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Modal Excitation in Feedback Delay Networks
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  • Sebastian J. Schlecht,
  • Matteo Scerbo,
  • Enzo De Sena,
  • Vesa Välimäki
Sebastian J. Schlecht
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Matteo Scerbo
Enzo De Sena
Vesa Välimäki


Feedback delay networks (FDNs) are used in audio processing and synthesis. The modal shapes of the system describe the modal excitation by input and output signals. Previously, the Ehrlich-Aberth method was used to find modes in large FDNs. Here, the method is extended to the corresponding eigenvectors indicating the modal shape. In particular, the computational complexity of the proposed analysis method does not depend on the delay-line lengths and is thus suitable for large FDNs, such as artificial reverberators. We show the relation between the compact generalized eigenvectors and the spatially extended modal shapes. We illustrate this method with an example FDN in which the suggested modal excitation control does not increase the computational cost. The modal shapes can help optimize input and output gains. This letter teaches how selecting the input and output points along the delay lines of an FDN adjusts the spectral shape of the system output.
20 Mar 2024Submitted to TechRxiv
29 Mar 2024Published in TechRxiv