Patents by Inventor Bernhard Grill

Bernhard Grill has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11049508
    Abstract: An audio encoder for encoding an audio signal has: a first encoding processor for encoding a first audio signal portion in a frequency domain, having: a time frequency converter for converting the first audio signal portion into a frequency domain representation; an analyzer for analyzing the frequency domain representation to determine first spectral portions to be encoded with a first spectral resolution and second regions to be encoded with a second resolution; and a spectral encoder for encoding the first spectral portions with the first spectral resolution and encoding the second portions with the second resolution; a second encoding processor for encoding a second different audio signal portion in the time domain; a controller for analyzing and determining, which portion of the audio signal is the first audio signal portion encoded in the frequency domain and which portion is the second audio signal portion encoded in the time domain; and an encoded signal former for forming an encoded audio signal havi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Sascha Disch, Martin Dietz, Markus Multrus, Guillaume Fuchs, Emmanuel Ravelli, Matthias Neusinger, Markus Schnell, Benjamin Schubert, Bernhard Grill
  • Patent number: 11024323
    Abstract: An encoder for providing an audio stream on the basis of a transform-domain representation of an input audio signal includes a quantization error calculator configured to determine a multi-band quantization error over a plurality of frequency bands of the input audio signal for which separate band gain information is available. The encoder also includes an audio stream provider for providing the audio stream such that the audio stream includes information describing an audio content of the frequency bands and information describing the multi-band quantization error. A decoder for providing a decoded representation of an audio signal on the basis of an encoded audio stream representing spectral components of frequency bands of the audio signal includes a noise filler for introducing noise into spectral components of a plurality of frequency bands to which separate frequency band gain information is associated on the basis of a common multi-band noise intensity value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Fcerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Nikolaus Rettelbach, Bernhard Grill, Guillaume Fuchs, Stefan Geyersberger, Markus Multrus, Harald Popp, Juergen Herre, Stefan Wabnik, Gerald Schuller, Jens Hirschfeld
  • Publication number: 20210134304
    Abstract: An apparatus for downmixing three or more audio input channels to obtain two or more audio output channels is provided. The apparatus includes a receiving interface for receiving the three or more audio input channels and for receiving side information. Moreover, the apparatus includes a downmixer for downmixing the three or more audio input channels depending on the side information to obtain the two or more audio output channels. The number of the audio output channels is smaller than the number of the audio input channels. The side information indicates a characteristic of at least one of the three or more audio input channels, or a characteristic of one or more sound waves recorded within the one or more audio input channels, or a characteristic of one or more sound sources which emitted one or more sound waves recorded within the one or more audio input channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Arne BORSUM, Stephan SCHREINER, Harald FUCHS, Michael KRATZ, Bernhard GRILL, Sebastian SCHARRER
  • Publication number: 20210134303
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a representation of a bandwidth-extended signal on the basis of an input signal representation includes a phase vocoder configured to obtain values of a spectral domain representation of a first patch of the bandwidth-extended signal on the basis of the input signal representation. The apparatus also includes a value copier configured to copy a set of values of the spectral domain representation of the first patch, which values are provided by the phase vocoder, to obtain a set of values of a spectral domain representation of a second patch, wherein the second patch is associated with higher frequencies than the first patch. The apparatus is configured to obtain the representation of the bandwidth-extended signal using the values of the spectral domain representation of the first patch and the values of the spectral domain representation of the second patch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Frederik NAGEL, Max NEUENDORF, Nikolaus RETTELBACH, Jérémie LECOMTE, Markus MULTRUS, Bernhard GRILL, Sascha DISCH
  • Publication number: 20210136511
