These are the most common question I've received. Hopefully if you have similar issues this can be very useful.
Q: What is this app?
A: 8Tones is a tiny 8-bit music (chiptune) just-for-fun creation app. If you know how to use Famitracker (an emulated NES console grade music maker) then this app could be very easy to learn.
Q: I am confused. How do I use this app?
A: Don't worry, this is a guide how to operate 8Tones like a pro!
Q: How do I navigate back?
A: Press the ← (back) button or a back circle (depends on your mobile platform) to do it.
Q: Can I create wav/mp3/ogg/nsf?
A: Due to its software/engine limitations, this app cannot create any audio file formats like wav/mp3/ogg/nsf.
Q: Then how I can record my creation?
A: If you wanted to record your creation, simply use an aux cable (if your computer has aux input port) or aux to mic cable (on computer that don't have aux input but had mic input). Then use that to record audios using programs such as Audacity®. OR if you know how to use Famitracker then you can simply copy your work manually to there.
Q: Can you add Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/other social media support? What about DropBox/GoogleDrive/OneDrive?
A: I really wish I could but there's no way to implement these functions as for right now from the engine I built from.
Q: Why the touch is not working on my Windows Mobile/Phone device?
A: Sometimes it may happens since the engine I'm using has touch problems on certain models of Windows Phones. If this happens, try to reinstall the app is my advise (but it's not guaranteed solution).
Q: The note keeps on playing! What should I do?
A: It's simple, add a muted note will stop the previous note!
Q: Will there any support for Android and iOS?
A: Yes, Android version is available for all Android user and iOS version is currently under development.
If you have any other questions please contact me or leave a comment below this page.
2 - The main menu
Upon starting your app, this is where will you be.
Projects - Create/open/delete your existing project
Settings - Change your settings of course!
Help - Show this
About - Show about page
Rate - Like it? Why not drop it a rating!?
More Apps - More apps by me!
3 - The settings
Accent color - Change the color for the interface to fit your personality
Background - Change the background color (black/white) for the interface
Automatic preview - If this option has turn on. Every time you made a changes to a note, 8Tones will play the modified note automatically so you know what it sounds like. If not adding/modifying notes will be not be played unless you play the song or preview the note using the "Preview" button.
4 - The projects menu
To create a project, simply press New Project to start one
To open a project, press and select the project you desired to open
To delete a project, tap and hold the project you want to delete for about 2 seconds. A deletion prompt will appear (CAUTION: once it's deleted, it's permanent)
5 - the editor
5.1 - menus
To open a menu there should be a triple dot on the bottom right corner of the screen, tap it to open it.
Change name - Change the name of the song and saves the project. (Be careful, if you have another project that has the same name. this project will overwrite the other project with same name without any prompt!)
Add row - Your song is not long enough? This will add another row to let you add more length of your music.
Remove the last row - Quite obvious, this remove the last row of the current song project.
Copy row - Copies this current row of this channel.
Paste row - Paste the copied row to the current row (just a heads up, you cannot copy materials to/from channel 4 (beats) from/to any other channels)
Settings - Go to settings menu. (Don't worry, your project will be temporarily saved in the memory until you leave the editor)
Save - Save your project
Exit - Quit the editor (If you did not save your project, a prompt will ask you whether if you want to discard this current changes to this project.)
5.2 - editing
There are 16 notes on every single row and 5 channels (channel 0 - square wave 50%, channel 1 - square wave 25%, channel 2 - square wave 12.5%, channel 3 - triangle wave, channel 4 - noise/beats/samples)
You can navigate the song by selecting a note in the columns and/or clicking arrows next to Channel and Row.
To add a note, simply select the note you desire and select Tap to add note or the little [+] icon below. You can add a mute note as well. (What's mute note? Don't worry, I will cover it on the next line.)
To edit a note, select these little arrows next to the pitch of the song (octave/pitch) and the volume of the song. Click the trash can icon to delete the song and click the mute icon (next to the trash can icon) to mute the audio. (Why do I need a note that mute? Well the player continues playing the last note the cursor passed, so there's a mute note to stop the last note. Don't worry, the next note the cursor read will stop the previous note as well)
To unmute a note, select the mute note and unmute the note (select the speaker icon) just like how you add a note. You can also delete a mute note with ease.
To change tempo (playback speed) there's two arrows next to the song's speed (1 - slowest, 8 - default speed, 12 - fastest)
REMEMBER to save your project!
5.3 - Playback
Play button - To play your creation
Pause button - Stop playback without jumping to the beginning of the song
Stop button - Stop playback and jump to the beginning of the song
Loop button - If loop is enabled, it will continue playing the song from start once the song ends.
Up button - Make the cursor jump to the first note of the current row