[sdiy] Question for those with musical ears

Adam Inglis (synthDIY) synthdiy at adambaby.com
Thu Apr 15 02:26:07 CEST 2021

> On 15 Apr 2021, at 9:47 am, Mike Bryant <mbryant at futurehorizons.com> wrote:
> 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.

So, you're kind of talking about the auditory equivalent of a video “frame-rate”, are you? 
As in, How slow can the frames per second get before you notice a ‘flicker’?


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