noteFromFF: Deriving notes from frequencies

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Deriving notes from given (fundamental) frequencies.


noteFromFF(x, diapason = 440, roundshift = 0)



Fundamental frequency.


Frequency of diapason a, default is 440 (Hertz).


Shift that indicates from here to round to the next integer (note). The default (0) is “classical” rounding as described in round. A higher value means that roundshift is added to the calculated real note value before rounding to an integer. This is useful if it is unclear that some instruments really shift the note in the center between two theoretical frequencies.

Example: if x = 452 and diapason = 440, the internally calculated real value of 0.46583 is rounded to 0, but for roundshift = 0.1 we get 0.56583 and it is rounded to note 1.


The formula used is simply round(12 * log(x / diapason, 2) + roundshift).


An integer representing the (rounded) difference in halftones from diapason a, i.e. indicating the note that corresponds to fundamental frequency x given the value of diapason. For example: 0 indicates diapason a, 3: c', 12: a', ...


Uwe Ligges

See Also

FF, periodogram, and tuneR for a very complete example.

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