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a plurality of audio channels for a first speaker setup is characterized by an imaginary speaker determiner, an energy distribution calculator, a processor and a renderer. The imaginary speaker determiner is configured to determine a position of an imaginary speaker not contained in the first speaker setup to obtain a second speaker setup containing the imaginary speaker. The energy distribution calculator is configured to calculate an energy distribution from the imaginary speaker to the other speakers in the second speaker setup. The processor is configured to repeat the energy distribution to obtain a downmix information for a downmix from the second speaker setup to the first speaker setup. The renderer is configured to generate the plurality of audio channels using the downmix information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Christian BORSS, Christian ERTEL, Johannes HILPERT, Achim KUNTZ, Michael FISCHER, Florian SCHUH, Bernhard GRILL
  • Publication number: 20210118454
    Abstract: A decoder for generating an audio output signal having one or more audio output channels includes a receiving interface for receiving an audio input signal including a plurality of audio object signals, for receiving loudness information on the audio object signals, and for receiving rendering information indicating whether one or more of the audio object signals shall be amplified or attenuated. Moreover, the decoder includes a signal processor for generating the one or more audio output channels of the audio output signal. The signal processor is configured to determine a loudness compensation value depending on the loudness information and depending on the rendering information. Furthermore, the signal processor is configured to generate the one or more audio output channels of the audio output signal from the audio input signal depending on the rendering information and depending on the loudness compensation value. Moreover, an encoder is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Jouni Paulus, Sascha Disch, Harald Fuchs, Bernhard Grill, Oliver Hellmuth, Adrian Murtaza, Falko Ridderbusch, Leon Terentiv
  • Patent number: 10950246
    Abstract: An apparatus for downmixing three or more audio input channels to obtain two or more audio output channels is provided. The apparatus includes a receiving interface for receiving the three or more audio input channels and for receiving side information. Moreover, the apparatus includes a downmixer for downmixing the three or more audio input channels depending on the side information to obtain the two or more audio output channels. The number of the audio output channels is smaller than the number of the audio input channels. The side information indicates a characteristic of at least one of the three or more audio input channels, or a characteristic of one or more sound waves recorded within the one or more audio input channels, or a characteristic of one or more sound sources which emitted one or more sound waves recorded within the one or more audio input channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Arne Borsum, Stephan Schreiner, Harald Fuchs, Michael Kratz, Bernhard Grill, Sebastian Scharrer
  • Patent number: 10909994
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a representation of a bandwidth-extended signal on the basis of an input signal representation includes a phase vocoder configured to obtain values of a spectral domain representation of a first patch of the bandwidth-extended signal on the basis of the input signal representation. The apparatus also includes a value copier configured to copy a set of values of the spectral domain representation of the first patch, which values are provided by the phase vocoder, to obtain a set of values of a spectral domain representation of a second patch, wherein the second patch is associated with higher frequencies than the first patch. The apparatus is configured to obtain the representation of the bandwidth-extended signal using the values of the spectral domain representation of the first patch and the values of the spectral domain representation of the second patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Frederik Nagel, Max Neuendorf, Nikolaus Rettelbach, Jérémie Lecomte, Markus Multrus, Bernhard Grill, Sascha Disch
  • Patent number: 10904693
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a plurality of audio channels for a first speaker setup is characterized by an imaginary speaker determiner, an energy distribution calculator, a processor and a renderer. The imaginary speaker determiner is configured to determine a position of an imaginary speaker not contained in the first speaker setup to obtain a second speaker setup containing the imaginary speaker. The energy distribution calculator is configured to calculate an energy distribution from the imaginary speaker to the other speakers in the second speaker setup. The processor is configured to repeat the energy distribution to obtain a downmix information for a downmix from the second speaker setup to the first speaker setup. The renderer is configured to generate the plurality of audio channels using the downmix information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Christian Borss, Christian Ertel, Johannes Hilpert, Achim Kuntz, Michael Fischer, Florian Schuh, Bernhard Grill
  • Patent number: 10891963
