An example spectrogram for recorded speech data is shown in Fig.7.2. It was generated using the Matlab code displayed in Fig.7.3. The function spectrogram is listed in §F.3. The spectrogram is computed as a sequence of FFTs of windowed data segments. The spectrogram is plotted within spectrogram using imagesc.
[y,fs,bits] = wavread('SpeechSample.wav'); soundsc(y,fs); % Let's hear it M = round(0.02*fs); % 20 ms window is typical N = 2^nextpow2(4*M); % zero padding for interpolation w = hamming(M); spectrogram(y,N,fs,w,-M/8,1,60); title('Speech Sample Spectrogram'); % for classic look: colormap(1-gray);
In this example, the Hamming window length was chosen to be 20 ms--a common choice in speech analysis. This is short enough so that any single 20 ms frame will typically contain data from only one phoneme, yet long enough that it will include at least two periods of the fundamental frequency during voiced speech, assuming the lowest voiced pitch to be around 100 Hz.
More generally, for speech and the singing voice (and any periodic tone), the STFT analysis parameters are chosen to trade off among the following conflicting criteria: