A detailed look at all functions. Everything you need to know in less than 4 minutes
Once you have purchased and downloaded the MindHarp™ it will appear on your iPAD screen alongside your other applications. iPADs operate through touch-sensitive screens. All you have to do is touch the icon and it will open up the MindHarp™.
The MindHarp™ is simple to use. It has two screens: the Settings Screen and the Player Screen. The opening screen is the Settings Screen. You navigate between the Settings screen and the Player Screen touching the small > (chevron) symbol on the bottom of the screen.
- First, select the sounds you want to use in the session. These are selected by scrolling through the 3 LydianBanks of sounds which are called Stari Transition, Sighs Transition and Khaju Transition
- What is a LydianBank? A LydianBank is a set of 8 sounds plus a background soundscape which we refer to as a LydianScape. When you select a LydianBank, the MindHarp™ automatically selects the associated LydianScape. A LydianScape is a background sound that plays continuously under the triggered sounds on the main Player Screen. You will only hear the MindHarp™ when you are on the Player Screen
- Can I mix and match sounds? Yes. Because all 3 LydianBanks are harmonised you can explore and experiment using different sounds with each other. This expands the musical potential endlessly. You have complete freedom to mix any LydianBank and LydianScape.
- In addition, you have the option to add an additional LydianScape by pressing the Play Additional Random LydianScape button
- What happens when I select ‘Play additional random LydianScape’? This simply adds another LydianScape to the mix, enriching the soundscape created by the MindHarp™
To exit the Settings Screen and enter the Player Screen press Play >. You can now start playing. As soon as you enter the Player Screen the MindHarp™ starts playing and you will hear the LydianScape. To return to the Settings Screen, press the > chevron symbol on the bottom left.
- By selecting ‘Show individual LydianBank volumes’ you will be presented on the Player Screen with individual volume controls for each triggered sound. Their default is set at full volume. They have been prefigured to be balanced between each other so in most circumstances you will not have to alter these. However, you have the option to adjust the individual volumes of the triggered sounds on the Player Screen while playing.
- If, for example, the room you are in or the speakers you are using over-emphasise or under-emphasise a particular sound then you can adjust the volumes accordingly
- If there is a particular sound that a player does not like, then it can be lowered accordingly
- Your volume settings will be saved when you turn off the Show individual LydianBank volumes button. They are reset to the default setting when a the iPAD is restarted
What are the small symbols at the bottom of the Settings Screen?
i The round ‘play’ icon (left) is a link to the area on a our website called Facilitating MindHarp™ Activities. Here you will find many inspiring short videos and descriptions to help you get the most out of your MindHarp™
ii The ‘letter’ icon (middle) will take you to our contact form so you can ask us any questions
iii The ‘home’ icon (right) will take you to our homepage where you can explore the many resources and articles on our site
- By touching the speaker icon in the bottom right corner you will open the volume controls to adjust the LydianScape volume while playing. Sliding the control to hard left will silence the LydianScape
- The Master Volume is the overall volume of all playing sounds. It operates the overall volume of your iPAD
To exit the volume controls, press the the X on the bottom right.
Playing the MindHarp™
- The Player Screen has 8 coloured and numbered touch pads or triggers. Each one of these will trigger a separate sound
- You can press as many touch pads as you like, when you like, individually or together
- You can tap the touch pads multiple times
- The moving white line inside the touch pads represents the duration or length of the sound. The sounds have different durations. When the same touch pad is pressed multiple times, the white line will slow down until the duration of the last tap has completed its cycle
- The A and B touch pads are not sounds but add ‘colour’ to the the playing sounds. They should be triggered after playing the other touch pads if you feel like changing the quality of the sounds