Wotja X is a new cross-platform interface we're working on for the 'Wotja Generative Music System'. It's work in progress so for now get 'Wotja' or 'Wotja 2018' unless you are looking for long play background music for e.g. installations, in which case check out the Wotja X 'Long Play' subscription tiers.
Under the hood both 'Wotja' and 'Wotja X' already use the same engines with the same capabilities and same content. Content created in 'Wotja' or 'Wotja X' shares the same iCloud folder [iOS/macOS] and can be opened/played etc. by either.
We will gradually be adding editing interfaces to this app and in time we expect it to have similar editing capabilities to those of 'Wotja' as is presently available for iOS/macOS. UPDATE: We now expect to be able to complete that work sometime in April 2018.
Under the hood it incorporates a powerful integrated Sound Engine to generate its sounds/audio and and powerful Music Engine to generate the notes that drive it. In due course we will be adding editors that will allow a great deal of customisation of your mixes.
You can spend a few seconds with it or hours, it all depends on what you want to do and how much time you have. You can also do an enormous amount with it for free.
It is true that Wotja X is a deep app, as is already reflected by the size of this detailed User Guide.
But it can also be used very simply - see the short Getting Started section.
All versions (Windows, Android, macOS, iOS) have largely the same interface. If you know how to use one, then you know how to use the other and vice versa.
Wotja X 2018 is the non-subscription 'annual' version of 'Wotja X' (where available). It has the same capabilities as 'Wotja X' with an active 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription. The annual version has no auto-renewing In-App Subscriptions.
Wotja X 2018 for Windows runs in 'Free Mode' until a Product Key has been entered (emailed to you once licence is purchased).
Wotja X 2018 AZ is available only from the Amazon Appstore.
A powerful FREE app with an In-App Store. It runs in 'Free Mode' until purchase of the 'Unlocked' auto-renewing In-App Subscription. On lapse of the In-App Subscription Wotja X reverts to the 'Free Mode' of operation.
The 'Music Play Time Timeout' in Wotja X is set to 8 hours. When this is reached a mix or album will stop playing if it has not already done so and a simple manual restart can start it playing again. For specialist use cases where there is a need for to generate continuous live background music for longer than 8 hours, e.g. for art installations, a small shop etc., the subscription version allows it to be extended by the purchase of one of the specialist 'Long Play' tiers of auto-renewing In-App Subscription.
Get the annual versions above if you want to use it with Free Mode 'Unlocked'.
'Free Mode' & Limitations
So there is always a way that Wotja X can be used for FREE we include a 'Free Mode' of operation in the free subscription version ('Wotja X' - where available). 'Free Mode' does have certain 'Limitations', but simply purchase the 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription to unlock them. On lapse of the 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription Wotja X simply reverts to operating in 'Free Mode' - it's as simple as that! Alternatively, consider getting the paid-for 'annual' version instead, e.g. 'Wotja X 2018'.
The benefits of 'Free Mode'
For free, use what you create, save & record (do still comply with the EULA and Terms of Service however)!
If you have an interest in Generative Music and you are someone who chooses only to use Freeware and/or if you are an Educator or in Education, then Wotja 'Free Mode' means you can explore and work with such things for free. As Wotja is a system that is undergoing continuous development, including being ported to other OS, it should be an app you might well wish to consider using!
When you find you want to do more than you can in Free Mode, then there are low cost Subscription and Annual version options you can purchase.
What can I do in 'Free Mode'?
Create automatic albums of generative music mixes
The 'Free Mode' Limitations are as follows:
Wotja X Features with 'Free Mode' Limitations:
Export - Yes; Free Mode: No export of a mix to file
Delete files in Album - Yes; Free Mode: No
Change file position in Album - Yes; Free Mode: No
Add mixes/files to album from 'Saved Files' [Pak] - Yes; Free Mode: No
Music Play Time - Up to 8 hours; Free Mode: Up to 3 minutes only
Paks - Use templates from 'Saved Files' and any of the many included Paks; Free Mode: Use templates from TTM Players, BP1 Backings, BP2 Backings Paks only
Creating an 'automatic' album of mixes:
With one tap you can randomly generate a collection of mixes (each using randomly generated text and mix icons, as you wish) that you can play straight away. The albums and mixes are created from the hundreds of included Templates according to various Randomization Settings.
