Wotja FAQ Contents

See also the General FAQ and Licencing FAQ in the Help Center.

General Questions

What are the main differences between Noatikl / Mixtikl / Liptikl and Wotja?

Selected New App Features / Capabilities in Wotja (not in Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Liptikl 2):
  • Flow Player Mode
    • An easy way to generate a succession of randomly generated mixes where Randomization Presets (new, below) make it easy to change what is created.
  • 5 New Template Paks
    • Wotja includes the new 'TTM Players 1' Template Pak which uses 'Text to Music' to generate melodies, as well as the BP1, BP2, BP3 and BP4 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.
  • Randomization Presets
    • An easy way to quickly select different sets of Randomization settings e.g. Templates.
  • 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).
  • The latest Intermorphic Music Engine, Intermorphic Sound Engine and Intermorphic Text Engines
    • These are the engines that are at the heart of Wotja. Our intention is to add new features during Wotja product lifecycles.
New Wotja Engine parameters (not in Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Liptikl 2):
Consolidated Features (from Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Liptikl 2):
  • See the Wotja 5 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

I previously purchased Noatikl 3 / Mixtikl 7 / Liptikl 2. Should I get Wotja?

YES!

That is because Wotja is the next stage of evolution for Noatikl, Mixtikl and Liptikl and those apps are all now retired (meaning no more updates are forthcoming) - Wotja is their future and it can open Noatikl, Mixtikl and Liptikl files.

You might want to consider getting Wotja if:
  • You want to use any of its cool new features.
  • You want an app that is actively being developed and supported.
  • 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.
    • Wotja can open Noatikl, Mixtikl and Liptikl files. Any parameters not supported by Wotja (there are just a small number at present) are ignored on opening and are simply not saved when the file is resaved as a Wotja file. In other words, Wotja (certainly at present) is backward compatible, but may not always be, so this is also another reason to get it now.
  • 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 1: We have both subscription and paif for versions of Wotja available. See our FAQ entry on in-app subscriptions and also our FAQ entry on upgrades.

Note 2: Wotja does 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).

Is there a 'Paid-for' version of Wotja? Is it a 'Perpetual' version?

Paid-for version

Each year there is a different major version of Wotja. In 2019 the Wotja major version number is 19, in 2018 it was V5.

This major version is available in different variants such as 'Wotja' (Free/Subscription), 'Wotja Go 19', 'Wotja Box 19' and 'Wotja Pro 19'. Each app operates with a Feature Set.

The relevant 'paid-for' version simply allows you to pay once to get an app that gets all relevant updates we make available during the year in question for that Major Version Feature Set. At the end of the relevant year no further updates will be made available for the paid-for version and it will also be removed from sale (unless for a specific reason). For new features and further updates simply purchase the next paid-for version (or get the Subscription version and a relevant Subscription).

Important: Whatever month in e.g. 2019 you purchase a paid-for 2019 app there will be no further updates to it in 2020.

Example: Say you purchase 'Wotja Go 19' in June 2019. This is V19 app which only gets updates in 2019 and so you would be able to get all the relevant V19 updates we make available in 2019. On Jan 1st 2020 (or thereabouts, and with some exceptions) all V19 paid-for apps will be removed from sale. In 2020 there will, however, be another 'paid-for' version available that you could purchase should you wish to get further Wotja system updates or new features as they may arrive. Alternatively consider a Subscription version and a relevant Subscription.

Note: The 2019 paid-for versions currently have no In-App Store meaning the Music Play Time cannot be extended. For those that require very long play times you will need to get the Subscription version and take out a LP Subscription. It is possible that in the future we may consider adding to paid-for versions an In-App Store that allows the purchase of a paid-for equivalent to LP subscription tiers (probably equivalent to 18 months of the relevant LP Subscription), but whether or not we do it would entirely depend on the demand for that. Remember, ALL that an active LP tier does is disable the Music Play Time Timeout.

Why do you only update the Paid-for version during the year in question?

We have adopted this model because, for free and forever, we simply cannot afford to keep updating our niche apps to account for future OS/3rd party software changes - there has to be a cut off so we can keep moving forward to e.g. work on exciting and useful new features. That cut-off just happens to be an annual one and it also means the price we therefore charge for the paid-for app is lower than it would otherwise need to be (see our Fullgrade model). That said, the only likely reason a paid-for version may stop operating as intended after the period of updates is if you update your OS and/or 3rd party like AudioBus and there is a change in them that somehow breaks how it works. Although that is unlikely, it can happen. See the FAQ: Do I need to upgrade my version of Wotja?

Is the Paid-for version a Perpetual Version?

Some people may refer to our 'paid-for' version as being a 'perpetual' version in that the software is paid-for only once. However, much software that is referred to as being a 'perpetual' version ALSO has an option for annual paid updates and maintenance - and we do not offer that (we instead operate a Fullgrade model where it is up to you if you wish to purchase the next paid-for version).

A 'paid-for' version will likely continue to work just 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 paid-for version (e.g. 'Wotja Pro 20' in 2020). Alternatively, get the Subscription version (as available) and purchase your preferred Subscription tier. Where you require 'Long Play' music (i.e. > 8 hours), then also get one of its 'Long Play' tiers (as available).

See FAQ on subscriptions and their benefits.

See also our Money saving tip!

Money saving tip!

If you are considering getting Wotja later in the year (for example, maybe from September onwards) then for a few months you may wish to consider getting a subscription version and a low-priced monthly "Unlocked" subscription.

You might find you actually come to like the benefits of subscription and being a subscriber! If not, then come 2019 you could cancel your subscription and purchase the 2019 annual version.

Extra money saving tip: Towards the end of the year, as we are starting to get ready for the next year's release cycle, we often run a number of sale pricing offers on the paid-for 'annual' versions. Whether you are a subscriber or not (you might just be wanting a great deal, or you might be a collector) you might wish to take advantage of one of those and get an paid-for 'annual' version as a kind of 'back-stop' perpetual version. You might feel it handy to keep around as you could always then revert to that if for some reason you decided you wanted to.

What should I get? Subscription or 'Paid-for' version?

Tip: The 'paid-for' version always has the year in the name, e.g. 'Wotja X 2018' in 2018 or 'Wotja Pro 19' in 2019.

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.

Paid-for 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 subscribing to unlock features, or if you expect to regularly use Wotja over a period of time and are unlikely to want new features, then you may be better off looking to get the 'paid-for' version. When you purchase it you know it will run on your device. Another reason to consider a paid-for 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' version of Wotja? Is it a 'Perpetual' version?

Deciding to Purchase: It's too expensive to review.

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 1 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 $0.99 a month [iOS] / $1.99 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 month 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 A 2018').

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

What is 'Free Mode' or 'Free' tier? What can I do or Free?

'Free Mode' or the 'Free' tier is simply a Wotja Feature Set mode of operation where certain features are limited compared to:

  • a Paid-for version e.g. 'Wotja Box 19' or 'Wotja Pro 19', or
  • its equivalent, this being a Subscription version with active 'Box' or 'Pro' tier Subscripton.
What can I do for Free?

See the FAQ: What are Feature Sets? How do they relate to Subscription tiers?.

What are Feature Sets? How do they relate to Subscription tiers?

Wotja for: iOS, macOS, Windows, Android

Wotja V19 Feature Sets

Your Wotja V19 app will operate with range of features and capabilities. This is called its 'Feature Set'. In the Wotja 19 Subscription version we refer to these as Feature Set Subscription 'tiers'.

Wotja 19 'Pro' tier or 'Wotja Pro 19': An active tier in the Wotja Subscription version gives it the equivalent Feature Set to that of the corresponding paid-for version.

Wotja 19 'Box' tier or 'Wotja Box 19': An active tier in the Wotja Subscription version gives it the equivalent Feature Set to that of the corresponding paid-for version (except as noted).

