Late reverberation synthesis using filtered velvet noise

Vesa Välimäki*, Bo Holm-Rasmussen, Benoit Alary, Heidi Maria Lehtonen

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This paper discusses the modeling of the late part of a room impulse response by dividing it into short segments and approximating each one as a filtered random sequence. The filters and their associated gain account for the spectral shape and decay of the overall response. The noise segments are realized with velvet noise, which is sparse pseudo-random noise. The proposed approach leads to a parametric representation and computationally efficient artificial reverberation, since convolution with velvet noise reduces to a multiplication-free sparse sum. Cascading of the differential coloration filters is proposed to further reduce the computational cost. A subjective test shows that the resulting approximation of the late reverberation often leads to a noticeable difference in comparison to the original impulse response, especially with transient sounds, but the difference is minor. The proposed method is very efficient in terms of real-time computational cost and memory storage. The proposed method will be useful for spatial audio applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number483
Number of pages17
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Audio systems
  • Digital filters
  • Digital signal processing
  • Room acoustics

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