>I'm currently programming some MIDI sequences to be used as backing tracks
>for a stage musical. The music is orchestrated for:
>3 B flat clarinets
>1 bass clarinet
>Percussion (Vibes, Marimba, Glock, Xylo)
>I've often read that a good way to produce rich sounding sequences is to
>adjust the Master Fine Tuning slightly of each individual instrument. Anyone
>have any experience with this?
>MY QUESTION: How much should I adjust the tuning? i.e.: how far above/below
>440 (concert pitch) should I set the tuning of each instrument?
Tune as your orchestra is tuned. That is, as any live players tune.
Different orchestras use different tuning. 442 is pretty common,
tuning slightly high makes everything brighter, 460 isn't rare either.
Another thing, not with master tuning, is scale tuning. Wind and
brass instruments, for the most part, can't play equal temperament
scale. If your synth can adjust scale tuning, you can try setting up
tuning sets for specific keys. When you do that, you'll need to make
sure your arrangements are scored in the right keys too -- general
orchestration rules apply for this.
For MIDI synth samples, they sometimes are clearly better in certain
ranges than others. If you have options for instrument sounds, you
can pick different instrument samples/settings for different keys and
arrangements. If your orchestral sounds are very good, though, you
can ignore this advice, and just score as if writing for a real
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