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       signalgen - a simple signal generator program


       signalgen [flags] waveform freq
              waveform is sine, cosine, square, triangle, sawtooth, noise

       signalgen [flags] pulse freq [Mark/Space]
              pulse has extra param Mark/Space % - def. is 10 (%)


       signalgen  is  a  simple  signal  generator  program, that can digitally generate standard
       waveforms on the LINUX /dev/dsp device. 8 or 16 bit samples can be generated, in  mono  or
       stereo.  In  stereo  the  two  signals can be in phase or in anti-phase (180 degrees). The
       frequency is specified as an integer number of Hertz.  Fractional  Hertz  frequencies  are
       not  supported.  Of  course,  only  frequencies  less  than half the samplerate (number of
       samples/sec) can be generated.

       The waveforms that can be generated are:

       sine   A standard sine wave

       cosine a sine wave with a 90 degree phase shift

       square a standard square wave with a 50% mark space ratio

              a ramp waveform with 'infinately' fast flyback (:-) An ideal oscilloscope  timebase

              shaped like equally spaced teeth on a saw (:-)

       noise  This  is  weak.  All  it  consists  of  is  one second of pseudo-randomly generated
              samples, played repeatedly. I'd love to do proper white/pink  noise,  but  I  don't
              know  enough,  and  I  don't  think  the  structure  of the program is conducive to
              accurate noise generation.

       pulse  A square waveform where the mark/space ratio (as a percentage)  can  be  specified.
              The default value is 10% (mark/space ratio of 1:9).

       signalgen  creates one second's worth of generated output in a buffer and plays the buffer
       repeatedly, until it is terminated.

       A lot of thought has gone into the algorithms for generating the waveforms.  I believe the
       sin/cos wave to be very pure (modulo your sound card :-), but I don't have access to a THD
       meter to measure it. For best signal accuracy NEVER use the gain factor option  (-A).  The
       generator will then make the wave's peak value fit the maximum digital values allowed. Use
       a mixer program to control the output volume, or an external attenuator.

       The gain factor option can be useful for simulating a signal  that  has  been  subject  to
       clipping. Specify a gain of > 100%. In fact a trapezoid signal can be made by generating a
       clipped triangular wave. The greater the gain, the closer the signal approaches  a  square
       wave (the rise and fall times decrease).

              output  to  /dev/dsp,  22050  samples/sec, mono, 16 bit samples if possible, else 8


       -h     display usage and help info

       -v     be verbose

       -o file
              write digital sample to file ('-' is stdout)

       -w file
              as '-o' but written as a WAVE format file. -a  (append)  is  not  valid  with  this

       -f,-a  force overwrite/append of/to file.

       -C file
              use "file" as the local configuration file (see below).

       -s samples
              generate with samplerate of samples/sec

       -8/-16 or -b 8|16
              force 8 bit or 16 bit mode.

              mono (def), stereo or stereo in antiphase

       -A n   scale samples by n/100, def. n is 100 (i.e. percentage of full scale output)

       -t N|Nm
              generate output for either N secs or Nm millisecs only.

       -x10 or -x100
              Scale  frequencies  down by a factor of 10 or 100. This allows fractional Hz values
              to be generated. See EXAMPLES below for its use. It is a Kludge.


       signalgen -v sin 440
              generate a sin wave of 440Hz at 22050 samples/sec, 16bit samples on 16 bit card,  8
              bit samples on an 8 bit card.

       signalgen -v -s 44100 -w sin444.wav sin 440
              as  above  but  at  a samplerate or 44100/sec and save a one second of samples as a
              WAVE file in sin440.wav

       signalgen -v -A 500 saw 1000
              generate a 1000Hz sawtooth wave severely clipped. The waveform  will  look  like  a
              square  wave  with  a  rise and fall time of one tenth of the wave period. (I think
              that's what the scribbled calculation on the back of this envelope gives :-)

       signalgen -v -2a sin 1000
              generate 2 1000Hz sine waves out of phase  by  180  degrees,  one  on  each  stereo

       signalgen -v pulse 1000 95
              generate a 1000Hz pulse wave with the 'on' period being 95% of the waveform period,
              i.e. a mark/space ratio of 19:1.

       signalgen -v -x10 sin 2616
              generate middle C 261.6Hz (2616/10) from the equally tempered  scale.  Yes  it's  a
              royal  pain remembering to scale all freqs. by a factor of 10, but I needed it in a
              hurry and didn't have time to do it better.


       Three possible configuration files can be used: a LOCAL config file  (usually  in  current
       directory), a HOME config file in user's $HOME directory and a GLOBAL config file.

       All the siggen suite of programs are compiled with the names of the config files built in.
       By default the configuration files are:

              is the LOCAL config file.

              is the HOME config file.

              is the GLOBAL config file.

       signalgen -h
              will indicate which config files will be searched for.

       The config files do not have to exist. If they exist and are readable by the program  they
       are used, otherwise they are simply ignored.

       The  config  files  are always searched for configuration values in the order LOCAL, HOME,
       GLOBAL. This allows a scheme where the sysadmin sets  up  default  config  values  in  the
       GLOBAL  config  file,  but  allows a user to set some or all different values in their own
       HOME config file, and to  set  yet  more  specific  values  when  run  from  a  particular

       If  no configuration files exist, the program provides builtin default values, and most of
       these values can be set by appropriate command line switches and flags.

       See siggen.conf(5) for details of the configuration files.

       signalgen looks  for  configuration  values  CHANNELS,  DACFILE,  SAMPLERATE,  SAMPLESIZE,

              sets either mono or stereo mode like the '-1|-2' options.

              allows the name of the DAC/DSP/PCM device to be changed from /dev/dsp

              sets the number of samples/sec for the DAC device

              sets whether 8 or 16 bit samples to be generated

              sets whether or not to run in verbose mode.





       Copyright 1995-2008 Jim Jackson

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       Jim Jackson