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A Novel Integrated Audio Bandwidth Extension Toolkit (ABET)

Bandwidth Extension has emerged as an important tool for the satisfactory performance of low bit rate audio and speech codecs. In this paper we describe the components of a novel integrated audio bandwidth extension toolkit (ABET). The ABET toolkit is a combination of two bandwidth extension tools: (i) The Fractal Self-Similarity Model (FSSM) for signal spectrum; and, (ii) Accurate Spectral Replacement (ASR). Combination of these two tools, which are applied directly to high frequency resolution representation of the signal such as the Modified Cosine Transform (MDCT), has several benefits for increased accuracy and efficiency of the high frequency signal components. At the same time the combination of the two tools entails a number of importation algorithmic and perceptual considerations. In this paper we describe the components of the ABET bandwidth extension toolkit in detail. Algorithmic details, audio demonstrations, and, comparison to other audio coding schemes will be presented. Additional information and audio samples will be available at http://www.atc-labs.com/abet/ .

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