Streaming Spectral Processing with Consumer-Level Graphics Processing Units

Victor Lazzarini; John ffitch; Joseph Timoney; Russell Bradford
DAFx-2014 - Erlangen
This paper describes the implementation of a streaming spectral processing system for realtime audio in a consumer-level onboard GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) attached to an off-the-shelf laptop computer. It explores the implementation of four processes: standard phase vocoder analysis and synthesis, additive synthesis and the sliding phase vocoder. These were developed under the CUDA development environment as plugins for the Csound 6 audio programming language. Following a detailed exposition of the GPU code, results of performance tests are discussed for each algorithm. They demonstrate that such a system is capable of realtime audio, even under the restrictions imposed by a limited GPU capability.