manual
beta 0.9.2 (July 22, 2017)

created by evan balster — evan@imitone.com
design by richard hogg — h099.com

questions? problems? suggestions?
use the send feedback button in the app to tell us..

getting started
  1. make sure you have everything you need.
    • a microphone
    • headphones (optional, but strongly recommended!)
    • a music-making app with midi support (also known as a DAW)
  2. open imitone.
    • enter your 16-digit key, if this is your first time.
  3. open your music app.
    • you may need to set imitone as the app's "midi input".
      (this is usually in the app's settings.)
    • pick an instrument to play. (it may need to be set for recording.)

    instead of another app, you can play imitone's instruments.
    — switch to "instruments" mode in setup.

  4. sing into your mic.
    • you can also hum, whistle or play an instrument.
    • whistling or playing high notes?  pick the right range!

...having problems?  see troubleshooting.

hints & tips
sound clarity
  • wear headphones, so your speakers won't confuse imitone.
  • find a quiet place — away from TV, music, talking and electric hums.
    • avoid rooms with a strong echo.
  • imitone hears you better when you are close to the mic.
    • ...but try not to blow air on it!
playing a song
  • pick a preset that matches the instrument you are playing.
  • find a scale and key that fit your song.
    (playing in chromatic is very hard!)
if the notes are messy, try tidier settings, like reliable tracking.
singing tips
  • make clear sounds with an open mouth.
    • try "ooh", "aah" or "dah".
    • or imitate the instrument you're playing.
make sure imitone's pitch range is voice or full.
singing steady sounds like "ooh", "aah" or "mmm"?
try sustain mode.
singing more sudden sounds like "bah" or "dah"?
try attack mode.
whistling tips
make sure imitone's pitch range is whistle or full.
always set sustain mode for whistling.
playing real instruments
  • imitone only understands one note at a time.
    chords and strums will confuse it.
  • deep instruments work best when the mic is close to them.
training your voice with imitone
  • you can train your voice by watching the tuner.
    try to keep the needle in the middle.
  • make sure you can hear both your voice and the instrument.
latency
imitone's latency is the delay between your voice and notes playing.
if latency is high, the instrument can feel slow and hard to control.
on windows, use asio or kernel mode for much lower latency.
(other apps won't be able to share the microphone!)
you can also lower latency with fast tracking and other settings:
instrument presets

presets are here to help you get familiar with imitone.
they are useful settings for different types of instruments.

piano, bells, mallets; stricken instruments.
— try singing "daah".
guitar, bass, banjo; plucked instruments.
— try singing "dooh".
synth lead, organ, horns; steady instruments.
— try singing "baah".
saxophone, electric guitar; talkative instruments.
— try singing "aah". (or "biddly-diddly-deowww!")
violins, cellos, trombones; lilting instruments.
— try singing "haah".
flutes, oboes, horns; fluttery instruments.
— try singing "ooh".
trombone, theremin; wiggly instruments.
— try singing "waah".
— ideal for noodling.
remember that presets are only suggestions.
experiment with different settings as you learn.

(in instruments mode, instruments are shown here instead.)

tuner

the dark needle shows the pitch of your voice (or instrument).
it helps you keep in tune.

pitch guide
a white tuning fork appears when pitch guide is working.
it will tune you if you sing off-key.
this is helpful for less-experienced singers.
turn it off if you're an experienced singer, or playing an instrument.
vibrato control
vibrato is the natural "wiggle" in your pitch.
this button lets you choose how to handle it.
off — no effect.
(more responsive)
stable — remove vibrato from your pitch.
(tidier notes)
on — remove vibrato, and send it to the instrument.
(vibrato is sent as midi CC 1, modulation wheel)
pitch bar
range
listen for voice.
(B2 to C6 — bass through soprano registers.)
listen for whistling.
(C5 to F7 — voice will be ignored!)
listen for voice and whistling.
(B2 to F7 — this will increase CPU usage.)
key & scale

(the key of C, in a major scale.)
picking the right key and scale makes playing your song much easier.
play with scales until you find one with the right mood.
then, try keys one by one until you find one that fits.
(at imitone HQ we love blues scales...)
chromatic lets you play in any key, but is very difficult!
octave shift also known as "transpose"
shifting lets you play notes that your voice can't reach.
shift up to make imitone play higher notes.
(great for flute, volin, and other bright notes.)
shift down to make it play lower notes.
(great for bass, brass and other deep notes.)
control-click to shift by semitones instead of octaves.
piano roll

the notes you play with imitone will appear here.

keys & tracks
the virtual keyboard shows imitone playing notes as you sing.
you can click on keys to change the scale.
the notes you sing will flow down imitone's note tracks.
(adjust zoom on the tracks by pressing shift+Z.)
tracking
make imitone work faster or cleaner.
reliable — play notes carefully, avoiding mistakes.
(tidier notes)
fast — play notes quickly, reducing latency.
(more responsive)
slide mode
control how notes act when your pitch slides around.
hold — play new notes when you stop sliding.
(tidier notes)
sweep — play new notes as you pass over them.
(more responsive)
legato — change pitch as you pass over new notes.
(some instruments don't support legato, and will sweep instead.)
portamento — glide between notes as you pass over them.
(some instruments don't support portamento.)
bend — pitch can change freely, moving between notes.
(if instruments bend incorrectly, try changing the bend range with the small button that appears.)
lock — like hold mode, but tries to avoid changing notes.
(tidiest notes, but adds some delay)
hold the spacebar to slide (or stop sliding) for a moment:
  • lock & hold mode will become legato.
  • sweep, legato & portamento will become bend.
  • bend will become hold.
volume bar

the loudness of your voice is shown here, along with imitone's sensitivity.

