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MONITORING OF SOUND

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20130044886Audio Signal Distortion Detection Device - An audio signal distortion detection device for simplifying the detection of harmonic distortion to aid in setting an amplifier's gain control to match an audio source unit's output voltage. The audio signal distortion detection device generally includes a housing having a plurality of status indicators thereon for indicating the status of an audio signal being fed into the housing's audio input. By utilizing a scaling circuit and processing unit, the present invention may be configured to detect four audio frequencies and compare DC levels of the frequencies to each other to determine if harmonic distortion is present. A distortion illuminator will illuminate when such distortion is detected and thus significantly reduce the effort required to setting an amplifier's gain control.02-21-2013
20130044885System And Method For Identifying Original Music - We disclose useful components of a method and system that allow identification of music from the song or sound using only the sound of the audio being played. A system built using the method and device components disclosed processes inputs sent from a mobile phone over a telephone or data connection, though inputs might be sent through any variety of computers, communications equipment, or consumer audio devices over any of their associated audio or data networks.02-21-2013
20130028428MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD - According to an aspect, a mobile electronic device includes a sound emitting unit, an input unit, and a processing unit. The sound emitting unit emits a sound based on a sound signal. The input unit receives a response with respect to the sound emitted by the sound emitting unit. The processing unit determines a compensation parameter for compensating the sound to be emitted by the sound emitting unit based on correctness of the response.01-31-2013
20090169022SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED OVER-CURRENT CLIPPING - Systems and methods for implementing over-current protection in amplifiers are provided, including systems, methods and devices for specifying a clip level at which to clip an audio signal in response to an over-current condition being detected. In an embodiment, the clip level is reduced while the over-current condition is being detected. Once the over-current condition is no longer detected, the clip level is maintained for a specified period before allowing the clip level to be increased. In an embodiment, the specified period, for which the clip level is maintained before the clip level is allowed to be increased, starts when the over-current condition is no longer detected, and ends when each of N immediately preceding sample(s) of the audio signal are not clipped to the clip level, where N is an integer, and N≧1. After an over-current condition is no longer detected, and after the clip level has been maintained for the specified period, the clip level can be increased if an over-current condition is not detected for a sample and the clip level is below a specified maximum clip level.07-02-2009
20090122996EARPLUG SEALING TEST - Methods and system for a sealing test comprising the steps of: sealing a predefined volume of gas; sampling a predefined frequency range, whereby there is no need to inject a predefined sound wave while sampling the predefined frequency range; and determining whether the predefined volume of gas is sealed or unsealed according to the sampled frequency range.05-14-2009
20100119074DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING THE SOUND EXPOSURE OF AN INDIVIDUAL - The invention relates to a device for evaluating the sound exposure of an individual (05-13-2010
20130039499EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION DEVICE AND SYSTEM - An audio warning monitoring device, system and method including an audio detector, one or more audio screens to determine if monitored sound is an alarm, a processor or logic device to potentially analyze sound data and then instruct a transmitter to send a message with the monitoring device identification and signals representing sound detected by the audio detector to a server. The computer server analyzes the message and authenticates the audio detector, looks up user data associated with the detector, and contacts a user from previously stored user data in order to notify of the alert and then relay the audio signals in an audio file. At the user's option, the server may contact a staffed or automated monitoring center. Here a human operator may listen to the signals in the audio file and take appropriate action, such as calling the location of the alarm for verification or contacting a professional first responder(s).02-14-2013
20130039498ANNOYANCE JUDGMENT SYSTEM, APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An annoyance judgment system includes: a biological signal measurement section configured to measure an electroencephalogram signal of a user; a database retaining a plurality of monosyllabic speech sounds such that, for each speech sound, the speech sound and a reference latency of an electroencephalogram negative component corresponding to the speech sound are retained in association; a presented-speech sound determination section configured to deteremine a monosyllabic speech sound to be presented by referring to the database; and an annoyance judgment section configured to judge annoyance of the output speech sound by comparing a peak latency of a negative component of the electroencephalogram signal in a range from 50 ms to 350 ms from a starting point, the a starting point being a point in time at which the determined speech sound is presented, against the reference latency corresponding to the determined speech sound that is retained in the database.02-14-2013
20130039497SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING ENDPOINTS TO PROVIDE SOUND MONITORING - A method is provided in one example embodiment that includes monitoring a sound pressure level with an endpoint (e.g., an Internet Protocol (IP) phone), which is configured for communications involving end users; analyzing the sound pressure level to detect a sound anomaly; and communicating the sound anomaly to a sound classification module. The endpoint can be configured to operate in a low-power mode during the monitoring of the sound pressure level. In certain instances, the sound classification module is hosted by the endpoint. In other implementations, the sound classification module is hosted in a cloud network.02-14-2013
20090097664Applause Attenuation System - A method and apparatus for attenuating applause from a satellite radio signal, including, a spectrum analyzer and comparator having an internal memory for obtaining a spectral signature of different sounds in the radio signal, a detector automatically detecting whether the sounds contain applause, an attenuator attenuating the sounds containing applause; and a digital to analog converter converting the attenuated sounds for audio listening. A comparator compares applause in the radio signal to a threshold level and disables the attenuator when the applause abates below the threshold level.04-16-2009
20130077797SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR RELIABLY DETECTING AUDIBLE ALARMS - A signal processing system and associated methods are disclosed for reliably detecting audible alert signals, such as Temporal-3 and Temporal-4 alert signals generated by commercially available smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors. The system and methods are capable of detecting audible alert signals of different intensities in the presence of dynamic background environment (e.g., television programming, music, noise, and the like). The signal processing system and methods may, in some embodiments, be incorporated into a bedside or other unit that generates a supplemental alert signal capable of alerting individuals who might not otherwise respond to the audible alert signal, such as individuals who are asleep, hearing impaired, or intoxicated.03-28-2013
20100046763SOUND PICKUP APPARATUS - An A/D converter sets a sound pickup signal to low sensitivity and inputs the signal to a sound pickup beam generation unit. The A/D converter sets a sound pickup signal to high sensitivity and inputs the signal to the sound pickup beam generation unit. A sound detector determines from the sound pickup beam whether or not sound is present and whether or not clipping has arisen. A control unit inputs a determination result from the sound detector, thereby setting an encoder such that a low-level sound pickup beam signal is output to the outside when a high-level sound pickup beam signal is clipped.02-25-2010
20100111313Sound Processing Apparatus, Sound Processing Method and Program - There is provided a sound processing apparatus including a sound separation unit that separates an input sound into a plurality of sounds caused by a plurality of sound sources, a sound type estimation unit that estimates sound types of the plurality of sounds separated by the sound separation unit, a mixing ratio calculation unit that calculates a mixing ratio of each sound in accordance with the sound type estimated by the sound type estimation unit, and a sound mixing unit that mixes the plurality of sounds separated by the sound separation unit in the mixing ratio calculated by the mixing ratio calculation unit.05-06-2010
20100104107SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING VOLUME SPIKE IN AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A system and method for reducing volume spike during switching of audio output devices of an electronic device is provided. The system and method adjusts a volume level of a first audio output device currently adopted by the electronic device for audible output to a muted level, and switches the audible output from the first audio output device to a second audio output device with the muted level. The system and method further receives a desired volume level input by a user, and adjusts the second audio output device from the muted level to the desired volume level.04-29-2010
20130208904METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVED ACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENT CHARACTERIZATION - In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for determining a multi-dimensional sound signature for a location within a hypothetical space, comparing the multi-dimensional sound signature to a known multi-dimensional sound signature, and modifying the hypothetical space such that the similarity between the multi-dimensional sound signature for the location within the modified hypothetical space and the known multi-dimensional sound signature is increased.08-15-2013
20120183149SOUND SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, SOUND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An apparatus including a direction estimation unit detecting one or more direction points indicating a sound source direction of a sound signal for each of blocks divided in a predetermined time unit, and a direction tracking unit connecting the direction points to each other between the blocks and detecting a section in which a sound is active.07-19-2012
20130083930ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, METHOD OF CORRECTING ACOUSTIC SIGNAL AND STORAGE MEDIUM - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus outputs sound in a first frequency band at different sound pressures a first number of times. The electronic apparatus receives a number of hearings of the output sound. The electronic apparatus determines an auditory property of a subject based on the received number of hearings of the output sound. The electronic apparatus corrects an acoustic signal based on the determined auditory property.04-04-2013
20130083929METHOD FOR ANALYZING SOUND TRANSMISSION PATHS IN A SYSTEM - A method for analyzing sound transmission paths in a system from a sound source to a receiver in which the all sound paths are first identified from the sound source to the receiver. These sound paths include both structure-borne sound paths and air-borne sound paths. The transfer function from each path to the receiver is measured in terms of particle velocity vector by using a particle velocity sensor or a set of sound pressures by using a microphone array. The load at each path is directly measured or indirectly estimated in the actual source operation. The load at each path is multiplied by the transfer function from the path to the receiver, which represents the contribution of the path to the response at the receiver.04-04-2013
20130083931WIRELESS DEVICE - A wireless device capable of reliably detecting a tone squelch signal in a short time is provided. The wireless device which detects a tone squelch signal contained in received baseband signals is provided with: a frequency shifting unit (quadrature demodulation unit (04-04-2013
20100067709Loudness Measurement with Spectral Modifications - The perceived loudness of an audio signal is measured by modifying a spectral representation of an audio signal as a function of a reference spectral shape so that the spectral representation of the audio signal conforms more closely to the reference spectral shape, and determining the perceived loudness of the modified spectral representation of the audio signal.03-18-2010
20130051571APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING AN AUDIO SIGNAL USING PATCH BORDER ALIGNMENT - Apparatus for processing an audio signal to generate a bandwidth extended signal having a high frequency part and a low frequency part using parametric data for the high frequency part, the parametric data relating to frequency bands of the high frequency part includes a patch border calculator for calculating a patch border such that the patch border coincides with a frequency band border of the frequency bands. The apparatus further includes a patcher for generating a patched signal using the audio signal and the patch border.02-28-2013
20090304190Audio Signal Loudness Measurement and Modification in the MDCT Domain - Processing an audio signal represented by the Modified Discrete Cosine Transform (MDCT) of a time-sampled real signal is disclosed in which the loudness of the transformed audio signal is measured, and at least in part in response to the measuring, the loudness of the transformed audio signal is modified. When gain modifying more than one frequency band, the variation or variations in gain from frequency band to frequency band, is smooth. The loudness measurement employs a smoothing time constant commensurate with the integration time of human loudness perception or slower.12-10-2009
20130070929SOUND PRESSURE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF - A sound pressure assessment system determines sounds to be presented by referring to a database retaining data of sounds, each of which is a pure tone. The system presents the determined sound as a first sound, and in a predetermined time after presenting the first sound, presents as a second sound a sound at least having the same frequency and the same sound pressure level as those of the'first sound to the user. The system extracts an amount of change from an N1 component in response to the first sound to that in response to the second sound. The N1 components are negative components of an user's event-related potential based on points of presenting the first and second sounds as respective starting points. The system determines whether the sound pressure level of the presented sound is excessive to the user, based on the amount of change.03-21-2013
20130070928METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND MEDIA FOR MOBILE AUDIO EVENT RECOGNITION - Methods, systems, and media for mobile audio event recognition are provided. In some embodiments, a method for recognizing audio events is provided, the method comprising: receiving an application that includes a plurality of classification models from a server, wherein each of the plurality of classification models is trained to identify one of a plurality of classes of non-speech audio events; receiving an audio signal; storing at least a portion of the audio signal; extracting, a plurality of audio features from the portion of the audio signal based on one or more criterion; comparing each of the plurality of extracted audio features with the plurality of classification models; identifying at least one class of non-speech audio events present in the portion of the audio signal based on the comparison; and providing an alert corresponding to the at least one class of identified non-speech audio events.03-21-2013
20130058489HUM NOISE DETECTION DEVICE - A hum noise detection device includes: a frequency conversion unit (03-07-2013
20130058488Audio Classification Method and System - Embodiments for audio classification are described. An audio classification system includes at least one device which executes a process of audio classification on an audio signal. The at least one device can operate in at least two modes requiring different resources. The audio classification system also includes a complexity controller which determines a combination and instructs the at least one device to operate according to the combination. For each of the at least one device, the combination specifies one of the modes of the device, and the resources requirement of the combination does not exceed maximum available resources. By controlling the modes, the audio classification system has improved scalability to an execution environment.03-07-2013
