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cpspch - convert octave.pitch-class (oct.pc) to frequency (Hz)


Synopsis

freq = cpspch(pchval)


Description

Given a pitch in ``octave.pitch-class'' notation (oct.pc), cpspch returns that value as frequency in Hz (cycles per second). oct.pc is a way to use standard "western" keyboard notes without having to look up the pitch-frequency conversion. It works by arbitrarily assigning the octave of middle C to 8.00. Any semitone above middle C is added as a "hundredth" to the left of the decimal point, i.e. 8.01 is the C# just above middle C, 8.02 is the D, 8.03 is the D# (Eb), etc. up to 8.12, which is equivalent to 9.00. 9.01 is then the C# one octave and a semitone abouve midddle C.

The fun thing about this notation is that you are not limited to keyboard-notes. A pitch specification of 7.07542389 will select a frequency that is somewhere about half-way between the G (7.07) and Ab (7.08) just below middle-C. Different RTcmix instruments will require the pitch or frequency to be specified in different ways.

NOTE: With the exception of boost, The RTcmix conversion functions follow a pattern. The command isdivided into two halves, the one closest to the argument represent the format of the argument, and the one closest to the assignment represents the format to be returned. For example, "cpspch" is divided into "cps" and "pch". The argument is in oct.pc form ("pch") and the return value will be in cps ("cps").

The various format specifiers are:

   amp = absolute amplitude (16-bit, 0-32768)
   cps = cycles per second (Hz)
   db = decibels
   midi = midi note # (60 is middle C)
   oct = linear octaves (8.5 is halfway between octave 8.00 [middle C] and 9.00)
   pch = octave.pitch-class (oct.pc; 8.00 is middle C, 8.02 is D, 8.12 = 9.00 = C above middle C)
   let = note-letter specification ("C4" is middle C, "C#4" is C-sharp above middle C,
      "Gb5" is G-flat the octave above middle C octave. [see pitch-reps for more info])


Arguments

pchval
Any number, floating point or integer, representing an octave.pitch-class pitch value


Examples

   freq = cpspch(8.07)
   freq = cpspch(7.0425)

See Also

ampdb, boost, dbamp, cpslet, cpsmidi, cpsoct, midipch, octcps, octlet, octmidi, octpch, pchcps, pchlet, pchmidi, pchoct