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20110176683Information Communication Apparatus, Transmission Apparatus And Receiving Apparatus - The acoustic signal transmission method is based on generating a synthesized sound electrical signal by electrically synthesizing an audible sound signal and another signal different than the audible sound signal at the sending side, and transmitting the synthesized sound electrical signal, and extracting the another signal different than the audible sound signal from the synthesized sound electrical signal at the receiving side. Here, generation of the synthesized sound electrical signal is made by using a data hiding technique, for example. Accordingly, the acoustic signal represented by the synthesized sound electrical signal can be heard by human ears in the same way as the audible sound signal, and the synthesized another signal cannot be detected by human ears. Here, the synthesized sound electrical signal can be transmitted as a sound wave in air space, as electrical signal through a transmission line or as radio signals such as infrared and electromagnetic waves.07-21-2011
20130028424METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AUDIO SIGNAL - An audio signal processing apparatus including an index estimation unit that receives three-dimensional image information as an input and generates index information for applying a three-dimensional effect to an audio object in at least one direction of right, left, up, down, front, and back directions, based on the three-dimensional image information; and a rendering unit for applying a three-dimensional effect to the audio object in at least one direction of right, left, up, down, front, and back directions, based on the index information.01-31-2013
20130028423THREE DIMENSIONAL SOUND POSITIONING SYSTEM - A system and method provides three dimensional audio positioning. A user interface may comprise a sound space editor, a space effects editor, an input controller, an output controller, an animation path including a plurality of nodes in three dimensional space, and a timeline for defining timing of one or more audio signals through the animation path, and an output controller for providing output audio data from the user interface.01-31-2013
20110194702Method and Apparatus for Detecting Audio Signals - A method and an apparatus for detecting audio signals are disclosed. The input audio signal is detected to determine whether it is a background frame. The detected background signal is further detected according to a music characterization value and a decision rule. Therefore, background music can be detected, and the classifying performance of the voice/music classifier is improved.08-11-2011
20110194701SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR 3-DIMENSIONAL AUDIO CONFERENCING - The present invention discloses a signal processing method, system and apparatus for 3-dimensional (3D) audio conferencing. The implementation is: a server obtains at least one audio stream relative to one terminal; the server allocates identifiers for the obtained at least one audio stream relative to the terminal; and the server combines the obtained at least one audio stream and the identifiers of the at least one audio stream and sends the combination to the terminal. With the technical solution of the present invention, the issue of excessive transmission channels required in the prior art is resolved and the terminal is capable of determining the sound image positions of other terminals freely.08-11-2011
20110194700ENHANCED SPATIALIZATION SYSTEM - A system enhances spatialization in an audio signal at a receiving location. The system applies a phase difference analysis to signals received from an array of spaced apart input devices that convert sound into electrical signals. The system derives spatial or directional information about the relative locations of the sound sources. The converted signals may be mixed using weights derived from the spatial information to generate a multichannel output signal that, when processed by a remote or local audio system, generates a representation of the relative locations of the sound sources at the originating location at the receiving location.08-11-2011
20100158258Binaural Sound Localization Using a Formant-Type Cascade of Resonators and Anti-Resonators - This invention is a method for binaural localization using a cascade of resonators and anti-resonators to implement an HRTF (head-related transfer function). The spectrum of the cascade reproduces the magnitude spectrum of a desired HRTF. The proposed method provides a considerably more computationally efficient implementation of HRTF filters with no detectable deterioration of output quality while saving memory when storing a large quantity of HRTFs due to the parameterization of its resonators and anti-resonators. Finally, the method offers additional flexibility since the resonators and anti-resonators can be manipulated individually during the design process, making it possible to interpolate smoothly between HRTFs, reduce spectral coloring or achieve higher accuracy at perceptually relevant frequency regions. These HRTF are useful in stereo enhancement and multi-channel virtual surround simulation.06-24-2010
20130039496SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTED AUDIO RECORDING AND COLLABORATIVE MIXING - Two or more wireless devices can be independently controlled by their respective users, a mixer component, or a leader wireless device to perform audio recording, convert the recorded audio into a standard or proprietary audio stream format, and transmit the audio stream to a server. The real-time clocks of two or more participating wireless devices can be synchronized. A wireless device can insert timestamps into the audio stream to facilitate the mixing operation. Mixing of the two or more audio streams recorded by wireless devices can be performed by a mixer component either in real time (contemporaneously with the recording) or asynchronously with respect to the recording. The mixing can be performed in a fully automated mode, and/or in an operator-assisted mode.02-14-2013
20100046758METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN AUDIO SIGNAL - A method for processing an audio signal, comprising the steps of extracting an ancillary signal for generating the audio signal and an extension signal included in the ancillary signal from a received bit stream, reading length information of the extension signal from an extension area of the ancillary signal, and generating the audio signal using the ancillary signal. Accordingly, in case of processing the audio signal by the present invention, it is able to reduce a corresponding load of operation to enable efficient processing and enhance a sound quality.02-25-2010
20130077792PSYCHOACOUSTIC INTERFACE - An audio imaging method and cognition interface for two-loudspeaker playback is intended for use with standard stereo recordings. The process applies new azimuth-based equalization and phase measurements specifically derived for stereo playback while faithfully interfacing with and eliciting human psychoacoustic localization responses via the Fletcher-Munson loudness effect. The process accurately recovers and reproduces three-dimensional sonic image locations inherently encoded in standard recordings so that a listener may accurately perceive the three-dimensional sound. Sound images are reproduced in at least the forward 180° free-field environment of the listener. The apparatus is designed to allow reproduction of atypical recordings made with closely-spaced microphones if desired.03-28-2013
20100104106Audio processing apparatus and method of mobile device - An audio processing apparatus and method for a mobile device are provided. The audio processing apparatus and method may appropriately determine sound source localizations corresponding to a voice signal and an audio signal, and thereby may simultaneously provide a voice call service and a multimedia service. Also, the audio processing apparatus and method may guarantee quality of the voice call service even when simultaneously providing the voice call service and the multimedia service.04-29-2010
20090154714AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEM AND SURROUND SIGNAL GENERATION METHOD - To provide an audio signal processing system, a surround signal generation method and so on that are capable of obtaining stable output signal level and feeling of soundscape without depending on an audio input signal.06-18-2009
20100040238APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SOUND PROCESSING IN A VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM - An apparatus to perform sound processing in a virtual reality system includes a sound processing unit to process and produce sound output in sound areas divided into a focus area within a predetermined visual field and a non-focus area out of the predetermined visual field in a virtual reality space for sound sources; and a control unit to divide the sound areas into the focus area and the non-focus area, and to control the sound output of the sound processing unit such that a volume of sound in a first space is gradually decreased while a volume of sound in a second space is gradually increased when a space shift from the first space to the second space in the virtual reality space is detected.02-18-2010
20090136046Audio Signal Processing Circuit - An audio signal processing circuit comprising: a holding circuit configured to receive a clock signal and set data corresponding to the clock signal, and to hold the set data; a processing circuit configured to process at least one of a first audio signal and a second audio signal input in parallel, based on the set data of the holding circuit; and a set data output circuit configured to output the clock signal to the holding circuit based on the first audio signal corresponding to the clock signal, and output the set data to the holding circuit based on the second audio signal corresponding to the set data.05-28-2009
20130208898THREE-DIMENSIONAL AUDIO SWEET SPOT FEEDBACK - A method for providing three-dimensional audio is provided. The method includes receiving a depth map imaging a scene from a depth camera and recognizing a human subject present in the scene. The human subject is modeled with a virtual skeleton comprising a plurality of joints defined with a three-dimensional position. A world space ear position of the human subject is determined based on the virtual skeleton. Furthermore, a target world space ear position of the human subject is determined. The target world space ear position is the world space position where a desired audio effect can be produced via an acoustic transducer array. The method further includes outputting a notification representing a spatial relationship between the world space ear position and the target world space ear position.08-15-2013
20120183147AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS - An audio processing section generates at least a left-front audio signal, a right-front audio signal, a second left audio signal that is the same as a left-front audio signal, and a second right audio signal that is the same as the right-front audio signal based on a left-front audio signal and a right-front audio signal supplied from an audio selector, and outputs these signals to a main output terminal, and supplies the second left audio signal and the second right audio signal also to a switch section. When a first mode is selected, the switch section selects the audio signal from the audio processing section, and supplies it to a ZONE2 output terminal. On the other hand, when modes other than the first mode are selected, the switch section selects an audio signal from the audio selector, and supplies the selected audio signal to the ZONE2 output terminal.07-19-2012
20090129602ARRAY SPEAKER APPARATUS - An array speaker apparatus SParray includes a first radiation means for driving speaker units so that a first sound S05-21-2009
20130089208SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCING AUDIO CONTENT - Systems and methods operate on multi-channel audio content having audio content spanning a plurality of frequency bands. The process can be configured to analyze audio content to identify one or more frequency bands of the plurality of frequency bands associated with a first channel having a signal level below a predetermined threshold; increase the gain of the identified frequency band(s) in the first channel; altering the gain of the identified frequency band(s) in the second channel relative to the first channel; phase shifting the first channel relative to the second channel to create modified first and second channels; creating a master channel signal comprising the modified first and second channels; separating the master channel signal into a plurality of frequency bands; and processing each frequency band in the master channel with an audio compressor to adjust attack and release times of master channel signals in multiple frequency bands.04-11-2013
20130051562SOUND REPRODUCING DEVICE - A sound reproducing device includes: a plug section configured to receive input of L-channel and R-channel audio signals; an L-channel housing section including at least an L-channel driver unit configured to produce sound on the basis of the L-channel audio signal, an L-channel microphone configured to collect external sound, and an L-channel microcomputer configured to perform setting control on noise-canceling processing on the basis of a collected sound signal of the microphone; an R-channel housing section including a same corresponding configuration as those of the L-channel housing section; and an in-cord housing section formed so as to be inserted in a wiring cord for supplying the signals inputted from the plug section to the L-channel and the R-channel housing sections, wherein the in-cord housing section is provided with a communication terminal for allowing data communication between the L-channel microcomputer and the R-channel microcomputer, and an external apparatus.02-28-2013
20130051561SOUND REPRODUCTION DEVICE - There is provided a sound reproduction device including a left channel housing unit that accommodates at least a left channel driver unit outputting a left channel sound, a left channel microphone recording an external sound, and a left channel micro-computer controlling a setting for a noise cancelling processing based on a recording signal of the left channel microphone; and a right channel housing unit that accommodates at least a right channel driver unit outputting a right channel sound, a right channel microphone recording an external sound, and a right channel micro-computer controlling a setting for a noise cancelling processing based on a recording signal of the right channel microphone. The left channel micro-computer and the right channel micro-computer are configured to communicate data with each other.02-28-2013
20090110204Distributed Spatial Audio Decoder - This invention describes a method for decentralized decoding of a multichannel audio signal by broadcasting the original encoded data and distributing the decoding process between a plurality of receiving units. This allows for the design and manufacture of scalable multichannel audio reproduction systems having an arbitrary number of output channels, composed of a plurality of generic decoder and loudspeaker units each generating fewer output channels. With distributed decoding, a manufacturer can use “off-the-shelf” stereo or mono signal processors, digital-to-analog converters and amplifier components in each generic decoding module, thus reducing manufacturing costs and complexity requirements for each module while offering unlimited scalability in the total number of output channels.04-30-2009
20130070927SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SOUND PROCESSING - A sound processing system receives a stereo signal which, by a segmenter (03-21-2013
20090214045HEAD-RELATED TRANSFER FUNCTION CONVOLUTION METHOD AND HEAD-RELATED TRANSFER FUNCTION CONVOLUTION DEVICE - A head-related transfer function (HRTF) convolution method arranged, when an audio signal is reproduced acoustically by an electro-acoustic conversion unit disposed in a nearby position of both ears of a listener, to convolute an HRTF into the audio signal, which allows the listener to listen to the audio signal such that a sound image is localized in a perceived virtual sound image localization position, the method including the steps of: measuring, when a sound source is disposed in the virtual sound image localization position, and a sound-collecting unit is disposed in the position of the electro-acoustic conversion unit, a direct-wave direction HRTF regarding the direction of a direct wave, and reflected-wave direction HRTFs regarding the directions of selected one or more reflected waves, from the sound source to the sound-collecting unit, separately beforehand; and convoluting the obtained direct-wave direction HRTF, and the reflected-wave direction HRTFs into the audio signal.08-27-2009
20090092259Phase-Amplitude 3-D Stereo Encoder and Decoder - A two-channel phase-amplitude stereo encoding and decoding scheme enabling flexible and spatially accurate interactive 3-D audio reproduction via standard audio-only two-channel transmission. The encoding scheme allows associating a 2-D or 3-D positional localization to each of a plurality of sound sources by use of frequency independent inter-channel phase and amplitude differences. The decoder is based on frequency-domain spatial analysis of 2-D or 3-D directional cues in a two-channel stereo signal and re-synthesis of these cues using any preferred spatialization technique, thereby allowing faithful reproduction of positional audio cues and reverberation or ambient cues over arbitrary multi-channel loudspeaker reproduction formats or over headphones, while preserving source separation despite the intermediate encoding over only two audio channels.04-09-2009
20110058678STEREO SIGNAL CONVERSION DEVICE, STEREO SIGNAL INVERSE CONVERSION DEVICE, AND METHOD THEREOF - Provided is a stereo signal conversion device which can realize a high-quality encoding with few redundancy and with a low bit rate even when the position of a sound source is different. The device includes: a sample difference analysis unit (03-10-2011
20090268917Dynamic Power Sharing in a Multi-Channel Sound System - A signal processing system for use in a multi-channel audio system having a plurality of power amplifier channels connected to a plurality of loudspeakers and power amplifiers, configured to receive and reproduce audio signals through the loudspeakers, and at least a first channel of the plurality of power amplifier channels amplifying a first audio signal, comprises a processor responsive to a signal level threshold applicable to at least said first channel, such that at and above the signal level threshold, the first audio signal in the first channel is amplitude limited and a portion of at least the first audio signal is mixed into at least a second channel. The amplitude limiting and signal mixing is configured so as to reduce introduction of at least one of: a) audible tonal distortion; and b) perceivable spatial distortion; of a sonic presentation due to said limiting and signal mixing.10-29-2009
20130064376Camera Driven Audio Spatialization - A camera input can be used by the computer to support audio spatialization or to improve audio spatialization of an application that already supports it. A computer system may to support audio spatialization, for example, by modifying the relative latency or relative amplitude of the rendered audio packets. If a sound is intended, for example, to be located on the left side of the user, then the audio channel that is rendered on the headset speaker located on the user's left ear may have a somewhat decreased latency and increased amplitude compared to the other audio channel.03-14-2013
20130064375System and Method for Fast Binaural Rendering of Complex Acoustic Scenes - An embodiment in accordance with the present invention provides a system and method for binaural rendering of complex acoustic scenes. The system includes a computing device configured to process a sound recording of the acoustic scene to produce a binaurally rendered scene for the listener. The system also includes a position sensor configured to collect motion and position data for a head of the user and also configured to transmit said motion and position data to the computing device. A sound delivery device is configured to receive the binaurally rendered acoustic scene from the computing device and to transmit the acoustic scene to the ears of the listener. In the system, the computing device is further configured to utilize the motion and position data from the inertial motion sensor to process the sound recording of the acoustic scene with respect to the motion and position of the user's head.03-14-2013
20130064374SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING 3D SOUND EFFECT - A signal processing apparatus and method providing a 3-dimensional (3D) sound effect may determine a mask related to an ambience of an input signal, separate the input signal into a primary signal and an ambience signal using the mask, decorrelate the ambience signal, and sum the decorrelated ambience signal and the primary signal, accordingly generating an output signal to which a sound effect is applied.03-14-2013
20090232316MULTI-CHANNEL BLEND SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATING SEPARATION RATIO BETWEEN CHANNEL OUTPUT SIGNALS AND METHOD THEREOF - A multi-channel blend system includes a calibration circuit and a decoding circuit having a gain amplifying module. The decoding circuit is utilized for receiving an input signal to generate a first channel output signal and a second channel output signal. The gain amplifying module is utilized for providing a gain value for determining a separation ratio between the first channel output signal and the second channel output signal according to a calibration signal. The calibration circuit is utilized for providing a predetermined test signal serving as the input signal so as to generate the calibration signal according to at least one of the first and second channel output signals generated from the predetermined test signal.09-17-2009
20090046864AUDIO SPATIALIZATION AND ENVIRONMENT SIMULATION - A method and apparatus for processing an audio sound source to create four-dimensional spatialized sound. A virtual sound source may be moved along a path in three-dimensional space over a specified time period to achieve four-dimensional sound localization. A binaural filter for a desired spatial point is applied to the audio waveform to yield a spatialized waveform that, when the spatialized waveform is played from a pair of speakers, the sound appears to emanate from the chosen spatial point instead of the speakers. A binaural filter for a spatial point is simulated by interpolating nearest neighbor binaural filters chosen from a plurality of pre-defined binaural filters. The audio waveform may be processed digitally in overlapping blocks of data using a Short-Time Fourier transform. The localized sound may be further processed for Doppler shift and room simulation.02-19-2009
20120230496SCALING A PLURALITY OF SIGNALS TO PREVENT AMPLITUDE CLIPPING - Systems and methods for amplitude compressing a digital signal. An input signal is divided into frames having a first and second sets of samples. The samples in the second set are also in a subsequent frame. Peak values are determined for the first and second sets. One or more slopes are calculated based on the peak values. The slopes are used to define a scale factor which is applied to the first set to produce the output signal. For example, if the first peak value exceeds an amplitude threshold, first and last samples in the first set to exceed the amplitude threshold are found. Slopes are calculated for each of three regions of the first set demarcated by the first and last samples. In each region a slope is selected. These slopes along with an initial scale factor are used to calculate the scale factor.09-13-2012
20120114126Audio Format Transcoder - An audio format transcoder for transcoding an input audio signal, the input audio signal having at least two directional audio components. The audio format transcoder including a converter for converting the input audio signal into a converted signal, the converted signal having a converted signal representation and a converted signal direction of arrival. The audio format transcoder further includes a position provider for providing at least two spatial positions of at least two spatial audio sources and a processor for processing the converted signal representation based on the at least two spatial positions to obtain at least two separated audio source measures.05-10-2012
20120114125AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICES HAVING POWER SIGNAL DECODING CIRCUITS THEREIN - An audio signal receiver includes left and right audio ports that are configured to receive left and right audio signals, respectively. The audio signal receiver also includes a power signal decoding circuit that is configured to extract a DC voltage from at least one of the left and right audio signals. Furthermore, the audio signal receiver includes an audio signal processor that is responsive to the left and right audio signals, and the audio signal processor is powered by the extracted DC voltage.05-10-2012
20120237038AUDIO MIXER - Six input channels, to which are allocated 5.1-channel surround signals from a plurality of input sources, are grouped into a surround channel group, and these six input channels are connected to corresponding ones of six surround buses in a one-to-one relationship. Thus, merely grouping the input channels into a surround channel group allows the signals of the individual input channels (5.1-channel surround signals) to be taken out via a plurality of output destinations (5.1-channel speakers) corresponding to the surround buses. Once an instruction is given for changing a value of a parameter, the parameter is controlled in a ganged fashion in all of the input channels of the surround channel group except for an LFE input channel of the surround channel group.09-20-2012
20130163765EVENT NOTIFICATION ON A MOBILE DEVICE USING BINAURAL SOUNDS - In one example, information is presented to a user through an electronic device in a non-visual manner. In this example, an informational event is received. Next, a determination is made if the informational event has been previously associated with a binaural sound sequence, the binaural sound sequence includes a user's nominal ear spacing for sound localization in a 3D space. The binaural sound sequence is presented to a multimedia port, in response to a binaural sound sequence being previously associated with the event. The localization in the 3D space using a binaural sound can be associated with importance, future times, source of information associated with the event, a person associated with the event, or a combination thereof.06-27-2013
