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# Shift frequency of an audio signal - Frank - 2004-04-08 05:33:00

```Hi there,

I have an audio signal (speech) sampled at 44.1 kHz and I want to
shift its frequency by a fixed amount in Hz.

Ie., I want a frequency at 100 Hz to be at 110 Hz, and a frequency at
235 Hz to be at 245 Hz. I tried multiplying the signal with a sine
tone but that gives me not one shift by +10Hz but a shift by -10Hz as
well.

So how should I do that? I suspect it should be easy - maybe I can
cancel the -10Hz component somehow, but how?

Any code snippets or explanation would be great - I'm new to the DSP
world and would like to learn.

Thanks!
Frank```

# Re: Shift frequency of an audio signal - Robert Scott - 2004-04-08 06:51:00

```On 8 Apr 2004 02:33:24 -0700, f...@postino.ch (Frank) wrote:

>Hi there,
>
>I have an audio signal (speech) sampled at 44.1 kHz and I want to
>shift its frequency by a fixed amount in Hz.
>
>Ie., I want a frequency at 100 Hz to be at 110 Hz, and a frequency at
>235 Hz to be at 245 Hz. I tried multiplying the signal with a sine
>tone but that gives me not one shift by +10Hz but a shift by -10Hz as
>well.
>
>So how should I do that? I suspect it should be easy - maybe I can
>cancel the -10Hz component somehow, but how?

How about doing a series of consecutive FFTs, shift the bins by 10Hz,
and then do an inverse FFT to reconstruct a time sequence?

-Robert Scott
Ypsilanti, Michigan
(Reply through this forum, not by direct e-mail to me, as automatic reply address is fake.)```

# Re: Shift frequency of an audio signal - Guenter - 2004-04-08 08:04:00

```Frank wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> I have an audio signal (speech) sampled at 44.1 kHz and I want to
> shift its frequency by a fixed amount in Hz.
>
> Ie., I want a frequency at 100 Hz to be at 110 Hz, and a frequency at
> 235 Hz to be at 245 Hz. I tried multiplying the signal with a sine
> tone but that gives me not one shift by +10Hz but a shift by -10Hz as
> well.
>
> So how should I do that? I suspect it should be easy - maybe I can
> cancel the -10Hz component somehow, but how?
>
> Any code snippets or explanation would be great - I'm new to the DSP
> world and would like to learn.
>
> Thanks!
> Frank

Frank,

When you multiply two frequencies f1 x f2 in the frequency domain you
receive f1 + f2, f1 - f2, f2 + f1, and f2 - f1.

This is used in modulation and usually one frequency, called the
carrier, has a much higher frequency as the modulated base band. This
results in the above sum and subtractions not mix. In your case the
'carrier' frequency is in the base band signal, resulting in sum and
subtractions to intermix.

I guess a frequency approach would be a possibility. Take a FFT, shift
your signal in the frequency domain and bring it back to the time domain
with an IFFT.

Guenter```

# Re: Shift frequency of an audio signal - Sebastian Gesemann - 2004-04-08 08:39:00

```On Thu, 8 Apr 2004, Frank wrote:

> I have an audio signal (speech) sampled at 44.1 kHz and I want to
> shift its frequency by a fixed amount in Hz.
>
> Ie., I want a frequency at 100 Hz to be at 110 Hz, and a frequency at
> 235 Hz to be at 245 Hz. I tried multiplying the signal with a sine
> tone but that gives me not one shift by +10Hz but a shift by -10Hz as
> well.

I'm not one of the professionals here, but i would suggest the
following:

- treat your real signal as complex signal and remove negative
frequencies by bandpass-filtering
- shift spectrum by multiplying signal with exp(i*pi*t*m)
where m/22050 would be the shift
- throw away the imaginary signal part

> I'm new to the DSP world and would like to learn.

Hmm... I doubt if you really want to to this kind of processing.
If you want to change the pitch of the speech this is the wrong
direction. (shifting the spetrum vs. stretching it)

> Thanks!
> Frank

Ghis!
Sebastian

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# Re: Shift frequency of an audio signal - Ian Buckner - 2004-04-08 09:13:00

```"Frank" <f...@postino.ch> wrote in message
> Hi there,
>
> I have an audio signal (speech) sampled at 44.1 kHz and I want to
> shift its frequency by a fixed amount in Hz.
>
> Ie., I want a frequency at 100 Hz to be at 110 Hz, and a frequency
at
> 235 Hz to be at 245 Hz. I tried multiplying the signal with a sine
> tone but that gives me not one shift by +10Hz but a shift by -10Hz
as
> well.
>
> So how should I do that? I suspect it should be easy - maybe I can
> cancel the -10Hz component somehow, but how?
>
> Any code snippets or explanation would be great - I'm new to the DSP
> world and would like to learn.
>
> Thanks!
> Frank

You are implementing the trigonometric relationship:

sin(w1+w2)t = sin(w1)t * cos(w2)t + cos(w1)t * sin(w2)t

Here, sin(w1)t is your audio signal and w2 is the frequency
shift you want to implement. In order to get a frequency shift
with the unwanted products suppressed, you need to provide
cosine as well as sine for the shift frequency, and you also need
to implement a wideband 90 degree phase shift for the audio.

Do a google search on mixer, image suppression, audio
frequency shift, Hilbert transform etc.

Regards
Ian```

# Re: Shift frequency of an audio signal - Richard Dobson - 2004-04-08 09:35:00

```Are you absolutely sure this is what you want to do? You are describing an
additive frequency shift, which will alter the harmonic relationships between
partials. Thus, if you shift the frequencies an octave apart (100,200) by adding
10 Hz, you end up with an interval (110,210) that is now somewhat less than an
octave.  In effect you are trasnposing higher partialss by successively smaller
intervals. The degree of the effect will also depend on what the staring
frequency is. It will typically sound like the  warping effect used for
disguising a speaker's voice.

