The Anatomy of a Sound
This chapter covers:
What is sound?
How do we measure loudness and pitch?
What makes some sounds of the same pitch and amplitude sound different?
What is a decibel?
Part II of this book looks at synthesizing sound, but before you can do that, you need to understand what sound is made up of. There are three components to a sound—its volume, pitch, and timbre. Volume is how loud we perceive a sound to be, whereas pitch is how high it sounds. Timbre is much more complicated, and it is the quality or characters of a sound. For example, when middle C is played on a trumpet and a piano, the note has the same volume ...