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Double basses on the stage floor: Tuning fork–table top effect or not?
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Music Acoustics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0144-7205
2012 (English)In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN 0001-4966, E-ISSN 1520-8524, Vol. 131, no 1, 795-806 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The question whether or not double basses can benefit from a compliant and radiating stage floor in the low end of their tonal register, similar to the well-known tuning fork–tabletop effect, was examined through field experiments in five concert halls. The topic comprises several aspects: (1) How well the mechanical impedances of double basses and the stage floor match, (2) amount of vibration velocity transmitted to the floor through the end pin of the bass, and (3) radiation efficiency of point-excited bending waves in the stage floor far below the coincidence frequency. Each aspect represents a prerequisite for the tuning fork–tabletop effect to take place. The input impedance at the end pin was measured for three representative double basses. The stage floors of five orchestra halls were measured with respect input impedance and damping, while sound radiation to the audience area was measured for two of them. In Lindeman Hall, Oslo, all conditions for the tuning fork–tabletop effect to take place were clearly met. The contribution from the stage-floor radiation to the sound pressure level in the audience area was found to be about 5 dB between 40 and 60 Hz, and even higher between 30 and 40 Hz.

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2012. Vol. 131, no 1, 795-806 p.
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Computer Science Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52257DOI: 10.1121/1.3651791ISI: 000299131200015ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84855933005OAI: diva2:465553
tmh_import_11_12_14. QC 20120124Available from: 2011-12-14 Created: 2011-12-14 Last updated: 2012-04-02Bibliographically approved

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