This is a classic frequency-domain technique in electro-acoustic composition and
transformation, while being somewhat unorthodox as a dsp technique. You will
find there are many free e/a tools that can do what you ask. One of the best is
Csound (sources under the LGPL), which can perform phase vocoder processing in
real-time, giving programmatic access to each analysis frame (in the form of
amplitude/freq bins); it is then easy to make the additive modification, and
then resynthesise using the oscillator bank option (you may get away with the
faster FFT resynthesis if the shifts are small). On a fast enough machine, you
can do this in real time.

On the other hand, if you in fact want to achieve conventional pitch-shifting
(preserving ratios of partials), you need to multiply all frequencies by the
same constant factor, having previously decided what your transposition ratio is
to be - e.g 50 Cents, 3 semitones, etc. The factor 1.0594631 (i.e. 12th root of
2) raises pitch by one equal-termpered semitone.

Richard Dobson

> Hi there,
>
> I have an audio signal (speech) sampled at 44.1 kHz and I want to
> shift its frequency by a fixed amount in Hz.
>
> Ie., I want a frequency at 100 Hz to be at 110 Hz, and a frequency at
> 235 Hz to be at 245 Hz. I tried multiplying the signal with a sine
> tone but that gives me not one shift by +10Hz but a shift by -10Hz as
> well.
>
> So how should I do that? I suspect it should be easy - maybe I can
> cancel the -10Hz component somehow, but how?
>
> Any code snippets or explanation would be great - I'm new to the DSP
> world and would like to learn.
>
> Thanks!
> Frank```

# Re: Shift frequency of an audio signal - Richard Dobson - 2004-04-08 12:12:00

```Ah right - I hadn't thought of that application. I am aware in a most general
way of this technique (never had occasion to use it), but it never occurred to
me that it would be an additive shift of N Hz across the spectrum, which would
produce the inharmonicity I described. Even a shift of 5Hz at 110 Hz (as per the
OP) is far from small - almost a semitone, and I would expect that to be
intrusive for anything. A 5hz shift at 1000Hz is a different matter. It is all
down to whether or not you are preserving intervals between partials. My
understanding is insuffficient to deduce from your recipes which it is, but as I
said, I had always assumed it was a full pitch shift (e.g. measured in Cents),
so there is no warping of intervals between harmonics. The latter might be
tolerable for speech, but would surely be intolerable for instruments.

Richard Dobson

Jerry Avins wrote:

> Richard Dobson wrote:

> The OP describes a useful technique for suppressing feedback in a PA
> system. A small shift (5 Hz is not intrusive for voice, but 10 may be)
> allows considerably more gain, and really astounding (to me) gain when
> coupled with an adaptive notch filter.
>
> I can think of two ways to do it, and there are probably others. Both
> use single-sideband techniques. One stays at baseband, directly shifting
> the original signal to the desired one. Both work in real time.
>
> The other avoids the need for a broadband Hilbert transformer to make
> the original signal analytic. Instead, the original signal is modulated
> on a much higher carrier, producing upper and lower sidebands, but
> suppressing the carrier. One of the sidebands is removed with a filter,
> and the other shifted (with inversion if the lower is chosen) nearly to
> baseband.
>
> Jerry```

# Re: Shift frequency of an audio signal - 2004-04-08 12:36:00

```Frank wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> I have an audio signal (speech) sampled at 44.1 kHz and I want to
> shift its frequency by a fixed amount in Hz.
>
> Ie., I want a frequency at 100 Hz to be at 110 Hz, and a frequency at
> 235 Hz to be at 245 Hz. I tried multiplying the signal with a sine
> tone but that gives me not one shift by +10Hz but a shift by -10Hz as
> well.
>
> So how should I do that? I suspect it should be easy - maybe I can
> cancel the -10Hz component somehow, but how?
>
> Any code snippets or explanation would be great - I'm new to the DSP
> world and would like to learn.
>
> Thanks!
> Frank

Hams do this every day!  While listening to Single Side Band signals,
as you change the receiver's local oscillator tuning, you can make the
voice sound anywhere from to low to comically too high. The ear is
quite good at knowing when the voice sounds "natural".

To generate an "SSB" signal, multiply (modulate) the speaker's voice band by
a higher frequency "carrier". Use a selective filter to select one or the
other "sideband". Demodulate (multiply) the SSB signal by a carrier which is the
original carrier frequency shifted +- 10Hz. Low pass filter the result, and you
will have the original voice band shifted up or down by 10Hz.

MikeM```

# Re: Shift frequency of an audio signal - Frank - 2004-04-08 15:12:00

```Hi all (especially Ian),

thanks for the comments and ideas.

Yes I'm positive that I want a frequency shift - NOT a pitch shift.
I've been on dspdimension.com and thats NOT what I want.

I cannot do a FFT because that eats too much horsepower and I want to
be able to shift the frequency gradually, not discreetely (ie. by 1/10
Hz if possible).

So, what you're suggesting boils down to the following:

1. I make the signal analytic, ie. I run the speech signal through a
Hilbert transformer and combine it with the original signal into a
complex signal.

2. I multiply that by the complex exponential corresponding to the
frequency shift

3. I discard the imaginary sequence and take the real part as my
output signal.

I'm not sure if I got this right, especially (3) which seems to simple
to me. Why would I do the complex multiply if I throw away half of the
result anyway...?

Thanks again for any insight you can provide!
--Frank```

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