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If one has some vibe bars that are tuned to A=442 with pickups ( assume no resonators) is it possible to electronically pull the pitch down so one hears A=440 from the amp? 



tonymiceli Sat, 01/29/2022 - 14:05

i just wrote dieter at k and k today about this.

i'm just buying new pickups and putting them on 440 bars.

however, i imagine if you put chorus on the vibes that might make the 442 a little murky and might help a bit. i wonder what randy thinks, he would know more about this than me. but that's what i usually dol.

Randy_Sutin Wed, 02/02/2022 - 12:20

In reply to by tonymiceli

Real time pitch correction does odd things with the overtones on a vibes bar... and there would still be a fair amount of acoustic sound from the player’s vantage point. The end result would be like two instruments playing in unison, albeit out of tune with one another.

I do a separate set of bars for each pitch center. Haven’t really found pickups that I like. I get lots of gain with mics.

tonymiceli Thu, 02/17/2022 - 16:46

ps i think you can technically lower the pitch. but you need a pro to do it.

they actual take metal off the bars. sounds counterintuitive but I if you do it right it makes the bars go up and down higher, and that I think lowers the pitch. I'm far from an expert (very far), so check with someone about this.

IndianaGlen Tue, 03/01/2022 - 10:31

Hearing 442 over the bars, 440 pitch correction coming out of an amp, sounds like a recipe for a really good (and expensive) headache. I was thinking about experimenting with pickups without resonators on 442 bars. Per Tony above, yeah, a retune to 440 would probably would cost between 200-300 which would make a lot more sense than trying to by some gizmos that wouldn't sound good anyhow.

Randy, how do you keep the drums out of your Mic mix? Feel free to recommend a search if this has been discussed previously.