Wotja Box file: Wotja > Playlist Player > Action menu > Export to Clipboard as a Wotja Box Album; or
Open a Wotja or Wotja Box file in a text editor, select all (this is the Wotja URL or 'WJURL') and copy the contents to the clipboard.
Wotja Box file: Wotja > Album Player > Action menu > Export to Clipboard as a Wotja Box Album; or
Wotja file: Wotja X > Album Player > Mix Overide menu > Export Item to File then open it (or a Wotja Box file) in a text editor, select all (this is the Wotja URL or 'WJURL') and copy the contents to the clipboard.
Open your usual webpage editor, create a weblink (href) in your webpage and then paste the clipboard text into it, e.g. <a href="insert-clipboard-contents-here">Play the Wotja</a>.
Wotja (.wotja) and Wotja Box (.wotjabox) files are text files that can be opened in a text editor. A Wotja file can be as little as 2Kb and the text always starts with wotja://. A Wotja Box file instead uses the text wotja://wotjabox_.
The text is in a deep link format so we refer to it as a Wotja URL ('WJURL'). We have adopted this approach so that files can be opened directly from a Web link, making them easy to share.
The text includes all the IME and ISE settings required by Wotja to play your file and generate its music and any text you include. It can also include your mix icon and even a background image if you have used one (both text encoded) but it does not include any custom audio data such as SF2 or Loops.
Tip: Wotjas that include background images are much, much larger than those that don't. We recommend that if you want to allow people to download those then you place them on a separate download page - but that is up to you, too.
Advanced: If content in a Wotja URL references content in an add-on Pak then, provided that Pak is located in your Wotja iCloud Drive folder (iOS/macOS) or "Intermorphic Folder" (macOS), the content will play as expected.
Wotja URLs - Historical
Wotja URLs came about through 'vector audio' a technique that we pioneered at SSEYO in 2000.
Titlebar Menu (Desktop)
File | Options | Window | Help
The Wotja X Desktop Titlebar Menu (Windows/macOS) is where you can:
Create a new .wotjabox file (automatic album)
Open a file you have previously saved
Show the Wotja data folder
Select your Audio Output device
Windows Only: Enter your Product Key
Tip: You can use both the Wotja X 'Documents Window' or Finder / Windows Explorer to carry out normal file related activities e.g. delete/duplicate/rename etc.
Tip: On Desktop use Cmd+W (macOS) or Ctrl+W (Windows) to close a tab.
Note: You may want to use iCloud (if you have it) rather than local storage (if you use local storage the Wotja Data Folder will show you where that is and it will be the Intermorphic Folder). If you use iCloud your files will also appear in the Wotja iCloud Drive folder for all your devices, meaning you can easily sync your Wotja related files between devices that share the same iCloud account. See the iCloud FAQ.
WOTJA BACKUPS: Make these by: A) Using iCloud to store your files, or by B) backing up your device with Time Machine or equivalent; or C) emailing yourself a backup copy of each wotja. Using iCloud is the easiest way to manage your files.
New (files are saved to the Wotja data folder)
Creates a new automatic album of mixes and opens in the List Player.
Shows a list of openable files using a standard Finder or Windows Explorer browse dialog.
The filetypes that Wotja X can presently open directly are: .wotjabox
Note: Wotja cannot directly open .zip, .sf2, .midi, .wav or .ogg files but these can be referenced in templates (See Wotja User Guide).
First, from our Webstore purchase a licence to use Wotja X for Windows. You will be sent an email containing your Customer ID, Order ID and Product key. Enter these in the correct fields and then press the "Check your key!" button.
Tip: We strongly recommend that you copy and paste the above information.
Tip: Do not have any spaces at the end of the Product Key ... or at the start.
Show Wotja data folder: If you are using iCloud it is the Wotja iCloud folder, otherwise it is the Intermorphic Folder, that being <Music>/Intermorphic on macOS and <Documents>/wotja on Windows.
Check Version at Start (Windows Only): Check this if you want Wotja X to check you are running the latest version when you launch it.
Output Devices: Select your audio output device.
Brings the Wotja X window to the front.
Help: Various useful weblinks.
