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Get auditory filter bank


[filterbank,freq] = getFilters(cepFeatures)



[filterbank,freq] = getFilters(cepFeatures) returns the filter bank and the corresponding frequency bins in Hz. Each column of the filter bank corresponds to a single bandpass filter. The filterbank is undefined until the object is locked.


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The auditory filter bank contains a set of bandpass filters that are used to extract the cepstral features from an audio signal. The cepstral features include cepstral coefficients (coeffs), the difference between the current and the previous cepstral coefficients (delta), and the difference between the current and the previous delta values, deltaDelta. The getFilters function returns the auditory filter bank and the corresponding frequency bins.

Read an audio signal from 'SpeechDFT-16-8-mono-5secs.wav' file. Extract a 40 ms segment from the audio data. Create a cepstralFeatureExtractor System object™ that accepts a time-domain audio input signal sampled at 8 kHz.

[audioFile, fs] = audioread('SpeechDFT-16-8-mono-5secs.wav');
duration = round(0.04*fs); % 40 ms
audioSegment = audioFile(5500:5500+duration-1);
cepFeatures = cepstralFeatureExtractor('SampleRate',fs)
cepFeatures = 
  cepstralFeatureExtractor with properties:

     FilterBank: 'Mel'
    InputDomain: 'Time'
      NumCoeffs: 13
      FFTLength: []
      LogEnergy: 'Append'
     SampleRate: 8000

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Pass the 40 ms audio segment as an input to the cepstralFeatureExtractor algorithm. The algorithm computes the mel frequency coefficients, log energy, delta, and delta-delta values of the audio segment.

[coeffs,delta,deltaDelta] = cepFeatures(audioSegment); 

Using the getFilters function, get the filter bank that computes the cepstral features. Each column in the filter bank contains a bandpass filter. The frequency bins corresponding to the bandpass filters are displayed in Bins. Note that the getFilters function requires the cepstralFeatureExtractor object to be locked.

[filterbank, freq] = getFilters(cepFeatures);

Plot the filter bank, and you can see that the filter bank columns 33 to 40 have zero elements. These columns correspond to filters whose band edges (one or both) are above the Nyquist frequency, (fs/2). In this example, the Nyquist frequency is 4 kHz.


ans = 1×8
103 ×

    3.6915    3.9543    4.2357    4.5371    4.8601    5.2059    5.5765    5.9733

ans = 0

Release the cepstral feature extractor object and pass a different audio signal sampled at 22.5 kHz.

[audioFileTwo, fsTwo] = audioread('NoisySpeech-16-22p5-mono-5secs.wav');
duration = round(0.04*fsTwo); % 40 ms
audioSegmentTwo = audioFileTwo(5500:5500+duration-1);
cepFeatures = cepstralFeatureExtractor('SampleRate',fsTwo)
cepFeatures = 
  cepstralFeatureExtractor with properties:

     FilterBank: 'Mel'
    InputDomain: 'Time'
      NumCoeffs: 13
      FFTLength: []
      LogEnergy: 'Append'
     SampleRate: 22500

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The Nyquist frequency is 22,500/2, which is 11,250 Hz. Extract the cepstral features of the second audio segment. Plot the filter bank, which is used to compute the cepstral features. Zoom in on the axis for comparison.

[coeffsTwo,deltaTwo,deltaDeltaTwo] = cepFeatures(audioSegmentTwo);
[filterbankTwo, freqTwo] = getFilters(cepFeatures);
axis([0 8000 0 0.015])

All the band edges are below the Nyquist frequency, and the bandpass filters in the filter bank have nonzero coefficients.

Input Arguments

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Input cepstral feature extractor, specified as a cepstralFeatureExtractor System object. To use the getFilters function, the object must be locked. The filter bank is defined only when the object is locked. The object is locked when you call the object algorithm.

Output Arguments

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Filter bank used to calculate cepstral features, returned as a matrix. Each column of the matrix corresponds to a single bandpass filter in the filter bank. The number of columns in the matrix is given by m – 2, where m is the length of the vector you specify in the BandEdges property of the System object. The number of rows in the matrix corresponds to the FFT length. By default, the FFT length equals the number of rows in the input signal. You can also specify the FFT length through the FFTLength property of the System object.

If the Nyquist frequency, fs/2, is less than the band edge frequencies you specify in the BandEdges property, the coefficients of the bandpass filters that fall outside the Nyquist range are set to zero. fs is the sample rate you specify in the SampleRate property of the System object.

Data Types: single | double

Frequency bins corresponding to the filter bank in Hz, returned as a row vector. The length of the vector equals the FFT length.

Data Types: single | double

See Also

System Objects

Introduced in R2018a