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For installation of a pre-release see how to use a pre-release.

There is no automatic installation just a couple of things to do (which makes it a portable installation, it could be on … say … a thumbdrive):

  • Make a Wren folder somewhere on some drive (best to do that in a non µsoft owned folder, so best not in 'Program Files', 'downloads', 'my documents' and not on the desktop either) and unzip the contents of the all-in-one zip file to there. You are now ready to run Wren from that folder.For example, create a folder "C:\wren" and copy the contents of the zip file into that folder. Then execute Wren.exe from that folder.
  • On a first start of a new version the program will write out some help files. This may look a bit messy, it will only happen once when a new Wren version is run for the first time (and it can be disabled if wanted).
  • On the first Wren run you should set up the audio devices. This can be done from the main menu: setup/Audio devices.

For a quick test you could drag in an oscillator module (Osc) and an output module (AudioOut). You can use Ctrl+F to find these modules quickly (they are on the first (I/O, pick the speaker symbol there) and second (Osc1, pick the leftmost sine symbol there) selector tab respectively).

Turn down your volume a bit, as this may be loud otherwise, then connect the Osc's output at the bottom right corner to the AudioOut L 1 R inputs.

Next hit F9, you should have sound now and the output level meter in strip 1 on the right side of the screen should indicate this. Hitting F9, again will stop the sound.

  • NOTE: to make the eSpeak text to speech module available it is necessary to install eSpeak.