Tuning

A tutorial for tuning Magnetic Sound™ artwork

 

Method 1: Tune "by Ear"

The simplest and fastest way to tune the artwork is to listen to sample audio files, and and pluck each string to compare the sound.

With the tuning key, you can rotate the tuning peg to make the string more tight or more loose. This brings the pitch up and down.

It can be helpful to activate the magnetic fields while tuning. To do this, you will use the "Soundscapes" app in this tutorial.

Follow these steps below to tune each string:

 
Step 1: Open the Magnetic Sound™ Soundscapes app, and activate the string you wish to tune.

Step 1: Open the Magnetic Sound™ Soundscapes app, and activate the string you wish to tune.

Step 2: Play the audio tone to hear the correct pitch. It is usually helpful to leave this tone active while you continue to tune in step 3. These audio tones are located on this webpage below. Please scroll down.

Step 2: Play the audio tone to hear the correct pitch. It is usually helpful to leave this tone active while you continue to tune in step 3.

These audio tones are located on this webpage below. Please scroll down.

 
Step 3: Now use the tuning key to change the pitch of the string. Very small rotations will change the pitch a lot, so try to be gentle and move slowly. You may also wish to pluck the strings while you do this.  

Step 3: Now use the tuning key to change the pitch of the string. Very small rotations will change the pitch a lot, so try to be gentle and move slowly.

You may also wish to pluck the strings while you do this.

 

Step 4: When the pitch of the string matches the audio tone, the string is in tune. Tip: Watch and listen to see if the vibration increases as you tune. The strings will vibrate more intensely when they are in tune. So a string that is well-tuned will vibrate more, and create a louder sound. This is because the frequency of the string and the frequency of the magnetic fields match.

Step 4: When the pitch of the string matches the audio tone, the string is in tune.

Tip: Watch and listen to see if the vibration increases as you tune. The strings will vibrate more intensely when they are in tune. So a string that is well-tuned will vibrate more, and create a louder sound.

This is because the frequency of the string and the frequency of the magnetic fields match.

 

Complete Steps 1-4 for all 8 strings on the sculpture. If you have some challenges using this method, you can also use the app in Method 2 (below) to double-check your tuning...

 

Tuning Reference Tones

 

Method 2: Tune with a guiding App

For those that do not have prior musical experience, it can be challenging to tune "by ear" without guidance. Luckily, there are applications available that will listen to the artwork, and guide us to increase or decrease the pitch of each string.

Each touch-screen tablet has a version of "Tuner - gStrings" installed, an app that will guide you through the tuning process.

 

*A Full Tutorial for This App, "Tuner - gStrings", Will Be Online Soon*