Patents by Inventor Johann-Markus Batke

Johann-Markus Batke 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: 10629211
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating a panning function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the panning function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johann-Markus Batke, Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 10522159
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. Methods and apparatus for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprise receiving, by a processor configured to decode the audio soundfield representation, the audio soundfield representation, receiving, by the processor, a decode matrix for decoding the audio soundfield representation to determine a decoded audio signal. The decode matrix is based on an inverse of a mode matrix, and the coefficients of the mode matrix relate to information for a panning based on positions of loudspeakers over a unit sphere. The mode matrix is further based on an order N. The decoded audio signal is determined based on a multiplication of the decode matrix and the audio soundfield representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johann-Markus Batke, Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Publication number: 20190341062
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. Methods and apparatus for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprise receiving, by a processor configured to decode the audio soundfield representation, the audio soundfield representation, receiving, by the processor, a decode matrix for decoding the audio soundfield representation to determine a decoded audio signal. The decode matrix is based on an inverse of a mode matrix, and the coefficients of the mode matrix relate to information for a panning based on positions of loudspeakers over a unit sphere. The mode matrix is further based on an order N. The decoded audio signal is determined based on a multiplication of the decode matrix and the audio soundfield representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Johann-Markus BATKE, Florian KEILER, Johannes BOEHM
  • Publication number: 20190327572
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for decompressing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal representation is disclosed. The apparatus includes an input interface that receives an encoded directional signal and an encoded ambient signal and an audio decoder that perceptually decodes the encoded directional signal and encoded ambient signal to produce a decoded directional signal and a decoded ambient signal, respectively. The apparatus further includes an extractor for obtaining side information related to the directional signal and an inverse transformer for converting the decoded ambient signal from a spatial domain to an HOA domain representation of the ambient signal. The apparatus also includes a synthesizer for recomposing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal from the HOA domain representation of the ambient signal and the decoded directional signal. The side information includes a direction of the directional signal selected from a set of uniformly spaced directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm, Johann-Markus Batke
  • Patent number: 10390164
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for decompressing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal representation is disclosed. The apparatus includes an input interface that receives an encoded directional signal and an encoded ambient signal and an audio decoder that perceptually decodes the encoded directional signal and encoded ambient signal to produce a decoded directional signal and a decoded ambient signal, respectively. The apparatus further includes an extractor for obtaining side information related to the directional signal and an inverse transformer for converting the decoded ambient signal from a spatial domain to an HOA domain representation of the ambient signal. The apparatus also includes a synthesizer for recomposing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal from the HOA domain representation of the ambient signal and the decoded directional signal. The side information includes a direction of the directional signal selected from a set of uniformly spaced directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krüger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm, Johann-Markus Batke
  • Publication number: 20190139555
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating a panning function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the panning function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) .
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Johann-Markus BATKE, Florian KEILER, Johannes BOEHM
  • Patent number: 10134405
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating a panning function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the panning function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johann-Markus Batke, Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Publication number: 20180308498
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating a panning function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the panning function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Johann-Markus BATKE, Florian KEILER, Johannes BOEHM
  • Publication number: 20180220248
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for decompressing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal representation is disclosed. The apparatus includes an input interface that receives an encoded directional signal and an encoded ambient signal and an audio decoder that perceptually decodes the encoded directional signal and encoded ambient signal to produce a decoded directional signal and a decoded ambient signal, respectively. The apparatus further includes an extractor for obtaining side information related to the directional signal and an inverse transformer for converting the decoded ambient signal from a spatial domain to an HOA domain representation of the ambient signal. The apparatus also includes a synthesizer for recomposing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal from the HOA domain representation of the ambient signal and the decoded directional signal. The side information includes a direction of the directional signal selected from a set of uniformly spaced directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Krüger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm, Johann-Markus Batke
  • Patent number: 10037762
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating a panning function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the panning function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johann-Markus Batke, Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 10021508
    Abstract: Spherical microphone arrays capture a three-dimensional sound field (P(?c, t)) for generating an Ambisonics representation (Anm(t)), where the pressure distribution on the surface of the sphere is sampled by the capsules of the array. The impact of the microphones on the captured sound field is removed using the inverse microphone transfer function. The equalization of the transfer function of the microphone array is a big problem because the reciprocal of the transfer function causes high gains for small values in the transfer function and these small values are affected by transducer noise. The invention minimizes that noise by using a Wiener filter processing in the frequency domain, which processing is automatically controlled per wave number by the signal-to-noise ratio of the microphone array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Johann-Markus Batke, Alexander Krueger, Mark R. P. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9980073
