Audio Signal Bandwidth Compression Or Expansion Patents (Class 704/500)
  • Patent number: 10693430
    Abstract: An audio signal processing method and an audio equalizer, both implemented in an embedded system without incurring excessive computation, use a Kaiser-Bessel-derived (KBD) window and an Overlap-and-Add (OLA) processing to eliminate signal distortion of a time domain audio signal during signal conversion and to generate filters according to audio effects desired by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORP.
    Inventor: Ying-Ying Chao
  • Patent number: 10680785
    Abstract: A method, device and integrated circuit for receiving signals in a narrow bandwidth range from a base station of a network, the narrow bandwidth range being a portion of an overall bandwidth range of the network and the signals comprising one or more of cell-specific reference signal (CRS) tones, determining whether a condition exists based on the one or more CRS tones, when the condition exists, extending the narrow bandwidth range to an extended narrow bandwidth range, the extended narrow bandwidth range including at least one further CRS tone than the narrow bandwidth range and monitoring the extended narrow bandwidth range to receive further signals comprising the at least one further CRS tone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Junsung Lim, Li Su, Johnson O. Sebeni, Yang Li, Young Jae Kim, Zhu Ji
  • Patent number: 10679639
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a companding method and system for reducing coding noise in an audio codec. A compression process reduces an original dynamic range of an initial audio signal through a compression process that divides the initial audio signal into a plurality of segments using a defined window shape, calculates a wideband gain in the frequency domain using a non-energy based average of frequency domain samples of the initial audio signal, and applies individual gain values to amplify segments of relatively low intensity and attenuate segments of relatively high intensity. The compressed audio signal is then expanded back to the substantially the original dynamic range that applies inverse gain values to amplify segments of relatively high intensity and attenuating segments of relatively low intensity. A QMF filterbank is used to analyze the initial audio signal to obtain a frequency domain representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Per Hedelin, Arijit Biswas, Michael Schug, Vinay Melkote
  • Patent number: 10671339
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a method and system for receiving, in a bitstream, metadata associated with the audio data, and analyzing the metadata to determine whether a loudness parameter for a first group of audio playback devices are available in the bitstream. Responsive to determining that the parameters are present for the first group, the system uses the parameters and audio data to render audio. Responsive to determining that the loudness parameters are not present for the first group, the system analyzes one or more characteristics of the first group, and determines the parameter based on the one or more characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riedmiller, Scott Gregory Norcross, Karl Jonas Roeden
  • Patent number: 10673538
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for transmitting an item of information in a communication channel linking a transmitter to a recipient, the method including the following successive steps: the determination, by the transmitter, of a first intelligible sound signal representative of the item of information to be transmitted, the acoustic processing, by the transmitter, of the first sound signal so as to produce a second sound signal unintelligible to the recipient, the transmission of the second sound signal from the transmitter to the recipient, the transmission of the first sound signal from the transmitter to the recipient, the transmission of the first sound signal being triggered by the transmission of the second sound signal, the second transmission of the second sound signal from the transmitter to the recipient, the second transmission of the second sound signal being triggered by the transmission of the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: URGO RECHERCHE INNOVATION ET DEVELOPPEMENT, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS), ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE, ECOLE SUPERIEURE DE PHYSIQUE ET DE CHIMIE INDUSTRIELLES DE LA VILLE DE PARIS, UNIVERSITE PARIS DIDEROT—PARIS 7
    Inventors: Daniel Pressnitzer, Laure Cornu, Hervé Le Lous
  • Patent number: 10672382
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for performing end-to-end speech recognition training performed by at least one processor. The method includes receiving, by the at least one processor, one or more input speech frames, generating, by the at least one processor, a sequence of encoder hidden states by transforming the input speech frames, computing, by the at least one processor, attention weights based on each of the sequence of encoder hidden states and a current decoder hidden state, performing, by the at least one processor, a decoding operation based on a previous embedded label prediction information and a previous attentional hidden state information generated based on the attention weights; and generating a current embedded label prediction information based on a result of the decoding operation and the attention weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Chao Weng, Jia Cui, Guangsen Wang, Jun Wang, Chengzhu Yu, Dan Su, Dong Yu
