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This paper presents a novel 3DoF+ system that allows to navigate, i.e., change position, in scene-based spatial audio content beyond the sweet spot of a Higher Order Ambisonics recording. It is one of the first such systems based on sound capturing at a single spatial position. The system uses a parametric decomposition of the recorded sound field. For the synthesis, only coarse distance information about the sources is needed as side information but not the exact number of them.

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Spherical microphone arrays are used to capture spatial sound fields, which can then be rendered via headphones. We use the Real-Time Spherical Array Renderer (ReTiSAR) to analyze and auralize the propagation of sensor self-noise through the processing pipeline. An instrumental evaluation confirms a strong global influence of different array and rendering parameters on the spectral balance and the overall level of the rendered noise. The character of the noise is direction independent in the case of spatially uniformly distributed noise.

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We present an open-access dataset of over 8000 acoustic impulse from 160 microphones spread across the body and affixed to wearable accessories. The data can be used to evaluate audio capture and array processing systems using wearable devices such as hearing aids, headphones, eyeglasses, jewelry, and clothing. We analyze the acoustic transfer functions

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Multimodal data fusion is an important aspect of many object localization and tracking frameworks that rely on sensory observations from different sources. A prominent example is audiovisual speaker localization, where the incorporation of visual information has shown to benefit overall performance, especially in adverse acoustic conditions. Recently, the notion of dynamic stream weights as an efficient data fusion technique has been introduced into this field.

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It is commonly observed that acoustic echoes hurt perfor-mance of sound source localization (SSL) methods. We in-troduce the concept of microphone array augmentation withechoes (MIRAGE) and show how estimation of early-echocharacteristics can in fact benefit SSL. We propose a learning-based scheme for echo estimation combined with a physics-based scheme for echo aggregation.

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A sound field reconstruction method for a region including sources is proposed. Under the assumption of spatial sparsity of the sources,this reconstruction problem has been solved by using sparse decomposition algorithms with the discretization of the target region. Since this discretization leads to the off-grid problem, we previously proposed a gridless sound field decomposition method based on the reciprocity gap functional in the spherical harmonic domain.

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The problem of higher order sound field capture with spherical microphone arrays is considered. While A-format cardioid designs are commonplace for first order capture, interest remains in the increased spatial resolution delivered by higher order arrays. Spherical arrays typically use omnidirectional microphones mounted on a rigid baffle, from which higher order spatial components are estimated by accounting for radial mode strength.

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Personal audio systems are designed to deliver spatially separated regions of audio to individual listeners. This paper presents a method for improving the privacy of such systems. The level of a synthetic masking signal is optimised to provide specified levels of intelligibility in the bright and dark sound zones and reduce the potential for annoyance of listeners
in the dark zone by responding to changes in ambient noise.

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The Steered Response Power with phase transform (SRP-PHAT) is one of the most employed techniques for Direction of Arrival (DOA) estimation with microphone arrays due its robustness against acoustical conditions as reverberation or noise. Among its main drawbacks is the growth of its computational complexity when the search space increases. To solve this issue, we propose the use of Neural Networks (NN) to obtain the DOA as a regression problem from a low resolution SRP-PHAT power map.

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