~ TarsosDSP Spectral Peak extraction

The TarsosDSP Java library for audio processing now contains a module for spectral peak extraction. It calculates a short time Fourier transform and subsequently finds the frequency bins with most energy present using a median filter. The frequency estimation for each identified bin is significantly improved by taking phase information into account. A method described in “Sethares et al. 2009 – Spectral Tools for Dynamic Tonality and Audio Morphing”.

The noise floor, determined by the median filter, the spectral information itself and the estimated peak locations are returned for each FFT-frame. Below a visualization of a flute can be found. As expected, the peaks are harmonically spread over the complete spectrum up until the Nyquist frequency.

  • Spectral peaks of a flute. The first 10 harmonic are detected up until the Nyquist frequency.

    Spectral peaks of a flute. The first 10 harmonic are detected up until the Nyquist frequency.