  • Patent number: 10665246
    Abstract: A downmixer for downmixing at least two channels of a multichannel signal having the two or more channels includes: a processor for calculating a partial downmix signal from the at least two channels; a complementary signal calculator for calculating a complementary signal from the multichannel signal, the complementary signal being different from the partial downmix signal; and an adder for adding the partial downmix signal and the complementary signal to obtain a downmix signal of the multichannel signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Christian Borss, Bernd Edler, Guillaume Fuchs, Jan Buethe, Sascha Disch, Florin Ghido, Stefan Bayer, Markus Multrus
  • Patent number: 10659905
    Abstract: A method and a system for correcting energy distributions of audio signal are proposed. The method is applicable to a head-mounted device having a motion sensor, a left speaker, and a right speaker and includes the following steps. A rotation angle of the head-mounted device is detected by the motion sensor. Dual-channel audio signals corresponding to the left and right speakers are obtained. The dual-channel audio signals are converted to multi-channel audio signals with the number of channels greater than or equal to 5. Four acoustic source positions of the left and right speakers are defined to convert the multi-channel audio signals to four-channel audio signals of the left and right speakers. Energy distributions of the four-channel audio signals of the left and right speakers are corrected according to the rotation angle and the four acoustic source positions to respectively generate a left output signal and a right output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Po-Jen Tu, Jia-Ren Chang, Kai-Meng Tzeng
  • Patent number: 10657976
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for encoding and decoding spectrum coefficients in the frequency domain. The spectrum encoding method may comprise the steps of: selecting an encoding type on the basis of bit allocation information of respective bands; performing zero encoding with respect to a zero band; and encoding information of selected significant frequency components with respect to respective non-zero bands. The spectrum encoding method enables encoding and decoding of spectrum coefficients which is adaptive to various bit-rates and various sub-band sizes. In addition, a spectrum can be encoded using a TCQ method at a fixed bit rate using a bit-rate control module in a codec that supports multiple rates. Encoding performance of the codec can be maximised by encoding high performance TCQ at a precise target bit rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-sang Sung, Konstantin Osipov, Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 10659877
    Abstract: According to examples, an apparatus may include a processor and a memory on which is stored machine readable instructions that are to cause the processor to determine a reference frame from a plurality of frames received at multiple different times, in which each of the plurality of frames includes audio signal data, and in which the reference frame includes audio signal data that identifies a highest audio signal level among audio signals identified in the plurality of frames. The reference frame may be time-aligned with each of the plurality of frames other than the reference frame to obtain respective time-aligned frames. The audio signals identified in each of the respective time-aligned frames may be added together to generate respective added audio signals. The respective added audio signals may be combined together to obtain a combined audio signal and the combined audio signal may be outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sunil Bharitkar, Madhu Sudan Athreya, David Murphy
  • Patent number: 10657978
    Abstract: A broadcast transmitting apparatus and method, and a broadcast playback apparatus and method for providing an object-based audio by encoding and decoding a multichannel audio signal are provided. The broadcast transmitting apparatus may generate audio identification information used to determine whether the multichannel audio signal is an object-based audio signal. When the multichannel audio signal is determined to be the object-based audio signal, based on the audio identification information, the broadcast playback apparatus may control and output the multichannel audio signal for each channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Yong Ju Lee, Tae Jin Lee, Kyeong Ok Kang, Jin Woong Kim, Chie Teuk Ahn
  • Patent number: 10652397