20110058680Methods and Apparatus for Continuous Noise Exposure Monitoring - A method for continuously monitoring noise exposure level of a person via measuring sound level within an ear canal of the person using a sound measurement means linked to a sound level recording device external to the ear canal, wherein the sound measurement means may be shielded from the environment by a hearing protective device, and wherein the cable does not interfere with the ability of the hearing protective device to reduce noise exposure level in the ear canal. Also provided is a system comprising a sound measurement means mounted within an ear canal of the person, an external sound level recording means and a linking cable. Further provided is a system for providing continuous noise exposure monitoring level of a person, and for providing radio communication in a noisy environment, said system comprising the above sound monitoring system linked to a radio signal transmission means, and is switchable between said sound level recording means in a recording mode and said radio signal transmission means in a communication mode.03-10-2011
20110013779APPARATUS FOR TESTING AUDIO QUALITY OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - This is directed to a system for testing the quality of the audio output components of an electronic device. In particular, this is directed to measuring and quantifying the software and hardware components of audio output by an electronic device. The electronic device can be connected to a testing apparatus that provides instructions for playing back particular audio files, recording the audio output by an electronic device, and comparing the recorded output with a baseline. The testing apparatus can analyze audio files generated using different attributes (e.g., containers, codecs, or bit rates) to ensure that all files that could be played back play back properly. To ensure that the testing apparatus correctly associates recorded audio outputs with audio test files, the content of each played back audio test file can identify the attributes of the audio test file. For example, each attribute can be associated with a 1 kHz tone at a particular frequency, such that the testing apparatus can identify the frequencies of detected 1 kHz tones to identify the attributes of the played back audio test file.01-20-2011
20090268919METHOD AND APPARATUS TO MEASURE HEARING ABILITY OF USER OF MOBILE DEVICE - Provided are a method and apparatus to measure in real time the hearing ability of a user in a game environment of a mobile device. The method includes generating a series of sound patterns and visual patterns for a combination of a specific frequency and level of sound, and extracting ear characteristics of the user based on the user's responses to the series of sound patterns and visual patterns.10-29-2009
20120224707METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING MOBILE DEVICES IN SIMILAR SOUND ENVIRONMENT - A method for identifying mobile devices in a similar sound environment is disclosed. Each of at least two mobile devices captures an input sound and extracts a sound signature from the input sound. Further, the mobile device extracts a sound feature from the input sound and determines a reliability value based on the sound feature. The reliability value may refer to a probability of a normal sound class given the sound feature. A server receives a packet including the sound signatures and reliability values from the mobile devices. A similarity value between sound signatures from a pair of the mobile devices is determined based on corresponding reliability values from the pair of mobile devices. Specifically, the sound signatures are weighted by the corresponding reliability values. The server identifies mobile devices in a similar sound environment based on the similarity values.09-06-2012
20120224706SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING ENVIRONMENTAL SOUND - A method for recognizing an environmental sound in a client device in cooperation with a server is disclosed. The client device includes a client database having a plurality of sound models of environmental sounds and a plurality of labels, each of which identifies at least one sound model. The client device receives an input environmental sound and generates an input sound model based on the input environmental sound. At the client device, a similarity value is determined between the input sound model and each of the sound models to identify one or more sound models from the client database that are similar to the input sound model. A label is selected from labels associated with the identified sound models, and the selected label is associated with the input environmental sound based on a confidence level of the selected label.09-06-2012
20130064379AUDIO SEPARATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method includes determining a first spectrogram of the audio signal, defining a similarity matrix of the audio signal based on the first spectrogram and a transposed version of the first spectrogram, identifying two or more similar frames in the similarity matrix that are more similar to a designated frame than to one or more other frames in the similarity matrix, creating a repeating spectrogram model based on the two or more similar frames that are identified in the similarity matrix, and deriving a mask based on the repeating spectrogram model and the first spectrogram of the audio signal. The mask is representative of similarities between the repeating spectrogram model and the first spectrogram of the audio signal. The method also includes extracting a repeating structure from the audio signal by applying the mask to the audio signal.03-14-2013
20090238369SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING WIND NOISE USING MULTIPLE AUDIO SOURCES - A method for detecting wind noise is described. At least two audio signals are received. The at least two audio signals are filtered to reduce higher frequencies and to reduce lower frequencies to provide at least two filtered audio signals. The cross correlation of the at least two filtered audio signals is computed for multiple delays. A maximum cross correlation is determined from the cross correlations computed for the multiple delays. Wind noise is detected by comparing the maximum cross correlation with a threshold.09-24-2009
20090232318OUTPUT CORRECTING DEVICE AND METHOD, AND LOUDSPEAKER OUTPUT CORRECTING DEVICE AND METHOD - A loudspeaker output correcting device operable under control of a control element, and comprising a first loudspeaker for outputting a first test signal, a second loudspeaker for outputting a second sound signal including a second test signal such that the phase of the second test signal is almost the same as that of the first one and when the second test signal is combined with the first one, the power characteristic is a constant value, sound collecting element for collecting the outputted first and second test signals, computing element for computing the difference between the first distance between the first loudspeaker and the sound collecting element and the second distance; between the second loudspeaker and the sound collecting element from the spectrum of the combined signal produced by combining the collected first and second signals, and correcting element for correcting the output relative characteristics of the first and second loudspeakers.09-17-2009
20120114128AUDIO BEAMFORMING - An audio beamforming apparatus comprises a receiving circuit (05-10-2012
20120114127REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, REPRODUCTION METHOD, PROVISION APPARATUS, AND REPRODUCTION SYSTEM - A reproduction apparatus includes: a reproduction unit which reproduces sound data; and a volume correction unit which correct a volume of the sound data reproduced by the reproduction unit on the basis of a relationship between a volume characteristic value of each of a plurality of pieces of sound data and a volume characteristic value of the sound data.05-10-2012
20100086137INTEGRATED AMBIENT AUDIO TRANSFORMATION DEVICE - A method and device for transforming ambient audio are provided. Example embodiments may include monitoring ambient audio proximate to a sound processing device located in an environment. The device may access memory to obtain transformation audio and generate output transformation audio based on the transformation audio and the ambient audio to provide modified output audio for propagation into the environment. The device may at least reduce feedback of the modified output audio received by the sound processing device from the environment.04-08-2010
20100086140TONE DETECTOR AND METHOD USED IN A ROBOT FOR DETECTING A TONE - A tone detection device for detecting whether an input signal having a tone. The device includes a volume gain calculation unit performing a volume gain treatment on frame data and outputting the volume-gain-treated frame data and energy in time domain thereof, a threshold calculation unit calculating a threshold value on the basis of the energy of the volume-gain-treated frame data, a filter transforming the volume-gain-treated frame data by an algorithm and outputting a characteristic value in a first period, and a comparator comparing the first characteristic value and the threshold value to generate a result and determining the frame data of the input signal has the tone on the basis of the result.04-08-2010
20120237041Method And An Apparatus For Deriving Information From An Audio Track And Determining Similarity Between Audio Tracks - A method of deriving information from an audio track, or a part thereof, wherein onsets or intensity/amplitude variations are detected as well as at which frequencies (timbral frequencies) or in which frequency bands these occur. Especially interesting is the frequency of such onsets. In this manner, the frequency of beats of a low frequency drum may be separated from that of onsets of a higher frequency drum or guitar of other instrument, and these frequencies provide important information about the track, such as genre, beat, etc. Naturally, parameters may be provided relating to the individual frequencies (frequency of onsets and frequency/tone of the sound of the onsets), or a fit thereto may be used to reduce the number of parameters. It is noted that the frequencies in which the onsets are determined may be tones or half tones in the relevant scale. As onsets of instruments normally are whole multiples of a basic frequency or beat, it has been found advantageous to represent the individual frequencies on a logarithmic scale so that such multiples of frequencies are equidistant and so that transposing to higher or lower beats is very easy.09-20-2012
20120237040System and Method for Automated Audio Mix Equalization and Mix Visualization - Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for automatically analyzing, modifying, and mixing a plurality of audio signals. The modification of the audio signals takes place to avoid spectral collisions which occur when more than one signal simultaneously occupies one or more of the same frequency bands. The modifications mask out some signals to allow others to exist unaffected. Also disclosed herein is a method for displaying the identified spectral collisions superimposed on graphical waveform representations of the analyzed signals.09-20-2012
20130163768ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING MODIFIABLE OUTPUT PARAMETER - A method and apparatus for executing a method for modifying an output parameter of an electronic device. The method and apparatus emits a first sound. The method and apparatus are further receive a second sound at the electronic device, the second sound based at least in part on the first sound. The processor of the electronic device compares at least one characteristic of the first sound to at least one corresponding characteristic of the second sound. The processor further receives output data from at least one sensor and modifies an output parameter of the electronic device in response to the comparison of the first sound and the second sound and the output data from the at least one sensor.06-27-2013
20130163769ACOUSTIC WARNING LEVEL OPTIMIZATION IN AMBULATORY MEDICAL SYSTEMS - An ambulatory medical device is presented. The ambulatory medical device comprises a function module to provide the intended functionality of the device, a controller module to control the device, a sound generation module with an acoustic transducer to produce an acoustic signal and a signal generator to drive the acoustic transducer with a certain frequency. The signal generation module is arranged within a housing of the device. A tuning module varies the frequency used by the signal generator to drive the acoustic transducer and determines one or more frequencies that correspond to an optimum sound level of the acoustic signal outside of the housing of the device. The optimum sound level of the acoustic signal is a maximum sound level outside of the housing of the device, and/or a maximum perceivable sound level as determined by a user.06-27-2013
20110033055Voice Communication Device, Signal Processing Device and Hearing Protection Device Incorporating Same - Signal processing device comprising: a signal analyser (02-10-2011
20120177207AUDIO SIGNAL QUALITY MEASUREMENT IN MOBILE DEVICE - Technologies are generally described for a method for measuring a quality of an audio signal in a mobile device. In some examples, the mobile device includes a receiving unit configured to receive an audio signal transmitted from another device; an audio quality measuring unit configured to measure a quality of the received audio signal; and a transmission unit configured to transmit the measured quality of the audio signal to the another device.07-12-2012
20110280408DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASUREMENT OF MEDIA CONSUMPTION IN DIGITAL MEDIA TERMINALS - A device, system and method for enabling the measuring of audiences to media consumed through the use of digital media terminals. An example disclosed herein includes a loop-back device that allows the production/extraction of content identification information from media items rendered by a digital media terminal that can be seamlessly and homogenously implemented in a wide variety of media distribution platforms and devices, including Internet and mobile networks.11-17-2011
20090310792DETERMINATION OF PRESENCE INFORMATION ABOUT A PRESENTITY BY ANALYSING AN AUDIO SIGNAL FROM A TERMINAL ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRESENTITY - The invention relates to a method of determining presence information about at least one presentity. In particular, the invention is concerned with a method of determining presence information about at least one presentity, the method comprising: accessing an audio signal from a terminal associated with the at least one presentity, analysing the audio signal to determine information regarding the presence of the at least one presentity, providing the presence information as a presence service to a third party. The invention further relates to a presence service system, a user terminal comprising means operable to perform the method of the invention, a communications network comprising a terminal, the presence service system being operable to perform the method of the invention and a computer readable storage medium storing a program which when run on a computer controls the computer to perform the method of the invention.12-17-2009
20080267417EQUALIZER AND RELATED SIGNAL EQUALIZING METHOD - An equalizer is disclosed. The equalizer includes a filter, configured to receive the first transmission signal, to perform a filtering operation on the first transmission signal according to a feedback signal to generate an output signal; a first slicer, configured to generate a first sliced signal according to a signal level of the output signal and to adjust an amplitude of the first sliced signal according to an amplitude control signal; a boost control module, configured to generate the feedback signal according to the output signal and the first sliced signal; and a control circuit, configured to receive a second transmission signal on the transmission line and to output the amplitude control signal according to an amplitude of the second transmission signal.10-30-2008
20090208024APPARATUS FOR REDUCING THE RISK OF NOISE INDUCED HEARING LOSS - An apparatus is disclosed for managing the joint contribution of noise exposure of the ear of a user of the apparatus from a loudspeaker of the apparatus as well as from ambient noise so that the risk of risk of noise induced hearing losses is reduced. By assessing the joint actual sound energy delivered to the ear and feeding said assessment to a model describing the accumulated risk of hearing loss due to said sound energy accumulated over a time period, an estimate of the current risk of hearing loss is obtained. When said risk estimate passes a predetermined threshold, one or more protective measures are taken.08-20-2009
20120288102Highly Directional Glassbreak Detector - A glassbreak detector first and second different audio transducers. One transducer is omnidirectional. The other is highly directional. Control circuitry processes signals from both transducers and determines if a glassbreakage profile is present.11-15-2012
20120189129Apparatus for Aiding and Informing a User - An apparatus is described that allows the user to interact with an electronic system, such as a music player, and notifies when a potentially dangerous situation may be occurring in the immediate vicinity of the user. This is particularly important when the user is listening to music using a loud volume setting thereby making the user oblivious to the any dangerous conditions surrounding them, for example, a car beeping at an intersection. The apparatus monitors the surrounding environment while the user is listening to their music and interrupts the user's interaction with the music player and redirects the user's attention to the audio of the newly determined potentially dangerous situation. The user decides on the urgency of this situation, decides what needs to be done, and responds as they see fit.07-26-2012
