Timbre Term of the Week #3

In synthesis and sound recording and mixing, envelope describes how a sound’s amplitude (volume) changes over time.  When recreating the timbre of an instrument (or other sounds such as a firetruck siren), it is equally important to get the overtone series right as it is to reconstruct or preserve the contour of the sound….

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Timbre Term of the Week #1

Although we may perceive sounds such as musical notes as singular, self-contained units, the physical reality often suggests something very different.  Most sounds we hear are actually complex mixtures of many different sound components, some of which are noisy and transient, others of which may have stable frequencies…

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