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Decomposition of Head Related Impulse Responses by Selection of Conjugate Pole Pairs

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"Decomposition of Head Related Impulse Responses by Selection of Conjugate Pole Pairs", (2007)
Faller, K. J., Barreto, A., Gupta, N., and Rishe, N.

ABSTRACT: Currently, to obtain maximum fidelity 3D audio, an intended listener is required to undergo time consuming measurements using highly specialized and expensive equipment. Customizable Head-Related Impulse Responses (HRIRs) would remove this limitation. This paper reports our progress in the first stage of the development of customizable HRIRs. Our approach is to develop compact functional models that could be equivalent to empirically measured HRIRs but require a much smaller number of parameters, which could eventually be derived from the anatomical characteristics of a prospective listener. For this first step, HRIRs must be decomposed into multiple delayed and scaled damped sinusoids which, in turn, reveal the parameters (delay and magnitude) necessary to create an instance of the structural model equivalent to the HRIR under analysis. Previously this type of HRIR decomposition has been accomplished through an exhaustive search of the model parameters. A new method that approaches the decomposition simultaneously in the frequency (Z) and time domains is reported here.