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Convert from Bark scale to hertz



hz = bark2hz(bark) converts values on the Bark frequency scale to values in hertz.


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Set two bounding frequencies in Hz and then convert them to the Bark scale.

b = hz2bark([20,8000]);

Generate a row vector of 32 values uniformly spaced on the Bark scale.

barkVect = linspace(b(1),b(2),32);

Convert the row vector of values into equivalent frequencies in Hz.

hzVect = bark2hz(barkVect);

Plot the two vectors for comparison. As Bark values increase linearly, Hz values increase exponentially.

title('Bark vs Hz')
grid on

Figure contains an axes. The axes with title Bark vs Hz contains an object of type line.

Input Arguments

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Input frequency on the Bark scale, specified as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array.

Data Types: single | double

Output Arguments

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Output frequency in Hz, returned as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array the same size as bark.

Data Types: single | double


The frequency conversion from the Bark scale to Hz uses the following formula:


The Bark value correction occurs before the conversion from the Bark scale to Hz.


[1] Traunmüller, Hartmut. "Analytical Expressions for the Tonotopic Sensory Scale." Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Vol. 88, Issue 1, 1990, pp. 97–100.

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