    Abstract: A decoder for generating an audio output signal having one or more audio output channels is provided. The decoder includes a receiving interface for receiving an audio input signal including a plurality of audio object signals, for receiving loudness information on the audio object signals, and for receiving rendering information indicating whether one or more of the audio object signals shall be amplified or attenuated. Moreover, the decoder includes a signal processor for generating the one or more audio output channels of the audio output signal. The signal processor is configured to determine a loudness compensation value depending on the loudness information and depending on the rendering information. Furthermore, the signal processor is configured to generate the one or more audio output channels of the audio output signal from the audio input signal depending on the rendering information and depending on the loudness compensation value. Moreover, an encoder is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Jouni Paulus, Sascha Disch, Harald Fuchs, Bernhard Grill, Oliver Hellmuth, Adrian Murtaza, Falko Ridderbusch, Leon Terentiv
  • Publication number: 20200381001
    Abstract: Audio decoder device for decoding a bitstream, the audio decoder device including: a predictive decoder for producing a decoded audio frame from the bitstream, wherein the predictive decoder includes a parameter decoder for producing one or more audio parameters for the decoded audio frame from the bitstream and wherein the predictive decoder includes a synthesis filter device for producing the decoded audio frame by synthesizing the one or more audio parameters for the decoded audio frame; a memory device including one or more memories, wherein each of the memories is configured to store a memory state for the decoded audio frame, wherein the memory state for the decoded audio frame of the one or more memories is used by the synthesis filter device for synthesizing the one or more audio parameters for the decoded audio frame; and a memory state resampling device configured to determine the memory state for synthesizing the one or more audio parameters for the decoded audio frame, which has a sampling rate, f
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Stefan DOEHLA, Guillaume FUCHS, Bernhard GRILL, Markus MULTRUS, Grzegorz PIETRZYK, Emmanuel RAVELLI, Markus SCHNELL
  • Publication number: 20200344476
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an encoder including a quantization stage, an entropy encoder, a residual quantization stage and a coded signal former. The quantization stage is configured to quantize an input signal using a dead zone in order to obtain a plurality of quantized values. The entropy encoder is configured to encode the plurality of quantized values using an entropy encoding scheme in order to obtain a plurality of entropy encoded values. The residual quantization stage is configured to quantize a residual signal caused by the quantization stage, wherein the residual quantization stage is configured to determine at least one quantized residual value in dependence on the dead zone of the quantization stage. The coded signal former is configured to form a coded signal from the plurality of entropy encoded values and the at least one quantized residual value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Guillaume FUCHS, Benjamin SCHUBERT, Grzegorz PIETRZYK, Markus MULTRUS, Bernhard GRILL
  • Publication number: 20200335118
    Abstract: In methods and systems for filtering an information input signal, a system may have: a first filter unit filtering an input signal at an initial subinterval in a current update interval according to parameters associated to the preceding update interval, the parameters being scaled by a first scaling factor changing towards 0; and a second filter unit filtering a second filter input signal, based on the output of the first filter unit, at the initial subinterval, according to parameters associated to the current update interval, the parameters being scaled by a second scaling factor changing from 0, or a value close to 0, toward a value more distant from 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Goran MARKOVIC, Emmanuel RAVELLI, Martin DIETZ, Bernhard GRILL
  • Publication number: 20200327896
    Abstract: The invention provides an audio encoder including a combination of a linear predictive coding filter having a plurality of linear predictive coding coefficients and a time-frequency converter, wherein the combination is configured to filter and to convert a frame of the audio signal into a frequency domain in order to output a spectrum based on the frame and on the linear predictive coding coefficients; a low frequency emphasizer configured to calculate a processed spectrum based on the spectrum, wherein spectral lines of the processed spectrum representing a lower frequency than a reference spectral line are emphasized; and a control device configured to control the calculation of the processed spectrum by the low frequency emphasizer depending on the linear predictive coding coefficients of the linear predictive coding filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Stefan DOEHLA, Bernhard GRILL, Christian HELMRICH, Nikolaus RETTELBACH
  • Patent number: 10783898