20120099734METHOD FOR QUALITATIVE EVALUATION OF A DIGITAL AUDIO SIGNAL - The invention relates to a method of qualitatively evaluating a digital audio signal. It calculates a quality indicator consisting of a vector associated with each time window in real time, in continuous time, and in successive time windows. For example, the generation of a quality indicator vector calculates, for a reference audio signal and for an audio signal to be evaluated, the spectral power density of the audio signal, the coefficients of a prediction filter, using an autoregressive method, a temporal activity of the signal or the minimum value of the spectrum in successive blocks of the signal. To evaluate the deterioration of the audio signal, the method may calculate a distance between the vectors of the reference audio signal and the audio signal to be evaluated associated with each time window.04-26-2012
20110293102SOUND SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, MICROPHONE APPARATUS, SOUND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A sound signal processing apparatus includes a sliding operation detecting section to which a sound signal collected by a microphone is inputted, and which determines start and end of a sliding operation by a determination process using a sliding sound signal component in the inputted sound signal, the sliding sound signal component being produced by the sliding operation on the microphone itself or its vicinity, and a control section that performs a predetermined control process that is set with respect to the sliding operation, during a period from the start to the end of the sliding operation determined by the sliding operation detecting section.12-01-2011
20120237042SIGNAL CLUSTERING APPARATUS - In an example signal clustering apparatus, a feature of a signal is divided into segments. A first feature vector of each segment is calculated, the first feature vector having has a plurality of elements corresponding to each reference model. A value of an element attenuates when a feature of the segment shifts from a center of a distribution of the reference model corresponding to the element. A similarity between two reference models is calculated. A second feature vector of each segment is calculated, the second feature vector having a plurality of elements corresponding to each reference model. A value of an element is a weighted sum and segments of second feature vectors of which the plurality of elements are similar values are clustered to one class.09-20-2012
20110268284AUDIO ANALYSIS APPARATUS - In an audio analysis apparatus, a component acquirer acquires a component matrix composed of an array of component values, columns of the component matrix corresponding to the sequence of unit periods of an audio signal and rows of the component matrix corresponding to a series of unit bands of the audio signal arranged in a frequency-axis direction. A difference generator generates a plurality of shift matrices each obtained by shifting the columns of the component matrix in the time-axis direction with a different shift amount, and generates a plurality of difference matrices each composed of an array of element values in correspondence to the plurality of the shift matrices, the element value representing a difference between the corresponding component values of the shift matrix and the component matrix. A feature amount extractor generates a tonal feature amount including a plurality of series of feature values corresponding to the plurality of difference matrices, one series of feature values corresponding to the series of unit bands of the difference matrix, one feature value representing a sequence of element values arranged in the time-axis direction at the corresponding unit band of the difference matrix.11-03-2011
20100124335Scoring a match of two audio tracks sets using track time probability distribution - A method and a system are provided for scoring a match of two audio tracks sets using a track time probability distribution. In one example, the system receives the two audio tracks sets, including a first audio tracks set and a second audio tracks set. Next, the system extracts track times of the first audio tracks set and corresponding track times of the second audio tracks set. The system then calculates a total weighted score of the match of the two audio tracks set, wherein the total weighted score is based on a track time probability distribution and a comparison between the track times of the first audio tracks set and the corresponding track times of the second audio tracks set.05-20-2010
20130022209NOISE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A noise processing apparatus measures a first potential difference signal, between a first electrode and a second electrode that is used as a reference electrode, and measures a second potential difference signal, between the second electrode and a third electrode that is arranged on the steering unit in the apparatus. The apparatus calculates the difference between the intensities of the first potential difference signal and the second potential difference signal calculated at the predetermined intervals. The apparatus corrects the first potential difference signal or the second potential difference signal by using the calculated difference such that the intensities of the first potential difference signal and the second potential difference signal are canceled out. The apparatus calculates a differential signal indicating the difference between the first potential difference signal and the second potential difference signal by using the corrected potential difference signal, and outputs the differential signal.01-24-2013
20080267415PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device includes a player, a speaker, a control circuit, a switch circuit, and a current limiter. The player is for outputting analog audio signals. The speaker is for transforming the analog audio signals into sound. The control circuit is for generating a first control signal when ambient light intensity is lower than a predetermined value. The switch circuit is for turning on and transmitting the analog audio signals to the speaker when receiving the first control signal. The current limiter is for transmitting the analog audio signals to the speaker when the switch circuit turns off, and for limiting a current flowing through the speaker.10-30-2008
20100086139ADAPTIVE AMBIENT AUDIO TRANSFORMATION - A method and device for transforming ambient audio are provided. Example embodiments may include monitoring ambient audio proximate to a sound processing device located in an environment. The device may sense environmental conditions associated with the environment. Memory may be accessed to obtain transformation audio. The device may generate output transformation audio based on the transformation audio, the ambient audio, and the environmental conditions to provide modified output audio for propagation into the environment04-08-2010
20120106746Technique for Estimating Particular Audio Component - Candidate frequencies per unit segment of an audio signal are identified. First processing section identifies an estimated train that is a time series of candidate frequencies, each selected for a different one of the segments, arranged over a plurality of the unit segments and that has a high likelihood of corresponding to a time series of fundamental frequencies of a target component. Second processing section identifies a state train of states, each indicative of one of sound-generating and non-sound-generating states of the target component in a different one of the segments, arranged over the unit segments. Frequency information which designates, as a fundamental frequency of the target component, a candidate frequency corresponding to the unit segment in the estimated train is generated for each unit segment corresponding to the sound-generating state. Frequency information indicative of no sound generation is generated for each unit segment corresponding to the non-sound-generating state.05-03-2012
20090180627 Active sound blocker - A noise reduction system for actively blocking a noise source for a means of transport. The noise reduction system comprises at least one counter sound source and at least one intensity sensor. The at least one counter sound source and the at least one intensity sensor are arranged in a measuring region. In the measuring region, measuring of the noise intensity of the noise source and measuring of the counter sound intensity of the counter sound source are by the intensity sensor. Based on the measured noise intensity and the counter sound intensity, the counter sound source is controllable such that the sound energy input of the noise source can be globally reduced by the counter sound source.07-16-2009
20080273707Audio Processing - An audio processing apparatus in which two audio signals are compared to establish differences between the two audio signals. The apparatus derives, from the two audio signals, a transform response representing a relationship between the two audio signals; applies the transform response to one of the audio signals so as to generate a transformed signal which is more like the other audio signal; and detects a difference signal representing differences between the transformed audio signal and the other audio signal.11-06-2008
20090103739Method and Apparatus to Facilitate Use of Background Noise When Providing Secure Access to Equipment - A user interface device provides secure access to equipment. An audio reception device is adapted to receive an audio input comprising background noise and to receive an audio user code from a user. A user input device receives a manual input comprising a manual user code from the user. A control unit stores one or more target user codes and receives an audio input and determines a noise level of the background noise. An instruction message is generated to inform the user to enter the manual user code in response to the noise level of the background noise exceeding a predetermined threshold level. An output device provides the instruction message to the user. A control unit provides secure access to the equipment in response to at least one of the audio user code and the manual user code.04-23-2009
20090296945Method and device for evaluating the annoyance of squeaking noises - A method for evaluating the annoyance of squeaking noise within an audible signal generated during operation of a motor vehicle or one of its components. The existence of at least one squeaking noise is detected, this at least one squeaking noise being evaluated with regard to at least two predetermined characteristics, and a variable characterizing the annoyance of this at least one squeaking noise being determined from the at least two evaluations of this at least one squeaking noise.12-03-2009
20100111312METHOD AND SYSTEM OF REAL-TIME IDENTIFICATION OF AN AUDIOVISUAL ADVERTISEMENT IN A DATA STREAM - Method and system of identification of at least one audiovisual advertisement in a data stream, such as a digital television broadcasting, by detecting energy drops in an audio stream of the data stream and comparing a segment of the audio stream starting at the energy drop with an audio segment of the advertisement. The comparison step requires only a few seconds of data to perform the detection. Therefore, the identification of the advertisement is provided before the end of the advertisement in the data stream.05-06-2010
20110200199METHOD FOR ESTIMATING ROAD SURFACE STATE - here is provided a method for determining a road surface state which can accurately estimate the road surface state on which a vehicle is running at one of finely classified road surface states based on a sound detection signal from a ground contact surface sound detection unit for detecting a sound in the vicinity of the ground contact surface of the tire of the running vehicle.08-18-2011
20110268283REVERBERATION SUPPRESSING APPARATUS AND REVERBERATION SUPPRESSING METHOD - A reverberation suppressing apparatus, includes: a sound acquiring unit which acquires a sound signal; a reverberation data computing unit which computes reverberation data from the acquired sound signal; a reverberation characteristics estimating unit which estimates reverberation characteristics based on the computed reverberation data; a filter length estimating unit which estimates a filter length of a filter which is used to suppress a reverberation based on the estimated reverberation characteristics; and a reverberation suppressing unit which suppresses the reverberation based on the estimated filter length.11-03-2011
20080292107NOISE ANALYSIS AND EXTRACTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods are described which facilitate quick and accurate extraction of the true noise level from a noise signal that includes additional signals, such as speech, in a cost effective implementation. Aspects of the invention allow the use of one microphone to simultaneously detect background noise as well as speech, while avoiding problems associated with artificially high background noise indication due to inclusion of the speech component in the noise determination. Additionally, systems and methods are described for altering system gain based on accurate noise level determinations.11-27-2008
20080304672Target sound analysis apparatus, target sound analysis method and target sound analysis program - A target sound analysis apparatus capable of distinguishing between a sound having the same fundamental period as a target sound but which differs therefrom and the target sound and analyzing whether or not the target sound is contained in an evaluation sound is an target sound analysis apparatus that analyzes whether or not a target sound is included in an evaluation sound, and includes: a target sound preparation unit that prepares a target sound that is an analysis waveform to be used for analyzing a fundamental period; an evaluation sound preparation unit that prepares an evaluation sound that is an analyzed waveform in which its fundamental period will be analyzed; and an analysis unit that temporally shifts the target sound with respect to the evaluation sound to sequentially calculate differential values of the evaluation sound and the target sound at corresponding points in time, calculate an iterative interval between the points in time where the differential value is equal to or lower than a predetermined threshold value, and judge whether or not the target sound exists in the evaluation sound based on a period of the iterative interval and the fundamental period of the target sound.12-11-2008
20100284544SOUND SYSTEM, SOUND REPRODUCING APPARATUS, SOUND REPRODUCING METHOD, MONITOR WITH SPEAKERS, MOBILE PHONE WITH SPEAKERS - An apparatus for reproducing sound from original source signals, has a control device, a first speaker, and a second speaker. The control device receives first and second original source signals, and controls magnitudes and phases of the received first and second original source signals so that a sound pressure level in a pre-determined zone is higher than a sound pressure level in a zone other than the pre-determined zone, and outputs first and second controlled source signals. The first speaker receives the first controlled source signal and reproduces sound. The second speaker receives the second controlled source signal and reproduces sound. The apparatus according provides a sound environment in which only the person using the sound system enjoys the sound.11-11-2010
20080240450Systems and methods for logging acoustic incidents - Systems and methods for logging acoustic incidents. An exemplary system includes a transducer configured to receive an electrical signal from an electrical signal source and produce a corresponding acoustic signal, a recording system operable to record the electrical signal from the electrical signal source, and an incident estimation and control system coupled to the recording system to estimate an acoustic incident and to instruct the recording system to record the electrical signal that is producing the acoustic incident. The system can replay the recorded electrical signal through the same transducer that was in use at the time of the acoustic incident, to exactly reproduce the sound that occurred.10-02-2008
20120140935Audio Fingerprint Differences for End-to-End Quality of Experience Measurement - Implementations and techniques for audio fingerprint differences for end-to-end quality of experience measurement are generally disclosed.06-07-2012
20120070009Microphone Array And Method Of Use - A system for capturing high quality sound information from an impact includes a microphone stand and microphone array. The microphone stand is configured so that the microphone array arranged thereupon is focused on a single point so that ambient noise may be reduced.03-22-2012
20110222695AUTOMATIC CORRECTION OF LOUDNESS LEVEL IN AUDIO SIGNALS - Systems and method for adapting a gain of an audio signal containing at least two different tracks with different signal level ranges. An example system includes a loudness determination unit for determining a perceived loudness of the audio input signal based on a psychoacoustic model of a human hearing. The system further includes a loudness adaptation unit configured to determine a loudness adaptation indicator based on the perceived loudness and a predetermined loudness, and to introduce the loudness adaptation indicator into the audio signal to generate an adapted gain signal. A gain determination unit is configured to adapt the gain for outputting the audio signal containing the at least two tracks based on the loudness adaptation indicators in the adapted gain signal at about the predetermined loudness.09-15-2011
20130121494Ear Coupling Status Sensor - A system and method configured to determine if a user is appropriately wearing an audio device, such as a headset, is described that enables a more accurate calculation of the audio device's acoustical characteristics. Headsets, such as headphones and earbuds, include a plurality of engagement sensors configured to determine if the audio device is engaged with the user's body. Engagement sensors may comprise capacitive sensors configured to communicate their state to an engagement sensor processing circuit, which may be located in a digital signal processor. If the engagement sensor processing circuit determines that the audio device is properly engaged with the user's body, then the circuit sends a signal that engages the calculation of various audio device acoustical quality calculations that among other things may satisfy various regulatory requirements and may also lead to an improved user experience.05-16-2013
20130121495Sound Mixture Recognition - A sound mixture may be received that includes a plurality of sources. A model may be received that includes a dictionary of spectral basis vectors for the plurality of sources. A weight may be estimated for each of the plurality of sources in the sound mixture based on the model. In some examples, such weight estimation may be performed using a source separation technique without actually separating the sources.05-16-2013
20090196431APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING SOUND IN A PROCESS SYSTEM - A method for monitoring sound in a process system is provided that includes sensing sound at a specified location, capturing the sensed sound as sound data, and forwarding the sound data from the specified location to a process control system. The sound data is analyzed at the process control system and a determination is made regarding whether or not to issue a warning based on the analysis of the sound data. For a particular embodiment, the analysis of the sound data includes comparing the sound data to at least one stored sound, and the determination regarding whether or not to issue a warning based on the analysis of the sound data is made based on a level of similarity between the sound data and the stored sound.08-06-2009
20090252341Adaptive Primary-Ambient Decomposition of Audio Signals - A stereo audio signal is processed to determine primary and ambient components by transforming the signal into vectors corresponding to subband signals, and decomposing the left and right channel vectors into ambient and primary components by matrix and vector operations. Principal component analysis is used to determine a primary component unit vector, and ambience components are determined according to a correlation-based cross-fade or an orthogonal basis derivation.10-08-2009
20120195436Sound Source Position Estimation Apparatus, Sound Source Position Estimation Method, And Sound Source Position Estimation Program - A sound source position estimation apparatus includes a signal input unit that receives sound signals of a plurality of channels; a time difference calculating unit that calculates a time difference between the sound signals of the channels, a state predicting unit that predicts present sound source state information from previous sound source state information which is sound source state information including a position of a sound source, and a state updating unit that estimates the sound source state information so as to reduce an error between the time difference calculated by the time difference calculating unit and the time difference based on the sound source state information predicted by the state predicting unit.08-02-2012
20090316915Sound Processing apparatus and method - Mask generation section generates an evaluating mask, indicative of a degree of dissonance with a target sound per each frequency along a frequency axis, by setting, for each of a plurality of peaks in spectra of the target sound, a dissonance function indicative of relationship between a frequency difference from the peak and a degree of dissonance with a component of the peak. Index calculation section collates spectra of an evaluated sound with the evaluating mask to thereby calculate a consonance index value indicative of a degree of consonance or dissonance between the target sound and the evaluated sound.12-24-2009
20090274309METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EQUALIZING A LOUDSPEAKER IN A ROOM - A method and a system for equalizing one or more loudspeaker(s), e.g. a hi-fi system, positioned in a room in order to compensate sound reproduction from the loudspeaker for an influence of the room. The method includes measuring a listening position transfer function (L) from electrical input of the loudspeaker (L11-05-2009
20100183159Method and System for Spatialization of Sound by Dynamic Movement of the Source - The invention relates to a method and the system for algorithmic processing of signals for sound spatialization making it possible to associate sound signals with information that has to be located by a listener, the spatialized sound signals being defined by a virtual position of origin corresponding to the position of the information wherein by algorithmic processing, a spatialized sound signal has an oscillatory movement applied to it describing a sequence of virtual positions of the said signal around the virtual position of origin.07-22-2010
20120140934AIRCRAFT AUDIO PANEL ROUTING - An aircraft audio panel includes a plurality of audio inputs each configured for receiving audio communications from an audio source; a plurality of audio outputs each configured for outputting the audio communications to audio equipment in the aircraft; selecting circuitry for selecting the audio communications between the audio inputs and the audio outputs; a single selector for permitting selection of one of the audio inputs or audio outputs for adjustment; and a single audio controller for permitting adjustment of an audio characteristic of the selected audio input or audio output. The audio panel may also include an audio characteristic indicator for indicating an audio characteristic of the selected audio input or audio output. The selecting circuitry may also implement a routing mode in which a user may first initiate the routing mode, then select one of the audio inputs for routing, and then select any one of the audio outputs for receiving audio communications from the selected audio input.06-07-2012
20120140933AIRCRAFT AUDIO PANEL - An aircraft audio panel includes a plurality of audio inputs each configured for receiving audio communications from an audio source; a plurality of audio outputs each configured for outputting the audio communications to audio equipment in the aircraft; selecting circuitry for selecting the audio communications between the audio inputs and the audio outputs; a single selector for permitting selection of one of the audio inputs or audio outputs for adjustment; and a single audio controller for permitting adjustment of an audio characteristic of the selected audio input or audio output. The audio panel may also include an audio characteristic indicator for indicating an audio characteristic of the selected audio input or audio output. The selecting circuitry may also implement a routing mode in which a user may first initiate the routing mode, then select one of the audio inputs for routing, and then select any one of the audio outputs for receiving audio communications from the selected audio input.06-07-2012
20130216050MULTIPLE MICROPHONE SWITCHING AND CONFIGURATION - A mobile communications device contains at least two microphones. One microphone is designated by a selector to provide a voice dominant signal and another microphone is designated to provide a noise or echo dominant signal, for a call or a recording. The selector communicates the designations to a switch that routes the selected microphone signals to the inputs of a processor for voice signal enhancement. The selected voice dominant signal is then enhanced by suppressing ambient noise or canceling echo therein, based on the selected noise or echo dominant signal. The designation of microphones may change at any instant during the call or recording depending on various factors, e.g. based on the quality of the microphone signals. Other embodiments are also described.08-22-2013
20100215182Light-Emission Responder - A light-emission responder can respond to input of sound, realizes versatility of response, and can be applied to various use forms. A microphone (08-26-2010
20100239098BACKGROUND NOISE ESTIMATION - A system for estimating the background noise in a loudspeaker-room-microphone system is presented herein where the loudspeaker is supplied with a source signal and the microphone picks up the source signal distorted by the room and provides a distorted signal. The system comprises an adaptive filter receiving the source signal and the distorted signal, and providing an error signal, a post filter connected downstream of the adaptive filter and a smoothing filter arrangement connected downstream of the adaptive filter. The smoothing filter arrangement includes a spectral domain smoothing filter and that provides a spectral domain estimated-noise signal, and a time domain smoothing filter and that provides a time domain estimated-noise signal. A scaling factor calculation unit receives signals indicative of the spectral domain estimated noise signal and the time domain estimated noise signal provides a scaling factor to a scaling unit that applies the scaling factor to the spectral domain estimated-noise signal to provide an enhanced spectral domain estimated-noise signal.09-23-2010
20100254539APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING TARGET SOUND FROM MIXED SOURCE SOUND - A technology for eliminating or reducing interference sound from a sound signal to extract target sound is provided. Interference sound is modeled using training noise, and mixed source sound is separated using the modeled interference sound. The mixed source sound is separated into target sound and interference sound using a basis matrix of the modeled interference sound.10-07-2010
20100208902SOUND DETERMINATION DEVICE, SOUND DETERMINATION METHOD, AND SOUND DETERMINATION PROGRAM - The noise removal device includes plural microphones, a time axis adjustment unit, an FFT analysis unit, and a noise removal processing unit, and determines frequency signals of a to-be-extracted sound by performing a threshold judgment on each of the phase distances, of the mixed sounds each received through a corresponding one of the microphones, in the case where the phases are expressed by the expression ψ′(t)=mod 08-19-2010
20100208901MUSIC PLAYING APPARATUS, MUSIC PLAYING METHOD, MUSIC PLAYING PROGRAM, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - A music playing apparatus includes: a sound and silence determining unit determining whether or not each frame included in first and second output PCM data is a sound frame including a sample having an output level not lower than a predetermined threshold; a connection point extracting unit extracting a candidate connection point being a sample having a largest variation in a lean of a PCM waveform, from each of the determined sound frames; an end detecting unit detecting candidate connection points included in a last sound frame of the first output PCM data and an initial sound frame of the second output PCM data, respectively, as a first connection point and a second connection point; and a tune continuously-output unit connecting the first output PCM data to the second output PCM data at the first and the second connection points, and playing the connected data.08-19-2010
20100246834WIND RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIND RECOGNITION USING MICROPHONE - A wind recognition system includes a sampling unit to sample data inputted through a microphone, an amplitude analysis unit to analyze an amplitude pattern of the sampled data, and a wind recognition unit to recognize the inputted data as wind if the analyzed amplitude pattern corresponds to a wind pattern. The amplitude analysis unit obtains amplitude data from the sampled data, and determines that the analyzed amplitude pattern corresponds to the wind pattern if the amplitude data includes n amplitudes each having a predetermined size. Alternatively, the amplitude analysis unit determines that the analyzed amplitude pattern corresponds to the wind pattern if a standard deviation of amplitudes included in the amplitude data is less than a reference deviation. Also, the wind recognition unit may recognize the inputted data as wind if the analyzed frequency spectrum of amplitude data corresponds to a wind prototype.09-30-2010
20100098260ROBUST PIPE-STRIKE PULSE DETECTOR - A method for discriminating a noise pulse from a background noise in which a signal of interest is converted to an envelope signal using an entropy-based envelope generator, which envelope signal is then integrated over a plurality of consecutive integrative periods, producing an integrated envelope signal for each of the integration periods. The ratio of the envelope signal at the end of each of the integration periods corresponding to each corresponding said integrated envelope signal is determined and compared with a predetermined threshold signal for each of the integration periods, resulting in a comparison value. The integration period in which the comparison value exceeds the predetermined threshold signal and which is preceded by two integration periods in which the comparison value does not exceed the threshold value represents the point in time at which the noise pulse is detected.04-22-2010
20090161882Method of Measuring an Audio Signal Perceived Quality Degraded by a Noise Presence - A method of calculating an objective score (NOS) of the perceived quality of an audio signal degraded by the presence of noise and processed by a noise reducing function, said method comprising a preliminary step of obtaining a predefined test audio signal (x[m]) containing a wanted signal free of noise, a signal (xb[m]) affected by noise obtained by adding a predefined noise signal to the test signal (x[m]), and a processed signal (y[m]) obtained by applying the noise reducing function to the signal (xb[m]) affected by noise. This method includes a step (a06-25-2009
20130129097SOUND QUALITY EVALUATION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - An apparatus for evaluating sound quality and a method thereof may include generating an original sound, measuring a test sound generated from a subject of sound quality evaluation, analyzing a signal of the test sound measured according to a time domain, generating a plurality delay signals that are delayed from the signal of the time domain by one period, determining a degree of matching by matching the signal of the time domain to each delay signal, determining whether a white nose is occurred based on the degree of matching, and outputting the status of the white noise on the subject of the sound evaluation. The signal of the test sound may be analyzed according to a frequency domain, and a degree of occurrence of buzz and rattle is determined based on a fundamental frequency of the frequency domain and a plurality of Harmonics corresponding to the frequency domain.05-23-2013
20100303247DISPLAY APPARATUS - The invention relates a method and arrangement for presenting visual information responsive to an audio signal. A solution according to the invention comprises an audio detector (12-02-2010
20130148817ABNORMALITY DETECTION APPARATUS FOR PERIODIC DRIVING SYSTEM, PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING PERIODIC DRIVING SYSTEM, ABNORMALITY DETECTION METHOD FOR PERIODIC DRIVING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An abnormality detection apparatus for a periodic driving system includes a detection unit; a data obtaining unit for time series data from the detected sound; a determinism derivation unit configured to derive a plurality of values representing determinism providing an indicator of whether the time series data is deterministic or stochastic or a plurality of intermediate variations in a calculation process of the values representing determinism at a predetermined interval from the time series data; a probability distribution calculation unit. The abnormality detection apparatus further includes a determination unit configured to determine existence or non-existence of abnormality in the periodic driving system based on the probability distribution of the values representing determinism or the intermediate variations.06-13-2013
20110038486SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC DISABLING AND ENABLING OF AN ACOUSTIC BEAMFORMER - A system and method that automatically disables and/or enables an acoustic beamformer is described herein. The system and method automatically generates an output audio signal by applying beamforming to a plurality of audio signals produced by an array of microphones when it is determined that such beamforming is working effectively and generates the output audio signal based on an audio signal produced by a designated microphone within the array of microphones when it is determined that the beamforming is not working effectively. Depending upon the implementation, the determination of whether the beamforming is working effectively may be based upon a measure of distortion associated with the beamformer response, an estimated level of reverberation, and/or the rate at which a computed look direction used to control the beamformer changes.02-17-2011
