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Journal of the AES
2011 January/February - Volume 59 Number 1/2
Although the special purpose graphics processing unit (GPU) found in many personal computers was designed to accelerate complex visual displays, the GPU can also be used for audio signal processing. Several case studies illustrate the use of the GPU in audio applications. For example with additive synthesis, 2 million sine waves were computed in real time, which is about a thousandfold better than a CPU implementation. FFTs and filters also were faster when using a GPU.
Analyzing the sound pressure field as a multivariate function of spatial location and time illustrates the working principles of gradient and differential microphone arrays. This analysis provides the means for the adjustment of various array parameters, such as array orientation and shape, inter-microphone distances, and microphone signal delays. By using this new perspective, designers have a clear interpretation of gradient and differential microphones and microphone arrays.
Reproduction of surrounding applause-type signals is known to produce audible artifacts with parametric spatial audio coders. This arises from inadequate temporal resolution. Better quality results if the temporal resolution is high enough to analyze each handclap separately, which can be obtained by using different temporal windows for different frequencies. Formal listening tests confirm the improved subjective quality.
Accurate measurement of the effective radiation area of loudspeakers is important because this parameter determines the acoustical power and the efficiency. The conventional methods fail for microspeakers and headphones when the surround geometry is complex and the excursions do not vary linearly. Two new methods are proposed to handle these cases: using laser sensor and microphone to measure voice-coil displacement and sound pressure, and using laser triangulation scanner to measure vibration and geometry of the radiator.
Standards and Information Documents
AES Standards Committee News
Digital input/output interfacing; MADI; audio-file transfer and exchange; high-resolution audio on Blu-ray Disc
43rd Conference, Pohang, Call for Papers
131st Convention, New York, Call for Papers
Special Issue on Auditory Displays, Call for Papers
Novel spatial audio processing and rendering tools are enabling the simulation and control of 3-D audio reproduction in a wide range of contexts. From unusual transducer types to the creation and virtualization of believable audio spaces, papers presented at the 40th International Conference exemplified the impressive range of research in this fast-moving field.
Call for Reviewers
44th Conference, San Diego, Call for Papers