Antialiased soft clipping using an integrated bandlimited ramp

Fabian Esqueda , Vesa Välimäki, Stefan Bilbao

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A new method for aliasing reduction in soft-clipping nonlinearities is proposed. Digital implementations of saturating systems introduce harmonic distortion which, if untreated, gets reflected at the Nyquist limit and is mixed with the signal. This is called aliasing and is heard as a disturbance. A new correction function, derived by integrating the bandlimited ramp function, is presented. This function reduces the level of aliasing distortion seen at the output of soft clippers by quasi-bandlimiting the discontinuities introduced in the second derivative of the signal. The proposed method increases the quality of the signal by attenuating those aliased components that lie on the lower end of the spectrum, which are known to be perceptually important. The four-point version of the algorithm reduces aliasing at low frequencies by up to about 50 dB. This work extends our understanding of aliasing in nonlinear systems and provides a new tool for its suppression in virtual analog models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2016
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780992862657
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean Signal Processing Conference - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 28 Aug 20162 Sep 2016
Conference number: 24

Publication series

NameEuropean Signal Processing Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
ISSN (Print)2219-5491
ISSN (Electronic)2076-1465


ConferenceEuropean Signal Processing Conference
Abbreviated titleEUSIPCO
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