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Questions tagged [frequency]

The number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit time.

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Why frequency difference between notes is not constant? [closed]

I found that the difference is sometimes ~3, sometimes ~2 or ~4 Hz. Why isn't it constant? Would it be better if it was constant?
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Train listening to notes coming out of my trumpet

I'm with an old trumpet that sold me in Si Bemol(Bb), I'm still learning, and my biggest difficulty in music is being able to be constant in the sounds that come out of me, to reproduce them when I ...
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Speaker doesn’t play crunk/punchy bass!

I’ve got 3 speakers but all of them did not play that punchy bass, which is mostly on Southern Rap songs! And by that I mean this! For example Skip to 0.45 ...
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Speed of playing notes in different octaves

Is it common for pieces to have lower notes played slower? Do instruments with lower registers typically play slower? I ask because notes in lower octaves are closer together in frequency. For ...
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Do I need to EQ frequencies before layering or after?

I want to create kick-samples, snare-samples, etc... by layering recorded samples (e.g. 909-Bass-Drum + click + crunch). Also I want to cutoff frequencies to get suitable samples for the mix. I use ...
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What free music production programs allow the user to specify frequencies? [closed]

What free programs allow the user to work with specific frequencies, resulting in, i.e., a range of "pseudo-notes" between C and C#? A quick summary of how to use this feature or a link would also be ...
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Frequencies that interfere with human speech

I had this interesting question in mind, sometimes when you listen to loud music, there is no problem speaking to a person at an ordinary volume so that he can hear and understand you, but mostly when ...
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What is the difference between a Low-pass filter and a Cut-off filter

The TB-03 has a knob labelled 'CUT OFF FREQ'. I assume it´s a cut-off filter because Roland´s manual describes this knob as 'Filter cutoff (brightness of the sound)': The Allen&Heath Xone 4D ...
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Why don't tuning forks produce overtones?

I want to know how a tuning fork can produce a pure tone. I do not understand the process because I know, although not sure, the presence of air inside an instrument introduces the harmonics of the ...
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Are the terms tuning and pitch the same?

The Roland TR-03 has a knob labelled with the term 'Tuning'. When I turn it to the left then the sound gets deeper. When I turn it to the right then the sound gets higher. I know the term 'pitch' ...
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are 2 enharmonic notes really the same note?

Because we use equal temperament tuning as opposed to pythagorean tuning or just tuning are two enharmonic notes aka G1 and G2 or C5 and C4 really the same note? or is one them off by a few ...
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Trumpet Peculiar Frequency spectrum

So I made this frequency spectrum analyzer and tested various instruments playing a certain note. There doesn't seem to be any problem with the 'equalizer'. However, I found the spectrum for trumpet ...
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Are there any tuning differences between the C# Major Scale and Db Major Scale? [duplicate]

I am looking for a little clarification related to the differences between sharp (♯) and flat (♭) notes in music theory. Some people say C♯ and D♭ are the same, but some say they are not. Some say ...
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Removing bad frequencies from electric guitar

I use the channel EQ in logic to find out bad frequencies and then decrease their levels. For example, the constant hissing noise at high frequencies etc. I just form a peak and move it along the ...
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What is the “simple frequency ratio” theory? [duplicate]

What is the "simple frequency ratio" theory of consonance and dissonance? Why is it called a theory?
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What's the difference between dissonance and beats?

Are dissonance and beats (at a difference frequency) in music pretty much the same thing?
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How did Pythagoras and Ptolemy measure the relative pitch of musical notes?

Both Pythagoras and Ptolemy believed that the intervals between notes in music should be ratios of small integer numbers. This is known as Just Intonation. Pythagoras liked them to derived from ...
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Are theremin's pitch hand positions unique?

I don't know much about theremins, and wondered about this: given a constant volume, I would like to know if I can produce the same note with different hand positions or if all notes have a specific/...
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How to make drums sound punchy and fat?

I know it's mostly about compression and EQ but I can't seem to get even closer to this. It just sounds really kicky, even the snares. I'm using Addictive Drums with almost all the presets, but none ...
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Do musical instruments pitched at different frequencies play different notes when compared to each other?

I'm trying to get a better understanding how the pitch affects the note. Say if person A has a flute that is pitched to 440Hz and person B has a flute pitched to 335Hz, and they both decide to play ...
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Why is a 440 Hz frequency considered the “standard” pitch for musical instruments?

I was reading the Idiot's Guides: Music Theory (3rd edition), and I read: The "standard" pitch today that most musicians tune to is the A above middle C, which equals 440 Hz; all the other ...
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Dissonance: why doesn't the roughness curve have a dip for complex intervals like 7/6?

Roughness is explained well in Is there a way to measure the consonance or dissonance of a chord? In particular the Plomp-Levelt curve is derived, which has various dips showing how simple intervals (...
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What is the frequency range of a typical subwoofer in a club PA?

I am an amateur producer of techno music. Needless to say, low frequencies have a high importance to the sound in this genre. I have often read that generally in a final mix, very low frequencies ...
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Proof of the sentence regarding Hz to cents formula

On this amazing page I have learnt that you can calculate the cents between two notes with the following formula: c = 1200 × log2(f1/f0) I simply wonder if there is an accessible proof of this, I can'...
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Is the dominant tone of a major scale halfway in frequency between the tonic and octave?

Is the dominant tone of a major scale halfway in frequency between the tonic and octave? If so is this why it functions as it does? ... because it's sounds less dissonant to the tonic?
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Why are C♯ and D♭ different frequencies?

