4.1.4. Analyzer View

This is the main view of VoceVista Video. The Analyzer View can show the spectrum, the spectrogram, the fundamental pitch, or any combination of these. You can select what to display on the toolbar or on the Analyzer View settings page.

This view can also display overtone sliders and other overlays. Surrounding the Analyzer View are the Frequency Scale, Time Scale, and Intensity Scale. They can be turned on and off in the View Menu.

Spectrum Display / Short Term View

The Spectrum Display shows the intensity of the frequency components of a sound at a specific point in time. It can also show the fundamental pitch of the sound at this time:

Frequency Spectrum and Fundamental Pitch

Figure 4.5. Frequency Spectrum and Fundamental Pitch


The frequency axis is shown in Hertz (cycles per second, abbreviated Hz), and the intensity axis is shown in decibel (dB). The loudest possible tone has 0 dB, and all tones quieter than that have a negative decibel value.

In Figure 4.5, the first spectral peak is at about 200 Hz and has an intensity of -25 dB. The second peak is louder. It has a frequency of about 400 Hz and an intensity of -9 dB. The cursor cross hair is snapped to the second peak at 400 Hz. The pitch display (the straight blue line) shows a fundamental pitch of about 200 Hz, which corresponds to the note G3+6ct.

The range of the intensity scale can be adjusted with the dynamic range slider on the toolbar. The range of the frequency scale can be adjusted on the Scale settings page, or on the Scale Range toolbar.

All scales can also be zoomed and scrolled with the mouse. To scroll the scale range, left click and drag a scale. To zoom it, point at the scale and use the mouse wheel. If you don’t have a mouse wheel, you can also point the cursor at the scale and use the the 1 and 2 keys to zoom.

You can select different color schemes and display types for the spectrum display in the program options, in particular on the Analyzer View settings page and the Colormap Editor.

Spectrogram Display / Long Term View

The Spectrogram Display is very similar to the spectrum, but instead of a single spectrum, it shows a series of spectra over time:

Spectrogram Display

Figure 4.6. Spectrogram Display


The bottom scale now shows time instead of intensity, and the intensity is now represented by the color of each point on the display. Think of it as looking at a series of stacked spectra from the top.

In Figure 4.6, you see the spectrogram of a male singer. The fundamental pitch moves around 200 Hz. The periodic rise and fall of the pitch is the vibrato of the singer. The second harmonic at 400 Hz is much louder than the first. The higher harmonics between 600 Hz and 2000 Hz change over the time range shown. This is because the singer is changing the vowel he is singing. The singer’s formant at 3000 Hz stays strong throughout.

Combined view: Spectrogram + Spectrum

It is possible to show spectrogram and spectrum side by side:

Spectrogram and Spectrum side-by-side

Figure 4.7. Spectrogram and Spectrum side-by-side


In this case the spectrogram on the left side shows how the frequency components change over time, and the spectrum on the right shows more details for a specific point in time. If you move the mouse cursor over the spectrogram, the right side will show the spectrum for the time pointed at by the mouse. If the mouse cursor is not over the spectrogram, the spectrum will show the frequency components for the time where the green cursor line is.

For example, in the image above, the cursor is at 6.0 seconds, so the spectrum shows a cross-section of the spectrogram at this time.

Pitch only display

Pitch only display

Figure 4.8. Pitch only display


It is possible to turn off spectrogram and spectrum and show only the fundamental pitch, as in Figure 4.8.