Daily Archive for April 26th, 2013

First Results from Beat Tracker!

So I finished a preliminary version of my live beat tracker, bt. I fed in a 126 BPM song and got:

The software reads a data stream from the FPGA and prints out a cute little UTF-8 table and keeps track of the best average tempo. The FPGA handles all of the hard work: running a lot of metronomes (I can fit upwards of like 80-100 on there), and classifying beats.

That’s the good news. The not so good news is that the beat classifier, the thing that says “I think I found a beat, does it match any of the metronomes?” needs some serious improvement and tweaking before it can actually classify most songs. K-Pop works really well right now because the differential between beat energy and not-beat energy is very large — a metronome is basically built right into the track. On the other hand, it doesn’t get dubstep at all.