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2 Author(s)
Edler, B. ; Lab. fur Inf., Hannover Univ., Germany ; Purnhagen, H.

For very low bit rate audio coding applications in mobile communications or on the Internet, parametric audio coding has evolved as a technique complementing the more traditional approaches. These are transform codecs originally designed for achieving CD-like quality on one hand, and specialized speech codecs on the other. Both of these techniques usually represent the audio signal waveform in such a way that the decoder output signal gives an approximation of the encoder input signal, while taking into account perceptual criteria. Compared to this approach, in parametric audio coding the models of the signal source and of human perception are extended. The source model is now based on the assumption that the audio signal is the sum of “components,” each of which can be approximated by a relatively simple signal model with a small number of parameters. The perception model is based on the assumption that the sound of the decoder output signal should be as similar as possible to that of the encoder input signal. Therefore, the approximation of waveforms is no longer necessary. This approach can lead to a very efficient representation. However, a suitable set of models for signal components, a good decomposition, and a good parameter estimation are all vital for achieving maximum audio quality. We give an overview of the current status of parametric audio coding developments and demonstrate the advantages and challenges of this approach. Finally, we indicate possible directions of further improvements

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Communication Technology Proceedings, 2000. WCC - ICCT 2000. International Conference on  (Volume:1 )

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2000