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How To LucyTune your music using Logic Pro 7, Logic 8, Logic Pro 9, Logic Studio, Logic Pro X, Cameleon 5000, Melodyne, Cubase, Absynth, MetaSynth and MIDI.

How To LucyTune your music using Logic Pro 7, Logic 8, Logic Pro 9, Logic Studio, or Logic Pro X, Cameleon 5000, Melodyne, Cubase and Neundo MIDI Absynth.

Get up to 54 different LucyTunings

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Downloads For Logic

LucyTunings (.sitx)

LucyTunings (.zip)


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LucyTunings (.zip) for Cameleon 5000 (.ana.tun)


LucyTunings (.zip) for Alchemy (.tun)

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LucyTunings (.sit) for Melodyne 2 and earlier

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LucyTunings (.zip) for Melodyne 3

Download LucyTunings (.zip) for Cubase and Nuendo

Download LucyTunings (.sit) for Cubase and Nuendo

Download LucyTunings (.zip) for Absynth

In Logic Pro X, the tuning tables are located within the application.
To add LucyTuning tables to the existing tuning tables:
Go to Applications folder.
Hold down ctrl key and click on Logic Pro X application icon.
Select Show Package Contents.
Navigate to Resources/Tuning Tables.
Open this folder and add all the LucyTuning .scl files which you have downloaded and unzipped into the folder.
When you restart Logic Pro X you can access the LucyTuning and other microtuning tables by going to:
File/Project Settings/Tuning/

Beware that when you use the App Store to update your Logic Pro X, you may find that the LucyTunings have been removed.
If this happens, just go through the procedure above and add them again.

For earlier and legacy versions see below:

Logic Pro 9 has changed the location of the Tuning Tables folder.
Fri 13th April 2012:
Problem solved; thanks to gratefully received advice from Jean-Philippe Coté
The Tuning Tables folder for Logic Pro 9 has been moved to:
/Applications/Logic Pro.app/Contents/Resources/Tuning Tables

There are a number of different formats to microtune your equipment, so if in doubt or your system is not listed here,
RTFM for the system which you wish to use.
You can find more information on which equipment is microtunable from LilMissScaleOven

 

Logic Pro 7, 8, and Pro 9 Studio OSX - Download LucyTuning Codes

You can now download files for all the LucyTuned tunings listed below. These files will work with all the virtual instruments, and autotune function in Logic 7, 8, and Pro 9 Studio.

The frequencies are set to A4=440 Hz. and will automatically be in tune with other LucyTuned instruments. This makes it very easy for you to experiment .....

Download More than 50 different tuning files to LucyTuned virtual instruments in Logic 7, 8, Pro 9 Studio (Mac OSX only) - and check out the included readme file for instructions. Enjoy!

Logic Homepage

If you wish to use more than 12 notes per octave in a single song (as in this mp3 example SDE which uses both G# in E Major and Ab in F minor) you will need to bounce the tracks in one tuning to audio files; change the tuning settings; and then bounce the remaining tracks in other tunings, before mixing all the audio signals.

From the Main Menu go to File/Song Settings/Tuning .....
Click on the "Fixed" button.
Choose "John Harrison (1775), almost 3/10-comma, third = 1200/pi"
Select "Fixed" Root Key to A (i.e. A4 will be 440 Hz)
Click on "Copy to User" button.
This will set A at 0.0 and all the "black" notes will be set to sharps (notice their negative values).
i.e. C#-D#-F#-G#-A#, and F will have become E#.
Click on "User" button, and set "User Root Key" to A
(This is so that your retuning will be set so that A will play at 440Hz.
[If you select any other User Root Key, the resulting tuning will be derived from that note's frequency in equal temperament, and will no longer be based on A=440Hz.
This may cause problems if you wish to play with other LucyTuned instruments.
(e.g. guitars, whose strings would otherwise have to be retuned.)]


If you wish your tuning to be other than the now selected C–C#-D#-E-E#-F#-G-G#-A-A#-B (0b5sandEs),
you will need to adjust the notes.

 

To make the E# become F, and the black notes be flat.
Use these cent values.
F = +18.0
Bb= +22.5
Eb= +27.0
Ab= +31.5
Db= +36.1
Gb= +40.6

Change as required or select the values from the rightmost column "l" in the following table.