'Free Mode'/ 'Free' tier: Free versions of Wotja operate in 'Free Mode' unless they are a Wotja Subscription version with an active Subscription tier.

* Wotja 'Go' tier: There is no 'Go' Subscription tier available, but features in the paid-for 'Wotja Go 19' Generative Music Player are limited to those shown in the Music Generation section below.

Wotja Feature Sets
Subs Tier 'Free' 'Box' 'Pro'
Paid-for App *
Music Generation
Music Play Time Timeout [MPTT]: Flow/Albums 10 min
1 hr
2 hours 8 hours
Included Albums: Relax/Calm Yes
Yes Yes
Flow Mode Yes
Yes Yes
Edit Randomization Presets Some
More All
Save Randomization Presets No Yes Yes
General
MIDI Out/In Channel 1 only Ch 1
No
Multi-Channel
Audiobus/Inter-App Audio (iOS) Yes Yes
No
Yes
Mixdown Recording capability No No Yes
Openable Files (.wotja, .wotjabox, .wotjalist) All All
.wotjabox only
All
Flow Mode
Export Flow Mix No As an Album As a Mix or Album
Album Mode
'Automatic Album' Max Mix Durations [or limited by MPTT] 30 secs 2 hours 4 hours
Change mix position in an Album No Yes Yes
Change Item Override Settings No Yes Yes
Delete mix from an Album No Yes Yes
Save/export an Album No Yes Yes
Add saved mix or mix template to an Album No Yes Yes
Export mix from an Album No Yes Yes
Playlist Mode
Add to/Edit/Save/Export Playlist No No Yes
Mix Editing Mode
Music Play Time Timeout [MPTT]: Mixes 1 min 1 min
N/A
8 hours
Access to Mix Editors (IME/ISE; Cut-up; Display) Yes Yes
No
Yes
Mix & Cut-Up Save/Export No No Yes
Optional Subscription tiers
Long Play [LP]: Disables the MPTT Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No

How do I get a 3 Day Free Trial of Wotja X for iOS or macOS?

3 Day Free Trial is NOT currently available - we have instead reduced Wotja X monthly subscription prices!

Even though the 1 month 'Unlocked' subscriptions in Wotja are very low cost we do sometimes also make available a 3 Day Free Trial of Wotja X for iOS or Wotja X for macOS (there is no such free trial for Windows or Android versions, sorry).

During an active Free Trial period you can use the app as it if was fully unlocked (i.e. it is not locked in Free Mode) meaning completely for free you can try out the app with full editing, saving, exporting etc.

When we do make this available you can get it by starting an 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription in the relevant free subscription version of Wotja. You have only one 3 day trial period per platform.

It is very easy to cancel your subscription and you can do so at any time up to 24hrs before the end of the Trial period. Apple provides detailed information on managing subscriptions, and on which they note "the subscription will continue unless cancelled in Settings at least one day before the subscription period ends". Please refer to: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202039. See also: Our Subscription FAQ.

Get Wotja X from the app store direct links above and go to its In-App Store; then follow the 3 simple steps below (the process is similar for both iOS and macOS). The final step(s) relating to payment will depend on whether or not you have Touch ID enabled for payment (not shown).

NB: Once you have completed your purchase Apple will send you a mail which includes the wording (or similar and subject to change by Apple) "You have purchased the following subscription with a 3 days free trial:... You will not be charged for your free trial. Once it ends, your subscription will renew at XXX unless you cancel by YYY." (we have emboldened some words).

Free Trial step 1Step 1
Select 'Unlocked'
Free Trial step 2Step 2
Purchase 'Unlocked'
Free Trial step 3Step 3
Confirm Subscription to 'Unlocked'
NB: Ensure you see the words "3 Days Trial", "Free for 3 days" or similar

Where can I hear some example music created with Wotja?

See the examples section.

We hope to add further examples in due course.

I'm a fan or superfan. How can I help or give a little more?

Firstly, thank you for your support and for being a fan or a superfan - it means a lot to us.

We have always tried to price our apps competively for what they are and for the many years of work that have gone into them. We do that in the hope that we can reach more people.

If you would like to help us or give a little more there are a couple of options you might wish to consider:

  1. Helping out: It would help us a lot if you could talk about Wotja on social or other media and share some of the things you make. If you could leave nice reviews and ratings, too - those always help, too!
  2. Taking out an 'Unlocked' subscription: If you are likely to wish to continue using Wotja as it develops over the years, then instead of purchasing a paid-for annual version you might consider getting the subscription version (iOS/macOS only) and taking out a low cost (and easy to cancel) monthly 'Unlocked' subscription. The benefit to you is that subscriptions work out a little bit cheaper than every year purchasing an annual version. From our side we get to know we have regular customers and in the second and following years of continued subscription we get about the same in terms of revenue as we would get from paid-for versions.
  3. Giving a little more: If you can afford to pay just a little bit more then you have the following options:
    1. Fans: Consider taking out an 'Unlocked' subscription above AND also purchasing an annual version (we tend to have offers on those towards the end of the year).
    2. Superfans: In addition to 1 or 2 above, superfans might also consider taking out one of the monthly low cost (and easy to cancel) 'Long Play' subscriptions (see our 'Tip Jar' rationale here: FAQ: Specialist 'Long Play' In-App Subscriptions - what were they and who were they for?).

Any of the above options would help us a lot. You would know we would also be immensely grateful, too.

Anyhow, those are just a couple of suggestions. Thanks again for your support!

Versions & Upgrades

What Wotja Apps are available in 2019?

Wotja V19 App range: There are 4 different versions available in 2019:

What were 'Wotja A' and 'Wotja X' in 2018? What do I get now in 2019?

Historical Recap

SSEYO to Intermorphic App Consolidation Schematic

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 System 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 had the foregoing icon.

Wotja V5

As of Wotja V5.4 the two variants ('Wotja A', 'Wotja X') were major feature equivalent and so we referred to both as just 'Wotja' and they had one User Guide and Wotja page that was common to both.

Wotja V19

From 2019 there is just one Wotja variant but with different versions (see Wotja Apps). These versions all use the new X-platform UI approach presently deployed in 'Wotja X'. NB: As we now have a business model around annual releases we have changed our Wotja version numbering system to be one that reflects the year of release, i.e. in 2019 we have Wotja V19. This will keep it simpler for all!

What is a 'Fullgrade' model? Do you sell Upgrades and do I need to Upgrade?

Fullgrade Model for Paid-for Apps

Our apps all have a Major Version, be they Paid-for or Subscription apps; in 2019 that Major Version number is 19.

Continued app development and support all have to be paid for in one way or another, which is why in 2012 we realised it was time to change our business model. We decided the following:

  • We would no longer sell Major Version 'Upgrades' for Paid-for apps.
  • We would sell Major Version Paid-for apps as NEW APPS and at a lower 'Upgrade Price' instead of a higher initial 'Full Price'.

For our Paid-for apps we refer to this hybrid approach a 'Fullgrade' model

  • You can decide to purchase a NEW Paid-for Major Version whenever you want.
  • You will know you are getting a good deal as Paid-for apps are at 'Upgrade' pricing.
  • You get a NEW Paid-for app that does not overwrite or interfere with your existing Paid-for app.
  • You can get free 'updates' to your Paid-for app during the course of its Major Version product cycle (i.e. V19.X in product cycle V19).
  • We provide support for all our current apps whilst they remain available for sale.

The alternative to purchasing a Paid-for version is of course to get the Subscription version (where available) and keep an active Subscription for the relevant tier. The Subscription version will always get updated so that it is at the latest Major Version.

Why did we move to a Fullgrade Model for our Paid-for Apps?

