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[fluid-dev] Perfect, as opposed to Tempered tuning

From: Aere Greenway
Subject: [fluid-dev] Perfect, as opposed to Tempered tuning
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:53:27 -0600
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FluidSynth Developers:

I had an idea today, and wondered what you might think of it.

Decades ago, when I was newly out of college, with little money, but having a piano, I used to tune my own piano.

I didn't look up the specifications for how to tune it tempered (which is a formula where it is tuned such that it isn't perfect in any key, but it sounds reasonably good in all key signatures).

Instead, I tuned it so that it was nearly perfect in a set of key-signatures I usually used for my compositions. In other key-signatures, it sounded bad, and I just didn't use those key-signatures.

I really liked the result, and actually composed pieces that sounded really good on my own piano, but didn't sound nearly a good on other pianos.

But given how much I liked the sound of near-perfect tuning, I wonder about the possibility of perfect (rather than tempered) tuning for each key-signature, and changing the tuning accordingly when changing key-signatures.

Is this something that could be done with FluidSynth? Has anyone already tried this?

Just a strange idea - probably 'way out in left-field'...


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