Adaptive Mixing of Excessively Directive and Robust Beamformers for Reproduction of Spatial Sound

Symeon Delikaris-Manias, Juha Vilkamo

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The spatial sound reproduction methods that utilize a parameter-based model describing some properties of the sound field reproduce sound scenes with a high perceptual accuracy when compared with non-parametric techniques. In the method, two types of beamforming signals are generated: a set of narrow and potentially noisy beamformers that approximate with high accuracy the target reproduction setup, and a set of more noise-robust beamformers that spatially approximate the same setup only loosely. This chapter presents an alternative parametrization of the sound field that circumvents the modeling of the sound field with parameters such as direction of arrival (DOA) and deals with the aforementioned issues related to the perceived quality of the individual channels while retaining the high overall perceived quality of reproduction. It provides an overview of the adaptive time-frequency processing. The chapter also provides details of the method and listening test results for loudspeaker and headphone implementations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParametric Time-Frequency Domain Spatial Audio
EditorsVille Pulkki, Symeon Delikaris-Manias, Archontis Politis
ISBN (Electronic)9781119252634
ISBN (Print)9781119252597
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • adaptive time-frequency processing
  • alternative parametrization
  • direction of arrival
  • noise-robust beamformers
  • spatial sound reproduction

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