20130163766Spectrally Uncolored Optimal Crosstalk Cancellation For Audio Through Loudspeakers - A method and system for calculating the frequency-dependent regularization parameter (FDRP) used in inverting the analytically derived or experimentally measured system transfer matrix for designing and/or producing crosstalk cancellation (XTC) filters relies on calculating the FDRP that results in a flat amplitude vs frequency response at the loudspeakers, thus forcing XTC to be effected into the phase domain only and relieving the XTC filter from the drawbacks of audible spectral coloration and dynamic range loss. When the method and system are used with any effective optimization technique, it results in XTC filters that yield optimal XTC levels over any desired portion of the audio band, impose no spectral coloration on the processed sound beyond the spectral coloration inherent in the playback hardware and/or loudspeakers, and cause no (or arbitrarily low) dynamic range loss.06-27-2013
20120269351AUDIO DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO APPARATUS, AND AUDIO DATA PROCESSING METHOD - An audio data processing apparatus and the like are provided in which waveform distortion generated when a virtual sound source moves relative to a speaker is processed by linear interpolation so that the speed of correction processing is achieved. This apparatus has: calculating means calculating first and second distances measured at two time points from the position of the speaker to the position of the virtual sound source; identifying means, when the first and the second distances are different from each other, identifying a distorted part in the audio data at the two time points; and correcting means correcting the audio data of the identified part by interpolation using a function.10-25-2012
20120269349METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPRODUCING THREE-DIMENSIONAL SOUND FIELD - Provided is a method and apparatus for reproducing a three-dimensional (3D) sound field. A method of reproducing a 3D sound field may determine a control region based on a wavelength of an excitation frequency, set, based on a loudspeaker array, at least one candidate control point in the control region, and determine a non-uniform control point corresponding to a non-uniform loudspeaker.10-25-2012
20110081023REAL-TIME SOUND PROPAGATION FOR DYNAMIC SOURCES - Described herein are techniques pertaining to real-time propagation of an arbitrary audio signal in a fixed virtual environment with dynamic audio sources and receivers. A wave-based numerical simulator is configured to compute response signals in the virtual environment with respect to a sample signal at various source and receiver locations. The response signals are compressed and placed in the frequency domain to generate frequency responses. Such frequency responses are selectively convolved with the arbitrary audio signal to allow real-time propagation with moving sources and receivers in the virtual environment.04-07-2011
20110002468SOUND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREFOR - A sound system comprises at least three audio driver arrangements (01-06-2011
20090208022HEAD-RELATED TRANSFER FUNCTION MEASUREMENT METHOD, HEAD-RELATED TRANSFER FUNCTION CONVOLUTION METHOD, AND HEAD-RELATED TRANSFER FUNCTION CONVOLUTION DEVICE - A head-related transfer function measurement method includes the steps of: first measuring, including placing an acousto-electric conversion unit nearby both ears of a listener where placement of an electro-acoustic conversion unit is assumed, picking up sound waves emitted at a perceived sound source position with the acousto-electric conversion unit in a state with a dummy head or a human at the listener position, and measuring a head-related transfer function from only the sound waves directly reaching the acousto-electric conversion unit; second measuring, including picking up sound waves emitted at a perceived sound source position with the acousto-electric conversion unit, with no dummy head or human at the listener position, and measuring a natural-state transfer property from only the sound waves directly reaching the acousto-electric conversion unit; normalizing the head-related transfer function with the natural-state transfer property to obtain a normalized head-related transfer function; which is stored in a storage unit.08-20-2009
20100310080SPEAKER ARRAY APPARATUS AND SOUND BEAM CONTROL METHOD - A speaker array apparatus includes a speaker array and a control section that controls audio signals corresponding to channels respectively so that the speaker array emits sound beams for the audio signal of a part of the channels in a plurality of directions and sound beams for the audio signals of the channels other than the part of the channels in a plurality of directions. One of the sound beams for the audio signal of the part of the channels is substantially identical in direction with one of the sound beams for the audio signals of the channels other than the part of the channels. Sound images for emitting sounds for the audio signals of the channels other than the part of the channels are formed and a phantom sound image for the audio signal of the part of the channels is formed at a position which is deviated from positions of the sound images.12-09-2010
20120207310Multi-Way Analysis for Audio Processing - It is disclosed to determine, for a direction being at least associated with a value of a first direction component and with a value of a second direction component, at least one weighting factor for each basis function of a set of basis functions, each of the basis functions being associated with an audio transfer characteristic, wherein said determining is at least based on a first set of gain factors, associated with the first direction component, and on a second set of gain factors, associated with the second direction component08-16-2012
20120099733AUDIO ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM - A stereo widening system and associated signal processing algorithms are described herein that can, in several embodiments, widen a stereo image with fewer processing resources than existing crosstalk cancellation systems. These system and algorithms can advantageously be implemented in a handheld device or other device with speakers placed close together, thereby improving the stereo effect produced with such devices at lower computational cost. However, the systems and algorithms described herein are not limited to handheld devices, but can more generally be implemented in any device with multiple speakers.04-26-2012
20120099732SYSTEMS, METHODS, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIA FOR FAR-FIELD MULTI-SOURCE TRACKING AND SEPARATION - An apparatus for multichannel signal processing separates signal components from different acoustic sources by initializing a separation filter bank with beams in the estimated source directions, adapting the separation filter bank under specified constraints, and normalizing an adapted solution based on a maximum response with respect to direction. Such an apparatus may be used to separate signal components from sources that are close to one another in the far field of the microphone array.04-26-2012
20120099731ESTIMATION OF SYNTHETIC AUDIO PROTOTYPES - An approach to forming output signals both permits flexible and temporally and/or frequency local processing of input signals while limiting or mitigating artifacts in such output signals. Generally, the approach involves first synthesizing prototype signals for the output signals, or equivalently characterizing such prototypes, for example, according to their statistical characteristics, and then forming the output signals as estimates of the prototype signals, for example, as weighted combinations of the input signals.04-26-2012
20120106743Loudness Modification of Multichannel Audio Signals - Scaling, by a desired amount s05-03-2012
20110299690METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING AUDIO DATA - A method and apparatus for transmitting audio data is disclosed. In the method of sending audio data, audio data to be sent are divided into basic channel audio data and supplementary audio data for services of a high channel. When a left channel or a right channel is selected in response to a word selection signal in accordance with the standards of a serial bus, the basic channel audio data corresponding to a selected channel are sent, and at least one of the supplementary audio data is sent during the remaining time until another channel is selected in response to the word selection signal. Accordingly, audio data of a high channel, such as a 5.1 channel, can be sent without a design change using a serial bus for supporting a 2 channel, such as an I2S bus.12-08-2011
20110286602SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCED STREAMING AUDIO - A system and method for enhancement and management of streaming audio is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system provides a client-side decoder that is compatible with numerous audio formats, so that a user can enjoy relatively high-quality audio from various sources, even from sources that do not provide multi-channel or high-quality audio data. The system and method also include a management system for managing and controlling the use of licensed signal processing software to further enhance an audio stream. In one embodiment, the management system is used to manage a signal processing module that provides psychoacoustic audio processing to create a wider soundstage, an acoustic correction process to increase the perceived height and clarity of the audio image, and bass enhancement processing to create the perception of low bass from the small speakers or headphones typically used with multi-media systems and portable audio players.11-24-2011
20110286601AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - An audio signal processing device includes a processing unit for convoluting head-related transfer functions with audio signals of a plurality of channels, and the processing unit includes a storage unit for storing data of a double-normalized head-related transfer function by normalizing a normalized head-related transfer function obtained by normalizing a head-related transfer function in a state in which a dummy head or a person is present in a position of the listener with a transfer characteristic in a pristine state in which the dummy head or the person is not present, using a normalized head-related transfer function obtained by normalizing a head-related transfer function in the state in which the dummy head or the person is present with a transfer characteristic in the pristine state, and a convolution unit for reading the data from the storage unit and convoluting the data with the audio signals.11-24-2011
20090161880METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CREATE A SOUND FIELD - The invention generally relates to a method and apparatus for taking an input signal, replicating it a number of times and modifying each of the replicas before routing them to respective output transducers such that a desired sound field is created. This sound field may comprise a directed beam, focused beam or a simulated origin. In a first aspect, delays are added to sound channels to remove the effects of different travelling distances. In a second aspect, a delay is added to a video signal to account for the delays added to the sound channels. In a third aspect, different window functions are applied to each channel to give improved flexibility of use. In a fourth aspect, a smaller extent of transducers is used top output high frequencies than are used to output low frequencies. An array having a larger density of transducers near the center is also provided. In a fifth aspect, a line of elongate transducers is provided to give good directivity in a plane. In a sixth aspect, sound beams are focused in front or behind surfaces to give different beam widths and simulated origins. In a seventh aspect, a camera is used to indicate where sound is directed.06-25-2009
20090067635APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPRODUCTION OF STEREO SOUND - An apparatus and method for reproducing stereo sound. A transducer (03-12-2009
20090196428METHOD OF COMPENSATING FOR AUDIO FREQUENCY CHARACTERISTICS AND AUDIO/VIDEO APPARATUS USING THE METHOD - A method of compensating for spatial audio frequency characteristics that varies in accordance with a mounting condition of a down firing speaker of an audio/video (AV) apparatus includes calculating a listening distance between the AV apparatus and a listener, calculating a distance between a speaker mounted on the AV apparatus and a neighboring reflective surface, setting a spatial frequency compensation filter value and a speaker frequency characteristic compensation filter value based on the calculated distances, and compensating for frequency characteristics of an audio signal by combining the spatial frequency compensation filter value and the speaker frequency characteristic compensation filter value.08-06-2009
20090122994LOCALIZATION CONTROL DEVICE, LOCALIZATION CONTROL METHOD, LOCALIZATION CONTROL PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - A localization control apparatus outputs an input audio signal to one channel among plural channels, and based on the input audio signal, outputs a control signal for controlling an audio signal for another channel among the plural channels. In the localization control apparatus, an attenuating unit attenuates the input audio signal. A delaying unit, according to band, separates and delays the audio signal attenuated by the attenuating unit. A generating unit generates the control signal by combining each component of the audio signal separated and delayed by the delaying unit.05-14-2009
20110261968METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING GAIN IN MULTI-AUDIO CHANNEL SYSTEM, AND VOICE PROCESSING SYSTEM - A method and an apparatus for controlling gain in a multi-audio channel system as well as a voice processing system are disclosed. The method includes: judging whether signals on any audio channels are similar or correlated; sorting audio channels of similar or correlated signals into one group if the similar or correlated signals exist on the audio channels, and using the same Automatic Gain Control (AGC) unit to process signals of this group of audio channels; and using different AGC units to process other non-similar or non-correlated signals on audio channels. The gain control apparatus includes: a judging unit, a grouping unit, a control processing unit, and at least two AGC units. Therefore, in a multi-audio channel communication, the perception of the sound locations of similar or correlated audio channels is not damaged, and the non-similar or non-correlated audio channels doe not interfere with each other.10-27-2011
20100080396Sound image localization processor, Method, and program - There are provided: a means (04-01-2010
20090122995SOUND SEPARATING APPARATUS - An apparatus for spatially separating sounds from at least two sound sources includes a sound detection unit and a sound control unit. The sound detection unit detects a first sound from a first sound source while a second sound is outputted from a second sound source. The sound control unit performs a head-related transfer function (HRTF) on the second sound to move the second sound to a user's desired position according to the detection result, thereby the second sound is set as a background sound.05-14-2009
20090180624Voice Processor, Voice Processing Method, Program, and Information Recording Medium - A calculating unit (07-16-2009
20100266133Sound processing apparatus, sound image localization method and sound image localization program - A sound processing apparatus includes: a filter means for providing a sound signal with a frequency-gain characteristic according to a spectrum difference between a previously measured first head-related transfer function of a sound generated from a virtual sound image position to an ear of a listener and a previously measured second head-related transfer function of a sound generated from a real sound source position to the ear, and outputting the sound signal.10-21-2010
20130216045MENU NAVIGATION METHOD FOR USER OF AUDIO HEADPHONES - A method of operating an audio system having first and second sources includes outputting a first audio signal from the first source on first and second speakers. In response to a listener input, the first audio signal and a second audio signal from the second source are output simultaneously on the first and second speakers. The first signal is output from each of the first and second speakers such that the first signal is perceived by a listener to originate from a first direction toward the listener. The second signal is output from each of the first and second speakers such that the second signal is perceived by the listener to originate from a second direction toward the listener. The second direction is offset at least ninety degrees from the first direction.08-22-2013
20090046865SOUND IMAGE LOCALIZATION APPARATUS - The present invention is to provide a sound image localization apparatus which can prevent the lowering of the amplitude of the sound image localizing signal, the occurrence of clipping, and deterioration of the sound image localization component of the sound image localizing signal. The sound image localization apparatus according to the present invention comprises a frequency component analyzing unit 02-19-2009
20120106744AUDITORY DISPLAY APPARATUS AND AUDITORY DISPLAY METHOD - An auditory display apparatus is provided that places sounds such that sounds whose fundamental frequencies are close to each other are not adjacent to each other. A sound transmission/reception section receives sound data. A sound analysis section analyzes the sound data, and calculates a fundamental frequency of the sound data. A sound placement section compares the fundamental frequency of the sound data with a fundamental frequency of adjacent sound data, and places the sound data such that a difference in fundamental frequency is maximized. A sound management section manages a placement position of the sound data. A sound mixing section mixes the sound data with the adjacent sound data. A sound output section outputs the sound data obtained by the mixture to a sound output device.05-03-2012
20120106742AUDIO CONTENT ENHANCEMENT USING BANDWIDTH EXTENSION TECHNIQUES - Methods, devices and computer program products facilitate the generation of high quality audio content. The audio content includes upper harmonics that are associated with a bass band of frequencies in order to enhance the perception of bass audio components that cannot be produced by the audio speakers. The upper harmonics are generated and processed in such a way that reduces the computational and memory requirements of the audio processing operations. The processed upper harmonics are combined with the original audio that are properly delayed to enhance the quality of the audio content. This Abstract is provided for the sole purpose of complying with the Abstract requirement rules that allow a reader to quickly ascertain the disclosed subject matter. Therefore, it is to be understood that it should not be used to interpret or limit the scope or the meaning of the claims.05-03-2012
20090262946AUGMENTED REALITY ENHANCED AUDIO - A device and method for providing augmented reality enhanced audio. The device is portable and may include a location processing module capable of receiving location information and determining a location of the device in an environment, an orientation processing module capable of determining an orientation of the device at the location, a processor capable of modifying audio content based on the location of the device in the environment and the orientation of the device at the location, and an audio output device capable of outputting the modified audio content. The orientation of the device includes an azimuth and an elevation of the device.10-22-2009
20080304671Audio Signal Processing - An audio system for processing two channels of audio input to provide more than two output channels. The input may be conventional stereo material or compressed audio signal data. The audio processing includes separating the input signals into frequency bands and processing the frequency bands according to processes which may differ from band to band. The audio processing includes no processing of L-R signals.12-11-2008
20090279706SURROUND GENERATION APPARATUS - A surround system includes a decoder that decodes an encoded audio data stream, a decorrelation unit that receives and decorrelates stereo signals decoded by the decoder so as to generate surround signals having a low-correlation component, an addition unit that adds high-correlation-component signals extracted from the stereo signals to the surround signals generated by the decorrelation unit, and a controller that controls addition of the high-correlation-component signals performed by the addition unit on the basis of the bit rate of the audio data stream.11-12-2009
20090103738Method for Binaural Synthesis Taking Into Account a Room Effect - The invention concerns a method for three-dimensional spatialization of audio channels from a filter BRIR filter incorporating a theater effect. For a specific number N of samples corresponding to the size of the pulse response of the BRIR filter, it consists in breaking down (A) the BRIR filter into at least a set of delay and amplitude values associated with the times of arrival of reflections; extracting (B) on the number of B samples at least one spectral module of the BRIR filter; and constituting (C) from each successive delay, its amplitude and its spectral module associated with an elementary BRIR filter (BRIR04-23-2009
20090041255SCALABLE ENCODING DEVICE AND SCALABLE ENCODING METHOD - There is disclosed a scalable encoding device capable of preventing sound quality deterioration of a decoded signal, reducing the encoding rate, and reducing the circuit size. The scalable encoding device includes: a first layer encoder (02-12-2009
20100111311DELAY TIME CALCULATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A delay time calculation apparatus enabling all the speaker units of a delay array type speaker array to contribute to formation of a combined wavefront. Sound receiving points for acoustic waves output from the speaker units are set within a target area for the acoustic waves. For each speaker unit, an average value of differences between distances between the sound receiving points for the speaker units and other speaker units and distances between the sound receiving points for the speaker units and the speaker units is determined, and an average value of differences between distances from the other speaker units to sound receiving points for the other speaker units and distances from the speaker units to the sound receiving points for the other speaker units is determined. An average of the average values is converted into a delay time, thereby determining the delay time for each speaker unit.05-06-2010
20100111310AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS - An audio signal processing apparatus comprising: an audio data generation part for generating third audio data from first audio data and second audio data, the first audio data including first L-channel data and first R-channel data which are alternately and serially arranged in a word unit, the second audio data including second L-channel data and second R-channel data which are alternately and serially arranged in the word unit, and the third audio data including the first L-channel data and the second L-channel data which are alternately and serially arranged in the word unit; a DA conversion part for dividing the third audio data into the first L-channel data and the second L-channel data and converting the first L-channel data and the second L-channel data into a first analog signal and a second analog signal, respectively; and a combining part for combining the first analog signal with the second analog signal to form a third analog signal.05-06-2010
20110200195SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPEAKER BAR SOUND ENHANCEMENT - A sound reproduction apparatus comprising a loudspeaker bar having a plurality of loudspeakers. A loudspeaker bar controller coupled to the loudspeaker bar for processing audio data for the plurality of loudspeakers, the loudspeaker bar controller comprising a spatial enhancement/virtualization system for receiving a surround channel of audio data and processing the surround channel of audio data with a spatial generation/virtualization filter, wherein a left stereo channel of audio data and a right stereo channel of audio data are not processed with the head related transfer function filter. Bass is enhanced for small speakers which are not able to produce bass frequencies.08-18-2011
20080285762POINT SOURCE SPEAKER SYSTEMS - Point source speaker systems are provided. The point source speaker system receives audio input from a device. The system comprises a mountable enclosure, which contains a speaker array. The array includes a substantially forward facing left speaker, a substantially forward facing center speaker, a substantially forward facing right speaker and a horizontally mounted woofer speaker. A woofer tunnel is located behind the left, center and right speakers. The woofer tunnel accelerates woofer sound waves and terminuses at a woofer baffle which leads to a woofer port. The left speaker, center speaker and right speaker may include more than one speaker. One or more of these left speakers and right speakers may be a tweeter. The left speakers receive a left minus right input, the center speakers receive a right plus left input, and the right speakers receive right minus left input.11-20-2008
20080304670Method of and a Device for Generating 3d Sound12-11-2008
20080205658Audio Coding - A spatial decoder unit (08-28-2008
20120294446BLIND SOURCE SEPARATION BASED SPATIAL FILTERING - A method for blind source separation based spatial filtering on an electronic device includes obtaining a first source audio signal and a second source audio signal. The method also includes applying a blind source separation filter set to the first source audio signal and to the second source audio signal to produce a spatially filtered first audio signal and a spatially filtered second audio signal. The method further includes playing the spatially filtered first audio signal over a first speaker to produce an acoustic spatially filtered first audio signal and playing the spatially filtered second audio signal over a second speaker to produce an acoustic spatially filtered second audio signal. The acoustic spatially filtered first audio signal and the acoustic spatially filtered second audio signal produce an isolated acoustic first source audio signal at a first position and an isolated acoustic second source audio signal at a second position.11-22-2012
