Robert Conrad, Registered Piano Tuner/Technician, Tucson, AZ

Sanderson Accu-Tuners III & IV and the Piano Librarian Software

The Piano Librarian (MIDI SATs)/ Piano Manager (USB SAT IV) Software is the ‘connection’ between the SAT III or IV and the computer.  Without this software for your SAT, the only way to enter a ‘non-FAC’ tuning into the SAT is to do it manually, i.e. one note at a time.

Before doing anything else, it’s a good idea to back up the existing memory of your SAT III or IV using the software.  Having a backup of your SAT’s memory tunings, will make you fearless when it comes to trying new things.    You will always be able to restore your SAT back to where it was.

Backing up the memory of your SAT can be a life saver if you have your own personal library of tunings stored in your SAT, or have anything else stored in the memory of your SAT you wouldn’t want to lose.

If your SAT is stolen or damaged, the backup can be used to restore your new or repaired SAT back to its previously backed up state.

Piano Librarian/Manager also provides for printing of header sheets – a record of which piano is on which page in the memory of the SAT.

Piano Librarian/Manager can be used to reorder or reorganize the tunings in the SAT – arranging tunings by stretch numbers,  brand, model, size, spinets, consoles, or grands – whatever you want.

Tunings can be combined from different tuning files to create a single tuning group for installation into your SAT III or IV.   Tunings can be ‘averaged’ to create a brand new tuning – all within the software.

Piano Librarian/Manager has a ‘Graph’ tab for viewing the graph of each tuning.

There’s a ‘DOB’ tab for entering different amounts of DOB into the tuning – just like it does in the SAT III & IV.    Once DOB settings have been applied to the tuning, the graph will display the effect those DOB settings have on the tuning.   The DOB ‘effect’ can be turned on and off, and if desired, the DOB effect can be contained in the tuning when the tuning is exported into a spreadsheet.

‘Exporting’ a tuning into an Excel spreadsheet or Word is a particularly handy feature of Piano Librarian.   Once exported into an Excel spreadsheet,  the tuning’s ‘numbers’ can easily be adjusted, tweaked, smoothed, and modified as desired, using basic Excel spreadsheet functions.  The ‘new’ tuning can then be imported back into Piano Librarian/Manager and then loaded back into the SAT III or IV.

Using the spreadsheet’s charting or graphing capabilities is very useful for creating personalized tunings.  In addition to viewing the complete 88 note tuning, being able to view the graph of the different sections of the tuning, can be very helpful when analyzing, viewing, or modifying tunings.

{ This article relates to, and is included in, the Download Tunings Package available for download here:  Conrad Tunings }

The tuning templates contained in this download package are designed for tweaking to fit the piano using a simple offset and DOB.

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