DADiSP Octave

1/N Octave analysis module

octave-bank-1-smDADiSP Octave analysis displays the frequency characteristics of a signal by passing the signal through a bank of bandpass filters. The centre frequency of each filter is twice the centre frequency of the previous filter. Each filter covers a bandwidth that is twice as wide as the previous band and half as wide as the next band. One octave corresponds to a doubling of frequency.

Proportional bandwidth octave filters

Unlike standard FFT spectrum analysis, octave filters exhibit proportional bandwidth. If the lower and upper cut-off frequencies of a bandpasss filter are fl and fh, then the centre frequency, fc, can be determined with:

Octave analysis


This proportional bandwidth property divides frequency information over a log scale and is very useful in analysing a variety of natural systems. For example, the human response to noise and vibration is very non-linear and many mechanical systems have a behaviour that is best characterised by proportional bandwidth analysis.

Fractional octaves

chicken-octave-smFor greater resolution the frequency range can be divided into proportional bandwidths that are a fraction of an octave. For example, with 1/3 octave analysis, there are 3 bandpass filters per octave where each centre frequency is 21/3 the previous centre 1/3 and 1/6 octave analysis frequency and

Proportional Bandwidths


In general, for 1/N octave analysis, there are N bandpass filters per octave such that:


Octave analysis



Octave analysis fig 2



where 1/N is called the fractional bandwidth designator.

Digital bandpass filter method

DADiSP/Octave provides 1/N octave analysis using true IIR digital filters that conform to ANSI S1.11 and IEC 1260 specifications. Each band filter is designed in accordance to ANSI S1.11 and IEC 1260 specifications by transforming the original analogue transfer function to the digital domain by means of the bilinear transform. The filter order can be specified and the frequency ratio can be calculated using the binary or decimal system.

Standard or custom centre frequencies

octave-menus-smCentre frequencies can be specified as a range of ISO band numbers for standardised octave analysis. User defined centre frequencies as a range or list of values are supported to facilitate custom applications.

Input and output options

A, B, and C weighting filters can be applied to the input data. Output results include mean power, max power, min power and un-weighted RMS values. The output can be normalised with a calibration value. The results can be plotted on log or linear axes and exact or preferred frequency values are supported. The output can be displayed in a variety of plot styles including bar, step and line plots.


DADiSP/Octave requires DADiSP 6.0 B17 or higher. Contact us for information about updating your current version of DADiSP.


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