Even though we lose out on the initial 'revenue blip' we did it because:

  1. We now sell our Paid-for apps only via App Stores. These do not let us know who our customers are which makes it impossible to support the older paid upgrade model. A 'Fullgrade' approach keeps things simple, clean, clear and easy for a customer to manage - if you don't want the next Major Version, then just don't buy the new Paid-for app (or get a Subscription instead)!
  2. New customers can get our apps at a lower cost than they otherwise would have done.
  3. For development purposes we can focus on and operate an annual Major Version product cycle and provide regular updates during that cycle.
  4. For support purposes we only need to support apps with the current Major Version.
  5. Customers know what they are getting and what they can expect.
Do you sell Upgrades?

As noted above, we no longer sell Major Version Upgrades to Paid-for apps; we instead sell NEW Paid-for apps at Upgrade pricing - that is the Fullgrade model.

Do I need to 'Upgrade' (purchase a new Paid-for App)?

Well, that is up to you and will be down to whether or not you want or need any features/content in a new Major Version. If you do not think the feature set for a particular Major Version is strong enough and you don't want or need it, you don't have to buy the new Paid-for app - you can skip it (or get a Subscription instead): there is never any obligation for you to get another Paid-for app (or to continue a Subscription).

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 app near the end of the previous Major Version development 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 product cycle (be they features, fixes or stability)! Alternatively, consider getting the Subscription version (if available) and a Subscription instead.

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 we try hard to ensure our software works correctly with what is available at the time and whilst it is available.

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 or support 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.

Where and when did Wotja A go? What about my Subscription? What do I get or do now?

Wotja A was the Subscription version of our accessibility version of Wotja V5. The iOS and macOS versions of Wotja A, and their In-App Subscriptions, were removed from sale on Dec 1st 2018. This was part of us getting ready for the next Wotja product cycle that started in January 2019.

If you have Wotja A then all that happens when the In-App Subscription lapses (as it will no longer auto-renew) is that it will then only operate in 'Free Mode'. See this FAQ on Subscriptions.

The Wotja A 2018 versions have now been removed from sale so you may instead wish to consider purchasing a paid-for Wotja V19 app.

What happened to Wotja X? What about my Subscription? What do I get or do now?

IMPORTANT: Wotja V5 for iOS required iOS 9.3+ but Wotja V19 requires iOS 11+. Wotja V5 and V19 macOS requirements remain the same

Wotja X was the Subscription version of Wotja V5. The iOS and macOS versions of Wotja X were updated to Wotja 19 on Jan 1st 2019.

  • If you have Wotja X for iOS and a Subscription and can (and do) install Wotja 19 for iOS then your Subscription just continues (note that the 'Unlocked' Subscription has been renamed to 'Pro'). See the FAQ on 'Feature Sets' and also the FAQ on Subscriptions. Remember, you can cancel subscriptions at any time!
  • If you are a subscriber to Wotja X V5 for iOS and A) you cannot or B) choose not to update your device to iOS 11+ then you will see no more updates for this app. You can, if you wish, continue your existing Subscription (note that the 'Unlocked' Subscription has been renamed to 'Pro'). You will see no change to your existing Wotja X V5 functionality.
  • Alternatively, consider purchasing the latest paid-for Wotja app that meets your needs!

Licensing & Ownership

Do I own the rights to audio/MIDI recordings I make of Wotja and can I use them commercially?

Use of our apps and content is covered by our End User Licence Agreement (EULA) which also references the Intermorphic Pak EULA. Please note that we cannot give any legal interpretations of our EULA or of Intellectual Property law pertaining e.g. to copyright. If you feel you need such guidance you will need to ask a lawyer. As a general rule tread carefully and always respect the rights of 3rd parties.

You are reading this FAQ as you want to know whether you own the copyright in any recordings you make of the output of our software.

Recordings

Subject to complying with our EULAs above and you having a relevant paid-for app or active Subscription tier we allow you to make and own the rights to audio/MIDI recordings you make of the output of our software (and some generative apps do not allow that).

Copyrights in Recordings

Whilst it may seem like an easy question as it concerns the output of a generative music system, it is a more complex issue than you might imagine as there are actually a number of different copyrights in a recording. For example, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/copyright-in-sound-recordings/copyright-in-sound-recordings.

As you will generally own the rights to any recording you make of our apps (see 'Recordings' above), the thing we are primarily focusing on in this FAQ is the composer's rights in respect of the composition, which of course includes melodies, too.

The whole area of music copyright is very, very complex and highly litigious and it can sometimes seem that all music and/or melodies is/are the copyright of someone. That being so, whatever the output of our apps and whatever you do with it, all we ever say is that it is up to you and you alone to ensure that you do not infringe anyone else's copyright - it is your responsibility, not ours.

Background

Our generative apps/engines are very powerful and use various randomisation techniques to generate their musical output. They also allow the use of pre-created note orderings (including those generated from characters), i.e. 'Patterns'.

When using randomisation techniques to create musical content we therefore see things breaking down into three main Use Case areas for consideration.

Use Cases:

  1. Copyright in music generated randomly, without use of Patterns
  2. Copyright in music where some of it is generated from a Pattern not created by you
  3. Copyright in music where some of it is generated from a Pattern created by you

In the case of 1 above, we expect you should not have issues with composition rights as the music is generated at random. In the case of 2 above we recommend you change the Pattern and take approach 3. See the "What should I do?" section below where we give you pointers.

We re-iterate, whatever the output of our apps and whatever you do with it, all we ever say is that it is up to you and you alone to ensure that you do not infringe anyone else's copyright - it is your responsibility, not ours.

Patterns

Patterns have a simple syntax and can be of a number of different types, including the B or F types which are similar to melodies in that they contain note pitch and duration. Such Patterns can also be generated "under the hood" from text using our Text to Music technique, but when generated that way they are not currently visible or editable.

Depending on how they are set up / used, Patterns affect the ensuing composition in different ways including it being completely pre-determined.

The reason all this is important is that a number of the Templates we include or make available for use in our apps include B or F type patterns and/or text for use in Text to Music. That means the melodies generated and/or the ensuing composition is not 100% randomly generated and so you need to be especially mindful of composer's rights issues, i.e. who created the pattern.

How do I know if a Template or mix uses Patterns, and/or what type they are?

We provide hundreds of Templates and there is no easy way to see this except by examining the Template and/or mix which is why that is what we recommend you do.

If you find any B Type Patterns in your mix then you MUST change them (including text being used for Text to Music) to be something of your own making (see below). Of course, whether you actually do that or not up to you.

What should I do?

Your goal should be to either aim to record music generated as in Use Case 1 or 3 above. Note that in your mix/piece you will need to check EVERY VOICE used in every Content Cell. Here are some pointers.

  1. Use Case 1 (music generated randomly, without use of Patterns):
    • Use only purely generative music Templates (i.e. those using Rhythmic, Ambient or Repeat Voice Types to generate notes, or which are followed by Follows voices) or generative content that you have created yourself from scratch from an IME Voice Type template.
    • Tip: Create, edit and save your own 'safe' generative music Templates. In Wotja can be found in the Templates screen in the 'Saved Files' folder and have a .noatikl extension. They can be selected for randomisation like any other Template meaning you can create new random mixes based only on them.
  2. Use Cases 2 and 3 (music where some of it is generated from a Pattern):
    • If you choose to use Templates that utilise B type IME (NME) Patterns then:
      • B type patterns contain information on both pitch and duration whereas R type patterns (below) 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 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). 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.
      • Tip: See this FAQ entry - How do I find and change any 'patterns' used in a mix?
    • 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:
      • Unless you are certain the text has been created at random then you MUST change it as it generates a B type melodic pattern under the hood (i.e. the seed pattern). 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 no one could accuse you of deliberately copying it.
      • Further detail: 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.
      • Note: Be careful what you claim as the same text characters may well generate the same melody in another mix so it may well not be unique to you. The greater the number of characters of text used the greater number of notes will be in the generated melody and so the more likely it is to be unique (it all comes down to maths and probabilities).
    • Tip: Save and only use your own 'safe' generative music Templates. See the tip above.
  3. General Things:
    • 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.
    • In any Use Case ensure 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.
    • 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.
    • If using Templates or content from any of the Free Paks ensure you comply with the Intermorphic Pak EULA.

