Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by aleclee, Feb 23, 2006.
Fletcher Munson Theory
Some psycho into acoustics...
Seriously, this is the kind of stuff that gets ignored and/or left out of almost every tone discussion.
So many variables are involved that it's a wonder we can communicate anything worthwhile using words to describe sound...one man's chime is another's ice pick, one man's loose low end is another's fart, etc.
On the other hand, the world would be a pretty dull place if not for the endless discussions and arguments spawned by the limitations of language and subjectivity.
But science...now she don't lie!
Actually it is two guys that banded together to make sure guitars only sounded good when played loud
Not only that, they wanted to make sure that bassists use 300 watt amps.
i've always thought it would be interesting to build a pedal that allowed you to simulate the effects of the FM curve (or to bulid that into amps), so when you're playing at lower volumes you could adjust it to compensate so that you actually hear the tone of the amp as being more constant across different volumes. hmmm...
Fletcher's grandson was a buddy of mine in HS (60s). Amazing guy. I have a tape somewhere that they made about his life. Trivia......
Wasn't he a catcher for the Yankees?....
I'm sure I experienced this theory with my amp recently. It sounded much different in a group environment than it did at home.
now i have a thread and a link to explain myself. thx AC!
Cool, jokerjkny...remember to pick up your free bumper sticker:
"Bassists do it with lower frequency."
The "Thurman Munson" curve? (GRIN) Is that a slider, or a fader (GRIN)
Fletcher Munson was a bandleader in the 20s who, despite virtually inventing big-band arranging as we know it, had little commercial success owing to his insistence on underemphasising the very high notes and the very low ones. 10 years later he had to endure the irony of seeing Benny Goodman, founder of Goodmans Loudspeakers, become the King of Swing using exactly the same arrangements only with the Victrola's bass and treble turned up. Sic transit gloria Munson.