Real time pitch detection using a digital signal processor

Shogo Nakamura, Michiharu Mito, Kiyoshi Takahashi, Yoshihiko Horio, Tadahiro Kubota

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Pitch detection is an essential technique in the various speech processing systems. The pitch period is useful for applications such as the speaker recognition, the speech synthesis and so on. A new frequency-time domain method in order to obtain a fundamental frequency of speech is presented in this paper. The paper also describes the results of the computer simulations and a real time pitch period detector using a conventional Digital Signal Processor. The algorithm uses the Discrete Running Fourier Series (DRFS) for emphasis of the peaks of the speech signal corresponding to the pitch and a new simple rule for the determination of the pitch period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-115
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of Japan (E)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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