20090180625Automotive virtual surround audio system - An automotive virtual surround audio system is implemented in an automobile to receive left- and right-channel audio sources. A synthesizer receives the left- and right-channel audio sources to extend the sources into temporary rear-left and rear-right audio sources. A weighting device receives the left- and right-channel audio sources to perform a weighting operation and produce temporary front-left and front-right audio sources. A first filter receives the temporary front-left and front-right audio sources to perform a filtering operation and produce virtual front-left and front-right audio sources. A second filter receives the temporary rear-left and rear-right audio sources to perform a filtering operation and produce virtual rear-left and rear-right audio sources. Thus, the virtual audio image position is reproduced.07-16-2009
20080240448Simulation of Acoustic Obstruction and Occlusion - Realistic simulation of acoustic obstruction/occlusion effects in virtual-reality software applications is achieved by specifying whether a type of filter function is low-pass or high-pass and a cut-off frequency and stop-band attenuation of the filter function. The stop-band attenuation can be specified merely qualitatively, for example as “weak”, “nominal”, or “strong”. As a complement or alternative, obstruction/occlusion can be specified in terms of obstruction objects, such as blocking objects, enclosure objects, surface objects, and medium objects. An obstruction object is specified in terms of one or more environmental parameters and corresponds to naturally occurring acoustically obstructive/occlusive objects, such as curtains, walls, forests, fields, etc. The two specification types—filter specification parameters and environmental parameters—may co-exist in the same implementation or one or the other of the interfaces can be used in a particular implementation.10-02-2008
20090136045Method and apparatus for outputting sound source signal by using virtual speaker - A method and apparatus for outputting a sound source signal by using a virtual speaker are provided. The method includes generating a virtual sound source signal delayed by a virtual delay value, instead of by the minimum delay value, according to a sampling rate of an input sound source signal, from the input sound source signal; generating a speaker output signal in which a sampling rate is changed based on the input sound source signal and the generated virtual sound source signal; and outputting the generated speaker output signal. Thus, a non-uniform radiation pattern, which causes distortion in a sound radiated from a speaker array, is removed and the limitation of a frequency band of a controllable sound source signal is overcome, thereby providing a stable sound.05-28-2009
20090185693MULTICHANNEL SOUND RENDERING VIA VIRTUALIZATION IN A STEREO LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM - A speaker virtualization system provides virtual surround sound using a pair of physical loudspeakers. A multiple surround audio channels input is processed using a combination of head related transfer functions and shaped reverberation to provide widening and front/back auditory clues without requiring any kind of interaural path cancellation. The system uses a 360 degree power-response head related transfer function to provide perceptual separation of the reverberant and direct paths, along with discrete, different reverberation for left and right rendering channels to provide envelopment. By eliminating interaural path cancellation, the speaker virtualization system also produces a wider virtual surround sound effect, without dependency on head position and facing.07-23-2009
20090185694LOUDSPEAKER INTERCONNECT TERMINAL - A loudspeaker interconnect terminal for selectively coupling a plurality of loudspeaker drivers to a monophonic source and a stereophonic source. The terminal includes a body defined by a first side and a second side, and first and second sets of input terminals disposed on a respective one of the first and second sides. The terminal also includes an electrical switch with an actuator having a first position and a second position. The first set of input terminals are connected to the corresponding one of the second set of input terminals and a switch cover coupled to the actuator conceals at least a part of the first set of input terminals with the actuator in the first position.07-23-2009
20090136047APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING STEREO EFFECT IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - An apparatus and a method for providing a stereo effect when playing an audio file at a portable terminal are provided. The apparatus includes a component extractor for extracting a mono component and stereo components from an audio signal and a gain controller for determining a signal ratio of the stereo components to the mono component and for controlling a stereo gain according to the signal ratio.05-28-2009
20120070006EXTRACTION OF A MULTIPLE CHANNEL TIME-DOMAIN OUTPUT SIGNAL FROM A MULTICHANNEL SIGNAL - A digital signal processing system and method transforms pairs of channels selected from a multichannel signal into the frequency domain. Vector operations are performed upon the frequency-domain data by which signal components unique to one of the input channels are routed to one of the output channels, signal components unique to the other of the input channels are routed to another of the output channels, and signal components common to both channels are routed to a third and optionally to a fourth output channel. The frequency-domain output channels are then transformed back into the time-domain, forming a plurality of time-domain output channels. The vector operations are performed in a manner that preserves the overall information content of the input data.03-22-2012
20090003612Compatible Multi-Channel Coding/Decoding - In processing a multi-channel audio signal having at least three original channels, a first downmix channel and a second downmix channel are provided, which are derived from the original channels. For a selected original channel of the original channels, channel side information are calculated such that a downmix channel or a combined downmix channel including the first and the second downmix channels, when weighted using the channel side information, results in an approximation of the selected original channel. The channel side information and the first and second downmix channels form output data to be transmitted to a decoder, which, in case of a low level decoder only decodes the first and second downmix channels or, in case of a high level decoder provides a full multi-channel audio signal based on the downmix channels and the channel side information. Since the channel side information only occupy a low number of bits, and since the decoder does not use dematrixing, an efficient and high quality multi-channel extension for stereo players and enhanced multi-channel players is obtained.01-01-2009
20090003611Method and Apparatus for Processing a Media Signal - An apparatus for processing a media signal and method thereof are disclosed, by which the media signal can be converted to a surround signal by using spatial information of the media signal. The present invention provides a method of processing a signal, the method comprising of extracting a downmix signal from a bitstream; generating a decorrelated downmix signal by applying a decorrelator to the downmix signal; and generating a surround signal by applying rendering information for generating a surround signal to the downmix signal and the decorrelated downmix signal.01-01-2009
20090252338SWEET SPOT MANIPULATION FOR A MULTI-CHANNEL SIGNAL - An apparatus, such as a decoder is arranged to modify the sweet-spot of a spatial M-channel audio signal by modifying spatial parameters. Specifically, a receiver (10-08-2009
20110228944Automatic Audio Source Switching - A method for automatically switching an audio source includes the steps of receiving an audio signal from a video display device, and receiving a digital audio signal from one of a plurality of audio/video source devices which each can supply audio and video information to the video display device. The digital audio signal is compared with the audio signal from the video display device. The digital audio signal is output to a supplemental audio system of the video display device when the comparing step indicates that the digital audio signal and the audio signal from the video display device contain substantially similar audio programs.09-22-2011
20110142244DELAY AMOUNT DETERMINATION DEVICE, SOUND IMAGE LOCALIZATION DEVICE, DELAY AMOUNT DETERMINATION METHOD AND DELAY AMOUNT DETERMINATION PROCESSING PROGRAM - A delay amount determination device, sound image localization device, delay amount determination method, and delay amount determination processing program capable of efficiently determining a parameter using fewer test sounds are provided. If the localization direction of the sound image when the test sound is outputted from left and right speakers is specified by the user through an input unit, an operation unit finds the localization angle corresponding to the localization direction. The operation unit, if finding localization angles with two different delay values, compares the difference of the two localization angles with a threshold value. The operation unit, if judging that the difference is larger than the threshold value, changes one of the delay values, finds the localization angle corresponding to the changed delay value, and further compares the difference of the two localization angles with the threshold value.06-16-2011
20090202082System And Method For Automatic Multiple Listener Room Acoustic Correction With Low Filter Orders - A system and a methods for correcting, simultaneously at multiple-listener positions, distortions introduced by the acoustical characteristics includes warping room responses, intelligently weighing the warped room acoustical responses to form a weighted response, a low order spectral fitting to the weighted response, forming a warped filter from the low order spectral fit, and unwarping the warped filter to form the room acoustical correction filter.08-13-2009
20090180626SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A signal processing apparatus includes a low-pass-filter processing unit configured to perform processing for limiting a band of an input audio signal on the basis of a cutoff frequency; a high-pass-filter processing unit configured to perform processing for limiting a band of the input audio signal on the basis of the cutoff frequency; a delay processing unit configured to perform processing for delaying the audio signal band-limited by the high-pass-filter processing unit; and a combination processing unit configured to combine the audio signal band-limited by the low-pass-filter processing unit and the audio signal subjected to the delay processing performed by the delay processing unit.07-16-2009
20090175457Audio Signal Processing Apparatus and Audio Signal Processing Method - The present invention is applied to, for example, a camera-integrated video tape recorder. A setting of channels of audio signals that are input from a plurality of audio signal input terminals 07-09-2009
20090161879Sound Signal Processing Device, Method of Processing Sound Signal, Sound Reproducing System, Method of Designing Sound Signal Processing Device - [Problems to be Solved] At regeneration of sounds by a speaker having common vibration boards for left and right channels allows an audience to percept a broader sound field.06-25-2009
20090220095METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN AUDIO SIGNAL - An apparatus for processing an audio signal and method thereof are disclosed. The present invention includes an audio signal receiving unit receiving the audio signal including at least one object; a preset metadata receiving unit receiving preset metadata from preset information; a preset rendering data receiving unit obtaining preset matrix from the preset information; a display unit displaying the preset metadata; an input unit receiving command for selecting one of the preset metadata; and an object adjusting unit adjusting output level of the object according to the output channel by using the preset matrix corresponding to the selected preset metadata.09-03-2009
20090262947Apparatus and Method for Producing 3D Audio in Systems with Closely Spaced Speakers - An audio processing circuit includes a crosstalk cancellation circuit that is advantageously simplified for use in audio devices that have closely-spaced speakers. In particular, crosstalk filtering as implemented in the circuit assumes that the external head-related contralateral filters are time-delayed and attenuated versions of the external, head-related ipsilateral filters. With this assumption, the circuit's crosstalk filtering is configurable for varying audio characteristics, according to a small number of settable parameters. These parameters include configurable first and second attenuation parameters for cross-path signal attenuation, and configurable first and second delay parameters for cross-path delay. Optional sound normalization, if included, uses similar simplified parameterization. Further, in one or more embodiments, the audio processing circuit and method include or are associated with a defined table of parameters that are least-squares optimized solutions. The optimized parameter values provide wider listening sweet spots for a greater variety of listeners.10-22-2009
20120195435Method, Apparatus and Computer Program for Processing Multi-Channel Signals - The invention relates to a method and an apparatus in which samples of at least a part of an audio signal of a first channel and a part of an audio signal of a second channel are used to produce a sparse representation of the audio signals to increase the encoding efficiency. In an example embodiment one or more audio signals are input and relevant auditory cues are determined in a time-frequency plane. The relevant auditory cues are combined to form an auditory neurons map. Said one or more audio signals are transformed into a transform domain and the auditory neurons map is used to form a sparse representation of said one or more audio signal.08-02-2012
20120195434DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AN AMBIENCE SIGNAL - A transient detector is provided for generating an ambience signal suitable for being emitted via loudspeakers for which there is no special loudspeaker signal to detect a transient period. A synthesis signal generator produces a synthesis signal which fulfils the transient condition on the one hand and the continuity condition for the synthesis signal on the other hand. A signal substituter will then substitute a portion of the examination signal by the synthesis signal to obtain an ambience signal for the surround channels.08-02-2012
20120140930Method for Driving Loudspeakers - A circuit for operating loudspeakers includes a first, second, third and fourth loudspeaker circuit, having one input each for injecting a signal and one output each for connecting a loudspeaker input. The loudspeaker circuits are designed to amplify the injected signal and to provide the amplified signal at the outputs thereof. The loudspeaker circuits can, for example, be used for a 2.1 sound system. The three channels for a 2.1 sound system can be implemented by an amplifier circuit with four loudspeaker circuits, one loudspeaker circuit each being required for the two stereo channels left and right. A subwoofer channel can be driven differentially by two loudspeaker circuits. The stereo channels are, by contrast, only still connected to one loudspeaker circuit each, and so the stereo channels require at least one further common ground cable.06-07-2012
20090296943REPRODUCTION OF LOW FREQUENCY EFFECTS IN SOUND REPRODUCTION SYSTEMS - The invention relates to a method and system for reproduction of sound signals con-tained in a low frequency effect (LFE) channel in an audio reproduction system com-prising at least one main loudspeaker—although typically either five main loudspeakers in a surround sound system or two main loudspeakers in a traditional stereophonic system—and at least one low frequency loudspeaker (subwoofer) for reproduction of the lowest portion of the audible frequency range. According to the method and system of the present invention, the frequency range or the LFE channel is subdivided into a first frequency region below a given cutoff frequency, which first frequency region is provided to the subwoofer, and a second frequency region above said cut-off frequency, which second frequency region is provided to at least one of the main loudspeakers.12-03-2009
20100183157AUDIO SIGNAL REPRODUCTION DEVICE AND AUDIO SIGNAL REPRODUCTION SYSTEM - In an audio signal reproduction device and an audio signal reproduction system of the present invention, an SLch sound is reproduced as a mixed sound that is adjusted appropriately by two speakers 07-22-2010
20100183155ADAPTIVE REMASTERING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REAR AUDIO CHANNEL - Provided is an adaptive remastering apparatus and method for a rear channel, which emphasizes only signals of the rear channel while maintaining signals of other channels of a multi-channel audio signal. According to the adaptive remastering apparatus and method for a rear channel, virtual rear left and right channel audio signals are generated by multiplying a predetermined gain by ambient signals extracted from front left and right channel audio signals and are combined with input rear left and right channel audio signals, thereby increasing powers of signals of the rear channel.07-22-2010
20100183156AUDIO SYSTEM AND METHOD TO CONTROL OUTPUT OF THE AUDIO SYSTEM - An audio system and a method to control the output of the audio system are provided. The audio system includes a source unit having an audio signal, a receiver to receive the audio signal and generate a cancellation signal to cancel the audio signal, a first speaker to output the audio signal, and a second speaker to output the cancellation signal.07-22-2010
20100226499A DEVICE FOR AND A METHOD OF PROCESSING DATA09-09-2010
20100150355INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An information processing system includes a display, a display sensor that detects a movement or a rotation of the display, a transducer unit as an earphone unit or a headphone unit, a sound processing part that processes an audio signal so as to localize a sound image in a position outside a head of a listener wearing the transducer unit and listening to sound, and an operation controller that computes an output from the display sensor to obtain a moving direction and a moving distance, or a rotation direction and a rotation angle of the display, and controls sound processing performed by the sound processing part in accordance with a result of the computation so that a positional relation between the display and the head of the listener is mapped as a positional relation between an image display surface and the head of the listener in a virtual viewing space.06-17-2010
20100226500AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING - Systems and methods of processing audio signals are described. The audio signals comprise information about spatial position of a sound source relative to a listener. At least one audio filter generates two filtered signals for each of audio signal. The two filtered signals are mixed with other filtered signals from other audio signals to create a right output audio channel and a left audio output channel, such that the spatial position of the sound source is perceptible from the right and left audio output channels.09-09-2010
20110116640CONTENT REPRODUCTION SYSTEM AND CONTENT REPRODUCTION METHOD - The contents reproducing system includes a plurality of contents reproducing units, and the delay amount calculating unit calculates the delay amount with which each of the contents reproducing units reproduces the contents data. The delay amount is the time to delay the reproduction of the contents data, for example. The contents reproducing unit reproduces the contents data, by each of the contents reproducing units, with the delay based on the delay amount calculated by the delay amount calculating unit. By automatically controlling the delay amount of the contents data in this manner, the contents reproducing system can create a sound space with wrapped feeling and spreading feeling.05-19-2011
20100208900METHOD FOR THE SOUND PROCESSING OF A STEREOPHONIC SIGNAL INSIDE A MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE IMPLEMENTING SAID METHOD - The invention relates to a method for the sound processing of a stereophonic signal inside a motor vehicle. In a first implementation (“driver” mode) the stereophonic sound source is centred in the middle of the dashboard for the ‘driver’ listen position. For this purpose, delays (t08-19-2010
20100128880Audio system - An audio system for enhancing localization of sound perceived by a listener in a listening position includes two loudspeakers and a signal processing unit. The loudspeakers are arranged distant from each other and from the listening position. The sound is transmitted from each of the loudspeakers to the listening position according to a respective transfer function. The transfer functions have different phase responses over frequency. The signal processing unit is connected upstream of the loudspeakers and receives two electrical input signals to be radiated as respective sound signals by the two loudspeakers. The signal processing unit includes a phase shifter unit that phase-shifts at least one of the electrical input signals such that a difference in phase responses is constant over a substantial portion of the human audible frequency in a frequency band.05-27-2010
20120140931METHODS TO MIX A MULTI-CHANNEL INTO A 3-CHANNEL SURROUND - This invention is related to audio field, providing a method to downmix multi-channel sounds into a 3-channel surround sound. This invention concerns reprocessing of encoded traditional multi-channel signals and downmixing it into a 3.1-channel signal by using the principles of signal distribution and virtualization. Its hardware can be established by adding only one rear channel speaker on the basis of the 2.1 system. When comparing with the current multi-channel systems, the present invention simplifies the connections, cuts the cost, and provides ease of installation and use, and is especially suitable for achieving surround sound effect in family flat-panel TV, 3D TV or car surround speaker, and PC multimedia surround systems.06-07-2012
20100119072Apparatus and method for generating a multichannel signal - An apparatus comprises a processor configured to receive a first audio signal and first location data, the first location data relating to a location of a source of the first audio signal; receive a second audio signal and second location data, the second location data relating to a location of a source of the second audio signal; receive selected location data relating to a selected location; and generate a multichannel signal in dependence on the first and second audio signals, the first and second location data and the selected location data.05-13-2010
20090041256PRESERVING MATRIX SURROUND INFORMATION IN ENCODED AUDIO/VIDEO SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method and apparatus for preserving matrix-surround information in encoded audio/video includes a receiver operative to receive matrix-surround encoded audio signals via a modem, separate the audio signals into a frequency spectrum having discrete audio frequencies, and determine a cutoff threshold used to encode the matrix-surround encoded audio signals. The method and apparatus further includes a decoder operative to decode a first set of the audio frequencies below the determined cutoff threshold using a first matrix-surround preserving audio encoding method and to decode a second set of audio frequencies above the cutoff threshold using a second non matrix-surround preserving audio encoding method.02-12-2009
20110026720SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - A surround effect in low-tone range can be improved when speakers to be positioned in front of a listener are used to realize a surround sound. A left surround signal extracting part 02-03-2011
20110235807AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE - An audio output device is provided that can output sound with a sound field environment, sound quality, and a range suitable for a viewer. The audio output device includes: audio output units 09-29-2011
20090110202Method of processing a signal - “Method of processing an input sound signal into at least one output signal by means of room simulation processing, the method including processing the input sound signal into at least two sound signal components, each sound signal component representing room simulation of the input signal when having a predefined directivity pattern, at least two of the predefined directivity patterns being mutually different, combining the at least two sound signal components into a resulting room simulation signal by means of combining means.”04-30-2009
20110129092RECONSTRUCTION OF MULTI-CHANNEL AUDIO DATA - A method for processing sound data is provided for the reconstruction of multi-channel audio data on the basis at least of data on a reduced number of channels and of spatialization data. A test is carried out to determine whether the spatialization data received are valid. If the test is positive, a spatialization value is predicted according to a per respective model of a plurality of models. A prediction model is chosen on the basis of the spatialization values thus predicted and on the basis of the spatialization data received, to permit, in case of subsequent reception of defective spatialization data, a prediction according to this chosen model of a spatialization value and to use this predicted spatialization value for the reconstruction of the multi-channel audio data.06-02-2011
20110235809MULTI-CHANNEL AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING - The invention relates to multi-channel audio signal processing, in particular to a method of processing a multi-channel audio signal and to a signal processing device. A method of processing a multi-channel audio signal is disclosed, comprising the steps of: receiving an input sum signal (s) representing a sum of a first audio signal and a second audio signal; receiving an input difference signal (d) representing a difference between the first and second audio signals; decorrelating the sum signal to provide a decorrelated sum signal (s09-29-2011
