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Play this instrument by equipping and using the included Shawzin Emote.

—In-game description

The Shawzin is a stringed musical instrument from the Orokin era. First seen during The Sacrifice quest as a background decoration, it was later added as both an Orbiter decoration and an Emote that allows players to play their own music.

AcquisitionEdit

There are multiple variants of Shawzin available in the Market, which grant the player the Orbiter decoration of the purchased instrument. If the player is buying a Shawzin for the first time, they will also receive the unique Shawzin emote.

As with other emotes, the Shawzin emote must first be equipped in the player's Gear wheel before it can be used.

VariantsEdit

There are seven variants of the Shawzin, three of which are skins for the basic Dax's Shawzin (Dawn, Day of the Dead, and Mimica) while the others have a unique sound profile corresponding to guitars in the real world. The Corbo, Nelumbo and Tiamat are electric, acoustic and bass guitars respectively.

CorbuShawzin

Corbu Shawzin
(Electric Guitar)
Platinum6440

DawnShawzin

Dawn Shawzin
(Shamisen)
Platinum6440

DaxShawzin

Dax's Shawzin
(Shamisen)
Platinum6440

DayOfTheDeadShawzin

Day Of The Dead Shawzin
(Shamisen)
Platinum6440

MimicaShawzin

Mimica Shawzin
(Shamisen)
Platinum6440

NelumboShawzin

Nelumbo Shawzin
(Acoustic Guitar)
Platinum6460

TiamatShawzin

Tiamat Shawzin
(Bass Guitar)
Platinum6440

MechanicsEdit

To play the Shawzin, players must activate the Shawzin Emote from their Gear wheel, which will make their Warframe kneel down and hold the instrument, while also unlocking the main Shawzin interface. Other players in your squad or inside your Landing Craft can hear the music you play on the Shawzin. Currently, you cannot disable this feature. To enable the ability to link a specific song to Chat or to save the song, you must be able to play your song with a 4/5 rating. In other words, you must be able to successfully play at least 80% of all the notes in your song. Players that have Octavia equipped can turn on her bass track by pressing 4.

ControlsEdit

The various default controls for the Shawzin include:

  • 1  - 1st String
  • 2  - 2nd String
  • 3  - 3rd String
  • Space  - Whammy
  • Leftarrow  or N  - Sky Fret
  • Downarrow  or L  - Earth Fret
  • Rightarrow  or M  - Water Fret
  • Tab  - Scale: Players can use this key to change scale. Options include:
    • Pentatonic Minor
    • Pentatonic Major
    • Chromatic
    • Hexatonic
    • Major
    • Minor
    • Hirajoshi
    • Phrygian
    • Yo
  • W  - Songs: This section allows players to select pre-recorded songs to play on the Shawzin. Asides from a handful of default songs, songs played on the Shawzin can also be recorded to share with other players, and in turn pre-recorded songs can also be imported into the player's song library. The maximum number of notes in song for linking in chat is 100. Global limit of notes in a song is 1000 and such songs can be copied to the clipboard and imported from it. Songs can only be copied to the clipboard and pasted on PC, as of now it can not be don on PS4, XB1, or the Switch. When a song is played, a rhythm game will commence where players must time play the Shawzin to the beat of notes falling onto a meter. Players will be given a score based on their performance after the song plays, though this score has no real effect on gameplay. Other options in this section include:
    • Metronome - This option enables the audio cue on the metronome when recording a song. The Metronome is on by default.
    • Slow Playback - Enabling this option will slow down the song playback, giving players more time to see the falling notes on the board.
    • Auto Play - Enabling this option will make the song play its notes without player input.
  • A  - Switch Instrument: Allows the player to switch between the different types of Shawzins available. If the player has not purchased another Shawzin, this option allows them to directly purchase other Shawzin types on the Market.
  • X  - Exit

