X GP Free Version (Google)
5.9.0 - 14 July 2018
Android: Requirements


FREE
See Important Notes below

Requirements

Windows Requirements:

  • Windows 10; 250 MB hard disk space, 512MB RAM. Please note that Wotja X 2018 / Wotja X runs as a 64-bit application only.
  • MIDI Out/In: Windows MIDI services.

Mac Requirements:

  • macOS 10.12 or later; 250 MB hard disk space, 512MB RAM; Intel Mac; 64-bit (Universal binary installed). Please note that Wotja runs as a 64-bit application only.
  • MIDI Out/In: CoreMIDI, Virtual MIDI.

iOS Device Requirements:

  • iOS 9.3+ or later; iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. Wotja for iOS is a universal binary and supports standard and retinal displays for iPhone and iPad.
  • MIDI Out/In: CoreMIDI, Virtual MIDI.

Android Device Requirements:

  • Android 6.0+ or later.
  • MIDI Out/In: Support for MIDI Out/In is experimental and device dependent - requires appropriate device support and hardware interface on Android. If you really do need MIDI Out/In then before purchasing the annual version first try to see if you can get it working on your device with the free version of Wotja X.

FAQ - Wotja

GENERAL QUESTIONS

SSEYO to Intermorphic App Consolidation Schematic

Historical Recap

We started working on generative music apps way back in the 1990s. Our first app was SSEYO Koan, released in 1992. That was followed by Noatikl [itself the evolution of SSEYO Koan], Liptikl, Mixtikl, Tiklbox and previous Wotja apps. However, by 2016 we realised that to be able to keep moving forward we had to consolidate the capabilities of all of these into just one powerful Generative Music Suite app. We decided to call this app Wotja. In 2018 there are 2 variants: Wotja A and Wotja X.

Wotja A

In 2017 we completed the first round of this consolidation, but only for the iOS/macOS versions of our apps, therefore Wotja at that time was 'Apple-only'. To keep things simple we're choosing in the docs to refer to this original Apple-only 'variant' as 'Wotja A' (NB: On the App Store it is still called 'Wotja' and has the foregoing icon).

Wotja X

For 2018 we developed a new cross-platform UI variant (i.e. 'X') presently called 'Wotja X' which has the foregoing icon.

Wotja V5

As of Wotja V5.4 the two variants ('Wotja A', 'Wotja X') are now major feature equivalent. We therefore now refer to both as just 'Wotja' and have one User Guide and Wotja page that is common to both.

Wotja V6

From 2019 there'll be just one Wotja variant. It will use the new X-platform UI approach presently deployed in 'Wotja X'.

Recommendations for now

  • Apple iOS/macOS device - new user:
    • Look to get the new UI 'Wotja X' variant and then decide whether you want to go with the subscription version ('Wotja X') or the annual version ('Wotja X 2018'). The iOS and macOS version links can be found here: 'Wotja X / Wotja X 2018 for iOS' or 'Wotja X / Wotja X 2018 for macOS'.
    • Note 1: iOS - One reason you might still wish to get the old UI 'Wotja A' iOS variant is if you need Accessibility/Apple Watch companion app as the new UI version will not have these (see below).
    • Note 2: If you need longer than 8 hours Music Play Time for your Wotja albums, get the Wotja X subscription version and the relevant Long Play subscription tier.
  • Windows PC or Android device - new user:

Remaining differences between 'Wotja A' and 'Wotja X'

As of V5.4 'Wotja A' and 'Wotja X' are major feature equivalent. We may/not address the following minor 'Wotja X' feature differences:

Minor features (may/may not come later to 'Wotja X'):

  • Display screen 'fullscreen' mode (possibly)
  • Mix screen splitter (possibly)
  • Webpage WJURL loading (unlikely)

The features in 'Wotja A' that we do not plan to add to 'Wotja X' are as follows:

  • iOS: Apple Watch companion app (if you need this, get Wotja / Wotja 2018 from the iTunes App Store instead)
  • iOS: Accessibility support (really sorry, but until our new porting layer supports it we just cannot add it - if you need this, get Wotja / Wotja 2018 from the iTunes App Store instead)

Selected New App Features / Capabilities in Wotja (not in Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Liptikl 2):

  • 4 New Template Paks
    • Wotja includes the new WJ4 TTM Players 'Text to Music' Template Pak as well as the WJ4 BP1, WJ4 BP2 and WJ5 BP3 Backings Template Paks. The gorgeous templates in these paks can be previewed in the Wotja template list.
  • Album / Playlist Player
    • This major new feature allows you to create playlists/album of up to 20 mixes that play in sequential or shuffle mode. Playlist was never possible before and it is perfect for installations. Your mixes can be as custom as you want and, of course, use custom SoundFonts (SF2) (see this FAQ) and even WAV/Ogg files (see Paks). This feature is accompanied by two new file formats (.wotjalist, .wotjabox).
  • Automatic Albums with new mix icons
    • This new facility makes it a snap to create a collection of random new mixes with TTM/cut-up text and colourful icons. This is the fastest way to create/check out new mixes you want to keep and you can export them for later editing/customisation.
  • More Randomization options
    • To allow more control over the content you mix together in randomly generated mixes we have both expanded the granularity of randomization options available, e.g. Template list tagging (Content) and how/where it can be accessed/deployed in the Mix mode. We have also added a whole new set of Album randomization settings.
  • Text-to-Music melody generation
    • This is a very powerful feature that we will continue developing and extending. Rather than generating patterns and/or having to deep dive into pattern syntax, you can just now enter some text and have the Text-to-Music parameters create a seed pattern for you; just change the text for a new pattern! There are a raft of parameters to play with to define how the melody is generated, i.e. how many notes to use, how it is phrased, how many times it repeats etc. It is perfect for mix randomization, too as we are able leverage the power of the Intermorphic Text Engine to generate random text that can be used to generate new seed melodies.
  • Syllables in cut-up rules
    • This makes it possible to now create Haiku and text that has a defined number of syllables (e.g. for lyrics).
  • Intermorphic Music Engine 5, Intermorphic Sound Engine 5 and Intermorphic Text Engine 5
    • These are the engines that are at the heart of Wotja 5. Our intention is to add new features during the Wotja 5 product cycle.

New Wotja Engine parameters (not in Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Liptikl 2):

Consolidated Features (from Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Liptikl 2):

  • See the Wotja Feature Comparison which shows how Wotja already includes the best of Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Liptikl 2 and Tiklbox - and much more.
  • Note: On importing into Noatikl 3 or Mixtikl 7 (as relevant) a .noatikl or .mixtikl file exported from Wotja then any new values included in the file are simply ignored. Such new values are not saved to the exported file when those apps resave such an imported file.

Not supported in Wotja for macOS/iOS (and alternative approaches):

We want to devote our efforts to working on what we can uniquely do best, and that means recognising that some previous app capabilities are now better done by other tools. Our more focused approach means we can develop, extend and improve Wotja as fast as possible for our niche audience.

  • macOS Audio Plugins (Audio Unit)
    • Instead: Use Wotja's powerful MIDI Out to control DAW synths
    • Instead: Use something like Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack or Soundflower to capture Wotja Audio
  • Lua Scripting for specialists [was only ever in Noatikl for macOS]
    • Instead: We hope in due course to implement non-scripting approaches for the primary things it was used for
  • Use of Audio loops outside of Paks
  • Tap Play (TBD) [was only ever in Mixtikl for macOS/iOS]
  • AudioCopy/AudioPaste [was only ever in Mixtikl for iOS]
    • Instead: Try using apps like AudioShare
  • Microphone recording [was only ever in Mixtikl for macOS/iOS]
    • Instead: Do that in your DAW which is much better suited to it!
  • Minor/little used features now deprecated
    • Any Mixtikl visualiser related settings
    • Mixtikl Store/Recall settings
    • Mixtikl Advanced cell settings, i.e. Skip, Silent, Stream, Audio Sample

Important: Noatikl 3 / Mixtikl 7 / Liptikl 1 for Windows have now been removed from sale. Their future is now to be found in Wotja.

