Faculty Advisor

Bianchi, Frederick W.


Life over 20 kHz has been a debate that resides in the audio society today. The research presented in this paper claims and confirms the existence of data over 20 kHz. Through a series of experiments involving various microphone types, sampling rates and six instruments, a short-term Fourier transform was applied to the transient part of a single note of each instrument. The results are graphically shown in spectrum form alongside the wave file for comparison and analysis. As a result, the experiment has given fundamental evidence that may act as a base for many branches of its application and understanding, primarily being the effect of this lost data on the ears and the mind.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts