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Denoising Directional Room Impulse Responses with Spatially Anisotropic Late Reverberation Tails

Pierre Massé 1 Thibaut Carpentier 1 Olivier Warusfel 1 Markus Noisternig 1
1 Equipe Espaces acoustiques et cognitifs
STMS - Sciences et Technologies de la Musique et du Son
Abstract : Directional room impulse responses (DRIR) measured with spherical microphone arrays (SMA) enable the reproduction of room reverberation effects on three-dimensional surround-sound systems (e.g., Higher-Order Ambisonics) through multichannel convolution. However, such measurements inevitably contain a nondecaying noise floor that may produce an audible "infinite reverberation effect" upon convolution. If the late reverberation tail can be considered a diffuse field before reaching the noise floor, the latter may be removed and replaced with an extension of the exponentially-decaying tail synthesized as a zero-mean Gaussian noise. This has previously been shown to preserve the diffuse-field properties of the late reverberation tail when performed in the spherical harmonic domain (SHD). In this paper, we show that in the case of highly anisotropic yet incoherent late fields, the spatial symmetry of the spherical harmonics is not conducive to preserving the energy distribution of the reverberation tail. To remedy this, we propose denoising in an optimized spatial domain obtained by plane-wave decomposition (PWD), and demonstrate that this method equally preserves the incoherence of the late reverberation field.
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Pierre Massé, Thibaut Carpentier, Olivier Warusfel, Markus Noisternig. Denoising Directional Room Impulse Responses with Spatially Anisotropic Late Reverberation Tails. Applied Sciences, MDPI, 2020, 10 (3), pp.1033. ⟨10.3390/app10031033⟩. ⟨hal-02492066⟩



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