Wotja (and its cross platform variant Wotja X) is the next stage of evolution for Noatikl, Mixtikl, Liptikl and Tiklbox; it is their future.

Wotja 4 in 2017 was, in effect, what would have been Noatikl 4, Mixtikl 8, Liptikl 3 and Tiklbox 2 all rolled into one - and in 2018 we are now on Wotja 5. Wotja is already more powerful than any of those individual apps and is presently available for both iOS and macOS. Starting out being branded as 'Wotja X' we hope to complete the Windows and Android versions in Q2 2018.

If you use macOS or iOS and have in the past purchased Noatikl, Mixtikl or Liptikl we do suggest you try Wotja/Wotja X, either now or later. You won't know what you're missing unless you try it, but if you are happy with the content, features and interfaces of your current apps then you are under no obligation to get Wotja - just carry on as you are (noting that there will be no further updates for those apps).

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

You might want to consider getting Wotja/Wotja X if::

  • You want to use any of its cool new features.
  • You want to continue to play your Noatikl / Mixtikl pieces or open Liptikl files if your OS version no longer supports the running of those 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/Wotja X do not interfere with Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7 or Liptikl 2 installations and should work just fine with pieces you have made in previous versions of Noatikl (mobile or desktop), with many mixes made with previous versions of Mixtikl (mobile or desktop) and files created with Liptikl 2 (presently only Wotja). As there are free versions of Wotja you can easily try it out with your Noatikl and Mixtikl pieces (see: How to copy Noatikl pieces and Mixtikl mixes into Wotja). 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).

Important: Noatikl 3 / Mixtikl 7 / Liptikl 1 for Windows have now been removed from sale. Their future is now to be found in Wotja.

Wotja is a new app and we sell it only via selected App Stores (Apple, Microsoft, Amazon). That means there is no easy or direct way for us to make it available as an upgrade (paid or free) to customers who purchased Noatikl, Mixtikl or Liptikl. However, fear not! We have continued with our Fullgrade model (see below) meaning if you have one of those apps all you need to do is to purchase the version of Wotja that you need for your device and you will know you are getting a good deal. And, Wotja can open your Noatikl, Mixtikl and Liptikl files.

For apps that we are continuing to develop, we do make "upgrades" available - and by "upgrade" we mean a new major version (i.e. Wotja V5 following on from Wotja V4).

However, upgrades are all paid for in one way or another, so we guess what you are probably asking is "how much do they cost?" and "how do I get them?". For some years now we have operated a Fullgrade Model; see below for info on that and for the differences between Updates and Upgrades etc.

Fullgrade Model

Rather than having a Full Price purchase for our Software (e.g. Wotja V4) followed by upgrades at a lower Upgrade Price (e.g. Wotja V5), we decided in 2012 to forgo the higher initial Full Price and simply sell major versions at the lower Upgrade Price - we call this hybrid approach a "Fullgrade" model. Even though we lose out on the initial "revenue blip" we did it because A) it cuts out complexity (for both you and us) and B) for new customers it also means our apps now cost less than they otherwise would have done.

If you want an "Upgrade" with its new features and content then just buy the newest non-subscription Annual Version and know you are getting a good deal. Alternatively, get the subscription version and keep an active In-App Subscription, which works out even less! See below for more info.

Free Updates

Updates: We provide free "updates" for all our apps whilst they remain available for sale (e.g. Wotja, Wotja/Wotja X 2018 during 2018, Noatikl 3 etc.).

Purchase Options

Initial Purchase: Since 2012 we have only had an "Upgrade Price" (see "Fullgrade" Model, above) whereas for most Software there is traditionally a "Full Price" first purchase followed by a lower cost "Upgrade Price" for each new Major Version.

Upgrades: "Major Version" increments of our apps, i.e. Upgrades, have always been new "paid for" apps (e.g. Noatikl 2 > Noatikl 3) and sold at Upgrade Prices (see "Fullgrade" Model, above). Once a new version of an app is released then the previous version is retired (removed from sale) and no further updates are made available for it. If you want further updates or new features, simply purchase the new version which is already at an Upgrade Price.

Subscriptions (Wotja X only): An active subscription in one of our subscription apps is like having a rolling upgrade program for it, which one of the reasons you may wish to consider In-App Subscriptions. See the Subscription FAQ.

Annual Releases (Wotja/Wotja X only): We make available 'paid-for' annual releases (e.g. Wotja 2017, Wotja/Wotja X 2018) with same capabilities and regular updates as the the subscription version and these are updated in tandem with the subscription versions (as available) up until the end of the relevant year; if you want *further updates* after this time you would need to purchase the *next* paid-for version. You may continue using this version for as long as you like (assuming, of course, it runs OK on any new OS you choose to install); if you want to save even more money then get the subscription version.

App Bundles: These are not part of our Fullgrade model, where prices are already at upgrade levels. We have in the past used them to give a discount for bulk purchase of multiple paid for apps. Now that we have consolidated to just one app, Wotja/Wotja X, we no longer have a need to offer App Bundles.

Do I need to get the new Major Version or Annual Release?

Well, that is up to you and will be down to whether or not you want or need any features/content in it. If you do not think the feature set for a particular Major Version or Annual Release is strong enough and you don't want or need it, you don't have to get it - you can skip it. There is no obligation for you to buy the new Major Version or Annual Release and, remember, if you have purchased a paid for app you can continue using it for as long as you like (assuming, of course, it runs OK on any new OS you choose to install). Doing things this way very much keeps us on our toes, and there is no fig leaf for us to hide behind.

P.S. Don't forget, if you purchase a paid for your app near the end of the previous Major Version or Annual Release cycle then it is still great value as, at an "upgrade price", you get the benefit of all the improvements that we packed in during that cycle (be they features, fixes or stability)!

What about OS and 3rd party library support?

Toolchains are always changing, and it can take a lot of time to modify, test and update software to support new versions of an OS or new 3rd party libraries (e.g. AudioBus etc.). That is why for each Major Version or Annual Release cycle we try hard to ensure our software works correctly with what is available at the time and whilst it is availabale.

As the years go by, though, older versions of our software may not work correctly with newer 3rd party services or a newer OS that you may choose to upgrade to (remember, it is entirely YOUR CHOICE to do that). That attrition is just the way the appverse works. It is a tough choice, but we simply do not have the bandwidth to continuously update old apps that may have cost a few dollars AND to keep our current apps moving forwards for customers who want new things.

Considering Leaving a Review?

We love our customers and our goal is to build for them very powerful, high quality generative tools. We are like master craftsmen with years of experience - but we exist in a very small, niche, market. We take on board and act on all feedback about the quality our apps - after all, we want to make them the best we can. We hope you enjoy our apps and that you will consider giving them nice reviews!

However, if you are thinking of leaving a negative review, perhaps because you are unhappy about pricing, or indeed anything else, then please first stand back, take a deep breath and reflect on the following before doing so:

Every negative review that is left impacts our sales and so adversely impacts on our ability to survive in our niche market. We know that you expect to be able to eat for the work you do, and we know that you are a nice person and you would want us to eat, too, for the work we do. For 2 guys like us to develop our complex apps (and update them) is a very, very time consuming activity. If we cannot (somehow) make enough money to keep it all going then our niche apps will simply wither and die. If you have any serious issues or pressing concerns then please get in touch with us directly, rather than airing those in a public review that is often hard to respond to. We thank you for your understanding! Tim and Pete

Remember: You can always get in touch with us directly.

'Wotja A' is a different app to 'Wotja X', meaning a 'Wotja A' In-App Subscription does not work in 'Wotja X' or vice versa.

Both apps can be installed at the same, however, and the installations will not interfere with each other.

That said, both apps share the same Wotja iCloud folder, meaning you can create content in one and then use it in the other, and vice versa.

In early April 2018 and at the same time as the release of Wotja X 5.3.1 the 6 month auto-renewing 'Unlocked' and 'XT' In-App Subscription tiers that were available to purchase in 'Wotja A' were removed from sale - this was part of our ongoing and managed process of gradual transition to 'Wotja X' (see Background Info below). However... we added NEW monthly auto-renewing In-App Subscription tiers instead, which you could subscribe to if you wished (these require a new subscription as they are new tiers).

