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AudioBIFS: Describing audio scenes with the MPEG-4 multimedia standard

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3 Author(s)
Scheirer, E.D. ; Media Lab., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; Vaananen, R. ; Huopaniemi, Jyri

We present an overview of the AudioBIFS system, part of the Binary Format for Scene Description (BIFS) tool in the MPEG-4 International Standard. AudioBIFS is the tool that integrates the synthetic and natural sound coding functions in MPEG-4. It allows the flexible construction of soundtracks and sound scenes using compressed sound, sound synthesis, streaming audio, interactive and terminal-dependent presentation, three-dimensional (3-D) spatialization, environmental auralization, and dynamic download of custom signal-processing effects algorithms. MPEG-4 sound scenes are based on a model that is a superset of the model in VRML 2.0, and we describe how MPEG-4 is built upon VRML and the new capabilities provided by MPEG-4. We discuss the use of structured audio orchestra language, the MPEG-4 SAOL, for writing downloadable effects, present an example sound scene built with AudioBIFS, and describe the current state of implementations of the standard

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Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 3 )