0b5s

 

3b2s

5b0s

The way in which Logic have designed this system, creates a difficulty, if you should wish to use more than one assignment for a note. To use both Ab and G# (for the chords F minor and E Major respectively) in the same song, you will have to do some imaginative tweaking.


There are a number of way this can be achieved.
a) Run two different songs with different tuning assignments.
b) Remove and replace the offending notes/chords in the audio mix.
c) Use another method of retuning.
ci) EXS24 as explained below
cii) Use separate tracks of separate tunings.
ciii) Pitchbend (only to nearest 1/64th of a semitone) specific notes to compensate (Last resort).
d) Propose or invent a new method. (It should be possible for the designers of the "on-the-fly" JI retuner (HMT) to aim for LucyTuned values. The result however will certainly not be "in tune" with 12tET). LucyTuned frequencies beat with eachother at specific low frequencies.

When recently producing LucyTuned Lullabies II, with James Sanger (of Keane & Dido producer fame), we used a combination of methods a), b), ci) & cii).You can hear the results at: Lullabies.co.uk

LucyTuning your Cameleon 5000

Download 49 LucyTunings for Cameleon 5000 in .sit format

Download 49 LucyTunings for Cameleon 5000 in .zip format

The 49 different LucyTunings in the downloadable archives above (which all have the extension .ana.tun) can be placed anywhere that you can remember on your hard drive, so that you can load them from Cameleon, when required.

At the bottom left-hand corner of the Cameleon 5000 window you will find a small red button. By clicking the button you will be presented with a choose window, to enable you to find and select which tuning you would like to use. Be sure that the overall tuning knob above the red button remains in the 12 o'clock position, so that your LucyTunings will be tuned from A4 = 440 Hz.

Using Cameleon with Logic Pro 7 or 8 seems to require that the tuning be loaded twice from the window to ensure that they becomes active.

 

Camel Audio Homepage Using Cameleon with Logic, it is possible to use two or more tracks of Cameleon plug-ins with different tunings simultaneously. In this way compositions with more than 12 different pitches per octave may be produced live.

 

Download .zip files (Mac & PC) of ten LucyTuning tables for microtuning programs Scala (.scl) or

Max Magic Microtuner (.mtx)

Melodyne is a very useful application which enables users to microtune and edit the timing and formants of audio files.

Users can select from three default microtuning. which can (with difficulty) be edited

Melodyne "Tone Scales"

Melodyne has one of the most user-unfriendly interfaces for microtuning that I have yet to find. Most of the mouse controls in the GUI, react in ways which are "surprising".

Despite this Melodyne is an amazing piece of software, which after a very steep learning curve can achieve audio modifications which I have yet to find elsewhere.

Cubase SX has a MicroTuner plug-in which can microtune virtual VST instruments. Values are set in + or - cents for the twelve midinotes for all ocatves.

It seems that different tunings may be used for different tracks. The maximum change for each note is + or - 64 cents. There is a readme file in the compressed download, which gives instructions on installation and use.

You can download about 50 free LucyTuning codes for Cubase from here
.zip format or here. .sit format

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GAME OVER FOR PITCHBEND MICROTUNING

Using Pitchbend for microtuning has nowadays become fairly obsolete, as better technologies are now available, as shown above.

It is possible to LucyTune your sequences to the nearest 64th of a semitone using MIDI pitchbend.

Check that your MIDI equipment can recognise and respond to pitchbend data

The current pitchbend range operating on your equipment may be adjustable (see the operating manual), if this is not clear or you wish to test the current range test it as follows:

1. Make a simple MIDI sequence of two adjacent notes (one semitone apart) Eg. G#4 and A4. Play the sequence and you should hear two notes a semitone apart.

2. Now add a pitchbend value to the lower of the two notes, at a value of +4096 and a value of 0 to the higher note. Listen to the two notes again. If the notes are now the same pitch your pitchbend range is set at 4096 units per semitone.

Experiment by changing the values until you get it right, and discover how many pitchbend units are required to bend your equipment by one semitone. This will tell you which column (d, or e) of the table below to use.

Pitchbend usually effects only the assigned channel, and all notes played on that channel will be "bent" until another pitchbend command is received. Therefore to LucyTune your sequence you may have to move notes to other channels, so that there is only ever one note per channel at any time.

(Remember to reset all the A's to zero)

3. Each note will need to be pitchbent by the appropriate amount. This is a tedious procedure, yet the results can be quite satisfying. You can make the conversion easier by using copy and paste in your sequencer's edit program.