Note: When an auto-renewing In-App Subscription is removed from sale it simply means that it can no longer be purchased and the pre-existing subscription will not auto-renew. An active 6 month 'Unlocked' or 'XT' In-App Subscription will therefore continue to work just as it does now until that subscription expires. At the time of subscription expiration should you wish to continue using Wotja without Free Mode Limitations then you can either subscribe to the new monthly auto-renewing 'Unlocked' tier in Wotja or Wotja X or purchase the paid for annual version (Wotja 2018 or Wotja X 2018).

Important Note: We have changed what In-App Subscriptions are used for and the upshot of this change means that over the course of a year a monthly 'Unlocked' subscription will now cost more than the annual version. In-App Subscriptions are now for the following main use cases (see also FAQ: What is an in-app subscription? How do they work? Are they easy to cancel? How do they stack up?):

  • For low cost trial/evalation and/or to save/export edits you may make whilst using the app for free and then decide you want to keep. If you no longer want to use the app then simply cancel your subscription any time up to 24 hours prior to renewal.
  • For occasional use i.e. where you wish to dip in and out at times during the year. If you no longer want to use the app then simply cancel your subscription any time up to 24 hours prior to renewal.
  • Where you prefer to make regular monthly payments instead of a one-off payment (they are also a way for fans to pay a little more for the app over time and you will know that if you continue to subscribe for more than a year we will get a little bit more in terms of revenue). If you no longer want to use the app then simply cancel your subscription any time up to 24 hours prior to renewal.
  • To provide a mechanism to extend the Music Play Time Timeout for Long Play use (see FAQ: "Long Play subscriptions - Who are these for?").
  • To allow us to spend more time working for our existing customers rather than spending that time in trying to find new ones.
  • To keep us on our toes as you can cancel at any time.

Background Info:
It is important to recap and Wotja and Wotja X have the same under-the-hood capabilities, but they are build on top of different UI frameworks. In the case of the existing (old) Wotja UI we use Apple native UIs, but for the (new) Wotja X UI we use a porting layer. We are gradually and inexorably moving over to the new UI as we move forward, allowing Wotja to be deployed to many platforms. Our overall goal is that by Jan 1st 2019 there will only be a new UI based interface. Part of the complexity of our transition to the new UI is **a practical issue** and that is that old UI Wotja used 6 month subscriptions. During any period of an app's active subscription we are committed to updating that app. Removing the 6 month subscription from sale means that come mid October we could choose to remove one of the free Wotja apps from the App Store (NOT Wotja 2018 or Wotja X 2018 of course; those will stay as we are committed to updating in during 2018). However, we have since decided to adopt a half-way house for those that want it, which is why we have now introduced a new and more flexible 1 month auto-renewing 'Unlocked' subscription.

In 'Wotja A' iOS/macOS 5.3.2+ the In App Store no longer shows the older 6 month subscription or their status, even if active. We are not quite sure why this is, but there is no need to panic!

You can see which of your Wotja subscriptions are still Active by going to the In App Store and tapping the Manage Subscriptions item in the Miscellaneous section. This takes you to the Subscriptions section in the iTunes Store (for iOS or macOS depending on which app version you are using). Active subscriptions are shown in the Active section, and Expired subscriptions shown in the Expired section. See also: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202039.

Even if you cannot tell in the Wotja In-App Store that a subscription is active (there is no status indicator) if you did still have an Active 6 month 'Unlocked' or 'XT' subscription, then Wotja can still function for you in 'Unlocked' mode.

You can quickly easily tell if the app is in fact working in 'Unlocked' mode:

  • From the Documents screen select and play an album.
  • If you have the Sleep Timer off then at the top the screen the Play Timer should show 7:59:XX or somesuch, indicating there are 7+ hours left of Music Play Time. If it shows 3 mins or less, then the Unlocked tier is not active - try preforming a Restore in the In App Store.

You can see which of your Wotja subscriptions are Active by going to the In App Store and tapping the Manage Subscriptions item in the Miscellaneous section. This takes you to the Subscriptions section in the iTunes Store (for iOS or macOS depending on which app version you are using). Active subscriptions are shown in the Active section, and Expired subscriptions shown in the Expired section. See also: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202039.

Tip: If your subscription does not show up here then it means your purchase was, for some reason, not processed by Apple or you never completed your purchase in the first place.

Even if you cannot tell in the Wotja In-App Store that a subscription is active (there is no status indicator; this can sometimes happen) if you did still have an Active 1 month 'Unlocked' subscription, then Wotja can still function for you in 'Unlocked' mode.

You can quickly easily tell if the app is in fact working in 'Unlocked' mode:

  • From the Documents screen select and play an album.
  • If you have the Sleep Timer off then at the top the screen the Play Timer should show 7:59:XX or somesuch, indicating there are 7+ hours left of Music Play Time. If it shows 3 mins or less, then the Unlocked tier is not active - try preforming a Restore in the In App Store.

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

To get to your iTunes subscription page, either click the link shown in the above Apple page or follow the instructions below. Note that in both cases you must be signed into your iTunes account.

  • Go to the in-app 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 currently have in place for Wotja, as well as being able to see expired subscriptions.

It is very easy to cancel your subscription and you can do so at any time up to 24 hrs before it renews. You may even decide to cancel it just after you purchased it - that is your choice - so that it won't automatically renew.

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

To get to your iTunes subscription page, either click the link shown in the above Apple page or follow the instructions below. Note that in both cases you must be signed into your iTunes account.

  • Go to the in-app 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(s) you currently have in place for Wotja, as well as being able to see expired subscriptions.
  • For the subscription you wish to cancel then, if shown, press the "Cancel Subscription" button.
    • Note: If not shown, it means this tier is no longer available for sale and your subscription will automatically end once your present subscription period is up.
  • Press the "Confirm" button in the pop up.
  • Your In-App Subscription will no longer auto-renew.
  • At the end of the subscription period the app will simply revert to operating in 'Free Mode'.

Once you have cancelled your in-app subscription, all that happens is that at the end of the subscription period the app will revert to operating in 'Free Mode', i.e. the feature set and capabilities you can use for free. If or when you decide you would like to start a new subscription you can do so at any time.

Important: Provided you have Wotja installed on your device and are using Wotja with iCloud then if your subscription lapses you will always have access to and be able to open/play in 'Free Mode' any previously created Wotja files. If you are using Wotja with iCloud and have to reinstall Wotja then you are still fine as your Wotja files should still be safe in iCloud. However, if you were not using iCloud and deleted the relevant Wotja A/Wotja X app without first backing up your files somewhere then you will have lost those files.

In the Wotja subscription version there are two independent subscription Groups: 'Features' and 'Long Play'. This means subscriptions in one Group are independent of those in another Group. The Groups are independent because each one fulfils a different purpose.

Being independent also means that each Group's subscriptions show up as a separate subscription (Apple provides detailed information on managing subscriptions; please refer to : https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202039).

'Features':

  • The 'Unlocked' subscription is monthly auto-renewing and unlocks the 'Free Mode' Limitations.
  • It lets you get access to all the features as well as the default Music Play Time Timeout of 8 hours.

'Long Play':

  • Each Long Play subscription is monthly auto-renewing and ALL IT DOES is disable the Music Play Time Timeout.
  • It is primarly there for those who want to generate live music for > 8 hours (e.g. for installations). You can also get one of these if all you want to use Wotja X for is to create auto albums and play them for a long time, and you do not to wish to do 'deep editing' (this will become clearer as we add editors).
    • Our thinking here is that artists wanting to use Wotja X for installations are probably only going to need to have an active subscription for a month at a time; this route makes it cheaper for them to use, and they can dip in and out only when they really need it.
    • Clearly anybody wanting to play Wotja X in an installation for several hours or days would need to have their device plugged-in to a charger!