Do I need to credit or attribute Intermorphic for any recordings I make of the output of Wotja?

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.

Can I use Wotja for live performance?

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

Where do I find the Wotja EULA?

You find it here.

Subscriptions

What is a Subscription? How do they work? Are they easy to cancel? How do they stack up?

For iOS and macOS we adopted a subscription model for Wotja for a number of important reasons. If you don't like Subscriptions (also referred to as In-App Subscriptions) or their benefits (see below) then check out the paid-for version with the same capabilities as the Subscription version with the relevant and active Subscription tier (as available).

What is an auto-renewing Subscription (In-App Subscription)?

An 'auto-renewing 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 of an auto-renewing Subscription?

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 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 small monthly payments instead of a one-off larger payment. If you no longer want to use the app then simply cancel your subscription any time up to 24 hours prior to renewal.
  • They allow us to spend more time working for our existing customers rather than spending that time in trying to find new ones.
  • They keep us on our toes as you can cancel at any time.
  • They provide a mechanism to extend the 'Music Play Time Timeout' for Long Play use (see FAQ: "Long Play subscriptions - What are they and what are they for?").
  • They give our fans a way to pay just a little more for the app over time and to know that if you continue to subscribe for more than a year we will get just a little bit more in terms of revenue.
  • The Long Play tiers provide superfans with a kind of de-facto tip jar option.
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 your Wotja app, 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 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 Subscription, all that happens is that at the end of the subscription period is your Wotja 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 the relevant Wotja app 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 mixes, playlists or albums ("files") as appropriate. If you are using Wotja with iCloud and have to reinstall your Wotja app 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 app without first backing up your files somewhere then you will have lost those files.

What happens if my subscription lapses?

Your subscription will lapse if you cancel your subscription or it does not auto-renew. The most likely reasons for a subscription not auto-renewing (and where you have not cancelled it) are either that your payment has not gone through or we have removed the subscription from sale (we sometimes need to change the tiers we make available and/or we sometimes need to remove an app from sale).

No need to panic! All that means is that at the enf of your subscription period Wotja will then operate in 'Free Mode'.

If or when you decide you would like to start a new subscription you can do so at any time. Simply select one from the range of then currently available subscriptions for your Wotja app.

Important: Provided you have the relevant Wotja app 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 mixes, playlists or albums ("files") as appropriate. If you are using Wotja with iCloud and have to reinstall your Wotja app then you are still fine as your Wotja files should still be safe in iCloud. However, if you were not using iCloud and have deleted the relevant Wotja 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 $0.99 USD [iOS] and $1.99 USD [macOS] - making it easy to dip in and out of as you wish, and price point that reward customer loyalty.

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 'Wotja'. 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!

Can I upgrade my Subscription tier before I reach the end of my current tier. Does Apple pro-rate? If so, how?

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.

Can I use a 'Wotja A' Subscription in 'Wotja X'? Are they different apps?

'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.

I have a 1 month Wotja Subscription. How can I tell if it is active?

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) then you can quickly easily tell if the app is in fact working with an active Subscription tier:

  • 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 (Pro) or 1:59:XX (Box) somesuch, indicating there are 7+ OR 1+ hours left of Music Play Time. If it shows 3 mins or less, then there is no active Subscription tier - try preforming a Restore in the In App Store.

How do I check/view my 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 your Wotja app, 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 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 Subscription, all that happens is that at the end of the subscription period is your Wotja 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 the relevant Wotja app 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 mixes, playlists or albums ("files") as appropriate. If you are using Wotja with iCloud and have to reinstall your Wotja app 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 app without first backing up your files somewhere then you will have lost those files.

'Long Play' [LP] Subscriptions - what are they and what are they for?

Important: The 'Feature Set' and 'Long Play' Subscription Groups are completely independent of each other.

A 'LP' Subscription is one that, when active, disables Wotja's default 8 hour "Music Play Time Timeout" (MPTT). It does no more than that, it does NOT change the Wotja Feature Set.

Like any Subscription, these can be cancelled at any time via the "Manage Subscriptions" button in the Wotja Store.

What are they for?

'Long Play' subscriptions cater for the following use cases (See also 'Tiers & Pricing' below):

  1. Very long play times: You may require continuous live background music for a period of longer than 8 hours before a play restart is required, e.g. a 'Music Installation'. Tip: When using Wotja for long play times you will of course need to ensure your device or computer remains powered during that time.
  2. Tip Jar: If you are a fan or super-fan looking for a Tip Jar mechanism, then this is it! Even if you do not need the extra Music Play Time, you could just get one of the easy-to-cancel Long Play tiers for one month (and cancel straight away) or for as long as you wish. We especially thank any super fan who decides to do this, but we of course love *all* our customers.
'Long Play' Tiers & Pricing

The 'Long Play' Group has two tiers with different pricing: 'Personal' and 'Biz 1'. The 'Personal' tier is for personal use, and 'Biz 1' tier is for Limited Commercial Use (see EULA Permitted Use/Long Play section).

Music Play Time Timeout (MPTT) - what is it?

The Wotja Generative Music System has what we refer to as a "Music Play Time Timeout" (MPTT) - see the EULA definition.

The MPTT sets the maximum time a Wotja mix or album can continuously generate music. When this time is reached the mix, playlist or album will stop playing and a simple manual restart can start it playing again.

Note: The MPPT is version / subscription tier specific and in future may also be different for mixes and albums.

For both the paid annual version and subscription version with active 'Unlocked' tier the MPTT is 8 hours. It is set to this 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. Besides, when authoring a mix every restart of a mix resets the Music Play Time counter. It is therefore highly probable you will never, ever notice the timeout.
    • Tip: If you really do need longer and do not want to purchase a '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 the vast majority of users, i.e. those without a need for the extra long play times required for specialist use cases such as long term music installations, it allows us to keep the price of Wotja as low as possible.

Why are the Feature Set and Long Play Subscriptions in different groups?

Wotja Subscriptions are available only in the Wotja Subscription version for iOS/macOS. In the Wotja Subscription version there are two independent Subscription Groups: 'Feature Set' and 'Long Play'. 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).

'Feature Set':

  • 'Pro' or 'Box' Subscriptions are monthly auto-renewing and unlock the relevant 'Feature Set'.

'Long Play':

  • These monthly auto-renewing Subscrtiptions simply disable the Music Play Time Timeout - that is all they do; they do not change the Wotja Feature Set.
  • They are those who want to generate live music for > 8 hours (e.g. for music installations).
    • Our thinking here is that artists wanting to use Wotja 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 in an installation for several hours or days would need to have their device plugged-in to a charger!

I had a 'Wotja A' 1 month Subscription. How do I renew it?

Note: As of Dec 1st 2018 the Wotja A 1 month Subscription is being removed from sale. See below for rationale.

We have reached the end of the Wotja 5 product cycle and have decided not to continue developing the interface used in Wotja A V5; we are instead moving forwards with the approach used in the Wotja X interface. We have therefore removed Wotja A from sale as well as its In-App Subscriptions. See this FAQ: Where and when did Wotja A go? What do I get now?

Note: When an auto-renewing 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 Subscription will therefore continue to work just as it does now until that Subscription expires.

