A frequency component in a spectrum which is not an integer multiple of the fundamental, that is, it is an inharmonic overtone. However, in some texts, partial refers to both harmonic and inharmonic overtones. (Source: Barry Truax - Handbook for Acoustic Ecology CD-ROM Edition. Cambridge Street Publishing, 1999 - CSR-CDR 9901)
A strong concentration of sound wave energy at a specific pitch. All sounds that have a pitch are made up or partials.
A Sonogram of a guitar sound in which you can clearly see orange stripes, these are the many partials which make up the guitar sound.
The relationship between these partials affects the quality of the sound that we hear.
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