Time-scale modification of complex acoustic signals
April 27, 1993
Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP, Vol. 1, Plenary, Special, Audio, Underwater Acoustics, VLSI, Neural Networks, 27-30 April 1993, pp. 213-216.
A new approach is introduced for time-scale modification of short-duration complex acoustic signals to improve their audibility. The technique constrains the modified signal to take on a specified spectral characteristic while imposing a time-scaled version of the original temporal envelope. Both full-band and sub-band representations of the temporal envelope are considered. In the full-band case, the modified signal is obtained by appropriate selection of its Fourier transform phase. In the sub-band case, using locations of maxima in the sub-band temporal envelopes, the phase of each bandpass signal is formed to preserve "events" in the envelope of the composite signal. The approach is applied to synthetic and actual short-duration acoustic signals consisting of closely-spaced and overlapping sequential time components.