trigger mode
how notes begin and where their power comes from.
sustain — for instruments that make steady sounds.
winds, horns, strings, etc — sing "aah"
attack — for instruments that make sudden sounds.
piano, guitar, bass, bells, etc — sing "daah"
power control
turn this on to control how loud or soft notes are.
expression — power changes with your voice.
(only available in sustain mode. midi cc 11, expression controller)
velocity — power comes from the beginning of the note.
(only available in attack mode. midi key velocity.)
off — all notes play at the same power.
auto-adjust
intelligently changes max and gate volume.
it will blink when making changes.
turn it off to adjust volume yourself.
max volume (the top slider)
you must sing this loudly to play notes at full power.
does nothing when power control is off.
gate volume (the bottom slider)
sounds quieter than this will not make notes.
this is helpful for blocking out background noise.
dashboard

a few more general controls.

help & info
open the info screen.
open the manual included with your copy of imitone.
there is also an online manual here.
send us a message! it will include your settings and some other info to help us assist you.
workload
shows how hard imitone is working.
if the meter is high, imitone may start making mistakes.
if it's flashing red, there is not enough CPU power.
this can also happen if there are audio sync problems.
if it's flashing blue, the audio is frozen.
resetting your audio input often fixes this.
sleep
use this to switch imitone on and off.
when sleeping, imitone saves power and sends no notes.
sound check
this lets you hear what imitone hears.
use it to test your setup or listen to your voice.
always wear headphones when using sound check!
setup

select your mic and midi devices here.

flow doodle
the drawing at the top shows imitone's setup.
mouse-over any item for more information.
problems are marked with colored icons.
play mode
choose instruments to play imitone's built-in instruments.
(choose one from the "pick an instrument" menu.)
choose midi control to control other apps or midi devices with imitone.
audio input
choose your microphone here.
you can pick a mic channel to control imitone.
usually channel 1 (or L) is fine.
windows users may choose from three audio modes:
  • basic — high latency.  other apps may use the mic.
  • kernel — low latency.  imitone will not share the mic.
  • asio — low-latency pro audio.  requires special drivers.
    ASIO4ALL is a free asio driver for Windows.
audio output
choose your speaker or headphones here.
audio output is used for sound check and instruments.
midi output
you can use this to route imitone's midi.
pick "imitone app-to-app" to connect with other apps.
you can pick from 16 midi channels.
usually channel 1 is fine.
using imitone studio?
you can make a new voice by right-clicking a midi channel.
troubleshooting
imitone won't start!
normally, an error report will appear if something goes wrong.
if you see one, please fill it out and choose "send report".
otherwise, you can e-mail us at support@imitone.com.
imitone is crashing!
again, if you see an error report, please fill and send it.
you can also use the feedback button.
nothing happens in imitone when I sing.
try picking a different mic or input channel in setup.
this might not work if another music app is using the mic.
imitone won't make sound unless it's switched to "instruments" mode.
my music app isn't playing any notes.
try turning on auto-adjust and check your audio input.
make sure that the midi output is set to "imitone app-to-app".
check the "other app" icon in setup for warnings.
check that your music app's midi input is set to imitone.
try restarting it.
set up an instrument for recording in your music app.
I can play notes, but they're very quiet...
try turning on auto-adjust and check your audio input.
try turning power control off or lowering the max volume.
sometimes instruments get stuck at low power.
pressing the sleep button twice can un-stick them.
imitone is playing notes that aren't there.
see the tips in sound clarity.
try reliable tracking, and other tidy settings:
imitone's is playing the wrong notes.
try changing octave shift to 0.
try a different key & scale.
try tidier settings, like stable vibrato and hold mode.
imitone is playing notes when I'm not singing.
see the tips in sound clarity about finding a quiet place.
motors, electric hums, music and talking can confuse imitone.
if auto-adjust is off, try turning it on.
see if it blocks out the noise.
auto-adjust can mistake some noises for singing.
you can turn it off and set the volume gate yourself.
the response to my voice is delayed.  (high latency)
on windows: try asio or kernel mode for audio input.
make sure your music app is also set up for low-latency audio.
try fast tracking and other responsive settings:
the thermometer is flashing and imitone doesn't work.
RED means imitone needs more CPU power,
or the audio is out of sync.
if you see a RED thermometer:
  • try plugging your computer in.
  • try setting a smaller or lower range.
  • try running imitone alone.
BLUE means the audio is frozen.
this can happen for various reasons.
if you see a BLUE thermometer:
  • try re-selecting your audio input.
  • try a different microphone.
my throat hurts.
singing is hard work!
take a 30-minute break and drink some tea or water.
this didn't help me solve the problem.
please get in touch with us.
  • if you see an error report, fill it out and click 'send'.
  • or use the feedback button in imitone.
you can always e-mail us for help: support@imitone.com