- Timbre is defined as the characteristic quality of tone that makes two voices or sounds different.
An example of timbre is the warm tone of Nat King Cole’s voice.
Origin: Fr, timbre, earlier, sound of a bell from MFr, ball struck by a hammer from OFr, a kind of drum from Late Greek tymbanon from Glassical Greek tympanon: see tympan
- timbral adjective
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Origin: French, from Old French, drum, clapperless bell, probably from Medieval Greek *timbanon, drum, from Greek tumpanon, kettledrum.
timbre - Computer Definition
A quality of sound that distinguishes one voice or musical instrument from another. For example, MIDI synthesizers are multi-timbral, meaning that they can play multiple instruments simultaneously.
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