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Perceptibility of Inharmonicity in the Acoustic Guitar

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Audibility of inharmonicity in acoustic guitar tones was studied through formal listening experiments separately for steel- and nylon-stringed guitars. Test tones were resynthesized from real recordings through high-resolution parametric modeling of acoustic guitar sounds, which allows accurate control of the inharmonicity of the partials. Inharmonicity was detected fairly easily by the subjects for the lowest strings especially for the steel-stringed guitar. For the nylon-stringed guitar, inharmonicity was also detected as long as the plucking transient was left out of the sound, but detection was much harder for the full sound with transient. Detection thresholds were obtained for two pitches at the low range of the nylon-stringed guitar. Mean thresholds were close to, though above, typical amounts of inharmonicity in the guitar. Implications to digital sound synthesis are discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-09-01

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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