    Abstract: Provided are a terminal device and method of performing a call function transmitting ambient audio with high sensitivity. A terminal device performing a call function with at least one external device via a network may include a receiver configured to receive at least one of an audio transmission signal and a video transmission signal to be transmitted to the external device; a processor configured to analyze at least one of the audio transmission signal and the video transmission signal, select one of a speech mode and an audio mode, based on a result of the analysis, and compress the audio transmission signal, based on the selected mode; a communicator configured to transmit the compressed audio transmission signal to the external device, and receive an audio reception signal from the external device; and an output unit configured to output the audio reception signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyung-hun Jung, Ho-sang Sung, Eun-mi Oh, Jong-hoon Jeong, Ki-hyun Choo, Byeong-hoon Kwak
  • Patent number: 10643630
    Abstract: A signal processing device, method, and program that may obtain audio at a higher audio quality when decoding an audio signal. An envelope information generating unit generates envelope information representing an envelope form of high frequency components of an audio signal to be encoded. A sine wave information generating unit extracts a sine wave signal from the high frequency components of the audio signal, and generates a sine wave information representing an emergence start position of the sine wave signal. An encoding stream generating unit multiplexes the envelope information, the sine wave information, and low frequency components of the audio signal that have been encoded, and outputs an encoding stream obtained as the result. The high frequency components included in the sine wave signal may be predicted at a higher accuracy from the envelope information and the sine wave information at the receiving side of the encoding stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuyuki Hatanaka, Toru Chinen
  • Patent number: 10628118
    Abstract: A sound effect configuration method and a mobile terminal are provided. The method comprises: parameters of sound effect are loaded in a running memory of the mobile terminal; responsive to detection of a playing control instruction for an audio stream of a target application, it is determined whether the parameters of sound effect loaded in the running memory comprise a parameter of sound effect corresponding to the target application; responsive to determining that the parameters of sound effect loaded in the running memory comprise the parameter of sound effect corresponding to the target application, the parameter of sound effect corresponding to the target application is read from the running memory; and the audio stream of the target application is configured by virtue of the parameter of sound effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Yajun Li, Gaoting Gan, Guang Tu, Hai Yang
  • Patent number: 10629212
    Abstract: A method for compressing a HOA signal being an input HOA representation with input time frames (C(k)) of HOA coefficient sequences comprises spatial HOA encoding of the input time frames and subsequent perceptual encoding and source encoding. Each input time frame is decomposed (802) into a frame of predominant sound signals (XPS(k?1)) and a frame of an ambient HOA component ({tilde over (C)}AMB(k?1)). The ambient HOA component ({tilde over (C)}AMB(k?1)) comprises, in a layered mode, first HOA coefficient sequences of the input HOA representation (cn(k?1)) in lower positions and second HOA coefficient sequences (cAMB,n(k?1)) in remaining higher positions. The second HOA coefficient sequences are part of an HOA representation of a residual between the input HOA representation and the HOA representation of the predominant sound signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger, Oliver Wuebbolt
  • Patent number: 10622000
    Abstract: An apparatus for selecting one of a first encoding algorithm having a first characteristic and a second encoding algorithm having a second characteristic for encoding a portion of an audio signal to obtain an encoded version of the portion of the audio signal has a first estimator for estimating a first quality measure for the portion of the audio signal, which is associated with the first encoding algorithm, without actually encoding and decoding the portion of the audio signal using the first encoding algorithm. A second estimator is provided for estimating a second quality measure for the portion of the audio signal, which is associated with the second encoding algorithm, without actually encoding and decoding the portion of the audio signal using the second encoding algorithm. The apparatus has a controller for selecting the first or second encoding algorithms based on a comparison between the first and second quality measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Ravelli, Stefan Doehla, Guillaume Fuchs, Eleni Fotopoulou, Christian Helmrich
  • Patent number: 10614822
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application provide a coding/decoding method, apparatus, and system. According to the coding method, de-emphasis processing is performed on a full band signal by using a de-emphasis parameter determined according to a characteristic factor of an input audio signal, and then the full band signal is coded and sent to a decoder, so that the decoder performs corresponding de-emphasis decoding processing on the full band signal according to the characteristic factor of the input audio signal and restores the input audio signal. This resolves a prior-art problem that an audio signal restored by a decoder is apt to have signal distortion, and implements adaptive de-emphasis processing on the full band signal according to the characteristic factor of the audio signal to enhance coding performance, so that the input audio signal restored by the decoder has relatively high fidelity and is closer to an original signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bin Wang, Zexin Liu, Lei Miao
  • Patent number: 10606550
    Abstract: In an audio encoder, for audio content received in a source audio format, default gains are generated based on a default dynamic range compression (DRC) curve, and non-default gains are generated for a non-default gain profile. Based on the default gains and non-default gains, differential gains are generated. An audio signal comprising the audio content, the default DRC curve, and differential gains is generated. In an audio decoder, the default DRC curve and the differential gains are identified from the audio signal. Default gains are re-generated based on the default DRC curve. Based on the combination of the re-generated default gains and the differential gains, operations are performed on the audio content extracted from the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeroen Koppens, Jeffrey Riedmiller, Kristofer Kjoerling, Alexander Stahlmann, Holger Hoerich, Alan J. Seefeldt
  • Patent number: 10607630
    Abstract: An apparatus for phase reconstruction from a magnitude spectrogram of an audio signal is provided. The apparatus includes a frequency change determiner being configured to determine a change of a frequency for each time-frequency bin of a plurality of time-frequency bins of the magnitude spectrogram of the audio signal depending on the magnitude spectrogram of the audio signal, and a phase reconstructor being configured to generate phase values for the plurality of time-frequency bins depending on the changes of the frequencies determined for the plurality of the time-frequency bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER
    Inventors: Andreas Niedermeier, Richard Füg, Sascha Disch
  • Patent number: 10600430
    Abstract: In an audio signal decoding method, a decoded frequency domain signal of a current frame of the audio signal is obtained by decoding a received bitstream; a predicted frequency domain signal of the current frame is obtained according to the decoded frequency domain signal the current frame when the decoded frequency domain signal meets anyone of two given conditions; and a time domain signal of the current frame is obtained according to the decoded frequency domain signal and the predicted frequency domain signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zexin Liu, Lei Miao, Fengyan Qi
  • Patent number: 10600425
    Abstract: A system for converting a channel-based 3D audio signal to a higher-order Ambisonics HOA audio signal, the channel-based 3D audio signal is transformed from time domain to frequency domain. A primary ambient decomposition is carried out for three-channel triplets of blocks of the domain channel-based 3D audio signal, wherein directional signals and ambient signals are provided for each triplet. From the directional signals directional information of a total directional signal for each triple is derived. That total directional signal is HOA encoded according to the derived directions, and ambient signals are HOA encoded according to channel positions. The HOA coefficients of the HOA encoded directional signal and the HOA coefficients of the HOA encoded ambient signal are superimposed in order to obtain a HOA coefficients signal for the channel-based 3D audio signal, followed by a transformation into time domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johannes Boehm, Xiaoming Chen
  • Patent number: 10595066
    Abstract: Audio video synchronization and alignment or alignment of audio to some other external clock are rendered more effective or easier by treating fragment grid and frame grid as independent values, but, nevertheless, for each fragment the frame grid is aligned to the respective fragment's beginning. A compression effectiveness lost may be kept low when appropriately selecting the fragment size. On the other hand, the alignment of the frame grid with respect to the fragments' beginnings allows for an easy and fragment-synchronized way of handling the fragments in connection with, for example, parallel audio video streaming, bitrate adaptive streaming or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Bernd Czelhan, Harald Fuchs, Ingo Hofmann, Herbert Thoma, Stephan Schreiner
  • Patent number: 10587872
    Abstract: A waveform monitor device, or media analysis device, to monitor a video signal. The waveform monitor device may include an input to receive the video signal, the video signal having a plurality of frames, a memory to store the received video signal, a processor coupled to the memory, and a display. The processor separates the video signal into at least two component signals, for at least one component signal, determines a peak value of the at least one component signal for at least one frame of the plurality of frames, generates a marker at the peak value, determines if the peak value violates a predetermined threshold, and generates an alert when the peak value violates the predetermined threshold. The at least one component signal, the marker at the peak value on the component signal and the alert when the peak value violates the predetermined threshold are displayed on the display to allow a user to quickly determine if a video signal is within a required threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: PROJECT GIANTS, LLC
