On Minimizing the Look-Up Table Size in Quasi-Bandlimited Classical Waveform Oscillators

Jussi Pekonen; Juhan Nam; Jonathan S. Abel; Julius O. Smith; Vesa Välimäki
DAFx-2010 - Graz
In quasi-bandlimited classical waveform oscillators, the aliasing distortion present in a trivially sampled waveform can be reduced in the digital domain by applying a tabulated correction function. This paper presents an approach that applies the correction function in the differentiated domain by synthesizing a bandlimited impulse train (BLIT) that is integrated to obtain the desired bandlimited waveform. The ideal correction function of the BLIT method is infinitely long and in practice needs to be windowed. In order to obtain a good alias-reduction performance, long tables are typically required. It is shown that when a short look-up table is used, a windowed ideal correction function does not provide the best performance in terms of minimizing aliasing audibility. Instead, audibly improved alias-reduction performance can be obtained using a look-up table that has a parametric control over the low-order generations of aliasing. Some practical parametric look-up table designs are discussed in this paper, and their use and alias-reduction performance are exemplified. The look-up table designs discussed in this paper providing the best alias-reduction performance are parametric window functions and least-squares optimized multiband FIR filter designs.