Sound to Image

Mar 17, 2012 at 12:35pm

Sound to Image

I am trying to create a spectrogram that will display all the qualities of a sound including timbre, amplitude, frequency, pitch etc.

So far I have been only able to see the amplitude and phase. Does anyone know how to do this?

Mar 17, 2012 at 1:00pm

Okay, you really need to read the threads you open before posting a follow up question as a new thread that is the same as the first thread you opened, it enables us to actually help you.

Timbre = frequency + amplitude + time
Pitch = frequency

Spectrogram~ mode sonogram: display that shows Frequency + amplitude over time.
Spectrogram~ mode spectrogram: Display the current frequency and its amplitude for a given window (average of a certain time, usually a few milliseconds if you will)

You can also use both modes in “phase” mode which is a whole-nother-area i don’t think is relevant for you at the moment.

You want Spectrogram~ in “sonogram” mode.
And you want pfft~ for the actual resynthesis.

Mar 17, 2012 at 1:58pm

Sorry, somehow my first post disappeared and I only saw your response after I posted the second one. Thanks for this — I’ve been looking at pfft~ to see if that is what I want, but I am not quite at the resynthesis stage yet. At this point, and maybe MAX/MSP is not the application to do this, what I want to do is SEE sound. What does any given sound actually look like? The reason I want to do this is to compare languages. The spectrogram gives me an idea but it is simply a visual representation of the sound, rather than sound waves made visible. Does this make sense?

Mar 17, 2012 at 5:33pm

Waveform? Okay do you need max for manipulation, because for analysis there are much more sophisticated programs for that.

waveform: (waveform~ object, via buffer~ object.)

frequency analyzer: (spectroscope~ object, spectrogram mode, or plot~ object via fft~ object):

true spectrograph (spectroscope~ object, sonogram mode):

izotope rx shows you spectrograph + waveform at the same time (its very useful for analysis and ridiculously accurate)

schwa schope is a realtime waveform display: (+ phase + freq analyzer)

You can do everything in Max, but if you only need to *analyze it* there is not sense to do it in max. If you want to *manipulate* it, go ahead and make it in max.

Also, take a look at *this* patcher.

The idea is nifty – comparing languages. There is a software whose name i can’t remember that can make a source recording sound like the target recording in a different language. pretty impressive.

Mar 17, 2012 at 7:41pm

Thanks so much. I will check all these out and if you are interested let you know how it goes.

Mar 17, 2012 at 11:03pm

I’ll post the link of that software as soon as i find it. :)


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