For all supported platforms we now sell a paid-for non-subscription 'annual' version. We often refer to this simply as just the 'annual' version.

Some people may also refer to this as a 'perpetual' version in that the software is paid for only once. However, much software refered to as being a 'perpetual' version ALSO has an option for annual paid updates and maintenance - and we do not offer that. We therefore deliberately choose to use the term 'annual' to make it totally clear that updates are made available ONLY during year in question.

Annual version

Important: The 'annual' version is a paid-for app with no *auto-renewing* In-App Subscriptions. It has the same capabilities as the corresponding subscription version (as available) with an active 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription. It may include an In-App Store for optional one-off In-App Purchases. It is referred to as an 'annual' version as it is updated in tandem with the corresponding subscription version (as available) during the stated year only (i.e. 'Wotja 2018' or 'Wotja X 2018' are updated only in 2018). At the end of that year no further updates will be made available for it and it will also be removed from sale (unless for a specific reason). It will likely continue to work fine if you subsequently update the operating system on your device but if you want cool new features, content and capabilities as the app evolves, or if you require further updates perhaps because of an operating system or 3rd party component update, then simply purchase a later annual version (e.g. 'Wotja 2019' or 'Wotja X 2019'). Alternatively, get the subscription version (as available) and purchase the 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription tier and/or, where you require 'Long Play' music (i.e. > 8 hours), one of its 'Long Play' tiers (as available). See FAQ on subscriptions and their benefits.

Auto-renewing In-App Subscription vs In-App Purchase

An 'auto-renewing In-App Subscription' is a subscription that auto-renews after a period of time (e.g. week, month etc.), meaning you are charged again at the beginning of each such period. They are convenient because, for something you love and use regularly, you do not need to make a new purchase each time the subscription ends. They are very easy to cancel.

An 'In-App Purchase' is completely different. These are purchased ONCE and do NOT auto-renew like a subscription.

Tip: The paid-for 'Annual' version always has the year in the name, e.g. 2018.

Subscription version (as available)

If you are the kind of person that is always likely to have a device that can run the latest OS version and you are likely to keep it updated with the latest version -1 (e.g. iOS 10 when the current version is iOS 11) then a subscription version has many advantages. If you are an occasional user who likes to dip into things every now and then it can even save you money. Remember that the subscription version also has a powerful 'Free Mode' that can always be used for free. For the benefits of subscription see the FAQ on subscriptions and their benefits.

Annual version

If you cannot periodically afford to update your device or cannot or don't want to update your OS, or if you simply do not like subscriptions at all, or if you expect to regularly use Wotja X over a period of time then you may be better off looking to get the paid-for 'annual' version. When you purchase it you know it will run on your device (we call this our annual version because it is only updated during that year - whether you buy the next annual version it is up to you). Over the course of a year the annual version will cost less than a year of subscriptions. Another reason to consider an annual version is if you need to know you have a full authoring version you can use if we ever go out of business and our apps are therefore removed from sale (the best way to ensure that never happens, however, is if enough customers continue to make some kind of purchase!).

See also: FAQ: Is there a paid-for 'Annual' version of Wotja X? Is it a 'Perpetual' version?

Wotja is a powerful and unique app. We have tried our hardest to provide many free or low cost routes to review.

Here are your review options:

  • 'Free Mode':
    • There are free versions of Wotja for all platforms. That means you don't have to pay to try it or use it. By default they all work in a 'Free Mode' of operation.
    • Yes, 'Free Mode' has a few limitations, but that is why it is FREE.
    • The vast majority of people wishing to try out Wotja before deciding whether or not to purchase will find 'Free Mode' just fine for that.
    • If you are simply looking for a quick way to either listen to what others have done or to generate your own 3 minute ideas (recording them via e.g. Inter-App Audio), then 'Free Mode' may in fact be all you need (hopefully you might change your mind later)!
  • Low cost In-App Subscription:
    • 'Unlocked': For those who want unlock the 'Free Mode' Limitations an EASY TO CANCEL 'Unlocked' auto-renewing monthly In-App Subscription to Wotja (where available) is available. This presently costs only $2 a month [iOS] / $4 a month [macOS] and provides a means to dip in and out when you want (just cancel the subcription as soon as you take it out and it won't then auto renew!). On lapse of the 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription Wotja simply reverts to operating in 'Free Mode' - it's as simple as that!
    • 'Long Play': If you need to play music continuously for more than 8 hours, or simply wish to create and play automatic albums without a Music Play Time Timeout, then get a Wotja X 'Long Play' monthly auto-renewing In-App Subscription. These start at only $1.99 per week for Personal Use.
    • Cancellation: You can ensure that an auto-renewing subscription never renews by cancelling the subscription right after purchasing it meaning it is easy to dip in and out of and is perfect for a low cost trial. See our FAQ on subscriptions and their benefits.

Your only other option is:

  • Paid-for Annual version: If you really hate subscriptions, even though it is easy to cancel them and you can save with them, then your final option is just to buy, where available, the 'annual' version of Wotja (in 2018 that is called 'Wotja X 2018' or 'Wotja 2018').

If none of the above are for you then you probably should be looking to find an alternative to Wotja. ☹

We adopted a subscription model for Wotja for a number of important reasons. If you don't like subscriptions or their benefits (see below) then check out Wotja X 2018, the paid-for 'annual' version with the same capabilities as the subscription version with an active 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription (as available).

What is an auto-renewing In-App Subscription?

An 'auto-renewing In-App Subscription' is a subscription that auto-renews after a period of time (e.g. week, month etc.), meaning you are charged again at the beginning of each such period. They are convenient because, for something you love and use regularly, you do not need to make a new purchase each time the subscription ends. They are very easy to cancel.

An 'In-App Purchase' is completely different. These are purchased ONCE and do NOT auto-renew like a subscription.

What are the benefits?

If you are the kind of person that is always likely to have a device that can run the latest version of OS, and you do like to keep it updated with the latest version, then monthly auto-renewing In-App Subscriptions are good for many reasons - and they are easy to cancel at any time. They are not the bad thing some people might claim or fear they are, especially when used by a bone-fide developer (like us) 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 (some for you, some for us), and why we now use them in Wotja, are as follows:

  • For low cost trial/evalation and/or to save/export edits you may make whilst using the app for free and then decide you want to keep. If you no longer want to use the app then simply cancel your subscription any time up to 24 hours prior to renewal.
  • For occasional use i.e. where you wish to dip in and out at times during the year. If you no longer want to use the app then simply cancel your subscription any time up to 24 hours prior to renewal.
  • Where you prefer to make regular monthly payments instead of a one-off payment (they are also a way for fans to pay a little more for the app over time and you will know that if you continue to subscribe for more than a year we will get a little bit more in terms of revenue). If you no longer want to use the app then simply cancel your subscription any time up to 24 hours prior to renewal.
  • To provide a mechanism to extend the Music Play Time Timeout for Long Play use (see FAQ: "Long Play subscriptions - Who are these for?").
  • To allow us to spend more time working for our existing customers rather than spending that time in trying to find new ones.
  • To keep us on our toes as you can cancel at any time.
  • They can also act as a kind of tip jar for superfans: an 'Unlocked' subscription works out a little bit more over the year than an Annual version so if you are a 'super fan' who gets a lot from Wotja and really love what we are doing but wished there was a way to help support our efforts by somehow giving just a little extra (we are in a small niche remember), then this is it.

NB: You may instead wish to purchase the paid-for 'annual' version (as available). Over the course of a year the annual version will cost less than a year of subscriptions.

How do I check/view my In-App Subscriptions?

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

To get to your iTunes subscription page, either click the link shown in the above Apple page or follow the instructions below. Note that in both cases you must be signed into your iTunes account.

  • Go to the in-app 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 currently have in place for Wotja, as well as being able to see expired subscriptions.

How do I cancel my In-App Subscription?

It is very easy to cancel your subscription and you can do so at any time up to 24 hrs before it renews. You may even decide to cancel it just after you purchased it - that is your choice - so that it won't automatically renew.