20120243695METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING SPECTRUM DENSITY OF DIFFUSED NOISE - Provided are a method for estimating a spectrum density of diffused noises. Also provided is a processor for implementing the method. The processor includes at least two sound receiving units and a spectrum density estimating unit for estimating spectrum density.09-27-2012
20090052677SOUND MONITORING, DATA COLLECTION AND ADVISORY SYSTEM - A sound monitoring system and method. The system can include a plurality of sound pressure level meters, a plurality of sound level indicators and a server connected by a network. The sound pressure level meters measuring a sound level at their location, and the sound level indicators providing a visual indication of the sound level measured by at least one of the sound pressure level meters. The system devices can be powered, as well as monitored and controlled remotely over the network. A user interface enables constructing and monitoring multiple zones and groups in a monitored area, as well as reviewing real-time and historical sound data. The system can also control lighting in the monitored area, and use lighting as a visual indicator of noise level.02-26-2009
20120243694SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SEGMENTING AND/OR CLASSIFYING AN AUDIO SIGNAL FROM TRANSFORMED AUDIO INFORMATION - A system and method may be provided to segment and/or classify an audio signal from transformed audio information. Transformed audio information representing a sound may be obtained. The transformed audio information may specify magnitude of a coefficient related to energy amplitude as a function of frequency for the audio signal and time. Features associated with the audio signal may be obtained from the transformed audio information. Individual ones of the features may be associated with a feature score relative to a predetermined speaker model. An aggregate score may be obtained based on the feature scores according to a weighting scheme. The weighting scheme may be associated with a noise and/or SNR estimation. The aggregate score may be used for segmentation to identify portions of the audio signal containing speech of one or more different speakers. For classification, the aggregate score may be used to determine a likely speaker model to identify a source of the sound in the audio signal.09-27-2012
20110103596STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING BREATH DETECTION PROGRAM STORED THEREIN AND BREATH DETECTION APPARATUS - Sound data acquisition means acquires, from a sound input device, sound data representing a sound signal. First evaluation means evaluates the sound signal represented by the sound data, by using a first criterion for detecting whether or not the sound inputted into the sound input device is a breath. Second evaluation means evaluates the sound signal represented by the sound data, by using a second criterion which is different from the first criterion. Breath detection means detects that a breath is inputted into the sound input device at least when the first evaluation means makes an affirmative evaluation, in a first period in which whether or not a breath is started to be blown into the sound input device is determined, and detects that a breath is inputted into the sound input device when at least one of the first evaluation means and the second evaluation means make an affirmative evaluation, in a second period in which whether or not a breath continues to be blown into the sound input device is determined.05-05-2011
20100128881Acoustic Voice Activity Detection (AVAD) for Electronic Systems - Acoustic Voice Activity Detection (AVAD) methods and systems are described. The AVAD methods and systems, including corresponding algorithms or programs, use microphones to generate virtual directional microphones which have very similar noise responses and very dissimilar speech responses. The ratio of the energies of the virtual microphones is then calculated over a given window size and the ratio can then be used with a variety of methods to generate a VAD signal. The virtual microphones can be constructed using either an adaptive or a fixed filter.05-27-2010
20110103595METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR MEDIA EXPOSURE IN VEHICLES - Methods and apparatus to monitor media exposure in vehicles are disclosed. An example implementation includes collecting audience measurement data with a media monitoring device fixed in a vehicle and transmitting the audience measurement data from the media monitoring device to a shuttle located within the vehicle, the shuttle being incapable of collecting audience measurement data independent of the media monitoring device.05-05-2011
20110075852AUDIO QUALITY ESTIMATION METHOD, AUDIO QUALITY ESTIMATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - An audio quality estimation apparatus includes an audio packet loss frequency calculation unit (03-31-2011
20110075851AUTOMATIC LABELING AND CONTROL OF AUDIO ALGORITHMS BY AUDIO RECOGNITION - Controlling a multimedia software application using high-level metadata features and symbolic object labels derived from an audio source, wherein a first-pass of low-level signal analysis is performed, followed by a stage of statistical and perceptual processing, followed by a symbolic machine-learning or data-mining processing component is disclosed. This multi-stage analysis system delivers high-level metadata features, sound object identifiers, stream labels or other symbolic metadata to the application scripts or programs, which use the data to configure processing chains, or map it to other media. Embodiments of the invention can be incorporated into multimedia content players, musical instruments, recording studio equipment, installed and live sound equipment, broadcast equipment, metadata-generation applications, software-as-a-service applications, search engines, and mobile devices.03-31-2011
20110069843Selective audio/sound aspects - Certain aspects relate to providing an at least one audio source to at least one user. Certain aspects relate to selectively modifying an at least one first sound source to be provided to the at least one user, wherein the at least one first sound source is combined with an at least one second sound source, and wherein the selectively modifying is performed relative to the at least one audio source based at least in part on at least some specific information of the at least one first sound source. Other aspects relate to selectively modifying the at least one first sound source to be provided to the at least one user relative to the at least one second sound source based at least in part on at least some specific information of the at least one first sound source.03-24-2011
20120201392System For Monitoring Audible Tones In A Multiple Planar Chassis - Aspects for monitoring audible tones indicative of operational status of each planar in a multiple planar chassis are described. Included in the aspects is the monitoring of a speaker channel of each planar of a plurality of planars in a common chassis for state changes of beep tones. An operational status of a specific planar emitting the beep tones is identified based on the state changes.08-09-2012
20120201391DEVICE FOR LOCALIZING ACOUSTIC SOURCES AND/OR MEASURING THEIR INTENSITIES - Device for localizing acoustic sources and/or measuring their intensities, intended in particular to be used in confined spaces, the device including at least one acoustic antenna having a first series of microphones delimiting a first volume, and a second series of microphones delimiting a volume containing at least substantially the first series of microphones.08-09-2012
20120201390DEVICE AND METHOD FOR AUDIBLE TRANSIENT NOISE DETECTION - The present invention relates to a device and a corresponding method for audible transient noise detection in an audio signal. To avoid the detection of false positives or at least reduce the number of detected false positives a device is proposed comprising a detector configured to detect a set of transient noise candidates in time or frequency domain among a plurality of samples of said audio signal, and a selector configured to select audible transient noise candidates from said set of transient noise candidates by use of one or more selection criteria, wherein the selection criteria used for said selection are selected and/or whose parameters are at least partly set based on characteristics of said audio signal.08-09-2012
20100329470AUDIO INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An audio information processing apparatus and method include dividing an audio signal, determining a time period having a power change ratio of an audio signal larger than a first threshold value as an attack candidate, searching the time period of the attack candidate and a time period immediately before the time period of the attack candidate for an attack starting point, correcting a power of an audio signal included in the time period, and determining whether a power change ratio of the audio signal included in the time period is larger than a second threshold value for attack detection which is larger than the first threshold value.12-30-2010
20100303248STANDING WAVE DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - To efficiently detect a standing wave generated in a room, a standing-wave detection apparatus for detecting a standing wave in a predetermined space, comprises: a sound-receiving unit adapted to receive a sound generated from a sound source arranged in the predetermined space; a storage unit adapted to store time series sound pressure level data acquired by the sound-receiving unit during movement along a path in the predetermined space; an adjustment unit adapted to adjust the time series sound pressure level data stored in the storage unit, based on an adjustment curve determined using a lower envelope of the time series sound pressure level data stored in the storage unit; and a detection unit adapted to detect an existence position of a standing wave in the predetermined space based on the adjusted time series sound pressure level data.12-02-2010
20110249825Sound Field Control Apparatus and Method for Controlling Sound Field - A sound field control apparatus includes at least two main microphones; for each main microphone, a set of at least two sub microphones arranged such that the at least two sub microphones are placed in different axis directions about each of the main microphones; a filtering unit; and a filter coefficient calculating unit configured to calculate a filter coefficient for the filtering unit. A filter coefficient used to control sound pressure levels and air particle velocities of an output audio signal is calculated on the basis of a sound pressure level detected by each main microphone and the difference between the sound pressure level detected by the main microphone and that detected by each of the corresponding sub microphones.10-13-2011
20110249824AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An audio signal processing apparatus includes a tapping detection unit to which an audio signal picked up by a microphone is input and that detects a tapping input operation on the basis of an energy increase/decrease determination process for making a determination as to whether an increase and a decrease of an energy level of low-frequency components of the audio signal occur within a first time period; and a control unit that performs a certain control process that is set for a tapping input operation in response to a tapping input operation being detected by the tapping detection unit.10-13-2011
20100014681NOISE SUPPRESSION METHOD, DEVICE, AND PROGRAM - The noise suppression device includes: a shock noise detection unit which receives an input signal including a shock noise and detects a shock noise according to a change of the input signal; and a shock sound suppression unit which receives the shock sound detection result and the input signal so as to suppress the shock sound.01-21-2010
20100329469SIGNAL PROCESSING - An apparatus, method and a computer program are provided. The apparatus is configured to process an electrical output signal from a loudspeaker to detect a user input signal.12-30-2010
20120148056METHOD TO REDUCE ARTIFACTS IN ALGORITHMS WITH FAST-VARYING GAIN - A method and device reduce artifacts in an audio processing algorithm for applying a time and frequency dependent gain to an input audio signal. The method provides a time frequency representation of an input audio signal comprising a number of frequency bands; applies an audio processing algorithm providing an estimated algorithm output signal; determines for each frequency band a difference between a value of the estimated gain signal at a given time and at a preceding time; averages the difference over a predefined time; provides a confidence estimate based on the time averaged difference, the said confidence estimate being relatively low in case said time averaged difference is above a predetermined threshold level and relatively high in case said time averaged difference is below a predetermined threshold level; and optionally applies the confidence estimate to the noise reduced output signal thereby providing an improved algorithm output signal.06-14-2012
20080219456ACOUSTIC DAMPENING COMPENSATION SYSTEM - At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to an acoustic management system configured to compensate for acoustical dampening comprising: a microphone configured to detect a first acoustic signal from an acoustic environment; and a logic circuit, where the logic circuit detects an onset of acoustical dampening between the acoustic environment and the microphone, and where the logic circuit generates an acoustic damping compensation filter, where the acoustic damping compensation filter is applied to the first acoustic signal generating a drive signal.09-11-2008
20110096933AUDIO PROCESSING - A method of generating a desired shelving filter for audio data, the desired shelving filter having a low-corner frequency U and a high-corner frequency f04-28-2011
20100158260DYNAMIC AUDIO MODE SWITCHING - In one embodiment, a method and apparatus for processing an audio signal are provided. In one example of the invention, an audio signal is received. The audio signal is classified as a high quality signal or a low quality signal based upon a determination of the bandwidth, signal source, and/or signal type of the audio signal. The audio signal is further processed responsive to whether the audio signal is classified as a high quality signal or a low quality signal.06-24-2010
20100158261SOUND QUALITY CORRECTION APPARATUS, SOUND QUALITY CORRECTION METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR SOUND QUALITY CORRECTION - According to one embodiment, various feature parameters are calculated for distinguishing between a speech and music and between music and background sound for an input audio signal. With the feature parameters, score determination is made as to whether the input audio signal is close to a speech signal or a music signal. If the input audio signal is determined to be close to music, the preceding score determination result is corrected considering the influence of background sound. Based on the corrected score value, a sound quality correction process for a speech or music is applied to the input audio signal.06-24-2010
20100195837AUDIO SIGNATURE EXTRACTION AND CORRELATION - A signature is extracted from the audio of a program received by a tunable receiver such that the signature characterizes the program. In order to extract the signature, blocks of the audio are converted to corresponding spectral moments. At least one of the spectral moments is then converted to the signature. Also, a test audio signal from a receiver is correlated to a reference audio signal by converting the test audio signal and the reference audio signal to corresponding test and reference spectra, determining test slopes corresponding to coefficients of the test spectrum and reference slopes corresponding to coefficients of the reference spectrum, and comparing the test slopes to the reference slopes in order to determine a match between the test audio signal and the reference audio signal.08-05-2010
20100067708SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY UPDATING PRESENCE INFORMATION BASED ON SOUND DETECTION - A system, method and computer program that utilizes sound detection circuitry to automatically update presence information associated with portable electronic equipment. Aspects of the present invention provide reliable presence information regarding the availability of the user based on sounds detected at or near the electronic equipment.03-18-2010
20080267416Method and Device for Sound Detection and Audio Control - At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to a listening device (10-30-2008
20120148055AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO RECEIVER AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AUDIO THEREOF - Provided are an audio processing apparatus and a method for providing audio thereof, and an audio receiver and a method of providing audio thereof. The audio processing apparatus includes: a location detecting unit which detects a location of an audio receiver; a sound adjusting unit which adjusts a sound of an audio signal according to the detected location; and an audio signal transmitting unit which transmits the audio signal with the adjusted sound to the audio receiver.06-14-2012
20100239097Method and System for Determining a Gain Reduction Parameter Level for Loudspeaker Equalization - Methods, digital systems, and computer readable media are provided for determining a gain reduction parameter level for loudspeaker equalization by determining a noise score, an equalization effectiveness score, and an equalization non-effectiveness score for a candidate gain reduction parameter level, determining a composite quality score using the three scores, and designing a compensating filter for the loudspeaker using the candidate gain reduction parameter level if the composite quality score is better than composite quality scores of all other candidate gain reduction parameter levels.09-23-2010
