Equalization of Multichannel Acoustic Systems in Oversampled Subbands

Nikolay D. Gaubitch, Patrick A. Naylor
2009 IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing  
Equalization of room transfer functions (RTFs) is an important topic with several applications in acoustic signal processing. RTFs are often modeled as finite-impulse response filters, characterized by orders of thousands of taps and non-minimum phase. In practice, only approximate estimates of the actual RTFs are available due to measurement noise, limited estimation accuracy, and temporal variation of source-receiver position. These issues make equalization a difficult problem. In this paper,
more » ... we discuss multichannel equalization with focus on inexact RTF estimates. We present a multichannel method for the equalization filter design utilizing decimated and oversampled subbands, where the fullband acoustic impulse response is decomposed into equivalent subband filters prior to equalization. This technique is not only more computationally efficient but also more robust to impulse response inaccuracies compared with the full-band counterpart. Index Terms-Dereverberation, multirate audio processing, multichannel equalization. (4) 1558-7916/$25.00
doi:10.1109/tasl.2009.2015692 fatcat:mbfkgmiuq5axtjycogfqhpsdym