Archives of Acoustics, 32, 3, pp. 591-602, 2007
Reflections on sound timbre definitions
The article is concerned with systematic classification of concepts and terms in acoustics. Special attention is attached to definitions of timbre. The article presents a review of definitions of timbre published in the literature. Inadequacy of the currently used IEC definition is shown and a new definition of timbre is proposed. Discussed are advantages of the new definition and the prospects for common acceptance of this definition in acoustics.
Keywords: sound timbre, systematics of sound notions, standards, objective and subjective definitions
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