Chatziioannou, Vasileios; Hofmann, Alex; Mayer, Alexander, and Statsenko, Tatiana (2016) "Influence of strain-gauge sensors on the vibrational behaviour of single reeds," in Proceedings of the 22nd International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2016 (Buenos Aires).
Abstract: Experimental measurements are often used in conjunction with physical modelling to characterise
sound generation in musical instruments. Focusing on single-reed woodwind instruments,
such analyses have provided accurate descriptions of the coupling between the sound excitation
mechanism and the resonator during steady-state regimes. For note transients however, more
detailed measurements of the reed vibrations under real playing conditions are required. Therefore,
strain gauge sensors haven been placed on a series of clarinet and saxophone reeds, in
order to capture the vibrations without interfering with the player. Different ways of attaching the
sensors to the reeds are considered and the resulting influence is quantified by means of Laser
Doppler Vibrometry and Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry.