Originally Posted by kramz
The problem for me, (especially on this forum) is that numerous times people have talked about musical notes, but never mention the synthesizer oscillator frequency. If you have a high enough oscillator frequency, you could have a C1 note that hits in the 500hz range, or basically any frequency range your little heart desires. Are you guys using some sort of standard synthesizer oscillator frequency that I'm unaware of for reference? Or are you missing this fact all together?
it's just normal pitch, what a band would tune to or an orchestra or the default tuning for a synth.
C1 is 32.70 hz.
if the oscillator isn't playing 32.70hz it's not C1.
you can detune the synth and trigger what you think is C1 on the keyboard, but you've detuned it - it's not C1.
if you play 500hz it's not C1. you could sample a 500 hz tone and load it on a sampler on the note C1 - it's still not C1.
edit: think about an out of tune guitar. you may think you are playing E3 on it but you aren't as it's out of tune. it looks like it's E3, you fret the correct note but it's out of tune, so you aren't actually playing E3
more edits; i'm not saying that you should never use C1 i think i phrased some of the earlier posts badly, just that it's getting a bit too low around there as the frequency is so slow, it sounds OK (just) on my big headphones but it's not really audible on cheapo in ear jobbies.