20100296656METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN AUDIO SIGNAL - A method of processing an audio signal is disclosed. The present invention includes receiving a downmix signal including at least one object signal, and object information extracted when the downmix signal is generated, receiving mix information including mode selection information, the mix information for controlling the object signal, and generating a stereo output signal using the downmix signal or extracting a background object and at least one independent object from the downmix signal, based on the mode selection information, wherein the downmix signal corresponds to a mono signal, wherein the stereo output signal corresponds to a time-domain signal including a signal generated from decorrelating the downmix signal, and wherein the mode selection information includes information indicating which one of modes including a normal mode, a mode for controlling the background object, and a mode for controlling the at least one independent object.11-25-2010
20100303245DIFFUSING ACOUSTICAL CROSSTALK - When two loudspeakers play the same signal, a “phantom center” image is produced between the speakers. However, this image differs from one produced by a real center speaker. In particular, acoustical crosstalk produces a comb-filtering effect, with cancellations that may be in the frequency range needed for the intelligibility of speech. Methods for using phase decorrelation to fill in these gaps and produce a flatter magnitude response are described, reducing coloration and potentially enhancing dialogue clarity. These methods also improve headphone compatibility and reduce the tendency of the phantom image to move toward the nearest speaker.12-02-2010
20100322428AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - An audio signal processing device includes: head related transfer function convolution processing units convoluting head related transfer functions with audio signals of respective channels of plural channels, which allow the listener to listen to sound so that sound images are localized at assumed virtual sound image localization positions concerning respective channels of the plural channels of two or more channels when sound is reproduced by electro-acoustic transducer means; and 2-channel signal generation means for generating 2-channel audio signals to be supplied to the electro-acoustic transducer means from audio signals of plural channels from the head related transfer function convolution processing units, wherein, in the head related transfer function convolution processing units, at least a head related transfer function concerning direct waves from the assumed virtual image localization positions concerning a left channel and a right channel in the plural channels to both ears of the listener is not convoluted.12-23-2010
20110129091METHOD FOR MULTI-CHANNEL PROCESSING IN A MULTI-CHANNEL SOUND SYSTEM - The invention relates to a method for multi-channel processing in a multi-channel sound system. For this purpose, a channel or a channel mixture is first split into individual channels. Then the individual channels are limited by means of setting the values of the parameters channel fader, threshold, release, and output level. Then encoding of the individual channels follows. In order to develop the method further in such a manner that the encoded surround mixes not only function as data carriers of the mixes to be decoded, but rather can exist in parallel, also in and of themselves, as compared with stereo and mono, the invention proposes that at least two channels are compressed and/or limited with a uniform output level value in method step c), one channel is provided with a deviating output level value, which is set, depending on the audio material to be processed, and every further channel is compressed and/or limited in such a manner that it has an output level value that is at least one decibel less than the uniform output level value, whereby subsequent to method step d), further limiting of the individual channels combined into an encoded (coded) channel takes place by means of setting a value of at least one of the parameters channel fader, threshold, release, and output level.06-02-2011
20110243335Signal Processing Device and Method, and a Program - A signal processing device includes: a sound adjustment amount calculation unit which calculates a sound adjustment amount for adjusting sound characteristics of each channel to a predetermined sound characteristic for each channel, using a sound signal that is obtained by collecting the outputs of each channel; an evaluation value calculation unit which calculates a coefficient allocation evaluation value for allocating a size of a filter coefficient necessary for the sound adjustment of the respective channels for each channel, based on the sound adjustment amount that is calculated by the sound adjustment amount calculation unit; and a filter coefficient calculation unit which calculates the filter coefficient for each channel using the coefficient allocation evaluation value that is calculated by the evaluation value calculation unit.10-06-2011
20090067636Optimization of Binaural Sound Spatialization Based on Multichannel Encoding - The invention concerns sound spatialization with multichannel encoding for binaural reproduction on two loudspeakers, the spatial encoding being defined by encoding functions associated with multiple encoding channels and the decoding by applying filters for binaural reproduction. The invention provides for an optimization as follows: a) obtaining a original set of acoustic transfer functions particular to an individual's morphology (HRIR;HRTF), b) selecting spatial encoding functions (g(θ,φ,n)) and/or decoding filters (F(t,n)), and c) through successive iterations, optimizing the filters associated with the selected encoding functions or the encoding functions associated with the selected filters, or jointly the selected filters and encoding functions, by minimizing an error (c(HRIR,HRIR*)) calculated based on a comparison between: the original set of transfer functions (HRIR), and a set of reconstructed transfer functions (HRIR*) from encoding functions and decoding filters, whether optimized and/or selected.03-12-2009
20090067634Enhancing Audio With Remixing Capability - One or more attributes (e.g., pan, gain, etc.) associated with one or more objects (e.g., an instrument) of a stereo or multi-channel audio signal can be modified to provide remix capability.03-12-2009
20110013778SPEAKER ARRAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SETTING AUDIO BEAMS OF SPEAKER ARRAY APPRATUS - To provide a speaker array apparatus and a method for setting audio beams in a speaker array apparatus, in which the degree of freedom in the place where the speaker array apparatus is installed is high, and a user can set audio beams easily. A speaker array apparatus 01-20-2011
20110019829STEREO SIGNAL CONVERTER, STEREO SIGNAL REVERSE CONVERTER, AND METHODS FOR BOTH - Disclosed are a stereo signal converter whereby it is possible to obtain low-redundancy encoding signals (M, S) even when the sound source locations are different, and a stereo signal reverse converter whereby it is possible to obtain higher-quality stereo signals. In a stereo signal converter (01-27-2011
20110243337AUDIO PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present invention is a method and system for audio processing. Embodiments of the present invention may include multi-level equalization capabilities along with room optimization, crossovers, switching, automation control, and scene setting. Embodiments of the present invention may be implemented in the analog or digital realms, or both, and may include channel delays, future proof feature slots, and gain and phase inversion capabilities. The present invention may also include an audio optimization system including an audio processing system and a room correction unit. The room correction unit can cooperate with the audio processing system to generate filter coefficients. The filter coefficients are used by the audio processing system when outputting signals which are amplified by an amplifier and broadcast by a speaker to a particular room. The filter coefficients ensure that the outputted sound is optimized for the particular room.10-06-2011
20110116639AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - An audio signal processing device is provided whereby, from two systems of audio signals in which audio signals of multiple audio sources are included, the audio signals of the multiple audio sources can be suitably separated. The audio signal processing device comprises dividing means 05-19-2011
20110116641AUDIO SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREFOR - An audio system receives a multi-channel signal which is fed to a controller (05-19-2011
20110211702Signal Generation for Binaural Signals - A device for generating a binaural signal based on a multi-channel signal representing a plurality of channels and intended for reproduction by a speaker configuration having a virtual sound source position associated to each channel, is described. It includes a correlation reducer for differently processing, and thereby reducing a correlation between, at least one of a left and a right channel of the plurality of channels, a front and a rear channel of the plurality of channels, and a center and a non-center channel of the plurality of channels, in order to obtain an inter-similarity reduced set of channels; a plurality of directional filters, a first mixer for mixing outputs of the directional filters modeling the acoustic transmission to the first ear canal of the listener, and a second mixer for mixing outputs of the directional filters modeling the acoustic transmission to the second ear canal of the listener. According to another aspect, a center level reduction for forming the downmix for a room processor is performed. According to even another aspect, an inter-similarity decreasing set of head-related transfer functions is formed.09-01-2011
20110243338SURROUND SOUND VIRTUALIZER AND METHOD WITH DYNAMIC RANGE COMPRESSION - Method and system for generating output signals for reproduction by two physical speakers in response to input audio signals indicative of sound from multiple source locations including at least two rear locations. Typically, the input signals are indicative of sound from three front locations and two rear locations (left and right surround sources). A virtualizer generates left and right surround outputs useful for driving front loudspeakers to emit sound that a listener perceives as emitting from rear sources. Typically, the virtualizer generates left and right surround outputs by transforming rear source inputs in accordance with a head-related transfer function. To ensure that virtual channels are well heard in the presence of other channels, the virtualizer performs dynamic range compression on rear source inputs. The dynamic range compression is preferably accomplished by amplifying rear source inputs or partially processed versions thereof in a nonlinear way relative to front source inputs.10-06-2011
20110243336SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A signal processing apparatus includes: an audio image localization processing unit performing audio image localization processing on a sound signal of each frequency band for each channel of the sound signal based on information used to determine an audio image localization position of each frequency band; and a mixing unit mixing the sound signals of the respective channels subjected to the audio image localization processing by the audio image localization processing unit.10-06-2011
20130156198AUTOMATED USER/SENSOR LOCATION RECOGNITION TO CUSTOMIZE AUDIO PERFORMANCE IN A DISTRIBUTED MULTI-SENSOR ENVIRONMENT - A wireless device is provided that makes use of other nearby audio transducer devices to generate a surround sound effect for a targeted user. To do this, the wireless device first ascertains whether there are any nearby external microphones and/or loudspeaker devices. An internal microphone for the wireless device and any other nearby external microphones may be used to ascertain a location of the desired/targeted user as well as the nearby loudspeaker devices. This information is then used to generate a surround sound effect for the desired/targeted user by having the wireless device steer audio signals to its internal loudspeakers and/or the nearby external loudspeaker devices.06-20-2013
20090214046SURROUND SOUND OUTPUTTING DEVICE AND SURROUND SOUND OUTPUTTING METHOD - A surround sound outputting device includes a receiving portion which receives signals on a plurality of channels, a storing portion which stores measuring sound data representing a sound, an outputting portion which outputs a sound produced based on the signals on the plurality of channels or the measuring sound data in a controlled direction and in a beam shape, a controlling portion which controls a direction of the sound output from the outputting portion, a sound collecting portion which picks up the sound output from the outputting portion to produce picked-up sound data representing the picked-up sound, an impulse response specifying portion which specifies impulse responses in respective directions from respective sound data, a path characteristic specifying portion which specifies path distances of the paths through which the sounds output in the respective directions arrive at the sound collecting portion from the outputting portion and levels of the impulse responses based on the impulse responses in the respective directions, and an allocating portion which specifies directions satisfying a predetermined relationship between the path distances of the paths in the respective directions and the levels of the impulse responses with respect to the plurality of channels respectively, and allocates the signals on the plurality of channels to the specified directions. The controlling portion controls the outputting portion so that respective sounds based on the signals on the plurality of channels are output in the directions specified by the allocating portion.08-27-2009
20100034394METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN AUDIO SIGNAL - A method for processing an audio signal is disclosed. The present invention includes obtaining a stereophonic audio signal including a speech component signal and other component signals, obtaining gain values for each channel of the audio signal, determining whether the audio signal is an inverse-phase mono signal including left and right channel whose phase is inverted, inverting a phase of the obtained gain value corresponding to the one channel of the audio signal when the audio signal is an inverse-phase mono signal, modifying the speech component signal based on the inverted phase of the gain value, and generating a modified audio signal including the modified speech component signal, wherein the modified audio signal is in-phase mono signal. Accordingly, a volume of a speech signal of an inverse-phase audio signal and method thereof, in which a sign of a final gain value corresponding to one channel of the audio signal is changed or a value of the final gain corresponding to one channel of the audio signal is adjusted through a process for determining whether an input signal is an inverse-phase mono signal including left and right channel whose phase is inverted.02-11-2010
20100054483ACOUSTIC IMAGE LOCALIZATION APPARATUS, ACOUSTIC IMAGE LOCALIZATION SYSTEM, AND ACOUSTIC IMAGE LOCALIZATION METHOD, PROGRAM AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - An acoustic image localization apparatus according to the present invention that outputs sound from a plurality of speakers so as to localize an acoustic image at a predetermined position on a space as viewed from a listener, the acoustic image localization apparatus comprising: amplitude characteristic adjusting means for adjusting an amplitude frequency characteristic of an inputted acoustic signal such that the acoustic image is localized at a position rotated by a first angle about a position of a listener toward an upper direction from a facing position of the listener; and a plurality of level adjusting means, provided so as to respectively correspond to the plurality of speakers, for adjusting a level of the acoustic signal outputted from the amplitude characteristic adjusting means and for outputting, to a corresponding speaker, the acoustic signal whose level has been adjusted, wherein each of the level adjusting means adjusts the level of the acoustic signal, which is outputted from the amplitude characteristic adjusting means, to a level of the corresponding speaker such that the acoustic image is localized at the predetermined position rotated by a second angle about the position of the listener toward one of directions orthogonal to the rotated directions from the position rotated by the first angle.03-04-2010
20100054482Interaural Time Delay Restoration System and Method - An apparatus for processing audio data comprising an interaural time delay correction factor unit for receiving a plurality of channels of audio data and generating an interaural time delay correction factor. An interaural time delay correction factor insertion unit for modifying the plurality of channels of audio data as a function of the interaural time delay correction factor.03-04-2010
20100054484SOUND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SOUND REPRODUCTION - A sound reproduction system comprises a left and right speakers located in close proximity, and a sound processor which provides audio signals to the pair of speakers. The sound processor preferably derives a cancellation signal from the difference between the left and right channels. The resulting difference signal is scaled, delayed (if necessary), and spectrally modified before being added to the left channel and, in opposite polarity, to the right channel. The spectral modification to the difference channel preferably takes the form of a low-frequency boost over a specified frequency range, in order to restore the correct timbral balance after the differencing process. Additional phase-compensating all-pass networks may be inserted in the difference channel to correct for any extra phase shift contributed by the spectral modifying circuit. The technique may be used in a surround sound system.03-04-2010
20110103591APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING SPATIAL CUE INFORMATION OF A MULTICHANNEL AUDIO SIGNAL - An apparatus for enhancing a multichannel audio signal comprising at least two channels configured to: estimate a value representing a direction of arrival associated with a first audio signal from at least a first channel and a second audio signal from at least a second channel of at least two channels of a multichannel audio signal; determine a scaling factor dependent on the direction of arrival associated with the first audio signal and the second audio signal; and apply the scaling factor to a parameter associated with a difference in audio signal levels between the first audio signal and the second audio sign.05-05-2011
20110075850ANGLE-DEPENDENT OPERATING DEVICE OR METHOD FOR GENERATING A PSEUDO-STEREOPHONIC AUDIO SIGNAL - An angle-dependent operating device and method for obtaining a pseudo-stereophonic audio signals, such as through the parameterization of a fictitious opening angle α+β, where α is the fictitious left-hand opening angle (situated to the left of the principal axis of the monophonic audio signal to be stereophonized), and β is the fictitious right-hand opening angle (situated to the right of the principal axis of the monophonic audio signal to be stereophonized), where it may be that α≠β. This is provided for the situation of fictitious opening angles α+β which are asymmetric with respect to the principal axis of the monophonic audio signal to be stereophonized.03-31-2011
20110081024SYSTEM FOR SPATIAL EXTRACTION OF AUDIO SIGNALS - A sound processing system receives an audio input signal that includes at least two different input channels of audio content. The sound processing system dissects the audio input signal to separate sources of audible sound included in the audio input signal into sound source vectors. Separation of the sources of audible sound into sound source vectors may be based on a perceived location of each of the sources of audible sound within a listener perceived sound stage. The sound source vectors may represent spatial slices across the listener perceived sound stage that may be individually and independently processed with the sound processing system. Following processing, the sound source vectors may be selectively assembled to form an audio output signal having output channels used to drive respective loudspeakers. Since the sources of audible sound are separated and independent, the audible sound sources may be included on any one or more of the output channels.04-07-2011
20110069841VOLUME ADJUSTMENT BASED ON LISTENER POSITION - Volume adjustment based on listener position is disclosed. A position of one or more speakers is identified, and a position of a listener is tracked. For each of the one or more speakers, a changing distance between that speaker and the listener is assessed. A volume of that speaker is automatically adjusted in real-time based on a current distance between that speaker and the listener.03-24-2011
20110150228AUDIO APPARATUS, AUDIO SIGNAL TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND AUDIO SYSTEM - An audio apparatus, an audio signal transmission method, and an audio system are provided. The audio signal transmission method includes: wirelessly receiving an audio signal from a first external device; converting the received audio signal into audio signals of multi-channels; and wirelessly transmitting an audio signal of at least one of the multi-channels to at least one of second external devices. Therefore, the audio apparatus wirelessly communicates with a plurality of external devices, and thus a user can connect an audio device to an external device without using wired cables.06-23-2011
20110058677APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING DIRECTIONAL SOUND - An apparatus for generating directional sound is provided. By using a time-variant beam pattern, the apparatus may generate constant direct waves in a listening area and may vary reflected waves followed by the direct waves according to time. The apparatus may convolute the time-variant beam pattern with a sound signal, may process an acoustic signal, which may be obtained through convolution, into a multi-channel signal, and may amplify and output the multi-channel signal.03-10-2011
20110007904ACOUSTIC SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND ACOUSTIC SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - A corrective measurement part of a processing control part 01-13-2011
20100086136SPATIAL DISASSEMBLY PROCESSOR - Two-channel input audio signals are processed to construct output audio signals by decomposing the two-channel input audio signals into a plurality of two-channel subband audio signals. Separately, in each of a plurality of subbands, at least three generated subband audio signals are generated by steering the two-channel subband audio signals into at least three generated signal locations. The output audio signals are synthesized from the generated subband audio signals. The steering applies differing construction rules in at least two of the plurality of subbands.04-08-2010
20090110203METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR A DECODER FOR MULTI-CHANNEL SURROUND SOUND - The basic concept of the present invention is to extrapolate a partially known spatial covariance matrix of a multi-channel signal in the parameter domain. The extrapolated covariance matrix is used with the downcoded downmix signal in order to efficiently generate an estimate of a linear combination of the multi-channel signals.04-30-2009
20110164754Loudspeaker Device - There is provided a loudspeaker device comprising at least one loudspeaker (L07-07-2011
20110164755Enhancing the Reproduction of Multiple Audio Channels - This invention relates to the field of multichannel audio. More particularly, the invention relates to a method for the provision of audio channels suitable for application to loudspeakers located above conventional front loudspeakers.07-07-2011
20110135098METHODS AND DEVICES FOR REPRODUCING SURROUND AUDIO SIGNALS - Method and devices for providing surround audio signals are provided. Surround audio signals are received and are binaurally filtered by at least one filter unit. In some embodiments, the input surround audio signals are also processed by at least one equalizing unit. In those embodiments, the binau-rally filtered signals and the equalized signals are combined to form output signals.06-09-2011
20110135099ADAPTIVE PREFILTER-PREMIXER FOR SOUND REPRODUCTION - Adaptive learning of a multichannel prefilter response processes multiple audio signals prior to emitting them from a set of loudspeakers. The signals are filtered and mixed in such a way that the emitted signals will be reconstructed at pre-specified points in a room. This is done in a user selective way so that, at each location, only one of the source signals is reconstructed and the other signals vanish. A gradient descent adaptive filtering method is applied.06-09-2011
20110135100Loudspeaker Array Device and Method for Driving the Device - A loudspeaker array device and a method for driving the device are disclosed. The device includes: a delay module, a gain module, and a parameter calculating module. The parameter calculating module includes: a controlling module, configured to determine, according to received user control information, types of delay parameters and gain parameters that need to be calculated, and output a determination result; and a calculation executing module, configured to calculate and output the delay parameters and the gain parameters according to the determination result output by the controlling module. The delay module is configured to process and output audio signals according to the received delay parameters. The gain module is configured to process and output audio signals according to the received gain parameters. According to the present invention, the loudspeaker array device implements not only sound source reproduction and but also sound focus. The implementation is simple, convenient, and cost effective.06-09-2011
20110261967APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A MULTI-CHANNEL AUDIO SIGNAL - An apparatus for generating a multi-channel audio signal based on an input audio signal comprises a main signal upmixer, a section selector, a section signal upmixer and a combiner. The main signal upmixer is configured to provide a main multi-channel audio signal based on the input audio signal. The section selector is configured to select or not select a section of the input audio signal based on an analysis of the input audio signal. The selected section of the input audio signal, a processed selected section of the input audio signal or a reference signal associated with the selected section of the input audio signal is provided as section signal. The section signal upmixer is configured to provide a section upmix signal based on the section signal, and the combiner is configured to overlay the main multi-channel audio signal and the section upmix signal to obtain the multi-channel audio signal.10-27-2011