20120039478SOUND RECOGNITION DEVICE AND SOUND RECOGNITION METHOD - A sound recognition device includes: a frequency analysis unit which analyzes a frequency signal of a sound signal; a phase curve calculation unit which calculates a phase curve approximating temporal fluctuations of a phase of the frequency signal; an error calculation unit which calculates an error between the phase curve and the phase of the frequency signal; and a sound signal recognition unit which recognizes whether or not the sound signal is a signal of a periodic sound, based on the calculated error. The phase curve is expressed by a quadratic polynomial in which a value of the phase is a variable.02-16-2012
20120148057Method and System for Determining a Perceived Quality of an Audio System - The invention relates to a method for determining a quality indicator representing a perceived quality of an output signal of an audio device with respect to a reference signal. Such audio device may for example be a speech processing system. In the method the reference signal and the output signal are processed and compared. The processing includes dividing the reference signal and the output signal into mutually corresponding time frames. The processing further includes scaling the reference signal towards a fixed intensity level. Time frames of the output signal are selected based on measurements performed on the scaled reference signal. Then, a noise contrast parameter is calculated based on the selected time frames of the output signal. A noise suppression is applied on at least one of the reference signal and the output signal based on the noise contrast parameter. Finally, the reference signal and the output signal are perceptually subtracted to form a difference signal, and the quality indicator is derived from the difference signal.06-14-2012
20130010974SOUND PROCESSING DEVICE, SOUND PROCESSING METHOD, AND SOUND PROCESSING PROGRAM - A sound processing device includes a storage unit configured to store first operation data corresponding to a motion of a mechanical apparatus and a first sound feature value corresponding to the motion in correlation with each other, a noise estimating unit configured to estimate a third sound feature value corresponding to a noise component based on a second sound feature value corresponding to an acquired sound signal, a sound feature value processing unit configured to calculate a target sound feature value from which the noise component is removed based on the second sound feature value and the third sound feature value, and an updating unit that updates the first sound feature value stored in the storage unit based on detected second operation data and the third sound feature value estimated by the noise estimating unit.01-10-2013
20120099735ENDOSCOPE WITH FUNCTION OF ACOUSTIC WAVE DETECTION AND VOICEPRINT COMPARISON - The present invention provides an endoscope with function of acoustic wave detection and voiceprint comparison. The endoscope includes a flexible tube, a hand-held host and a sound receiving element. The hand-held host includes an analog-to-digital converter, a storage unit and a digital signal processor. The sound receiving element is disposed at the control module. The sound receiving element is used to convert surrounding acoustic waves to acoustic analog signals, and transmits the acoustic analog signals to the analog-to-digital converter of the hand-held host via the signal wires. The analog-to-digital converter converts the acoustic analog signals to digital signals, and transmits the digital signals to the digital signal processor for comparing the digital signals with the voiceprint data stored in the storage unit. The digital signal processor makes the comparison result shown at the display of the hand-held host.04-26-2012
20100142715Sound Library and Method - At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to a website configured to collect sound signatures from around the world and beyond. A communication device automatically stores acoustic information received by a microphone of the communication device. The acoustic information is analyzed for a trigger event. The trigger event stores the acoustic information, attaches metadata, creates a Gaussian Mixture Model, and measures sound pressure level. The communication device automatically sends the sound signature to a database when a communication path is opened to communication device. Each sound signature has associated metadata including a time stamp and geocode. Automatically collecting sounds using a communication device adapted for the process enables a database that captures sounds globally on a continuous basis.06-10-2010
20100278347ACOUSTIC HOSTILE FIRE INDICATOR - A system for detecting of the location of shooters with respect to a moving platform is disclosed and claimed. The system makes use of the ballistic shock of ordnance to find a shooter by one of three methods: using a single small array (that detects ordnance shock) in conjunction with the electro-optic infrared detection of the shot; using a single small array that detects both the muzzle blast (often obscured on an aircraft in flight) and ordnance shock (that is more easily detected above the background noise); and using multiple small arrays, each of which detects ordnance shock, to triangulate the ordnance trajectory.11-04-2010
20120063605ACOUSTIC APPARATUS - Measurement signals for calculating acoustic characteristics of the acoustic space are reproduced in a plurality of periods at sound reproduction intervals. A picked-up signal is acquired by picking up a reproduced signal. The picked-up signal is divided for each period, and the acoustic characteristics of the acoustic space are calculated from an arithmetic unit of the divided periodic signals and the measurement signal. Before sound reproduction, a background noise signal in the acoustic space is measured, and a peak frequency component of a frequency characteristic of the background noise signal is detected. The number of periods and sound reproduction intervals of measurement signals to be reproduced are controlled so as to cancel out a detected peak frequency component at the time of calculating arithmetic unit.03-15-2012
20120063606SOUND PRESSURE PREDICTION APPARATUS, SOUND PRESSURE PREDICTION METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM - A sound pressure level prediction apparatus includes a storage unit for storing measured sound pressure levels. The sound pressure level prediction apparatus also includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire sound pressure levels measured at a plurality of locations for a first fan and at least one sound pressure level for a second fan, and the at least one sound pressure level being measured at the same location as at least one of the plurality of locations used for measuring the sound pressure levels for the first fan. The sound pressure level prediction apparatus further includes a prediction unit configured to predict, based on the acquired sound pressure levels of the first fan and the at least one sound pressure level for the second fan, a sound pressure level for the second fan at a location where the sound pressure level for the second fan has not yet been measured.03-15-2012
20120300951METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT OF IN-EAR DEVICE ACOUSTICAL PERFORMANCE - A method and apparatus for objectively assessing acoustical performance of an in-ear device having a passageway extending there through use a dual microphone probe that removably engages the passageway. The acoustical performance of the in-ear device is performed with the in-ear device inserted into the ear canal of the user and a reference sound source. A clip holding the probe in an acoustic near field of the sound source permits real time calibration thereof. The method and apparatus allow on-site and in-situ measurement of a predicted personal attenuation rating of the device, a subject-fit re-insertion test, an acoustic seal test, a rating test, a stability and reliability test, as well as a protection test of the device with an assessment of a filtered predicted exposure level at the ear for a specific noise exposure level. The apparatus may be simply housed along with the sound source for in-field evaluation tests.11-29-2012
20120300950MANAGEMENT OF A SOUND MATERIAL TO BE STORED INTO A DATABASE - A data processing apparatus acquires a waveform data set from a waveform DB where waveform data sets are stored in association with tag data for classifying the waveform data sets, analyzes a sound waveform signal indicated by the acquired waveform data set to thereby identify a period of the sound waveform signal, having a predetermined feature, as a waveform signal of a sound material, and calculates a feature amount by analyzing the sound waveform signal of a sound material. Then, the data processing apparatus registers, into a sound material DB, identification data indicative of the sound waveform signal of the sound material, feature amount data indicative of the calculated feature amount and the tag data corresponding to the acquired waveform data set in association with one another. The registered tag data can be used for searching for a desired sound material from the sound material database.11-29-2012
20120155655MUSIC DETECTION BASED ON PAUSE ANALYSIS - In one embodiment, a pause-based music detection (MD) module detects music by analyzing pauses in a received audio signal. The energy of each frame of the signal is compared to an energy threshold to determine whether the frame corresponds to background noise only (i.e., a pause) or sound such as speech or music. A window having a number of frames is analyzed to determine whether there is a pause within the window. If no pauses are detected in the window, then the current frame is presumed to correspond to music. If a pause is detected, then the current frame is presumed to correspond to speech. In another embodiment, the pause-based MD module output is applied to Boolean “OR” logic along with a tone-based MD module output to generate a final MD decision. The tone-based MD module detects music by analyzing tones in the signal using any suitable tone-based MD algorithm.06-21-2012
20120155656Audio-Signal Processing Apparatus and Method, and Program - An audio-signal processing apparatus includes: a center-localization-degree detection section detecting a center-localization degree indicating a degree of concentration on a center of localization distribution of an audio signal; an expansion-section detection section detecting an expansion section expanding a dynamic range of the audio signal on the basis of the center-localization degree; and an expansion section expanding the dynamic range of the audio signal in the expansion section.06-21-2012
20110103597Medic voice data system - A medical voice data system includes a hand-held recording device, an electronic information carrier (EIC), and a host station. The hand-held device records medical information from a user that is examining a person in an extreme environment such as battlefield or disaster area. EICs are stored within a housing interior and can be dispensed therefrom by the user. Recording electronics within the housing interior are operably connected to at least one of the EICs. A microphone is operably connected to the recording electronics to record on a EIC medical information about the injured person. The EIC is configured to be attached to and travel with the person as they are evacuated so that the recorded medical information is immediately available to medical personnel at a care center via the host station. The medical voice data system may also employ a wireless EIC. A host station is used to receive and process the recorded information and convert it to text-based medical record.05-05-2011
20100290632APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING SOUND - An apparatus for detecting sound includes a plurality of microphones, a sound inspecting unit, a direction estimating unit, a background noise removing unit, and an alerting unit. The microphones are used to collect sounds around a user. The sound inspecting unit is used to calculate the feature values of a background noise within a preset time interval, and to determine if a latest collected sound satisfies a preset condition. When the preset condition is satisfied, the direction estimating unit is used to estimate the occurrence direction of the latest collected sound, and to determine if the occurrence direction is within a preset range behind the user. When the preset range is satisfied, the background noise removing unit is used to remove the background noise in the latest collected sound so as to obtain a detected sound. The alerting unit is used to inform the user of the detected sound via an alert message. A method for detecting sound is also disclosed.11-18-2010
20100246835CONCEPTUAL AND COMPUTATIONAL MODEL OF THE EFFECTS OF ANTHROPOGENIC NOISE ON AN ANIMAL'S PERCEPTION OF OTHER SOUNDS - The invention is a software program which estimates the effect of environmental noise on hearing and acoustic communication in birds and other animals. The calculation uses information about the acoustic characteristics of the environmental noise, the acoustic characteristics of the vocalization or bioacoustic signal, and information about species specific hearing capabilities to provide a quantitative estimate of the impact on auditory perception. The program will operate in two modes. It will make ball park estimates of noise and signal transmission through a particular type of environment for its calculations of audibility. Or, it will take as input, estimates of the noise and the signal at the bird as generated from existing commercial software and use these estimates in the calculation of audibility.09-30-2010
20120128165SYSTEMS, METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIA FOR DECOMPOSITION OF A MULTICHANNEL MUSIC SIGNAL - Decomposition of a multichannel signal using direction-of-arrival estimation, a basis function inventory, and a sparse recovery technique is disclosed.05-24-2012
20120163610APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING CONTROL PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus receives sound signals that are respectively output by a plurality of microphones, and detects a sound arrival direction from which sounds of the sound signals are traveled. The image processing apparatus calculates a sound level of sounds output from the sound arrival direction, and causes an image that reflects the sound level of sounds output from the sound arrival direction to be displayed in vicinity of an image of a user who is outputting the sounds from the sound arrival direction.06-28-2012
20120134502Audio Correction Apparatus and Audio Correction Method - According to one embodiment, audio correction apparatus connected to audio player, includes output module configured to output audio signal as sound, and filter configured to correct the audio signal based on tap coefficient is provided. The apparatus includes, audio measurement module configured to pick up plurality of recording signals obtained by recording sound output from output module at detection points located at different points, audio analyzer configured to calculate plurality of frequency responses based on plurality of recording signals obtained by audio measurement module, and audio correction module configured to calculate maximum amplitude response by specifying maximum amplitude for each of frequencies, to calculate average group delay property for each of frequencies, to calculate tap coefficient based on maximum amplitude and average group delay property, and to output tap coefficient to filter of audio player.05-31-2012
20120170761AUDIO QUALITY ANALYZING DEVICE, AUDIO QUALITY ANALYZING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - During audio communication between terminals, an audio quality analyzing device picks up from a network a packet containing a bit stream obtained by compression encoding of audio sent by at least one of the terminals. The device has an audio quality analyzing unit that, in addition to analyzing a header of the packet picked up, performs at least one of: an analysis of a payload header and an analysis of the bit stream contained in the payload, detects deterioration in the quality of the audio communication service, and notifies a result of the detection to an upper level device.07-05-2012
20120170760Audio Processing - A method including: determining a time difference between at least a first audio channel and a second audio channel of the same acoustic space; and enabling a corrective time shift between the first audio channel and the second audio channel when the time difference exceeds a threshold.07-05-2012
20120076310Automatic Identification of Repeated Material In Audio Signals - A system and method are described for recognizing repeated audio material within at least one media stream without prior knowledge of the nature of the repeated material. The system and method are able to create a screening database from the media stream or streams. An unknown sample audio fragment is taken from the media stream and compared against the screening database to find if there are matching fragments within the media streams by determining if the unknown sample matches any samples in the screening database.03-29-2012
