Patents by Inventor Dirk Jeroen Breebaart

Dirk Jeroen Breebaart 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).

  • Publication number: 20220295207
    Abstract: A method for generating mastered audio content, the method comprising obtaining an input audio content comprising a number, M1, of audio signals, obtaining rendered presentation of the input audio content, the rendered presentation comprising a number, M2, of audio signals, obtaining a mastered presentation generated by mastering the rendered presentation, comparing the mastered presentation with the rendered presentation to determine one or more indications of differences between the mastered presentation and the rendered presentation, modifying one or more of the audio signals of the input audio content based on the indications of differences to generate the mastered audio content. With this approach, conventional, typically stereo, channel-based mastering tools can be used to provide a mastered version of any input audio content, including object-based immersive audio content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART, David Matthew COOPER, Giulio CENGARLE, Brett G. CROCKETT, Rhonda J. WILSON
  • Patent number: 11430463
    Abstract: Various embodiments are disclosed for (possibly simultaneously) applying EQ and DRC to audio signals. In an embodiment, a method comprises: dividing an input audio signal into n frames, where n is a positive integer greater than one; dividing each frame of the input audio signal into Nb frequency bands, where Nb is a positive integer greater than one; for each frame n: computing an input level of the input audio signal in each band f, resulting in a input audio level distribution for the input audio signal; computing a gain for each band f based at least in part on a mapping of one or more properties of the input audio level distribution to a reference N audio level distribution computed from one or more reference audio signals; and applying each computed gain for each band f to each corresponding band f of the input audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignees: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Giulio Cengarle, Antonio Mateos Sole, Dirk Jeroen Breebaart
  • Publication number: 20220272479
    Abstract: Described herein is a method (30) of rendering an audio signal (17) for playback in an audio environment (27) defined by a target loudspeaker system (23), the audio signal (17) including audio data relating to an audio object and associated position data indicative of an object position. Method (30) includes the initial step (31) of receiving the audio signal (17). At step (32) loudspeaker layout data for the target loudspeaker system (23) is received. At step (33) control data is received that is indicative of a position modification to be applied to the audio object in the audio environment (27). At step (38) in response to the position data, loudspeaker layout data and control data, rendering modification data is generated. Finally, at step (39) the audio signal (17) is rendered with the rendering modification data to output the audio signal (17) with the audio object at a modified object position that is between loudspeakers within the audio environment (27).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART, Antonio MATEOS SOLE, Heiko PURNHAGEN, Nicolas R. TSINGOS
  • Patent number: 11423917
    Abstract: A method for representing a second presentation of audio channels or objects as a data stream, the method comprising the steps of: (a) providing a set of base signals, the base signals representing a first presentation of the audio channels or objects; (b) providing a set of transformation parameters, the transformation parameters intended to transform the first presentation into the second presentation; the transformation parameters further being specified for at least two frequency bands and including a set of multi-tap convolution matrix parameters for at least one of the frequency bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Dirk Jeroen Breebaart, David Matthew Cooper, Leif Jonas Samuelsson
  • Publication number: 20220264244
    Abstract: Methods and systems for designing binaural room impulse responses (BRIRs) for use in headphone virtualizers, and methods and systems for generating a binaural signal in response to a set of channels of a multi-channel audio signal, including by applying a BRIR to each channel of the set, thereby generating filtered signals, and combining the filtered signals to generate the binaural signal, where each BRIR has been designed in accordance with an embodiment of the design method. Other aspects are audio processing units configured to perform any embodiment of the inventive method. In accordance with some embodiments, BRIR design is formulated as a numerical optimization problem based on a simulation model (which generates candidate BRIRs) and at least one objective function (which evaluates each candidate BRIR), and includes identification of a best one of the candidate BRIRs as indicated by performance metrics determined for the candidate BRIRs by each objective function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Grant A. DAVIDSON, Kuan-Chieh YEN, Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART
  • Publication number: 20220253274
    Abstract: Media input audio data corresponding to a media stream and microphone input audio data from at least one microphone may be received. A first level of at least one of a plurality of frequency bands of the media input audio data, as well as a second level of at least one of a plurality of frequency bands of the microphone input audio data, may be determined. Media output audio data and microphone output audio data may be produced by adjusting levels of one or more of the first and second plurality of frequency bands based on the perceived loudness of the microphone input audio data, of the microphone output audio data, of the media output audio data and the media input audio data. One or more processes may be modified upon receipt of a mode-switching indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2022
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Inventors: Mark Alexander, Chunjian Li, Joshua Brandon Lando, Alan J. Seefeldt, C. Phillip Brown, Dirk Jeroen Breebaart
  • Publication number: 20220189493
