IIR Bandpass Filters Using Cascaded Biquads

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In an earlier post [1], we implemented lowpass IIR filters using a cascade of second-order IIR filters, or biquads. This post provides a Matlab function to do the same for Butterworth bandpass IIR filters. Compared to conventional implementations, bandpass filters based on biquads are less sensitive to coefficient quantization [2]. This becomes important when designing narrowband filters.

A biquad section block diagram using the Direct Form II structure [3,4] is shown in Figure 1. It is defined by two feedback coefficients a, three feed-forward coefficients b, and gain K. There can be one or more cascaded biquad sections in a bandpass filter. The function biquad_bp (listed in the Appendix) computes biquad coefficients and gains given the order of the lowpass prototype, center frequency, bandwidth, and sampling frequency. For a lowpass prototype of order N, the bandpass filter has order 2N and requires N biquads.
Figure 1. Biquad Section Block Diagram.


Here is an example function call and results for a bandpass filter based on a $3rd order lowpass prototype:

    N= 3;               % order of prototype LPF (number of biquads in BPF)
    fcenter= 20;        % Hz center frequency
    bw= 4;              % Hz -3 dB bandwidth
    fs= 100;            % Hz sample frequency
    [a,K]= biquad_bp(N,fcenter,bw,fs)
        a = 1.0000  -0.3835  0.8786
            1.0000  -0.5531  0.7757
            1.0000  -0.7761  0.8865
        K = 0.1254  0.1122  0.1114

The function generates N = 3 sets of biquad feedback coefficients in the matrix a, plus a gain K for each biquad section. The gains K are computed to make the response magnitude of each section equal 1.0 at approximately $f_{center}$. We can use a and K to find the frequency response of the biquads. As we’ll show later, the feed-forward coefficients of the biquads are all the same: b = [1 0 -1]. We assign the parameters of each biquad as follows:

    b= [1 0 -1];            % feed-forward coeffs of each biquad
    a_bq1= a(1,:);          % biquad 1 feedback coeffs = [1 -.3835 .8786]
    a_bq2= a(2,:);          % biquad 2 feedback coeffs = [1 -.5531 .7757]
    a_bq3= a(3,:);          % biquad 3 feedback coeffs = [1 -.7761 .8865]
    K1= K(1); K2= K(2); K3= K(3);    % biquad gains

Now we can compute the frequency response of each biquad.

    [h1,f]= freqz(K1*b,a_bq1,2048,fs);    % frequency response
    [h2,f]= freqz(K2*b,a_bq2,2048,fs);
    [h3,f]= freqz(K3*b,a_bq3,2048,fs);
    H1= 20*log10(abs(h1));                % dB-magnitude response
    H2= 20*log10(abs(h2));
    H3= 20*log10(abs(h3));

These responses are plotted in Figure 2. Computing the response of the cascaded biquads:

    h= h1.*h2.*h3;
    H= 20*log10(abs(h));

This overall response is shown in Figure 3. Given feed-forward coefficients b= [1 0 -1], the block diagram of each biquad is as shown in Figure 4. The coefficient a0 = 1.0 is not used. Note that the feedback gains have negative signs, so given a1 = -.3835 and a2= .8786, the feedback gains are .3835 and -.8786.
Looking at Figure 2 again, note that the first and last biquads have response magnitude that is greater than 1.0 (0 dB) at some frequencies, even though the response is 0 dB near $f_{center} = 20$ Hz. When implementing a fixed-point filter, we need to take this into account to avoid overflow. For this example, overflow is most likely if the input has a large component at the peak of the response of the first biquad, which occurs at about 22 Hz. To prevent overflow, we could allow extra headroom in the first biquad; swap the $2^{nd}$ biquad with the first biquad; or reduce the gain $K_{1}$ while maintaining the product of the biquad gains constant.
Figure 2. Response of each biquad section for N= 3, center frequency = 20 Hz, bandwidth = 4 Hz, and fs= 100 Hz.
Figure 3. Overall response of bandpass filter.
Figure 4. Biquad section for a bandpass filter.