  • XB1IconX - 1st String
  • XB1IconA - 2nd String
  • XB1IconB - 3rd String
  • Moving LS  - Whammy
  • LT  - Sky Fret
  • RB  - Earth Fret
  • RT  - Water Fret
  • Pressing LS  - Scale: Players can use this key to change scale. Options include:
    • Pentatonic Minor
    • Pentatonic Major
    • Chromatic
    • Hexatonic
    • Major
    • Minor
    • Hirajoshi
    • Phrygian
    • Yo
  • Uparrow  - Songs: This section allows players to select pre-recorded songs to play on the Shawzin. Asides from a handful of default songs, songs played on the Shawzin can also be recorded to share with other players, and in turn pre-recorded songs can also be imported into the player's song library. The maximum number of notes in song for linking in chat is 100. Global limit of notes in a song is 1000 and such songs can be copied to the clipboard and imported from it. Songs can only be copied to the clipboard and pasted on PC, as of now it can not be don on PS4, XB1, or the Switch. When a song is played, a rhythm game will commence where players must time play the Shawzin to the beat of notes falling onto a meter. Players will be given a score based on their performance after the song plays, though this score has no real effect on gameplay. Other options in this section include:
    • Metronome - This option enables the audio cue on the metronome when recording a song. The Metronome is on by default.
    • Slow Playback - Enabling this option will slow down the song playback, giving players more time to see the falling notes on the board.
    • Auto Play - Enabling this option will make the song play its notes without player input.
  • Leftarrow  - Switch Instrument: Allows the player to switch between the different types of Shawzins available. If the player has not purchased another Shawzin, this option allows them to directly purchase other Shawzin types on the Market.
  • Start  - Exit

  • Combops4sq - 1st String
  • Combops4x - 2nd String
  • Combops4circle - 3rd String
  • Moving LS  - Whammy
  • L2  - Sky Fret
  • RT  - Earth Fret
  • R2  - Water Fret
  • Pressing LS  - Scale: Players can use this key to change scale. Options include:
    • Pentatonic Minor
    • Pentatonic Major
    • Chromatic
    • Hexatonic
    • Major
    • Minor
    • Hirajoshi
    • Phrygian
    • Yo
  • Uparrow  - Songs: This section allows players to select pre-recorded songs to play on the Shawzin. Asides from a handful of default songs, songs played on the Shawzin can also be recorded to share with other players, and in turn pre-recorded songs can also be imported into the player's song library. The maximum number of notes in song for linking in chat is 100. Global limit of notes in a song is 1000 and such songs can be copied to the clipboard and imported from it. Songs can only be copied to the clipboard and pasted on PC, as of now it can not be don on PS4, XB1, or the Switch. When a song is played, a rhythm game will commence where players must time play the Shawzin to the beat of notes falling onto a meter. Players will be given a score based on their performance after the song plays, though this score has no real effect on gameplay. Other options in this section include:
    • Metronome - This option enables the audio cue on the metronome when recording a song. The Metronome is on by default.
    • Slow Playback - Enabling this option will slow down the song playback, giving players more time to see the falling notes on the board.
    • Auto Play - Enabling this option will make the song play its notes without player input.
  • Leftarrow  - Switch Instrument: Allows the player to switch between the different types of Shawzins available. If the player has not purchased another Shawzin, this option allows them to directly purchase other Shawzin types on the Market.
  • Options  - Exit

  • Y  - 1st String
  • B  - 2nd String
  • A  - 3rd String
  • Moving LS  - Whammy
  • L Button  - Sky Fret
  • R Button  - Earth Fret
  • ZR Button  - Water Fret
  • Pressing LS  - Scale: Players can use this key to change scale. Options include:
    • Pentatonic Minor
    • Pentatonic Major
    • Chromatic
    • Hexatonic
    • Major
    • Minor
    • Hirajoshi
    • Phrygian
    • Yo
  • Uparrow  - Songs: This section allows players to select pre-recorded songs to play on the Shawzin. Asides from a handful of default songs, songs played on the Shawzin can also be recorded to share with other players, and in turn pre-recorded songs can also be imported into the player's song library. The maximum number of notes in song for linking in chat is 100. Global limit of notes in a song is 1000 and such songs can be copied to the clipboard and imported from it. Songs can only be copied to the clipboard and pasted on PC, as of now it can not be don on PS4, XB1, or the Switch. When a song is played, a rhythm game will commence where players must time play the Shawzin to the beat of notes falling onto a meter. Players will be given a score based on their performance after the song plays, though this score has no real effect on gameplay. Other options in this section include:
    • Metronome - This option enables the audio cue on the metronome when recording a song. The Metronome is on by default.
    • Slow Playback - Enabling this option will slow down the song playback, giving players more time to see the falling notes on the board.
    • Auto Play - Enabling this option will make the song play its notes without player input.
  • Leftarrow  - Switch Instrument: Allows the player to switch between the different types of Shawzins available. If the player has not purchased another Shawzin, this option allows them to directly purchase other Shawzin types on the Market.
  • Home  - Exit


