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You have a slight misunderstanding of what a wave is. Your ears (or an oscilloscope) will hear the sound of pressure increasing and decreasing. That's what sound is. The air in your ear can really only move in or out, so there is only one "waveform" it is sensing, no matter how many frequencies are in that waveform. No aggregation is required. It ...


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Timbre is a general term for the properties of any sound. In the case of the human voice, what makes a person recognisable and distinct from other people are the "formants" created by the vocal tract. These regions in the frequency spectrum that are accentuated by resonance in the throat and mouth, give a voice a particular sound. They enable us to ...


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