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How to create a .tun file in Scala

Just a quick microtuning tutorial. Are you using a synthesizer instrument which loads the TUN (.tun) tuning file format? Let’s learn how to create one of these .tun files using Scala.

Before you start, make sure you’re using a synthesiser that supports .tun files.

 

Step One – Create new scale, or load existing scale into Scala.

You could load a file from Scala’s huge scale database, or you could generate new pitches by typing a command into the command bar (at the bottom of the window). For example let’s create a 13 note equal scale (13-EDO):

equal 13

Tip: Type “show” to display your the tuning in the main window.

show

 

Step Two – Tell Scala what type of file to export.

Type the following into the command bar:

set synth 112

Scala will output “Synthesizer 112: TUN standard .tun format for many softsynths, via text file”. You’re doing OK.

 

Step Three – Export

Go to File > Export synth tuning. Or press Shift+Ctrl+T instead. Choose a new location to save the file. All done!

How to export a .tun file from Scala

This is very similar to the process of making a MIDI Tuning Standard (MTS) tuning dump. To make an MTS .mid file, use “set synth 107” instead.

Jam away!


2 thoughts on “How to create a .tun file in Scala”

  1. Colin

    I find scala very difficult to use. I have been trying to understand it for awhile now and i am not musically trained. I want to use the scala files with my eurorack modular setup using an algorithm on the Disting MK4. The problem i am facing is that i need to create keyboard maps for the scales and i really dont have a clue how to do that. The scala file i choose from the list of nearly 5000 will often tell you how many notes there are in the scale but there are no default keyboard maps for a given number of scale steps. This is the limit of my understanding as it all gets too much like computer programming and gets in the way of what i want to experiment with. Can you offer me any advice on this please?

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  2. Laura

    I can’t get Scala to work at all. I’ve tried for several days to install it and just keep getting new and different errors.

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