I'm trying to create a chirp/swept signal that has it's frequency going down exponentially using matlab/octave. I can't use the built in chirp function because I'm trying to create a chirp/swept signal based on an equation/formula. I tried creating some code below but as you see from the spectrogram the frequency does not end at the correct frequency, and the frequency doesn't go down exponentially.

clear all,clc
freq1=20; %start freq
freq2=200; %end freq
dur=1; %duration of signal in seconds

t = linspace(0,2*pi,fs*dur);

%20:(200-20)/lenght(t) :200-(200-20)/length(t)

data=sin(f.*t); %build signal
data=(data/max(abs(data))*.8); %normalize signal
wavwrite([data'] ,fs,32,strcat('/tmp/del.wav')); %export file

Here's a spectrogram plot spectrogram plot

My goal:

1) create a signal based on a given equation/formula where the frequency is exponentially decaying (based on the formula 1/exp)

2) be able to type in the starting and ending frequency along with it's duration in seconds example startfreq=20; endfreq=200; durseconds=2;

The spectrogram plot should look something like this if the start frequency is 200hz ending at 20hz.

Any ideas?

what the spectrogram should look like

  • $\begingroup$ This is too close to asking for software designed to a specification. $\endgroup$
    – Peter K.
    Mar 19 '14 at 0:03

Frequency is the derivative of phase, so you need to start with the expression for frequency, which in your case is

At time $t=0$ this will have the frequency of 200, but we need to solve for $\alpha$ so that the frequency at time $t=2$ is 20. Solving for $\alpha$ gives $\alpha=1.1513$. To get the correct expression for the phase you need to integrate the above expression for the phase i.e. solve

$f =\frac{1}{2\pi}\frac{d\phi}{dt}$

The following matlab code generates this signal.

fs=500; %sampling frequency
t=(0:2*fs)/fs; %Time vector
sig = exp(-j*2*pi*200/alpha*exp(-alpha*t));

Note that just because the instantaneous frequency behaves this way doesn't mean the spectrogram will follow it exactly. It will get better if you have a higher time-bandwidth product.

  • $\begingroup$ thanks so much..I'm trying to work the problem but I'm a little confused. How did you get? $$\alpha$$. I couldn't figure out how you got 1.1513. $$\left[ \alpha={{\log \left({{200}\over{f}}\right)}\over{t}} \right] {\tt }$$ $\endgroup$
    – Rick T
    Feb 18 '14 at 0:01
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    $\begingroup$ @RickT Your other requirement was for the frequency to be 20 at time $t=2$, substituting those numbers into the equation for $f$ gives $20=200\exp(-\alpha*2)$. Solving for $\alpha$ gives $\alpha=-\frac{1}{2}\ln (20/200)$. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Feb 18 '14 at 13:36

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