Additive Synthesis Analysis

In order to reproduce a given signal, we must first analyze it to determine the amplitude and frequency trajectories for each sinusoidal component. We do not need phase information ($ \phi_i$ in (10.18)) during steady-state segments, since phase is normally not perceived in steady state tones [293,211]. However, we do need phase information for analysis frames containing an attack transient, or any other abrupt change in the signal. The phase of the sinusoidal peaks controls the position of time-domain features of the waveform within the analysis frame.

Following Spectral Peaks

In the analysis phase, sinusoidal peaks are measured over time in a sequence of FFTs, and these peaks are grouped into ``tracks'' across time. A detailed discussion of various options for this can be found in [246,174,271,84,248,223,10,146], and a particular case is detailed in Appendix H.

The end result of the analysis pass is a collection of amplitude and frequency envelopes for each spectral peak versus time. If the time advance from one FFT to the next is fixed (5ms is a typical choice for speech analysis), then we obtain uniformly sampled amplitude and frequency trajectories as the result of the analysis. The sampling rate of these amplitude and frequency envelopes is equal to the frame rate of the analysis. (If the time advance between FFTs is $ \Delta t=5$ ms, then the frame rate is defined as $ 1/\Delta t
= 200$ Hz.) For resynthesis using inverse FFTs, these data may be used unmodified. For resynthesis using a bank of sinusoidal oscillators, on the other hand, we must somehow interpolate the envelopes to create envelopes at the signal sampling rate (typically $ 44$ kHz or higher).

It is typical in computer music to linearly interpolate the amplitude and frequency trajectories from one frame to the next [271].11.10 Let's call the piecewise-linear upsampled envelopes $ {\hat A}_k(n)$ and $ \hat{F}_k(n)$ , defined now for all $ n$ at the normal signal sampling rate. For steady-state tonal sounds, the phase may be discarded at this stage and redefined as the integral of the instantaneous frequency when needed:

$\displaystyle \hat{\Theta }_k(n) \isdefs \hat{\Theta }_k(n-1) + 2\pi T \hat{F}_k(n). \protect$ (11.19)

When phase must be matched in a given frame, such as when it is known to contain a transient event, the frequency can instead move quadratically across the frame to provide cubic phase interpolation [174], or a second linear breakpoint can be introduced somewhere in the frame for the frequency trajectory (in which case the area under the triangle formed by the second breakpoint equals the added phase at the end of the segment).

Sinusoidal Peak Finding

For each sinusoidal component of a signal, we need to determine its frequency, amplitude, and phase (when needed). As a starting point, consider the windowed complex sinusoid with complex amplitude $ {\cal A}_x$ and frequency $ \omega _x$ :

$\displaystyle x_w(n) = w(n){\cal A}_xe^{j\omega_x nT}$ (11.20)

As discussed in Chapter 5, the transform (DTFT) of this windowed signal is the convolution of a frequency domain delta function at $ \omega _x$ [ $ \delta(\omega - \omega_x) $ ], and the transform of the window function, $ W(\omega)$ , resulting in a shifted version of the window transform $ {\cal A}_xW(\omega-\omega_x)$ . Assuming $ M$ is odd, we can show this as follows:

X_w(\omega) &=& \sum_{n=-\infty}^{\infty}[w(n)x(n)]e^{ -j\omega nT}
\qquad\hbox{(DTFT($x_w$))} \\
&=& \sum_{n=-(M-1)/2}^{(M-1)/2} \left[w(n){\cal A}_xe^{j\omega_xnT}\right]e^{ -j\omega nT}\\
&=& {\cal A}_x\sum_n w(n) e^{-j(\omega-\omega_x)nT} \\
&=& \zbox {{\cal A}_xW(\omega-\omega_x)}


\vert X_w(\omega) \vert &=& \vert{\cal A}_x\vert \cdot \vert W(\omega-\omega_x)\vert
\qquad \hbox{(see \fref {peak} below)}\\
\angle X_w(\omega) &=& \angle {\cal A}_x+ \angle W(\omega-\omega_x).

At $ \omega _x$ , we have

\vert X_w(\omega_x)\vert &=& \vert{\cal A}_x\vert\cdot \vert W(0)\vert \\
\angle X_w(\omega_x)\vert &=& \angle {\cal A}_x+ \angle W(0)

If we scale the window to have a dc gain of 1, then the peak magnitude equals the amplitude of the sinusoid, i.e., $ \vert X_w(\omega_x)\vert=\vert{\cal A}_x\vert\isdef a$ , as shown in Fig.10.8.

Figure: Schematic diagram of a window transform amplitude-scaled by $ a$ and frequency-shifted by $ \omega _x$ .

If we use a zero-phase (even) window, the phase at the peak equals the phase of the sinusoid, i.e., $ \angle X_w(\omega_x) =
\angle {\cal A}_x$ .

Tracking Sinusoidal Peaks in a Sequence of FFTs

The preceding discussion focused on estimating sinusoidal peaks in a single frame of data. For estimating sinusoidal parameter trajectories through time, it is necessary to associate peaks from one frame to the next. For example, Fig.10.9 illustrates a set of frequency trajectories, including one with a missing segment due to its peak not being detected in the third frame.

Figure 10.9: Sinusoidal frequency trajectories.

Figure 10.10 depicts a basic analysis system for tracking spectral peaks in the STFT [271]. The system tracks peak amplitude, center-frequency, and sometimes phase. Quadratic interpolation is used to accurately find spectral magnitude peaks (§5.7). For further analysis details, see Appendix H. Synthesis is performed using a bank of amplitude- and phase-modulated oscillators, as shown in Fig.10.7. Alternatively, the sinusoids are synthesized using an inverse FFT [239,94,139].

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