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how can i summarize 2 different signals?

Asked by Áron Laczkovits on 14 Aug 2013

Hi all!

I just want to play 2 or more different signals at the same time. If i know well for this, i need to summarize the signals, and the just play back it, but the matrix dimensions musn't agree. Can anyone help me to solve the problem?

Thanks in advance

I tried it with this source code:



myFolder = 'C:\Users\Aron\Samples\proba';

if exist(myFolder, 'dir') ~= 7

Message = sprintf('Error: The following folder does not exist:\n%s', myFolder);


filePattern = fullfile(myFolder, '*.wav');

wavFiles = dir(filePattern);

sampleArray = cell(length(wavFiles),1);

Fs = zeros(size(sampleArray));

 for k = 1:length(wavFiles)
    baseFileName = wavFiles(k).name;
    fullFileName = fullfile(myFolder, baseFileName); 
    fprintf(1, 'Now reading %s\n', fullFileName);   
    [sampleArray{k}, Fs(k)] = wavread(fullFileName);





L = length(data_1);

NFFT = 2^nextpow2(L); % Next power of 2 from length of y

Y = fft(data_1,NFFT)/L;

f = Fs/2*linspace(0,1,NFFT/2+1);

% Plot single-sided amplitude spectrum.



title('Single-Sided Amplitude Spectrum of y(t)')

xlabel('Frequency (Hz)')





L = length(data_2);

NFFT = 2^nextpow2(L); % Next power of 2 from length of y

X = fft(data_2,NFFT)/L;

f = Fs/2*linspace(0,1,NFFT/2+1);


data_sum_in_time = ifft(data_sum,NFFT)*L;

sound (data_sum_in_time);


Well, all of my samples are stereo, and i want to play them at the same time, with add them (mixed them). I have only one sound card. I'm just trying to programing a simple sampler, and therefore i would like to add different signals for playing them at the same time. It's works with same length signals, but i am getting stuck with different length signals. So i want to add the signals from the beginings of each, but i don't know how. And 1 more thing: i don't want to use any toolboxes, just source code.

If sample A is longer than sample B, then after B finishes playing, should the rest of A play by itself, or should one go back to the beginning of B and keep going from there until the end of A ?

Are the samples always taken at the same sampling rate, or does there need to be conversion ?

If sample A is longer than sample B, after B finishes playing, the rest from A should continue playing till end. So it's only need a simple addition from the beginning of each other until the longest sample finishes? (not sure that all sample has the same sample rate, it's a bit complicate the task)

Maybe I need a conversation that convert all sample to the same sample rate. i don't know what should i do if i have a sound library with different length sound signals and doesn't known the sampling rate between the signals and i would like to play them even if more than two.


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2 Answers

Answer by Iain
on 21 Aug 2013

Signal A: 10,000 samples, sampled at 20KHz Signal B: 5,000 samples, sampled at 20KHz

 A(samples_offset+(1:5000)) = A(samples_offset+(1:5000)) + B; %set the offset to play signal B starting at the same time, ending at the same time, or somethign in the middle. 

Signal A: 10,000 samples, sampled at 20KHz Signal B: 5,000 samples, sampled at 10KHz

Here you need to resample B. You can do it via interpolation. - Something like:

 C(1:2:9999)  = B;
 C(2:2:9998) = B(1:end-1) + B(2:end) ./ 2
 C(10000) = B(end);


And what if i have a sample library with different samples (and i dont know the sampling rate) and i want to add them, because i would like to play for example 2 or 3 samples at the same time, like a sampler. I need a conversation for all? or what?

Thx in advance

on 26 Aug 2013

How can you do anything w/ them if the sampling rate isn't known (or at least embedded in the storage format)?

The answer to the question is as given earlier; you have to resample one or both to a common time base in some fashion of your choosing. If you don't want to use the Signal Processing Toolbox resample function, then roll your own...

Answer by Walter Roberson
on 26 Aug 2013
Respampled = ifft( fft(SampleWithLowerFrequency), ceil(length(SampleWithLowerFrequency) * HigherFrequency / LowerFrequency ) )

now play SampleWithHigherFrequency and Resampled together, both at HigherFrequency


resample(data_1,1,1) is going to give you exactly data_1 back. You should be resampling to match the highest frequency. To get the p, q pair of integers to use for resample(),

[p, q] = rat(Maximum_Frequency ./ Current_Frequency);


Why minLeng=min(length(sampleArray{k})) doesn't return the shortest sample?

It's not the shortest one as i see and hear...

The two sample's length values are: l1: 176400 and L2: 17656

And minLeng value is: 19962

min( cellfun(@length, SampleArray) )

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