Using the table below and the appropriate pitchbend ranges (columns d, or e) you can set the pitchbend of each note (column a) which you wish to use by adjusting the value for the MIDI note named in column b.

The cent values are also included for users of Ensoniq, Korg M series, and other cent programmable equipment (column c).

Lucy 

Note 

Name 

a

Bend 

12tET 

Note 

b

cents 

from 

A4=440Hz 

c

Bend 

+/- 

64ths 

d

Bend 

4096 

ths 

e

Ratio from 
A=1.0000

(Octave=2.0)

f

Dump 

64ths 

(Proteus) 

g

Dump 

xx (hex) 

semitone 

h

Dump 

yy (hex) 

MSB 

i

Dump 

zz (hex) 

LSB 

j

Nearest

Semitone

to pitch

k

Cents Change

(to nearest

1/10th cent)

l

C 0313.521 +9 +554 1.198531 0009 00 11 27 +13.5 C
Dbb 0367.605 +43 +2769 1.236564 0043 00 56 45 C#  -32.4 Dbb
C# C#  0381.972 -12 -738 1.246869 0052 00 68 75 C#  -18.0 C#
Db C#  0436.056 +23 +1477 1.286437 0087 01 2E 14 C#  +36.1 Db
Cx 0450.424 -32 -2031 1.297156 0096 01 40 45 -49.6 Cx
D 0504.507 +3 +185 1.338320 0131 02 05 62 +04.5 D
Ebb 0558.591 +37 +2400 1.380789 0166 02 4B 00 D#  -41.4 Ebb
D# D# 0572.958 -17 -1108 1.392295 0175 02 5D 31 D#  -27.0 D#
Eb D# 0627.042 +17 +1108 1.436478 0209 03 22 4F D#  +27.0 Eb
Dx 0641.410 -37 -2400 1.448445 0218 03 33 00 D#  +41.4 Dx
E 0695.493 -3 -185 1.494412 0253 03 7A 1E -04.5 E
Fb 0749.577 +32 +2031 1.541834 0288 04 3F 3B +49.6 Fb
E# 0763.944 -23 -1477 1.554682 0297 04 51 6C -36.1 E#
F 0818.028 +12 +738 1.604018 0332 05 17 0A +18.0 F
Gbb 0872.112 +46 +2954 1.654918 0366 05 5C 27 F#  -27.9 Gbb
F# F# 0886.479 -9 -554 1.668709 0375 05 6E 59 F#  -13.5 F#
Gb F# 0940.563 +26 +1661 1.721663 0410 06 33 76 F#  +40.6 Gb
Fx 0954.931 -29 -1846 1.736018 0419 06 46 28 -45.1 Fx
G 1009.014 +6 +369 1.791099 0454 07 0B 45 +09.0 G
Abb 1063.098 +40 +2584 1.847936 0488 07 50 62 G#  -36.9 Abb
G# G# 1077.465 -14 -923 1.863336 0498 07 63 14 G#  -22.5 G#
Ab G# 1131.549 +20 +1292 1.922466 0532 08 28 31 G#  +31.5 Ab
Gx 1145.917 -35 -2215 1.938491 0542 08 3A 63 G#  +45.9 Gx
A 00000.000 0 0 1.000000 0576 09 00 00 00.0 A
Bbb 0054.083 +35 +2215 1.031734 0611 09 45 1D A#  -45.9 Bbb
A# A# 0068.451 -20 -1292 1.040331 0620 09 57 4F A#  -31.5 A#
Bb A# 0122.535 +14 +923 1.073344 0654 0A 1C 6C A#  +22.5 Bb
Ax 0136.903 -40 -2584 1.082291 0664 0A 2F 1E A#  +36.9 Ax
B 0190.986 -6 -369 1.116633 0698 0A 74 3B -09.0 B
Cb 0245.070 +29 +1846 1.152068 0733 0B 39 58 +45.1 Cb
B# 0259.438 -26 -1661 1.161667 0742 0B 4C 0A -40.6 B#
 
Some sample programs, such as EMagic's EXS24, and tuners, such as Peterson VS-1, show microtuning values in cents and tenths of a cent respectively, yet only within +/- 50 cents for each semitone. Therefore to set these values the columns k and l have been provided to simplify calculations.
To get a single page hardcopy of this table in html for printing on letter size paper - click here and save or print page.
MIDI Tuning Dump and Other Levels of Tuning Resolution used in computers

