Background noise in spectrograms

edited December 1969 in Electroacoustics Toolbox
I just downloaded Electroacoustics toolbox 1.1 and have been playing with the Spectrogram. I am trying to set the display to the old fashioned black on white but find that there appears to be a lot of background noise so that is is hard to  see the formants on the spectrogram clearly. I am using a USB microphone but the display with that is not a whole lot clearer than what I get using the built-in mic on my MacBook Pro.

I was wondering if there is a setting I am missing that would allow me to filter the input a bit so that I could display a clearer signal.

Thanks in advance. This is a great program!

Bob Q.


  • Bob,

    If you click on the Scale tab, you will see the Ceiling and Floor controls.  If you increase the floor, you should be able to eliminate a lot of the low-lovel noise in the spectrogram image.

  • I forgot to mention that using different data window types can also affect the amount of spectral leakage, which may also clear up some of the unwanted noise.  I would recommend trying a Hann (hanning) or Rife-Vincent window.

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