Audsley and Wedgwood claim that this stop gets it name from supposedly resembling the human voice. However, the German word human translates as �humane� or �affable�. Audsley even quotes Seidel in a footnote (with misspellings that have been corrected here) which supports our interpretation: �Human heisst so viel als lieblich, das Humangedeckt: ein liebliches, angenehmes, gedecktes Register. Man findet es gewöhnlich zu 8 Fusston.� Translation: ��Human� means the same as �lieblich�, the Humangedeckt: a lovely, pleasant, covered register. One normally finds it at 8' pitch." Audsley describes the Humangedeckt as being of 8' pitch, having a soft, compound tone, and pipes similar to those of the LieblichGedeckt, but of smaller scale and voiced on lower pressure. Wedgwood lists it at 4' pitch, calling it �sweet-toned�. Adlung states that the Humangedackt is �made to imitate a flute�, and that it is the same as the Stillgedackt.
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