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# Questions tagged [modulation]

Modulation is the process of varying one or more properties of a high-frequency periodic waveform, called the carrier signal, with the amplitude of low-frequence modulating signal which typically contains information to be transmitted.

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### Why can so little digital information be stored on a cassette tape?

I had heard that tape is still the best medium for storing large amounts of data. So I figured I can store a relatively large amount of data on a cassette tape. I was thinking of a little project to ...
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### How to mimic/copy/fake someone's voice?

Is there any existing application to sample someone's voice and use it to modulate any other voice or synthesize a text to resemble the original one? For example, this Text-to-Speech Demo by AT&...
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### Can we break the Shannon capacity?

I have a friend working in wireless communications research. He told me that we can transmit more than one symbol in a given slot using one frequency (of course we can decode them at the receiver). ...
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### What mathematical tools exist for understanding modulated noise?

Suppose we have a signal $n$ that consists of Gaussian white noise. If we modulate this signal by multiplying it by $\sin 2\omega t$, the resulting signal still has a white power spectrum, but ...
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### Transmit data through sound between 2 computers (very close distance)

I'm writing an example on transmitting data through sound betwwen 2 computers. Some requirements: The distance is very close , i.e the 2 computers are basically adjacent to each other Very little ...
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### FSK Demodulation, Bit Timing Recovery

I am currently implementing acoustic FSK modulation and demodulation. I am not a signal processing guy so any help about the bit timing recovery would be very appreciated. Currently I implemented the ...
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### What are the basic categories of operations performed on audio signals to create interesting sounds?

I don't know if this question will make sense as I'm very new to dsp. In my limited foray into audio dsp I've come across: Frequency Modulation Amplitude Modulation Additive Synthesis Subtractive ...
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### Why do SDR receivers emit I/Q samples?

To my understanding hardware receivers for software-defined radio applications basically take the input signal, mix it with the tuning frequency to remove the carrier frequency and then sample the ...
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### Why are sidebands generated in AM and FM?

When the signal is modulated onto the carrier in the electromagnetic spectrum, that signal occupies the small portion of the spectrum surrounding the carrier frequency. It also cause sidebands to be ...
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### the relationship between bandwidth and the datarate

One Question of my note is like this. ...
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### What are thoughts on best modulation to use for underwater acoustic communications at low frequencies?

I wanted to ping the DSP hivemind for general thoughts on what would be the best modulation type to use for low frequency underwater communications. I have chosen this project since I can learn a lot ...
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### Can humans hear Hilbert transform in audio?

I stumbled upon Hilbert transform when researching single sideband modulation. Apparently when the demodulator frequency is bit off by $\Delta f$, the signal after demodulation and low-pass filtering ...
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### Deep space communications BER and FEC?

What kind of bit error rate do they get from deep space communications (Pioneer, Voyager, et.al.), and what kind of modulation and FEC allows them to recover messages with that microscopic level of ...
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### What is a $BT$ (Bandwidth-Time) product with reference to modulation?

I would like to know what does Bandwidth-Time product mean. I understand that Bandwidth ($B$) = 1/Symbol Time ($T$), hence $BT = 1$. But how can it vary? What is its significance? e.g. When we say ...
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### How to soft decode DQPSK?

I'm successfully soft-decoding D-BPSK by taking the dot-product of the constellation-position of the symbol and of the previous symbol. If the result is >= 1, then the symbol phase hasn't changed and ...
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### Spectrum of FSK signal

I have implemented a simple V.23-like FSK modem in C here. The peculiarity of the chosen modulation is such that 0's and 1's are sent as tones of two different frequencies (2100 Hz and 1300 Hz ...
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### Frequency Modulation Synthesis Algorithm

Based on what I read, I've made an algorithm for FM sound synthesis. I'm not sure if I did it right. When creating a software synth instrument a function is used to generate an oscillator and a ...
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### PC-to-PC data communication over Sound FSK / PSK / DSSS

For fun and work I've to implement a java based application that can Encode text or data to sound and transmit using PC's speaker and on the receiving side is a microphone with decoder software. I ...
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### Help with algorithm for modulating oscillator pitch using LFO

I am developing a software emulation of an analog synthesizer. I am trying to modulate the pitch of an oscillator using an LFO. For each sample fed to the computer's sound system, I am calculating ...
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### Why Carrier signal can't have frequency less than Message signal

I know that why we use Carrier of high frequency to send message signal over a long distance, when the frequency is low , energy will be obviously low. To increase the energy of the signal we need to ...
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### Why do we integrate the modulating function in FM?

I've been reading about FM and I keep coming to an expression, where the instantaneous phase $$\Theta=2\pi f_it+\phi\text, \tag1$$ where $$f_i=f_c+k_fm(t)\text,\tag2$$ ($f_c$ being the base carrier ...
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### How to Model the Dispersion Which Is Introduced by an Electro Absorption Modulator (EML)?

