If you are going into the world of music as a profession, one of the things you are going to hear is treble. You will also get to hear about middle and bass, but not everyone knows what treble actually means. What does treble do? How important is treble in music? These are questions you should already have the answers to when you find your way into the world of music, and this post will be providing you with answers to these questions.
Treble and bass are two words that constantly come up even when you are trying to make adjustments to your on your stereo, and treble implies high notes. What treble does is it keeps its focus on the tones present in the frequency or range which is found at a human hearing’s higher end. What this simply means is you are going to get more clearer, louder, and detailed sounds when you turn up your treble.
If you have an idea of middle (midrange) and bass then you must have an idea about treble as well, and all of these come with a composed infinite frequency number, and the highest of the treble, midrange, and bass is the treble. The word treble was gotten from Latin word Triplum, and it was used in denoting a motets highest and third range in the thirteenth century. Treble can also imply the highest sound frequency.
This is why you will get detailed and brighter sounds when you increase the treble sensitivity of a stereo system, and you will be able to see that emphasis will be focused more on high notes. There are different variations of treble in music, and the treble clef is the music scripture used in denoting treble in written musical form. Another word for the the treble clef is the G clef, and this explains the pitch and notes of degrees to high sounds.
Moving forward, there are various instruments that work well with the treble clef. We are talking about instruments like the flute, trumpet, guitar, violin, and the saxophone. The treble clef is often applied in western music since it works well with very popular instruments, and the fact that you will find treble on equalizers and car stereos explains why so many people are familiar with the word treble.
One fact we want to point out about treble to everyone is treble doesn’t have the capacity to alter the overall tone of any song when it comes in audio systems. However, laying emphasis on higher notes means the sounds will get brighter and clearer. When this is applied to a radio station, increasing the table frequency means you are going to hear the presenters voice more clearer than you can imagine.
Increasing the table frequency also means you can be able to lower it, and trust that you will be able to obtain mellow sounds when you turn down the radio’s frequency. On the other hand, your music will sound like it doesn’t have enough power if you lower table frequencies, making the song to sound very weak. However, there are musicians that still prefer it this way since they have a way of fusing such sounds to match their style of singing.
What we simply mean by all we just said now is lowering table frequencies is not ideal for all genres of music, and that is also how higher table frequencies are not ideal for all genres of music. When high table frequencies are used in some music, you are at risk of getting deaf as the sounds gets too loud, and this will make whatever you are listening to very uncomfortable and piercing for the ears.
This is why you must search for the right table frequency at all times.
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What Does Treble Do
Is Treble Better Than Bass?
There is this constant argument if treble is better than bass, and the answer is the treble is not better than the bass. This doesn’t mean the bass is better than the treble either, but we want you to know that working with an emphasized bass and an emphasized treble will yield nothing but extremely harsh sounds. This sort of sounds will never sound pleasant when it meets the ears, so make sure they are both balanced for the best sound experience.
Another question that is being asked is if the treble should be higher than the bass. The answer to this question is yes, the treble should be higher than the bass, and the reason for doing this is listed below;
- It results in the reduction of mid-frequency muddy sounds
- The low end rumble will be balanced
- There will be an enhanced and better vocal projection
You might be wondering whether treble setting is going to affect the bass setting. The answer is yes as there will be a decrease in the vibration that bass produces in an audio system when you turn up the treble higher than the bass. The function of the treble should be maintaining balance which makes whatever you are listening to very enjoyable. There are various types of treble in the world of music today.
We are talking about the;
- Vocal treble
- Instrumental treble
- Electronic treble
The vocal treble is the sound you will get when a person is singing, and the vocal treble is also regarded as the highest pitch in any vocal range. The vocal treble is also what you get to hear when a rock and pop song comes on.
Instrumental treble on the other hand is what people confuse for what they hear as treble in any music they are listening to, but what instrumental treble means is the sound they hear when listening to a traditional gospel choir. The Instrumental treble is responsible for making music sounds exciting and breathing life into them.
Electronic treble is the sounds that you will get from electronic music, and the electronic treble’s high pitch is used for creating excitement and energy in any music.
Adding to what we said earlier, the role of treble in music is providing airy, light, and beautiful sounds to music. The role of treble in music is to make sure that the music goes in line with the counter melodies, accents, and melody line.
The music played by an orchestra or band will have a lot of excitement and energy with the help of treble, and you can clearly see this when contrasting treble with bass instruments.
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Rounding It Up
Now that you have a very good understanding about treble music and how to relate it with bass, you can go ahead and try everything we have said out on your audio system. Remember that balance is required for treble and bass to coexist or you will only get to listen to unpleasant sounds.
My name is Johnson Lewis and I am a music coach, producer and Blogger. I enjoy writing about music, instruments, music equipments and I love helping people become better singers.