Documents Screen Click image for large
When you launch Wotja X the Documents screen is the first screen you see. The only difference in display of this screen in Desktop and Mobile versions is that in the Desktop version you can have multiple files open, each one shown in a different tab at the top of the screen.
Tip: On Desktop use Cmd+W (macOS) or Ctrl+W (Windows) to close a tab.
The Documents screen displays the openable files (see below) that are in the Wotja iCloud folder or present in the Local Wotja data folder on the device (see iCloud/Local below).
The Documents screen is where you can:
Create a new "automatic album" .wotjabox file
Open a file you have previously saved
The files that Wotja X can presently open directly are: .wotjabox
Note: Wotja cannot directly open .zip, .sf2, .midi, .wav or .ogg files but these can be referenced in templates (See Wotja User Guide).
Tip: The thumbnail you see for each file in iOS varies according to the file type and whether your file uses TTM.
iOS/macOS Tip: When you first start Wotja X, you're prompted if you want to use iCloud or Local. If you change your mind, go your device's iCloud Settings screen, scroll down that and look for the version of Wotja that you have and go into that screen. You will see a "Use iCloud" toggle. If you turn that off your files are ONLY saved locally to your device. You should back them up regularly. See the File Management FAQ.
iOS/macOS Note: You may want to use iCloud rather than local storage (i.e. saving your files to your device). If you use iCloud your files will also appear in the Wotja iCloud Drive folder for all your devices, meaning you can easily sync your Wotja related files between devices that share the same iCloud account. See the iCloud FAQ.
FILE BACKUPS: Make these by: A) Using iCloud to store your files, or by B) backing up / synching your iOS device (note that a device restore will be needed to recover your wotjas); C) emailing yourself a backup copy of each wotja, or; D) if you have a desktop computer, use iTunes Apps File Sharing to copy your wotjas off your device and to save them to your computer. Using iCloud / iCloud Drive is the easiest way to manage your files, but if you do not want to use that and/or want to manually back up your files see the instructions on the Intermorphic website for File Management - Where should I put or look for App Files, Zips, SF2, WAVs etc.?.
Refresh: Updates the Documents screen. Tip: On macOS this also acts as a resynch.
iCloud Sync [iOS only]: Resynch your iCloud files. Note: On macOS resynching is done automatically.
Wotja (.wotja) files include all parameter settings, text and images necessary to play the mix. They do not include, however, any additional referenced media such as loops. These additional files, if required for your mix, need first to be placed in your iCloud Folder or in the Intermorphic Folder.
Files created with Noatikl and Mixtikl can also be included in albums.
Shows the Wotja X Sleep Time (i.e. how much longer Wotja X can play for before it will stop playing).
This value is also limited by the maximum play time allowed in your IAP tier.
Tap the right hand Settings button to go to the Settings Screen where you can set the Sleep Time.
Export to Clipboard as Wotja Box Album: This is for when you want to embed your Album in a webpage as a Wotja URL (See How to wotjafy a webpage).
Save Wotja Box Album to File: Allows you to export your Wotja List to a Wotja Box file that is then saved locally. You might choose to do this to if you wish to share your album.
Refresh ALL items (.wotjabox only): This will refresh all items in the Wotja Box file with the latest versions that you have saved locally (this is for Wotja Box authors who have the local original files).
Help & More: Links to Wotja X User Guide
The name of the Album (left of status bar).
The name of the currently selected File (middle of status bar).
File Play Time
Shows the Play Time left for the current file (right of status bar).
This value can be adjust in List Overrides.
This value is also limited by the maximum play time allowed in your IAP tier.
Tap to add a file to your album.
Tap to add a thumbnail to your album. This image will show as the thumbnail in the Files screen.
Tap to toggle between sequential and random play.
Tap the thumbnail to go to Full Screen display (see below).
The top line is the file name.
The center line displays "Playing" when the file is playing.
The bottom line displays the minimum and maximum piece time (these values are set in Item Overrides).
Tap the central area to play or stop the file. When the file is playing the item will be a light blue colour.
Tap for a pop-up menu where you are presented with the following options:
Edit Item Details (Overrides): See the item below.
Random Icon: Allows you to randomly generate a new icon according to the "Random > Albums > Icon Palette and Icon Graphic" settings.
Export Item to File: Where availble, this item lets you export your mix so that you can further edit it,
Refresh Item from File: If you have exported a mix, changed it and saved it, this allows you to refresh the file in the album.
