Pitch does not match acoustic instruments
I recently joined a fanfare band with my Sylphyo. I am the only one there with an electronic instrument. I have the Sylphyo set on Flute Phi with the base key set on Bb2.
It turns out that there is a significant difference in pitch compared to the other acoustic instruments. Is there a way to adjust the pitch? What is the frequency of the middle C note on the Sylphyo?
Peter Ostry last edited by Peter Ostry
With C3 called the middle note, shouldn't you go up to Bb3, theoretically? This descriptive language refers to a musical system, not the sound of an instrument.
Unlike real instruments, electronic instruments do not have a natural pitch range, but are tuned to suit the programmer's preferences. There are circumstances where you need to turn an electronic instrument up or down some octaves to reach a given pitch. If it doesn't sound good anymore, you can't use that sound or you have to adjust it or play it differently.
Clint last edited by
I found an online tone generator: https://www.szynalski.com/tone-generator/. At 466 Hz (A#4) it sounds exactly like the C note on my Sylphyo set on Bb2.
I will inform the conductor. The band was always tuned by ear. Maybe the acoustic instruments will have to be tuned to the sound of the Sylphyo now.
Peter Ostry last edited by
Ah, wrong interpretation on my side. As Clint guessed, it's not about the octave, it's about the tuning base.
On the Sylphyo we are curently bound to 440 Hz, at least I don't see a way to change that. I added a feature request to the update thread.
@peter-ostry ...yes I also would love to play with a pianist who tunes 432 (a philosophical discussion)
but I believe the sylphyo should/has to be microtunable