Envelope Detection

Started by stephaneb 8 years ago2 replieslatest reply 8 years ago1038 views

@Rick Lyons has just posted a new article in his blog:

Digital Envelope Detection: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Reply by martinvicanekNovember 19, 2016

Thank you for this clear and systematic compilation. I was wondering what the ranking would be for an envelope follower in musical applications like auto-wahwah or compressor. One fundamental difference is that in that case, the "carrier" is a broadband signal (20 Hz to 20 kHz), which seems to rule out synchronous methods? I see two basic requirements: (i) fast response (ii) good attenuation of ripples (else there will be harmonic distorsion, intermodulation etc.). These two seem to be in conflict. Any creative thoughts on that?

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Reply by Rick LyonsNovember 19, 2016

Hello martinvicanek. In my limited software experimentation with these various envelope detectors I noticed that different detectors appeared to perform better than other detectors depending on the nature (and noise content) of my test signals. So I'm  reluctant to make a claim of which envelope detection method is the best method to use in any given situation. All I can say is, if you need to implement envelope detection in some application then it's sensible to test several different detection methods on your particular signals to see which method appears to work the best for you.