Pitch of Inharmonic Signals


IT is well established that a sound consisting of adjacent harmonics is perceived as having the pitch of the fundamental frequency. This pitch is to be attributed to a component of subjective perception, that is, the combined impression of some or all of the tones presented. Such a component, which is not susceptible to further aural resolution, is called a residue1.

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    Schouten, J. F., Proc. Acad. Sci. Amsterdam, 43, 356 (1940); Philips Tech. Rev., 5, 286 (1940).

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    Licklider, J. C. R., J. Acoust. Soc. Amer., 27, 996 (1955); Chap. 25 of S. S. Stevens's “Handbook of Experimental Psychology”, see p. 1019 (Wiley, New York).

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    Boer, E. de, “On the ‘Residue’ in Hearing”, thesis, Amsterdam (1956).

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