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Preference Settings To Switch Middle C From C3 To C4 For Users with 88 Key Midi Keyboards

+32 votes
asked Aug 29, 2016 in Studio One Feature Requests by AYODJELI (640 points)
In the next Update can you make a setting like in logic pro x that allows you to switch where/what middle C is considered: I know its standard in daws to have C3 as middle C but on an 88 key midi keyboard that i use (Arturia Keylab 88) Middle C is C4. I would be very grateful for this feature to be added.

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answered Sep 6, 2016 by AlexTinsley (902,800 points)

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+5 votes
answered Sep 10, 2017 by scunacc (2,450 points)
Yes, please. This would make S1 be able to conform to American Standard Pitch Notation, International Pitch Notation, and, PreSonus Notion (!) :-)
+3 votes
answered Jun 19, 2019 by jacquessteyn1 (980 points)
Yes. In scientifc notation Mid-C is C4; Germans, however, write C3.
Presonus is used all over the world, so users should be able to set this up in their own way. So non-German users must do extra hard cognitive work when editing. And in complex songs that is time-consuming.
+1 vote
answered Sep 1, 2019 by lloydsnyder (190 points)

I agree with  jacquessteyn1, the use in America (USA) for middle C to be C4 conforms to the 88 key keyboard and making it C3 is time consuming to constantly have to transpose it. Please make the change.

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answered Sep 17 by bobenglund (400 points)
Please allow us to change this. This has always been an issue.  Middle C is C4 in the music world I know.  (midi frequently may use C3 instead).  As I'm learning now, I guess in Germany middle C is C3??   Ok, but we need to have the option to change this.  This is huge when it comes to the new score editor in Studio One 5.  Everything I expect if off by one octave.

I can't verify, but reading about this issue, a user of Notion (Presonus notation software) said that Notion has C4 as middle C.  So, that would be pretty weird because the new notation view in Studio One 5,  has middle C as C3.

It not just an issue with 88 key pianos.  It's an issue with guitar notation, and also various plugins that I use in Studio one.

Please allow us to change the 'base' octave as a permanent 'checkbox' option in SO5.