Tick Tock by Jazz Profilactika in 432 Hz Print
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 15:43

Tick Tock by Jazz Profilactika has been mastered with 432 Hz in mind, thanks to 432 EVO!

Music tuned to 432 Hz is very hard to come by in contemporary genres. A rare example, is Melody Gardot's Currency Of man:


Gardot explains, "Even the tuning of the album is unusual as we cut the record in 432hz. I had started to experiment with frequency and research what this does within the body. I loved the idea that one could calm, soothe and rejuvenate the spirit just with exposure to certain frequencies... I rang up the tuner for the piano one day, and asked if he could change everything to 432. He laughed, came over and 6 hours later we had our first attempt to rejuvenate this old idea of what some call 'original tuning'. Once we set the instrument up like this - I never changed it. Frankly, it felt better. The frequency was more alive, the feeling was like witnessing more colors in the resonance - and to my ears when there was an ensemble playing, it felt more relaxed, more appealing. Once every musician who came upon it loved it, I decided we would keep it that way."

One method to produce in 432 Hz, is to retune all instruments to 432 Hz. While this works with string based instruments like guitars, piano's and most digital solutions (DAW's), it does not work will all instruments without completely redesigning the instrument, such as the saxophone:

For Jazz Profilactika's debut album "Tick Tock", they have tried stepping "outside the box", not only musically (by fusing / crossing over between musical genres), but with the production as well: they have used a different Concert Pitch for this album: A4=432Hz.

So how does it sound according the band?

"So, why did we chose a lower pitch? Well, the shortest and simplest answer to that question is "it sounds better to our ears". We have compared the 440Hz and 432Hz versions by ear on various sound systems, from PA systems to high-end Hi-Fi (using Martin Logan electrostatic speakers and others like KEF and PSB). The 432Hz exports sounded and felt more "cored" in the low-end, warmer in the mid-range and more "transparent" and "spacious" in the high-end relatively to the 440Hz exports. In case you wish to read a more detailed (technical) explanation, do read the Roel's World article "Why using a lower pitch then the standard of A4=440Hz"."

The conversion by 432 EVO was done in between the mixing stage, and mastering stage. We worked with their internal 32 bit 48 Khz mixes, to render them into 432 Hz. This was done by capturing the data normally sent live to the DAC as being played on the EVO, but intercepting it at the 432 Hz plugin output back to a file. Afterwards is was mastered and remastered by the label, using analog Manley mastering gear.

For 432 EVO this was a fun project, from the "dry" 2 channel downmix played with instruments in 440 Hz, the first 432 Hz conversion, the first mastering and then the remastering: all these steps sounded different, and it was interesting to see the album develop into it's final release. The gear used besides the 432 EVO is also impressive:


Your can preview the album here:

Being involved in this project, gave us an even better understanding of mastering and true highres, and the fact that 432 Hz is not a mystery but a fact: it sounds better! Tick Tock is available as a true 24 bit / 48 Khz download without DRM.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 16:45