# aubiopitch man page

**aubiopitch** — a command line tool to extract musical pitch

## Synopsis

aubiopitchsourceaubiopitch[[-i]source] [-osink] [-rrate] [-Bwin] [-Hhop] [-pmethod] [-uunit] [-lthres] [-Ttime-format] [-ssil] [-f] [-v] [-h] [-j]

## Description

**aubiopitch** attempts to detect the pitch, the perceived height of a musical note.

When started with an input *source* (**-i**/**--input**), the detected pitch are printed on the console, prefixed by a timestamp in seconds. If no pitch candidate is found, the output is 0.

When started without an input *source*, or with the jack option (**-j**/**--jack**), **aubiopitch** starts in jack mode.

## Options

This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (--). A summary of options is included below.

**-i, --input***source*Run analysis on this audio file. Most uncompressed and compressed are supported, depending on how aubio was built.

**-o, --output***sink*Save results in this file. The file will be created on the model of the input file. The detected frequency is played at the detected loudness.

**-r, --samplerate***rate*Fetch the input

*source*, resampled at the given sampling*rate*. The*rate*should be specified in Hertz as an integer. If 0, the sampling*rate*of the original*source*will be used. Defaults to 0.**-B, --bufsize***win*The size of the buffer to analyze, that is the length of the window used for spectral and temporal computations. Defaults to 2048.

**-H, --hopsize***hop*The number of samples between two consecutive analysis. Defaults to 256.

**-p, --pitch***method*The pitch detection

*method*to use. See Pitch Methods below. Defaults to 'default'.**-u, --pitch-***unit unit*The

*unit*to be used to print frequencies. Possible values include midi, bin, cent, and Hz. Defaults to 'Hz'.**-l, --pitch-tolerance***thres*Set the tolerance for the pitch detection algorithm. Typical values range between 0.2 and 0.9. Pitch candidates found with a confidence less than this threshold will not be selected. The higher the threshold, the more confidence in the candidates. Defaults to unset.

**-s, --silence***sil*Set the silence threshold, in dB, under which the onset will not be detected. A value of

**-20.0**would eliminate most onsets but the loudest ones. A value of**-90.0**would select all onsets. Defaults to**-90.0**.**-T, --timeformat format**Set time format (samples, ms, seconds). Defaults to seconds.

**-m, --mix-input**Mix

*source*signal to the output signal before writing to*sink*.**-f, --force-overwrite**Overwrite output file if it already exists.

**-j, --jack**Use Jack input/output. You will need a Jack connection controller to feed aubio some signal and listen to its output.

**-h, --help**Print a short help message and exit.

**-v, --verbose**Be verbose.

## Pitch Methods

Available methods are:

**default**use the default

*method*

Currently, the default *method* is set to yinfft.

**schmitt**Schmitt trigger

This pitch extraction *method* implements a Schmitt trigger to estimate the period of a signal. It is computationally very inexpensive, but also very sensitive to noise.

**fcomb**a fast harmonic comb filter

This pitch extraction *method* implements a fast harmonic comb filter to determine the fundamental frequency of a harmonic sound.

**mcomb**multiple-comb filter

This fundamental frequency estimation algorithm implements spectral flattening, multi-comb filtering and peak histogramming.

**specacf**Spectral auto-correlation function

**yin**YIN algorithm

This algorithm was developed by A. de Cheveigne and H. Kawahara and was first published in:

De Cheveigné, A., Kawahara, H. (2002) "YIN, a fundamental frequency estimator for speech and music", J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 111, 1917-1930.

**yinfft**Yinfft algorithm

This algorithm was derived from the YIN algorithm. In this implementation, a Fourier transform is used to compute a tapered square difference function, which allows spectral weighting. Because the difference function is tapered, the selection of the period is simplified.

Paul Brossier, Automatic annotation of musical audio for interactive systems, Chapter 3, Pitch Analysis, PhD thesis, Centre for Digital music, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK, 2006.

**yinfast**YIN algorithm (accelerated)

An optimised implementation of the YIN algorithm, yielding results identical to the original YIN algorithm, while reducing its computational cost from **O**(n^2) to **O**(n log(n)).

## See Also

aubioonset(1), aubiotrack(1), aubionotes(1), aubioquiet(1), aubiomfcc(1), and aubiocut(1).

## Author

This manual page was written by Paul Brossier <piem@aubio.org>. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

## Referenced By

aubiocut(1), aubiomfcc(1), aubionotes(1), aubioonset(1), aubioquiet(1), aubiotrack(1).