A system that uses different intervals between notes in a scale. A number of microtuning systems attempt to reduce beat frequencies introduced by the simultaneous playing of the notes of a chord. Some systems use different numbers of notes in an octave (up to 53). It is necessary to decide on the key before a microtuning system can be selected. Instruments which support microtuning are called “microtonal”.

See equal temperamentjust intonationtemperament.

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