    Abstract: Audio decoder device for decoding a bitstream, the audio decoder device including: a predictive decoder for producing a decoded audio frame from the bitstream, wherein the predictive decoder includes a parameter decoder for producing one or more audio parameters for the decoded audio frame from the bitstream and wherein the predictive decoder includes a synthesis filter device for producing the decoded audio frame by synthesizing the one or more audio parameters for the decoded audio frame; a memory device including one or more memories, wherein each of the memories is configured to store a memory state for the decoded audio frame, wherein the memory state for the decoded audio frame of the one or more memories is used by the synthesis filter device for synthesizing the one or more audio parameters for the decoded audio frame; and a memory state resampling device configured to determine the memory state for synthesizing the one or more audio parameters for the decoded audio frame, which has a sampling rate, f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Stefan Doehla, Guillaume Fuchs, Bernhard Grill, Markus Multrus, Grzegorz Pietrzyk, Emmanuel Ravelli, Markus Schnell
  • Publication number: 20200294515
    Abstract: An audio encoder for encoding segments of coefficients, the segments of coefficients representing different time or frequency resolutions of a sampled audio signal, the audio encoder including a processor for deriving a coding context for a currently encoded coefficient of a current segment based on a previously encoded coefficient of a previous segment, the previously encoded coefficient representing a different time or frequency resolution than the currently encoded coefficient. The audio encoder further includes an entropy encoder for entropy encoding the current coefficient based on the coding context to obtain an encoded audio stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Markus Multrus, Bernhard Grill, Guillaume Fuchs, Stefan Geyersberger, Nikolaus Rettelbach, Virgilio Bacigalupo
  • Publication number: 20200286496
    Abstract: A decoder for generating an audio output signal having one or more audio output channels is provided, having a receiving interface for receiving an audio input signal having a plurality of audio object signals, for receiving loudness information on the audio object signals, and for receiving rendering information indicating whether one or more of the audio object signals shall be amplified or attenuated, further having a signal processor for generating the one or more audio output channels of the audio output signal, configured to determine a loudness compensation value depending on the loudness information and depending on the rendering information, and configured to generate the one or more audio output channels of the audio output signal from the audio input signal depending on the rendering information and depending on the loudness compensation value. One or more by-pass audio object signals are employed for generating the audio output signal. Moreover, an encoder is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Jouni Paulus, Sascha Disch, Harald Fuchs, Bernhard Grill, Oliver Hellmuth, Adrian Murtaza, Falko Ridderbusch, Leon Terentiv
  • Publication number: 20200260205
    Abstract: An apparatus for playing back an audio object associated with a position includes a distance calculator for calculating distances of the position to speakers or for reading the distances of the position to the speakers. The distance calculator is configured to take a solution with a smallest distance. The apparatus is configured to play back the audio object using the speaker corresponding to the solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Simone NEUKAM, Jan PLOGSTIES, Max NEUENDORF, Juergen HERRE, Bernhard GRILL
  • Patent number: 10735734
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an encoder including a quantization stage, an entropy encoder, a residual quantization stage and a coded signal former. The quantization stage is configured to quantize an input signal using a dead zone in order to obtain a plurality of quantized values. The entropy encoder is configured to encode the plurality of quantized values using an entropy encoding scheme in order to obtain a plurality of entropy encoded values. The residual quantization stage is configured to quantize a residual signal caused by the quantization stage, wherein the residual quantization stage is configured to determine at least one quantized residual value in dependence on the dead zone of the quantization stage. The coded signal former is configured to form a coded signal from the plurality of entropy encoded values and the at least one quantized residual value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Guillaume Fuchs, Benjamin Schubert, Grzegorz Pietrzyk, Markus Multrus, Bernhard Grill
  • Patent number: 10706865
    Abstract: An apparatus for selecting one of a first encoding algorithm and a second encoding algorithm includes a filter configured to receive the audio signal, to reduce the amplitude of harmonics in the audio signal and to output a filtered version of the audio signal. First and second estimators are provided for estimating first and second quality measures in the form of SNRs of segmented SNRs associated with the first and second encoding algorithms without actually encoding and decoding the portion of the audio signal using the first and second encoding algorithms. A controller is provided for selecting the first encoding algorithm or the second encoding algorithm based on a comparison between the first quality measure and the second quality measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Ravelli, Markus Multrus, Stefan Doehla, Bernhard Grill, Manuel Jander