See also FAQ: What is a Subscription? How do they work? Are they easy to cancel? How do they stack up?.

I had a 'Wotja A' 1 month Subscription. How can I tell if it is still active?

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 1 month 'Unlocked' (AKA 'Pro') 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.

I had one of the older 'Wotja A' 6 month Subscriptions. How do I renew it?

Note: All of the older 6 month Subscriptions have now expired and cannot be renewed as they have been removed from sale. See below for rationale.

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 'Unlocked' 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 A (as/whilst available) or Wotja X or purchase the paid for annual version (Wotja A 2018 or Wotja X 2018).

See also FAQ: What is an in-app subscription? How do they work? Are they easy to cancel? How do they stack up?.

I had one of the older 'Wotja A' 6 month Subscriptions. How can I tell if it is still active?

Note: All of the older 6 month Subscriptions have now expired.

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.

I had a Wotja A Subscription which I cannot now renew; where did it go?

I had a Wotja X Subscription. What happens to it now there is Wotja 19?

Install / Reinstall

The "Wotja Folder" - Where is it and when should I use it?

The Wotja Folder is where we recommend putting your own content when using Wotja and its location depends whether you are or are not using iCloud. The Wotja Folder is important for a workflow that requires using content in different versions/variants of Wotja (mobile/desktop) and you want that content to play consistently.

The Wotja folder is a flat folder which means that *all content* (with the exception of zipped content, see below) must be at the top level of that folder. It must not be in a subdirectory under it or it will not be found.

  • When using Wotja with iCloud enabled (recommended) the Wotja Folder is located as follows:
    • iOS: See the Files app or https://icloud.com
    • Mac: ~/iCloud Drive/Wotja/
    • Windows: \Users\your-user-account\Documents\Wotja\ (the same Windows folder as below)
  • When using Wotja without iCloud enabled the Wotja Folder is located as follows:
    • IMPORTANT: If using iCloud, Wotja will not look for files in this folder
    • iOS: Wotja saves files to the device itself; see Apple's docs on iTunes Apps File Sharing for details on how to copy files (e.g. App Files and Other Content) from iOS to/from Mac/PC and vice-versa.
    • Mac: ~/Music/Intermorphic/
    • Windows: \Users\your-user-account\Documents\Wotja\ (the same Windows folder as above)
    • Android: <storage>/Wotja/
      • Depending on whether you installed Wotja to internal or external storage (and allowing installation of apps on external storage e.g. SD Card is a device setting), this is a folder that is at the top level of that storage.

Tip: How to find the Wotja Folder when using Wotja Desktop:

  • From the Main Menu select Options > Show Wotja data folder

Tip: To keep things even tidier then keep your content in zips. You can create a ‘zips’ folder under the relevant Wotja Folder above. So, for example, the free Pak AL Collections 1-3 zip file would just go to the relevant Wotja Folder above e.g.: ~/Music/Intermorphic/zips/IMTPALLoopEssentials1.zip.

Can Wotja use iCloud / iCloud Drive?

Wotja macOS: 'Wotja' is damaged and can't be opened. Delete 'Wotja' and download it again from the App Store

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.

How can I get or restore an older version for iOS?

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.

Operation

How do I share a video recording?

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.

How do I delete a Document/File?

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).

How do I use my own Noatikl (.noatikl) files as Templates in Wotja?

You can use your own generative Noatikl files (.noatikl) [created in Wotja, Noatikl or Mixtikl] as templates in Wotja 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. 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.

    How do I copy/export a Wotja Cell and paste/import into another?

    To do this you need to be in the Network screen of Mix Editing mode.

    • Select the source cell you want to copy.
    • From the "Toolbox menu", select "Export to Clipboard".
    • Select a target cell where you want to copy to (this can be in a different mix, if you want - which is really easy to do on desktop, where you can have many documents open at the same time in different tabs).
    • From the Cell Toolbox menu, select either of the following:
      • "Import from Clipboard": This menu item is only available if you are wanting to paste into an empty Xell.
      • "Merge from Clipboard": Select this if you want to merge the content from the clipboard into the content that is already in the target Cell.
      • "Replace from Clipboard": Select this if you want to replace the contents of your target cell with that

    Can I use WAV / Ogg files ("audio files") in Wotja when not in a Pak? How?

    Yes, but...

    Wotja 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):
    • A 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 Wotja 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.

    How do I copy/transfer Mixtikl mixes, Noatikl pieces, SF2 and WAV files into Wotja?

    From Wotja, how do I save / export Noatikl or Mixtikl files?

    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 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).

    How do I export, backup or restore my Wotja Files?

    See Backup.

    Why does Text to Music text disappear when in Text Edit screen I have "Random words" selected and press the dice?

    This can happen if, in the Cut-Up Tab, you have the Word Library control "Use additional words?" set to "None" and you have no sources that contain text.

    The reason the text disappears is because the pool to choose words from is restricted only to the sources, and there is no text in the sources!

    The solution is either to add some text to a source(s) or to press the Library button and change the Word Library control "Use additional words?" to either "WJ Bank" or "WJ Database".

    How do I find and change any 'patterns' used in a mix?

    You are probably interested in knowing about how to do this as you are wanting to create and record some music (refer to the FAQ entry on recording ownership).

    You will likely know therefore that many templates use B-type 'patterns' which are melodies and, just like any melody, they contain note pitch and durations. We are not aware that the 'seed melodies' we have used in these templates are infringing in any way but you will need to change them.

    To do that, you will need to identify all instances of them and then either change them to use an R-type pattern or use only melodic patterns you have either entered yourself or have been randomly generated.

    Tip: When creating a new automatic mix or automatic album all B-Type patterns used in TTM voices are generated from randomly generated text (see 4.3 thru 4.6 below though).

    B-type 'patterns' are only used by Patterns type voices (which also includes the Text-to-Music [TTM] sub type). Patterns voices have a pink colour in the Mix Mode Generator Network view.

    So, in the Mix Mode Generator Network view for any mix you create and for every cell in which there is content:

    1. Tap on a Cell to select that cell.
    2. Right click or tap hold on EACH Voice used in that cell that is PINK (this is the colour of a Patterns voice).
    3. Select Edit from the pop up menu.
    4. Select the left side 'Text to Music' group and look to see if Enabled is checked.
      1. If Enabled is checked:
        1. This means the TTM generated pattern overrides the voice pattern.
        2. In that case, if you wish to use Text to generate a melody go into the TTM Text parameter at the top of this group and either enter your own text or randomise the text with the Dice button (we suggest the middle button should be set to either 'Random Words' or 'Shuffle Text').
        3. Ensure that you use enough text to generate a long enough melody, certainly longer than 7 notes.
        4. Bear in mind that whatever text is used will always generate the same melodic seed pattern so if two people enter "Happy birthday!" they will both get the same melody (even though there is no direct relationship between the text and the notes generated).
        5. Also remember that 2 people randomising text can get the same result (it is just a question of probabilities).
        6. Note that in General/Mix section of Randomisation Settings, the 'TTM Words min'/'TTM Words max' settings can be changed to increase the number of words generated.
      2. If Enabled is not checked:
        1. This means the Patterns voice will use any patterns in the Patterns paramater and you will need to change it/them.
        2. Tap on the left side 'Patterns' group.
        3. Tap on the Patterns parameter field (it will look something like <B 60 1 60 2 60 3 60 4>) to go to the Edit Pattern screen.
        4. For all of the listed patterns shown in the bottom list (and there may only be one) you will need to change any with a B-Type pattern to be your own patterns or change them to be R-Type patterns.
        5. To do that, in this list tap on the pattern you want to edit and in the top field type in your changes (in Wotja Desktop you can also paste in patterns).
        6. Alternatively, to create a new random pattern use the Action button to the right of the toolbar and select one of the presets that are available.

