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summary to request for calculating F0 on non-verbal auditory alarms

Hi listers. Here is a summary of the responses I received to my post concerning
a program that would calculate F0 on non-verbal auditory alarms.
My thanks to everyone who replied.
I didn't include the attachment that Dr. Houtsma sent me
as I wasn't sure if he meant it to be circulated.

------------------------- summary of replies --------------------------------
Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 13:54:39 -0500 (CDT)
From: Tom Brennan <g_brennantg@titan.sfasu.edu>

The CLS will do it.  If you'll get into DOS from Windows, you'll also find some
stuff on my web site that'll do it for you.  Go to this direct link:


Dr. Speech will also do what you're looking for.  It sdepends upon how accurate
you want the results as to which is best.  Probably CSL is best if you're
looking for accurate results.


Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 22:38:41 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jason Corey <corey@music.mcgill.ca>

There is a real-time analyzer for the Mac which I just found the other day
called Mac the Scope.  A free demo is available from
http://www.channld.com/mts.html I'm assuming that you could find the F0
with a real-time FFT, which is possible with this software.


From: "Houtsma, A.J.M." <A.J.M.Houtsma@tue.nl>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 12:35:30 +0200

IPO has developed in the past quite a few algorithms to perform the pitch
(F0) extraction from (quasi) harmonic sounds. I have attached the GIPOS
program that runs under Windows. Make sure you have the 'keys' file sitting
in the same directory as the executable, and make sure the name is not
changed or no extension is added.

GIPOS allows recording of sound or import of .wav or .aiff files. It can
display the time waveforms, pitch (F0) contours, spectograms, and spectra.
Try it, you'll like it!


Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 09:13:08 -0400
From: Patrick Zurek <pat@sens.com>

Our spectrogram product, SpeechStation2, does pitch estimation
on signals. You can find information about it at www.sens.com/Speechstation.htm

   Patrick M. Zurek

   Sensimetrics Corporation
   48 Grove St.
   Somerville, MA 02144
   Tel: 617-625-0600 x237
   Fax: 617-625-6612
   email: pat@sens.com


From: "John Usher" <J.S.Usher@student.salford.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 14:19:37 +0100

Audio processing software such as "Cool edit", by Syntrillium, and
"Sound forge", by Steinburg both have very good FFT plug-ins, and
can extract F0 by visual inspection of the FFT plot of the audio

There are numerous free spectrogram software
some good ones can be found at:


From: "Pawel Kusmierek" <pq@nencki.gov.pl>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 15:39:55 +0200

Get Praat from Paul Boersma.  Though the program is designed for
speech analysis it works nice with non-speech signals.  There are
versions for Windows, Mac and Unixes.  See at:



From: Katrin.Lehmann@uni-koeln.de
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 08:23:26 +0000

MED is a program originally designed to make transcription of
language sound files easier. It runs under windows and comprises a
F0-calculation for the study of intonation structure. The
authors are Hans Drexler and Daan Broeder, Max-Planck-Institute for
Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. As far as I know copies
are free. A little manual is currently being written (by myself).

go to:
you'll find some further information about the MED program.

I'm not sure whether or not you can download it directly on the
mpi.nl homepage.
In case you have got trouble in getting hold of the program, let me
know and I'll send you a copy.

Daan Broeder's e-mail adress is daan.broeder@mpi.nl.