# Audio frequency

Started by April 5, 2005
Hi,

I have some questions in the basics of audio engineering as I am new to
this field. It would be great if somebody could help me out.

What is the format of 24 bit audio. How does it represent the frequency
and amplitude information?

Is there any relation between audio frequency and the number 1.3652125?

How do we determine amplitude from frequency..

Thanks...

Mahathi

mahathi wrote:
> Hi, > > I have some questions in the basics of audio engineering as I am new to > this field. It would be great if somebody could help me out. > > What is the format of 24 bit audio.
To my knowledge there is no standardized format, which means that each manufacturer gets to choose its own. In general the number representation will just be some form of signed binary, with 2-s compliment being by far the most likely.
> How does it represent the frequency and amplitude information?
Simply as a time-domain sequence of samples.
> > Is there any relation between audio frequency and the number 1.3652125?
Or 42? Not to my knowledge.
> > How do we determine amplitude from frequency..
>
-- Tim Wescott Wescott Design Services http://www.wescottdesign.com
Thanks Tim...

Do you have any idea as to what other information might be required to
obtain the amplitude....once we have the frequency...

Mahathi

On 5 Apr 2005 11:26:09 -0700, "mahathi" <mahathi.choudhry@gmail.com>
wrote:

>Thanks Tim... > >Do you have any idea as to what other information might be required to >obtain the amplitude....once we have the frequency...
As Tim said, they're independent variables. Knowing one doesn't tell you anything about the other. In general, amplitude is fairly easy to measure. Make sure you look at enough samples to cover at least one cycle of the signal, and look for the maximum and minimum samples, then subtract the minimum from the maximum to get peak-to-peak amplitude. This also presumes there's no noise in the signal.
>Mahathi
> On 5 Apr 2005 11:26:09 -0700, "mahathi" <mahathi.choudhry@gmail.com> > wrote: > > >Thanks Tim... > > > >Do you have any idea as to what other information might be required
to
> >obtain the amplitude....once we have the frequency... > > As Tim said, they're independent variables. Knowing one doesn't > tell you anything about the other. > In general, amplitude is fairly easy to measure. Make sure you
look
> at enough samples to cover at least one cycle of the signal, and look > for the maximum and minimum samples, then subtract the minimum from > the maximum to get peak-to-peak amplitude. This also presumes there's > no noise in the signal. > > > >Mahathi > > ----- > http://mindspring.com/~benbradley
Hi Mahathi, I'm not too sure about 24-bit audio but as Tim and Ben said, usually you get a sequence of amplitude values in the correct order , sometimes you have two interleaved signals for stereo and things get a bit more complex ( sometimes you get the common signal and a difference signal) ; often. if you're reading from a file, in the header you get given the sampling frequency and some sort of flag to tell you whether it's stereo or not. If you know what the sampling frequency was then you can work out what the frequencies in the signal are. That's exhausted my entire store of hearsay about audio formats - I'm hoping that if I've made any huge errors someone will tell you about them. Best of luck - Mike