A site dedicated to understanding the saxophone and saxophonists
Where to start
Introduction to saxophone acoustics is just that, and a good place to start. There's also a non-technical article on the acoustics of woodwind instruments and a multimedia background to waves and sound. If you strike a term or idea you don't know, try the Basics list on the navigation bar.
We have recently been studying articulation on single reeds. There's also a page on our research on what happens inside the vocal tract of sax players.
Data for each note: Acoustic response, Spectra, Sound files and Fingering
We have measured these for standard fingerings on Bb tenor and soprano saxophones: just click on the image above (written pitch). The acoustic response tells us how easily the saxophone responds to every frequency. For explanations, see What is acoustic response and why is it important? See also What is a sound spectrum?
This site includes research by Chen Jer Ming, a student completing his PhD in Music Acoustics, with contributions from Stefanie Orlik and Joe Wolfe.
You can hear Sandy Evans play the soprano saxophone.
Research and scholarship possibilities in music acoustics at UNSW