Properties of the Sound of Flue Organ Pipes

  • Judit Angster
  • András Miklós
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This chapter is an overview of the characteristic sound properties of flue organ pipes. The characteristic properties of the stationary spectrum and attack transient have been surveyed and assigned to properties of the physical systems (air column as acoustic resonator, air jet as hydrodynamic oscillator, and pipe wall as mechanical resonator) involved in the sound generation process. The measurements presented underline the primary role of the acoustic resonator in the stationary sound and of the edge tone in the attack.


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The contents of this chapter have in large parts been published before [8.40]. The research surveyed in this paper was supported by several foundations in Hungary (Soros Foundation, Foundation of the Hungarian Credit Bank and István Széchenyi Foundation) and in Germany (Deutscher Akademischer Ausländerdienst (DAAD), Katholischer Akademischer Ausländerdienst (KAAD)). The research could not have progressed without the generous help of organ builders and experts, including the participants of the short courses. The authors are especially grateful for the friendly support of K. Mühleisen (Organ Builder Company Mühleisen, Leonberg, Germany) and F. Frasch (Technical College for Building of Musical Instruments, Ludwigsburg, Germany)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AcousticsFraunhofer Institute of Building Physics (IBP)StuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Steinbeis Transfer Center Applied AcousticsStuttgartGermany

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