Sharpening of Angular Spectra Based on a Directional Re-assignment Approach for Ambisonic Sound-field Visualisation

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A method for computing and sharpening angular spectra, derived from low-order ambisonic signals, is presented in this paper, which is intended for high-resolution directional sound-field visualisation. The method relies on a re-assignment principle, whereby the directional energy for each grid point is assigned to a new direction, which corresponds to a direction-of-arrival (DoA) estimate within a spatially-localised region, centred around the respective grid point. This leads to the concentration of energy around the true sources, and hence, to sharper angular spectra than that of steered response power (SRP) beamformers of maximum directivity, with the same order of ambisonic input. It is demonstrated that the proposed method, when using low-order input, can achieve similar results to the SRP approach of much higher order.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICASSP 2019 - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 May 201917 May 2019
Conference number: 44

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing
ISSN (Print)1520-6149
ISSN (Electronic)2379-190X


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing
Abbreviated titleICASSP
CountryUnited Kingdom

    Research areas

  • sound-field visualisation, spatial sharpening, Ambisonics, spherical harmonic domain

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