20120177208TRIGGER GENERATING DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE, TRIGGER GENERATING METHOD, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, TRIGGER GENERATING PROGRAM, AND DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM - A trigger generating device includes: a level setting section detecting a maximum level of an audio signal in each predetermined period and setting a threshold with reference to the maximum level; and a trigger generating section comparing the audio signal and the threshold and generating a trigger signal when the level of the audio signal changes from a level smaller than the threshold to a level greater than the threshold.07-12-2012
20120177209EARHEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD I - Methods of operating an audio device are provided. A method includes calculating estimated sound pressure levels (SPLs) for drive signals directed to an ear canal receiver (ECR) during a time increment Δt; calculating an estimated SPL_Dose during the time increment Δt using the estimated sound pressure levels; and calculating a total SPL_Dose at a time t of the audio device using the estimated SPL_Dose.07-12-2012
20120219157MONITORING APPARATUS AND METHOD - According to one embodiment, a monitoring apparatus includes an acquisition unit, an analysis unit, a calculation unit, a storage, a determination unit. The acquisition unit acquires an environmental sound. The analysis unit performs frequency analysis to extract characteristic frequency components. The calculation unit calculates first values of metrics. The storage stores contour data generated by second values of the metrics. The determination unit determines whether or not there is a first measurement point in which a first value and a second value match, if there is no first measurement point or the change is not less than the threshold value, determines that the machines is abnormal.08-30-2012
20120219156METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR MEDIA EXPOSURE - Methods and apparatus to monitor media exposure are disclosed. An example implementation includes transmitting a start signal from a mailable meter to at least one mailable meter to at least one wearable meter; receiving a first audio at the mailable meter upon transmission of the start signal; receiving a second audio at the at least one wearable meter upon reception of the start signal; deriving a signature of the first received audio at the mailable meter; deriving a signature of the second received audio at the at least one wearable meter; transmitting the signature of the second received audio and an identification number from the at least one wearable meter to the mailable meter; and storing the signature of the first received audio and the identification number at the mailable meter as audience measurement data if the signature of the first received audio and the signature of the second received audio correlate.08-30-2012
20080260167SOUND QUALITY DISPLAY APPARATUS, SOUND QUALITY DISPLAY METHOD, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM ON WHICH SOUND QUALITY DISPLAY PROGRAM IS RECORDED AND SOUND CAMERA - Disclosed are a sound quality display apparatus, a sound quality display method, a computer readable medium on which a sound quality display program is recorded, and a sound camera. The apparatus includes a sound detector detecting sound generated from a sound source, a background photographing unit photographing background where the sound source is positioned, a sound source signal generator creating a sound source signal as a sound signal at a sound source plane where the sound source is positioned by analyzing the sound signal detected by the sound detector, a sound quality data generator creating sound quality data at the sound source plane by processing of the sound source signal, and a display displaying sound quality image data created by overlaying image data of the background photographed by the background photographing unit with the sound quality data.10-23-2008
20090060211Method and System for Music Detection - Methods, digital systems, and computer readable media are provided for detection of music in an audio signal. Music is detected by partitioning the audio signal into overlapping frames, determining a fundamental frequency of a frame in the overlapping frames, including the fundamental frequency of the frame in a histogram of fundamental frequency values of frames occurring in the audio signal prior to the frame, and indicating that music is present in the audio signal when a number of occurrences of a fundamental frequency value in the histogram exceeds a threshold.03-05-2009
20120257760Systems and Methods for Adjusting Audio Levels in a Plurality of Audio Signals - Systems and methods for adjusting audio levels in a plurality of audio signals are disclosed. One or more input signals containing one or more audio signals are depacketized. The audio signals are analyzed to determine if audio levels of the signals correspond to a desired audio level for at least some of the signals. The audio levels of signals that do not correspond are adjusted. Packets that do not require adjustment and the resulting adjusted packets are combined to form one or more output signals corresponding to the one or more input signals.10-11-2012
20090016540AUDITORY PERCEPTION CONTROLLING DEVICE AND METHOD - “A method of automatically performing adjustment of audio control settings in an audio system, whereby at least a part of the audio control settings is adjusted according to automatic audio control setting adjustment routines via at least one remote control receiver of the audio system; 01-15-2009
20080298598MUSIC DETECTING APPARATUS AND MUSIC DETECTING METHOD - According to one embodiment, there is provided a music detecting apparatus including; a first detecting unit configured to detect, based on a sound volume ratio of two channels included in the information, a music section included in an information; a second detecting unit configured to detect a commercial message section included in the information; and a processing unit configured to process, based on a ration of an overlapping section between the music section and the commercial message section to the music section, the music section as a non-music section, if the music section at least partly overlaps with the commercial message section.12-04-2008
20110002471SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSDUCER CALIBRATION AND TUNING - Audio transducers (headphones, speakers, microphones) inherently do not accurately reproduce the signal presented to them at the input. This can be compensated for by taking into account the transducer characteristics and transforming the input signal using a digital signal processor (DSP) to counteract the inaccuracies. However, for the compensation to take place, the DSP needs to know the characteristics of the transducer. For systems with built-in transducers (like laptops with internal speakers) the characteristics of the internal speakers can be stored on the hard-drive of the laptop and the DSP can read this data and make the appropriate compensations. Because a transducer (headphone, speaker, microphone) has its own characteristics that need to be compensated for separately, a profile is supplied to the DSP either by a database lookup based on an identification made by the user or transducer itself or by profile information stored on the transducer. Once the characteristics of a transducer are known, many additional DSP algorithms can be applied in order to improve the audio performance and even safety of the system.01-06-2011
20120269355Methods and systems for direct-to-indirect acoustic radiance transfer - Methods, systems, and computer program products for simulating propagation of sound in a static scene can be operated for pre-computing a transfer operator for simulating results of sound reflection within a modeled scene, simulating distribution of sound energy from a sound source positioned within the scene, applying the transfer operator to the distribution of sound energy from the sound source to compute simulated sound at a plurality of points within the scene, and simulating collection of sound energy from the plurality of points within the scene to a listener positioned within the scene.10-25-2012
20120269354SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STREAMING MUSIC REPAIR AND ERROR CONCEALMENT - A method is provided for analysing the self-similarity of an audio file. The method involves obtaining the audio spectrum envelope data of an audio file to be analysed; performing a clustering operation on the spectrum envelope data to produce a clustered set of data; for a first portion of the clustered data, performing a string matching operation on at least one other portion of the clustered data; and based on the results of the string matching operation, determining the at least one other portion of the clustered data most similar to said first portion of the clustered data. There is also provided a method of repairing an audio stream received over a network using similarity data to replace damaged or missing portions of data with similar “good” portions of data.10-25-2012
20100189268ACOUSTIC IN-EAR DETECTION FOR EARPIECE - An apparatus comprising an earpiece and a signal processor is disclosed. The earpiece is suitable to be applied at an auditory opening of a user's ear. The earpiece comprises a speaker enabled to be supplied with an audio signal for rendering, and a microphone arranged in vicinity of the speaker to acquire a sound signal from sounds present inside the auditory opening when the earpiece is applied at the ear. The signal processor is arranged to determine whether the earpiece is applied at the user's ear by analysis of the acquired sound signal comprising any of a sound signal component of an in-ear sound type present when the earpiece is applied or an outside-ear sound type present when the earpiece is not applied. A method and a computer program are also disclosed.07-29-2010
20100189271Audio Source Detection System - In a sound source localization system using a light emitting device for visualizing sound information, including: a light emitting device (07-29-2010
20100189270SOUND VOLUME CORRECTING DEVICE, SOUND VOLUME CORRECTING METHOD, SOUND VOLUME CORRECTING PROGRAM, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A sound volume correcting device includes: a variable gain unit controlling a gain of an input audio signal on the basis of a gain control signal; a voice average level detector detecting an average level of a human voice signal in the input audio signal; and a gain control signal generator generating the gain control signal for controlling the gain of the input audio signal using the average level of the human voice signal detected by the voice average level detector as a reference level and supplying the generated gain control signal to the variable gain unit.07-29-2010
20100189269ACOUSTIC IN-EAR DETECTION FOR EARPIECE - An apparatus comprising at least one earpiece suitable to be applied at an auditory opening of a user's ear and a signal processor is disclosed. The earpiece comprises a speaker enabled to be supplied with an audio signal for rendering, and a microphone arranged in vicinity of the speaker arranged to acquire a sound signal. The signal processor is arranged to determine whether the earpiece is applied at the user's ear by analysis of the acquired sound signal, wherein the analysis is based on the acoustic coupling of the audio signal to the microphone. A method and a computer program are also disclosed.07-29-2010
20110235812SOUND INFORMATION DETERMINING APPARATUS AND SOUND INFORMATION DETERMINING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a sound information determining apparatus includes: a holding module configured hold a plurality of determining techniques, each of which determines, with respect to a noise of each type that may be present in an input audio signal, whether the noise of corresponding type is present according to a noise characteristic; and a determining module configured to determine whether noise is present in the input audio signal by making use of some of the plurality of the determining techniques held with respect to the noise of each type.09-29-2011
20110235811MUSIC TRACK EXTRACTION DEVICE AND MUSIC TRACK RECORDING DEVICE - Provided is a music track extraction device, including: an audio power calculation section which calculates an audio power from an audio signal; and a judgment section which performs a judgment between a music track portion and a non-music track portion based on a state of the audio power.09-29-2011
20120321093MANAGEMENT UNIT WITH MICROPHONE - An example energy management unit (EMU) with diagnostic capabilities is provided. The EMU with can receive and identify the operational status of a device by receiving an audio signal from the device generated by the device's self diagnostic system. The EMU can decode the diagnostic information and retransmit the decoded information as necessary for further processing.12-20-2012
20120087507Method and System for Enhancing Sound - A method of enhancing audio sound. The method includes sensing an acoustic signal using a microphone in an electronic device. The acoustic signal is emitted in response to a primary sound signal and transmitted as a sound wave through a space. The method further includes receiving, using an antenna in the electronic device, a wireless signal encoded with the primary sound signal. An impulse response for the space is estimated based on the sensed acoustic signal and the primary sound signal encoded within the received wireless signal. A delay between the sensed acoustic signal and the primary sound signal encoded within the received wireless signal is calculated based on the estimated impulse response. The primary sound signal encoded within the received wireless signal is delayed using the calculated delay and reproduced to enhance the acoustic signal heard by a user of the electronic device.04-12-2012
20120321094SOUND EXPOSURE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - A personal noise monitoring system and method for operating the same. Sound pressure data from inside the ears of a user of hearing protection device (HPD) are acquired from microphones in the HPD and reported to a master control unit. Simultaneously, the master control unit receives sound pressure data from the ambient environment in which the user is located. The data are reported to a central server for processing. The central server may use the data to determine in near real time or real time whether the user of the HPD is at risk for exposure to excess sound levels and to take remedial action while the user is still in the ambient environment.12-20-2012
20120281846AUDIO TESTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An audio testing system is configured for receiving an audio signal from the an audio emitting device. The system samples the audio signal and obtains sampling points from the audio signal for determining if the audio signal has been distorted. A related method is also disclosed.11-08-2012
20120281845METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN IMPEDANCE OF AN ELECTROACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER AND FOR OPERATING AN AUDIO PLAYBACK DEVICE - A method for determining an impedance of an electroacoustic transducer (11-08-2012
20120321095Signature Noise Removal - A speech enhancement system improves the perceptual quality of a processed voice signal. The system improves the perceptual quality of a voice signal by removing unwanted noise components from a voice signal. The system removes undesirable signals that may result in the loss of information. The system receives and analyzes signals to determine whether an undesired random or persistent signal corresponds to one or more modeled noises. When one or more noise components are detected, the noise components are substantially removed or dampened from the signal to provide a less noisy voice signal.12-20-2012
20120288103METHOD FOR DETECTING AUDIO TICKS IN A NOISY ENVIRONMENT - A method for detecting, in an audio signal including a stream of audio samples (y(n), (y′(n)), ticks in a noisy environment, comprises the steps of applying the signal to a coarse tick detection processor arranged to decide whether it is likely that the signal includes a tick and, only then, enabling a fine tick detection processor to decide, by more thorough processing the audio signal, whether the audio signal represents an audio tick. The coarse processing step preferably includes buffering audio samples (y(n), (y′(n)), determining the maximum and minimum values of each sample, forming their local range, delaying the local range with one or more samples and comparing the difference between the actual local range and the delayed local range with a threshold value (T11-15-2012
20120288104METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AUDIO RECORDING - An earpiece (11-15-2012
20110158417COMMUNICATION DEVICE WITH WARNING FUNCTION AND COMMUNICATION METHOD THEREOF - A communication device with an audio database comprises an audio receiving module, a locator module, an audio identification module and a notification module. The audio receiving module calculates the strength of the at least one signal, the locator module determines whether each of the strength exceeds a predefined value and determines the directionality of the at least one audio signal in accordance with the strength of the at least one audio signal. The audio identification module compares the audio signal with audio modules in accordance with characteristics parameter to issue a warning.06-30-2011
20100086138AMBIENT AUDIO TRANSFORMATION MODES - A method and device for transforming ambient audio are provided. Example embodiments may include monitoring ambient audio proximate to a sound processing device located in an environment. The device may receive a selection from a user interface. The selection may comprise one of a number of available first selections, each available first selection identifying one of multiple transformation modes. The device may access memory to obtain transformation audio and process the transformation audio, based on the ambient audio and the selection. The device may also use the transformation audio to provide modified output audio for propagation into the environment.04-08-2010
