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Overlap-Save Method

The classical overlap-save method [187], unlike OLA, uses no zero padding to prevent time aliasing. Instead, it

(1)
discards output samples corrupted by time aliasing each frame, and
(2)
overlaps the input frames by the same amount.

More specifically:

  • If the input frame size is $ N$ and the filter length is $ L\ll N$, then a length $ N$ FFT and IFFT are used.
  • As a result, $ L-1$ samples of the output are invalid due to time aliasing.
  • The overlap-save method writes out the good $ R=N-L+1$ samples and uses a hop size of $ R$, thus recomputing the time-aliased output samples in the previous frame.

The name ``overlap-save'' comes from the fact that $ L-1$ samples of the previous frame are effectively ``saved'' for computing the next frame.


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About the Author: Julius Orion Smith III
Julius Smith's background is in electrical engineering (BS Rice 1975, PhD Stanford 1983). He is presently Professor of Music and Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Electrical Engineering at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), teaching courses and pursuing research related to signal processing applied to music and audio systems. See http://ccrma.stanford.edu/~jos/ for details.


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