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Low complexity tonality control in the Intelligent Gap Filling tool

: Schmidt, K.; Neukam, C.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Signal Processing Society:
IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2016. Proceedings : March 20-25, 2016, Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai, China
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4799-9988-0 (electronic)
ISBN: 978-1-4799-9987-3 (USB)
ISBN: 978-1-4799-9989-7 (print)
International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) <2016, Shanghai>
Fraunhofer IIS ()

When coding audio signals at low bitrates with a transform coder the most prominent artifacts are spectral holes resulting from spectral lines being quantized to zero. State of the art codecs circumvent this by Noise Filling [1] and Bandwidth Extension (BWE) [2]. Both methods have in common that they do not code parts of the waveform itself but code a coarse description of the signal. At decoder side a synthetic signal is generated and adjusted according to the coded parameters. The presented system called Intelligent Gap Filling (IGF) is a combination of both methods. Spectral holes are filled with random noise or with copied decoded signal components from lower frequency regions. In the latter case a control mechanism is required to adjust the tonality of the copied signal components to reach good audio quality. This paper describes the way of controlling the tonality of IGF.