    Inventors: John Hubbard, Todd S. Harlow
  • Patent number: 10586546
    Abstract: An example apparatus includes a memory configured to store the audio data; and one or more processors in communication with the memory, the one or more processors configured to: decode, from an encoded audio bitstream, a unique identifier for each of a plurality of subbands of audio data; perform inverse pyramid vector quantization (PVQ) using a compact map to reconstruct a residual vector for each subband of the plurality of subbands of the audio data based on the unique identifier for the respective subband of the plurality of subbands of the audio data, wherein the compact map is generated using structural unification of vectors across subbands and relational compression, and wherein the unique identifiers correspond to codevectors; and reconstruct, based on the residual vectors and energy scalars for each subband, the plurality of subbands of the audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Taher Shahbazi Mirzahasanloo, Walter Andres Zuluaga, Rogerio Guedes Alves
  • Patent number: 10580422
    Abstract: There is presented mechanisms for handling input envelope representation coefficients. A method is performed by an encoder of a communication system. The method comprises determining envelope representation residual coefficients as first compressed envelope representation coefficients subtracted from the input envelope representation coefficients. The method comprises transforming the envelope representation residual coefficients into a warped domain so as to obtain transformed envelope representation residual coefficients. The method comprises applying, at least one of a plurality of gain-shape coding schemes on the transformed envelope representation residual coefficients in order to achieve gain-shape coded envelope representation residual coefficients, where the plurality of gain-shape coding schemes have mutually different trade-offs in one or more of gain resolution and shape resolution for one or more of the transformed envelope representation residual coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Jonas Svedberg, Stefan Bruhn, Martin Sehlstedt
  • Patent number: 10573305
    Abstract: Disclosed is a voice control system and method thereof. The voice control system is used in an electronic device and works in a sleep mode and a working mode. The voice control system comprises an audio detection module, an audio codec and a control module. Under the sleep mode, the audio detection module continually detects whether there is a wake-up speech in a received first audio data. If yes, the audio detection module generates a first indication signal and temporarily stores the following first audio data. When the control module is woken up by the first indication signal, the voice control system enters the working mode. Under the working mode, the control module drives the audio codec to read and process the temporarily stored first audio data to recognize control speech in the first audio data and to accordingly control the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Chiang Lin, Yi-Huan Wang
  • Patent number: 10573330
    Abstract: The present document relates to audio source coding systems. In particular, the present document relates to audio source coding systems which make use of linear prediction in combination with a filterbank. A method for estimating a first sample (615) of a first subband signal in a first subband of an audio signal is described. The first subband signal of the audio signal is determined using an analysis filterbank (612) comprising a plurality of analysis filters which provide a plurality of subband signals in a plurality of subbands from the audio signal, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 10564927
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus outputs a first coefficient stream that has values assigned to signal streams such that a maximum value of 1 or less is assigned to a signal stream closest to the first reference frequency among signal streams of harmonics appearing in frequency signal of sound, and for the other signal streams, the more distant from the first reference frequency the signal stream is, the smaller the value assigned to the signal stream becomes, generates a folding signal stream by multiplying the signal stream of the frequency signal having the bandwidth W on a lower frequency side than the first reference frequency by the first coefficient stream, and folding the signal stream of the frequency signal having a bandwidth W on the lower frequency side than the first reference frequency by using the first reference frequency as a symmetry axis, and outputs a complemented frequency signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SOCIONEXT INC.