Song TranscriptionEdit

Songs played on the Shawzin are stored as a string of numbers, letters, and symbols. These songs can only be manually recorded for up to 4 minutes with 1000 notes. However, you can import 4m16s songs with 1666 notes.

Each song begins with a number, indicating the scale that the song is played on.

Scale Pentatonic Minor Pentatonic Major Chromatic Hexatonic Major Minor Hirajoshi Phrygian Yo
Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Every note consists of three characters, with the first character indicating the note to be played. Important to note that letters are case-sensitive and that whammy is not recorded.

Possible First Characters
Frets/Strings 1 2 1 & 2 3 1 & 3 2 & 3 1 & 2 & 3
None B C D E F G H
Sky J K L M N O P
Earth R S T U V W X
Water h i j k l m n
Sky & Earth Z a b c d e f
Sky & Water p q r s t u v
Earth & Water x y z 0 1 2 3
Sky & Earth & Water 5 6 7 8 9 + /

The following two characters signal where said note is played with 4096 unique positions. The second character tells what measure the note is played in, from A-Z, then a-z, then 0-9, then +, /, for a total of 64 measures where each measure lasts for four seconds. Each measure is divided into 64 parts as the third character represents: A-Z, then a-z, then 0-9, then +, /.

A sample note BAA will represent No Fret + 1st string played in the 1st measure at the 1/64th position of said measure.

Note RelationsEdit

ID (First Character)/Scale Pentatonic Minor Pentatonic Major Chromatic Hexatonic Major Minor Hirajoshi Phrygian Yo
No Fret + 1 (B) C4 C4 C4 C4 C4 C4 C4 C4 C#4
No Fret + 2 (C) D#4 D4 C#4 D#4 D4 D4 C#4 C#4 D#4
No Fret + 3 (E) F4 E4 D4 F4 E4 D#4 F4 E4 F#4
Sky Fret + 1 (J) G4 G4 D#4 F#4 F4 F4 F#4 F4 G#4
Sky Fret + 2 (K) A#4 A4 E4 G4 G4 G4 A#4 G4 A#4
Sky Fret + 3 (M) C5 C5 F4 A#4 A4 G#4 C5 G#4 C#5
Earth Fret + 1 (R) D#5 D5 F#4 C5 B4 A#4 C#5 A#4 D#5
Earth Fret + 2 (S) F5 E5 G4 D#5 C5 C5 F5 C5 F#5
Earth Fret + 3 (U) G5 G5 G#4 F5 D5 D5 F#5 C#5 G#5
Water Fret + 1 (h) A#5 A5 A4 F#5 E5 D#5 A5 E5 A#5
Water Fret + 2 (i) C6 C6 A#4 G5 F5 F5 C6 F5 C#6
Water Fret + 3 (k) D#6 D6 B4 A#5 G5 G5 C#6 G5 D#6
  • Whammy will lower these notes by one semitone.
    • Although C4 to D#6 is the Shawzin's playable range across all 9 scale sets, B5 is currently missing and cannot be played without the use of Whammy.