There are now four levels of tuning resolution used in computer, which are determined by the number of bytes used to define pitch: Joe Monzo of Tonalsoft has given them pseudo Greek names:

BytesNameUnits Per OctaveUnits Per SemtioneNotes
6muhexamu76864As used for MIDI pitchbend
8muoctamu3072256
12mudodekamu491524096As used in AU Audio in Apple Mac OSX
14mutetradekamu19660816384MIDI Tuning dump (see below)

In 1992, a new MIDI tuning dump standard was introduced. This is intended to transmit tuning data to a resolution of 16,384 units per semitone, (196,608 per octave). As many of the psychological effects of LucyTuning depend upon subsonic beating: the more accurate the tuning; the greater the effect. Unfortunately I have yet to find a manufacturer who has fully implemented this standard, although it should eventually happen. (Please encourage manufacturers to introduce it in their new products). A number of tuning programs (eg. Tuning Wrench) and some hardware (eg. Proteus 3) already use these values to transfer tuning data.

By using the table above in the Dump columns (g, h, i, and j), you can tune to the LucyTuned notes listed in column a. The tuning resolution which is played will depend upon your hardware. The 64th of a semitone (Proteus) and xx (hex) values shown in the table are for the lowest octave. For higher octaves add 768 units per octave to the 64th of a semitone (Proteus) column (g), or 12 (0C in hex) per octave to the xx column (h).

[Frequency data format (all bytes in hex)]

xx semitone = 100 cent units; yy MSB (Most Significant Byte) of fraction (1/128 semitone) = 0.78125 cent units; LSB (Least Significant Byte) of fraction (1/16384 semitone) = 0.0061 cent units

Related Pages

EXS Instruments
The following samples and 12tET.exs files were generously provided by Patrick Hall, and may also be found on his site at: pbone.org

EVP73.sit (12.1MB) or EVP73.zip (17.0MB) Pretty self explanitory. Default settings from the EVP73 - 3 velocity layers.
B4Jazzy2.sit (5.6MB) or B4Jazzy2.zip (7.4MB) The "Jazzy2" preset from the B4.
Oddity2HIGH.sit (12.7MB) or Oddity2HIGH.zip (20.4MB) A preset from the Oddity VST that reminded me of the Bass sound on Stevie Wonder's "Too High".

To LucyTune these samples, also download LucyTuned .exs files for these samples (.sit)(44KB) or (.zip)(56KB)

279 unique LucyTuned .exs files for many popular samples including some Wizoo, some Logic EXS, and others (.sit) (686KB)

Programs to microtune your MIDI files using pitchbend: a trio of PC programs called Midi Tempering Utilities by Fred Nachbaur (free midi pitchbend software)  can be used to midi microtune existing midi files (Oct 99).

Download lucy****.dat files for use with Nachbaur miditemp program:

Lucy0f5s 0 flats - 5 sharps (i.e. black notes are C#-D#-F#-G#-A#)#-G#-Bb)
Lucy1f4s 1 flat - 4 sharps (i.e. black notes are C#-D#-F
Lucy2f3s 2 flats - 3 sharps (i.e. black notes are C#-Eb-F#-G#-Bb)
Lucy3f2s 3 flats - 2 sharps (i.e. black notes are C#-Eb-F#-Ab-Bb)
Lucy4f1s 4 flats - 1 sharp (i.e. black notes are Db-Eb-F#-Ab-Bb)
Lucy5f0s 5 flats - 0 sharps (i.e. black notes are Db-Eb-Gb-Ab-Bb)

To LucyTune your files with these programs use the ratios from A = 1.000000 in the g column above.

Download .zip files of ten LucyTuning tables for microtuning programs Scala (.scl) or Max Magic Microtuner (.mtx)
LucyTuning table for microtunable Yamaha synths (YAMS)
LucyTuning table of 52 arrangements for microtunable synths and samplers
Design for microtonal hexagon keyboard
Layout for 31 note Tubulong
Coloured Keyboard
Pitch to tempo Relationships
Some midi playable chord demonstrations
Some of the Scales and Intervals available using LucyTuning
Lucy Tuned Chords and Scale Coding
12 tET Comparison of Frequencies & Ratios
Breakaway Vocalizer 1000 Voices, Instruments, and assorted observations
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Download printable version of 23 notes per octave tuning and tempo values in Adobe PDF format