I am a music enthusiast, and I was recently reading What is the difference between equivalent Flat and Sharp keys as far as musical notation? Are there any reasons to prefer one over the other? This ...
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How can I graph sound waves of chords? [closed]

I'm working on a project for a physics class, and I need a visual representation of what piano chords look like in terms of frequency. I've looked all over for a website or app that would allow me to ...
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How to compute 'Harmonic Key' for polyphonic sound

I'm working on a web extension to add the Key Detection feature to a web browser, for /. I also use the WebAudioAPI to get the FFT data in real time. I found the HPCP. It's a procedure to detect the ...
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How do I figure out the fundamental frequency of a sound from its frequency spectrum?

I really want to know the fundamental frequency (hertz) of every sound I play in my DAW. All I have is an oscilloscope. I can see the waveform of a sound, I can see all the frequencies the sound is at ...
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Why is the perfect fifth the nicest interval?

I heard that after the sound of the octave the most pleasant interval to people is the perfect fifth. If we take a middle C (C4) with frequency of 261.63 Hz If we take one octave higher that'd be 2*...
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Reference frequency computation procedure explanations

I develop a web tool to detect Harmonic Key on a < audio >/< video > node on a web page. I found over wikipedia, the "Harmonic Pitch Class Profiles". It's a procedure to extract the harmonic ...
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Guitar Frequency

I'm using an app to calculate frequency of the guitar strings as far as I know the fundamental frequency of the guitar are listed as :- String Frequency 1 (E) 329.63 Hz 2 (B) 246....
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Technique: How to produce even sound of an octave in Bamboo flute [Bansuri]?

I've been practicing to play Bansuri for 3 months. I practice playing single note for longer duration, and Alankars [patterns]. Starting note Sa [or C in Western notation] is played by closing first ...
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Adding cristality to ride and hats

Most rides and hats are quite bright yet not so crystal as I would like, the question is: what frequencies must I touch to make them crystal. I mean like triangles for instance. This is the sound of ...
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Is there the exact same frequency-multiple between any-2 successive keys in any keyboard-instrument?

The pattern of key arrangement in harmonium/keyboard/piano is like this: , where I can see 2-types of condition between 2 successive keys. 1: black to white (or white to black) (say their freq. (Hz) ...
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How much should I slow down a song to lower it a half step?

My piano is a half step below the standard tuning. I want to listen to and play this song. I calculated that from the 12-range of tones I should slow it down by 1/12 of its frequency but it actually ...
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Why are the notes… what they are? [duplicate]

Can't find a better way to word it. I know today's A4's pitch is 440hz, I know some stuff about it previously being 432hz, but nothing else. What I've never known, is why. Whenever we (at least in my ...
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Harmonic Resonance and The Human Body

I realize that this is going to be looked at as an odd question but I was wondering if there is a certain Tone or Harmonic that causes a human being discomfort? Im not interested in volume per se but ...
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A (440 Hz) and A (880 Hz) are completely different sounds to me. Does this mean I'm tone deaf?

A recent episode of the podcast Surprisingly Awesome about music theory featured the line: So just to be clear, pretty much every human, when they hear a 440 or an 880, it’s going to sound like the ...
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How do I to calculate note's frequency using no intervals? [closed]

To calculate frequency of a note you should know the amount of semitones between the note and A4. 2x/12 * ffixed = fgiven where: x – is the quantifier, based on amount of semitones between given ...
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Why do these two guitar notes create a warble sound?

On a standard tuned guitar, if you play the 12th fret on the top E string and the 16th fret of the B string at the same time, you get a rather impressive warbling sound. It seems similar to if you "...
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How to get frequencies for the major and minor Pentatonic scales

I'm trying figure out how get the frequencies of pitches from the pentatonic scales. To start, I build a chromatic scale tuned in 440 starting on D (67 semitones below A440), using this equation. 2 -...
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Formula to adjust a note by cents

I'm trying to find a formula to adjust a note frequency by a variable number of cents. So for example if a middle C was played then how do you find "N" cents adjustment to that frequency? I hope I'm ...
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What is the math behind how keys/holes on woodwind instruments affect the pitch?

To make this question more specific, I'll provide an example of what I mean. Let's say you have an instrument that's just a tube you blow into, and it has one hole exactly halfway down the tube (I ...
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Music Equalizer Advice

this is my first time figuring out that there is music section too in stack exchange. I usually just reading stack overflow. Anyway, I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask but is there any ...
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What is virtual pitch?

From what I understand, virtual pitch is a concept that is supposed to account for the "missing fundamental" phenomenon. Specifically, A harmonic sound is said to have a missing fundamental when ...
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EQ on a pedal specifically Parametric Bandwidth

I am using a software based synth program and have the option to add a Parametric EQ 'pedal' as an effect before console/mixing desk. This Parametric EQ pedal has 3 knobs: | FREQ | GAIN | BANDWIDTH or ...
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What is the significance of Pythagorean comma (as in why is there a need to end in the same place)?

The following two links provide a brief introduction to Pythagorean comma: Pythagorean Comma - Indiana University The "Pythagorean Comma" - Jody Nagel The wikipedia article on this subject is also ...
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What attribute of sound will be identical (or close to) for multiple people receiving same input from different locations

Let's say there is a concert playing, and within the audience, there are three people: They are all receiving the same dominant input (from the speakers on the stage), but I'm assuming they will each ...
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Why are pure tones depicted as sine waves?

This is pretty much the only thing in music theory (that i've covered so far) that I cannot understand. What I would expect to hear is what you get from LFO, or Low Frequency Oscillator represented by ...