Frequently Asked Questions
- What operating systems are supported?
- Is Java safe to use?
- Can I save my recordings?
- Can I analyze recordings of other musicians?
- Is MP3 format supported?
- Can I analyze YouTube Videos?
- What instruments are supported?
- Can I print a screen image?
Intonia is written in Java, so Intonia will run on any system that supports Java. Currently that includes Windows, Windows x64, Linux, Solaris, and Macintosh OSX.
To run on Windows, you'll need Java Version 6 or later. The installer checks for Java, and sends you to the java.com website if needed.
On Macintosh OSX, Java comes pre-installed. Note that external USB microphones may not work with Intonia under OSX
There have been a number of reports of security holes in Java that make it possible for a hostile intruder to take over a computer and execute malware. No reports have been received so far of actual damage inflicted, but the potential is there.
The reported vulnerabilities are related to Java plug-ins in web browsers. Intonia depends on stand-alone Java, which is not subject to the vulnerability. If you turn off Java in your browser, you can still use Java to run Intonia, and you will be protected from the potential security problems. Oracle has instructions for disabling Java in browsers at http://www.java.com/en/download/help/disable_browser.xml.
Computing can never be 100% safe. Be sure your version of Java is up to date. Use anti-virus software, and keep the definitions up to date. Make sure your operating system is automatically updated. This should protect you from the vast majority of the threats.
Of course! The application was designed to emulate a tape recorder. Choose "Save" from the file menu, and your piece will be saved as as audio file in .WAV format. Choose "Open" from the file menu and you can read any .WAV file. You can reopen files you recorded yourself, or you can read .WAV files you got from any other source, including ripping them from a CD.
You can edit your recording before you save it. Drag the mouse to select a region, or click and shift-click to select a bigger region. The "Copy", "Cut" and "Paste" commands on the Edit menu work as you'd expect them to. You can even copy from one file and paste into a different file. Just be careful, because there's no "Undo."
You can open the saved file using any standard music player such as Windows Media Player or RealPlayer, but you won't see the pitch analysis without Intonia.
You can read any audio file in .WAV format or .AIFF format and analyze it just as as you analyze recordings you produce yourself. If you have a CD, you'll need to rip it to a .WAV file first.
You can read MP3 files, but you can save audio only in WAV format.
If your sound card supports "What You Hear" as an input option, you can play YouTube videos directly into Intonia in real time. However, you must be aware that audio from YouTube has a sample rate of 22.05 KHz, or exactly half the rate of most CDs. If you use Intonia to capture the live recoring, you must set the Sample Rate For Recording on the Audio Tab of the Options dialog to 22,050. In general, whether you use Intonia or some other audio tool to create a file from streaming audio, be sure the sample rate of the file matches the sample rate of the source.
Intonia was developed for string instruments such as violin, viola, and cello. It turns out to work very well with many other instruments as well. We haven't done much experimentation in this area, so try it and see. Let us know what you find out!
We do know that Intonia doesn't do very well with the human voice.
There is no way to print a screen from within Intonia, but you can use features of your operating system to do it for you.
If you're on Windows, hit the "Print Screen" key on your keyboard, which will place your screen image on the system clipboard. Then use your Start Menu to locate Programs - Accessories - Paint. Type control-V to paste the screen image. You can print it from there, or save it as a file in any of several formats. If you have a favorite image-editing program, you should be able to use it instead of Paint.
On Mac OSX, there are several options available. You can copy the entire screen, or you can copy any rectangular selection. You can place the results in a file on your desktop, or you can copy to the clipboard for pasting into a graphics program. The keys are
- command-shift-3: capture screen to file
- command-fn-shift-3: capture screen to clipboard
- command-shift-4: capture selection to file
- command-fn-shift-4: capture selection to keyboard
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