I need to model the dispersion which is introduced by an EML in Matlab. The parameters are: Lambda: 1310nm PAM4 power: Pmax = 1.09 mW Pmin = 0.13 mW Bandwidth = 56Gbps
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### Angle modulation spectrum

Is angle modulation spectrum always discrete or this property only holds for periodic modulating signal?
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### Do BPSK vs QPSK have the same performance?

I'm trying to re-learn digital communication theory again and am creating a bit error probability simulation for various modulations. So far I've added BPSK, QPSK, and 8PSK and below is a plot that ...
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### Is Oversampling a Signal Same as Discretizing the Signal?

I am confused about the new terminology 'oversampling' I have encountered very recently. To explain it better, I am going to use numerical examples. Now let's assume I am using a BPSK modulator and my ...
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### OFDM training symbol format

For OFDM synchronisation, we are using two training symbols according to the Schmidl and Cox method of frequency synchronization and timing synchronization. The paper says: The first OFDM training ...
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### how to find frequency response of microphone

hello I want to find the frequency response of a microphone. I give the input signal to my speaker and it produces a specific SPL with specific frequency. on the other side, I read the microphone ...
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### Calculating SNR from Frequency Domain

As I am newbie to signals, I have collected an appliance signal in frequency domain as follows: (PSD- Power Spectral Density). So, I need to calculate the SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) and BER (Bit ...
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### Hexagonal Modulator Comparison with Square Modulator

Hexagonal shaped Modulator is designed to get better BER than Square Modulator. The constellation diagram is like the figure: It is supposed to give better BER measurement than Square as it has wider ...
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### QPSK Modulation/Demodulation in C++

I'm trying to implement a QPSK Mod/DeMod system in C++. So far i have a bit generator that generates N bits and stores it into an array: ...
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### Effect of Passband Slope on QPSK Constellation

What is the effect of a passband slope on a QPSK (or any QAM) constellation? Specifically given a linear slope (in magnitude, not dB), and no phase distortion (linear phase or even zero-phase) how ...
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### Deriving SER & BER for 4QAM, 16QAM and 32QAM

Required to find symbol error rate vs $E_b/N_0$ for 4QAM, 16QAM & 32QAM. Thought that SER & BER are the same but did my research to find that BER is $1/\log_2(M)$ of SER. Could you please ...
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### Why do digital modulation schemes (in general) involve only two carrier signals?

In my digital communication, class we have covered the various modulation schemes, namely QAM and its derivatives (B(A/P)SK, PAM and (Q/M)PSK) as well as BFSK. These two schemes have one or at most ...
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### FSK and IQ modulation

I am having trouble understanding the FSK modulation process. There are many ways of demodulating the FSK signal. What is the advantage of performing the FSK using IQ modulation? How to demodulate ...
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### What is a constant envelope modulation?

The Book "Digital Modulation Techniques" by Fuqin Xiong groups digital modulation schemes into two classes: "constant envelope" and "nonconstant envelope." However, I was surprised by the inclusion ...
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### What causes this type of distortion in a constellation I/Q plot?

I'm transmitting QPSK through a digital pulse shaping filter (RRC, 35% excess BW, 2 samples per symbol, 64 taps) at a rate of 56Msym/sec. Receiving it on standard lab equipment (Vector signal ...
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### Finding out modulation index and DC offset

I have a question form my teachers, and I cannot understand why I can find out the modulation index form the figure. The question provide a Figure like this: And the information signal is a ...
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### Shannon capacity limit & FEC comparisons

In this figure from Fundamentals of Digital Communications by Madhow , pp 328 there is a comparison of a rate 1/3 turbo code with the shannon limit for rate 1/3 BPSK: Trying to understand the limit ...
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### Why is the carrier suppressed by AM-DSB-SC modulation?

Lets say I have a message that is a sine wave at 1KHz. As I understand it, I can perform amplitude modulation by multiplying this signal with a carrier, lets say 10KHz, and this process is essentially ...
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### Conversion between Eb/N0 and SNR in spread-spectrum modulation like LoRa CSS?

This question is somewhat related to the one asked here: How is multiplexing achieved in spread-spectrum modulations like CSS? I am looking at the bit error rate (BER) performance of communication ...
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### How is the symbol error rate for M-QAM, 4QAM,16QAM and 32QAM derived?

How do you derive the theoretical symbol error rate as a function of $E_\mathrm{b}/N_0$ for 4QAM? I know that the result should be $Q\left(\sqrt{2E_\mathrm{b}/N_0}\right)$ but I am ĺooking for the ...
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