432 Hz tuning
432 Hz is one of the ways to tune musical instruments, and is also known as the Tuning Note “A” and A = 432. Music tuned to 432 Hz sounds better than contemporary music which is tuned at A = 440. The famous Stradivarius for example was tuned to 432 Hz according to the Verdi tuning.
Historically, various standards have been used to fix the pitch of notes at certain frequencies. The history of pitch tuning goes back over 300 years and has changed over the centuries – from as low as 400 to 450+Hz for setting the frequency of the note A.
An instrument (or today a tone generator), is used as a reference point to set pitch – to which all other instruments are tuned for musical scale.
Until the 19th century, there was no coordinated effort to standardise musical pitch and the levels across Europe varied widely. Pitch did not just vary from place to place, or over time – pitch levels could vary even within the same city.
Prior to 1711 this was achieved purely by ear but this is when tuning forks were introduced. But they too varied. For example, a tuning fork associated with Handel dating from 1740 is pitched at A = 422.5Hz, while a later one from 1780 is pitched at A =409Hz. Around 1800 Beethoven used one pitched at 455.5Hz.
Pitch tuning still varies today for orchestras around the world. Rock and contemporary musicians are also renowned for re-tuning their instruments – such as Jimi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell’s ‘crazy chords’.
Convert to 432 Hz on the fly
The 432 EVO offer you the possibility to convert your existing music on the fly into the better sounding 432 Hz, without any resolution loss. Several best of show awards we have won are the ultimate proof, and recent research by Maria Renold and a group of 2000 people showed that 90% preferred 432 Hz.
For purists we still offer bit perfect mode on par with the best CD transports, or upsample only mode for those who want to tune the sound. All these modes are live switchable.