20110255697DIGITAL SOUND PROJECTOR - The present disclosure provides a digital sound projector including an insulated panel, a number of acoustic cells and a signal processing device. The number of acoustic cells is located on a surface of the insulated panel and spaced apart from each other. Each one of the number of acoustic cells includes an acoustic element, a first electrode, and a second electrode. The first electrode and the second electrode are spaced apart from each other and electrically connected to the acoustic element. The signal processing device provides a number of delayed electrical signals to the acoustic element. Each one of the acoustic elements includes a carbon nanotube film structure.10-20-2011
20110176684Sound Image Localization Apparatus - A sound image localization apparatus comprises an L direct output section that produces an output signal by inputting an audio signal of a rear left audio input channel to a filter having a characteristic obtained by dividing RLD by LD, an L cross output section that produces an output signal by inputting the audio signal of the rear left audio input channel to a filter having a characteristic obtained by dividing RLC by LC, an R cross output section that produces an output signal by inputting an audio signal of a rear right audio input channel to a filter having a characteristic obtained by dividing RRC by RC, an R direct output section that produces an output signal by inputting the audio signal of the rear right audio input channel to a filter having a characteristic obtained by dividing RRD by RD, a first adding section that adds a difference signal between the output signal of the L direct output section and the output signal of the R cross output section to an audio signal of a front left audio input channel, and a second adding section that adds a difference signal between the output signal of the R direct output section and the output signal of the L cross output section to an audio signal of a front right audio input channel.07-21-2011
20100166194APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING AUDIO - In the specification and drawing an apparatus for processing audio is described and shown with an audio processor for acquiring at least one audio signal from an audio chip and transforming the audio signal into a surround sound signal and a transmitter for emitting the surround sound signal to a radio set. Moreover, a method for processing audio is also disclosed in the specification and drawing.07-01-2010
20100166193Multiple Display Systems with Enhanced Acoustics Experience - A method and a system are described providing multiple display systems with an enhanced acoustics experience. A source audio signal having a plurality of source audio channels is generated from an audio signal source. The system includes a plurality of speakers connected to a plurality of display systems. A speaker configuration gatherer determines the spatial configuration of the speakers. An audio signal processor is provided to generate synthesized audio signal based on the contents of the source audio signal and spatial configuration of the speakers. The synthesized audio signal is mapped and delivered to the speakers to produce an enhanced sound field.07-01-2010
20110051937BEAM FORMING IN SPATIALIZED AUDIO SOUND SYSTEMS USING DISTRIBUTED ARRAY FILTERS - A system includes multiple speakers arranged in a speaker array configuration. The system also includes one or more filters configured to filter audio signals and generate filtered audio signals. The one or more filters are configured to operate using filter coefficients associated with a desired beam pattern to be produced by the multiple speakers. The system further includes at least one amplifier configured to amplify the filtered audio signals and provide the amplified filtered audio signals to the speakers. The one or more filters reside within or are coupled to the at least one amplifier. The system may further include a controller configured to modify at least one of the filter coefficients based on a change in the speaker configuration. The filters may operate independently of a centralized processor, and a centralized processor may not even be required to provide electronic beam forming.03-03-2011
20110051936AUDIO-SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING AUDIO SIGNAL - An audio-signal processing device that processes an audio signal and supplies the audio signal to an audio output unit includes a characteristic-component extraction unit that extracts at least a high frequency component contained in the audio signal as a characteristic component. The audio signal and the extracted characteristic component are supplied to the audio output unit so that a sound image of the extracted characteristic component is localized closer to a listener than a sound image of the audio signal.03-03-2011
20110216908APPARATUS FOR MERGING SPATIAL AUDIO STREAMS - An apparatus for merging a first spatial audio stream with a second spatial audio stream to obtain a merged audio stream comprising an estimator for estimating a first wave representation comprising a first wave direction measure and a first wave field measure for the first spatial audio stream, the first spatial audio stream having a first audio representation and a first direction of arrival. The estimator being adapted for estimating a second wave representation comprising a second wave direction measure and a second wave field measure for the second spatial audio stream, the second spatial audio stream having a second audio representation and a second direction of arrival. The apparatus further comprising a processor for processing the first wave representation and the second wave representation to obtain a merged wave representation comprising a merged wave field measure and a merged direction of arrival measure, and for processing the first audio representation and the second audio representation to obtain a merged audio representation, and for providing the merged audio stream comprising the merged audio representation and the merged direction of arrival measure.09-08-2011
20110216907MULTI-ELEMENT DIRECTIONAL ACOUSTIC ARRAYS - An audio system including a left input channel signal, a right input channel signal, and a discrete center input channel. Circuitry removes correlated content from the left input channel signal and the right input channel signal and inserts the correlated content into the center input channel signal to provide a modified left input channel signal, a modified right input channel signal, and a modified center input channel signal. The modified left input channel signal is radiated by a directional loudspeaker so that radiation in a direction toward a listening area is less than radiation in other directions. The modified right channel input channel signal is radiated by a directional loudspeaker so that radiation in a direction toward a listening area is less than radiation in other directions.09-08-2011
20110216906ENABLING 3D SOUND REPRODUCTION USING A 2D SPEAKER ARRANGEMENT - The perception of 3D sound positioning can be achieved using a 2D arrangement of speakers positioned around the listener. The disclosed techniques can enable listeners to perceive sounds as coming from above and/or below them, without the need for positioning speakers above and/or below the listener. In some embodiments, elevation information can be included in the X and Y horizontal components of the 2D ambisonics encoding. The X and Y components can be decoded using 2D ambisonics decoding. Suitable filtering may be performed on the decoded sound information to enhance the listener's perception of the elevation information encoded in the X and Y components.09-08-2011
20120308015METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STEREO TO FIVE CHANNEL UPMIX - An apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory including computer program code The at least one memory and the computer program code is configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus at least to perform determining a covariance matrix for at least one frequency band of a first and a second audio signal, non-negative factorizing the covariance matrix to determine at least one first weighting value and at least one second weighting value associated with the at least one frequency band; and determining a third audio signal associated with the at least one frequency band by combining the first weighting value and the first audio signal to the second weighting value and the second audio signal.12-06-2012
20120308014AUDIO PLAYBACK DEVICE AND METHOD - A method and apparatus is for outputting audio files to a user to enable selection of one of the audio files by the user. At least two independent audio files are played simultaneously, distributed differently over a set of speakers, thereby to appear to the user to originate from different directions. This enables a faster selection process by the user.12-06-2012
20090257598Audio processing system of projector - An audio processing system of projector including a microphone input, an audio input, an audio adjusting unit, and a mixer is provided. The microphone input is utilized for accessing a first audio signal. The audio input is utilized for accessing at least a second audio signal from an outside audio generating device. The audio adjusting unit accesses the first audio signal and the second audio signal and adjusts the first audio signal and the second audio signal according to a selected mode to generate a third audio signal and a fourth audio signal respectively. The mixer is utilized for mixing the third audio signal and the fourth audio signal with an adjustable mixing ratio to output a fifth audio signal.10-15-2009
20120039476SPEAKER - Provided are a speaker and a speaker system. The speaker includes a main unit and a sub unit. The main unit emits a sound in a first direction. The sub unit is formed integrally with the main unit and emits a sound in a second direction different from the first direction.02-16-2012
200901037373D SOUND REPRODUCTION APPARATUS USING VIRTUAL SPEAKER TECHNIQUE IN PLURAL CHANNEL SPEAKER ENVIRONMENT - Disclosed herein is an apparatus for providing 3D sound through plural-channel speakers. The apparatus includes a stereo channel virtual speaker generation device for performing spreading of low-pitch ranges and high-pitch ranges on input left and right channel signals, performing spreading of sound images and preservation of front sound images using the high-pitch range-spread signals, and outputting the sums of left and right processing results; a multi channel virtual speaker generation device for performing spreading of low-pitch ranges and high-pitch ranges on input left front channel, right front channel, left surround channel and right surround channel signals, performing spreading of sound images using the high-pitch range-spread signals, performing preservation of front sound images using front center channel and LFE channel signals, adjusting the gains of the processing results, and outputting the sums of left and right processing results, and an output device for outputting the signals to the plural-channel speakers.04-23-2009
20100202620METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR DECODING AN AUDIO SIGNAL - The present invention relates to an apparatus for processing an audio signal and method thereof. The present invention includes receiving a downmix signal comprising at least one object signal, and a bitstream including object information and downmix channel level difference, when the downmix signal comprises at least two object signals, extracting a relation identifier from the bitstream, the relation identifier indicating whether two object signals among the at least two object signals are related to each other, identifying whether the two object signals correspond to stereo object signals, using the downmix channel level difference and the relation identifier, generating mix information including a first element and a second element using a single user input, and generating at least one of downmix processing information and multi channel information based on the object information and the mix information, wherein the stereo object signals includes a left object signal and a right object signal, the first element is applied to the left object signal of the stereo object signal to output a first channel, the second element is applied to the right object signal of the stereo object signal to output a second channel, and the first element is negatively related to the second element.08-12-2010
20110058676SYSTEMS, METHODS, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIA FOR DEREVERBERATION OF MULTICHANNEL SIGNAL - Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer-readable media for dereverberation of a multimicrophone signal combine use of a directionally selective processing operation (e.g., beamforming) with an inverse filter trained on a separated reverberation estimate that is obtained using a decorrelation operation (e.g., a blind source separation operation).03-10-2011
20120039475Active and Passive Directional Acoustic Radiating - An three-way audio system that uses directional arrays for radiating mid-frequency acoustic energy and passive directional devices to radiate the high frequencies. the system includes a left channel, a right channel, and a center channel. A crossover network separates the left channel and the right channel into low frequency content, midrange frequency content, and high frequency content. An omnidirectional acoustical device radiates acoustic energy corresponding to the low frequency content of the combined left channel, right channel and center channel. A first directional array, comprising signal processing circuitry and more than one acoustic driver, radiates acoustic energy corresponding to the midrange content of one of the left channel and right channel signal so that more acoustic energy corresponding to the midrange content of one of the left channel signal and the right channel signal is radiated laterally than in other directions. A first passive directional device, radiates acoustic energy corresponding to the high frequency content of the one of the left channel and right channel signal so that more acoustic energy corresponding to the high frequency content of the one of the left channel signal and the right channel signal is radiated laterally than in other directions.02-16-2012
20110091043METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AUDIO SIGNALS - A method and an apparatus for detecting audio signals are disclosed. The input audio signal is inspected to check whether it is a foreground frame or a background frame; the detected background signal is further inspected according to the music eigenvalue and the decision rule. Therefore, background music can be detected, and the classifying performance of the voice/music classifier is improved.04-21-2011
20110091042APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AN ACOUSTIC RADIATION PATTERN - Disclosed are an apparatus and method for creating an acoustic radiation pattern, which may improve sound focusing performance to a target position. The acoustic radiation pattern creating apparatus may process an input signal which may be output through a speaker array in a room such that at least one vertical-directional reflected wave component of the input signal may overlap a direct sound of the input signal at the target position. Then, the acoustic radiation pattern creating apparatus may replicate the processed input signal by the number of output channels of the speaker array, and may process the replicated input signals such that the replicated input signals may form a predetermined radiation pattern in a horizontal direction in the room when the replicated input signals are output through the speaker array.04-21-2011
20120207308INTERACTIVE SOUND PLAYBACK DEVICE - An interactive sound playback device includes two speakers, two microphones, a motion sensor, and an audio processing unit. The speakers and the microphones are disposed at two sides of the interactive sound playback device respectively. The audio processing unit is electrically connected to the speakers, the microphones, and the motion sensor, and has a recording mode and a playing mode. In the recording mode, the audio processing unit receives a motion sensing signal from the motion sensor and a first audio signal from the microphones, stores the first audio signal, and stores the motion sensing signal as position information. In the playing mode, the audio processing unit outputs the first audio signal to the speakers through a first path, or adjusts a second audio signal by referring to the motion sensing signal and the position information, and outputs the adjusted second audio signal to the two speakers through a second path.08-16-2012
20120045065SURROUND SIGNAL GENERATING DEVICE, SURROUND SIGNAL GENERATING METHOD AND SURROUND SIGNAL GENERATING PROGRAM - A surround signal generating device generates surround signals of plural channels from input sound signals of two channels, and is preferably applied to an audio device, for example. A setting unit sets a correlation value between channels in the plural channels and/or a level difference of the plural channels, in accordance with a genre of a content. A surround signal generating unit generates the surround signals of the plural channels based on the correlation value and/or the level difference which are set by the setting unit. Therefore, it becomes possible to appropriately generate the surround signals having the correlation value and/or the level difference between the channels which are appropriate for the genre of the content, from a stereo sound source.02-23-2012
201200087893D SOUND REPRODUCING METHOD AND APPARATUS - Provided are a three-dimensional (3D) sound reproducing method and apparatus. The method includes transmitting sound signals through a head related transfer filter (HRTF) corresponding to a first elevation, generating a plurality of sound signals by replicating the filtered sound signals, amplifying or attenuating each of the replicated sound signals based on a gain value corresponding to each of speakers, through which the replicated sound signals will be output, and outputting the amplified or attenuated sound signals through the corresponding speakers.01-12-2012
20120008788SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING PHANTOM BASS - In many audio playback systems, frequencies below a given cut off frequency are suppressed either due to speaker constraints or safety constraints. For example, some speakers are only capable of generating signals above a certain frequency. Prolonged low frequency sound can cause damage to speakers or other components. An audio driver can be equipped with a phantom bass module which by doubling, tripling and/or quadrupling frequencies below a cutoff frequency can simulate the bass experience. The doubling, tripling and quadrupling methods disclosed provide a low complexity formulation of a frequency doubling, tripling and quadrupling. In addition, the frequency doubling, tripling and quadrupling formulations are easily adapted to multi-rate processing, where computational savings can be very high.01-12-2012
20120014527SOUND SYSTEM - Methods and systems for processing audio data, such as spatial audio data, in which one or more sound characteristics of a given component of a spatial audio signal are modified in dependence on a relationship between a direction characteristic of the given component and a defined range of direction characteristics; this enhances the listening experience of the listener. A spatial audio in a format using a spherical harmonic representation of sound components is decoded by performing a transform on the spherical harmonic representation, in which the transform is based on a predefined speaker layout and a predefined rule, the predefined rule indicating a speaker gain of each speaker arranged according to the predefined layout, when reproducing sound incident form a given direction; this provides an alternative to existing method of decoding spatial audio streams, which focus on soundfield reconstruction. A plurality of matrix transforms is combined into a combined transform, and the combined transform is performed on an audio signal; this saves processing resources of the audio system being used.01-19-2012
20120014524Distributed bass - Low frequencies in an audio source are extracted and reintroduced into the remaining audio channels and a consequence of one possible setting of the invention is that the low frequencies are shared evenly across the two or more speaker thus avoiding the use of a special low frequency speaker known as a sub woofer. A further outcome of the use of the invention is the substantially even distribution of LFE audio within a listening volume and that in some instances the actual and possibly the perceived total sound pressure level of the LFE audio is greater from multiple distributed speakers than that of a single sub woofer speaker. Low frequency audio provided to multiple speakers, as proposed in this invention, can work within room boundaries to provide more effective listening positions, better sound quality and low frequency reception having dramatically reduced response ripple, i.e., dips will not be as deep, and peaks not as high. Low frequency equalisation and magnitude dependant variable frequency equalisation is used in conjunction with signal distribution and signal summing before the signal reaches one or more speakers while eliminating the need for a sub woofer speaker.01-19-2012
20120014528SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUDIO PROCESSING - Systems and methods for audio signal processing are disclosed, where a discrete number of simple digital filters are generated for particular portions of an audio frequency range. Studies have shown that certain frequency ranges are particularly important for human ears' location-discriminating capability, while other ranges are generally ignored. Head-Related Transfer Functions (HRTFs) are examples response functions that characterize how ears perceive sound positioned at different locations. By selecting one or more “location-critical” portions of such response functions, one can construct simple filters that can be used to simulate hearing where location-discriminating capability is substantially maintained. Because the filters can be simple, they can be implemented in devices having limited computing power and resources to provide location-discrimination responses that form the basis for many desirable audio effects.01-19-2012
20120014526Method for Generating a Downward-Compatible Sound Format - A method of generating an audio output signal according to a downward compatible sound format, the method including: generating a sum signal by combining a first input channel signal with a second input channel signal; and dynamically correcting the sum signal using samples of the first and second input channel signals from overlapping time windows.01-19-2012
20120014525Method and apparatus for simultaneously controlling near sound field and far sound field - An apparatus and method for forming a Personal Sound Zone (PSZ) at a location of a listener are provided. An apparatus for simultaneously controlling a near sound field and a far sound field may classify the near sound field and the far sound field based on a distance between an array speaker and a listener, and may control the near sound field and the far sound field and thus, it is possible to perform focusing even when the listener is located in adjacent to the array speaker. Additionally, the apparatus may generate a directive sound source using the array speaker, and at the same time, may reduce a sound pressure in a far field, thereby reducing a sound source spreading to the far field while focusing is performed at the location of the listener.01-19-2012
20120057709MULTIPLE CHANNEL AUDIO SYSTEM SUPPORTING DATA CHANNEL REPLACEMENT - An audio processing system is disclosed. The audio processing system may include a processor and a transmitter and may allow a surround sound system to utilize the transmission bandwidth efficiently by adaptively transmitting a supplementary data from a secondary source in addition to the audio signals of a primary source. The processor may determine a first number of channels available for audio in the transmitter and a second number of channels available in a remote receiver that is capable of receiving the audio. The processor may cause a secondary source to adaptively communicate a combination of data from a plurality of supplementary sources in some of a plurality of channels of the audio based upon the first number of channels and the second number of channels.03-08-2012
20120020480SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCED ACOUSTIC IMAGING - Methods, systems, and apparatus for using a psychoacoustic-bass-enhanced signal to drive an array of loudspeakers are disclosed.01-26-2012
20120020479MULTIMEDIA ACOUSTICS SYSTEM HAVING AUDIO FREQUENCY DIGITAL INTERFACE - A multimedia acoustics system having the audio frequency digital interface, which includes at least a USB or IEEE1394 interface, a USB or IEEE1394 outlay sound card, a set of D type or T type audio frequency power amplifier and controlling circuit or MPU chip which match it, a PCB board and at least more than a pair of sound box. In every sound box configuring a full band loudspeaker and/or bandpass heavy undertone loudspeaker whose caliber is no more than 7 inches, the loudspeaker is configured a single diaphragm more magnet gaps and more loops which have resistance load characteristic or approximately resistance load characteristic, thereby form audio frequency digital multimedia acoustics system which has super high sensitivity and high fidelity quality and has 2.0 or 2.1 channel which is supplied by pc USB or IEEE1394 interface and 4.1-7.1 channel which is supplied by single power supply.01-26-2012
20120020478INTERFACE CIRCUIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - An electronic device includes a processing unit for outputting a right channel audio signal and a left channel audio signal, and an interface circuit for generating a processed right channel audio signal and a processed left channel audio signal accordingly. The interface circuit includes two output units for electrically connecting two plugs of two speakers respectively. Each output unit includes a first pin, a second pin, and an anti-jam member. When a plug is inserted into the output unit, the first pin transmits the processed right channel audio signal to the plug, the second pin transmits the processed left channel audio signal to the plug, and the anti jam member is in an open state. When the plug is dependent from the output unit, the first pin is in series with the second pin by the anti jam member.01-26-2012
20120063603HOME THEATER COMPONENT FOR A VIRTUALIZED HOME THEATER SYSTEM - The present disclosure relates to a Wide Area Network (WAN) based home theater system. In one embodiment, a home theater at a subscriber premises includes multiple home theater components, which include multiple audio playback components and a video playback component. Each home theater component is enabled to receive data from and send data to a virtualized home theater service via a WAN. In operation, each home theater component receives an appropriate media content stream for the home theater component from the virtualized home theater service via the WAN and provides playback of the media content stream according to the absolute playback timestamps for the media content stream.03-15-2012
