[Speex-dev] converting unsigned short sample to signed short sample

Mashal al-shboul shboul8989 at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 13 23:28:06 PDT 2012

Thanks a lot for replying,
The question now is , after subtracting 32767 from each unsigned sample, will the new signed samples represent the same original voice ? 

     For explanation, assume "Hi" is said in 8000 unsigned sample ,if i subtract 32767 from each sample and play the resulting 8000 sample as signed PCM samples,will they be "Hi" ?!

Forgive me about my questions , but it's important for me and i am new to the stuff

Best Regards,

 From: Arthurc <arthurc99 at yahoo.com>
To: Mashal al-shboul <shboul8989 at yahoo.com> 
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 5:58 AM
Subject: Re: [Speex-dev] converting unsigned short sample to signed short sample

I assumed that you have unsigned input from your sound card / codec, etc.
Actually, it is unlikely in today's hardware platform for audio application.

If that is really the case, you can just do..

short output = ((long) input) - 32767

Well, maybe it is possible to do some bit manipulation to achieve the same thing.


On 2012年3月14日, at 上午11:21, Mashal al-shboul <shboul8989 at yahoo.com> wrote:

    Hi All,
>I would like to get your help in my problem,
>we know that Speex codec takes samples of type short (signed), range:-2^15 to2^15 -1 , my problem is that i have samples of type 
>unsigned short ,range: 0 to 2^16 -1. so, what should i do in order to apply speex on my unsigned samples ?.
>     There is  a proposed solution to subtract 2^15-1 from each unsigned short to get it signed short, my question: is this method safe in keeping the samples meaningful for speex's processing algorithms?. 
>i hope i receive help from you. Thanks in advance
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>Speex-dev at xiph.org
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