DC filter

Type : 1-pole/1-zero DC filter
References : Posted by andy[DOT]rossol[AT]bluewin[DOT]ch
Notes :
This is based on code found in the document:
"Introduction to Digital Filters (DRAFT)"
Julius O. Smith III (jos@ccrma.stanford.edu)
(http://www-ccrma.stanford.edu/~jos/filters/)
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Some audio algorithms (asymmetric waveshaping, cascaded filters, ...) can produce DC offset. This offset can accumulate and reduce the signal/noise ratio.

So, how to fix it? The example code from Julius O. Smith's document is:
...
y(n) = x(n) - x(n-1) + R * y(n-1)
// "R" between 0.9 .. 1
// n=current (n-1)=previous in/out value
...
"R" depends on sampling rate and the low frequency point. Do not set "R" to a fixed value (e.g. 0.99) if you don't know the sample rate. Instead set R to:
(-3dB @ 40Hz): R = 1-(250/samplerate)
(-3dB @ 30Hz): R = 1-(190/samplerate)
(-3dB @ 20Hz): R = 1-(126/samplerate)

Comments
from : andy[DOT]rossol[AT]bluewin[DOT]ch
comment : I just received a mail from a musicdsp reader: 'How to calculate "R" for a given (-3dB) low frequency point?' R = 1 - (pi*2 * frequency /samplerate) (pi=3.14159265358979)

from : rbj[AT]surfglobal[DOT]net
comment : particularly if fixed-point arithmetic is used, this simple high-pass filter can create it's own DC offset because of limit-cycles. to cure that look at http://www.dspguru.com/comp.dsp/tricks/alg/dc_block.htm this trick uses the concept of "noise-shaping" to prevent DC in any limit-cycles. r b-j