    Abstract: There is provided encoding and decoding methods for encoding and decoding of object based audio. An exemplary encoding method includes inter alia calculating M downmix signals by forming combinations of N audio objects, wherein M?N, and calculating parameters which allow reconstruction of a set of audio objects formed on basis of the N audio objects from the M downmix signals. The calculation of the M downmix signals is made according to a criterion which is independent of any loudspeaker configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Heiko PURNHAGEN, Kristofer KJOERLING, Toni HIRVONEN, Lars VILLEMOES, Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART
  • Publication number: 20220182779
    Abstract: In some embodiments, virtualization methods for generating a binaural signal in response to channels of a multi-channel audio signal, which apply a binaural room impulse response (BRIR) to each channel including by using at least one feedback delay network (FDN) to apply a common late reverberation to a downmix of the channels. In some embodiments, input signal channels are processed in a first processing path to apply to each channel a direct response and early reflection portion of a single-channel BRIR for the channel, and the downmix of the channels is processed in a second processing path including at least one FDN which applies the common late reverberation. Typically, the common late reverberation emulates collective macro attributes of late reverberation portions of at least some of the single-channel BRIRs. Other aspects are headphone virtualizers configured to perform any embodiment of the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kuan-Chieh YEN, Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART, Grant A. DAVIDSON, Rhonda WILSON, David M. COOPER, Zhiwei SHUANG
  • Patent number: 11354088
    Abstract: Media input audio data corresponding to a media stream and microphone input audio data from at least one microphone may be received. A first level of at least one of a plurality of frequency bands of the media input audio data, as well as a second level of at least one of a plurality of frequency bands of the microphone input audio data, may be determined. Media output audio data and microphone output audio data may be produced by adjusting levels of one or more of the first and second plurality of frequency bands based on the perceived loudness of the microphone input audio data, of the microphone output audio data, of the media output audio data and the media input audio data. One or more processes may be modified upon receipt of a mode-switching indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Alexander, Chunjian Li, Joshua Brandon Lando, Alan J. Seefeldt, C. Phillip Brown, Dirk Jeroen Breebaart
  • Publication number: 20220115025
    Abstract: Encoding/decoding an audio signal having one or more audio components, wherein each audio component is associated with a spatial location. A first audio signal presentation (z) of the audio components, a first set of transform parameters (w(f)), and signal level data (?2) are encoded and transmitted to the decoder. The decoder uses the first set of transform parameters (w(f)) to form a reconstructed simulation input signal intended for an acoustic environment simulation, and applies a signal level modification (?) to the reconstructed simulation input signal. The signal level modification is based on the signal level data (?2) and data (p2) related to the acoustic environment simulation. The attenuated reconstructed simulation input signal is then processed in an acoustic environment simulator. With this process, the decoder does not need to determine the signal level of the simulation input signal, thereby reducing processing load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART
  • Patent number: 11277707
    Abstract: Described herein is a method (30) of rendering an audio signal (17) for playback in an audio environment (27) defined by a target loudspeaker system (23), the audio signal (17) including audio data relating to an audio object and associated position data indicative of an object position. Method (30) includes the initial step (31) of receiving the audio signal (17). At step (32) loudspeaker layout data for the target loudspeaker system (23) is received. At step (33) control data is received that is indicative of a position modification to be applied to the audio object in the audio environment (27). At step (38) in response to the position data, loudspeaker layout data and control data, rendering modification data is generated. Finally, at step (39) the audio signal (17) is rendered with the rendering modification data to output the audio signal (17) with the audio object at a modified object position that is between loudspeakers within the audio environment (27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Dirk Jeroen Breebaart, Antonio Mateos Sole, Heiko Purnhagen, Nicolas R. Tsingos
  • Patent number: 11270709
    Abstract: There is provided encoding and decoding methods for encoding and decoding of object based audio. An exemplary encoding method includes inter alia calculating M downmix signals by forming combinations of N audio objects, wherein M?N, and calculating parameters which allow reconstruction of a set of audio objects formed on basis of the N audio objects from the M downmix signals. The calculation of the M downmix signals is made according to a criterion which is independent of any loudspeaker configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Kristofer Kjoerling, Toni Hirvonen, Lars Villemoes, Dirk Jeroen Breebaart
  • Patent number: 11272311
    Abstract: Methods and systems for designing binaural room impulse responses (BRIRs) for use in headphone virtualizers, and methods and systems for generating a binaural signal in response to a set of channels of a multi-channel audio signal, including by applying a BRIR to each channel of the set, thereby generating filtered signals, and combining the filtered signals to generate the binaural signal, where each BRIR has been designed in accordance with an embodiment of the design method. Other aspects are audio processing units configured to perform any embodiment of the inventive method. In accordance with some embodiments, BRIR design is formulated as a numerical optimization problem based on a simulation model (which generates candidate BRIRs) and at least one objective function (which evaluates each candidate BRIR), and includes identification of a best one of the candidate BRIRs as indicated by performance metrics determined for the candidate BRIRs by each objective function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Grant A. Davidson, Kuan-Chieh Yen, Dirk Jeroen Breebaart
  • Publication number: 20220060838
