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Scaling Rules for Organ Flue Pipe Ranks

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The scaling problems involved in designing a rank of organ flue pipes which is satisfactorily coherent in tonal balance and matched in loudness level are investigated from the viewpoint of acoustical theory. The suggested solution from the viewpoint of tonal balance, that the pipe diameter should vary as the 5/6 power of pipe length, leads to a rank which is too loud in the bass. The usual practical solution, which is to make the diameter vary as the 3/4 power of length and to make further voicing adjustments, is seen to give an approximately balanced loudness and an increase in harmonic development towards the bass of the rank. Such a solution is similar in effect to that adopted for other musical instruments.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1977

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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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