New Tool for Learning How to Tune a Better Temperament



This app works by recording single notes.
Then each note is called by clicking a button.
Clicking the Chromatic Ladder buttons will play each note with another that makes up the interval, wait 3 seconds and then play the next interval in the ladder.
It is unique in that we are not hearing recordings of intervals, but rather recordings of two separate notes being played at the same time.

Piano: Yamaha GH1
Tuned by: Mark Cerisano
Notes: This temperament was tuned using Beat Speed Windows, in one pass!. (No refining)

(Click to play note. The first time you click, it may not play right away; the wave file needs to be loaded into your cache, then it will play much faster on subsequent clicks.)


Below is a screenshot of my measurements of the M3's.
The link to this spreadsheet is under the Surveys/Tests/Tools menu.
Notice that the M3's increase in speed smoothly but the beat speed differences are more erratic, but still between 2.8 and 8.6%. (Beat speed differences are a more precise way of measuring beat speed progressions.)

Yamaha GH1 Temperament

Yamaha GH1 Major Thirds, not filtered

Yamaha GH1 Major Thirds, filtered. (These are the beats you are trying to hear in the above recording.)

This represents a powerful way of analyzing temperaments for the purpose of giving feedback.
A tuner can read the feedback and then choose different intervals, or even checks, to confirm the analysis.
I can make one for you but you would need to send me a recording of you playing each temperament note, one after the other. Currently, this is a free service.

3 Responses to “New Tool for Learning How to Tune a Better Temperament”

  1. […] New Tool for Learning How to Tune a Better Temperament […]

    • Are you measuring beat speeds? It is the beat speeds that are progressing. Do not measure the fundamental frequencies; they do not interact with each other. It is the partials that interact to produce beats.

      You see, you have proven that machines can’t tune as well as trained humans because they assume too much.

      Also, due to the variability of tone production, the beat speeds are somewhat uneven in a single interval. There is a window of beat speeds within each interval, but each beat speed listed belongs to that interval, at some point in the sustain.

      Thank you for posting.

  2. Dimitrov says:

    Hi Mark,

    I have mesure these sounds.It seems to be unequal temperament…
    I meseured them with my strobo tuner wich is programmed
    in equal temperament.



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