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Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, 4th Edition by Jamie Angus, David Howard

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Chapter 5

Hearing Timbre and Deceiving the Ear

Chapter Contents

5.1  What is Timbre?

5.2  Acoustics of Timbre?

5.2.1    Note envelope

5.2.2    Note onset

5.3  Psychoacoustics of Timbre

5.3.1    Critical bands and timbre

5.3.2    Acoustic cues and timbre perception

5.4  The Pipe Organ as a Timbral Synthesizer

5.5  Deceiving the Ear

5.5.1    Perception of pure tones

5.5.2    Masking of one sound by another

5.5.3    Note grouping illusions

5.5.4    Pitch illusions

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5.1  What is Timbre?

Pitch and loudness are two of three important descriptors of musical sounds commonly used by musicians, the other being “timbre.” Pitch relates to issues such as notes on a score, key, melody, harmony, tuning systems, and intonation in performance. Loudness ...

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