PixKix 1.0 (Beta)

If you like PixKix then you'll love our other app Pixound!

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PixKix is an experimental photo sharing app which is still in development. We wanted to release it to the app store so more people could play with it but it's not actually "released" as a final product so please don't post any reviews of this app since you will be wasting your time reviewing a free experimental app. Send any comments, ideas or feedback you have to info@technemedia.com. —Thanks

A good approach to exploring PixKix begins with downloading Presets from the Community. Access these by touching the icon in the upper left. After you have played with a preset, we encourage you to experiment with FX and other settings. In general, brighter shades produce higher notes and darker lower notes. Black and white are reserved as "rest" colors and are thus silent.

PixKix is played in two different ways:

  1. Move finger over picture in regular method. You can leave your finger in contact or jump around to different areas to break up the music (add rests).
  2. Using Autoplay which can be adjusted in the PixKix Settings panel and using your finger to change the area. You will see a transparent autoplay indicator moving around during autoplay.

Lift finger to stop playing in regular mode.

Bottom Tool Bar
Brings up the Settings Controller. Touch and slide up to toggle the Tempo Controller. To use Tempo Controller, touch tempo and slide up or down to adjust or tap on it with a steady rhythm.
Use this to start recording with the built-in microphone. Tap to start a 3 second countdown before recording begins. Record up to 5 seconds or tap again to stop recording before 5 seconds is up. Touch and slide finger out to place it in recording-standby mode. The icon will turn red. Tap this red icon to begin recording when you are ready.
Toggles Autoplay on/off. Touch and slide your finger to toggle autoplay Finger Lock style.
Brings up the Effect selector. The current effect appears in color. Tap one of the choices which include:

  • Straight Up: Plays the recording as it was originally made
  • Harmonize: Plays with three voices loopiing and harmonized to different notes depending on the color you are touching
  • Munx: Plays three voices in a non-looping "chipmunk" style at pitches controlled by the colors you touch
  • Crowd: A mix of the Harmonized and Munx effects

Toggles Drums on/off. Touch and slide out to reset the drum pattern. If drums are playing, shake your phone to add drum accents.

Slows down beat values (makes longer) or autoplay jump. Slide finger to change the parameter controlled.
Speeds up beat values (makes shorter) or autoplay jump. Slide finger to change the parameter controlled.

These parameter choices appear when you slide your finger. Respectively: Finger and Autoplay beat values; Autoplay jump

Toggles Pause/Play

Other Home Screen Icons
Brings up Preset Controller where you can manage your saved settings and access the PixKix Community
Brings up Image Controller where you can take a picture or load photos from your library.
Brings up the Emotion Selector which changes the musicality and feel of the sound as follows:

  • Happy: a major sounding vibe
  • Sad: a slower minor sound
  • Cool: a lower jazzy sound
  • Angry: a faster, darker sound
  • Party: a mix of different speeds
  • Mystery: a random setting which also can turn drums on or off

Shows/Hides the Piano Keyboard .
Shows/Hides toolbar

Settings Controller

Use this panel to control Autoplay settings, Sensitivity and Color Mode or to access Credits and Instructions using the (i) button up top (which you obviously already did!).


When autoplay is on, a small transparent "ball" (the Autoplay Stylus) will move around and play instead of your finger. However, your finger can be used to drag and change the area or path or to move an autoplay area if you touch quickly.

Autoplay Type:

  • Horizontal: moves from left to right and back to left in current rectangle (drag select in image)
  • Vertical: moves from top to bottom and back to top
  • Zigzag: moves from left to right back and forth
  • Circular: moves in an oval shape around current selected area
  • Orbital: moves in circular orbit around finger
  • Drawn path: follows any path that you draw with your finger, no matter how long you make it.
  • Tilt: uses the accelerometer to measure the iPhone or iPad tilt.
  • Bounce: use your finger to bounce the autoplay off the sides like a ball, slowly or quickly
  • Random: selects random points in the current rectangle
  • Figure 8: moves in either a vertical or horzontal lemniscate
  • Finger Lock: the cursor will stay wherever you touch

Autoplay Jump: Use this to control how far the autoplay stylus moves on each beat value. In circular mode, it jumps further around the oval the higher the numbers. Use + and - to adjust jump while playing.

