Dark Velvet Noise

Jon Fagerström; Nils Meyer-Kahlen; Sebastian J. Schlecht; Vesa Välimäki
DAFx-2022 - Vienna
This paper proposes dark velvet noise (DVN) as an extension of the original velvet noise with a lowpass spectrum. The lowpass spectrum is achieved by allowing each pulse in the sparse sequence to have a randomized pulse width. The cutoff frequency is controlled by the density of the sequence. The modulated pulse-width can be implemented efficiently utilizing a discrete set of recursive running-sum filters, one for each unique pulse width. DVN may be used in reverberation algorithms. Typical room reverberation has a frequency-dependent decay, where the high frequencies decay faster than the low ones. A similar effect is achieved by lowering the density and increasing the pulse-width of DVN in time, thereby making the DVN suitable for artificial reverberation.