    Inventor: Shuji Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 10566005
    Abstract: This disclosure falls into the field of audio coding, in particular it is related to the field of providing a framework for providing loudness consistency among differing audio output signals. In particular, the disclosure relates to methods, computer program products and apparatus for encoding and decoding of audio data bitstreams in order to attain a desired loudness level of an output audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeroen Koppens, Scott Gregory Norcross
  • Patent number: 10560737
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving, at a microphone of a voice-controlled device, a speech input from a user and determining, by the voice-controlled device, that a power state of an AV display device that is coupled to the voice-controlled device is an ON or OFF state. Based on the user intent determined from the speech input and the power state of the AV display, the voice-controlled device sends data to the AV display device to switch the AV display device ON or OFF. The method can further include receiving, by the voice-controlled device, content from a content source location and sending the content to the AV display device via an AV port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lawrence, Balsa Laban, Anna Chen Santos, Joseph Pedro Tavares, Miroslav Ristic, Valere Joseph Vanderschaegen, Trausti Thor Kristjansson, Srivatsan Kandadai, Donald L. Cantrell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10553234
    Abstract: Provided are methods, systems, and apparatus for hierarchical decorrelation of multichannel audio. A hierarchical decorrelation algorithm is designed to adapt to possibly changing characteristics of an input signal, and also preserves the energy of the original signal. The algorithm is invertible in that the original signal can be retrieved if needed. Furthermore, the proposed algorithm decomposes the decorrelation process into multiple low-complexity steps. The contribution of these steps is generally in a decreasing order, and thus the complexity of the algorithm can be scaled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Minyue Li, Willem Bastiaan Kleijn, Jan Skoglund
  • Patent number: 10553221
    Abstract: To suitably regulate sound pressure of object content on a receiving side. An audio stream including coded data of a predetermined number of pieces of object content is generated. A container of a predetermined format including the audio stream is transmitted. Information indicating a range within which sound pressure is allowed to increase and decrease for each piece of object content is inserted into a layer of the audio stream and/or a layer of the container. On a receiving side, sound pressure of each piece of object content increases and decreases within the allowable range based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ikuo Tsukagoshi, Toru Chinen
  • Patent number: 10553232
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an audio processing unit that includes a bitstream payload deformatter and a decoding subsystem. The decoding subsystem is coupled to the bitstream payload deformatter and configured to decode at least a portion of a block of an encoded audio bitstream. The block includes a fill element with an identifier indicating a start of the fill element and fill data after the identifier. The fill data includes at least one flag identifying whether a base form of spectral band replication or an enhanced form of spectral band replication is to be performed on audio content of the block. The identifier is a three bit unsigned integer transmitted most significant bit first and having a value of 0x6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Patent number: 10553226
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and apparatuses for encoding a stereo audio signal having a left channel and a right channel. The apparatus includes a prediction coefficient estimator, downmixer, and multiplexer. The encoder is configured operate either in a prediction mode or a non-prediction mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Pontus Carlsson, Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 10547959
    Abstract: The invention concerns a mobile terminal with at least two transducers (LSm, LSs1, LSS2) used simultaneously as loudspeakers for stereophonic effect. According to the invention, one of said transducers is a main transducer (LSm) with a main working frequency band (Bm) corresponding to at least the phone frequency band, while the other transducer is a secondary transducer (LSs1; LSs2) with a secondary working frequency band (Bs1; Bs2) band different from said main frequency band, the lowest frequencies of said secondary working frequency band (Bs1; Bs2) being greater than the lowest frequencies of said main working frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: DRNC Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard Douhet, Stephane Dufosse, Alain Guillotin
  • Patent number: 10546592
    Abstract: A audio signal encoding method includes: dividing a frequency band of an audio signal into a plurality of sub-bands, and quantifying a sub-band normalization factor of each sub-band; determining signal bandwidth of bit allocation according to the quantified sub-band normalization factor, or according to the quantified sub-band normalization factor and bit rate information; allocating bits for a sub-band within the determined signal bandwidth; and coding a spectrum coefficient of the audio signal according to the bits allocated for each sub-band. According to embodiments of the present disclosure, during coding and decoding, signal bandwidth of bit allocation is determined according to the quantified sub-band normalization factor and bit rate information. In this manner, the determined signal bandwidth is effectively coded and decoded by centralizing the bits, and audio quality is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fengyan Qi, Zexin Liu, Lei Miao
