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Re: Intervals enharmony question

From: Torsten Hämmerle
Subject: Re: Intervals enharmony question
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2018 14:14:05 -0700 (MST)

Hans Åberg-2 wrote
> Flutes have a very definite pitch, making it hard to play in unison,
> unlike strings then.

Thank you, that's a good explanation.
Comparing the harmonic spectra of flutes and violins or when trying to
capture the sound characteristics using a synthesizer, this is what usually
comes out:
When creating flute-like sounds, the result is not far from a sine wave.
In contrast, when creating a string-like sound, one would use a sawtooth
wave (because of its richness in harmonics).

The predominant fundamental frequency is the reason for the definite pitch
of a flute and that's why the slightest deviation in pitch is very audible
when several players play together.

A clarinet (having a spectrum without even harmonics due to the cylindrical
bore, that'd be a square wave) is the next-best candidate for the
play-unison jokes.

All the best,

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