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

To get to your iTunes subscription page, either click the link shown in the above Apple page or follow the instructions below. Note that in both cases you must be signed into your iTunes account.

  • Go to the in-app 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(s) you currently have in place for Wotja, as well as being able to see expired subscriptions.
  • For the subscription you wish to cancel then, if shown, press the "Cancel Subscription" button.
    • Note: If not shown, it means this tier is no longer available for sale and your subscription will automatically end once your present subscription period is up.
  • Press the "Confirm" button in the pop up.
  • Your In-App Subscription will no longer auto-renew.
  • At the end of the subscription period the app will simply revert to operating in 'Free Mode'.

Once you have cancelled your in-app subscription, all that happens is that at the end of the subscription period the app will revert to operating in 'Free Mode', i.e. the feature set and capabilities you can use for free. If or when you decide you would like to start a new subscription you can do so at any time.

Important: Provided you have Wotja installed on your device and are using Wotja with iCloud then if your subscription lapses you will always have access to and be able to open/play in 'Free Mode' any previously created Wotja files. If you are using Wotja with iCloud and have to reinstall Wotja then you are still fine as your Wotja files should still be safe in iCloud. However, if you were not using iCloud and deleted the relevant Wotja A/Wotja X app without first backing up your files somewhere then you will have lost those files.

How are the subscription prices decided?

It is up to the developer to set the prices for the subscription options they decide to make available (both subject to change) and they will balance many factors - it is ultimately a cost/return equation.

Getting that balance right is an art, not a science. Because of that we may need to adjust our In-App Subscriptions and prices over time.

How does In-App Subscription pricing stack up?

Prices for our apps have fluctuated over the years, but you may in the past have purchased a non-subscription 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, no longer available to purchase). Had you done that it would have cost you around $34 USD (or equivalent in iTunes pricing). If you had got some of those via one of the latest bundles we did (which offered 15% discount on bundle purchases of paid apps) then it could have cost you around $29 USD.

A 1 month 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription for Wotja (the successor to Noatikl, Mixtikl, Liptikl and Tiklbox) is currently just $1.99 USD [iOS] and $3.99 USD [macOS] - making it easy to dip in and out of as you wish.

If you decide not to continue with your In-App Subscription then the limitations in 'Free Mode' are re-instated.

If you just don't like the In-App Subscriptions?

That's OK; get the annual version (where available) instead!

We hope the above info helps

We want you to be clear as to what subscriptions are and why and how we use them in '/'. If you purchase a subscription 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!

Yes, you can do this and Apple will take into account (pro-rate) the time left on your existing tier. They refer to this as a subscription 'Upgrade'. The wording they use to describe how it works is in the Subscription Properties section of this developer documentation. We refer to that as Apple (not us) handles how this happens:

"Upgrade: When a customer switches from a subscription in a lower level to a subscription in a higher level. The customer’s prorated amount from the prior in-app purchase is refunded to the original payment method. The new in-app purchase is charged and goes into effect immediately at the full price, which changes the customer’s renewal date to the upgrade date."

This means you can start out with a Long Play 'Personal' tier In-App Subscription and then move at any time to a higher tier e.g. 'Biz 1'. The value of any outstanding days on your previous tier is pro-rated and that value is used to offset the initial purchase price of your new In-App Subscription (we believe Apple does this way rather than issue a refund). Your subscription period is then reset to start from the date that you purchase that higher tier.

The 'Long Play' In-App Subscriptions are for specialist use cases where you might have a need for very long continuous music play times, e.g. live background music for 'installations'. They can also be used as a form of Tip Jar (see Specialist Use Cases below).

Music Play Time Timeout

The "Music Play Time Timeout" in the Wotja 'Unlocked' subscription version is by default 8 hours (it is also 8 hours in the paid annual version). This value sets the maximum time a Wotja mix or album can continuously generate music. When it is reached the mix or album will stop playing and a simple manual restart can start it playing again.

Wotja has a Music Play Time Timeout of 8 hour for two main reasons:

  1. Primary Use: As a 'music generator' Wotja is primarily a creativity & authoring tool. An 8 hour Music Play Time is plenty for both authoring mixes and for general relaxation. It is therefore highly probable you will never even notice the timeout. Besides, when authoring a mix every restart of a mix resets the Music Play Time counter.
    • Tip: If you really do need longer and do not want to purchase a Wotja X 'Long Play' subscription then your alternative is to make up to 8 hour recordings and play them in a play list (i.e. add the recordings to your iTunes Library).
  2. Price: For those without a need for the extra long play times required in specialist use cases, i.e. the majority of users, it allows us to keep the price of Wotja as low as possible.

Specialist Use Cases

Installations - Long play live background music: Those with a need for a longer Music Play Time than 8 hours e.g. to playlist continuously generated live background music for art installations, long recordings, a small shop etc. should refer to the Wotja X 'Long Play' tier options. Important: When using Wotja X for long play times you will of course need to ensure your device or computer remains powered during that time :).

Tip Jar for Superfans: If you are a 'super fan' who gets a lot from Wotja and really love what we are doing but wished there was a way to help support our efforts by somehow giving a little extra (we are in a small niche remember), then this is it: you can view the tiers as a kind of 'tip jar'. Even if you did not need the extra Music Play Time, you could just get one of the Long Play tiers. :). We especially thank any super fan who decides to do this, but we of course love *all* our customers.

This message may very rarely occur. We believe it only happens for the Wotja macOS subscription version and only then if a subscription does not seem to be applied after purchase. We are really not sure at the moment what might be the root cause it.

You might find the following will fix it:

  • Delete the Wotja app from your Mac via the Launchpad app. (NB: Deleting this way is sometimes more effective than merely dragging it to the Trash or Cmd + Backspace etc.) In Launchpad, click and hold on the app icon, then click the black 'X' icon that appears.
  • Log out of the Mac App Store (from the menu bar, choose Store > Sign Out).
  • Reboot your Mac.
  • Log back in to the App Store (Store > Sign In), then switch to the Purchases tab and click the Install button next to the Wotja app to reinstall it.

If you do manage to find a solution that cures this for you (including if the above works), then please let us know! Alternatively, try contacting Apple.

We try very hard to ensure Wotja is stable and does not crash, and we carry out a lot of testing. Wotja is a very deep app, with a huge number of possible workflows, so it is possible we missed something. Sorry!

We normally receive crash reports and they are uploaded when Wotja next restarts. So, if it has crashed and you have restarted Wotja we should get to know - rest assured we will be on it!

That said, if you are getting a crash that is hard to pin down then could we suggest trying a clean re-install:

  • Back-up your device with iTunes
    • If you have iCloud enabled, and are using it for Wotja, then your files should be safely stored there. If not (and even if you do, just to be on the safe side!), before you delete/reinstall Wotja below we strongly suggest backing up your Wotja mixes/files via iTunes App File Transfer. See our FAQs: Backing Up, File Management and Apple's own help on backing up.
  • Delete Wotja X from your device
  • Re-install Wotja X to the device, restore IAP (if the subscription version is what you are using)
  • Restart Wotja X, connect to iCloud
  • Your documents will re-sync, should all be fine
  • Try again!

If Wotja X is still crashing and there is any particular work flow that is causing the crashes/issues, could you please get in touch with us via our Contact Form and provide the following information:

  • Which version of Wotja X you have installed (you can see this in Settings > Info, e.g. 5.x.x)
  • Which Wotja X app variant (subscription or paid version)
  • What version of OS you have installed
  • How much free memory is available on your device
  • Which device/device version you are running Wotja X on?
  • Step by step instructions as to how to reproduce the crash

Thanks for your help, and patience and we look forward to getting to the bottom of this as soon as possible!

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.

