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Synthetic individual binaural audio delivery by pinna image processing

  • Autori: Spagnol, S.; Geronazzo, M.; Rocchesso, D.; Avanzini, F.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2014
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Parole Chiave: 3D audio; Auditory localization; Binaural; Headphones; HRTF; Pinna; References; Spatial sound; Theoretical Computer Science; Computer Science (all)
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Purpose-The purpose of this paper is to present a system for customized binaural audio delivery based on the extraction of relevant features from a 2-D representation of the listener’s pinna.Design/methodology/approach-The most significant pinna contours are extracted by means of multi-flash imaging, and they provide values for the parameters of a structural head-related transfer function (HRTF) model. The HRTF model spatializes a given sound file according to the listener’s head orientation, tracked by sensor-equipped headphones, with respect to the virtual sound source.Practical implications-The model has low complexity and is suitable for implementation on mobile devices. The resulting hardware/software package will hopefully allow an easy and low-tech fruition of custom spatial audio to any user.Originality/value-The authors show that custom binaural audio can be successfully deployed without the need of cumbersome subjective measurements.Findings-A preliminary localization test shows that the model is able to statically render the elevation of a virtual sound source better than non-individual HRTFs.Research limitations/implications-Results encourage a deeper analysis of the psychoacoustic impact that the individualized HRTF model has on perceived elevation of virtual sound sources.