SuperCollider CLASSES (extension)

FFTCrest
ExtensionExtension

Spectral crest measure
Inherits from: UGen : AbstractFunction : Object

Description

Given an FFT chain, this produces the spectral crest measure, which is an indicator of the "peakiness" of the spectral energy distribution. For example, white noise should produce a flat (non-peaky) spectrum, and therefore a low value for the spectral crest.

Optionally, freqlo and freqhi indicate the lower and upper frequency limits of the band to look at; by default, the whole FFT range (excluding DC and nyquist) is analysed.

In pseudo-equation form, the measure is calculated as follows:

Crest = S.maxItem / S.mean

where "S" is a list of the squared magnitudes in the spectral band. Note that this limits the value to being greater than or equal to 1. (Some research uses a logarithmic scale - you can apply the logarithm yourself if required.)

Class Methods

*kr (buffer, freqlo: 0, freqhi: 50000)

Arguments:

chain

FFT chain

freqlo
freqhi

Inherited class methods

Instance Methods

Inherited instance methods

Examples

s.boot;
b = Buffer.alloc(s,2048,1);

(
{ // Example - vary mixture of white noise and pure tone with the mouse
var in, chain, crest;
in = XFade2.ar(WhiteNoise.ar, SinOsc.ar, MouseX.kr(-1,1));
chain = FFT(b.bufnum, in);
Out.ar(0, in.dup * 0.1);

crest = FFTCrest.kr(chain);

Out.kr(0, crest.poll(10, "crest"));
}.play;
)

(
{ // Same as above but subbands rather than whole spectrum. move mouse up&down too...
var in, chain, crest1, crest2;
in = XFade2.ar(WhiteNoise.ar, Blip.ar(numharm: MouseY.kr(200, 1, 1)), MouseX.kr(-1,1));
chain = FFT(b.bufnum, in);
Out.ar(0, in.dup * 0.1);

crest1 = FFTCrest.kr(chain, 100, 2000);
crest2 = FFTCrest.kr(chain, 2000, 10000);

Out.kr(0, [crest1.poll(10, "crest1"), crest2.poll(10, "crest2")]);
}.play;
)