#1
So I bought a tuner.. (Korg Chromatic Tuner CA-30)



I was just wondering.. what is the normal hertz (HZ) (shown in the top left corner) to use when tuning your bass? I currently have mine at 443 Hz.

What would be the approriate Hz to use?
#3
I have exactly the same tuner! I always have it set to 440 which is the pitch of a concert A I think.
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yup, 440
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#5
You could also use 220 or 110 or 880 for A as well.
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#6
Why did it come with 443, if it's 440?

Also, why do they matter?

I always knew 440, but never why.
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440 is standard pitch. higher is some of the freeky asian music and lower is some wierd music. but please tune it to 440 nobody writes music in the other pitches anynore
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#9
Ok guys, you can stop, about 50 people have all said A440.



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the hz only matters if ur in a band and u need to have the same hz


its not even that, most orchestra instruments are tuned to 440! even then, setting it to say 435 would just make everything sound flat
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its not even that, most orchestra instruments are tuned to 440! even then, setting it to say 435 would just make everything sound flat



They are now, over time, and with the uptake of equal temperament today's system of A=220Hz was created. Many pieces written by people like Mozart and Beethoven are no longer at the same tuning they were originally written in.
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#13
Just an observation, but Radiohead's 'The Bends' (though possibly only the song 'just') and Feeder's 'Echo park' albums both seem to be recorded using instruments tuned to something other than 440. Don't know why this is, and they're both pretty successful albums.

To the comment above that everything would sound flat at 435, I really don't think you would notice if all the instruments were tuned to that frequency, until you tried to play along with the cd that is...
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440 is standard pitch. higher is some of the freeky asian music and lower is some wierd music. but please tune it to 440 nobody writes music in the other pitches anynore


Yeah, because nobody tunes to half-step, right? Or to D? Are you broken?
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Just an observation, but Radiohead's 'The Bends' (though possibly only the song 'just') and Feeder's 'Echo park' albums both seem to be recorded using instruments tuned to something other than 440. Don't know why this is, and they're both pretty successful albums.



That could be due to changes of tape speed, bands often uses this which then chnages the pitch slightly.
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#16
The difference between 440 and lets say 443 is very negligible. 440 is the standard. One of my bass instructors who plays in the National Symphony Orchestra told me they always tune to 443. I think in Germany they also tune to something other than 440. But like I said, the difference is barely noticable.
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no the fitze i diddint mean they did not use different tuneing i ment nobody sets the tuners other anywhere else but 440 anymore
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That could be due to changes of tape speed, bands often uses this which then chnages the pitch slightly.


Good point yeah. Not sure if the albums mentioned were recorded completely on tape or digital or a mix, but it's certainly a possiblity.

Actually, thinking about it, both those albums use fairly high pitch singing, so they may have done it the way you suggested to help the singers along. I think I'm going to have to look into this.
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Good point yeah. Not sure if the albums mentioned were recorded completely on tape or digital or a mix, but it's certainly a possiblity.

Actually, thinking about it, both those albums use fairly high pitch singing, so they may have done it the way you suggested to help the singers along. I think I'm going to have to look into this.



It could be a metaphorical tape as well, where they just speed up the recording to change the pitch, some bands do it to play in standard then slow down slightly to get notes outside the traditional 12 western ones.
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#20
The song 'The Missing McCloud Boys' by The Prize FIghter Inferno is recorded at 430Hz, so weird frequencies are still used.
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It could be a metaphorical tape as well, where they just speed up the recording to change the pitch, some bands do it to play in standard then slow down slightly to get notes outside the traditional 12 western ones.


Yeah I've done it myself on a couple of mixes, though usually for remixing type applications.

Ever tried slowing down a 'chipmunks' song til the voices are at regular male voice pitch? Very strange...