Move Up: Only shown if you have a subscription enabled or are using the Annual version.
Move Down: Only shown if you have a subscription enabled or are using the Annual version.
Delete: Only shown if you have a subscription enabled or are using the Annual version.
Cancel: Cancel out of the pop-up.
Item Overrides Screen
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These settings override any related settings that may be in the File (these File related Playlist settings are set in the Cell Rules panel in the Mix Tab.
Ramp Up: Sets how long it takes for the file volume to ramp up once the file has started to play.
Duration: Sets how long the file will play for (Piece time).
Range: Sets a range on how long the file can play for.
Ramp Down: Sets how long it takes for the file volume to ramp down before play moves to the next file.
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Full Screen play is for when you want to sit back, look at any included image/message and reflect on the music.
Tap the center of the screen to return to the Play List screen.
Settings Screen - Mix Click image for large
The Mix "segment" in the Settings screen is presently only for setting the Sleep timer.
This screen is accessible from the Cog item which is shown in most screens.
Select for a popup with links to further information, such as version number and links to this user guide etc. Also shown are links to where to find more Paks and more Wotjas.
(Default: Infinite) The sleep timer can take values 1m to 60 mins. Use it to set how long you want to Wotja X to play before fading out over the last 30 seconds of play time.
The timer is off when the slider is in the near left position. You will then see the value shown as ∞.
If you are running in 'Free Mode' then Wotja X will always stop playing after 3 minutes, whatever the value of the slider.
If the setting is ∞ then it means there is no sleep timer active and the only timer in operation is the Music Play Time Timeout. See Wotja X Store.
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The Randomization "segment" in the Settings screen is a very powerful screen. It is where you select the Randomization values that determine how the mixes in Automatic Albums are created.
Templates for Randomization
Templates screen: This easy access to the templates screen means you can always easily change the pool of templates you want to randomize from.
Default - Random: Select from one of 35 includes palettes for auto-icon generation in Albums or Mixes.
Default - Blobs: Select from 2 different kinds of icon graphic styles for auto-icon generation in Albums or Mixes. The choices are: Blobs or Geometric.
Default - TTM: Select what text, if any, you want to display in your icon. They choices are: TTM, Cut-Up or none.
Mixes in Album
Default - 8: The minimum number of mixes in an automatically generated album.
Max (Mixes in Album)
Default - 8: The maximum number of mixes in an automatically generated album.
Default - 5 m (300 s): The minimum time a mix is configured to play for in an automatically generated album.
Default - 5 m (300 s): The maximum time a mix is configured to play for in an automatically generated album.
Default - 0 s: The minimum duration that is added to a mix's Duration above when the album is created.
Max (Duration Range)
Default - 0 s: The maximum duration that is added to a mix's Duration above when the album is created.
Default - 30 BPM: The minimum tempo of a mix.
Default - 60 BPM: The maximum tempo of a mix.
Default - 5 s: How long a mix takes to ramp up to its full volume.
Default - 5 s: How long a mix takes to ramp down to zero volume.
General / Mix
TTM Cells/Column (min)
Default - 1: The minimum number of TTM Players that will be in a column, assuming you have a TTM Pak available for selection when randomizing.
TTM Cells/Column (max)
Default - 1: The maximum number of TTM Players that will be in a column, assuming you have a TTM Pak available for selection when randomizing.
TTM Words (min)
Default - 2: The minimum number of words that will be added to a TTM Text field on creating a new random mix or in the TTM Text Editor when using the Randomize button with Randomise option selected.
TTM Words (max)
Default - 2: The maximum number of words that will be added to a TTM Text field on creating a new random mix or in the TTM Text Editor when using the Randomize button with Randomise option selected.
Default - 2: The number of Tracks that will have their cell contents (below) randomized (starting with Track 1).
Default - 1: The number of Cells in the Tracks above that will have their contents repopulated from the list of available templates.
Default: 100% - The chance that a randomized will be repopulated with a generative template.
Blank Cell %
Default - 35%: - The chance that a randomized will be empty.
Default - 30 bpm: - The minimum tempo of a new, random mix.
Default - 60 bpm: - The maximum tempo of a new, random mix.
Default: 90 - The minimum volume of a track in a new, random mix.
