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librosa.istft(stft_matrix, hop_length=None, win_length=None, window='hann', center=True, dtype=None, length=None)[source]

Inverse short-time Fourier transform (ISTFT).

Converts a complex-valued spectrogram stft_matrix to time-series y by minimizing the mean squared error between stft_matrix and STFT of y as described in [1] up to Section 2 (reconstruction from MSTFT).

In general, window function, hop length and other parameters should be same as in stft, which mostly leads to perfect reconstruction of a signal from unmodified stft_matrix.

stft_matrixnp.ndarray [shape=(1 + n_fft/2, t)]

STFT matrix from stft

hop_lengthint > 0 [scalar]

Number of frames between STFT columns. If unspecified, defaults to win_length // 4.

win_lengthint <= n_fft = 2 * (stft_matrix.shape[0] - 1)

When reconstructing the time series, each frame is windowed and each sample is normalized by the sum of squared window according to the window function (see below).

If unspecified, defaults to n_fft.

windowstring, tuple, number, function, np.ndarray [shape=(n_fft,)]
  • If True, D is assumed to have centered frames.

  • If False, D is assumed to have left-aligned frames.

dtypenumeric type

Real numeric type for y. Default is to match the numerical precision of the input spectrogram.

lengthint > 0, optional

If provided, the output y is zero-padded or clipped to exactly length samples.

ynp.ndarray [shape=(n,)]

time domain signal reconstructed from stft_matrix

See also


Short-time Fourier Transform


This function caches at level 30.


>>> y, sr = librosa.load(librosa.ex('trumpet'))
>>> D = librosa.stft(y)
>>> y_hat = librosa.istft(D)
>>> y_hat
array([-1.407e-03, -4.461e-04, ...,  5.131e-06, -1.417e-05],

Exactly preserving length of the input signal requires explicit padding. Otherwise, a partial frame at the end of y will not be represented.

>>> n = len(y)
>>> n_fft = 2048
>>> y_pad = librosa.util.fix_length(y, n + n_fft // 2)
>>> D = librosa.stft(y_pad, n_fft=n_fft)
>>> y_out = librosa.istft(D, length=n)
>>> np.max(np.abs(y - y_out))