In an earlier post on IIR bandpass filters [5], I presented the pole-zero form of the bandpass response as:

$$H(z)=K\frac{(z+1)^N(z-1)^N}{(z-p_1)(z-p_2)...(z-p_{2N})}\qquad (1)$$

where N is the order of the prototype lowpass filter. Calculation of the $p_{k}$ was described in the post. For a bandpass filter, the 2N poles occur as complex-conjugate pairs. For example, the poles of the filter of Example 1 are shown in Figure 5. There are also N zeros at z= -1 and N zeros at z= +1. Our goal is to convert H(z) into a cascade of second-order sections (biquads). We can do this by writing H(z) as the product of N sections with complex-conjugate poles:

$$H(z)=K_1\frac{(z+1)(z-1)}{(z-p_1)(z-p_1^*)}\cdot K_2\frac{(z+1)(z-1)}{(z-p_2)(z-p_2^*)}\cdot…\cdot K_N\frac{(z+1)(z-1)}{(z-p_N)(z-p_N^*)}\qquad (2)$$

Where $p^{*}_{k}$ is the complex conjugate of pk. Note we have assigned a zero at z= -1 and a zero at z = +1 to each biquad. We could assign the zeros differently, but this method is straightforward and gives reasonable results. Expanding the numerator and denominator of the kth biquad section, we get:

$$H_k(z)=K_k\frac{z^2-1}{z^2-(p_k+p_k^*)z+p_kp_k^*} =K_k\frac{z^2-1}{z^2+a_1z+a_2}$$

where $a_{1}= -2*real(p_{k})$ and $a_{2}= |p_{k}|^2$. Dividing numerator and denominator by $z^2$, we get:

$$H_k(z)=K_k\frac{1-z^{-2}}{1+a_1z^{-1}+a_2z^{-2}}\qquad (3)$$

Since we assigned the same zeros to each biquad, the numerator (feed-forward) coefficients b = [1 0 -1] are the same for all N biquads. Summarizing the biquad coefficient values, we have:

$$b = [1 0 -1]$$$$a = [1 -2*real(p_{k}) |p_{k}|^2] $$

To find the gains $K_{k}$, we let each biquad have gain of 1 at the filter geometric mean frequency $f_{0}$. We do this by evaluating $H_{k}(z)$ at $f_{0}$ and setting $K_{k} = 1/|H(f_{0})|$. To find $f_{0}$, we define $f_{1}= f_{center} – bw/2$ and $f_{2}= f_{center}+bw/2$. Then $f_{0}=\sqrt{f_{1}*f_{2}}$. Note that for a narrowband filter, $f_{0}$ is close to $f_{center}$.

The Matlab code to find $K_{k}$ is:

    f0= sqrt(f1*f2);
    h= freqz(b,a,[f0 f0],fs);     % frequency response at f = f0
    K= 1/abs(h(1));

The biquad section with coefficients b, a, and gain K is shown in Figure 4. Here is a summary of the filter synthesis steps used by biquad_bp (The first four steps are detailed in [5]):

  1. Find the poles of a lowpass analog prototype filter with Ωc = 1 rad/s.
  2. Given upper and lower -3 dB frequencies of the digital bandpass filter, find the corresponding frequencies of the analog bandpass filter (pre-warping).
  3. Transform the analog lowpass poles to analog bandpass poles.
  4. Transform the poles from the s-plane to the z-plane, using the bilinear transform.
  5. Compute the feedback (denominator) coefficients of each biquad using Equation 4 above.
  6. Compute the gain K of each biquad.
    Figure 5. Z-plane poles and zeros of the bandpass filter of Example 1.


Let’s try implementing a narrow band-pass filter with quantized denominator coefficients. We’ll use a bandwidth of 0.5 Hz with sampling frequency of 100 Hz. With lowpass prototype of $3^{rd}$ order and center frequency of 22 Hz, the function call and results are:

N= 3;                % order of prototype LPF
fcenter= 22;         % Hz center frequency
bw= .5;              % Hz -3 dB bandwidth
fs= 100;             % Hz sample frequency
[a,K]= biquad_bp(N,fcenter,bw,fs)
    a = 1.0000  -0.3453  0.9844
        1.0000  -0.3690  0.9691
        1.0000  -0.3983  0.9845
    K = 0.0157  0.0155  0.0155

Now assign the numerator coefficients and quantize the denominator coefficients to 12 bits:

    b= [1 0 -1];                        % numerator coeffs
    nbits= 12;                          % bits per unit amplitude
    a_quant= round(a*2^nbits)/2^nbits;  % quantize denominator coeffs

