Singing in your car – it’s totally different to the shower

Singing in your car – it’s totally different to the shower

Vauxhall has discovered that the car is actually a good place to sing. Its dimensions mean the modal frequencies add warmth to your voice. Depending on the pitch of your voice, you may want to choose a different size of car. Deeper voices benefit from a larger car because of the longer wavelengths of the frequencies involved.

The hard surfaces in front of you (dashboard and windscreen) provide early reflections, while the softer surfaces behind you absorb the sound making it easy for you to hear and correct yourself. So, this is the total opposite of a shower. A car’s surfaces are aligned randomly, which scatters the reflections evenly whereas a shower often consists of three sets of parallel surfaces, with an opening into a bathroom with a further three sets of parallel surfaces, all of them hard, which gives a lingering reverb.

While 87% of people admit to singing in the car, you don’t often see them, which would indicate an embarrassment with doing it in public. A car may be the best place to practice singing, but a shower is more satisfying to sing in, especially if no one else is home.

Vauxhall has discovered that the car is actually a good place to sing. Its dimensions mean the modal frequencies add warmth to your voice. Depending on the pitch of your voice, you may want to choose a different size of car. Deeper voices benefit from a larger car because of the longer wavelengths of the frequencies involved.

The hard surfaces in front of you (dashboard and windscreen) provide early reflections, while the softer surfaces behind you absorb the sound making it easy for you to hear and correct yourself. So, this is the total opposite of a shower. A car’s surfaces are aligned randomly, which scatters the reflections evenly whereas a shower often consists of three sets of parallel surfaces, with an opening into a bathroom with a further three sets of parallel surfaces, all of them hard, which gives a lingering reverb.

While 87% of people admit to singing in the car, you don’t often see them, which would indicate an embarrassment with doing it in public. A car may be the best place to practice singing, but a shower is more satisfying to sing in, especially if no one else is home.

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