Advice after tuning down a full step

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by formulaz, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Philly Watts

    Philly Watts

    May 6, 2016
    I use them on everything! They sound amazing in standard and NEVER go out of tune.
  2. formulaz

    formulaz Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Milwauke, WI
    While I certainly can do that, I would prefer to continue to use several of my favorite basses. If just changing strings to a heavier gauge (with corresponding set up changes) does the trick, this will achieve my objective
  3. Anders Barfod

    Anders Barfod

    Jan 16, 2015
    For the pop rock music i play, straight up A4=440Hz never really jived with my heavy dark baritone voice.
    Lowering pitch to former european pitch 435Hz feels much better at the second passaggio though 432Hz is really special as i sound more like myself on high notes. And I need minimal early transition at the passaggios. I tried 430Hz but started to sound a little flat in the lower Chest register.

    I detuned 100s of tunes with audacity by -20 cents (~A4=435Hz) and greatly prefered this pitch than standard 440Hz. Voices just sounded better. -
  4. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    I wonder what's the drop from 440 to 432 in steps? Maybe about a half? Not sure...
  5. aprod


    Mar 11, 2008
    Just change the keys of the songs.
  6. RickyWoo


    May 26, 2016
    Would just be a flatter A. Not a complete half step.
  7. Anders Barfod

    Anders Barfod

    Jan 16, 2015
    Around -32 cents or 1/3 of a half step (100 cents). A4=432Hz is also called Verdi pitch. It is a more natural tuning for majority of human voices.
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  8. caledoneus83


    Feb 26, 2018
    don't tune down, just play in a different position? or get a 5 string and then use that low B... that would be my suggestion. I hate tuning down.
  9. RickyWoo


    May 26, 2016
    The key of A, when referenced to A4=440Hz, tuned a half step down is difference of 24.7Hz. So, yes, A4=432, being 8Hz less, works out to be about 1/3 of a half step.
  10. Worldeeeter

    Worldeeeter Inactive

    Mar 29, 2010
    Asheville, NC
    Get yourself a Digitech Drop pedal and stay in standard tuning. That's what I do. More than anything, I realized that it's incredibly annoying to be in an audience and listen to the bungholes on stage tuning between every song.
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