In general you own the rights to recordings you make and can use them commercially provided that you comply with the terms in our End User Licence Agreement (EULA) AND you observe the following (refer also to the Important Notes section at the end):

  • Use only purely generative templates (i.e. those using Rhythmic, Ambient or Repeat Voicetypes to generate notes, or which are followed by Follows voices) from either the included Intermorphic Generative Paks (modified or not by you) or generative content that you have created yourself from scratch from an IME Voicetype template.
  • If you do choose to use templates that utilise B type IME (NME) Patterns then:
    • You MUST change those patterns (see Important Notes, below) and it is your responsibility to ensure that the patterns you use do not infringe the rights of any 3rd parties (e.g. ensure you do not use melodies owned by others).
  • If you do choose to use a Text-to-Music (TTM) template and/or there is text in the TTM Text Editor field and the TTM "Enabled" parameter is set to on, then:
    • Be aware that the text you enter generates a B type melodic pattern (i.e. the seed pattern - see Important Notes, below). If you feel the melody has been created essentially at random (i.e. you have not tried in any way to reverse engineer the TTM algorithm or channel its results) then you may feel that melody has been generated at random and so has not been "copied". However, it is still your responsibility to ensure that the generated melody does not infringe the rights of any 3rd parties (e.g. ensure you do not use melodies owned by others).
  • In your mix you use only content that you own the rights to (e.g. your own WAVs, SF2, MIDI files and/or Noatikl / Mixtikl / Wotja files and/or ISE (PSE) Sounds Designs) or you have secured permission to use for your purposes.
  • With respect to recordings you make where you are using Wotja MIDI Output to drive 3rd party synth(s) ensure that that you have the necessary rights to record those synths.
  • With respect to recordings made of mixes using or featuring content from the FREE Paks (i.e. AL Collections 1-3, Morphing Drum + Bass which include content we licence from a 3rd party), then you will also need to comply with the Intermorphic Pak EULA and pay particular attention to the clause in relevant licence for those Paks:
    • "You may mix together content from the Pak, modify Template parameter settings, and combine content from the Pak with other content over which you have the requisite rights, in order to create your own Noatikl, Mixtikl, Wotja or Partikl files (variously "Files"), IM Software Music URLs (variously "Music URLs") and audio or MIDI mix recordings (variously "New Content"). You are free to distribute the New Content provided (i) the New Content constitutes an original work (ii) you have the necessary distribution rights in any third party content (iii) any Music URLs you self-publish or distribute in any way comply with the Intermorphic Website Terms of Service (http://intermorphic.com/tos) and (iv) individual sound samples are not used in isolation." and "You may not use content from the Pak to create music libraries for distribution to third parties and you may not modify any included 3rd party sound samples."

      With respect to the Paks above, if you are wanting to create music libraries of any kind, then you would not be licenced to do that. Similarly, if any of the sound samples are used in isolation (i.e. not mixed against another sample playing at the same time), then you would not be licenced to do that.

      If you also include other content in your mix then you will only own the recordings if you definitely have the necessary rights and comply with any licencing terms for that additional content.

  • For use of content in the included Intermorphic Paks refer to the Intermorphic Pak EULA.
  • In all recordings you must ensure you comply with the terms for use of the IM Wavetable(s) (See Intermorphic EULA, noting clause 5 concerning "Intermorphic Wavetable" which applies to all included Intermorphic SF2/DLS wavetables).
  • When you make the audio or MIDI recording(s) that you want to use Commercially make sure you have (as relevant) an active subscription or have purchased a valid licence to use the app as full product (e.g. including In-App purchase in an older Freemium version).
  • Please be aware that Educational versions may not be used for commercial or business purposes.

Important Notes:

  • Please note that we cannot give any legal interpretations of our End User Licence Agreement (EULA) or of Intellectual Property law pertaining e.g. to copyright (*we are not lawyers*). At the end of the day, be sensible: respect the rights of 3rd parties, comply with their licence terms and use a validly licenced version to make the recordings. If you do feel you need an interpretation you will need to ask a lawyer!
  • Content of a purely generative nature is created randomly - but remember, B type IME (NME) Patterns are NOT generative (and many of the included templates use B type Patterns). In something you want to record, then for the contents of every Content Cell in your mix/piece check EVERRY voice and for those that use a B type Pattern modify the Pattern so that it does not use a B type or to use your own pattern.
    • There are different types of Patterns. B type patterns contain information on both pitch and duration whereas R type patterns define only note durations leaving the engine choose the note pitches at random (these can also be used for beat patterns, too).
    • If you have to use B type patterns then you MUST use your own patterns and it is up to you to ensure they do not infringe someone's melody. Even though you can apply a mutation factor to a B type pattern it always starts with the pattern and we do NOT recommend relying on this technique. For those reasons we instead recommend using R type patterns. Alternatively, change the voice type to be a generative voice type such as Rhythmic or Ambient (this will also change how the music is composed, however).
    • Tip: There are other generative strategies such as using a Following Voice to follow a Pattern voice. The Following voice MUST use a Chordal Harmony rule with associated Scale rule with a few elements. Set the volume of the Pattern voice to zero and all you should then hear is the Following voice, which might be OK for an audio recording. Note that MIDI recordings will still capture the Pattern voice, however.
  • Remember that melody patterns generated by TTM [Text to Music] are also IME (NME) Patterns (as above). Although TTM generated melodies are created from text (characters) that you enter, a specific sequence of characters will in general result in the same melody as it is built up one note at a time from that sequence of characters. If you do not know how the TTM algorithm works then when you enter text the melody that is generated may seem to you to be generated at random. However, if you did know and used that knowledge to "channel it" then the melody would not be generated random. So, be careful and see the next paragraph.
  • Even generatively created content has the potential to end up as a tune that a 3rd party might claim ownership of - so always be careful. Remember, we make creativity tools.
  • If another party's IP is included in your recording (e.g. WAV, SF2, MIDI files etc.) then, as they own that content, you have to comply with their licences terms for the use of that content. If you use someone else's Noatikl / Mixtikl / Wotja files or ISE (PSE) Sound Designs then you should seek from them the necessary permissions or licences. In any event, if you use 3rd party content in your recordings then you will only own the recordings if you definitely have the necessary rights and comply with any licencing terms for that additional content.

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

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

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

We do not sell a paid for version of Wotja for Android in the Google Play store for two main reasons:

  1. Google does not automatically set and everywhere collect all sales taxes and then remit them to the relevant authorities on behalf of the developer. Amazon does this which is why we only sell Wotja X 2018 AZ in the Amazon Appstore. We instead make available on Google Play a free version of Wotja called Wotja X GP.
    • For apps sold on Google Play (outside of Europe) the developer has to undertake all of that financial heavy lifting themselves (i.e. setting tax rates, collecting and remitting). We are not tax specialists or accountants and the costs of securing tax advice (even just to sell in major countries) together with the admin burden of making remittances and storing information for 10 years (yes, in Europe you have to commit to do that for every single sale of digital goods) etc. simply does not make sense for us at the moment for what is a niche $15 app - it would cost us way more to do than we would ever get back in terms of app sales. One day Google might offer the same approach as Amazon, but until then we just do not have the resources to sell apps on Google Play - sorry.
  2. Google provides developers with customer information in the form of sales reports rather than just a revenue share payout like Amazon.
    • Whilst receiving such customer information is in itself is no bad thing (know your customer!), in the new world of GDPR it generates another area of risk for a developer.

See the Install Amazon Appstore for Android.

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

Once you have the Amazon App Store installed, just purchase Wotja X 2018 AZ from the store. Once downloaded and installed you then just load Wotja X from its icon, like any other installed Android app (you do not have to first load the Amazon Appstore).

This is what you do:

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

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

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.

If you are getting performance issues then it is highly likely it is because the processor in your device is simply trying to do more that it can handle. In the majority of cases it most likely one of 2 things:

  • Your mix is simultaneously playing too many templates or the templates are too complex (the mix is too complex overall, therefore)
      See 2, 3 below
  • Your mix is using too many FX (Cell, Track or Global)
    • It is not currently possible to change these in Wotja X, so instead reduce the number of templates you are using (see above)

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 OS version: Ensure your device is using the latest OS update available for it.
  • Power cycle your device: This just ensures there is nothing running you don't expect to be running. Tip: Even if no other app is running, this can sometimes solve problems that seem to have no obvious cause.
  • Other running apps: Although OS are good at managing app usage these days, it might well be worth closing all other running apps.
  • Inter-App Audio / Audiobus (if relevant): 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 (as relevant): 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 X backgrounded (mobile): There are less processor cycles available to the app when backgrounded.
  • Cable connection to computer (mobile): 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. Airplay/BlueTooth/Chromecast/Media Streaming: All these use processing power to stream the audio, so if you are having performance issues please first ensure they are off.
  2. 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.
    • Templates: Either use fewer templates/tracks in a piece (for Automatic albums see Settings > Random and in the General/Mix section set Tracks to 1 or 2) so there is less sound to generate .
  3. 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 those in (they are in the IM1 and IM2 Paks).
  4. 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 desktop/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.

