RE: Overtones

Subject: RE: Overtones
Date: Mon Jun 28 2004 - 11:53:58 EDT

Overtone structure (spectrum).

Transient (rapid changes in spectrum at the onset of a tone), e.g. clangs
or clicks or chirps at the beginnings of notes.

Noise mixed in with overtones, especially in transients.

Slower dynamic changes of spectrum (sweeps, wah-wahs, etc.).

Overtones that are not harmonics (bells) or that are slightly stretched
(high piano notes).

All more or less equally important -- depending on which instrument we're
dealing with.

And more... google "physics timbre".

Original Message:
From: Jay Smalridge
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 08:22:17 -0700
Subject: Overtones

I was researching the differences in musical instruments when someone told
me that the main difference is the amount of overtones after the
Fundamental frequency. Is this true? Could I distiguish instruments from
one another just by counting the amount of overtones? Seems like there is
a lot more to it than just that... like perhaps the ADSR of a sound? Or am
I digging to deep?


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