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Low-complexity semi-parametric joint-stereo audio transform coding

: Helmrich, Christian R.; Niedermeier, Andreas; Bayer, Stefan; Edler, Bernd


European Association for Signal Processing -EURASIP-; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
23rd European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2015 : August 31 - September 4, 2015, Nice
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9928626-3-3
ISBN: 978-0-9928626-4-0
European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) <23, 2015, Nice>
Fraunhofer IIS ()
Psychoakustik; Parametrische Audio Synthese; MPEG Unified Speech and Audio Coder; Hörtests; Bandbreitenerweiterung

Traditional audio codecs based on real-valued transforms utilize separate and largely independent algorithmic schemes for parametric coding of noise-like or high-frequency spectral components as well as channel pairs. It is shown that in the frequency-domain part of coders such as Extended HE-AAC, these schemes can be unified into a single algorithmic block located at the core of the modified discrete cosine transform path, enabling greater flexibility like semi-parametric coding and large savings in codec delay and complexity. This paper focuses on the stereo coding aspect of this block and demonstrates that, by using specially chosen spectral configurations when deriving the parametric side-information in the encoder, perceptual artifacts can be reduced and the spatial processing in the decoder can remain real-valued. Listening tests confirm the benefit of our proposal at intermediate bit-rates.