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A pattern in spectral view

I decided to zoom in on a song with EAC's spectral view and this is what I found:



I'm curious to know what this is.  I'm assuming there's a term for it?

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Reply #1
Moiré patterns.

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Reply #2
Well, I knew that part.  I guess I want to know what it means when it's in a spectral view and why it happens

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Reply #3
Well, I knew that part.  I guess I want to know what it means when it's in a spectral view and why it happens

They "aren't there".  It means nothing.
What you are seeing is an artifact of the way the data is displayed on screen.
I believe if you zoomed to a "1 to 1" zoom level you wouldn't see them, as the patterns are a result of no AA filter when subsampling a fine pattern.  (this subsampling is occurring because there is more data to display than you have horizontal resolution.)


EDIT:  Axon is right, it could be in either axis.  I don't know why I got it stuck in my head it must be the horizontal.
Creature of habit.

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Reply #4
I agree - in this context it's going to be aliasing on one axis or the other.

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Reply #5
It's just noise in the signal.
What exactly you don't understand in the spectrogram?

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Reply #6
all it indicates is that there was a specific sound twice.

that sound was composed of several frequency components.

nothing unexpected.

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Reply #7
(In regards to the last two posts)
Huh?
Creature of habit.

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Reply #8
EDIT:  Axon is right, it could be in either axis.  I don't know why I got it stuck in my head it must be the horizontal.

Because the repetition is on the horizontal axis, it is more likely caused by aliasing on the horizontal axis.

What is the audio signal you used here? White noise?

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Reply #9
Talking of stuff in spectrograms....

Here's an interesting one.
lossyWAV -q X -a 4 -s h -A --feedback 2 --limit 15848| FLAC -5 -e -p -b 512 -P=4096 -S-

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Reply #10
Sorry for the slightly off-topic post, but this composition by the Dutch composer Jurriaan Andriessen is not only a piece of music, the score is also a portrait of his wife Hedwig. Took him 6 years to finish.

[a href="http://www.jurriaan-andriessen.nl/index.php?pageID=16" target="_blank"]

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Reply #11
Oh, I see. Such horizontal lines can be caused by comb filtering happening due to presence of delays.

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Reply #12
Oh, I see. Such horizontal lines can be caused by comb filtering happening due to presence of delays.

No, no, no.
The moiré patterns circled are an artifact of the way the audio data is displayed, nothing to do with the audio data itself.
Creature of habit.

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Reply #13
Moire doesn't happen just because of data display. It arises from certain periodicities present in the data.

Do you see something similar when viewing this file in iZotope RX?

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Reply #14
Moire doesn't happen just because of data display. It arises from certain periodicities present in the data.

He's not at a 1 to 1 zoom - unless you can speak for the method of the decimation done in the software which created the image you simply can not say that.

Creature of habit.

 

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Reply #15
I think I can, even w/o knowing about the exact decimation method.

 
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