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Revision as of 23:27, August 30, 2019

The Shawzin is a stringed instrument commonly used by the Orokin. It was first seen in The Sacrifice as a background decoration, where the owner's son commented how his father would enjoy playing "Smiles from Juran".

It was later added as both an Orbiter decoration and an Emote that allows players to play their own music.

Acquisition

There are multiple variants of Shawzin available in the Market, which grants the player the Orbiter decoration of the purchased Shawzin. 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.

Variants

There are four variants of the Shawzin, two of which are skins for the basic Dax Shawzin while the Nelumbo Shawzin has a unique sound. The Mimica Shawzin has the ability to change its color based on the colors of the Warframe that is playing it.

DawnShawzin

Dawn Shawzin
Platinum6440

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Dax Shawzin
Platinum6440

MimicaShawzin

Mimica Shawzin
Platinum6440

NelumboShawzin

Nelumbo Shawzin
Platinum6460

Mechanics

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 music you play on the Shawzin. Currently, you cannot disable this feature. To enable the ability to link a specific song to Chat 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.

The various default controls for the Shawzin include:

  • 1  - 1st String
  • 2  - 2nd String
  • 3  - 3rd String
  • Space  - Vibrato
  • LMB  - Sky Fret
  • MMB  - Earth Fret
  • RMB  - Water Fret
  • Tab  - Scale: Players can use this key to change scale. Options include:
    • Pentatonic Minor
    • Pentatonic Major
    • Chromatic
    • Hexatonic
    • Major
    • Minor
    • Hirajoshi
    • Phrygian
  • 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 song can be copied to the clipboard. However, such song can't be imported from the clipboard due to the limit of the import text field. This text field has no specified limit because different letters require different amount of space, but approximate limit of notes for import is 300. 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.

Song Transcription

Songs played on the Shawzin are stored as a string of numbers, letters, and symbols. 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
Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Every note consists of three characters, with the first character indicating the note to be played. The following two characters signal where said note is played. The second character tells what measure the note is played in, from A-Z & a-z & 0-9; each measure lasts for four seconds. Each measure is divided by 64 beats as the third character represents: A-Z, then a-z, then 0-9, then +, /. Important to note that letters are case-sensitive.

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 + /

Examples

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

Patch History

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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