Re: Tuning a keyboard so it's NOT tempered tuned?

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Posted by Naugh Smith on October 31, 2002 at 22:48:58:

In Reply to: Re: Tuning a keyboard so it's NOT tempered tuned? posted by Valcir on October 20, 2002 at 16:10:19:

Here's a post from the QS8 Midi Forum. Hope it helps someone...


Posted by Prime Mover on October 21, 2002 at 23:46:15:

In Reply to: Re-tuning the QS8? Not tempered-tuning? posted by Naugh on October 18, 2002 at 19:45:50:

Just looked this up for the first time when you mentioned it. Ok, well, you can change the detune method to "Equal" in the [PITCH] edit section. What this does is that the detuning will change from an equal FREQUENCY amount from any given pitch. This means that the detuning will have less of an effect as you go up the keyboard, meaning that octaves will no longer be exact doubles of eachother. But, the notes will still be equally spaced. Also, this effect is only very slight, so that when detuned to 99, the lowest C on the keyboard might be less then a quarter tone (plus the octaves) away from the highest C on the keyboard. There was an old tuning system that used this method on organs to get the fifths to be completely in tune. As for non-equally spaced tunings, like mean tone tuning, you won't be able to do on the QS.

Come to think of it, there is ONE way to do this, but it's very limitting. Create a drum program, use a pitched sound, and program every note individually. You will only get 40 notes like this, and there will only be one layer... and it will be a drum program so you won't be able to much with it, programming-wise. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you could make a mix that would combine 2 of these programs to get 80 keys on the keyboard (only a few keys short of the full range), then double that if you want to make a second layer, so on and so forth. But I'm not sure this will do much good anyway, because you can only tune drum program tones to a quarter of a semitone.

This could possibily be done in creating a keynote map if you are programming a sample, but I've never done it before, so you'd have to study up on that.

Haha, probably your best bet is to download a copy of Max/MSP (if you have a Mac), or Pd (if you have a PC), learn it, and program your own synth that you can tune accordingly... expect that to take a good month to learn, though.

Seriously, there are probably easier ways to do this, but they don't involve using the QS.

So, to answer your question, in short... No

- Eric

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