Sensitivity: this controls how PixKix reacts to "new " colors. When sensitivity is low, it takes a more drastic color change to cause new musical notes to trigger so it has the effect of sustaining notes more often. Presets may change the sensitivity in ways that can't be adjusted manually.

Color Mode: This controls how PixKix interprets color information. When in RGB Mode, Red, Green and Blue voices interact according to relative brightness of these components. In Hue Mode PixKix uses the Hue to control the notes so it interprets the color spectrum in a pure way where Red is low and Violet is high. The music produced in Hue Mode tends to be simpler and RGB is best in most situations but it really depends on the image.

Image Selection Panel

Use this panel to select one of the stock gallery images or select a photo from your Photo Library or Take a Picture and play it immediately. You can also go to your normal camera and take pictures that can be played in PixKix.

Using Presets

Presets are a combination of image, musical settings and sounds you've recorded. Tapping the Presets icon on the home screen will take you to the Presets Panel. To scroll to other preset pages, swipe side to side or tap the page gadget at bottom.

To Manage new or old Presets, tap on the Folder icon on the top bar. You can replace a Preset with your current settings by selecting on an existing Preset in the scrolling list. Once a Preset is selected you can also delete it, post it to the Community or Email it.

You can share presets with other PixKix Users or email them to yourself for backup. These presets can also be shared as downloadable links online. Just leave the .pxkpreset extension on the file name.

You can upload presets to the PixKix Community. First you will have to create an account with a User Name, Password and Email Address. Do this in the main Setting Panel by tapping the Create Account button. To post to the Community, select a preset from the list or type its name, then tap this button to go to the Upload Panel.

PixKix Community

Once you create a unique User Name and provide a Password and Email Address, you wil be able to post presets to the PixKix Community. Because this is not only a friend network but a Global Community, Public Presets must be first approved by Techné Media before they are released. Once in the community, a preset can be accessed by thousands of users around the world! Private Presets can be only be seen by those who are following you. If you never post a public preset, then users will need to know your User Name or email address to Follow you, otherwise they can do so on your public presets. If you like a preset and want to let others know about it, use the Share button to post a link to your social network of choice. Only people who have PixKix will be able to download the preset of course...but it's free so they should download the app for sure!

When you tap the Download Arrow on a preset it is then stored in your local preset collection where you can delete it later if desired. Unlike other picture sharing apps, this offers interactive sound so it can't just be shown and has to be downloaded to work.

The more Likes a preset gets, the deeper red the color gets and then it even starts to turn purple and beyond. Friends of yours (those you've followed or are following you) appear in colored shapes to the right of the heart. The more of your presets they like, the deeper shade of red their name will appear. This gives you an idea of which of your presets are most popular with which users.

Piano Keyboard

The slide-out transparent Piano is primarily used for transposing the current key. You can change the active Octave of this keyboard by touching the Arrows on either end. If you touch them without sliding your finger, the keyboard octave changes and you will see the current octave on the lower left where Middle C is 4. However, the actual key change won't take place until you touch a key on the piano. To instantly change octaves in the same key, Slide your finger up after you touch the arrow.


When you first start using PixKix, it will give you some guidance at the top of the screen. Just tap on the prompt to make it disappear. It will stop prompting you as you gain more experience.

Make Regular Back-ups

Make sure to back up your phone and its data regularly, especially when you do software updates. This way any settings you have saved as presets will be preserved. You can also backup your settings by emailing them to yourself or posting them to the Community.


No sound: Make sure phone volume is up and switched into non-silent mode if not using headphones (not recommended).

Restart PixKix: If you get a hung note (sorry), you may need to restart PixKix. Go to home screen and double-click home button. Scroll to PixKix icon in bar that appears and hold finger on icon until X appears to Close App.

PixKix Updates and Other Versions

Keep an eye on your app updates as we anticipate making regular improvements to PixKix. If you like PixKix, you'll probably like Pixound even more! Techné Media has plans for several other mind-blowing Apps so keep checking on occasion. Thanks!

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