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Re: frequency to mel formula

Hi Jim,

I don't know if this is the first reference to the mel scale, but it's one that I have read before and seen cited:

Stevens, S.S. & Volkmann, J. (1940) The relation of pitch to frequency: A revised scale.  The American Journal of Psychology 53(3), 329-

I hope this helps.

Ryan McCreery

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Subject: frequency to mel formula

Dear List,

On the Wikipedia page 

a formula for computing frequency in terms of mels is given as:

mel = log(1 + fr/700)*1127 .

It is easily inverted to fr = 700*exp(mel/1127 - 1) .

My question is: Where do these formulas come from? I.e., I need
a journal reference for these formulas.

Thanks much,

Jim Beauchamp
Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign