Tapping YMCK Player Icon on your iPhone/iPod Touch's menu screen to launch. You will see the Splash Screen while the app is reading the rest of the program and other data. "Touch to start" button will appear when the app is ready, then tap the screen to start.
You'll mainly operate the Main Screen to play music.
Touch and slide the Keyboard to make sound. Touch the Scroll Area to let the Keyboard scroll up/down. The note goes up/down at the same time.
The note will automatically be adjusted according to your key/scale setting (see “2-4 Drawer operation”). The actual sounding note therefore will different from the key you have touched on the screen. The blue circle on the Keyboard shows the note actually sounding.
By tilting the device to the side you can scroll the keyboard just same as touching the Scroll Area. By tilting to the back you can add vibrato.
Tap the Song Select Button to select a song you can jam with.
Tapping Song Select Button to show Picker (iPod-style song select screen) on which you can select a song from iPod Library. The operation of Picker is the same with iPhone/iPod Touch's song picker.
Tapping Song Select Button to show Song Source Selection Popup to let you choose whether playing the internal song or selecting from iPod Library.
Tapping INTERNAL, the internal song (“Music Flowing”) is selected immediately and back to Main Screen.
Tapping [iPod Library] will show Picker (iPod-style song select screen) on which you can select a song from iPod Library. The operation of Picker is the same with iPhone/iPod Touch's song picker.
Tapping Play/Pause Button to play the selected song. You can also play the keyboard while playing the song, to have a jam as you like.
When you feel the song and Keyboard's note are not matching you can change the key and scale on Drawer (See “2-4 Drawer operation”). You can also automate your changing operation of the key/scale by writing Automation (See “4-Working with Automation”).
You can change the key, scale, volume, timbre of the keyboard on Drawer. To pull the Drawer out tap Drawer Handle.
You can change the following settings on System Settings Screen.
By setting Automation YMCK Player automatically change the key/scale as you programmed. The Automation can be set to individual songs. Once the Automation is set, YMCK Player automatically recalls the Automation data everytime the song is selected and you can immediately play with the key/scale you assigned.
On Automation Edit Screen you can edit the Automation data.
Automation is written in plain text format.
The operation to write text on the editor is the same as iPhone/iPod Touch's standard operation.
The format of Automation is like following:
time, key, scale time, key, scale
time, key, scale
time, key, scale
The time to change key/scale. The unit is [second], decimals are accepted. You can write the decimals as precise as you can, but consider that the time resolution of Automation is about 0.1 sec.
Write with the combination of one capital letter and “#”, like “C#”.
Flat mark cannot be accepted. Please write as “D#” if you want to assign E-flat key.
Write in Roman characters. See “4-3 Available scale” for the detail.
Note that wrong spelling will be ignored. Also note that it's case sensitive.
The scales you can assign in your Automation is following:
Most of the scales are the same with the scales available on Drawer, but Diatonic and Altered have the variations that have slightly different function. The variations can be used only in Automation.
The place Automation data is savedThe Automation data is stored in YMCK Player's application data, apart from your iPod Library's music data. Therefore, once you uninstall YMCK Player all the Automation data will be removed along with the application itself. Be sure to make backups often, especially when you're making a big amount of data. You can make backups by copying the text on the Automation Edit Screen and send it by email etc.
Tips 1To make complex automation data, it's better to edit the text on your PC with certain kind of spread sheet application first, then transfer it via email or your personal server. It is also a good way to make backups.
Tips 2When opening Automation Edit Screen for the song with no automation data yet, YMCK Player automatically insert current key and scale as the first data. If the song requires only one key/scale, and had already found it on the main screen, just open Automation Edit Screen, press [Done] and you can finish setting Automation.