Musical Pitch vs. Frequency

Musical Pitch and Frequency are more or less the same thing. What musicians call pitch an engineer will call frequency. It may be an A on a guitar or piano, but it’s 220Hz (or 440Hz and octave higher) on a equalizer.

So today I decided to post something that I find to be very useful. It’s a musical pitch vs. frequency chart. I find this chart to be particularly useful as I continue to develop my ear and ability for mixing.

Using the Chart

Sometimes when you’re mixing you might notice some sort of annoying resonance on an acoustic guitar track or maybe some sort of tubby drone messing with your bass. I’m sure you can think of your own examples. But whatever the exact scenario is, it’s often related to some type of unwanted constant pitch.

When it comes to solving the problem, you can find that pitch by ear on the piano. Once you’ve done that, take a quick look at your Musical Pitch vs. Frequency chart to learn the exact frequency.

Then it’s simply a matter of tastefully dealing with the problem tone using an eq. Only, instead of putting up a plug-in and using the boost-and-sweep technique to locate the offending frequency, you can just instantiate the plug-in, enter in the correct frequency in Hz (as learned from the chart) and adjust the gain and bandwidth values accordingly.

That’s just one example. But really, being able to relate musical pitch to frequency is very helpful in many aspects of music production. Whether it’s microphone selection, equalization in mixing and mastering, or tuning your room acoustics. It’s an indispensable skill that you’ll find yourself using every time you work on music.

Download the Musical Pitch vs. Frequency Chart