# MATLAB Programming/Phase Vocoder and Encoder

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The following phase vocoder and its corresponding spectral encoding routine was written for a MATLAB clone compiler, and it might work in GNU Octave. For background information, please consult:

- Phase vocoder on the English Wikipedia;
- Laroche, J. and Dolson, M. (1999) "Improved Phase Vocoder Time-Scale Modification of Audio"
*IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing***7**(3):323-32; - Miller Puckette (1995) "Phase-locked Vocoder" [PostScript file]
*Proc. IEEE ASSP Conf. on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics*(Mohonk, New York: 1995) — pioneered phase coherence propagation by phase-locking adjacent spectral bins and frames during resynthesis; - Axel Röbel (2003) "A new Approach to Transient Processing in the Phase Vocoder"
*Proc. 6th Int'l Conf. on Digital Audio Effects*(London: Sept. 8-11, 2003); and - MATLAB Programming wikibook, where this code is given as an example.

## Source code[edit]

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% fs.m - synthesis from frequency spectra. % [output: waveform] = fs(freqresp: series of spectra) % % James Salsman, 1999-2000 % % Note: sometimes this produces data outside the (1,-1) range, even when % run with input from that smaller domain given to af.m. It is safe to % clamp outlying values to the extrema of the corresponding input domain. % If the resulting signal sounds clipped, it is NOT because of clamping % domain outliers of the range (e.g., 1.2, -1.3) to the domain edges (1,-1). % To improve the quality, try increasing the length of the fft; if that % doesn't work, then try increasing the sampling rate. To improve the speed, % rewrite it in C; fftPrep is the only complex vector, and the call to 'sort' % is only for the ordering of the dot-product magnitudes, not the sorting. function [output] = fs(freqresp) samplingRate = 16000; % changed from 8000 frameRate = 100; % should be even, maybe try 160 windowStep = samplingRate/frameRate; % 16000/100 = 160, shall be even % windowSize = samplingRate/40; % must be even; use 256 for 11k/s rate windowSize = windowStep*2; % this is better [2002] [rows, cols] = size(freqresp); % input dimensions origFFtSize = rows*2; % should be power of two % Allocate (preextend) all space needed for output array and helpers. % output = zeros(cols*windowStep + (windowSize - windowStep), 1); FFtPrep = zeros(1, origFFtSize) + 0*i; % complex ifft input iFFtReal = zeros(1, origFFtSize); % real ifft output phases = zeros(1, origFFtSize/2); % resynthesis phase array newPhases = zeros(1, origFFtSize/2); % uses "-1" for unassigned phases transInd = zeros(1, origFFtSize/2); % index into bins by magnitude ignore = zeros(1, origFFtSize/2); % sort values unused but can't hurt for n = 1:origFFtSize/2, % Initialize synthesis phases. phases(n) = pi*mod(n, 2); % Each starting phase 180 deg's apart end; % from the next one. % pre-calculate phase transition from one frame to the next for base 2nd bin % phaseFactor = 2*pi*samplingRate/(frameRate*origFFtSize); % resynthesis COLA window should be Portnoff (sinc) because iFFT will % shape like the window it was taken from % wind = sinc((-windowSize/2:windowSize/2-1)/(windowSize/2)); % pure sinc for c = 1:cols, % iterate over columns first = (c-1)*windowStep + 1; % output index last = first + windowSize - 1; % boundaries for b = 2:origFFtSize/2, % iterate over bins % prepare resynthesis % [re, im] = pol2cart(phases(b), freqresp(b, c)); % polar to cartesian FFtPrep(b) = re + i*im; % rectangular to complex FFtPrep(origFFtSize - b+2) = conj(FFtPrep(b)); % the conjugates count end; iFFtReal = real(ifft(FFtPrep)); % resynthesize output(first:last) = output(first:last) ... % note: column vector (') + (iFFtReal( origFFtSize/2 - windowSize/2 : ... origFFtSize/2 + windowSize/2 - 1 ) .* wind )'; % COLA if c < cols, % figure out the next set of phases newPhases = ones(1, origFFtSize/2)*-1; % "-1" for unassigned phase % set transInd to index the least-to-greatest transitioning magnitudes % [ignore, transInd] = sort(freqresp(:,c)' .* freqresp(:,c+1)'); % iterate downwards such that indexed bin will be greatest mags first % for idx = origFFtSize/2:-1:1, % step by -1 from greatest to least b = transInd(idx); % get bin from index if b-1 > 0, % adjacent lower neighboring bin lower = newPhases(b-1); else lower = -1; % nonexistent = unassigned end; if b+1 < origFFtSize/2, % adjacent higher neighboring bin higher = newPhases(b+1); else higher = -1; % nonexistent = unassigned end; if (lower == -1) & (higher == -1), % both unassigned: propagate newPhases(b) = mod(phases(b) + (b-1)*phaseFactor, 2*pi); elseif lower == -1, % make 180 degs from higher newPhases(b) = mod(higher + pi, 2*pi); elseif higher == -1, % make 180 degs from lower newPhases(b) = mod(lower + pi, 2*pi); else % both neighbors assigned avgAng = (lower + higher)/2; % Mean will be 180 deg off if abs(lower - higher) > pi, % when the angles are that avgAng = avgAng + pi; % far apart; if so, adjust end; % 180 degs from mean angle. newPhases(b) = mod(avgAng + pi, 2*pi); end; end; phases = newPhases; % replace array for next iteration end; % if -- skips last iteration end;

Here is the corresponding encoder:

% af.m - frequency spectrum analysis. % [freqresp: sequence of spectra] = af(input: waveform) % % James Salsman, '99-2000; adapted from Malcolm Slaney's mfcc.m [from his % "Auditory Toolbox" at www.interval.com.] % % Also works when samplingRate is 8000 or fftSize is 256, but I haven't tried % both together. function [freqresp] = af(input) samplingRate = 16000; % samples/sec frameRate = 100; % started at 100/sec, maybe use 160 later windowStep = samplingRate/frameRate; % 16000/100 = 160; shall be even windowSize = 400; % large, but from ETSI standard ES 201108 windowSize = samplingRate/40; % must be even; use 256 for 11k/s rate fftSize = 512; % larger better but slower; usually 2^int. [rows, cols] = size(input); % sanity-check input dimensions if (rows > cols) % if there are more rows than columns input=input'; % then transpose end % hamming window shapes input signal % hamWindow = 0.54 - 0.46*cos(2*pi*(0:windowSize-1)/windowSize); % how many columns of data we will end up with % cols = ceil((length(input) - windowSize)/windowStep); % Allocate (preextend) all the space we need for the output arrays. % freqresp = zeros(fftSize/2, cols); fftData = zeros(1, fftSize); fftMag = zeros(1, fftSize); for c = 1:cols, % for each column of data first = (c-1)*windowStep + 1; % determine last = first + windowSize - 1; % endpoints % shape the data with a hamming window % fftData(1:windowSize) = input(first:last).*hamWindow; % find the magnitude of the fft % fftMag = abs(fft(fftData)); % keep only real magnitudes freqresp(:, c) = fftMag(1:fftSize/2)'; % emit end;