Example SongsEdit

Auld Lang Syne
5BAAJAIJAVJAZMAhKApJA0KA4MBAJBJJBVMBZSBhUBqUCASCIMCUMCZJChKCpJC1KC5MDBJDJCDWCDaBDiJDqUEBSEJMEVMEaJEiKEqJE1KE6UFCSFLMFXMFcSFlUFtUGISGQMGdMGiJGpKGyJG9KHCMHKKHOJHTCHeCHjBHrJH1

Broken up for readability:

5 BAA JAI JAV JAZ MAh KAp JA0 KA4 MBA JBJ JBV MBZ SBh UBq UCA SCI MCU MCZ JCh KCp JC1 KC5 MDB JDJ CDW CDa BDi JDq UEB SEJ MEV MEa JEi KEq JE1 KE6 UFC SFL MFX MFc SFl UFt UGI SGQ MGd MGi JGp KGy JG9 KHC MHK KHO JHT CHe CHj BHr JH1
Happy Birthday
5KAAKAFMAJKARSAZRAhKAwKA1MA5KBAUBISBQKBgKBlkBohBwSB4RCAMCIiCZiCehChSCpUCxSC5

Broken up for readability:

5 KAA KAF MAJ KAR SAZ RAh KAw KA1 MA5 KBA UBI SBQ KBg KBl kBo hBw SB4 RCA MCI iCZ iCe hCh SCp UCx SC5
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
5BAABAIKAQKAYMAgMAoKAxJBAJBIEBQEBYCBhCBpBBxKCBKCIJCQJCYECfECoCCwKDBKDIJDQJDYEDgEDoCDwBEABEIKEQKEYMEgMEpKExJFBJFJEFREFZCFhCFpBFz

Broken up for readability:

5 BAA BAI KAQ KAY MAg MAo KAx JBA JBI EBQ EBY CBh CBp BBx KCB KCI JCQ JCY ECf ECo CCw KDB KDI JDQ JDY EDg EDo CDw BEA BEI KEQ KEY MEg MEp KEx JFB JFJ EFR EFZ CFh CFp BFz

BugsEdit

  • The control keys in the UI are not translated for AZERTY keyboards.
    • The UI displays W  for the song menu, while it is physically bound to Z .
    • The UI displays A  for the change instrument menu, while it is physically bound to Q .
    • The correct keys are displayed in the key configuration menu in settings.

External LinksEdit

Patch HistoryEdit

Hotfix 28.2.1
  • Fixed incorrect mesh on the Mimica Shawzin.

Update 27.4

  • Updated the grunge on the Corbu Shawzin to make it edgier for all your shredding need.
  • Titania can no longer play the Shawzin while in Razorwing due to it resulting in a very broken flying state.
  • Fixed Shawzin strings showing up as black boxes when HDR is enabled.
  • Fixed lag issues when playing the Shawzin.

Hotfix 27.3.6

  • Fixed a script error when attempting to play the Shawzin.

Update 27.3

TIAMAT SHAWZIN

Compose ballads of old threats risen anew, with this Shawzin.

Update 27.1

CORBU SHAWZIN

Shape intricate melodies with this geometric Shawzin.

A note from our Sound Team: “We recorded many different real guitars to make this electric guitar Shawzin sound heavy. The sounds are a result of blending these different guitar tones together. Each of the notes has a couple of different variations so when you play it, it will sound like a realistic electric guitar.”

Hotfix 25.7.6

  • Added “Yo” Scale to the Shawzin. ‘Sup.
  • Limited Shawzin to 30 notes per second to prevent macros playing ridiculous amounts of notes and causing issues.
  • Fixed “long clicks” (more than half a second) in the Shawzin song menu cancelling the Shawzin emote.
  • Fixed the “D” key resetting Shawzin songs. Now you can hit the D key all you want.

Hotfix 25.7.5

  • Fixed Chat functionality in Shawzin screen.
  • Chat button on Controllers can no longer be rebound in the Shawzin controller bindings. If this key has already been bound due to not having this restriction previously, rebinding what's there will fix it.
  • Changed the name ‘Vibrato’ to ‘Whammy’ to more accurately reflect its function.

