Acoustic analysis of the singing and speaking voice in singing students

Donna S. Lundy, Soham Roy, Roy R. Casiano, Jun W. Xue, Joseph Evans

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The singing power ratio (SPR) is an objective means of quantifying the singer's formant. SPR has been shown to differentiate trained singers from non-singers and sung from spoken tones. This study was designed to evaluate SPR and acoustic parameters in singing students to determine if the singer-in-training has an identifiable difference between sung and spoken voices. Digital audio recordings were made of both sung and spoken vowel sounds in 55 singing students for acoustic analysis. SPR values were not significantly different between the sung and spoken samples. Shimmer and noise-to-harmonic ratio were significantly higher in spoken samples. SPR analysis may provide an objective tool for monitoring the student's progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-493
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Voice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000


  • Acoustic analysis
  • Jitter
  • Noise-to-harmonic ratio
  • Shimmer
  • Singing power ratio
  • Singing voice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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