Sequencing/Master Fine Tune query

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by Kingy75, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. Kingy75

    Kingy75 Guest

    Hi all,
    I'm currently programming some MIDI sequences to be used as backing tracks
    for a stage musical. The music is orchestrated for:

    3 B flat clarinets
    1 bass clarinet
    Flute/Piccolo
    Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Baritone Sax/s
    3 Trumpets
    3 Trombones
    Violin
    Piano
    Bass
    Drums
    Percussion (Vibes, Marimba, Glock, Xylo)

    I've often read that a good way to produce rich sounding sequences is to
    adjust the Master Fine Tuning slightly of each individual instrument. Anyone
    have any experience with this?
    MY QUESTION: How much should I adjust the tuning? i.e.: how far above/below
    440 (concert pitch) should I set the tuning of each instrument?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Kingy75
  2. On Mon, 7 Jul 2003 22:40:07 +1000, "Kingy75" <kingy75@tpg.com.au>
    wrote:

    >Hi all,
    >I'm currently programming some MIDI sequences to be used as backing tracks
    >for a stage musical. The music is orchestrated for:
    >
    >3 B flat clarinets
    >1 bass clarinet
    >Flute/Piccolo
    >Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Baritone Sax/s
    >3 Trumpets
    >3 Trombones
    >Violin
    >Piano
    >Bass
    >Drums
    >Percussion (Vibes, Marimba, Glock, Xylo)
    >
    >I've often read that a good way to produce rich sounding sequences is to
    >adjust the Master Fine Tuning slightly of each individual instrument. Anyone
    >have any experience with this?
    >MY QUESTION: How much should I adjust the tuning? i.e.: how far above/below
    >440 (concert pitch) should I set the tuning of each instrument?


    Tune as your orchestra is tuned. That is, as any live players tune.

    Different orchestras use different tuning. 442 is pretty common,
    tuning slightly high makes everything brighter, 460 isn't rare either.

    Another thing, not with master tuning, is scale tuning. Wind and
    brass instruments, for the most part, can't play equal temperament
    scale. If your synth can adjust scale tuning, you can try setting up
    tuning sets for specific keys. When you do that, you'll need to make
    sure your arrangements are scored in the right keys too -- general
    orchestration rules apply for this.

    For MIDI synth samples, they sometimes are clearly better in certain
    ranges than others. If you have options for instrument sounds, you
    can pick different instrument samples/settings for different keys and
    arrangements. If your orchestral sounds are very good, though, you
    can ignore this advice, and just score as if writing for a real
    orchestra.


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