tying musical notes to frequencies

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by zenpicker, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. zenpicker

    zenpicker Member

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    I need to sharpen a specific note (acoustic guitar) with some slight EQ--the string was a little dull and I want to punch it up just a little. The note is an F#. If I go to the parametric EQ effect dialog in my audio software (happens to be Sonar), I can enter a specific frequency to which I would like to apply gain. How do I know which frequency to use if it's an F# I'm interested in?
     
  2. elambo

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    I would NEVER suggest using eq by typing in frequencies - it's always better to use your ear because it might be a harmonic that needs attention, not the root note. But if Sonar is asking for a specific frequency, here they are in different octaves:

    370
    740
    1475
    2960
    5920
     
  3. zenpicker

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    thanks, elambo, that actually did the trick for my dull note.
     
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    Well, dumb luck, I guess, but rolling off that frequency a tad really did improve the timbre of the offending note. Knowing the frequencies at least gets me in the ballpark....though obviously the ear is the real test, as I would wholeheartedly agree.
     
  5. LSchefman

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    Or you could forget ears and frequencies altogether and simply use The Force. :)
     

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