Awesome new tool to help students tune pianos, and its FREE!

Check out this video I made that shows you how to use Audacity, a free audio recording program for Mac and PC, so that you can SEE the piano beats, HEAR what they are supposed to sound like when you play the piano, CONFIRM if that is indeed what you are hearing, and MEASURE exactly how fast those beats are. Awesome! I love it!

How to Use Audacity to Help Piano Tuning Students Hear and Measure Beats! from Mark Cerisano on Vimeo.

7 Responses to “Awesome new tool to help students tune pianos, and its FREE!”

  1. john grant says:

    Hi Mark,

    This is a very cool discovery. I’ve really had fun with it. Now I’m trying to figure out the right equalization approach for M6s and m3s. I can locate coincident partials, but my “filtering” with equalization isn’t working to well. Do you know where a “list” of matching partials can be found for slow and fast beating intervals?

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for the compliments.

      Here is a table of coincidental partials and some suggestions that may improve your results.

      m3: 2 octaves + M3 above top
      M3: 2 octaves above top
      P4: 2 octaves above bottom
      P5: one octave above top
      m6: 3 octaves above bottom
      M6: 2 octaves + M3 above bottom
      P8: top note, octave above top, octave + 5th above top, 2 octaves above top.

      Center the band pass on the equal tempered frequencies of the coincidental partial. Look them up HERE

      Also, I should post how to use Ocenaudio.
      It allows you to select part of the wave form, then loop it, and then adjust the band pass while listening to the effect on the waveform, as it plays back. This allows one to “search” for the beat.

      Keep in touch,

  2. john grant says:

    Thanks Mark,

    Funny thing: I actually have a copy of Oceanaudio (which is free) and I was looking for exactly that… a “beat-seeking” capability. I didn’t know Oceanaudio did that! I’ve downloaded Adobe Audition, which has an impressive equalizer.

    Thanks especially for the list of intersecting partials. I was in the throes of just figuring it out manually.

    I’m a retired lawyer, who annoys his wife quite a be these days learning to tune our piano (Hailun 218) by ear. I purchased Verituner years ago. But I would like (now) to be in a position to check its targets.

    Big switch for me. Used to be into auto-mechanics, dry-walling, plumbing, etc., …. until the first kid arrived, that is.

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  3. ELIAS CHIRICO says:

    Hi Mark,

    Excellent explanation. However, I still have one question: Why to use octave up or down to set the equalization and not to use the current frequency of the interval? Thanks a lot. Best….

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