The Schroeder's backward integration method have been widely studied in the literature; some papers analyze the performance of the method, some others suggest various enhancement techniques. In spite of these findings, there exist several cases where the energy decay curve extracted using the classical backward integration method seems not always of the phenomenon under study. Among them, the cases where the early decay is dependent on strong, distinct reflections occurring just after the direct wave, as in most Italian opera houses. Other cases are measured impulse responses with a very low signal-to-noise ratio or missing the direct wave. In the literature, alternatives to the Schroeder's method have been proposed, ranging from Hilbert transform to non-linear processing techniques. In this work a method for the extraction of the envelope based on pre-processed energy detection for early decay estimation is proposed. It is shown that it returns an envelope well matching the first part of the decay even in non-linear cases, returning detailed information on it. The performance of the proposed method is presented and discussed for some exemplary impulse responses measured in historical opera houses. A preliminary study on the perceptive relevance of the method is finally presented.

Extraction of the envelope from impulse responses using pre-processed energy detection for early decay estimation

DE CESARIS, SIMONA;D'ORAZIO, DARIO;MORANDI, FEDERICA;GARAI, MASSIMO
2015

Abstract

The Schroeder's backward integration method have been widely studied in the literature; some papers analyze the performance of the method, some others suggest various enhancement techniques. In spite of these findings, there exist several cases where the energy decay curve extracted using the classical backward integration method seems not always of the phenomenon under study. Among them, the cases where the early decay is dependent on strong, distinct reflections occurring just after the direct wave, as in most Italian opera houses. Other cases are measured impulse responses with a very low signal-to-noise ratio or missing the direct wave. In the literature, alternatives to the Schroeder's method have been proposed, ranging from Hilbert transform to non-linear processing techniques. In this work a method for the extraction of the envelope based on pre-processed energy detection for early decay estimation is proposed. It is shown that it returns an envelope well matching the first part of the decay even in non-linear cases, returning detailed information on it. The performance of the proposed method is presented and discussed for some exemplary impulse responses measured in historical opera houses. A preliminary study on the perceptive relevance of the method is finally presented.
De Cesaris, S.; D’Orazio, D.; Morandi, F.; Garai, M.
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