Timbre

Month: March 2017

Total 12 Posts

Digital Piano

I have a digital piano that has a relatively realistic sound at home, so I played some notes to see how they look in the Timbre app. The first thing I noticed was that the picture changes as the note sustains. When the note is started, there are many more

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Tibetan Singing Bowl

So I was looking around the house for musical things to see what their timbre looks like on the Timbre app, and saw a Tibetan Singing Bowl.  I was given this as a gift a while ago. I believe that you are supposed to gently rub the wooden stick thing

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Timbre is Released

Thank you to all those who who gave feedback and helped to test Timbre. It’s finally released and available on the App store. Download the App The app is available on the App Store. Download Mailing list! Sign up for the mailing list to get (infrequent) news about Timbre related things.

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Student Trumpet Timbre

I was after an example of trumpet Timbre. So I imposed upon my 12 year old son, Max, who has been playing for a few years now. His tone is pretty good, at least until the higher notes. Please excuse any blatant trumpet ignorance on my part.  So we started with

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Clarinet Timbre in Rhapsody in Blue

I was trying to make a preview video for the upcoming release of the Timbre app and I worked out how to save a video of the app, so I combined practise for the upcoming concert of the Inner West Community Band with making the video.  As you might have

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What is Timbre?

Timbre is a word used to describe the particular quality of the sound of a single note of an instrument. It is what makes a oboe sound different from a flute, even when playing the same note. Texture is a similar word that is sometimes used to describe this kind

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Exploring Clarinet Timbre

I pulled out my Clarinet and wanted to see what Clarinet tone looked like in Timbre.   The Lowest E in the Chalumeau register looks like:     So there’s a nice strong harmonic at the B (5th) and some intriguing harmonics at a little under G#, a little above

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Why do notes “Beat” when they are almost in tune?

When two notes are almost in tune then we hear a warble in the sound. The volume gets loud and soft a few times a second. It changes slower as the two notes get closer in tuning. We can use this effect to tune by ear (link). Why does this

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Using a tuner to work out your instrument’s weirdness

Most instruments have small variations in the tuning for each note compared with a “perfectly” tuned piano for example. Each instrument, not just each type of instrument, will have some notes that are a little sharp or flat compared to each other. As you get more experienced playing your instrument,

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Tuning without a Tuner

Most of the time, you can tune without using a tuner at all. You just need a note to tune to, then you can tune your own instrument to match. Usually it helps if you are both close to a reference pitch, so that instrument is playing at the tuning

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