EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Narrowband Perceptual Audio Coding: Enhancements for Speech

Hossein Najaf-Zadeh, Peter Kabal

McGill University, Canada

This paper presents a bi-modal coding paradigm to compress narrowband audio signals at 8 kbit/s. In the general mode, the Enhanced Narrowband Audio Coder (ENPAC) exploits the characteristics of the human hearing system to adaptively code the perceptually important spectral components of the input audio. The other mode is employed to handle audio inputs with a strong harmonic structure. In that mode, the input block is represented by its audible harmonics. The spectral magnitude is modeled by the linear prediction analysis in the time domain. The phase of each harmonic is predicted and the phase residues are quantized using an adaptive bit allocation algorithm. This paper introduces a perceptually-based upper bound for phase errors of spectral components. The ENPAC encoder delivers good quality for narrowband speech and non-speech inputs.

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Bibliographic reference.  Najaf-Zadeh, Hossein / Kabal, Peter (2001): "Narrowband perceptual audio coding: enhancements for speech", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 1993-1996.