Wotja now supports saving to videos (both 'Wotja A' and 'Wotja X' versions; iOS/macOS only) because they are easy to share on virtually every social media platform.

It is very easy to create a video recording using Wotja. The following assumes you have already created and saved a mix file you want to record and share. NB: We recommend using iCloud.

Creating the Video

  • Create: Open your mix, go to the Mixdown & Recordings screen and select the Video segment; press the bottom Record button (Mix Mode > Action > Mixdown & Recordings > Video segment > Record button).
    • Tip: You can use the 'Record Bars' slide to set the number of bars you want to record for. The slider text will also indicate how long your recording will be.
    • Tip: If you want to share your Cut-Up, too, first export it to the Clipboard from the Cut-up screen.

Saving the Video

  • Saving: The video recording that is made is either saved to to the Wotja iCloud folder (if you are using iCloud, recommended) or to the local file system on your device (on iOS this is in the Wotja app sandbox folder. See 'iOS: iCloud NOT used' below). NB: It can also be transferred off the device using iTunes App File Sharing.

Sharing the Video

  • Tip: Don't forget to paste in your Cut-up text from clipboard!
  • iOS, iCloud - general case: Simply load the Files app, find your recording in the Wotja iCloud folder, tap it to select it, tap the bottom Action button and in the pop up Action sheet select the app you want to share it with (e.g. Facebook, Messages, Instagram, Mail, WhatsApp, Messenger etc). Twitter is a special case, see below.
  • macOS, iCloud - general case: Tap the recording's cog icon and select "Show in Finder". Share the recording as you would normally share any recording on Mac.
  • iOS, iCloud - Twitter app: The Twitter app is a bit special as it can only see files in the Camera Roll. To get your video into that: Go the the Files app; Locate your video in the Wotja folder (which is synched with the Wotja iCloud folder if you are using iCloud); Select the video and tap the bottom Action button; Select "Save Video" (this saves it to the Camera Roll folder). Start a new tweet then add the video (you will see it in your Camera Roll below the tweet).
  • iOS, iCloud NOT used: When you don't use iCloud, video recordings are saved to the Wotja "sandbox". To share your video recording you first need to copy it from there to the Files app from where it can be shared. Tap the recording's Cog Icon, select "Open With" and in the pop-up Action sheet select "Save to Files" which copies it to a Wotja folder that can be accessed by the Files app.

In the Documents screen, tap on the Document/File name and from the pop up select "Delete". Once it has deleted you might need to press the top Action button and select "Refresh" (this refreshes the screen).

  • We have found that loopMIDI is an easy to use virtual loopback MIDI cable. If you cannot seem to get MIDI Out working with your laptop Windows MIDI drivers, then give this a try!
  • Once you have installed it you may well need to restart Wotja and/or your DAW. Then, in Wotja > Settings > Mix tab select MIDI Out > Devices and ensure that loopMIDI is selected.
  • If you need a Network MIDI driver for Windows you might also wish to check out rptMIDI.

Intermorphic apps that support Apple iCloud / iCloud Drive:

  • Wotja 4+ (iOS), Wotja 4+ (macOS), Wotja X (iOS/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/Mixtikl/
  • ~/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?

Tip: Even if you have Wotja / Wotja X for iOS or Wotja 2017+ for iOS installed on your device, to see the Wotja iCloud folder on Mac, we strongly suggest installing either Wotja / Wotja X for macOS or Wotja 2017+ for macOS.

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.
  • There should be *no reason at all* that you need to delete the Wotja iCloud folder and we strongly recommend that you DO NOT delete it. By all means delete any files in that folder, but just not the folder. The folder itself will take up no storage space.

    If, however, you do delete that folder then what you can do to get it back again is as follows:

    Go to Settings > iCloud and find the iCloud Drive toggle. Turn it off, then turn it on again. Then, return to Wotja X and create a new file and the Wotja iCloud folder will be created and the file added to it (you must of course be using iCloud in Wotja X as follows, 1) Settings > iCloud > Wotja X toggled on and 2) Settings > Wotja X > Use iCloud toggled on).

    Apple’s page on this is here: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207689

    They say "When you turn off an iCloud feature on a device, information stored only in iCloud for that feature is no longer available on the device."

    You can use your own generative Noatikl files (.noatikl) [created in Wotja, Noatikl or Mixtikl] as templates in Wotja X and these can also be used for mix randomisation. It can all be done on an iOS device, too.

    You can either use them ad hoq (i.e. if you just have a few) or have them appear as a Pak if you would prefer that. Both are noted below. Those zipped as Paks show up in the Settings > Random > Templates for Randomisation screen.

    You will need to be using iCloud, and have a Wotja iCloud Drive folder, or be using the Intermorphic Folder (e.g. Windows/Android) for your files.

    A) How to use your own Templates 'ad hoq'

    Wotja will display any Noatikl files that are in the Wotja iCloud / Intermorphic folder in the 'Saved Files' Pak, shown at the top left in the Templates screen. You can either copy existing Noatikl files there, or you can export a Noatikl file from a Content Cell (Mix Mode > Toolbox > Export to File). See also this FAQ.

    B) How to use your own Templates in a zip

    • Create a number of generative templates (each is a .noatikl file exported from a content cell - Mix Mode > Toolbox icon > Export as File.)
    • Get an iOS app that allows you, on device, to create a zip file and copy it into Wotja X. NB: For below we used the free "iZip - Zip Unzip Unrar Tool" from in the App Store.
    • In this app what you do is:
      • Go to Document Browser option which accesses iCloud Drive, and the find the Wotja folder.
      • Select one of the template files above that you have created; this is then copied across to the app (only one at a time unfortunately).
      • Once you have copied all the templates you want into the app then go to the app's "Files" option and you will see an import folder (you can remove what you don't want in here).
      • Then select the bottom "Zip" option and give your zip a name (e.g. testpak.zip).
      • Select the created zip (e.g. testpak.zip) and then the bottom "Share" option and select "Copy to Wotja X" from the pop up action sheet.
      • If you go into the Settings > Random > Templates for Randomisation screen you will see this pak at the bottom and you can toggle it/its content items as you want.
    • Use the templates in Wotja X (you may/may not need to restart it for the pak to be picked up)!

    C) How to configure templates to be used as TTM templates (text to music)

    One of the benefits of using TTM type templates is that they make it really ease to create new seed melodies. There are a lot of Randomisation options related to how you want those to work, too, and those parameters reward experimentation. See: TTM Voice Type.

    Also, when creating random mixes, there are some specialist settings that apply to them, too. See: Settings > Random and in the General/Mix section refer to the TTM Cells/Column and TTM Words settings.

    Remember that TTM templates are full fat .noatikl files set up just to make melodies so they can use any sounds/fx etc. you want, and use Following Voices, Chording etc. - you can make them as complex as you want!

    For any .noatikl file template you want to be used as TTM template then first of all ensure the following:

  • Voice Basics:
    • Set Voice Type to Pattern
  • Text to Music:
    • Set Text to something other than empty
    • Set Enabled? to on.
    • Set whatever you want for the other properties
  • Then, either:

    • Preface them with TTM (must be capitals, e.g.TTM-fred.noatikl) or;
    • Use TTM in the zip pak name if all templates in it are to be treated as TTM templates (e.g. TTM-mypak.zip)

    When you copy this zip into Wotja, as above, they will be treated as TTM templates. One fun extra thing there is that every time a TTM template is randomly added to a mix the text in the TTM field will be randomised, too, meaning a new seed melody each time.