  • Patent number: 10546610
    Abstract: An audio processing system includes a server complex in communication with a network. The server complex receives a digital audio file and one or more analog domain control settings from a client device across the network. A digital-to-analog converter converts the digital audio file to an analog signal. One or more analog signal processors apply at least one analog modification to the analog signal in accordance with the one or more analog domain control settings. An analog-to-digital converter converts the modified analog signal to a modified digital audio file. The server complex can then deliver the modified digital audio file to the client device across the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Colin Leonard
  • Patent number: 10529343
    Abstract: The present document relates to a method of layered encoding of a compressed sound representation of a sound or sound field. The compressed sound representation comprises a basic compressed sound representation comprising a plurality of components, basic side information for decoding the basic compressed sound representation to a basic reconstructed sound representation of the sound or sound field, and enhancement side information including parameters for improving the basic reconstructed sound representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger
  • Patent number: 10528507
    Abstract: This application relates to transfer of digital audio data between a host device (200) and an accessory apparatus (101) that may be connected to the host device via a suitable connector (106), such as a USB connector. A path selector (240, 270) is operable to establish either a first digital data path (201) or a second digital data path (202) for transfer of digital data. The first digital data path (201) includes a first data bus host (103) and a general purpose digital data interface (131) suitable for bulk data transfer between the first data bus host and the applications processor (110) of the device. This may be a default USB path. The second digital data path (202) includes a second data bus host (230) and at least one pair of second path data interfaces (140, 141). The second data bus host (230) does not form part of the applications processor and each of said second path data interfaces comprises a digital audio interface suitable for streaming of audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert David Rand, Nigel Burgess
  • Patent number: 10531198
    Abstract: An apparatus for decomposing a signal having an number of at least three channels includes an analyzer for analyzing a similarity between two channels of an analysis signal related to the signal having at least two analysis channels, wherein the analyzer is configured for using a pre-calculated frequency dependent similarity curve as a reference curve to determine the analysis result. The signal processor processes the analysis signal or a signal derived from the analysis signal or a signal, from which the analysis signal is derived using the analysis result to obtain a decomposed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventor: Andreas Walther
  • Patent number: 10522163
    Abstract: On the basis of a bitstream (P), an n-channel audio signal (X) is reconstructed by deriving an m-channel core signal (Y) and multichannel coding parameters (a) from the bitstream, where 1?m<n. Also derived from the bitstream are pre-processing dynamic range control, DRC, parameters (DRC2) quantifying an encoder-side dynamic range limiting of the core signal. The n-channel audio signal is obtained by parametric synthesis in accordance with the multichannel coding parameters and while cancelling any encoder-side dynamic range limiting based on the pre-processing DRC parameters. In particular embodiments, the reconstruction further includes use of compensated post-processing DRC parameters quantifying a potential decoder-side dynamic range compression. Cancellation of an encoder-side range limitation and range compression are preferably performed by different decoder-side components. Cancellation and compression may be coordinated by a DRC pre-processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riedmiller, Karl J. Roeden, Kristofer Kjoerling, Heiko Purnhagen, Vinay Melkote, Leif Sehlstrom
  • Patent number: 10522158
    Abstract: To suitably regulate sound pressure of object content on a receiving side. An audio stream including coded data of a predetermined number of pieces of object content is generated. A container of a predetermined format including the audio stream is transmitted. Information indicating a range within which sound pressure is allowed to increase and decrease for each piece of object content is inserted into a layer of the audio stream and/or a layer of the container. On a receiving side, sound pressure of each piece of object content increases and decreases within the allowable range based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ikuo Tsukagoshi, Toru Chinen
  • Patent number: 10524070
    Abstract: An example playback device may identify a first version of audio content for play back from a first source, and further identify a first value of an audio characteristic of the first version of the audio content, where the playback device includes a capability corresponding to the audio characteristic. The playback device may determine that the first value of the audio characteristic of the first version of the audio content does not match the capability of the playback device. The playback device may then identify a second version of the audio content from a second source, where the second version of the audio content includes the audio characteristic having a second value that is closer to the capability of the playback device. The playback device may then cause playback of the second version of the audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Romi Kadri
