Time Frequency Source Separation and Direction of Arrival Estimation in a 3D Soundscape Environment.

David Chesmore, Oliver Bunting

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The DUET (Degenerative Unmixing and Estimation Technique) algorithm has been shown to be an effective method for the separation of multiple sources from a stereo mixture. We present a time–frequency masking technique based on DUET for the blind separation of N sources from a four channel B format audio mixture. This method is applicable where sources that are both radially sparse in three dimensions, and exhibit approximate W-disjoint orthogonality, i.e. where the signals are approximately sparse in the time–frequency domain. Using the B-format mixture, we generate a three dimensional power-weighted geodesic histogram and show the peak locations correspond to the direction of arrival of the sources. These peaks are then used to generate a time–frequency mask to separate the sources from the w-channel of the B-format mixture. Experimental separation results using speech signals are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-268
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Acoustics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2013

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