    Yes, but...

    Wotja X only supports use of audio files in properly formatted Paks of templates. This allows such loops to be pitch-shifted/time stretched when added to a mix, in accordance with mix root and tempo. Note that audio Paks do not appear in the Settings > Random > Templates for Randomisation screen as they are not supported content for use in randomisation.

    However, there is a workaround that is not officially supported and may be prone to crashes etc. but it may work fine for you. It involves simply zipping up your audio files and then placing that zip where Wotja can find it (we strongly recommend using the iCloud folder - see this FAQ entry).

    It is also a workflow that can be done entirely on mobile device if required, in which case you will need to be using iCloud and have a Wotja iCloud Drive folder and your audio files will need to be located in some iCloud folder so they can be located to be zipped.

    The instructions below are specific to iOS, but are similar if using a desktop computer.

    Creating a zip file on device:

    • Get an iOS app that allows you, on device, to create a zip file. NB: For below we used the free "iZip - Zip Unzip Unrar Tool" from in the App Store.
    • In this app what you do is:
      • Go to Document Browser option which accesses iCloud Drive, and the find the folder that contains your audio files.
      • Select one files above; this is then copied across to the app (only one at a time unfortunately).
      • Once you have copied all the audio files you want into the app then go to the app's "Files" option and you will see an import folder (you can remove what you don't want in here).
      • Then select the bottom "Zip" option and give your zip a name (e.g. mywavs.zip).
      • Select the created zip (e.g. mywavs.zip) and then the bottom "Share" option and select "Copy to Wotja X" from the pop up action sheet.
    • You may or may not need to restart Wotja X for the zip to be picked up; as audio files are large you might need to wait a while before iCloud syncs it in any event!

    More on zip files, what they can contain, and limitations

    Zip Files: .zip (the zip file can include media such as .sf2, .wav, .ogg or .midi files)
    • Wotja can access Zip Files only from its iCloud folder (recommmended for mobile and desktop versions) or Intermorphic folder (alternative option for desktop versions).
    • iOS tip: The only way on-device to get a zip file into Wotja so that it can be used by Wotja is to copy the zip file already in an iCloud folder into the Wotja folder as follows:
      • From the iOS iCloud Drive app, find and tap the zip file.
      • Select the bottom toolbar Action button and in the Action sheet popup select the option to either "Open in Wotja" or "Copy to Wotja".
      • Select either and the zip file is saved to your Wotja iCloud folder and will be ready to use in Wotja once you see a "Zip file mounted" message.
    • iOS Safari tip: When downloading a zip file in Mobile Safari from a web link you will see in the Action sheet popup an option to either "Open in Wotja" or "Copy to Wotja" (this assumes you have Wotja for iOS installed). Select either and the zip file is saved to your Wotja iCloud folder and will be ready to use in Wotja once you see a "Zip file mounted" message.
    • Important note on use of audio files in zips: Although you can put WAV/Ogg files in a zip and use them in a mix by selecting them from the Templates screen it is not a supported behaviour and it may be prone to crashes etc. If you wish to use audio files in Wotja we STRONGLY suggest instead creating and using a zipped Pak where they can be corrected pitch-shifted and time stretched when added to a mix.
      • In a simple zip Wotja treats audio files as sample loops of which it has no information on pitch, tempo, length etc. meaning those loops are used "as is" - they are not pitch-shifted to suit Mix root (as they would be when in a Pak, as well as they would be time-stretched to fit the mix tempo).
      • Even though not used in a Pak, if you subsequently change the mix tempo then any such audio files used in a mix will be time stretched in some fashion. This DOES take time, so only add them to a mix that has the correct tempo to suit them.
      • Wotja provides no support for streaming audio files from the file system and all audio files are treated as "samples" meaning they are first loaded into memory before they can be used. This may be OK for small foley effects or shortish loops, but that is up to you and your device.

    Note: If content in your exported file uses a custom Wavetable/SF2 that is also in your iCloud Drive folder then for the file to play correctly when opened in Noatikl 3 you need to have that custom Wavetable/SF2 available in the Intermorphic Folder (See here). If this does not work you will need to recreate the association to the custom Wavetable/SF2.

    Saving/Exporting the contents of a Wotja Content Cell as a Noatikl file

    1. In the Wotja Mix screen, select the Content Cell you want to export.
    2. Tap the Toolbox icon and select "Export to File" or "Export to Clipboard". In the case of the former you will see a pop-up dialog where you name this file before it is saved.
    3. A saved .noatikl file is shown in the Wotja Documents/Files screen and it will have an IME (blue) icon bottom right indicating it is a Noatikl file that can be used as a template.
    4. In the Templates screen you can see and select this under Saved Files. The file will have a .noatikl extension.
    5. If you are using iCloud then on your Desktop PC you will be able to see and access this file from the Wotja iCloud Drive folder (See here) and then use it in Desktop Noatikl 3 or even Mixtikl 7 (if you have either).

    Saving/Exporting a Wotja template as a Noatikl file (from an album)

    1. In the Wotja X Playlist, add a Template to the album.
    2. Tap Mix Overide cog next to that item in the album and select "Export Item to File" or "Export to Clipboard". In the case of the former you will see a pop-up dialog where you name this file before it is saved.
    3. A saved .noatikl file is shown in the Wotja Documents/Files screen and it will have an IME (blue) icon bottom right indicating it is a Noatikl file that can be used as a template.
    4. In the Templates screen you can see and select this under Saved Files. The file will have a .noatikl extension.
    5. If you are using iCloud then on your Desktop PC you will be able to see and access this file from the Wotja iCloud Drive folder (See here) and then use it in Desktop Noatikl 3 or even Mixtikl 7 (if you have either).

    Saving a Wotja mix as a Mixtikl file

    1. Go to the Wotja Mix screen.
    2. Tap the Toolbox icon and select "Export Mix (legacy format)". You will see a pop-up dialog where you name this file before the .mixtikl file is saved.
    3. A saved .mixtikl file is shown in the Wotja Documents/Files screen and it will display a Mixtikl icon.
    4. If you are using iCloud then on your Desktop PC you will be able to see and access this file from the Wotja iCloud Drive folder (See here) and then use it in Mixtikl 7 (if you have that).

    Things to check...

    • It almost goes without saying, but don't forget to press play!
    • Make sure your system volume is turned-up, and any speakers are turned on.
    • If your templates use ambient voices, they can sometimes take a while to start playing (See: Ambient Voice Type).
    • When creating a new mix or randomising a mix make sure you have not deselected all Paks or content otherwise nothing will be added to a mix. Likewise, make sure the General/Mix section of Randomization settings all have sensible values i.e. TTM is NOT set to 0 if Cells are 1, Generative % NOT set to 0, Blank Cell % NOT set to 100, Volume Min/Max NOT set to 0 etc. (See: Randomization Settings).

    If none of the above work and you are still stumped...

    Get in touch via our support form and include your mix. To do that, from the Mix Override button to the right of the mix select "Export Item to File". Open the .wotja file in a Text Editor, copy out all the text and then paste that into the support form. We will see if we can figure it out for you!

    Wotja X for iOS 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.

    Requirements:

    • Inter-app Audio supporting Intermorphic iOS app: e.g. Mixtikl 6+, Noatikl 2.5+, Tiklbox 1.4+, Wotja 1.4+
    • GarageBand 2+ for iOS
    • iMovie 2+ for iOS
    • iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

    1) First record the Intermorphic app (as an Inter-App Audio instrument) in GarageBand. Please refer to this Apple Product Support doc for information on how to use Inter-App Audio with GarageBand: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6038.

    2) Then follow the instructions in Apple Product Support doc here: http://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT6040.

    Note: What may not be 100% clear is that the Action button they refer to in step 2 is the top left "Share" button; and, on iPhone you cannot see the "Open in" option on the pop up screen unless you scroll that screen down. Once you have done that, everything else is straightforward!

    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!