20130202120METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ACOUSTIC EVENT DETECTION - Methods and apparatus to identify a type of acoustic event Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs). In one embodiment, received sound is processed using the MFCCs to locate a peak for comparison with a stored event to determine if the peak corresponds to the acoustic event.08-08-2013
20130142344AUTOMATIC LOCATION-SPECIFIC CONTENT SELECTION FOR PORTABLE INFORMATION RETRIEVAL DEVICES - A method for anticipating a user's desired information using a FDA device connected to a computer network is provided. This method further comprises maintaining a database of user tendencies within the computer network, receiving sensor data from the user's physical environment via the FDA device, generating query strings using both tendency data and sensor data, retrieving data from external data sources using these generated query strings, organizing the retrieved data into electronic folders, and delivering this organized data to the user via the FDA device, In particular, a data management module anticipates the type of information a user desires by combining real time data taken from a sensor unit within a FDA and data regarding the history of that particular user's tendencies stored within the data management module.06-06-2013
20130170655AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE AND AUDIO OUTPUT METHOD - A audio output device includes: a speaker position detecting unit which detects the position of a speaker; a masking sound producing section which produces a masking sound; a plurality of loudspeakers which output the masking sound; and a localization controlling section which controls a localization position of the masking sound based on the speaker position detected by the speaker position detecting unit, and which supplies a sound signal relating to the masking sound to at least one of the plurality of loudspeakers.07-04-2013
20130142345HEARING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A HEARING SYSTEM - A hearing system (06-06-2013
20130142343SOUND SOURCE SEPARATION DEVICE, SOUND SOURCE SEPARATION METHOD AND PROGRAM - With conventional source separator devices, specific frequency bands are significantly reduced in environments where dispersed static is present that does not come from a particular direction, and as a result, the dispersed static may be filtered irregularly without regard to sound source separation results, giving rise to musical noise. In an embodiment of the present invention, by computing weighting coefficients which are in a complex conjugate relation, for post-spectrum analysis output signals from microphones (06-06-2013
20130142342APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MICROPHONE POSITIONING BASED ON A SPATIAL POWER DENSITY - An apparatus for microphone positioning includes a spatial power distribution determiner and a spatial information estimator. The spatial power distribution determiner is adapted to determine a spatial power density indicating power values for a plurality of locations of an environment based on sound source information indicating one or more power values and one or more position values of one or more sound sources located in the environment. The spatial information estimator is adapted to estimate acoustic spatial information based on the spatial power density.06-06-2013
20080212787EARHEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD I - At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to a method of operating an audio device comprising: calculating estimated sound pressure levels for drive signals directed to an ear canal receiver (ECR) during a time increment Δt; calculating an estimated SPL_Dose during the time increment Δt using the estimated sound pressure levels; and calculating a total SPL_Dose at the time t of the audio device using the estimated SPL_Dose.09-04-2008
20130101125Acoustic Shock Prevention Apparatus - An apparatus including 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 change of state in an apparatus within a first time period, wherein a first state operates with a first audio output having a first average sound pressure level and a second state operates with a second audio output having a higher average sound pressure level; and processing the second audio output signal such that the second audio output sound pressure level is acoustically continuous with respect to the first average sound pressure level immediately following the change of state.04-25-2013
20130101124METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING ACOUSTIC SHOCKS - A method and device are provided for detecting acoustic shocks in an audio stream. The method includes: breaking down the audio stream into audio frames; analyzing the audio frames in order to assign each audio frame a category value from among a plurality of predefined values; and determining the probability of an acoustic shock occurring in a current frame, based on a sequence of a given length of category values assigned to a set of frames, using a two-state Markov model, defined by a predetermined transition matrix and transmission matrix.04-25-2013
20110268282System and Method for Monitoring Compliance of Sound Levels When Playing Content in Theater Auditoriums - The present invention relates to systems and methods for monitoring compliance with sound volumes in auditoriums. The method includes setting a baseline sound measurement for an audio receiver located in an auditorium. The baseline sound measurement is based on a baseline sample signal broadcast over a baseline period from a sound system, and received by the audio receiver. A sound level standard is defined for content. A live sound measurement is determined over a sampling period of live content broadcast from the sound system. It is then determined if the live sound measurement complies with the sound level standard for content. Notification is provided for non-compliance with the sound level standard for content to a party sourcing the live content.11-03-2011
20080199016Method for ascertaining the noise emission of an internal combustion engine - Methods for ascertaining the combustion noises of an internal combustion engine need only a structure-borne noise sensor and may be carried out using little computing power.08-21-2008
20080199015INFANT SPEECH RECORDING DEVICE - A portable recording device to capture a child's first words without the need for constant surveillance, as well as provide additional monitoring functions.08-21-2008
20130148814AUDIO ACQUISITION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Audio acquisition systems and methods to determine a direction of arrival of an audio signal are disclosed. In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a continuous sampling stage configured to receive audio information and to generate one or more correlations from the received audio information, and a processing stage configured to receive the one or more correlations and to generate direction of arrival information for the audio information. In another embodiment, a method includes generating audio signals from an ambient acoustic environment, and performing beamforming on the generated audio signals. The method further includes calculating signal-to-interference ratios from the beamformed signals, forming correlations between the signal-to-interference ratios and audio sampling angles, selecting at least one correlation based upon predetermined selection criteria, and determining a direction of arrival for the audio signals.06-13-2013
20130148815NOISE TESTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A noise testing system includes an electronic device, a noise meter and a testing desk. The electronic device includes a plurality of separated electronic components. The noise meter is used to test a noise generated by the electronic device. The testing desk includes a surface. A plurality of scale markings is defined in the surface, and a plurality of scale value is labeled on the surface and correspond to the plurality of scale marking. A first distance between every two of the plurality of separated electronic components and a second distance between the noise meter and each of the plurality of separated electronic components is adjusted to be in a fixed range according to the plurality of scale marking. A noise testing method based upon the above noise testing system is further disclosed.06-13-2013
20130148816Method for Determining a Transmission Quality when Receiving Audio Signals and Receiving Unit - There is provided a method of determining a transmission quality when receiving audio signals which are transmitted over a frequency-modulated path in analog form. For that purpose a frequency-modulated audio signal is received and IQ demodulation of the input signal is implemented. The I- and the Q-path of the demodulated baseband signal are subjected to analog/digital conversion. Alternatively the input signal can first be digitized and then subjected to IQ demodulation. A multiplicity of N samples is detected. The amount of the N samples is formed. A reference value is determined from the amount of the N samples. Each of the N samples is standardized to the reference value. A measurement in respect of the fluctuations in the standardized amounts is determined. The measurement in respect of the fluctuations indicates the quality of the transmission path.06-13-2013
20120275610SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LOCAL AND REMOTE RECORDING, MONITORING, CONTROL AND/OR ANALYSIS OF SOUNDS GENERATED IN INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM ENVIRONMENTS - Systems and methods are disclosed that may be implemented to locally and remotely record, control, monitor and analyze sounds generated in an information handling system environment, e.g., such as in a server environment. Among other things, remote monitoring and observation of sound in a data center environment may be implemented to assist administrators with data center management and forensics analysis related to physical chassis events (e.g., such as chassis access and/or chassis intrusion), as well as providing live streaming, and local technician recorded sound bite capabilities. A sound policy may also be implemented involving server sound optimizations that works in conjunction with system thermal and power algorithms.11-01-2012
20100316225ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC CONVERSION APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, A microphone-earphone includes a speaker connected to an acoustic device configured to measure acoustic characteristics of a listener's external auditory canal, and configured to output an acoustic signal toward the listener's external auditory canal, a microphone device disposed outside the listener's external auditory canal, an acoustic tube including one end connected to the microphone device and the other end opening to the listener's external auditory canal, and a housing including an opening portion which accommodates the speaker and is so disposed as to guide sound, which is output from the speaker, to the listener's external auditory canal. An inside diameter of the acoustic tube is less than a diameter of the opening portion.12-16-2010
20130177160ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH FADERS - An electronic device with faders. In order to make it easy for a user to ascertain channel information assigned to each track while viewing a level meter image of the track, a level of a channel of each track is displayed as a bar graph on a display of a multitrack recorder, or the like. Further, a name of a channel assigned to each track is displayed, as assignment information about the track, in a superposed manner at a lower end of a corresponding bar graph.07-11-2013
20130182856RECORDING AND PLAYBACK DEVICE CAPABLE OF REPEATED PLAYBACK, COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND RECORDING AND PLAYBACK METHOD - In a recording and playback device of the present invention, when input data exceeding a threshold value is supplied, the CPU records input data for an amount of time corresponding to a single beat in an area specified by syllable number SPLIT in an input buffer IB of the RAM, and after incrementing the syllable number SPLIT, waits until the recorded data becomes silent. The CPU repeats this series of processing until the value of the incremented syllable number SPLIT reaches “4”, and thereby stores input data recorded for an amount of time corresponding to a single beat in each input buffer IB(1) to IB(4) corresponding to syllable numbers SPLIT1 to SPLIT4. Then, the CPU copies the input data to the recording area of the RAM such that these input data are sequentially connected and formed into loop data for an amount of time corresponding to a single bar.07-18-2013
20130156204Visual feedback of audio input levels - The present disclosure relates to a conferencing appliance. More specifically, this disclosure relates to visual feedback of audio input levels. In one illustrative embodiment, a ring-shaped indicator can be provided on a conferencing appliance. When an audio stream is received, the audio stream can be filtered by removing echoes and background noises. The appliance can determine the power level of the audio stream. The appliance can then activate the ring-shaped indicator showing the calculated power level of the audio stream. Different colors can be used showing the power level of the audio stream. Light intensity can also be used to indicate the power level of the incoming audio. The indicator can be placed on a standard telephone.06-20-2013
20130156205HOWLING DETECTION DEVICE, HOWLING SUPPRESSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DETECTING HOWLING - The present invention provides a howling detection device capable of detecting the occurrence of howling with a higher degree of accuracy. A howling detection device (06-20-2013
20120281847AUDIO TESTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An audio testing system is configured for receiving an audio signal from an audio emitting device. The system samples the audio signal and obtains sampling points from the audio signal for determining if the audio signal has been distorted. A related method is also disclosed.11-08-2012
20130188794DEVICE FOR DETECTING SOUNDS OUTSIDE VEHICLE - Provided is a device for detecting sound outside vehicle capable of detecting sounds outside the vehicle with high accuracy in various surrounding environments.07-25-2013
20120020484Audio Signal Quality Prediction - Method and apparatus for predicting the quality of an audio signal after transmission through a communication system (01-26-2012
20130195277SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC RANGE COMPENSATION OF DISTORTION - A system for controlling distortion comprising a total harmonic distortion (THD) modeling system configured to apply a chirp signal to a system and to identify one or more frequency bands at which distortion is present, and to apply a ramping signal to identify for each of the one or more frequency bands an input signal level at which distortion is initiated, a signal processing system configured to receive an input signal, to determine whether frequency components are present in the input signal that are associated with the one or more frequency bands at which distortion is present, and to limit the amplitude of the input signal at the one or more frequency bands, such as by applying dynamic range compensation.08-01-2013
20130202121Method and System - A method of warning and/or reduction of risk of ear damage of a hearer by excessive exposure to relatively high volume and/or frequency of sound, wherein a non-audio input representative of desired sound and/or ambient sound is employed to warn of said risk and/or said risk is automatically reduced.08-08-2013
20120093327ANCHOR MODEL ADAPTATION DEVICE, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AV (AUDIO VIDEO) DEVICE, ONLINE SELF-ADAPTATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - The present invention provides a device that performs online self-adaption of anchor models for an acoustic space, and a method thereof, the anchor models being used for categorization of an AV stream which is performed based on an audio stream in the AV stream. The device divides an input audio stream into audio segments, each being estimated to have a single acoustic feature, and estimates a single probability model for each audio segment. Then, the device performs clustering on the estimated probability models and probability models stored therein, thereby generating a new anchor model.04-19-2012
20120093326AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An audio processing apparatus includes an audio signal acquisition unit which acquires an audio signal of a musical piece, a feature value extraction unit which extracts a predetermined type of feature value from the audio signal acquired by the audio signal acquisition unit in time series, a change point detection unit which detects a change point in which the amount of change of the feature value extracted in time series by the feature value extraction unit is changed to be greater than a predetermined threshold value, a hook analysis unit which analyzes a hook place of the audio signal based on the feature value extracted by the feature value extraction unit in block units with the change point detected by the change point detection unit as a boundary, and a hook information output unit which outputs the hook place analyzed by the hook analysis unit as hook information.04-19-2012

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