Digital audio equalization is a very common procedure in the acoustic field that allows to improve the listening experience by adjusting the auditory frequency response. The design of graphic equalizers introduces several problems related to the necessity of implementing high performing filters with linear phase, usually characterized by high computational complexity. This paper proposes an innovative linear-phase graphic equalizer based on interpolated finite impulse response (IFIR) filters. IFIR filters seem to be suitable for a graphic equalizer thanks to their properties. In fact, they can reach very narrow transition bands, however with low computational complexity and linear phase, avoiding ripple between adjacent bands. The proposed IFIR equalizer has been compared with some state-of-the-art methods in terms of frequency response, distortion and computational cost. The experimental results have proved the effectiveness of the proposed equalizer, that has shown a considerable reduction on the computational complexity, meanwhile preserving the performances in terms of audio quality.

A Low-Complexity Linear-Phase Graphic Audio Equalizer Based on IFIR Filters

Bruschi V.;Nobili S.;Terenzi A.;Cecchi S.
2021

Abstract

Digital audio equalization is a very common procedure in the acoustic field that allows to improve the listening experience by adjusting the auditory frequency response. The design of graphic equalizers introduces several problems related to the necessity of implementing high performing filters with linear phase, usually characterized by high computational complexity. This paper proposes an innovative linear-phase graphic equalizer based on interpolated finite impulse response (IFIR) filters. IFIR filters seem to be suitable for a graphic equalizer thanks to their properties. In fact, they can reach very narrow transition bands, however with low computational complexity and linear phase, avoiding ripple between adjacent bands. The proposed IFIR equalizer has been compared with some state-of-the-art methods in terms of frequency response, distortion and computational cost. The experimental results have proved the effectiveness of the proposed equalizer, that has shown a considerable reduction on the computational complexity, meanwhile preserving the performances in terms of audio quality.
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