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Old 04-13-2010, 10:56 AM
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Default Re: i don't know a good title for this....

The closer the two frequencies are, the more distinguishable the beat characteristics. Polly's sound file is a pretty good display of this phenomenon. For two sine waves with frequencies f1 and f2, you will get a wave with frequency (f1+f2)/2, so the average of the frequencies. The amplitude of this wave will be modulated with frequency (f1-f2)/s, so half the difference in frequency. For 40 and 41Hz you'd get a tone of 40.5Hz modulated in amplitude with a frequency of 0.5Hz in the case of sine waves. Rectangular waves are a different story as the waves themselves are a big series of sine waves summed together to create a rectangular wave (see the Fourier Series for more information on this - it's actually pretty cool.

Last edited by Big_Philly; 04-13-2010 at 12:26 PM.
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