Hey Contrabass enthusiasts, sorry if I'm late, but have you seen the Octobass?
And once again, I cannot see the link. Reberclark, could you repost the video link please.
any one else having a problem viewing this? Please let me know.
When I lived in The Hague in the 1970s I used to go to see the octobass in the Paris Conservatory Museum. Wonder if it is still there? Any Parisians or others know if it's still there? It was a concoction invented by Hector Berlioz, likely during a period when his lotus-eating was at its heaviest. I believe he also makes reference to it in his orchestration book. Snor "low pitch" lax
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Not exactly a beautiful sound.
“Not exactly a beautiful sound.”
Quite so. Recording samples of such a monstrosity would be pointless as they could not be reproduced properly by most sound systems.
The person in the video talks about a note as low as 16 Hz. It would be a very, very low C at 16.35Hz. This is not what we hear. Very few people would have speakers that can reproduce 16Hz. Subwoofers do not go usually much below 30Hz. Good studio monitors fall off usually at around 50Hz.
What we really hear in this video are the third and higher harmonics of the 16Hz tone. Our brain tricks us into believing that we hear the fundamental of 16Hz. We also hear other ugly intermodulation frequency components that are sums and differences of various related frequencies. The intermodulation distortion is in large part created by forcing speakers to respond to frequencies well below their frequency range, but also elsewhere in the recording- playback chain.
The common double bass has four strings producing a low E of 41.2Hz. A five string bass goes as low as a C of 32.7Hz. The bass in the video goes even an octave lower. In the lower registers, most people are unable to tell if a note is in tune.
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