Soft Reconstruction of Speech in the Presence of Noise and Packet Loss

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Executive Summary

Exploiting the residual redundancy in a source coder output stream during the decoding process has been proven to be a bandwidth efficient way to combat the noisy channel degradations. In this paper, the authors consider soft reconstruction of speech spectrum, in GSM Adaptive Multi-Rate and IS-641 vocoders, transmitted over a channel disturbed with noise and/or packet loss. Several schemes are presented which exploit different levels of intraframe and interframe residual redundancy for improved source decoding at the receiver. A packetization strategy is proposed which is matched to the presented error concealment units. For decoders that exploit the residual redundancy, extensive complexity has been a serious concern, especially as the quantizer bitrate increases.

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