Default - 127: - The maximum volume of a track in a new, random mix.
Default - 30: - How far away from center that pan can be for a Track in a new, random mix.
Generative Bar Min
Default: Infinite - The minimum base value for the number of bars a generative template will play for and to which the range value (below) is added. Special Value: If this value is set far left to ∞ then once play in a Track reaches such a cell the generative content in that cell will continue to play either for as long as the mix plays or until you manually select another cell in that Track to play.
Generative Bar Max
Default - 0: The maximum base value for the above.
Generative Bar Range
Default - 0: Sets the range that applies to the above base value.
Cell Repeat Min
Default - 1: The minimum base value for the number of times a cell will repeat after it has played through once and to which the range value (below) is added. For a generative template each bar counts as one repeat; for audio or MIDI content this is the length of the content rounded up to the end of a bar). Note: If the cell contains generative content and the Generative Bar Min is value is set to ∞ then this setting takes no effect as the cell never repeats!
Cell Repeat Max
Default - 1: The maximum base value for the above
Cell Repeat Range
Default - 1: Sets the range that applies to the above base value.
Templates are at the heart of Wotja. They are self contained "generative music and sound presets" - they can vary from being simple to very complex complex generators of notes and sounds. Their use is fundamental to how Wotja works.
On the left of the top panel is a button that takes you back to the screen you came from. Depending on how you accessed this screen, the top right menu items will vary (see below).
Tip: If you tap on a template or file in the left hand panel you can preview it without having to open it.
Description / Menu Items
Back to the Settings screen.
The list of Paks you can select a Template from.
Saved Files: Always shown at the top for easy accesss, this is list of wotjas or generative templates that you have already created and saved.
WJ18/WJ5 Paks: These include templates optimised for Wotja 5.
WJ4 Paks: These include templates optimised for Wotja 4.
IME VoiceTypes: Simple templates that let you start a cell with just one VoiceType.
IME Others: Older sundry templates.
IM3 Paks: The Paks that were available for Noatikl 3 and Mixtikl 7
IM2 Paks: (Shown in dark grey, and only if "Show Old?" toggle is on). These include generative templates that came with Noatikl 2 and Mixtikl 6.
IM1 Paks: (Shown in dark grey, and only if "Show Old?" toggle is on). These include generative templates that came with Noatikl 1 and Mixtikl 1-5.
3rd Party Paks: If you have them installed, older IM Paks (e.g. MDB or the AL Collections) are shown in dark grey, italic. Other third party paks are shown in black, italic.
Demo Files: Have a listen! Tip: To be able to see this Pak, turn off the "Random?" toggle.
The list of Templates in the selected Pak. Tap to preview a Template; tap again to stop the preview.
Toggle this on to see generative templates that were included in precursors to Wotja X, e.g. Noatikl and Mixtikl.
Settings: iCloud [iOS]
iCloud Settings Screen Click image for large
iOS Only: This screen is where you set whether Wotja can use Mobile Data and whether or not it uses iCloud for file saving.
This screen is accessible from the iOS Settings Screen. Scroll down that screen to find the version of Wotja that you have installed and then tap it.
Lets you choose if Wotja can use Mobile Data when synching with iCloud.
Lets you move between Cloud and Local file storage. Plus, you're prompted what to use, when you start the app.
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The subscription versions of Wotja contain an In-App Store where you can purchase an In-App Subscription. The image shows the current In-App Subscription tiers. See the 'Long Play' Tier FAQ for further details on what those tiers are for.
Tip: When the 'Unlocked' In-App Subscription expires then the limitations in 'Free Mode' are re-instated.
Note: There is no In-App Store in the non-subscription 'annual' version of Wotja X (e.g. Wotja X 2018) because it does not include any auto-renewing In-App Subscriptions. Nor at present does it have any one-off In-App Purchases.
Returns you to the Settings Screen.
Tap this button and you will be asked if you want to check for and restore any previous purchases.
If you have purchased an In-App Subscription, and it is active, then "Subscribed" will show instead of the price.
The "Manage Subscriptions" button in the Miscellaneous" section takes you straight to the Wotja subscription page where you can manage your subscription. See also the FAQ entry on in-app subscriptions.
In the "Miscellaneous" section tap the "Manage Subscriptions" list item for a link to Apple's general online information on how to manage your subscriptions.