    Audio Issues

    I am getting audio issues (slow, stuttering, breakup) or audio artifacts (glitches, crackles, noise. pops etc). What can I do?

    For Audiobus/IAA related issues see Audio Output Settings step 4, below.

    If you are getting performance issues then it is highly likely to be because Wotja is trying to get the processor in your device to do more that it can handle.

    When trying to track down what is going on, always start off playing/testing with the Built-In Albums, then move up to Automatic Albums created with a Default Randomization Preset before finally trying out your own mixes.

    In the vast majority of cases it most likely one of following:

    • You are using the default Wotja Audio Output Settings and these are not suited to your particular device
    • Your mix is simultaneously playing more templates than your device can deal with or the templates being used are too complex (some templates drive the processor much harder than others)
    • Your mix is using too many FX (Cell, Track or Global)

    Step through the following, in order.

    1 - Audio Output Settings:

    Wotja uses the following default Audio settings:

    • Audio Sample Rate (device dependent output, KHz): 48000/44100
    • Audio Block Size: 1024
    • Audio Block Count: 10

    These settings are likely fine for most 2-3 track mixes on newer iOS and premium Android devices. However, if you are getting glitching when playing mixes for listening purposes then first try the following, one at a time and in order.

    To apply changes to any of the following Audio Output Settings you will need to restart Wotja. Note that increasing any of these values will increase the time taken for Wotja to stop playing.

    1. Audio Block Size: Try changing this to 2048 and restart Wotja. There is every chance this will fix your issue completely, if not completely then it will likely make a big difference. Wotja Settings > Audio Output > Audio Block Size.
    2. Audio Block Count: After completing step 1 above, try setting this value to some higher number, e.g. 20 and then again restart Wotja. There is every chance that both in combination will fix your issue completely. Wotja Settings > Audio Output > Audio Block Count.
    3. Audio Sample Rate: After completing step 2 above, try reducing the output quality to one of the lower values that are shown and then again restart Wotja. Wotja Settings > Audio Output > Audio Sample Rate.
    4. Audiobus/Inter-App Audio [IAA]/AUM etc. [iOS apps]: For Wotja for iOS to work with such apps it requires that the Wotja Audio Block Size MUST have the same value as the Buffer Size (samples) or Latency Control (frames) in those apps [different apps refer to the same thing in different ways]. We recommend that this value is 1024. It is likely that with any other setting you will get a lot of glitches and noises (but if you already get those then changing these is worth a try). Wotja Settings > Audio Output > Audio Sample Rate.
    5. Mixdown Recordings: You need to be using an Audio Block Size of 1024 or you WILL get glitches. Wotja Settings > Audio Output > Audio Block Size.

    If changes to the above do not fix your problems, then it is likely your mixes contain too many tracks (i.e. too many things playing at the same time). However, as content customisation is more specialist activity then before we look at anything there, we need to check / note a few general things first so that the app can use the maximum processor power possible.

    2- General Checks:
    • 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; see also step 1 below): 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, Chromecast, Media Streaming, 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 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).
    3 - Content Issues:
    1. 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 (in some of the Demo pieces use 3 merged templates but even that can be too much on some devices!), use less complex sound generators (such as templates that have a sound network primarily based on Wavetable units), or look to remove some FX units that are used in a template (you can do this via the ISE Network Editor). Alternatively just turn off the ISE (that is covered in step 7, below).
      • Solution 2 - Note Stealing: When the IME generates a lot of overlapping notes and the ISE is generating the sound then unless the ISE Polyphony setting is sufficient to cover all the notes that may be playing at the same time you can get an effect called "note stealing". This means a newly composed note will play in preference to the a previously generated note, on a First in First Out (FIFO) principle. The last note is instantly "dropped" meaning it can cause a click, especially if you are using FX. See the Polyphony setting in the ISE Network Editor.
    2. Track and Global FX: Our current templates are generally sonically richer than earlier templates (such as those from Noatikl 2 and Mixtikl 6 and earlier) and most use a reverb and other FX in the template itself. If you have a lot of Voices in your piece, then a lot of FX units can be in play at the same time.
      • Solution: If using these new templates in a (merged) piece, try removing FX from the templates themselves (e.g. reverb, as that is a heavy hitter), and then add it back as a Global FX. Example: Copy one template's FX network to the the clipboard (ISE Network Editor > bottom right Action button > Export to clipboard) and then pasting it into the Global FX (ISE FX Network Editor > bottom right Action button > Import from clipboard) and then remove the FX from each Voice's FX Network. This may change how the piece sounds quite a bit, so may require some experimentation.
    3. Merging pieces: Because of the Wotja 4+ template richness (above), you do not need many when creating a piece.
      • Solution: Try merging no more than 3 templates. This should still give you PLENTY of goodness to play with.
    4. 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 BP00 and BP000 Paks).
    5. Try to isolate the issue: If you have got this far down the list and are still getting issues, such as ocasional clicks, glitches or pops etc., then it may be that the issue is coming from your piece and it might be worth seeing it you can isolate the problem. That means gradually removing IME Voices and ISE Sound Networks from your piece / mix until the problem goes. Then you can work back up again.
      • Optional - MIDI Out: If you are STILL getting audio issues then it may well be worth trying to play the IME MIDI note streams via external/3rd Party synths (using MIDI Out) and seeing if the issues then go... If they do go, then it is likely the issue is something related to the ISE...
      • You can also trying turning OFF the toggle "Use ISE for Sounds & FX" in the Settings > Mix screen and then using MIDI to drive external synths (but don't forget to turn it on again if you want to use sounds interal to Wotja, including using SoundFonts in the Wavetable Unit!).
    6. 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.

    I hear silence, help!

    ISE

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

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

    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.
    • Make sure you haven't muted all voices (See: Track controls).
    • Make sure you haven't set all track volumes to zero (See: Track Mixer).
    • Make sure you haven't set all voice volumes to zero (See: Voice Mixer).
    • Make sure you haven't set voice track velocities to zero (See: Envelopes).
    • If you are using fixed-pattern voices, make sure they don't all have empty patterns (See: Patterns).
    • If you are using TTM (Text to Music) player templates, make sure you have entered some text (See: TTM Voice Type).
    • If your templates use ambient voices, they can sometimes take a while to start playing (See: Ambient Voice Type).
    • If you have modified any ISE sounds settings, check that you have not set the "Amp" values in any ISE units to zero or any modulators (See: ISE Amp Unit).
    • 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).
    • It is possible that an empty track is being soloed (empty tracks do not show the column 5 controls e.g. Solo/Mute buttons). This can happen if you delete all content in soloed track. The solution is to try muting/unmuting one of the non-empty tracks, as that will remove the Solo state from any soloed tracks.
    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!

    MIDI

    How can I stop/start Wotja on iOS with MIDI Transport Control (MTC) and sync tempo to an external MIDI Clock?

    This is possible only in Wotja when using either Audiobus 3 or AUM and an app such as MidiBus that can send MIDI tempo and MIDI Transport Control [MTC] start/stop messages (AKA MIDI Machine Control [MMC], as opposed to MIDI Time Code [MTC] i.e. MIDI Clock). That app can also be used as a Master MIDI Control app if you are controlling/synching multiple MIDI apps at the same time.

    See this FAQ on Audio Issues wrt Settings required.

