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Old 07-18-2006, 06:24 PM
M.Brane M.Brane is offline
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Default Re: Identifying Frequencies

unless you're listening to pure sine tones, every sound is a fundamental tone with numerous higher frequencies (harmonics) combined.
This is an excellent point.

What makes an instrument sound the way it does is the harmonic structure not the fundamental.

Many low-freq instruments will actually fit much better into a dense mix if you high-pass above the fundamental. The human ear has an amazing way of filling in the blanks.

Likewise for high-pitched instruments. Low-passing the extreme highs can add "warmth" to certain instruments that tend to sound brittle with full bandwidth.

It all depends on the overall context though. Everything affects everything.
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