Pitch and tuning
Non-Western Scales and Historical Temperaments
For non-Western scales
and historical temperaments
(we have tons of experience working in both!)
we take extra care to keep the
authentic sound of the performance,
and work together with you
so that the intended scale or temperament,
The Art of Tuning and Intonation
Intonation is the mechanism which allows communication, expression, and artistry. Accurate intonation preserves the basic meaning of the musical experience. Intonation empowers timing, timbre, and rhythm. The slightest adjustment to a pitch can enhance the effect and purpose of a musical statement. Lowering or raising a pitch can alter the mood, color, and harmony. Each note needs to be handled with the utmost care. With the human ear, a note can be adjusted while preserving the natural musicality of the recording. As professional musicians ourselves, you can trust our ears. Even if we have different definitions of what “in tune” means, we will learn and match your individual perception of intonation. We have been conservatory trained to use the pythagorean, just, expressive, equal, well, and mean tone intonations and temperaments.
A little awareness and adjustment of melodic contour, bringing out brightness and darkness through expressive intonation, can expose powerful musical narrative.
Melodies adjusted pythagorically take on a whole new meaning in the musical context. When done with care, scales, arpeggios, and melodies take on a vocal quality that may not have been there before.
Taking care listening for resonance in double stops and chords will bring fullness and life to otherwise unresonant and dead sounding harmonies.
In a recording with the use of a piano, which uses equal temperament, other instruments can be adjusted to match in passages that share the same notes as the piano
The most appreciated use of tuning adjustments
Multitrack Acoustic Tuning
Tune or move individual notes in a complex acoustic, multi-microphone texture without any trace of editing. This is appropriate for any acoustic music recorded in the same room chamber and orchestral music, jazz ensembles
From a finished stereo file, tremendous improvements can be made. If your mixes are finished, it's not too late to make improvements