Getting into details -

                      The Magic Flute


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 When you power up the Magic Flute you'll see this hourglass. Make sure the flute is in a fixed position. It must be steady during the turn-on sequence so that the internal gyroscope can initialise. If the flute is moved during the turn-on sequence it will not function correctly and the notes will "drift" rapidly. This symbol tells you that you have to keep the Magic Flute still for 45 seconds. If 45 seconds looks long then  beware of the fact that the Magic Flute is using new technologisch and stands really on the edge of what is possible today.

User settings. 

One very important aspect of the Magic Flute is that you can adjust the flute to your own personal needs.
You can set the following parameters:

► Sensitivity     (1-8) -  The sensitivity determines the amount of angular movement nessesary to choose a different note in the scale. This is the most inportant setting.  Sensitivity 8 is so fine that only a very little head movement is required to play the magic flute.
► In breath  (strong, normal or light) - 3 diiferent settings for the sip function.

► Attack           (200 100 or 50 milliseconds) - 3 diiferent settings for breath action.

► Note changes (slow, normal, fast) - 3 different setting for note behaviour.

 

To play the flute:


You can start playing the flute after you have seleced this picto. You blow into the mouth piece to play a note. The harder you blow the harder the sound will be. This is because the magic flute sends breath contol* data. 


To select a different note rotatte the flute up or down and blow into the mouth piece again. In the display you'll see a bar and a letter which visualise the note you are playing.



A dot will give you info on how close you are to the centre of each note.

 


To keep the flute well centred you have to breathe in  now and then. It's best to have the flute horizontal, and take a light sip till you see  2 arrows on the display. The best way is to take a light sip frequently while keeping the flute horizontal. That way it will quickly become part of your playing skill.

There is also a second way to achieve this. Therapists can use the "up" button.





There are 19 default scales and 4 memories for recording your own scales - from simple (5 notes) to more complex and even a nice chord scale.  For every individual scale you can also program its MIDI channel number (1-16)** and its (external) switch behaviour. These settings are memorised so the next time you turn the flute on all your settings are kept.

You can plug in any external switch with a 1/8  mini jack. For every scale you can set the switch behaviour. The options are: Sharps / Flats,  Memory 4. Transpose Down and Transpose Up. 

So lets say you play a G in a C-Major scale (C D E F G A B C) you could turn it in a G flat (G#) by hitting/blowing/biting etc  a switch. 

If  you select Memory 4  then you play the recorded notes ( in a sequence) from Memory 4 by tapping on the swich.  This way you could play a small bass line or a simple melody, note for note by  using a single switch. Or trigger some drum-loops and play on top of it with the flute. And of course it is a nice extra in a therapy environment to have an option like this available.


This part is for more advanced users. Most of the time MIDI channel  1 will be selected but not  necessarily

The keyboard MIDI channel 10 is often used for drums. You can give every scale its own MIDI channel from 1 - 16 , meaning that you could give every scale a different sound!


You can program your own scales! It sounds difficult but it is not. You need  a music keyboard that has MIDI out. You connect that to the MIDI in of the Control Module. Then you select one of the 4 memories and play up to 15 notes on your musical keyboard. After you're finished you return to Scale Select. Now go to the memory scale that you just programmed.


Cleaning the mouthpiece

 

If the Magic Flute is being used by more then one person then you have to clean the mouthpiece after every session.

Press on the blue ring of the mouthpiece holder and take out the white mouthpiece.

 

 

 

Clean the white mouthpiece with boiling water.
I use an electric kettle to boil water.
Do not clean the mouthpiece holder with water!

It is best to clean the mouthpiece holder with a cotton bud and a little bit of alcohol solution (70%) which you can pick up at your local chemist.


 

 

 

 

 * The Magic Flute always transmits Breath Controller (cc#2) messages in response to how hard you blow. It samples your breath pressure at some set sampling rate. It digitizes that breath pressure to a value between 1 and 127. 

** In most cases you will use MIDI channel 1 !

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