General comment: The Intermorphic Sound Engine (ISE) Sound Units (Wavetable, Tone, DSynth, Particle) run in stereo. In earlier iterations of our sound engine these units ran in mono, even though the FX Units worked in stereo. Running the Sound Units in stereo does place a higher load on the processor, however, it greatly improves the sounds that the ISE can generate so it was an essential change we had to make.
If you are getting performance issues then it is highly likely it is because the processor in your device is simply trying to do more that it can handle. In the majority of cases it most likely one of 2 things:
Your mix is simultaneously playing too many templates or the templates are too complex (the mix is too complex overall, therefore)
See 2, 3 below
Your mix is using too many FX (Cell, Track or Global)
It is not currently possible to change these in Wotja X, so instead reduce the number of templates you are using (see above)
However, before we look at any of those, there are some general things to check / note first when it comes to conserving processor cycles so that the app can use the maximum processor power available.
Use latest OS version: Ensure your device is using the latest OS update available for it.
Power cycle your device: This just ensures there is nothing running you don't expect to be running. Tip: Even if no other app is running, this can sometimes solve problems that seem to have no obvious cause.
Other running apps: Although OS are good at managing app usage these days, it might well be worth closing all other running apps.
Inter-App Audio / Audiobus (if relevant): Use of these takes up processing cycles, so try working without these on (at least until you have found an approach that works for you).
AirPlay, WiFi, Bluetooth, Cellular data (as relevant): Use of these takes up processing cycles, so try turning these off. Why not try temporarily putting your device into Airplane mode?
Don't run Wotja X backgrounded (mobile): There are less processor cycles available to the app when backgrounded.
Cable connection to computer (mobile): If your device syncs, that, too, can use processor cycles, so try using it without a computer connection (but charging it from a USB charging point is fine).
Try these (in order):
Airplay/BlueTooth/Chromecast/Media Streaming: All these use processing power to stream the audio, so if you are having performance issues please first ensure they are off.
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 .
Use some older content, too: Because of the Wotja 4+ template richness (above), you do not need many when creating a new piece. However, we still include the older Noatikl templates which in general has less of a processing hit, so you might want to try sprinkling some of that in.
Your Device....: We put this at the very of this list because we know only too well that money does not grow on trees and powerful desktop/mobile devices are very expensive. :( But, the device you are using is also a factor to keep in mind. How our app sounds is very important and, to keep moving forwards, we have to to take advantage of new capabilities and device power - we do this very carefully though. Unfortunately, sound generation and sound processing is a heavy hitter, and, moving to stereo sound units (see ISE comment, above) is just something we had to do...
Solution: If your funds allow, it might be worth at some point checking out a more powerful device.
Wotja 4+ (iOS), Wotja 4+ (macOS), Wotja X (iOS/macOS)
Noatikl 3.0+ (iOS), Noatikl 3.1+ (macOS)
Liptikl 2.0+ (iOS), Liptikl 2.0+ (macOS)
Mixtikl 7.0+ (iOS)
Wotja 3.2+ (iOS)
iCloud Drive Folder:
The iCloud Drive folder on macOS is found here:
Why use iCloud / iCloud Drive?
We strongly recommend using iCloud / iCloud Drive wherever you can.
There are five main reasons for that:
Backups: Files kept in iCloud are always backed up.
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.
File Organisation: You can move files around on iOS with the iCloud Drive app or on desktop PC with Finder.
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).
Simplicity: You don't need to understand the intricacies of the "Intermorphic Folder" or Local Device folder.
Note on iCloud Drive Subfolders (folders under the main app folder):
Our iOS apps support "flat" folders meaning they will display all files under the root folder, including files in any subfolders.
Tip: If you want to limit what files are displayed in the iOS app, you need to move the files you don't want to see out of the main app folder, perhaps into a "Archived" folder under iCloud Drive.
Tip: Why can't I see the relevant app folder in my Mac's iCloud Drive folder or in the iCloud Drive on icloud.com?
Tip: Even if you have Wotja / Wotja X for iOS or Wotja 2017+ for iOS installed on your device, to see the Wotja iCloud folder on Mac, we strongly suggest installing either Wotja / Wotja X for macOS or Wotja 2017+ for macOS.
