On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 02:17:48AM -0500, Thomas Vecchione wrote:
> > So, consider a musician playing a Stradivarius violin. You'd want to be
Violins (and many other instruments) can and do produce harmonics
above 20 kHz. As long as these are vibrations inside the instrument
they could even interact in non-linear ways and produce something that
is audible. Once they are 'in the air', they don't interact and you
can't hear them.
The sound of a violin is determined by mainly two things (apart from
the skill of the player):
1. Body resonances. These depend on the construction and the
materials used and can be very complex (complex as complicated).
2. The mechanical impedance at the bridge as seen by the strings.
This is strongly related to (1) of course, depends on frequency
and can be complex (complex as in maths). That means that the
string will not have the same effective lenght at different
frequencies, and harmonics need not be at exact integer
multiples of the fundamental.
What sets a violins like a Stradivarius or a Guadagnini apart from
others is that they have the right combination of these properties,
one that is musically pleasing. What exactly those desirable traits
are in terms of (1) and (2) is still a matter of research. What is
certain is that you don't need any harmonics above 20 kHz in order
to hear the difference.
Last year I recorded six Guadagninis, the recording was explicitly
meant for research on their sound. The researcher wanted 48 kHz,
24 bit, a DPA omni mic and a strictly linear 'no tube nonsense'
preamp (I used an RME Micstasy).
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