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What Is The Difference Between Volume And Pitch?

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Pitch and volume are measurements of two different things:

  • Pitch measures a sound by the frequency of the waves creating it.
  • Volume measures the loudness of a sound (usually in terms of 'decibels').

The difference between pitch and volume The difficult in explaining the difference between pitch and volume lies mainly in the fact that the two aren't completely accurate - they are both measurements of perception based on how the human ear hears sound.

The main thing which the two terms have in common is that they are both used to described the properties of sound.

What is pitch? Pitch measures sound by looking at the way we interpret musical tones. When our ear hears a musical note, what we are actually listening to is a wave of sound.

This wave of sound moves across the air a lot like a wave in water - it bobs up and down in varying degrees of frequency.

The more often it bobs up and down- the closer the waves are to each other- the higher the frequency.

Generally speaking, high frequency means high pitch. There are several other factors- but we won't go into that now!

What is volume? Volume on the other hand looks at sound in terms of its loudness. Loudness is essentially the measurement of how the human ear hears sound.

The two main factors that influence loudness are:

  • Sound pressure
  • Duration of sound
  • Our ability to hear sound
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Fangju Fangju answered
Volume is the loudness of sound, the level of amplitude in decibels.
When the sound is high, it has larger amplitude and decibels and vice versa.
Pitch refers to the level of the sound frequency, expressed in hertz.
When the pitch is high, it is also a higher frequency and vice versa.

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