20120300945Stereo Coding Method and Apparatus - A stereo coding method includes transforming a stereo left channel signal and a stereo right channel signal in a time domain to a frequency domain to form a left channel signal and a right channel signal in the frequency domain; down-mixing the left channel signal and the right channel signal in the frequency domain to generate a monophonic down-mix signal, and transmitting bits obtained after quantization coding is performed on the down-mix signal; extracting spatial parameters of the left channel signal and the right channel signal in the frequency domain; estimating a group delay and a group phase between stereo left and right channels by using the left channel signal and the right channel signal in the frequency domain; and performing quantization coding on the group delay, the group phase and the spatial parameters, so as to obtain a high-quality stereo coding performance at a low bit rate.11-29-2012
20120300944MEDIA DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - A system and method for distributing media data such that the output of that media by a plurality of devices is synchronised. A source device is connected to a plurality of output devices by a plurality of Bluetooth connections and transmits media data and associated indications of time to the output devices. The output devices output the media at the time indicated.11-29-2012
20120300943AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - An audio signal processing apparatus and an audio signal processing method are provide. The audio signal processing apparatus comprises: a plurality of individual audio interfaces, an audio signal processing unit, and an audio channel splitting unit. The audio signal processing unit is utilized for determining a total number of audio channels corresponding to the individual audio interfaces and generating a first output audio signal with a first number of audio channels according to an input audio signal and the total number of audio channels when the audio signal processing apparatus is operated under a first operational mode. The audio channel splitting unit is coupled to the audio signal processing unit and the audio interfaces. When the audio signal processing apparatus is operated under the first operational mode, the audio channel splitting unit splits the first output audio signal with the first number of audio channels to the audio interfaces, respectively.11-29-2012
20120155651SOUND FIELD ADJUSTMENT DEVICE - A sound field adjusting device reproduces signals from plural speaker pairs arranged in an acoustic space. The device supplies signals to the plural speakers, gives different delays for the respective frequency bands to the signals supplied to at least to a proximity speaker pair which is a speaker pair closest to a listening position among the plural speakers, and gives a delay of a constant delay amount regardless of the frequency band to the speaker pairs other than the speaker pair to which the delays of different delay amounts for the respective frequency bands are given. In this case, the sound field adjusting device does not perform level adjustment, and the sound field adjustment is performed by only adjusting the delay amounts. Therefore, deterioration of sound pressure balance at the position other than the listening position can be avoided, and sound pressure balance at the listening position improved.06-21-2012
20120155652DIFFUSING ACOUSTICAL CROSSTALK - When two loudspeakers play the same signal, a “phantom center” image is produced between the speakers. However, this image differs from one produced by a real center speaker. In particular, acoustical crosstalk produces a comb-filtering effect, with cancellations that may be in the frequency range needed for the intelligibility of speech. Methods for using phase decorrelation to fill in these gaps and produce a flatter magnitude response are described, reducing coloration and potentially enhancing dialogue clarity. These methods also improve headphone compatibility and reduce the tendency of the phantom image to move toward the nearest speaker.06-21-2012
20120155650SPEAKER ARRAY FOR VIRTUAL SURROUND RENDERING - A device and method for generation of virtual surround sound with a two-way approach is provided. The device and method employs a first order head-related model designed to resemble interaural time difference localization and inter-aural level difference localization cues in the respective frequency bands while avoiding phantom imaging and excessive coloration.06-21-2012
20090141903SOUND IMAGE LOCALIZATION APPARATUS - The present invention provides a sound image localization apparatus capable of localizing a sound image at an intended sound image location unaffected by the physical feature of the listener.06-04-2009
20120207309Panning Presets - For media clips having audio content, a novel method for applying panning behaviors to the audio content is presented. The method receives a selection of a media clip having audio content and a selection of a panning preset for modifying a set of audio parameters of the audio content to create an audio panning effect. Each panning preset is associated with several sets of values where each set of values corresponds to the set of audio parameters. The audio parameters include parameters for determining a distribution of the audio content across a multi-channel output system. The method applies each the sets of values associated with the selected panning preset to successive portions of the audio content in order to control the distribution of the audio content to the multi-channel output system.08-16-2012
20110103590AUDIO SYSTEM PHASE EQUALIZATION - A method is provided for optimizing acoustic localization at one or more listening positions in a listening environment such as, but not limited to, a vehicle passenger compartment. The method includes generating a sound field with a group of loudspeakers assigned to at least one of the listening positions, the group of loudspeakers including first and second loudspeakers, where each loudspeaker is connected to a respective audio channel; calculating filter coefficients for a phase equalization filter; configuring a phase response for the phase equalization filter such that binaural phase difference (Δφ05-05-2011
20120121093ACOUSTIC SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND ACOUSTIC SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - When a correlation between an L channel and an R channel of a reproduction-target sound source is considerably high, virtual sound obtained from a reproduction signal is often more likely to be localized inside the head of a listener. A device includes: a correlation analysis unit (05-17-2012
20120121092SINGLE ENCLOSURE SURROUND SOUND LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM AND METHOD - A single enclosure loudspeaker system projects multi-channel surround sound into a listener's room, and so replaces multiple conventional surround channel loudspeakers. The loudspeaker system includes a pair of opposing multi transducer arrays oriented laterally toward walls or reflecting surfaces (relative to the viewing axis) within the media space. The multi-element arrays are housed in a single self-powered loudspeaker enclosure along with a single (or multiple) low-frequency electro-acoustical drive element(s). In one embodiment of the invention, surround channel program material is pre-processed by an integrated wireless transmission device that performs certain digital signal processing and channel mixing steps in advance of wireless surround signal broadcast to a receiver.05-17-2012
20100246832METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A BINAURAL AUDIO SIGNAL - An apparatus for generating a binaural audio signal includes a de-multiplexer and decoder which receives audio data comprising an audio M-channel audio signal which is a downmix of an N-channel audio signal and spatial parameter data for upmixing the M-channel audio signal to the N-channel audio signal. A conversion processor converts spatial parameters of the spatial parameter data into first binaural parameters in response to at least one binaural perceptual transfer function. A matrix processor converts the M-channel audio signal into a first stereo signal in response to the first binaural parameters. A stereo filter generates the binaural audio signal by filtering the first stereo signal. The filter coefficients for the stereo filter are determined in response to the at least one binaural perceptual transfer function by a coefficient processor. The combination of parameter conversion/processing and filtering allows a high quality binaural signal to be generated with low complexity.09-30-2010
20100246831AUDIO SPATIALIZATION AND ENVIRONMENT SIMULATION - Methods are disclosed for improving sound localization of the human ear. In some embodiments, the method may include creating virtual movement of a plurality of localized sources by applying a periodic function to one or more location parameters of a head related transfer function (HRTF).09-30-2010
20120128161DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING STEREOPHONIC OR PSEUDO-STEREOPHONIC AUDIO SIGNALS - The proposed apparatus or the proposed method permits the linear variation of the degree of correlation particularly of pseudo-stereophonic audio signals, and overall provides a comprehensive, albeit extremely simple, postprocessing option. This is desirable in telephony, for example, which, even today, is still almost fundamentally based on a mono signal, in the area of professional postprocessing of audio signals, particularly for narrowing or expanding the mapping width thereof, for obtaining stable FM stereo signals, or else in the area of high quality electronic consumer goods, the aim of which is extremely simple but efficient handling.05-24-2012
20120128159Decorrelator for Upmixing Systems - An improved decorrelator is disclosed that processes an input audio signal in two separate paths. In one path, a banded phase-flip filter is applied to lower frequencies of the input audio signal. In a second path, a frequency-dependent delay is applied to higher frequencies of the input audio signal. Signals from the two paths are combined to obtain an output signal that is psychoacoustically decorrelated with the input audio signal. The decorrelated signal can be mixed with the input audio signal without generating audible artifacts.05-24-2012
20120128160THREE-DIMENSIONAL SOUND CAPTURING AND REPRODUCING WITH MULTI-MICROPHONES - Systems, methods, apparatus, and machine-readable media for three-dimensional sound recording and reproduction using a multi-microphone setup are described.05-24-2012
20120213375Audio Spatialization and Environment Simulation - Methods and apparatus are disclosed for processing an audio sound source to create four-dimensional spatialized sound. A virtual sound source may be moved along a path in three-dimensional space over a specified time period to achieve four-dimensional sound localization. The various embodiments described herein provide methods and systems for converting existing mono, 2-channel and/or multi-channel audio signals into spatialized audio signals have two or more audio channels. The incoming audio signals may be down-mixed, up-mixed or otherwise translated into fewer, greater or the same number of audio channels. The various embodiments also describe methods, systems and apparatus for generating low frequency effect and center channel signals from incoming audio signals having one or more channels.08-23-2012
20120314873SYSTEM FOR OBJECTIVE QUALIFICATION OF LISTENER ENVELOPMENT OF A LOUDSPEAKER-ROOM ENVIRONMENT - A system quantifies listener envelopment in a loudspeakers-room environment. The system includes a binaural detector that receives frequency modulated audible noise signals from multiple loudspeakers. The binaural detector generates detected signals that are analyzed to determine an objective listener envelopment. The envelopment is based on binaural activity of one or more sub-bands of the detected signal.12-13-2012
20120314872SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING AN INPUT SIGNAL TO PRODUCE 3D AUDIO EFFECTS - A processing system for processing an input signal to produce three-dimensional audio effects is disclosed. The processing system comprises: a cue sending path configured to extract a set of binaural cues from the input signal and further configured to send at least a portion of the extracted set of binaural cues to at least one directional loudspeaker for transmission; and an ambience sending path configured to send at least a part of the input signal comprising ambience sounds to at least one conventional loudspeaker for transmission.12-13-2012
20120134500DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING STEREOPHONIC OR PSEUDO-STEREOPHONIC AUDIO SIGNALS - The invention permits optimum choice of those parameters which form the basis for the generation of stereophonic or pseudo-stereophonic signals. The user is provided with means for stipulating the degree of correlation, the definition range, the loudness and also further parameters of the resulting signals according to psychoacoustic aspects, and hence for preventing artifacts.05-31-2012
20120134499Audio Processing Devices, Multi-Channel Audio Application System, and Method Thereof - An audio processing device, including: an audio processing unit, for transforming a source audio signal into a first audio signal and a second audio signal, wherein if the source audio signal is an audio signal with multi-channels, the first audio signal is one of the multi-channels and the second audio signal is another one of multi-channels; a wireless communication unit, for outputting a coding signal according to the second audio signal; and a speaker unit, for outputting the first audio signal only.05-31-2012
20120250869Sound Image Localization Control Apparatus - A sound image localization control apparatus includes: a distributing unit configured to produce first and second audio signals which have a time difference, from an input audio signal, and configured to supply the first audio signal to one of a plurality of speakers; and a virtual-sound source processing unit configured to produce a virtual-sound source signal for localizing a sound source at a virtual sound source position in a space where the plurality of speakers are disposed, which is to be supplied to the one of the plurality of speakers, based on the second audio signal.10-04-2012
20120170757IMMERSIVE AUDIO RENDERING SYSTEM - A depth processing system can employ stereo speakers to achieve immersive effects. The depth processing system can advantageously manipulate phase and/or amplitude information to render audio along a listener's median plane, thereby rendering audio along varying depths. In one embodiment, the depth processing system analyzes left and right stereo input signals to infer depth, which may change over time. The depth processing system can then vary the phase and/or amplitude decorrelation between the audio signals over time to enhance the sense of depth already present in the audio signals, thereby creating an immersive depth effect.07-05-2012
20120170759SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCED STREAMING AUDIO - A system and method for enhancement and management of streaming audio is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system provides a client-side decoder that is compatible with numerous audio formats, so that a user can enjoy relatively high-quality audio from various sources, even from sources that do not provide multi-channel or high-quality audio data. The system and method also include a management system for managing and controlling the use of licensed signal processing software to further enhance an audio stream. In one embodiment, the management system is used to manage a signal processing module that provides psychoacoustic audio processing to create a wider soundstage, an acoustic correction process to increase the perceived height and clarity of the audio image, and bass enhancement processing to create the perception of low bass from the small speakers or headphones typically used with multi-media systems and portable audio players.07-05-2012
20120170758MULTI-CHANNEL SOUND PANNER - A method and apparatus for multi-channel panning is provided. The panner can support an arbitrary number of input channels and changes to configurations to the output sound space. For example, the panner seamlessly handles changes in the number of input channels. Also, the panner supports changes to the number and positions of speakers in the output space. In one embodiment, the panner allows continuous control of attenuation and collapsing. In one embodiment, the panner keeps source channels on the periphery of the sound space when collapsing channels. In one embodiment, the panner allows control over the path by which sources collapse.07-05-2012
20120170756IMMERSIVE AUDIO RENDERING SYSTEM - A depth processing system can employ stereo speakers to achieve immersive effects. The depth processing system can advantageously manipulate phase and/or amplitude information to render audio along a listener's median plane, thereby rendering audio along varying depths. In one embodiment, the depth processing system analyzes left and right stereo input signals to infer depth, which may change over time. The depth processing system can then vary the phase and/or amplitude decorrelation between the audio signals over time to enhance the sense of depth already present in the audio signals, thereby creating an immersive depth effect.07-05-2012
20110188661Flat Panel Loudspeakers - A flat panel loudspeaker with such an emission characteristic is obtained which, in the event of the flat panel loudspeaker being set up inversely, provides an improved listening result in that a loudspeaker is provided within the housing, and a sound conduction is configured such that sound from the loudspeaker is conducted outward via an acoustic aperture within the housing for undirected emission.08-04-2011
20090116653Audio signal processing device, audio signal processing method, program thereof, and recording meduim containing the program - Stream audio signals input in channel input terminals (05-07-2009
20120076307PROCESSING OF AUDIO CHANNELS - An audio apparatus comprises a processor (03-29-2012
20120076306SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR - A surround sound system comprises a receiver (03-29-2012
20120076305Spatial Audio Mixing Arrangement - A method comprising: receiving a plurality of audio input signals in a mixer apparatus; selecting a predetermined number of active audio input signals to be used as the basis for room effect signal generation; applying the predetermined number of dedicated room effect processing units based at least partly on the selected predetermined number of audio input signals; creating a set of spatialized signals for a plurality of audio output signals; and creating the plurality of audio output signals by combining, for each output signal m, spatialized signals created for the output signal m and room effect signals from all room effect processing units.03-29-2012
20120314871INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes a storage, a sensor, a controller, and a sound output unit. The storage is capable of storing a plurality of sound information items associated with respective positions. The sensor is capable of detecting a displacement of one of the information processing apparatus and a user of the information processing apparatus. The controller is capable of extracting at least one sound information satisfying a predetermined condition out of the plurality of stored sound information items and generating, based on the detected displacement, multichannel sound information obtained by localizing the extracted sound information at the associated position. The sound output unit is capable of converting the generated multichannel sound information into stereo sound information and outputting it.12-13-2012
20090060210CIRCUIT AND PROGRAM FOR PROCESSING MULTICHANNEL AUDIO SIGNALS AND APPARATUS FOR REPRODUCING SAME - A circuit for processing multichannel audio signals, comprises a frequency characteristics correction device and an output device. The frequency characteristics correction device corrects frequency characteristics of an audio signal of a channel including an audio signal component having a predetermined frequency band, of audio signals of a multichannel comprising at least a right channel and a left channel, in accordance with correction characteristics determined based on a head related transfer function. The output device mixes the audio signal component having the frequency characteristics corrected with an audio signal of the right channel and an audio signal of the left channel to generate mixed output audio signals, and outputting the mixed output audio signals as a right channel output audio signal and a left channel output audio signal.03-05-2009
20090060209Audio-signal processing apparatus and method - Each of audio signals divided into several frequency bands are amplified per frequency band in accordance with gain characteristics that covers a sound-level range from a lowest level to a highest level of each signal. The range has a low range from the lowest level to a first level, a high range from a second level to the highest level, and an intermediate range from the first to second levels between the low and high ranges. The intermediate range has a transition point having a sound level higher than the first level but lower than the second level. Each signal is amplified such that a sound level of each signal is increased from the first level to the sound level of the transition point and then lowered from the sound level of the transition point to the second level in the intermediate range in accordance with the gain characteristics. The amplified audio signals are added and outputted.03-05-2009
20090060208Manipulating Spatial Processing in a Audio System - A vehicle audio system that includes a source of audio signals, which may include both entertainment audio signals and announcement audio signals, speakers for radiating audio signals, and spatial enhancement circuitry comprising circuitry to avoid applying spatial enhancement processing to the announcement audio signals.03-05-2009
20090060207 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SOUND SOURCE SEPARATION - The present invention relates generally to the field of audio engineering and more particularly to methods of Sound Source Separation, where individual sources are extracted from a multiple source recording. More specifically, the present invention is directed at a method of analysis of stereo recordings to facilitate the separation of individual musical sound sources from stereo music recordings. In particular, the method provides for A method of modifying a stereo recording for subsequent analysis, the stereo recording comprising a first channel signal and a second channel signal, the method comprising the steps of: converting the first channel signal into the frequency domain, converting the second channel signal into the frequency domain, defining a set of scaling factors, producing a frequency azimuth plane by 1) gain scaling the frequency converted first channel by a first scaling factor selected from the set of defined scaling factors, 2) subtracting the gain scaled first signal from the second signal, and 3) repeating steps 1) and 2) individually for the remaining scaling factors in the defined set to produce the frequency azimuth plane which represents magnitudes of different frequencies for each of the scaling factors and which may be used for subsequent analysis.03-05-2009
20120224701ACOUSTIC APPARATUS, ACOUSTIC ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND PROGRAM - An acoustic apparatus which outputs test signals from a plurality of speakers configuring a multichannel reproduction system and adjusts acoustic characteristics by picking up response signals from the speakers using a microphone, includes a test signal storage unit storing test signals output from the speakers; a response signal storage unit storing response signals from the speakers picked up by the microphone; a parameter calculation unit calculating acoustic adjustment parameters including at least a polarity reversal parameter and a phase filter parameter based on the response signals from the speakers stored in the response signal storage unit; and an acoustic adjustment parameter storage unit storing the acoustic adjustment parameters calculated by the parameter calculation unit. The parameter calculation unit calculates the polarity reversal parameter using a low-pass component of the response signals.09-06-2012
20120224700SOUND IMAGE CONTROL DEVICE AND SOUND IMAGE CONTROL METHOD - A sound-image control device includes a sound-image controller that processes a left sound signal and a right sound signal to localize a sound image at a predetermined position. The sound-image controller performs control for enhancing a sense of depth to a sound image originally included in an input sound signal.09-06-2012
20120263306Acoustic Spatial Projector - A method and system for producing an acoustic spatial projection by creating audio channels for producing an acoustic field by mixing, on a reflective surface, sounds associated with the audio channels is provided. In one embodiment, a method includes the step of using audio information to determining a set of audio channels. Each audio channel is associated with a sound source, such as one or more loudspeakers, and for a subset of the audio channels, the associated sound sources emit sound waves directed at a reflective surface prior to being received at a listening location. The method further includes steps of determining an acoustic response of a listening environment; steps of determining a delay to apply to one or more channels of the set of audio channels; and steps of determining a frequency compensation to apply to one or more channels of the audio channels.10-18-2012
20120263307TRANSLATING USER INTERFACE SOUNDS INTO 3D AUDIO SPACE - Translating user interface sounds into 3D audio comprises: receiving an audio request call from a process relating to a user interface event; converting the audio request call into a position in 3D audio space representative of the process from which the call has been received; and playing a corresponding sound in a surround sound system in the position in 3D audio space. Each open application in a graphical user interface may be provided with a sound space, in the 3D audio space, from which any event sounds are played.10-18-2012