Hotfix 25.7.4

  • Added custom Shawzin keybind settings for keyboard and controller!
    • Keyboard defaults are: Fret keys have moved from mouse to arrow keys.
    • Controller defaults are: Exit is now the start button (unbindable) so it does not cause accidental Shawzin exits. *Notes are defaulted to the bottom three buttons.
  • Added unique open/close sounds for the Nelumbo Shawzin (this time without causing crashes).
  • Fixed chosen Shawzin not retaining when switching to a different Shawzin.
  • Fixed a second player equipping a Shawzin with different notes resulting in your Shawzin notes being overwritten.
  • Fixed inability to reload if you play the Shawzin with less than max Ammo on your equipped weapon.
  • Fixed inability to be Gifted a different type of Shawzin then the one you already own.
  • Fixed the Shawzin no longer playing notes after playing for a prolonged time.

Hotfix 25.7.3.1

  • Fixed UI breaking when attempting to search for square bracket text in Shawzin Songs.

Hotfix 25.7.3

  • You can now record Shawzin songs with up to 1000 notes, but can only Chat linked if they're 100 notes or less.
    • I wrote this change wrong! The true change is: You can now load 1000 note songs that you have recorded, but the Chat link limit of 100 notes still applies.
  • Fixed Shawzin 'Autoplay’ always showing a score of 0 the whole time, instead it now shows "Autoplay".
  • Fixed a UI lockup when selecting a Chat linked Shazin song or Mod Link.

Hotfix 25.7.2.1

  • Reverted the addition of unique open/close sounds for the Nelumbo Shawzin due to it causing crashes and breaking squadmates UI.

Hotfix 25.7.2

  • Added unique open/close sounds for the Nelumbo Shawzin.
  • Fixed inability to play Shawzins that you have placed in your Orbiter.

Hotfix 25.7.1

  • Reverted change that allowed for you to use the Shawzin Decoration for Skins while placed as a Decoration in your Orbiter due to it causing a crash.
    • While we attempt to fix this, if you want to change how your Shawzin looks while playing, refrain from placing the decoration in your Orbiter

Update 25.7

SHAWZIN 2.0 - INTERACTIVE EMOTE!

Back in Update 25.4 we added the Shawzin to the Market for 40 Platinum - a placeable Decoration to remind you of The Sacrifice. Immediately the comments rolled in of ‘I wish we could play it’! And today that day has come:

All Shawzin purchases now come with a free ‘Shawzin’ Emote that you can equip to play your signature instrument! Those who have already purchased the Shawzin will retroactively have the Emote. With over half a dozen Scales, 3 frets and 3 strings, your song opportunities are endless. We cannot WAIT to see what you all come up with!

We have added 3 new Shawzin Decorations to the market with a different flair:

MIMICA SHAWZIN - custom colour Shawzin! This Shawzin features an adaptive enamel that senses and mimics the coloring of any musician playing it.

DAWN SHAWZIN - Like the morning’s first light, this Shawzin will wake the spirit within.

And NELUMBO Shawzin - with it’s own sound-pack, it’s completely unique!

SHAWZIN has been renamed to DAX SHAWZIN for clarity.

Simply change your Shawzin while using the Emote using the menu provided!

Some nifty features to explore with your Shawzin:
  • Numerous different musical scales to choose from
  • Play single notes and chords
  • Play along with Mandachord rhythm section
  • Practice songs included (and a "slow playback" feature also available)
    • "This Is What You Are", "We All Lift Together", and "Smiles From Juran" songs included!
  • Add vibrato and whammy bar effects
  • Record your Shawzin songs and share with friends by linking in Chat once you’ve achieved at least 4 Clems (points) by playing your track back
    • Shawzin can auto playback songs or you can play along
    • Metronome mode option (120bpm with quantization feature)

Shawzin music can be heard in Squads and aboard landing crafts. Relays do allow you to play, but you will only hear your music and not your peers.

Update 25.4

SHAWZIN DECORATION

This antique Orokin string instrument once belonged to a great Dax. The ancient ballad, “Smiles from Juran,” is one of the few known examples of music composed for this instrument.

Update 23.0

  • Introduced as a background decoration in The Sacrifice.
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