[PD] is this a spectral gate?
Frank Barknecht
fbar at footils.org
Thu Feb 22 08:33:36 CET 2007
Hallo,
Josh Steiner hat gesagt: // Josh Steiner wrote:
> what is the advantage of spitting out these values in polar coords?
According to the DSP-Guide it this:
When should you use rectangular notation and when should you use
polar? Rectangular notation is usually the best choice for
calculations, such as in equations and computer programs. In
comparison, graphs are almost always in polar form. As shown by the
previous example, it is nearly impossible for humans to understand the
characteristics of a frequency domain signal by looking at the real
and imaginary parts. In a typical program, the frequency domain
signals are kept in rectangular notation until an observer needs to
look at them, at which time a rectangular-to-polar conversion is done.
http://www.dspguide.com/ch8/8.htm
Probably Miller thinks of Pd primarily as a tool for calculations so
he kept the re/im representation. I also think, that the algorithm to
calculate the Fourier transform, the Fast-FT or FFT, generates re/im
pairs, so skipping the final conversion to polar unless necessary
is faster. But I need to verify this. Maybe some DSP expert (Chuck?)
can confirm this?
Ciao
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