Re: international pitch nomenclature

Subject: Re: international pitch nomenclature
From: Richard Zvonar (
Date: Fri Jul 23 2004 - 15:27:46 EDT

At 11:52 AM -0700 7/23/04, Paul Steenhuisen wrote:
>despite an appreciation for consistency in administration and
>documentation, there are enough "wrong" C3 = Middle C manuals
>circulating from Yamaha alone that it has to be acknowledged as
>another prevalent nomenclature.

Yup. It's probably best to avoid using the pitch names altogether, or
at least to be very clear what your particular Middle C preference
is. I've done a little research into this over the years (it's been a
pet peeve since 1986), and it seems that various MIDI hardware and
software systems use C3, C4, and even C5! Some software even allows
you to set this up to your preference. Max originally used C3, but
DavidZ graciously added a C4 option at my request.


______________________________________________________________ Richard Zvonar, PhD (818) 788-2202

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