Re: Wavetable example?

From: Matt Diamond <mdiamond@jhu.edu>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:26:50 -0700
To: Raymond Toy <rtoy@google.com>
Cc: Marcus Geelnard <mage@opera.com>, Peter van der Noord <peterdunord@gmail.com>, Ray Bellis <ray@bellis.me.uk>, public-audio@w3.org
```Hmm... does this mean that a wavetable could be used as an IFFT? Or more
specifically, given a frequency snapshot of an audio signal, could a
WaveTable be constructed that generates a signal representing that
frequency content?

Matt

On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM, Raymond Toy <rtoy@google.com> wrote:

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>
> On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:34 AM, Marcus Geelnard <mage@opera.com> wrote:
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>> Den 2012-07-22 20:17:06 skrev Ray Bellis <ray@bellis.me.uk>:
>>
>>
>>  On 22/07/2012 13:58, Peter van der Noord wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hmmm, my math knowledge isnt of the level that i have an immediate idea
>>>> about how that would work :)
>>>>
>>>
>>> OK, here's a more concrete example.
>>>
>>> A square wave is defined as a series of the *odd* harmonics where the
>>> contribution of each harmonic is inversely proportional to its harmonic
>>> number.
>>>
>>> So the second, fourth, etc harmonics are all *zero*.
>>>
>>> The third harmonic is 1/3 the amplitude of the fundamental, and the
>>> fifth is 1/5, etc.
>>>
>>> See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/**Square_wave<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_wave>
>>>
>>> So the input "cos" table would just look like:
>>>
>>> [ 0, 1, 0, 1/3, 0, 1/5, 0, 1/7, 0, 1/9, ... ]
>>>
>>> The sin table for a square wave doesn't need any values because the
>>> harmonics are all in phase.  So just use all zeroes.
>>>
>>>
>> That's right. Another way of thinking of it is that the WaveTable is
>> essentially the Fourier transform of a time domain periodic signal. So, if
>> you have a single period of a time domain signal that you want to use as a
>> WaveTable, take the FFT of that signal and use the real portion as the cos
>> table, and the imaginary portion as the sin table (haven't tried it, but it
>> should work).
>
>
> Yes, this is exactly how it's supposed to work.  If it doesn't, it's a
> bug, so please let us know. :-)
>
> Ray
>
>
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