20110123032SINGLE SOUND TRANSMISSION APPARATUS USING HUMAN BODY COMMUNICATON - Provided is a single sound transmission apparatus using human body communication. The single sound transmission apparatus includes a sound signal generator generating a sound signal of an audio frequency band, a high frequency signal generator generating a high frequency signal having a higher frequency than the audio frequency band, a signal combiner generating a combined signal by combining the sound signal with the high frequency signal, and a signal transmitter varying a phase difference between the combined signal outputted from the signal combiner and the high frequency signal outputted from the high frequency signal generator, and outputting the combined signal and the high frequency signal together to a human body, in order to leave only the sound signal through destructive interference of the high frequency signal of the combined signal, wherein the destructive interference is generated in an ear area of the human body.05-26-2011
20110123031MULTI CHANNEL AUDIO PROCESSING - A method including: receiving at least a first input audio channel and a second input audio channel; and using an inter-channel prediction model to form at least one inter-channel parameter.05-26-2011
20110123030Dynamic spatial audio zones configuration - A method for presenting audio-visual content for a display includes defining a window associated with a program having associated audio signals on the display. An audio position is defined for the audio signals based upon a position of the window on the display, and a position of at least two speakers associated with the display. The audio signals are modified based upon the audio position in such a manner that the audio signals appear to originate from the window.05-26-2011
20120237037N Surround - Techniques are provided to use near-field speakers to add depth information that may be missing, incomplete, or imperceptible in far-field sound waves from far-field speakers, and to remove the multi-channel cross talk and reflected sound waves that otherwise may be inherent in a listening space with the far-field speakers alone. In some possible embodiments, a calibration tone may be monitored at each of a listener's ears. The calibration tone may be emitted by two or more far-field speakers. One or more audio portions from two or more near-field speakers may be outputted based on results of monitoring the calibration tone.09-20-2012
20110002467DYNAMIC ENHANCEMENT OF AUDIO SIGNALS - An audio processor for generating an audio output signal (Y) with an enhanced spectral component compared to an audio input signal (X). The processor comprises a frequency splitter (FS) for splitting the input (X) into first and second parts (X01-06-2011
20110038484 DEVICE FOR AND A METHOD OF PROCESSING AUDIO DATA02-17-2011
20120269350AUDIO DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO APPARATUS, AND AUDIO DATA PROCESSING METHOD - An audio data processing apparatus and the like are provided in which waveform distortion generated when a virtual sound source moves is resolved so that noise caused by waveform distortion is reduced remarkably. The present invention includes: a step of calculating distances measured at different time points between the position of the virtual sound source and a speaker; a step of, when these distances are different from each other, judging whether the virtual sound source is departing or approaching relative to the speaker; and a step of identifying and correcting the part of waveform distortion depending on departing or approaching.10-25-2012
20110222694APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A CONVERTED SPATIAL AUDIO SIGNAL - An apparatus for determining a converted spatial audio signal, the converted spatial audio signal having an omnidirectional audio component and at least one directional audio component, from an input spatial audio signal, the input spatial audio signal having an input audio representation and an input direction of arrival. The apparatus has an estimator for estimating a wave representation having a wave field measure and a wave direction of arrival measure based on the input audio representation and the input direction of arrival. The apparatus further has a processor for processing the wave field measure and the wave direction of arrival measure to obtain the omnidirectional audio component and the at least one directional component.09-15-2011
20110222693Apparatus, method and computer-readable medium producing vertical direction virtual channel - Provided is an apparatus, method and computer-readable medium generating a vertical direction virtual channel that may apply a vertical direction spectrum shape to a source signal, and generate a vertical direction virtual speaker signal by adjusting a gain with respect to a signal in which the vertical direction spectrum shape is applied, based on virtual speaker direction information.09-15-2011
20100189267SPEAKER ARRAY APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A speaker array apparatus for outputting sound beams of a plurality of channels based on audio signals of the plurality of channels, includes a directivity control section that controls a directivity of at least one of the sound beams of the channels so as to generate one or more pairs of the sound beams of the channels having roughly the same directivity, and a frequency characteristic applying section that applies a frequency characteristic to the audio signal corresponding to one of the sound beams of the channels in the one or more pairs to change a sound image localization position of the one of the sound beams of the channels in the one or more pairs.07-29-2010
20100189266METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN AUDIO SIGNAL - A method of processing an audio signal is disclosed. The present invention comprises receiving a downmix signal, object information and preset information, generating downmix processing information using the object information and the preset information, processing the downmix signal using the downmix processing information, and generating multi-channel information using the object information and the preset information, wherein the preset information is extracted from a bitstream. Accordingly, a gain and panning of an object can be easily controlled without user's setting for each object using preset information set in advance. And, a gain and panning of an object can be controlled using preset information modified based on a selection made by a user.07-29-2010
20090080666APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING AN AMBIENT SIGNAL IN AN APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING WEIGHTING COEFFICIENTS FOR EXTRACTING AN AMBIENT SIGNAL AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An apparatus for extracting an ambient signal from an input audio signal comprises a gain-value determinator configured to determine a sequence of time-varying ambient signal gain values for a given frequency band of the time-frequency distribution of the input audio signal in dependence on the input audio signal. The apparatus comprises a weighter configured to weight one of the sub-band signals representing the given frequency band of the time-frequency-domain representation with the time-varying gain values, to obtain a weighted sub-band signal. The gain-value determinator is configured to obtain one or more quantitative feature-values describing one or more features of the input audio signal and to provide the gain-value as a function of the one or more quantitative feature values such that the gain values are quantitatively dependent on the quantitative values. The gain value determinator is configured to determine the gain values such that ambience components are emphasized over non-ambience components in the weighted sub-band signal.03-26-2009
20120328108ACOUSTIC CONTROL APPARATUS - According to an embodiment, a control filter coefficient is calculated in such a manner that a second spatial average of one or more complex sound pressure ratios at one or more target binaural positions when a first loudspeaker and a second loudspeaker emit a second acoustic signal and a first acoustic signal is approximated to a first spatial average of one or more complex sound pressure ratios at the one or more target binaural positions when a target virtual acoustic source emits the first acoustic signal.12-27-2012
20120328107AUDIO METRICS FOR HEAD-RELATED TRANSFER FUNCTION (HRTF) SELECTION OR ADAPTATION - A method includes detecting, via a first microphone coupled to a user's left ear, a sound, detecting, via a second microphone coupled to the user's right ear, the sound, determining a time difference between detection of the sound at the first microphone and detection of the sound at the second microphone, and estimating a user's head size based on the time difference. The method also includes identifying a head-related transfer function (HRTF) associated with the user's head size or modifying, a HRTF based on the user's head size. The method further includes applying the identified HRTF or modified HRTF to audio signals to produce output signals and forwarding the output signals to first and second speakers coupled to the user's left and right ears.12-27-2012
20120328109SPATIAL SOUND REPRODUCTION - An apparatus for spatial sound reproduction comprises a receiver (12-27-2012
20120328110DECORRELATING AUDIO SIGNALS FOR STEREOPHONIC AND SURROUND SOUND USING CODED AND MAXIMUM-LENGTH-CLASS SEQUENCES - Methods and systems for processing an audio signal are provided. The method includes generating a pseudorandom sequence and generating at least one reciprocal of the pseudorandom sequence such that the at least one reciprocal is substantially decorrelated with the pseudorandom sequence. The pseudorandom sequence and the at least one reciprocal form a set of sequences. The method further includes convolving the audio signal with the set of sequences to generate a corresponding number of output signals and providing the number of output signals to a corresponding number of loudspeakers.12-27-2012
20120288099METHOD, MEDIUM, AND SYSTEM ENCODING/DECODING MULTI-CHANNEL SIGNAL - A multi-channel signal decoding method is provided. A down-mixed signal representative of a multi-channel signal is decoded, and parameters representing characteristic relations between channels of the multi-channel signal are decoded. An additional parameter is estimated by using the decoded parameters, and the decoded down-mixed signal is up-mixed by using the decoded parameters and the estimated parameter so as to decode the multi-channel signal.11-15-2012
20100202619SOUND REPRODUCTION SYSTEM COMPRISING A LOUDSPEAKER ENCLOSURE WITH PORTS, AND ASSOCIATED PROCESSING CIRCUIT - A sound reproduction system includes a loudspeaker enclosure that has a first loudspeaker and a second loudspeaker which are mounted on a surface of the enclosure. The first and second loudspeakers are respectively accommodated in a first space and a second space of the enclosure, the spaces being separated by a partition and being in communication with a first port and a second port, respectively. The first and second ports are located on opposite sides of the unit formed by the first and second loudspeakers. Processing elements are used for respectively applying a first and a second electric signal to the first and second loudspeaker, the first and second electric signals being generated from a single signal by differentiated phase processing that varies according to the frequency such that the first and second electric signals are offset relative to one another by a variable period of time which is proportionate to the acoustic distance between the first half of the loudspeaker enclosure including the first space, the first loudspeaker, and the first port, and the second half of the loudspeaker enclosure including the second space, the second loudspeaker, and the second port.08-12-2010
20130010968Sound Processing Apparatus - In a sound processing apparatus, a matrix factorization unit acquires a non-negative first basis matrix including a plurality of basis vectors that represent spectra of sound components of a first sound source, and acquires an observation matrix that represents time series of a spectrum of a sound signal corresponding to a mixed sound of the first sound source and a second sound source different from the first sound source. The matrix factorization unit generates a first coefficient matrix, a second basis matrix and a second coefficient matrix from the observation matrix by non-negative matrix factorization using the first basis matrix. A sound generation unit generates either of a sound signal according to the first basis matrix and the first coefficient matrix or a sound signal according to the second basis matrix and the second coefficient matrix.01-10-2013
20130010969METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPRODUCING THREE-DIMENSIONAL SOUND - Stereophonic sound is reproduced by acquiring image depth information indicating a distance between at least one object in an image signal and a reference location, acquiring sound depth information indicating a distance between at least one sound object in a sound signal and a reference location based on the image depth information, and providing sound perspective to the at least one sound object based on the sound depth information.01-10-2013
20130016842APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR CONVERTING A FIRST PARAMETRIC SPATIAL AUDIO SIGNAL INTO A SECOND PARAMETRIC SPATIAL AUDIO SIGNAL - An apparatus for converting a first parametric spatial audio signal representing a first listening position or a first listening orientation in a spatial audio scene to a second parametric spatial audio signal representing a second listening position or a second listening orientation is described, the apparatus including: a spatial audio signal modification unit adapted to modify the first parametric spatial audio signal dependent on a change of the first listening position or the first listening orientation so as to obtain the second parametric spatial audio signal, wherein the second listening position or the second listening orientation corresponds to the first listening position or the first listening orientation changed by the change.01-17-2013
20110158414Passive Sound Pressure Level Limiter with Balancing Circuit - A passive sound pressure level (SPL) limiter is provided that can be used with audio sources of varying drive levels and headphones or earphones of varying sensitivity. The SPL limiter includes a control circuit and left and right channel limiting circuits, each of which includes a pair of FETS. The SPL limiter may include a balancing circuit that separates the control signal output by the control circuit into left and right channel control signals. The SPL limiter may also include a microphone, for example integrated into an earpiece cable.06-30-2011
20130022204LOCATION DETECTION USING SURROUND SOUND SETUP - Methods and device are provided for calibrating one or more components of a home theater system. In one embodiment a method includes detecting a command to calibrate a home theater system, providing a prompt based on the command to request a voiced response, and receiving a sound signal associated with a user in response to the prompt, the sound signal detected by at least one speaker of the home theater system. The method may further include determining a position of the user based on the sound signal, and calibrating at least one component of the home theater system based on the position.01-24-2013
20130022206SPATIAL AUDIO PROCESSOR AND A METHOD FOR PROVIDING SPATIAL PARAMETERS BASED ON AN ACOUSTIC INPUT SIGNAL - A spatial audio processor for providing spatial parameters based on an acoustic input signal has a signal characteristics determiner and a controllable parameter estimator. The signal characteristics determiner is configured to determine a signal characteristic of the acoustic input signal. The controllable parameter estimator for calculating the spatial parameters for the acoustic input signal in accordance with a variable spatial parameter calculation rule is configured to modify the variable spatial parameter calculation rule in accordance with the determined signal characteristic.01-24-2013
20130022205BINAURAL DECODER TO OUTPUT SPATIAL STEREO SOUND AND A DECODING METHOD THEREOF - A binaural decoder for an MPEG surround stream, which decodes an MPEG surround stream into a stereo 3D signal, and a decoding method thereof. The method includes dividing a compressed audio stream and head related transfer function (HRTF) data into subbands, selecting predetermined subbands of the HRTF data divided into subbands and filtering the HRTF data to obtain the selected subbands, decoding the audio stream divided into subbands into a stream of multi-channel audio data with respect to subbands according to spatial additional information, and binaural-synthesizing the HRTF data of the selected subbands with the multi-channel audio data of corresponding subbands.01-24-2013
20120243689APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING DEPTH/DISTANCE OF SOUND AND METHOD THEREOF - An apparatus for controlling depth/distance of sound and method thereof are disclosed, by which an audio signal can be outputted to correspond to a depth of an image, i.e., a disparity in displaying a stereoscopic image. The present invention includes extracting at least one object from an image, measuring a depth change value in accordance with a motion of the object within the image, and changing a depth/distance level of the sound based on the depth change value of the object.09-27-2012
20090290717DELAY TIME CALCULATION APPARATUS, DELAY TIME CALCULATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR - A delay time calculation apparatus that enables all of speaker units constituting a speaker array to contribute to the formation of a combined wavefront directed to an area specified by a user. The delay time calculation apparatus includes a delay time calculation unit that calculates delay times of delayed audio signals supplied to the speaker units such that a ratio at which an evaluation object area is occupied by an area to which an acoustic wave output from each speaker unit reaches earlier than acoustic waves output from the other speaker units falls within a predetermined range. The evaluation object area is a target area to which a combined wavefront of acoustic waves output from the speaker units is directed, or is a perspective projection image of the target area onto a predetermined evaluation plane.11-26-2009
20080253578Method of and Device for Generating and Processing Parameters Representing Hrtfs - A method of generating parameters representing Head-Related Transfer Functions, the method comprising the steps of a) sampling with a sample length (n) a first time-domain HRTF impulse response signal using a sampling rate (fs) yielding a first time-discrete signal, b) transforming the first time-discrete signal to the frequency domain yielding a first frequency-domain signal, c) splitting the first frequency-domain signal into sub-bands, and d) generating a first parameter of the sub-bands based on a statistical measure of values of the sub-bands.10-16-2008
20080253577Multi-channel sound panner - A method and apparatus for multi-channel panning is provided. The panner can support an arbitrary number of input channels and changes to configurations to the output sound space. For example, the panner seamlessly handles changes in the number of input channels. Also, the panner supports changes to the number and positions of speakers in the output space. In one embodiment, the panner allows continuous control of attenuation and collapsing. In one embodiment, the panner keeps source channels on the periphery of the sound space when collapsing channels. In one embodiment, the panner allows control over the path by which sources collapse.10-16-2008
20080247553Stereophonic Sound Reproduction Device - A stereophonic sound reproduction device has a sound amplifying device that amplifies multi channel surround sound signals for respective channels and outputs the multi channel surround sound signals to a plurality of speakers that are located surrounding a listening position and a rear reverberation creation device, in the rear reverberation creation device, convolution computations are performed on direct sound or initial reflected sound contained in the sound signals of the respective channels of multi channel surround sound signals, and reverberation groups that have flat frequency characteristics and have non-uniform delay time intervals, and that have different delay time intervals for the respective channels while having the same envelope characteristics for the respective channels are created and output for the respective channels.10-09-2008
20130170647SOUND FIELD CALIBRATION USING LISTENER LOCALIZATION - Systems, methods, and apparatus to calibrate sounds fields are disclosed. An example device includes a location sensor receiving location data, a processor triangulating the position of a listener based on the location data, and an audio processing component generating a sound field with audio characteristics based on the position of the listener.07-04-2013
20130170648SURROUND SIGNAL GENERATING DEVICE, SURROUND SIGNAL GENERATING METHOD and SURROUND SIGNAL GENERATING PROGRAM - A surround signal generating device includes: a surround signal generating unit which subtracts a sound signal obtained by multiplying a first gain by an inputted sound signal of a right channel from an inputted sound signal of a left channel so as to generate a surround signal of the left channel, and which subtracts a sound signal obtained by multiplying a second gain by the inputted sound signal of the left channel from the inputted sound signal of the right channel so as to generate a surround signal of the right channel; and a gain setting unit which sets the first gain and the second gain so that a correlation between the surround signal of the left channel and the surround signal of the right channel which are generated by the surround signal generating unit realizes a correlation between surround signals of an actual content having a surround sound.07-04-2013
20080232602Using Ray Tracing for Real Time Audio Synthesis - According to embodiments of the invention, a sound engine may determine a final sound at a listener location by emulating sound waves within a three-dimensional scene. The sound engine may emulate sound waves by issuing rays from a location of a sound event and tracing the rays through the three-dimensional scene. The rays may intersect objects within the three-dimensional scene which have sound modification factors. The sound modification factors and other factors (e.g., distance traveled by the ray, angle of intersection with the object, etc.) may be applied to the sound event to determine a final sound which is heard by the listener.09-25-2008
20080226084ARRAY SPEAKER APPARATUS - An array speaker apparatus includes an array speaker in which plural speaker units are arranged in a single body, a sound source localization adding unit which generates left and right audio signals by performing localization processing for adding sound characteristics to audio signals of a front-left channel and a front-right channel on the basis of head transfer functions, and a sound emitting direction control unit which distributes the left and right audio signals to one or plural speaker units of the array speaker, and controls timing with which the speaker units output the audio signals so that a left sound emitted from the array speaker forms the same sound wavefront formed by a sound emitted from one of virtual point sound sources and that a right sound emitted from the array speaker forms the same sound wavefront formed by a sound emitted from the other of the virtual point sound sources.09-18-2008
20130202116Apparatus and Method for the Time-Oriented Evaluation and Optimization of Stereophonic or Pesudo-Stereophonic Signals - The present invention relates to devices and methods for producing stereophonic or pseudostereophonic signals. In particular, the interrelations between spatial and technical parameters are examined and new ways of optimizing said parameters are proposed. Furthermore, inverse problems are applied in an unexpected manner to optimization problems pertaining to the conversion. The invention is relevant particularly to the encoding of audio signals.08-08-2013
20130202117METHODS OF USING HEAD RELATED TRANSFER FUNCTION (HRTF) ENHANCEMENT FOR IMPROVED VERTICAL- POLAR LOCALIZATION IN SPATIAL AUDIO SYSTEMS - A method of enhancing vertical polar localization of a head related transfer function (HRTF). The method includes splitting an audio signal and generating left and right output signal by enhancing a left lateral magnitude of the respective signal by determining a log lateral component of the respective frequency-dependent audio gain that is equal to a median log frequency-dependent audio gain for all audio signals of that channel having an desired one of the plurality of perceived source locations. A vertical magnitude of the respective audio signal is enhanced by determining a log vertical component of the respective frequency-dependent audio gain that is equal to a product of a first enhancement factor and a difference between the respective frequency-dependent audio gain at the desired one of the plurality of perceived source locations and the lateral magnitude of respective audio signal. The output signals are time delayed according to an interaural time and delivered to left and right ears of a listener.08-08-2013
20130177159INTERCONNECTED SPEAKER SYSTEM - A system that alters the frequency and/or phase response to attenuate the signal to a first internal channel within a speaker box having two speakers so as to minimize interference with the second speaker when reproducing a mono signal (either left or right) in an interconnected stereo system.07-11-2013
20130177158METHOD FOR SENDING MULTIPLE PCM AUDIO CHANNELS OVER AN INDUSTRY-STANDARD STEREO LINK - A system and method for sending a multi-channel PCM audio stream over a link. An encoder combines a plurality of individual PCM audio channels into a multi-channel audio stream and encodes the multi-channel audio stream to maintain channel order, wherein encoding includes using a bit of one of the encoded channels to mark the encoded channel as a first channel. A transmitter transmits the encoded multi-channel audio stream over the link. A receiver receives the transmitted and encoded multi-channel audio stream and recovers the encoded multi-channel audio stream and one or more clocks. A decoder locates the first channel and de-interleaves the multiple audio streams into individual PCM-encoded audio channels, wherein locating includes looking for the bit that marks the first channel.07-11-2013
