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An Approach to Bass Enhancement in Portable Computers Employing Smart Virtual Bass Synthesis Algorithms

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The aim of this paper is to present a novel approach to the Virtual Bass Synthesis (VBS) algorithms applied to portable computers. The developed algorithms are related to intelligent, rule-based setting of synthesis parameters according to music genre of an audio excerpt and to the type of a portable device in use. To find optimum synthesis parameters of the VBS algorithms, subjective listening tests based on a parametric procedure were performed. The classification of music genres is automatically executed employing MPEG 7 parameters and the Principal Component Analysis method applied to reduce information redundancy. The VBS algorithm performs the synthesis based on a nonlinear device (NLD) or phase vocoder (PV) depending on the content of an audio file excerpt. A soft computing (fuzzy logic) algorithm is employed to set optimum synthesis parameters depending on a given song.

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