Analysis and Synthesis of Pseudo-Periodic Open image in new window -Like Noise by Means of Wavelets with Applications to Digital Audio

  • Pietro Polotti
  • Gianpaolo Evangelista
Open Access
Research Article
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  1. Digital Audio Effects


Voiced musical sounds have nonzero energy in sidebands of the frequency partials. Our work is based on the assumption, often experimentally verified, that the energy distribution of the sidebands is shaped as powers of the inverse of the distance from the closest partial. The power spectrum of these pseudo-periodic processes is modeled by means of a superposition of modulated Open image in new window components, that is, by a pseudo-periodic Open image in new window -like process. Due to the fundamental selfsimilar character of the wavelet transform, Open image in new window processes can be fruitfully analyzed and synthesized by means of wavelets. We obtain a set of very loosely correlated coefficients at each scale level that can be well approximated by white noise in the synthesis process.

Our computational scheme is based on an orthogonal Open image in new window -band filter bank and a dyadic wavelet transform per channel. The Open image in new window channels are tuned to the left and right sidebands of the harmonics so that sidebands are mutually independent. The structure computes the expansion coefficients of a new orthogonal and complete set of harmonic-band wavelets. The main point of our scheme is that we need only two parameters per harmonic in order to model the stochastic fluctuations of sounds from a pure periodic behavior.


wavelets 1/f-noise spectral modeling 

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© Polotti and Evangelista 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Communications Audiovisuelles (LCAV) École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland

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