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New Enhancements to the Audio Bandwidth Extension Toolkit (ABET)

Audio bandwidth extension has emerged as a key low bit rate coding tool. In continuation with our on going research on audio bandwidth extension, this paper presents new enhancements to Audio Bandwidth Extension Toolkit (ABET). ABET consists of three primary tools Accurate Spectral Replacement (ASR), Fractal Self Similarity Model (FSSM) and Multi-band Temporal Envelope Amplitude Coding (MBTAC) [1],[2],[3] . Additionally we have also introduced a blind bandwidth extension mode into ABET [4]. We discuss several new ideas / improvements to ABET. Specifically enhancements to the blind bandwidth extension architecture which allow it to work with signals with only 3.5-4.0 kHz audio bandwidth are described. We also elaborate on a new tool for efficient coding of time-frequency envelope which cuts the overhead by 0.75-1.0 kbps/channel. We also address a practical issue i.e., the computational complexity and describe a new low decoder complexity mode of ABET.

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