A saxophone and a clarinet
Acoustics

A saxophone goes to the octave while a clarinet goes to the twelfth; but why?

In this article, we'll explain why a saxophone goes to the octave while the clarinet goes to the twelfth. It is all due to the instrument's shape...
Describing the clarinet sound
Acoustics

Describing the clarinet sound

What vocabulary should be used to describe the clarinet sound? Here is an overview of various experiments we conducted to find out.
Paul Desmond et Michael Brecker
Acoustics

From Desmond to Brecker: the brightness of the saxophone tone

It's all about brightness. When people describe saxophone tone, this word is always the most used. But what does this mean? How can we define brightness, and how to be sure that we all mean the same thing when we use this word? The acousticians investigate.
Warm, bright, focused, dark..? Psychoacoustics brings some light!
Acoustics

Warm, bright, focused, dark..? Psychoacoustics brings some light!

Why do we perceive some sounds louder than others? What is the pitch of a sound? How do we define the timbre of a musical instrument? The psycho-acoustician brings answers to these questions in an experimental way.
Man is listening sound in a headset
Acoustics

Participate to our sound description experiment!

Listen to famous saxophonists' recordings, describe the sound and compare your description with other musicians!
What is a sound? A general reminder on sound waves.
Acoustics

What is a sound? A general reminder on sound waves.

Back to school for a lesson on acoustic basics: discover the physical phenomenon behind every sound you blow out of your horn!
saxophone plays, question mark
Acoustics

Why is it difficult to play the lowest notes of the saxophone softly?

Why is it difficult to play the lowest notes of the saxophone softly? Physical laws bring an acoustic answer for the saxophonists who keep wondering why!
How to describe a tone - bright, dark, focus, round, warm ?
Acoustics

How to describe a tone - bright, dark, focus, round, warm ?

A historical overview of all the scientific and musical approaches to the words we use to describe tone properties since early 20th century
Acoustic input impedance
Acoustics

Acoustic input impedance

The impedance is THE most important physical indicator to understand woodwind instruments. Discover what this is, and how to measure it!