Assistance or advice appreciated: FIR filter design

Hi, This is something that's peripheral, but essential, to the overall
project. I'd prefer to not have to go through the possibly significant
learning curve involved, rather to just get the answer. Maybe it's a 2
minute exercise for someone with the right software installed, or if someone
could point me to a source of possible assistance elsewhere. Googling hasn't
come up with a clear source, aside from a full consultancy approach which
isn't warranted given that this is a one-off, once only thing.
I need to get coefficients for a FIR filter with the following
characteristics:
Low pass.
Attenuation > 75dB above 1500 Hz.
Attenuation < 2 dB below 1200 Hz.
No poles between 1200 and 1500 Hz.
Information I have suggests 127 stages would be typical, that is a max due
to computing constraints.
As with all my postings, not a homework question. Any suggestions would be
greatly appreciated. TIA
Reply to
Noodnik
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"Noodnik" sounds like a russian word which means "humdrum"
Reply to
Vladimir Vassilevsky
You don't mention a sampling rate. You're going to need a delay of something like 10ms to get your attenuation -- does that fit with your sampling rate and your 127 stage filter?
Do this:
* Design a prototype filter frequency response. I like using a flat top equal to 1, a raised cosine for the transition region, and (obviously) zero for the stop band.
*
Choose a length a good deal longer than your 127 taps. Computers are fast, choose at least several thousand.
* Put the frequency response into the sampled domain, i.e. express it as the vector that would come out of an FFT, with the first item = DC, and the last item almost = sampling rate. Make the thing symmetrical around DC and the sampling rate (i.e., pay attention to properly aliasing it).
*
Take its inverse FFT
* Truncate the result to your 127 taps, pad it out with zeros, and take its FFT -- see if it still works for you.
*
Enjoy, or not.
A "Full consultancy" approach for this filter, as you've specified it, should take me less than an hour to do, and less than two hours overall to put into a document & make it pretty -- assuming that you don't have to come back to me for modifications, clarifications, etc. That's a lot less than a weekend on the Oregon coast, so I don't see what's got you hot & bothered by it.
Reply to
Tim Wescott
The yiddish interpretation is somewhat different, but same vein :-)
Reply to
Noodnik
I would use a optimizing (minimizing program. It wouldn't take long. I am surprized that people don't have these progams already written and posted some play. It wouldn't take much time to do using Scilab.
Peter Nachtwey
Reply to
pnachtwey

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