Capturing and Analyzing Subtle Combination Tones Produced by Violins

This Totoni violin, made in Bologna in 1700, produced the strongest and most audible combination tones. CREDIT: Gabriele Caselli, Giovanni Cecchi, and Giulio Masetti

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2022 – When two musical notes are played simultaneously, the human ear can perceive weak additional tones called combination tones. These subjective tones result from the nonlinearity of the inner ear and are attributed to the amplification mechanism of the cochlea. Subjective tones are perceived with…click to read more

From the Journal: The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Article: Characteristics, mechanisms, and perceivability of combination tones in violins
DOI: 10.1121/10.0014600

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