    Wotja and Audiobus 3

    Wotja and Audiobus
    1. Load Audiobus, add the Wotja app to it and then launch Wotja
    2. Ensure you have your MTC app loaded, e.g. MidiBus. In this app you must ensure that "Network" is selected as a destination.
    3. In Wotja, go to Settings and in the MIDI Input section check on "MIDI Transport Control" and "External Clock Sync" (if you also want the tempo synced).
    4. In the MIDI Input section tap "Input Devices" and ensure that both "Network Session 1" (this is how iOS [CoreMIDI] refers to the name of the network MIDI device) and "MidiBus" are checked (or whatever MTC app you are using). Note that this may not appear at the top.
    5. In the Wotja Mix Mode screen, tap the play button as if to start the mix, and the wording under the button changes to "Wait: MIDI". You will only see this if you have the "MIDI Transport Control" option checked on.
    6. Go to your MTC app, e.g. MidiBus, and press the start/play button. This should then start Wotja playing. Press stop to stop it playing.

    Wotja and AUM

    Wotja and AUM
    1. Load AUM, add the Wotja app to it and then launch Wotja
    2. Ensure you have your MTC app loaded, e.g. MidiBus. In this app you must ensure that "AUM" is selected as a destination, as well as "Network".
      • Alternative 1 (shown):
        In AUM, go to its Menu and select the MIDI Routing screen. In this ensure that you have your MTC app, e.g. "MidiBus", connected through to "Network Session 1" (which is Wotja in this case, see below).
      • Alternative 2:
        In AUM, A) tap the bottom Wotja channel button (shown in image 1 as text "Chan 1" then B) in the pop-up menu tap the top left Mixer button and C) in the pop-up menu tap the MIDI Sources button then D) select your MTC app e.g. MidiBus and back out of the menus; E) If you go to the MIDI Routing screen shown in Alternative 1 you will see a setup where your MTC app (e.g. MidiBus) is connnected to MIDI Control built-in, which will work just fine.
    3. In Wotja, go to Settings and in the MIDI Input section check on "MIDI Transport Control" and "External Clock Sync" (if you also want the tempo synced).
    4. In the MIDI Input section tap "Input Devices" and ensure that both "Network Session 1" (this is how iOS [CoreMIDI] refers to the name of the network MIDI device) and "MidiBus" are checked (or whatever MTC app you are using). Note that this may not appear at the top.
    5. In the Wotja Mix Mode screen, tap the play button as if to start the mix, and the wording under the button changes to "Wait: MIDI". You will only see this if you have the "MIDI Transport Control" button checked on.
    6. Go to your MTC app, e.g. MidiBus, and press the start/play button. This should then start Wotja playing. Press stop to stop it playing.

    How do I use Wotja MIDI Out on macOS?

    How do I use Wotja MIDI Out on Windows?

    How do I make MIDI recordings?

    How do I record Wotja MIDI out in Logic Pro X?

    Recordings

    In Wotja how do I make audio recordings of my wotjas?

    Mixdown & Recordings

    Simply go to the Mixdown & Recordings screen, select the bars you to record for and the type of recording you want to make and then press record!

    Here it is in more detail, step by step:

    1. Go to the Documents screen and open a mix file (.wotja).
    2. In the Mix Editing mode tap the top right Action button and from the pop-up menu select Mixdown & Recordings.
    3. Tap the top segment bar to select the type of recording you want to made (Audio, MIDI [as available], Video [as available]).
    4. In the Record slider below that select how long you want to record for. This has a default value that you can override if you have space to make especially long recordings (change the maximum value in Settings > General > Recording > Max Recording.
    5. Tap the bottom left "Record" button to start the recording and you will see a progress bar popup in the middle of the screen showing the progress of the recording, as well as the title bar changing to show the size of recording. Recordings are all saved to your Wotja Folder.
    6. Once Wotja has finished making the recording you should see it in the list of recordings which shows the recordings in your Wotja Folder, above. If you are using iCloud and are making long recordings, this can take some time and you might need to press the top "Refresh" button. See this FAQ.
    7. Once the recording shows in the list then if it is an Audio or MIDI recording you can tap it to start/stop it playing, or tap the Cogs icon for a popup meny where you can select how you want to open it, preview it, delete it etc.
    8. Tip: If you do not seem to be making recordings, first check to see if they are in your Wotja Folder. If they are not, then it is likely an iCloud related issue, in which case see this FAQ.
    Recording in Audiobus/IAA 3rd party app

    Wotja 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 numerous IAA enabled apps.

    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.

    See this FAQ on Audio Issues wrt Settings required.

    How do I record MIDI files?

    Go to the Mixdown & Recordings screen and select the MIDI tab before you make your recording.

    MIDI file recordings are saved as Type 1 files.

    How can I use Wotja for iOS recordings in iMovie for iOS?

    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!

    On my iOS device the Mixdown Recording progress bar goes to the end but recordings do not seem to be made?

    Tip: The first thing to check is if you have enough free storage available wherever you are saving your recording to, be that to iCloud or to your device. If you do not have enough space, the mixdown cannot be completed!

    Assuming you do have enough storage available then it is likely because your version of Wotja (e.g. subs or paid-for) is getting confused as to where to save the recordings. Depending on whether you want recordings to be saved to iCloud or to your device you need to have BOTH settings below to be on or off, as the case may be.

    The two places are to be found here:

    1. iOS Device > Settings > (scroll down the screen to find) Wotja > Wotja > Settings > Use iCloud (Toggle)
    2. iOS Device > Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Apps Using iCloud > Wotja (Toggle)

    See the images in the iCloud Settings section of User Guide.

    Bug Reporting

    Help, Wotja is crashing!

    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 from your device
    • Re-install Wotja to the device, restore IAP (if the subscription version is what you are using)
    • Restart Wotja, connect to iCloud
    • Your documents will re-sync, should all be fine
    • Try again!

    If Wotja 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 you have installed (you can see this in Settings > Info, e.g. 5.x.x)
    • Which Wotja app variant (subscription or paid version, Wotja X or Wotja A)
    • What version of OS you have installed
    • How much free memory is available on your device
    • Which device/device version you are running Wotja 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!

    Crashers! Wotja is crashing. How do I report it?

    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!

    Tutorials

    I want to get started quickly - where are the video tutorials?

    See also our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/intermorphic

    iCloud

    How do I use Wotja with iCloud / iCloud Drive?

    Intermorphic apps that directly support save to/load from Apple iCloud and Apple iCloud Drive folders:

    • Wotja 4+ (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 "Wotja Folder" or "Intermorphic Folder" or Local Device folder.
    iCloud Drive Subfolders:

    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

    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 for iOS installed on your device, to see the Wotja iCloud folder on Mac, we strongly suggest installing either Wotja 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.

    How do I regenerate the Wotja iCloud folder after deletion?

    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."

    iOS

    How to I copy out my Files and Audio, MIDI and Video recordings?

    You may be wondering how to copy our Wotja mixes and albums. You may also be in the Mixdown Recordings screen and have selected the Action (cog) icon next to the recording you want to copy out it, selected where you want it to be copied to, and sometimes it does not work (it seems it won't work if you are not using iCloud with Wotja).

    If you are using iCloud with Wotja here follows a foolproof way to copy out your files and recordings. NB: If you are not using iCloud, see Apple's docs on iTunes App File Transfer.

    • Find the Wotja folder in the Apple Files App, and visually locate your file(s) or recording(s).
    • In Files, tap the top "Select" menu item and select the files/recordings you want to copy out
    • In Files, use the bottom toolbar Action button and then select where you want to copy them to (e.g. Dropbox, Mail, Message, WhatsApp etc. depending on what apps you have installed)

    I am using Wotja for iOS with Audiobus/Inter-App Audio and getting a lot of glitches. Why?

    See this FAQ on Audio Issues wrt Settings required.

    macOS

    How do I quit Wotja for macOS?

    Before you can quit the app you need to save or discard changes to any Wotja files that are open, be they mix files (.wotja), albums (.wotjabox) or playlists (.wotjalist) [as relevant].

    To do that, close each open file one at a time, saving or not as you wish via the pop-up menu. Once you have thus closed all files you can Quit the app.

