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Acoustic data transmission is a technique to embed the data in a sound wave imperceptibly and to detect it at the receiver. This letter proposes a novel acoustic data transmission system designed based on the modulated complex lapped transform (MCLT). In the proposed system, data is embedded in an audio file by modifying the phases of the original MCLT coefficients. The data can be transmitted by playing the embedded audio and extracting it from the received audio. By embedding the data in the MCLT domain, the perceived quality of the resulting audio could be kept almost similar as the original audio. The system can transmit data at several hundreds of bits per second (bps), which is sufficient to deliver some useful short messages.