If you have just installed one of our iCloud Drive supporting apps for the first time, then it seems it can take a while for the iCloud Drive synching to happen and for the folders/files to appear on your Mac. We know not why.... but a couple of suggestions to try are:
Sign-in to your iCloud web account (icloud.com) and from the home page select the iCloud Drive icon when you will then be able to see all your iCloud Drive folders. It seems that doing this may cause the relevant app folder to appear soon on the Mac.
It may be that the relevent folder is not showing in the above iCloud Drive folder, in which case we have found that if you connect your device to iTunes on your Mac and then perform an iTunes "Sync" for that device, it seems the folders/files then appear straight away under your Mac's iCloud Drive folder and in icloud.com.
There should be *no reason at all* that you need to delete the Wotja iCloud folder and we strongly recommend that you DO NOT delete it. By all means delete any files in that folder, but just not the folder. The folder itself will take up no storage space.
If, however, you do delete that folder then what you can do to get it back again is as follows:
Go to Settings > iCloud and find the iCloud Drive toggle. Turn it off, then turn it on again. Then, return to Wotja X and create a new file and the Wotja iCloud folder will be created and the file added to it (you must of course be using iCloud in Wotja X as follows, 1) Settings > iCloud > Wotja X toggled on and 2) Settings > Wotja X > Use iCloud toggled on).
You can use your own generative Noatikl files (.noatikl) [created in Wotja, Noatikl or Mixtikl] as templates in Wotja X and these can also be used for mix randomisation. It can all be done on an iOS device, too.
You will need to be using iCloud and have a Wotja iCloud Drive folder.
Zip the files up, then using that zip in Wotja where templates in such zips show up in the Settings > Random > Templates for Randomisation screen.
Wotja X only supports use of audio files in properly formatted Paks of templates. This allows such loops to be pitch-shifted/time stretched when added to a mix, in accordance with mix root and tempo. Note that audio Paks do not appear in the Settings > Random > Templates for Randomisation screen as they are not supported content for use in randomisation.
However, there is a workaround that is not officially supported and may be prone to crashes etc. but it may work fine for you. It involves simply zipping up your audio files and then placing that zip where Wotja can find it (we strongly recommend using the iCloud folder - see this FAQ entry).
It is also a workflow that can be done entirely on mobile device if required, in which case you will need to be using iCloud and have a Wotja iCloud Drive folder and your audio files will need to be located in some iCloud folder so they can be located to be zipped.
The instructions below are specific to iOS, but are similar if using a desktop computer.
Go to Document Browser option which accesses iCloud Drive, and the find the folder that contains your audio files.
Select one files above; this is then copied across to the app (only one at a time unfortunately).
Once you have copied all the audio files you want into the app then go to the app's "Files" option and you will see an import folder (you can remove what you don't want in here).
Then select the bottom "Zip" option and give your zip a name (e.g. mywavs.zip).
Select the created zip (e.g. mywavs.zip) and then the bottom "Share" option and select "Copy to Wotja X" from the pop up action sheet.
You may or may not need to restart Wotja X for the zip to be picked up; as audio files are large you might need to wait a while before iCloud syncs it in any event!
More on zip files, what they can contain, and limitations
Zip Files: .zip (the zip file can include media such as .sf2, .wav, .ogg or .midi files)
Wotja can access Zip Files only from its iCloud folder (recommmended for mobile and desktop versions) or Intermorphic folder (alternative option for desktop versions).
iOS tip: The only way on-device to get a zip file into Wotja so that it can be used by Wotja is to copy the zip file already in an iCloud folder into the Wotja folder as follows:
From the iOS iCloud Drive app, find and tap the zip file.
Select the bottom toolbar Action button and in the Action sheet popup select the option to either "Open in Wotja" or "Copy to Wotja".
Select either and the zip file is saved to your Wotja iCloud folder and will be ready to use in Wotja once you see a "Zip file mounted" message.
iOS Safari tip: When downloading a zip file in Mobile Safari from a web link you will see in the Action sheet popup an option to either "Open in Wotja" or "Copy to Wotja" (this assumes you have Wotja for iOS installed). Select either and the zip file is saved to your Wotja iCloud folder and will be ready to use in Wotja once you see a "Zip file mounted" message.
