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xdamnablex
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What exactly is the purpose of different hertz tuning?


   
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The purpose of any specific tuning is to get instruments in tune with each other. Not all countries endorse A=440, and some conductors have a preference for a different standard pitch.

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This might be a dumb question, but I'll give it a shot. Say the bass instruments are tuned to 440, would the treble instruments be tuned to a different hertz so the overtones played by the treble instruments sound more in tune with the bass?


   
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440Hz is a standard pitch. It is the American "concert A". The other octaves all relate to that base pitch. The next lower octave is at 220Hz, again the A. Dropping down another octave you get 110Hz. Going deeper you hit the low E, on a guitar, at 82.4Hz.

Even though they are much lower in pitch than the "A", all the instruments are tuned to relate to the tone, even though they may be 2 or 3 octaves lower (or higher)

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Once again, a timely topic. I played at church today and as we were getting ready someone asked whether I tuned to 440 or 442. I said 440, though I felt like Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom (or was it Gung Ho) when asked if he was doing his wiring in 110. He said "110, 120, whatever."

Is there a 442 (other than an ancient Oldsmobile)?

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Yup, I've heared the Wiener Philharmoniker has/still played in 444hz. In any way: 99% of modern pop music is in 440, and as long as everyone is using the same one it doesn't really matter.

The only time I ever tuned it to anything else then 440 was for a little 'song' I recorded, where I tuned the guitar to 437 (IIRC) and had a synth bass part in 440. The guitar is also playing looped in a different tempo then the rest, which makes it both out of key and out of time. Sounded exactly the way I wanted it to sound, although of all the people who've heared it about four people didn't downright hate it. :lol:


   
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This might be a dumb question, but I'll give it a shot. Say the bass instruments are tuned to 440, would the treble instruments be tuned to a different hertz so the overtones played by the treble instruments sound more in tune with the bass?
Pianos usually have the lower notes tuned flatter. It's called stretch tuning.


   
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Yup, I've heared the Wiener Philharmoniker has/still played in 444hz. In any way: 99% of modern pop music is in 440, and as long as everyone is using the same one it doesn't really matter.

Yes, that's right.
as far as i know it's because it sounds brighter or something like that

btw: am i the only one that likes to tune just the low E string a bit above 440?
of course it depends what I want to play
to me it sounds somehow a bit mor agressiv
anyone else? :oops:

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Ignar Hillström
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To me it simply sounds detuned and dissonant... :oops:


   
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m07zm4n
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Yes, but I somehow like it. I can't even tell you exactly why.
Maybe I'm just crazy or something... :wink:

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i tune competely by ear, by what my singing is in usually. But if i tune too low my voice starts to hertz. (wow been hanging arounf the theory humor thread too long)


   
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i tune competely by ear, by what my singing is in usually. But if i tune too low my voice starts to hertz. (wow been hanging arounf the theory humor thread too long)

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