20110274279SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCED STREAMING AUDIO - A system and method for enhancement and management of streaming audio is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system provides a client-side decoder that is compatible with numerous audio formats, so that a user can enjoy relatively high-quality audio from various sources, even from sources that do not provide multi-channel or high-quality audio data. The system and method also include a management system for managing and controlling the use of licensed signal processing software to further enhance an audio stream. In one embodiment, the management system is used to manage a signal processing module that provides psychoacoustic audio processing to create a wider soundstage, an acoustic correction process to increase the perceived height and clarity of the audio image, and bass enhancement processing to create the perception of low bass from the small speakers or headphones typically used with multi-media systems and portable audio players.11-10-2011
20110274278METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPRODUCING STEREOPHONIC SOUND - Method and apparatus reproduce a stereophonic sound. The method includes obtaining sound depth information which denotes a distance between at least one object within a sound signal and a reference position, and providing sound perspective to the sound object output from a speaker, based on the sound depth information.11-10-2011
20130142338Virtual Reality Sound Source Localization Apparatus - The present invention provides an apparatus with sound source localization. Spatial information and original audios are synthesized by a mono signal analyzer/synthesizer of a multi-channel system to obtain a three-dimensional (3D) virtual reality sound effect. By extracting and synthesizing spatial parameters, only original audio objects and spatial location data are required to obtain an effect of multi-channel spatial audio. Thus, a multi-channel playback system is formed with a small bit stream in transference to obtain Doppler effect on simulating moving of audio objects in real life.06-06-2013
20130142339REDUCTION OF SPURIOUS UNCORRELATION IN FM RADIO NOISE - The document relates to audio signal processing, in particular to a system and a corresponding method for improving an audio signal of an FM stereo radio receiver, in this context, one aspect relates to the estimation of noise in a received side signal and the compensation of such noise in parametric stereo parameters. A system for generating a parametric stereo parameter from a two-channel audio signal is described. The two-channel audio signal is presentable as a mid signal and side signal representative of a corresponding left and right audio signal. The system comprises a noise estimation stage configured to determine an impact factor characteristic for the noise of the side signal; and a parametric stereo parameter estimation stage configured to determine the parametric stereo parameter; wherein the determining is based on the two-channel audio signal and the impact factor.06-06-2013
20130142340CONCEALMENT OF INTERMITTENT MONO RECEPTION OF FM STEREO RADIO RECEIVERS - The present invention relates to audio signal processing. In particular, it relates to a method and system for reliably concealing intermittent mono reception of FM stereo radio receivers. The system comprises a parametric stereo parameter estimation stage configured to determine a first parametric stereo parameter based on a first frame of the received two-channel audio signal. The system further comprises a concealment detection stage configured to determine an energy of a side signal within the first signal frame; determine a number of following successive signal frames during which the energy of the side signal drops from a value above the high threshold to a value below a low threshold; determine that the two-channel audio signal following the first signal frame is a forced mono signal if the number of successive signal frames is below a frame threshold; and determine the parametric stereo parameter based on the first parametric stereo parameter.06-06-2013
20090232317Method and Device for Efficient Binaural Sound Spatialization in the Transformed Domain - The invention concerns a method and a system for sound spatialization of a first set of not less than one of the audio channels encoded on of a number of frequency subbands (SBk) and decoded in a transformed domain (Fl, C, Fr, Sr, SI, Ife) into a second set of not less than two (Bl, Br) sound channels in the time domain, from modelling filters converted into a gain and a delay applicable in the transformed domain involving: filtering (A) through equalization, subband delay of the signal by applying at least one gain and one delay to generate from each of said encoded channels an equalized and delayed component; adding (B) a subset of equalized and delayed signals to create a number of filtered signals corresponding to not less than two; synthesizing (C) each of said filtered signals to obtain the second set of not less than two reproduction sound channels (Bl, Br) in the time domain.09-17-2009
20080219454Sound Image Localization Apparatus - It is an object of the present invention to provide a sound image localization apparatus which can provide a sound image localized in a targeted spot with accuracy for each listener, and reduce the amount of data and calculations needed to localize the sound image in the targeted spot with accuracy. The parameter setting unit 09-11-2008
20130114817METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING INTERCHANNEL DELAY OF SOUND SIGNAL - A method and an apparatus for estimating an interchannel delay of a sound signal are disclosed, related to the communication field and capable of realizing a stable sound field in a crosstalk. The method includes: calculating an error between an actual interchannel phase difference and a predicted interchannel phase difference of a sound signal, where the predicted interchannel phase difference is predicted according to a predetermined interchannel delay of the sound signal; determining whether the sound signal is a sound signal in a crosstalk according to the error; and if the sound signal is a sound signal in the crosstalk, setting an interchannel delay corresponding to the sound signal to a fixed value05-09-2013
20130101122APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AND PLAYING OBJECT BASED AUDIO CONTENTS - Disclosed is an object based audio contents generating/playing apparatus. The object based audio contents generating/playing apparatus may include an object audio signal obtaining unit to obtain a plurality of object audio signals by recording a plurality of sound source signals, a recording space information obtaining unit to obtain recording space information with respect to a recording space of the plurality of sound source signals, a sound source location information obtaining unit to obtain sound location information of the plurality of sound source signals, and an encoding unit to generate object based audio contents by encoding at least one of the plurality of object audio signals, the recording space information, and the sound source location information, thereby enabling the object based audio contents to be played using at least one of a WFS scheme and a multi-channel surround scheme regardless of a reproducing environment of the audience.04-25-2013
20080199014Low power downmix energy equalization in parametric stereo encoders - A method and audio device are presented that preserve mono energy during downmixing of a hybrid coding process of an audio signal. The method includes calculating a stereo scaling factor in a group level that is definable within a stereo band. The method may also include updating the stereo scaling factor using an update rate and synchronizing the update rate of a spatial parameter during a fast changing transient portion of the signal. A number of groups in a first stereo band may be greater than a number of groups in a second stereo band, and the first stereo band may be a lower frequency band than the second band or may be perceptually more important than the second band.08-21-2008
20110243334AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS - In an audio processing apparatus of the present invention, one or two audio signals selected from a surround rear left audio signal, a left outer audio signal and a left upper audio signal is (are) amplified to be outputted from a speaker terminal(s) corresponding to this (these) channel(s) without necessity to provide amplifiers of all channels. When the surround rear left audio signal is included, a switch S10-06-2011
20110235808Audio Reproduction Device and Audio Reproduction Method - A method, apparatus, and computer-readable storage medium for processing a sound signal is provided. The method includes receiving first reference data associated with a positional relationship between reference locations on a first device, receiving second reference data associated with a positional relationship between reference locations on a second device, receiving a reference transfer characteristic, wherein the reference transfer characteristic is based on the first and second reference data, determining, by a processor, an actual transfer characteristic based on acoustic data resulting from a test signal, and calculating, by the processor, a correction coefficient based on a difference between the reference transfer characteristic and the actual transfer characteristic.09-29-2011
20110249819AUDIO CHANNEL SPATIAL TRANSLATION - M audio input channels, each associated with a spatial direction, are translated to N audio output channels, each associated with a spatial direction, wherein M and N are positive whole integers, M is three or more, and N is three or more, by deriving the N audio output channels from the M audio input channels, wherein one or more of the M audio input channels is associated with a spatial direction other than a spatial direction with which any of the N audio output channels is associated, and at least one of the one or more of the M audio input channels is mapped to a respective set of at least three of the N output channels. At least three output channels of a set may be associated with contiguous spatial directions.10-13-2011
20130148811Electronic Devices, Methods, and Computer Program Products for Determining Position Deviations in an Electronic Device and Generating a Binaural Audio Signal Based on the Position Deviations - An electronic device includes an audio input module that is configured to determine a baseline audio position for the electronic device, receive at least one position offset input signal, and determine a position offset of the electronic device relative to the baseline audio position based on the at least one position offset input signal and an audio three-dimensional (3D) engine that is configured to generate a binaural audio signal based on the position offset of the electronic device.06-13-2013
20130148812METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENHANCED SOUND FIELD REPRODUCTION OF SPATIALLY ENCODED AUDIO INPUT SIGNALS - A method for sound field reproduction into a listening area of spatially encoded first audio input signals according to sound field description data using an ensemble of physical loudspeakers. The method includes computing reproduction subspace description data from loudspeaker positioning data describing the subspace in which virtual sources can be reproduced with the physically available setup. Then, second and third audio input signals with associated sound field description data, in which second audio input signals include spatial components of the first audio input signals located within the reproducible subspace and third audio input signals include spatial components of the first audio input signals located outside of the reproducible subspace. A spatial analysis is performed on second audio input signals to extract fourth audio input signals corresponding to localizable sources within the reproducible subspace with associated source positioning data. Components of second audio input signals after spatial analysis are merged with third audio input signals into fifth audio input signals with associated sound field description data for reproduction within the reproducible subspace. Loudspeaker alimentation signals are computed from fourth and fifth audio input signals.06-13-2013
20120275606METHOD OF AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING AND PROCESSING PARAMETERS REPRESENTING HRTFs - A method of generating parameters representing Head-Related Transfer Functions, the method comprising the steps of a) sampling with a sample length (n) a first time-domain HRTF impulse response signal using a sampling rate (fs) yielding a first time-discrete signal, b) transforming the first time-discrete signal to the frequency domain yielding a first frequency-domain signal, c) splitting the first frequency-domain signal into sub-bands, and d) generating a first parameter of the sub-bands based on a statistical measure of values of the sub-bands.11-01-2012
20120275605Audio Playback - A multifunctional device is disclosed capable of audio playback. The device includes a receiver (11-01-2012
20120275604Processing Stereophonic Audio Signals - Method, apparatus and computer program product for processing an input stereophonic audio signal to thereby generate a converted stereophonic audio signal representing the input stereophonic audio signal, the input stereophonic audio signal comprising a left input audio signal and a right input audio signal, and the converted stereophonic audio signal comprising a first converted audio signal and a second converted audio signal. The first converted audio signal is generated based on the sum of the left input audio signal and the right input audio signal. The second converted audio signal is generated based on the difference between a first function of the left input audio signal and a second function of the right input audio signal. The first and second functions are adjustable to thereby adjust at least one characteristic of the converted stereophonic audio signal.11-01-2012
20100290630CENTER CHANNEL RENDERING - An audio system including a rendering processor for separately rendering a dialogue channel and a center music channel. The audio system may include circuitry for extracting one or both of the dialogue channel or the center music channel from program material that does not include both a dialogue channel and a center music channel. The dialogue channel and the center music channel may be radiated with different radiation patterns.11-18-2010
20100316224SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CREATING IMMERSION SURROUND SOUND AND VIRTUAL SPEAKERS EFFECTS - Modern electronic devices are getting more portable and smaller leading to smaller distances between speakers. In particular, computers are now so compact that the notebook computer is one of the most popular computer types. However, with the proliferation of media available in digital form, both music recordings and video features, the demand for high quality reproductions on computers has increased. Systems and methods for producing wider speaker effects and immersion effects disclosed can enhance a listener's experience even in a notebook computer.12-16-2010
20130156199HANDHELD COMPUTING DEVICE CASE WITH AUDIO OUTPUT - A case for a handheld computing device is disclosed. The case includes a housing sized and dimensioned to receive a handheld computing device securely therein. A data port is configured to electrically connect to the data connector on the handheld computing device. A microprocessor is electrically connected to the data port. The microprocessor is configured and arranged to authorize audio stored on the handheld computing device to play through the data connector and connected data port. Audio filters are electrically connected to the data port. An audio output electrically connector to the audio filters. The case provides that audio may be played through the audio output with wider gain and dynamic range than a standard integrated headphone audio jack of a handheld computing device06-20-2013
20130156200DECODING DEVICE AND DECODING METHOD - A decoding device includes a decoder configured to separate a first signal obtained by performing down-mix on original signals of a plurality of channels, a residual signal representing a component of a difference between the original signals and the first signal, and spatial information representing the relationship among the original signals of the plurality of channels from an input signal which is obtained by multiplexing the first signal, the residual signal, and the spatial information and decode the separated encoded first signal, the encoded residual signal, and the encoded spatial information; a decorrelation signal generation unit configured to generate a decorrelation signal as decorrelation of the first signal decoded by the decoder; a residual signal determination unit configured to determine whether a level of the residual signal decoded by the decoder is equal to or smaller than a predetermined residual threshold value; a second-signal generation unit.06-20-2013
20130156201AUDIO CONTROL DEVICE AND AUDIO CONTROL METHOD - An audio control device capable of confirming without the use of sight which sound source stereoscopically located in a virtual space has been selected. This audio control device performs processing related to a sound source stereoscopically located in a virtual space, wherein the device has: a pointer position calculation unit (06-20-2013
20130182852DIRECT-DIFFUSE DECOMPOSITION - There is disclosed methods and apparatus for decomposing a signal having a plurality of channels into direct and diffuse components. The correlation coefficient between each pair of signals from the plurality of signals may be estimated. A linear system of equations relating the estimated correlation coefficients and direct energy fractions of each of the plurality of channels may be constructed. The linear system may be solved to estimate the direct energy fractions. A direct component output signal and a diffuse component output signal may be generated based in part on the direct energy fractions.07-18-2013
20110311062Loudness Modification of Multichannel Audio Signals - Scaling, by a desired amount s12-22-2011
20110311061CHANNEL SIGNAL GENERATION DEVICE, ACOUSTIC SIGNAL ENCODING DEVICE, ACOUSTIC SIGNAL DECODING DEVICE, ACOUSTIC SIGNAL ENCODING METHOD, AND ACOUSTIC SIGNAL DECODING METHOD - Provided is a channel signal generation device capable of avoiding a decrease in the prediction performance for predicting an L channel signal and an R channel signal from a monaural signal and achieving encoding with high sound quality. In the device, a monaural MDCT coefficient corrector (12-22-2011
20110311060METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEPARATING UNIFIED SOUND SOURCE - Disclosed are a method and a system of separating and extracting unified major sound sources from a mixed musical signal. A unified sound source separation system includes a first sound source separation unit to separate a first sound source having unique time-domain and frequency-domain characteristics from a mixed musical signal which includes a plurality of sound sources using time-domain and frequency-domain characteristics, and a second sound source separation unit to separate a second sound source existing in a predetermined stereo sound image position from the mixed musical signal using stereo channel information.12-22-2011
20110311059METHOD OF NAVIGATING IN A SOUND CONTENT - A method of navigating in a sound content wherein at least one key word is stored in association with at least two positions representative of said key word in the sound content, and wherein the method comprises: a step of displaying a representation of the sound content; during playback of the sound content, a step of detecting a current extract representative of a key word stored at a first position; a step of determining at least one second extract representative of said key word and a second position as a function of the stored positions; and a step of highlighting the position of the extracts in the representation of the sound content.12-22-2011
20120020481SOUND REPRODUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A sound reproduction apparatus includes: a sound source localization estimating unit (01-26-2012
20120033818DRIVING OF MULTI-CHANNEL SPEAKERS - A drive system comprises a splitter (02-09-2012
20130202115AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS - A pre-out terminal that outputs the audio signal is fixed. One of a surround back left audio signal SBL, a left outside audio signal LW, and a left upside audio signal LH is selected by a user operation, and output to a pre-out terminal 08-08-2013
20120070005STEREOPHONIC SOUND REPRODUCTION SYSTEM - A stereophonic sound production system is provided which outputs audio signals in the form of sound through, for example, speakers to create virtual sound sources at desired locations in a three-dimensional space around a listener to develop a three-dimensional sound field. The virtual sound sources includes a direct sound source which produce a direct sound heard directly by the listener and N03-22-2012
20130094653VOIP DEVICE, VOIP CONFERENCING SYSTEM, AND RELATED METHOD - Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) devices and conferencing systems may include a spatial encoder associated with a first endpoint and a spatial renderer associated with a second endpoint. The spatial renderer may configured to receive audio data. The audio data may be rendered among a plurality of speakers based on a first set of spatial information for a plurality of microphones associated with the first endpoint, and a second set of spatial information for the plurality of speakers associated with the second endpoint. A method for generating a sound field may include determining spatial information for a plurality of microphones in a local room, determining spatial information for a plurality of speakers in a remote room, mapping the spatial information for the plurality of microphones and the spatial information for the plurality of speakers, and generating a sound field in the remote room based on the mapping.04-18-2013
20120093320SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGH-PRECISION 3-DIMENSIONAL AUDIO FOR AUGMENTED REALITY - Techniques are provided for providing 3D audio, which may be used in augmented reality. A 3D audio signal may be generated based on sensor data collected from the actual room in which the listener is located and the actual position of the listener in the room. The 3D audio signal may include a number of components that are determined based on the collected sensor data and the listener's location. For example, a number of (virtual) sound paths between a virtual sound source and the listener may be determined The sensor data may be used to estimate materials in the room, such that the affect that those materials would have on sound as it travels along the paths can be determined In some embodiments, sensor data may be used to collect physical characteristics of the listener such that a suitable HRTF may be determined from a library of HRTFs.04-19-2012
20130208895AUDIO SURROUND PROCESSING SYSTEM - An audio surround processing system receives an audio source signal having at least two audio channels and generates a number of additional surround sound signals in which an amount of artificially generated ambient energy is controlled in real-time at least in part by an estimate of ambient energy that is contained in the audio source signal. The system may divide the audio source signal into two sets of components; a first set of components and a second set of components. The first set of components may be in a range of frequency that is less than a range of frequency of the second set of components. An ambience estimate control coefficient may be generated using the transformed first set of components. An overall gain may be determined using the ambience estimate control coefficient. The overall gain may be used in generation of the additional surround sound signals.08-15-2013
20130208896DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DIRECTION DEPENDENT SPATIAL NOISE REDUCTION - A device and a method reduce direction dependent spatial noise. The device includes a plurality of microphones for measuring an acoustic input signal from an acoustic source. The plurality of microphones form at least one monaural pair and at least one binaural pair. Directional signal processing circuitry is provided for obtaining, from the input signal, at least one monaural directional signal and at least one binaural directional signal. A target signal level estimator estimates a target signal level by combining at least one of the monaural directional signals and at least one of the binaural directional signals, which at least one monaural directional signal and at least one binaural directional signal mutually have a maximum response in a direction of the acoustic source. A noise signal level estimator estimates a noise signal level by combining at least one of the monaural directional signals and at least one of the binaural directional signals, which at least one monaural directional signal and at least one binaural directional signal mutually have a minimum sensitivity in the direction of the acoustic source.08-15-2013
20130208897SKELETAL MODELING FOR WORLD SPACE OBJECT SOUNDS - A method for providing three-dimensional audio includes determining a world space object position and a world space ear position of a human subject based on a modeled virtual skeleton. The method further includes providing three-dimensional audio output to the human subject via an acoustic transducer array including one or more acoustic transducers. The three-dimensional audio output is configured such that sounds appear to originate from the object.08-15-2013
20130208899SKELETAL MODELING FOR POSITIONING VIRTUAL OBJECT SOUNDS - Providing three-dimensional audio includes determining a world space ear position of a human subject based on a modeled virtual skeleton. A world space sound source position is determined such that a spatial relationship between the world space sound source position and the world space ear position models a spatial relationship between a virtual space sound source position of a virtual space sound source and a virtual space listening position. Three-dimensional audio is output to the human subject via an acoustic transducer array including one or more acoustic transducers. The three-dimensional audio output is configured such that at the world space ear position a sound provided by a particular virtual space sound source appears to originate from a corresponding world space sound source position08-15-2013
20130208900DEPTH CAMERA WITH INTEGRATED THREE-DIMENSIONAL AUDIO - A three-dimensional audio system includes a depth camera and one or more acoustic transducers in the same housing. Further, the same housing also houses logic for determining a world space ear position of a human subject observed by the depth camera. The logic also determines one or more audio-output transformations based on the world space ear position. The one or more audio-output transformations are configured to produce a three-dimensional audio output configured to provide a desired audio effect at the world space ear position.08-15-2013

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