Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Man creates self-tuning piano

A Kansas City man has developed a piano that tunes itself.
Who needs a tuner these days?
An engineer has developed a self-tuning piano, heralding a seminal moment in the history of the musical instrument.

Don A Gilmore, a classically-trained pianist from Kansas City, who is also an engineer, has spent a good number of years working out a system to do what many thought was impossible.

As Gizmag noted, the piano is an extremely complex instrument, one that has more than 200 strings that govern 88 keys.

Trying to develop a single system that allows all of this to be tuned to perfection has therefore been tremendously challenging.

However, it was a challenge Mr Gilmore rose to in spectacular form, developing a thermal system that astonishingly tunes the piano in just under a minute.

"I was considering wild ideas about forcing electricity at a given frequency through the piano strings, wondering if it might have any effect on the pitch," he told the online news provider.

"I immediately went to my lab and hooked up a bench-top DC power supply to a string on an electric guitar that I had. I found that by turning the dial on the power supply I could easily control the pitch of the string."

In related news, Peavey recently developed the AT-200, a self-tuning electric guitar.

Posted by KTADNFCR-2133-ID-801290594-ADNFCR Posted on 13 Feb 2012 10:00 to category : Instruments News

Related Music News

thumbnail

Short on space? Need a whole library of tones at your feet? BOSS' new GT-1B Bass Effects Processor has all bases covered.

23 Jun 2017 10:54
thumbnail

The first synth entries of the Roland's 'Future Redefined', the FA-07 Workstation and SE-02 Synthesizer promise the user complete expression and onboard versatility.

20 Jun 2017 08:48
thumbnail

Boasting the best of days gone by the Eric Clapton Signature Strat expresses classic Fender personality completed by a number of quirky modern tidbits.

19 Jun 2017 16:32
thumbnail

You've seen ROLI's Seaboard Grand and you've seen their Blocks controllers... prepare yourself for the most innovative pairing this summer.

8 Jun 2017 12:00
thumbnail

Building upon the success of their Cutlass entries, Music Man take a tried and tested favourite and make it more versatile than ever with an extra pickup.

6 Jun 2017 16:08
thumbnail

Featuring a brand new update to the original firmware, KORG's Gadget receives a complete makeover as well a brand new 'lite' version.

5 Jun 2017 16:34

Recent Music News

thumbnail

The latest addition to the illustrious range of Katana Amplifiers, the Katana-Mini guitar amplifier brings classic BOSS tone in a portable and lightweight design

23 Jun 2017 10:23
thumbnail

Today's second pedal release from BOSS for Roland's 'Future Redesigned' campaign, the MD-500 is the latest comprehensive workhorse for the modern musician.

23 Jun 2017 09:49
thumbnail

The most advanced reverb pedal to come from BOSS to date, the RV-500 pedal promises a wealth of tone shaping options and professional grade versatility

23 Jun 2017 09:14
thumbnail

Using the feedback from the guitar player community Walrus Audio has devised a new and improved pedal that eliminates the pitfalls of its predecessor.

22 Jun 2017 16:09
thumbnail

After the release of the Hall of Fame 2 and Pipeline Tap Tremolo Pedals, TC Electronic's Flashback 2 promises for unprecedented expression and otherworldly tone.

21 Jun 2017 15:29
thumbnail

Looking to get that perfect take? M-Audio's M-Track 2X2 Vocal Studio Pro gives you professional standard recording capabilities in a robust and compact format.

20 Jun 2017 15:01