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Influence of Intensity on the Pitch of Complex Tones

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Complex tones with 200 Hz fundamental frequency, different spectral configurations (normal configuration, comprising all harmonics up to 8 kHz; low-pass configuration with 1 kHz cut-off frequency; 1 kHz-residue; 2.8 kHz-residue), and SPL's of 50 to 80 dB, were matched in pitch with a comparison tone of 50 dB SPL by three to six subjects. As comparison tone, pure tones and complex tones were used. The observed pitch-intensity effect in general is smaller than the corresponding pure-tone phenomenon. Complex tones with predominating low (below 1 kHz) harmonics show a small negative pitch-intensity effect. Those with predominating high harmonics show a positive effect. For complex tones with both low and high harmonics of about equal amplitudes, the pitch-intensity effect is negligible. The results agree with earlier findings and support the concept of relating the pitch of a complex tone to the pitches of its separate harmonics.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1975

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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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