Middle C in Garageband.

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  1. FlyinPig macrumors newbie

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    When using the built in keyboard in Garageband:
    Is middle C, C4 or C3? I'm confused.

    =)
     
  2. drewfus macrumors 6502

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    oddly enough, C3 seems to be middle C. I wonder why they did that.
     
  3. localoid macrumors 68020

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    C3 is middle C in Logic's piano roll view. I assume it's the same in Garageband(?)

    You could always draw a C3 note in piano roll view and then switch to notation view and see if the note is between the two staffs.

    Because you learn middle C is C3 if you study music as an art. ;)

    Although the scientific pitch notation system uses middle C = C4, within the world of Western music middle C = C3.

    To further confuse the issue, because the MIDI standard does not specify a particular octave numbering, different types of MIDI keyboards by different manufacturers may label either C4, C5, or C3 as middle C (note 60).
     
  4. FlyinPig thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah. I'd always been taught C4 to be middle C. That's why I thought it was strange. I had to check on here just in case I was going mad. XD
     
  5. localoid macrumors 68020

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    If I remember correctly: In Calkwalk Sonar middle C = C5. In Apple's Logic and Steinberg's Cubase middle C = C3. Digidesign's ProTools lets the user select either C3, C4, or C5 as a label for middle C. On Roland and Kurzweil MIDI keyboards middle C = C4. On Yamaha MIDI keyboards middle C = C3. And so on...

    It really isn't the problem it might seem to be, because MIDI note #60 = middle C. What middle C is labeled or called (C3 vs. C4 vs. C5, etc.) is largely a cosmetic issue.
     
  6. JoelWard macrumors newbie

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    first post for me in the forums and this article was interesting, cheers for that as I have wondered in the past when using logic.
    p.s glad to see some people aren't as sarcastic as the first replier ;)
     

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