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timbre

 [tam´ber] (Fr.)
the musical quality of a tone or sound.

tim·bre

(tim'bĕr, tam'bĕr),
The distinguishing quality of a sound, by which one may determine its source, for example, type of musical instrument, voice of a person based principally on the distribution of overtones.
Synonym(s): tone color
[Fr.]

timbre

/tim·bre/ (tam´ber) [Fr.] musical quality of a tone or sound.

timbre

[tim′bər]
Etymology: Fr
1 a characteristic sound quality of a voice or musical instrument, as determined by the harmonics of the sound.
2 a second metallic sound heard in aortic dilation.

tim·bre

(tam'bĕr, tămb[h])
The distinguishing quality of a sound, by which one may determine its source.
[Fr.]
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This article analyzes the timbre for each key using three indices by normalizing the data of the frequency spectrum.
Offering examples such as the ocular harpsichord, the piano de chats, and the glass harmonica, Dolan shows how the eighteenth-century public was enamored of novelty instruments of unusual timbre and how attentive they were to tone color.
Of course, the use of pedals (the forte pedal--that leaves the dampers, thus amplifying the so-called "sympathetic vibration"; and the piano pedal--through the una corda effect due to the slightly modified mechanical properties of the unused felt with which the hammers hit the strings) allows for distinguishable timbre changes, but they do not arise as a result of the pianist's touch; in addition, they affect the whole range of the instrument.
L'Organisation de la Poste saoudienne a emis plusieurs timbres commemoratifs, tres remarquables et d'une valeur inestimable, a-t-on declare a l'ambassade saoudienne au Caire.
The model mirrored how human listeners make judgment calls regarding timbre.
Los procesos de transformacion del timbre son procesos inherentes a los sintetizadores, pero aparecen tambien en los instrumentos acusticos (Russ, 2004): cada instrumento acustico es en si un sintetizador de sonido, con reglas -propias muy definidas para el control de la altura, y con un cierto margen de trabajo, mucho mas reducido, para el timbre.
For those of us organists who do play this piece, it's endlessly fascinating to see the way Elgar manages and uses the various timbres of the orchestra, just as he might have mixed diapasons, organ strings, flutes, mixtures and reeds.
Borola representara en el timbre a la vasta demografia desatada por Vargas, cuya aportacion central ha sido la de descubrir las inagotables posibilidades picarescas de la ciudad de Mexico, excesiva y asombrosamente cotidiana".
Knowing the importance of maintaining contacts with both current and future industry members, students had the opportunity to benefit mutually from a meeting of their peers--the timbre leaders of the industry.
16] Indeed, the rhythmic similarities between the anonymous timbre -- surely the most representative of the oral tradition -- and the versions of Arcadelt and Certon suggest that in some cases the rhythm of a timbre was less subject to distortion than its melody during its mixed transmission in both oral and written forms, which would make sense given the way the rhythm firmly hooks into the text.