# hz2bark

Convert from hertz to Bark scale

## Description

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bark = hz2bark(hz) converts values in hertz to values on the Bark frequency scale.

## Examples

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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.

plot(barkVect,hzVect,'o')
title('Bark vs Hz')
xlabel('Bark')
ylabel('Hz')
grid on

## Input Arguments

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Input frequency in Hz, specified as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array.

Data Types: single | double

## Output Arguments

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Output frequency on the Bark scale, returned as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array the same size as hz.

Data Types: single | double

## Algorithms

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

$\begin{array}{l}bark=\frac{\left(26.81\right)\left(hz\right)}{1960+hz}-0.53\\ if:bark<2\to bark=bark+\left(0.15\right)\left(2-bark\right)\\ if:bark>20.1\to bark=bark+\left(0.22\right)\left(bark-20.1\right)\end{array}$

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

## References

[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.

## Version History

Introduced in R2019a