Computing the frequency response as was done in Example 1, we get the response shown in Figure 6. Figure 7 shows the response at 1 dB per division for 12-bit and 8-bit denominator coefficients. As you can see, we get good results using 12-bit coefficients, and some response degradation using 8-bit coefficients. Figure 8 shows three of the six poles of the filter, which are very close to the unit circle compared to the less narrow filter of Example 1 (Figure 5). A conventional bandpass implementation with quantized coefficients could easily become unstable due to the poles falling outside the unit circle.
Figure 6. Response of bandpass with N = 3, bw = 0.5 Hz, and denominator coefficients = 12 bits.

Figure 7. Bandpass filter response vs. denominator coefficient quantization.

Figure 8. Three of six z-plane poles of the filter of Example 2.


本程序中的一些公式是在之前的带通 IIR 滤波器上开发出来的[5]。本程序按原样提供,不作任何保证或保证。对于因使用或误用程序而造成的任何损坏或损失,作者不承担任何责任。

%function [b,a]= biquad_bp(N,fcenter,bw,fs)  4/7/19  Neil Robertson
% Synthesize IIR Butterworth Bandpass Filters using biquads
% N= order of prototype LPF = number of biquads in BPF
% fcenter= center frequency, Hz
% bw= -3 dB bandwidth, Hz
% fs= sample frequency, Hz
% a= matrix of denominator coefficients of biquads.
%    each row contains the denom coeffs of a biquad.
%    There are N rows.
% K= vector of gain blocks for each biquad.Length = N.
% Note:numerator coeffs of each biquad = K(k)*[1 0 -1]
function [a,K]= biquad_bp(N,fcenter,bw,fs)
f1= fcenter- bw/2;                % Hz lower -3 dB frequency
f2= fcenter+ bw/2;                % Hz upper -3 dB frequency
if f2>=fs/2;
    error('fcenter+ bw/2 must be less than fs/2')
if f1<=0
    error('fcenter- bw/2 must be greater than 0')
% find poles of butterworth lpf with Wc = 1 rad/s
k= 1:N;
theta= (2*k -1)*pi/(2*N);
p_lp= -sin(theta) + j*cos(theta);
% pre-warp f0, f1, and f2 (uppercase == continuous frequency variables)
F1= fs/pi * tan(pi*f1/fs);
F2= fs/pi * tan(pi*f2/fs);
BW_hz= F2-F1;                % Hz -3 dB bandwidth
F0= sqrt(F1*F2);             % Hz geometric mean frequency
% transform poles for bpf centered at W0
% pa contains N poles of the total 2N -- the other N poles not computed
% are conjugates of these.
for i= 1:N;
    alpha= BW_hz/F0 * 1/2*p_lp(i);
    beta= sqrt(1- (BW_hz/F0*p_lp(i)/2).^2);
    pa(i)= 2*pi*F0*(alpha +j*beta);
% find poles of digital filter
p= (1 + pa/(2*fs))./(1 - pa/(2*fs));    % bilinear transform
% denominator coeffs
for k= 1:N;
    a1= -2*real(p(k));
    a2= abs(p(k))^2;
    a(k,:)= [1 a1 a2];                 % denominator coeffs of biquad k
b= [1 0 -1];                           % biquad numerator coeffs
% compute biquad gain K for response amplitude = 1.0 at f0
f0= sqrt(f1*f2)                        % geometric mean frequency
for k= 1:N;
    aa= a(k,:);
    h= freqz(b,aa,[f0 f0],fs);         % frequency response at f = f0
    K(k)= 1/abs(h(1));


Robertson, Neil, “Design IIR Filters Using Cascaded Biquads”, Feb, 2018, https://www.dsprelated.com/showarticle/1137.php
Oppenheim, Alan V. and Shafer, Ronald W., Discrete-Time Signal Processing, Prentice Hall, 1989, section 6.9.
Sanjit K. Mitra, Digital Signal Processing, 2nd Ed., McGraw-Hill, 2001, section 6.4.1
“Digital Biquad Filter”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_biquad_filter
Robertson, Neil, “Design IIR Bandpass Filters”, Jan, 2018,

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