Important note on use of audio files in zips: Although you can put WAV/Ogg files in a zip and use them in a mix by selecting them from the Templates screen it is not a supported behaviour and it may be prone to crashes etc. If you wish to use audio files in Wotja we STRONGLY suggest instead creating and using a zipped Pak where they can be corrected pitch-shifted and time stretched when added to a mix.
In a simple zip Wotja treats audio files as sample loops of which it has no information on pitch, tempo, length etc. meaning those loops are used "as is" - they are not pitch-shifted to suit Mix root (as they would be when in a Pak, as well as they would be time-stretched to fit the mix tempo).
Even though not used in a Pak, if you subsequently change the mix tempo then any such audio files used in a mix will be time stretched in some fashion. This DOES take time, so only add them to a mix that has the correct tempo to suit them.
Wotja provides no support for streaming audio files from the file system and all audio files are treated as "samples" meaning they are first loaded into memory before they can be used. This may be OK for small foley effects or shortish loops, but that is up to you and your device.
Note: If content in your exported file uses a custom Wavetable/SF2 that is also in your iCloud Drive folder then for the file to play correctly when opened in Noatikl 3 you need to have that custom Wavetable/SF2 available in the Intermorphic Folder (See here). If this does not work you will need to recreate the association to the custom Wavetable/SF2.
Saving a Wotja template as a Noatikl file
In the Wotja X Playlist, add a Template to the album.
Tap Mix Overide cog next to that item in the album and select "Export Item to File". You will see a pop-up dialog where you name this file before it is saved.
This saved .noatikl file is shown in the Wotja 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.
In the Templates screen you can see and select this under Saved Files. The file will have a .noatikl extension.
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.
Exporting a Wotja template (as a .noatikl file) to clipboard
In Step 2 above, select instead "Export to Clipboard".
It almost goes without saying, but don't forget to press play!
Make sure your system volume is turned-up, and any speakers are turned on.
If your templates use ambient voices, they can sometimes take a while to start playing (See: Ambient Voice Type).
When creating a new mix or randomising a mix make sure you have not deselected all Paks or content otherwise nothing will be added to a mix. Likewise, make sure the General/Mix section of Randomization settings all have sensible values i.e. TTM is NOT set to 0 if Cells are 1, Generative % NOT set to 0, Blank Cell % NOT set to 100, Volume Min/Max NOT set to 0 etc. (See: Randomization Settings).
If none of the above work and you are still stumped...
Get in touch via our support form and include your mix. To do that, from the Mix Override button to the right of the mix select "Export Item to File". Open the .wotja file in a Text Editor, copy out all the text and then paste that into the support form. We will see if we can figure it out for you!
Wotja X for iOS is Audiobus / Inter-App Audio enabled which means you can send an audio stream out through that and then record it with another suitable 3rd party app that supports Audiobus / Inter-App Audio and recording.
Audiobus / Inter-App Audio support is enabled by default and we make no charge for its use*.
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!
Intermorphic is Tim Cole & Pete Cole - yes, just two brothers - and we have now been working together in generative music since 1990, i.e. for over 28 years. However, without the incredible support and interest from so many over the years then we would not be where we are today with our current Apps, Engines and Content. Our thankyou list below is an ever expanding one, in no particular order, and does not include everyone (sorry to those we have missed!). We offer our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to:
All customers, and most especially those who wish to continue with us as we move forward - we love you, thank you!
Everyone who has made contributions to our forums, helped others and given feedback or who has blogged, tweeted, facebooked or otherwise written nicely about or shared content they have made with our apps and in so doing helped others to find us - we love you, thank you!
Timothy Didymus and Mark Harrop, longstanding friends, colleagues and artists with incredible talent whose sublime generative music creations have, on the many occasions when times were hard, given us the much needed inspiration to press onwards.
Our outstanding beta testers for their testing efforts and everyone who has given feedback, found bugs and helped with suggestions.
All our old friends and colleagues from SSEYO days including Jon Pettigrew, John Wilkinson, Jerry Leach, Paul Blampied, Jerry Swan, Nick Barefoot, Simon Robertson, Kerry-Anna Saia, Natalie Da Gama Rose, John Tenkoni and including Jesper Bennedbaek, Wenwu Wang etc. from our Tao Group audio days (we are focusing primarily on audio and so there are way too many to list here, but they include all those who went on to work at Antix Labs!)