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Estimation of saxophone reed parameters during playing

Abstract : An approach for the estimation of single reed parameters during playing, using an instrumented mouthpiece and an iterative method, is presented. Different physical models describing the reed tip movement are tested in the estimation method. The uncertainties of the sensors installed on the mouthpiece and the limits of the estimation method are studied. A tenor saxophone reed is mounted on this mouthpiece connected to a cylinder, played by a musician, and characterized at different dynamic levels. Results show that the method can be used to estimate the reed parameters with a small error for low and medium sound levels (piano and mezzoforte dynamic levels). The analysis reveals that the complexity of the physical model describing the reed behavior must increase with dynamic levels. For medium level dynamics, the most relevant physical model assumes that the reed is an oscillator with non-linear stiffness and damping, the effect of mass (inertia) being very small.
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Alberto Muñoz Arancón, Bruno Gazengel, Jean-Pierre Dalmont, Ewen Conan. Estimation of saxophone reed parameters during playing. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustical Society of America, 2016, 139 (5), pp.2754 - 2765. ⟨10.1121/1.4948774⟩. ⟨hal-01877649⟩



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