User Guide Index

Analyser Process

The Analyser is a new process, available from version 3.1, which displays a spectrum analysis of the chosen audio signal. It can be useful in identifying important features of signals, discovering where the dominant energy lies, and in analytical processes such as forensics.

Creating an Analyser Process

Press B to open the New Process window (unless it is already open) and select Analyser in the Selected Process drop down at the top, or RIGHT CLICK on a track's Process Control bar below the track, and select New Analyser.

AnalyserProcSelect or NewAnalyser

Make sure the input audio channel is the one you want to analyse, then press the New Process button at the bottom of the New Process window, or N on the keyboard.

Nothing will appear at first, except a green bar in the process control track, showing the presence of an Analyser process.


Click on button to open the Process Control Panel Process Control Open Button(or press P on keyboard).

The Analyser control panel will appear showing a red graph of the sound level (vertical axis) at different frequencies (horizontal axis).



Using the spectrum analyser

The simple spectrum analysis display shown in the process control panel above shows the short-term frequency spectrum of the signal at the current play head position. It will change as you move the play head, either while audio is playing, or while you scrub replay or move the play head position.


Displaying a spectrogram

The Analyser process can display a spectrogram that represents the spectral density of the audio signal over the duration of the process in question (governed by the process start and end times).

Adjust the Spectrogram Intensity control to affect the visibility of this, superimposed on the audio track in question. In the picture below it is superimposed at 100%, so the audio underneath has been made invisible.


You can expand the display or make the track full height to magnify the spectrogram:


In a spectrogram the horizontal axis represents time, the vertical axis represents frequency, and the intensity of colour represents the amplitude. Here you can see a brighter band that shows the dominant pitch in the vocal track analysed rising towards the middle, then falling in steps.

You can scroll up and down this spectrogram using the mouse wheel to see different parts of the frequency range. For example, by scrolling upwards on the above display it is possible to see the higher harmonics evolving over time: