+/- cents vs Frequency

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  1. spellcaster

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    Darned if I can tell where this belongs, but let's try the Effects Club.....I use a Petersen Strobo-Flip tuner. It reads out +/- cents in the display, but not frequency. One of the sites I learn from online will sometimes mention that the recording is tuned at non-standard frequencies....eg: A436 instead of A440. Is there a relationship between cents and frequencies that would let me use my tuner, rather than tuning by ear to non-standard tunings?
     
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    good question!

    this should explain it , hertz and Cents are 2 different logrhythmic scales used to describe the frequency values or the distance between frequencies


     
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    Thanks, 24 track. I'm having trouble wrapping my head around that, but it sounds like there's no set formula to compare cents and hertz. Guess I'll keep tuning by ear, or maybe leave different basses tuned for the common reference points.
     
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    On the strobo flip you should be able to hit the €/Hz button and use the arrows to change the A440 reference.


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    That's premium information...Thanks f69tele. I just tried it, and it works perfectly. It took me a while to figure out where the arrows are, lol......You can tell I've never played with much other than setting standard intonation, and my eyesight's pretty poor. But, yeah, the tuner powers on set to 0.00 cents, and after pushing the cents/hertz button it reads A440. Using the down arrow, allows me to drop the tuner to A436. Perfect!

    By the way, since we're talking on the subject of A440, etc.....I remember a conundrum online a few years ago about claims that A432(?) tuning on a guitar yields something more musical than A440. I seem to recall that it was one of those can-o-worms things that there was no consensus on. Anybody have any thoughts on the subject?
     
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    I could be wrong, but frequency is the X-plane of a sine wave (or distance on that plane) and cents would be related to the Y-plane (min/max).
     
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    Yeah I’ve read a little about the 432 stuff. It’s interesting but I’ve never tried it.


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    Are you talking about right-handed or left-handed rotational polarizations?
     
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