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for decompressing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal representation is disclosed. The apparatus includes an input interface that receives an encoded directional signal and an encoded ambient signal and an audio decoder that perceptually decodes the encoded directional signal and encoded ambient signal to produce a decoded directional signal and a decoded ambient signal, respectively. The apparatus further includes an extractor for obtaining side information related to the directional signal and an inverse transformer for converting the decoded ambient signal from a spatial domain to an HOA domain representation of the ambient signal. The apparatus also includes a synthesizer for recomposing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal from the HOA domain representation of the ambient signal and the decoded directional signal. The side information includes a direction of the directional signal selected from a set of uniformly spaced directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krüger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm, Johann-Markus Batke
  • Publication number: 20170372709
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating a panning function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the panning function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Johann-Markus BATKE, Florian KEILER, Johannes BOEHM
  • Patent number: 9767813
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating a panning function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the panning function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johann-Markus Batke, Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Publication number: 20170070840
    Abstract: Spherical microphone arrays capture a three-dimensional sound field (P(?c, t)) for generating an Ambisonics representation (Anm(t)), where the pressure distribution on the surface of the sphere is sampled by the capsules of the array. The impact of the microphones on the captured sound field is removed using the inverse microphone transfer function. The equalisation of the transfer function of the microphone array is a big problem because the reciprocal of the transfer function causes high gains for small values in the transfer function and these small values are affected by transducer noise. The invention minimises that noise by using a Wiener filter processing in the frequency domain, which processing is automatically controlled per wave number by the signal-to-noise ratio of the microphone array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: Sven KORDON, Johann-Markus BATKE, Alexander KRUEGER, Mark R. P. THOMAS
  • Publication number: 20170025127
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating a panning function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the panning function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Johann-Markus BATKE, Florian KEILER, Johannes BOEHM
  • Patent number: 9503818
    Abstract: Spherical microphone arrays capture a three-dimensional sound field (P(?ct)) for generating an Ambisonics representation (Anm(t)), where the pressure distribution on the surface of the sphere is sampled by the capsules of the array. The impact of the microphones on the captured sound field is removed using the inverse microphone transfer function. The equalization of the transfer function of the microphone array is a big problem because the reciprocal of the transfer function causes high gains for small values in the transfer function and these small values are affected by transducer noise. The present principles minimize that noise by using a Wiener filter processing (34) in the frequency domain, which processing is automatically controlled (33) per wave number by the signal-to-noise ratio of the microphone array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Johann-Markus Batke, Alexander Krueger
  • Publication number: 20160337775
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for decompressing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal representation is disclosed. The apparatus includes an input interface that receives an encoded directional signal and an encoded ambient signal and an audio decoder that perceptually decodes the encoded directional signal and encoded ambient signal to produce a decoded directional signal and a decoded ambient signal, respectively. The apparatus further includes an extractor for obtaining side information related to the directional signal and an inverse transformer for converting the decoded ambient signal from a spatial domain to an HOA domain representation of the ambient signal. The apparatus also includes a synthesizer for recomposing a Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) signal from the HOA domain representation of the ambient signal and the decoded directional signal. The side information includes a direction of the directional signal selected from a set of uniformly spaced directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Krüger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm, Johann-Markus Batke
  • Patent number: 9460726
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. The Ambisonics format is based on spherical harmonic decomposition of the soundfield, and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) uses spherical harmonics of at least 2nd order. However, commonly used loudspeaker setups are irregular and lead to problems in decoder design. A method for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprises calculating (110) a function (W) using a geometrical method based on the positions of a plurality of loudspeakers and a plurality of source directions, calculating (120) a mode matrix (?) from the loudspeaker positions, calculating (130) a pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+) and decoding (140) the audio soundfield representation. The decoding is based on a decode matrix (D) that is obtained from the function (W) and the pseudo-inverse mode matrix (?+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johann-Markus Batke, Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 9454971
    Abstract: Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) represents a complete sound field in the vicinity of a sweet spot, independent of loudspeaker set-up. The high spatial resolution requires a high number of HOA coefficients. In the invention, dominant sound directions are estimated and the HOA signal representation is decomposed into dominant directional signals in time domain and related direction information, and an ambient component in HOA domain, followed by compression of the ambient component by reducing its order. The reduced-order ambient component is transformed to the spatial domain, and is perceptually coded together with the directional signals. At receiver side, the encoded directional signals and the order-reduced encoded ambient component are perceptually decompressed, the perceptually decompressed ambient signals are transformed to an HOA domain representation of reduced order, followed by order extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Kruger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm, Johann-Markus Batke