    Abstract: Methods for dialogue enhancing audio content, comprising providing a first audio signal presentation of the audio components, providing a second audio signal presentation, receiving a set of dialogue estimation parameters configured to enable estimation of dialogue components from the first audio signal presentation, applying said set of dialogue estimation parameters to said first audio signal presentation, to form a dialogue presentation of the dialogue components; and combining the dialogue presentation with said second audio signal presentation to form a dialogue enhanced audio signal presentation for reproduction on the second audio reproduction system, wherein at least one of said first and second audio signal presentation is a binaural audio signal presentation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Applicants: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Leif Jonas SAMUELSSON, Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART, David Matthew COOPER, Jeroen KOPPENS
  • Publication number: 20220046378
    Abstract: Diffuse or spatially large audio objects may be identified for special processing. A decorrelation process may be performed on audio signals corresponding to the large audio objects to produce decorrelated large audio object audio signals. These decorrelated large audio object audio signals may be associated with object locations, which may be stationary or time-varying locations. For example, the decorrelated large audio object audio signals may be rendered to virtual or actual speaker locations. The output of such a rendering process may be input to a scene simplification process. The decorrelation, associating and/or scene simplification processes may be performed prior to a process of encoding the audio data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicants: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART, Lie LU, Nicolas R. TSINGOS, Antonio MATEOS SOLE
  • Patent number: 11212638
    Abstract: In some embodiments, virtualization methods for generating a binaural signal in response to channels of a multi-channel audio signal, which apply a binaural room impulse response (BRIR) to each channel including by using at least one feedback delay network (FDN) to apply a common late reverberation to a downmix of the channels. In some embodiments, input signal channels are processed in a first processing path to apply to each channel a direct response and early reflection portion of a single-channel BRIR for the channel, and the downmix of the channels is processed in a second processing path including at least one FDN which applies the common late reverberation. Typically, the common late reverberation emulates collective macro attributes of late reverberation portions of at least some of the single-channel BRIRs. Other aspects are headphone virtualizers configured to perform any embodiment of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Kuan-Chieh Yen, Dirk Jeroen Breebaart, Grant A. Davidson, Rhonda Wilson, David M. Cooper, Zhiwei Shuang
  • Patent number: 11158328
    Abstract: Encoding/decoding an audio signal having one or more audio components, wherein each audio component is associated with a spatial location. A first audio signal presentation (z) of the audio components, a first set of transform parameters (w(f)), and signal level data (?2) are encoded and transmitted to the decoder. The decoder uses the first set of transform parameters (w(f)) to form a reconstructed simulation input signal intended for an acoustic environment simulation, and applies a signal level modification (?) to the reconstructed simulation input signal. The signal level modification is based on the signal level data (?2) and data (p2) related to the acoustic environment simulation. The attenuated reconstructed simulation input signal is then processed in an acoustic environment simulator. With this process, the decoder does not need to determine the signal level of the simulation input signal, thereby reducing processing load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Dirk Jeroen Breebaart
  • Publication number: 20210312937
    Abstract: Various embodiments are disclosed for (possibly simultaneously) applying EQ and DRC to audio signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Applicants: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB, DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giulio CENGARLE, Antonio MATEOS SOLE, Dirk Jeroen BREEBAART
  • Publication number: 20210295852
    Abstract: A method for encoding an input audio stream including the steps of obtaining a first playback stream presentation of the input audio stream intended for reproduction on a first audio reproduction system, obtaining a second playback stream presentation of the input audio stream intended for reproduction on a second audio reproduction system, determining a set of transform parameters suitable for transforming an intermediate playback stream presentation to an approximation of the second playback stream presentation, wherein the transform parameters are determined by minimization of a measure of a difference between the approximation of the second playback stream presentation and the second playback stream presentation, and encoding the first playback stream presentation and the set of transform parameters for transmission to a decoder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicants: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION, DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Dirk Jeroen Breebaart, David Matthew Cooper, Leif Jonas Samuelsson, Jeroen Koppens, Rhonda J. Wilson, Heiko Purnhagen, Alexander Stahlmann
  • Patent number: 11115768
    Abstract: Methods for dialogue enhancing audio content, comprising providing a first audio signal presentation of the audio components, providing a second audio signal presentation, receiving a set of dialogue estimation parameters configured to enable estimation of dialogue components from the first audio signal presentation, applying said set of dialogue estimation parameters to said first audio signal presentation, to form a dialogue presentation of the dialogue components; and combining the dialogue presentation with said second audio signal presentation to form a dialogue enhanced audio signal presentation for reproduction on the second audio reproduction system, wherein at least one of said first and second audio signal presentation is a binaural audio signal presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Leif Jonas Samuelsson, Dirk Jeroen Breebaart, David Matthew Cooper, Jeroen Koppens