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Pronounced “tamber,” it is the subjective quality or tone color of a sound; the essential quality of a sound that makes it what it is. An oboe has a different timbre than a tuba, for example. Two oboes may have a slightly different timbre from one another. They sound different. Timbre is made up of all of the qualities of a sound: transient attack, harmonic content, envelope, overtone structure, and more.

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