[sdiy] Question for those with musical ears

Mike Bryant mbryant at futurehorizons.com
Thu Apr 15 01:47:31 CEST 2021


Consider a continuous glissando played on an analogue synth - the frequency rises smoothly between the start and end pitches.

But on a digital synth there will always be discrete steps between successive frequencies as the frequency is gradually stepped between the start and end pitches.  

Question is, what is the minimum step (in cents) needed such that the best musical ears cannot tell the frequency isn't rising smoothly as on the analogue synth, but in many discrete steps.  

It may be that the rate of change can effect it so if so please assume a glissando starting at middle C rising at 1 second per semitone.

Thanks

Mike




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