    Alternatively, Force Quit the app. None of your unsaved file changes will be saved.

    Note: Free Mode has limitations on saving of changes.

    How do I use Wotja MIDI Out on macOS?

    On macOS this is via Apple's Core MIDI Framework.

    Apps that are Core MIDI enabled can take advantage of this. Refer to Apple's information, e.g.: "Set up audio devices on iMac (Mid 2014) and later", "Audio Midi Setup: Set up your MIDI devices" and "Audio MIDI Setup: How to test for MIDI function".

    See also Apple's knowledge base article on Combine multiple audio interfaces by creating an Aggregate Device.

    The following article on the Ableton website also gives some useful pointers on how to use Audio MIDI Setup on macOS: Sending and receiving MIDI messages using a virtual MIDI network.

    How do I record Wotja MIDI out in Logic Pro X?

    For details on how to make recording in Logic Pro X refer to Apple's own knowledge base article: Logic Pro X: Get started with software instrument tracks. See also the FAQ links on How do I use Wotja MIDI Out on macOS?

    That said, here is a quick set of steps to try:

    • In Wotja Pro 19 or Wotja with a Pro Feature Set, go to Settings > MIDI Output and select a MIDI Output from the list, e.g. 'IAC Driver Bus 1' .
      Wotja MIDI Out macOS
    • In Logic, create a new project using a Software Instrument template.
      Logic Pro X new project
    • Start Wotja playing your mix (Tip: start out simple, perhaps a single cell mix using something busy like Settings > Templates > BP0 Arps > Busy Marimba) and ensure you have Settings > Audio Output > ISE for Sounds & FX toggled on so you can hear it in Wotja (you can turn it off once you have figured out your MIDI recording workflow).
    • In Logic, arm your track and then press the record button (you need to do BOTH) to start the recording. You should see something like that below (tap for larger image), which indicates that you are recording the MIDI in Logic.
      Logic Pro X MIDI Recording

    How do I use VoiceOver in Wotja for macOS?

    General Comments:
  • How we configure our Macs to verify Wotja A macOS (now no longer available) using VoiceOver:
    • System Preferences → Accessibility
    • Select "VoiceOver" in left-hand panel
    • Select "Enable VoiceOver" checkbox in right-hand panel
    • Voice over is now working, but you don't have voice over tell you when then mouse pointer is "over" text labels for example (which is basically how iOS VoiceOver works).
  • You can enable this behaviour really easily, as follows:

    • Press "Open VoiceOver Utility…" button in bottom right
    • Select Navigation
    • Change "Mouse pointer:" dropbox to "Moves VoiceOver cursor"
    • Pop-up menu items – when the menu appears, you must then use the keyboard up/down keys to have VoiceOver tell you what each item says. Seems to be a feature of VoiceOver!
    • If you don't start the app when VoiceOver already enabled, the playlist/album screen won't work with VoiceOver as expected.
    Current minor limitations:
    • IME Rules editor: the "Ove" etc. aren’t spoken at the moment
    • Sliders: the +/- buttons aren't selectable with voiceover at the moment

    Windows

    How do I exit Wotja for Windows?

    Before you can exit the app you need to save or discard changes to any Wotja files that are open, be they mix files (.wotja), albums (.wotjabox) or playlists (.wotjalist) [as relevant].

    To do that, close each open file one at a time, saving or not as you wish via the pop-up menu. Once you have thus closed all files you can Exit the app.

    Alternatively:

    1. Press Control + Alt + Delete at the same time (or Control + Shift + Escape depending on keyboard)
    2. Select Task Manager
    3. Select the open Wotja app in the Task Manager list
    4. Select the 'End task' button

    None of your unsaved file changes will be saved.

    Note: Free Mode has limitations on saving of changes.

    How do I use Wotja MIDI Out on Windows?

    • 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.
    • See also the rptMIDI tutorial.

    Android

    Why do you not sell a version of Wotja for Android in the Google Play store?

    The 'paid-for' business model works just fine for us for the apps we sell in the Apple, Microsoft and Amazon app stores. However, the reasons we do not sell a paid-for version of Wotja for Android in the Google Play store are as follows:

    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.
      • 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 app - it would cost us way more to do than we would ever get back in terms of app sales.
      • Apple, Microsoft and Amazon all do this on our behalf which is why we sell a paid-for version of Wotja for Android only in the Amazon Appstore.
      • One day Google might offer the same approach as do Amazon, Apple and Microsoft and if/when they do we will then sell on Google Play. Until then we just do not have the resources to sell apps on Google Play - sorry! We instead, therefore, make available on Google Play a free version of Wotja called Wotja GP, but it does have a number of limitations.
      • Note 1: Google's business model is to get to know you better than anyone else and then to make their money selling the ads that get shown to you; it's not about making a margin on sales of paid-for apps. We therefore can't see Google undertaking the work to make Google Play comparable to the other 3 stores.
      • Note 2: The above being the case, we did for a while in Google Play also experiment with an ad-supported model, just to see if that could be a viable alternative for revenues. It turned out, however, that for our niche low-volume apps it was simply a no-go at that time. Even though for any number of reasons we are not particularly keen on the ad-supported model, it would seem to be the only other possible route open to us for monetisation on Google Play so we may decide to revisit this one day.
    2. Google provides developers with customer information in the form of sales reports rather than just a revenue share as provided by Amazon, Apple and Microsoft.
      • Receiving such customer information is in itself is no bad thing (know your customer!), but in the new world of GDPR it generates another area of risk for a developer in protecting that information. We would simply rather not get it in the first place.

    How do I get Amazon Appstore so I can purchase Wotja X 2018 AZ?

    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).

    How do I restore a purchase made on 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"

    I am using Wotja X 2018 AZ and get message "Internal Service Failure"?

    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 :(.

    Can I copy audio (e.g. WAV), MIDI or other files to my Android Device for use in Wotja?

    Yes! Put them in the Wotja folder. See the Wotja Folder for Android below.

    The Wotja Folder is where we recommend putting your own content when using Wotja and its location depends whether you are or are not using iCloud. The Wotja Folder is important for a workflow that requires using content in different versions/variants of Wotja (mobile/desktop) and you want that content to play consistently.

    The Wotja folder is a flat folder which means that *all content* (with the exception of zipped content, see below) must be at the top level of that folder. It must not be in a subdirectory under it or it will not be found.

    • When using Wotja with iCloud enabled (recommended) the Wotja Folder is located as follows:
      • iOS: See the Files app or https://icloud.com
      • Mac: ~/iCloud Drive/Wotja/
      • Windows: \Users\your-user-account\Documents\Wotja\ (the same Windows folder as below)
    • When using Wotja without iCloud enabled the Wotja Folder is located as follows:
      • IMPORTANT: If using iCloud, Wotja will not look for files in this folder
      • iOS: Wotja saves files to the device itself; see Apple's docs on iTunes Apps File Sharing for details on how to copy files (e.g. App Files and Other Content) from iOS to/from Mac/PC and vice-versa.
      • Mac: ~/Music/Intermorphic/
      • Windows: \Users\your-user-account\Documents\Wotja\ (the same Windows folder as above)
      • Android: <storage>/Wotja/
        • Depending on whether you installed Wotja to internal or external storage (and allowing installation of apps on external storage e.g. SD Card is a device setting), this is a folder that is at the top level of that storage.

    Tip: How to find the Wotja Folder when using Wotja Desktop:

    • From the Main Menu select Options > Show Wotja data folder

    Tip: To keep things even tidier then keep your content in zips. You can create a ‘zips’ folder under the relevant Wotja Folder above. So, for example, the free Pak AL Collections 1-3 zip file would just go to the relevant Wotja Folder above e.g.: ~/Music/Intermorphic/zips/IMTPALLoopEssentials1.zip.