Tink by William Pilgrim is an interactive musical toy for PCs inspired by Toshio Iwai's unique Tenori-on
electronic instrument. Tink is free to download and can be interacted with in a variety of ways such as by head-tracker or one
switch. To see a short demonstration, click on this YouTube video link.
In essence Tink enables musicians to tinker with a 16 step sequencer that constantly plays and loops through the notes you place on a grid.
Switch Users Guide to Getting Started
Set your accessibility switch to trigger the SPACE BAR or left mouse click. If using a Joypad controller
see the extra JoyToKey instructions.
Make a note of the controls below then experiment to find the set-up that best suits.
Mouse and Head Tracker use
Point and click to lay or remove sound mines.
One Switch use
Switch controls are activated when the mouse cursor is NOT over the window, so move your pointer anywhere but! There are two different one-switch control modes which
you can flick between by pressing "3" on the keyboard:
One Switch Mode 1 (SM1): Tap switch to change direction of cursor. Hold switch to drop or withdraw a sound mine.
One Switch Mode 2 (SM2): Selector Position is randomised. Tap your switch to place a sound mine, or hold it to flip between dropping it or withdrawing. Use the
LEFT and RIGHT cursor keys to adjust the randomisation speed.
Other controls for adjusting Tink
1 - Resize Game Window
2 - Change Graphics Mode (three degrees of psychedelia to switch between)
3 - Change One Switch Mode (see above)
4 - Enables Kaleidoscope Control (mouse only)
CURSOR UP - Increase Tempo
CURSOR DOWN - Decrease Tempo
DELETE - Clear All Mines
F2 - Restart Tink
ESC - Quit Tink
Tink comes with 16 WAV format sound samples. There is nothing to stop you from stripping these out to replace with your own. The only condition for them to play is
that they must be in the same WAV format and named from 1.wav up to 16.wav as are the originals. The next step is to find or create your own.
More Advanced Use - Changing the Sound Samples
1: A great starting place is at FlashKit.com where you can download many WAV format sound clips for free into your sounds
folder. You can find many more via this link: HongKiat's list of 55 Great
Web sites to Download Free Sound Effects. You may also find some useful sounds within the WINDOWS MEDIA folder of your C: drive.
2: If your PC has a built in microphone, you can easily record yourself using the tiny "Sound Recorder" program found within your "Accessories" folder. This files
save in WMA format so you will need to convert these using the likes of MediaConverter.org.
3: Rip tracks from music CDs then convert these into WAV format as above.
The Public Domain Switch Tink utility written by William Pilgrim in 2009 inspired by Andre Michelle's - Tone Matrix.