The video below is a preview of the Littau-Conrad Spreadsheet presenting how our LC Spreadsheet looks and works with Piano Manager and the SAT IV.
Creating the tuning begins on the Templates Tab.
Once the targets have been entered into the ‘Targets’ boxes on the Templates tab, clicking on the ‘Copy to Adjust Tab’ begins the creation of the tuning in LC. The Adjust Tab has a number of levels of sophistication some of which will also be shown in this video.
After the ‘Adjust Tab’ comes the ‘Edit Rounding’ tab. ‘Edit Rounding’ is where the ’round off’ errors can be addressed if desired. The Edit Rounding Tab can also be used to manually adjust the shape of the low bass curve when needed on some pianos.
Since the piano is not a computer, oftentimes a computer generated set of numbers will not give us what we’re looking for in both the low bass and the high treble. Those adjustments to the computer’s mathematical curve can be addressed in both the Adjust tab and in Edit Rounding.
After all the tweaks and adjustments have been completed, the next step is to name the tuning and save it in the LC Database. The naming and saving of the tuning to the LC Database is done with the ‘Export To Piano Manager’ tab.
Once the tuning has been saved to the LC Database, it’s ready to be sent to the AccuTuner to be used for the tuning.
Here is where the AccuTuner’s Piano Manager Software comes into the picture. With the AccuTuner plugged into the computer and turned on, Piano Manager is opened, and the tuning is selected and imported into Piano Manager from the LC spreadsheet on the PC. Once the tuning is stored onto a page in Piano Manager, it’s ready to be sent over to the AccuTuner to be used for the tuning.
This video is only a small preview of a few of the many features of the Littau-Conrad Spreadsheet. With practice and experience, creating the tuning in LC and then getting it into the AccuTuner can be done in only a few minutes – depending of course, on the piano. Most of the time it takes longer for to get the PC set up and the SAT plugged into it, and then put away when done, than it does to create the tuning and get it installed in the SAT.
Most of the time taken is during the mapping of all the target notes. Again, that too depends on the piano. But once the mapping is completed, creating a tuning from the targets with LC goes really quickly. And too, it’s all saved and ready to use next time without all the mapping and creating.