  • Patent number: 10504528
    Abstract: To address the technical problem, provided is a method of processing an audio signal, and the method including: receiving an audio bitstream that is encoded by using MPEG surround 212 (MPS212); obtaining internal channel gains with respect to one channel pair element (CPE) based on MPS212 parameters and rendering parameters about MPS212 output channels defined in a format converter; generating an internal channel signal with respect to the CPE based on the received audio bitstream and the obtained internal channel gains; and generating stereo output channel signals based on the generated internal channel signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sun-min Kim, Sang-bae Chon
  • Patent number: 10484811
    Abstract: An exemplary extended reality audio processing system accesses first and second audio streams representative, respectively, of first and second virtual sounds within an extended reality world being experienced by a user by way of a media player device. The system also accesses acoustic propagation data representative of characteristics that affect the propagation of the first and second virtual sounds to an avatar of the user. Based on the first and second audio streams and the real-time acoustic propagation data, the system renders a composite binaural audio stream representative of a composite virtual sound that comprises a combination of simulated reproductions of the first and second virtual sounds that are customized to account for the characteristics that affect the propagation. The system further transmits the composite binaural audio stream to the media player device for presentation to the user as the user experiences the extended reality world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Charles Mindlin, Mohammad Raheel Khalid, Kunal Jathal, Shan Anis
  • Patent number: 10482891
    Abstract: An audio communication endpoint receives a bitstream containing spectral components representing spectral content of an audio signal, wherein the spectral components relate to a first range extending up to a first break frequency, above which any spectral components are unassigned. The endpoint adapts the received bitstream in accordance with a second range extending up to a second break frequency by removing moving spectral components or adding neutral-valued spectral components relating to a range between the first and second break frequencies. The endpoint then attenuates spectral content in a neighbourhood of the least of the first and second break frequencies for thereby achieving a gradual spectral decay. After this, reconstructing the audio signal is reconstructed by an inverse transform operating on spectral components relating to said second range in the adapted and attenuated received bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Leif Sehlstrom, Lars Villemoes, Glenn N. Dickins, Mark S. Vinton
  • Patent number: 10475460
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and apparatuses for encoding a stereo audio signal having a left channel and a right channel. The apparatus includes a prediction coefficient estimator, downmixer, and multiplexer. The downmixer is configured operate either in a prediction mode or a non-prediction mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Pontus Carlsson, Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 10475464
    Abstract: A method of connecting a service between a device and at least one other device is provided. The method includes recording, by the device, a user voice input in a state where a voice command button has been input, outputting first information based on the recorded user voice when an input of the voice command button is cancelled, receiving, by the device, second information corresponding to the first information, recognizing a service type according to the first information and the second information, connecting the device to a subject device in an operation mode of the device determined according to the recognized service type, and performing a service with the connected subject device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Sehwan Park
  • Patent number: 10475459
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and devices for outputting a stereo audio signal having a left channel and a right channel. The apparatus includes a demultiplexer, decoder, and upmixer. The upmixer is configured operate either in a prediction mode or a non-prediction mode based on a parameter encoded in the audio bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Pontus Carlsson, Lars Villemoes
  • Patent number: 10468035
    Abstract: Disclosed are a high-band encoding/decoding method and device for bandwidth extension. A high-band encoding method comprising the steps of: generating sub band-specific bit allocation information on the basis of a low-band envelope; determining, on the basis of the sub band-specific bit allocation information, the sub band requiring an envelope update in a high band; and generating, for the determined sub band, refinement data relating to the envelope update. A high-band decoding method comprising the steps of: generating sub band-specific bit allocation information on the basis of a low-band envelope; determining, on the basis of the sub band-specific bit allocation information, the sub band requiring an envelope update in a high band; and decoding, for the determined sub band, refinement data relating to the envelope update, thereby updating the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki-hyun Choo, Eun-mi Oh