Analysis of Distortion in Audio Signals Introduced by Microphone Motion

V. Tourbabin and B. Rafaely (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) 2016, Budapest, Hungary, September 2016.
[showhide type=”Abstract”] Abstract: Signals recorded by microphones form the basis for a wide range of audio signal processing systems. In some applications, such as humanoid robots, the microphones may be moving while recording the audio signals. A common practice is to assume that the microphone is stationary within a short time frame. Although this assumption may be reasonable under some conditions, there is currently no theoretical framework that predicts the level of signal distortion due to motion as a function of system parameters. This paper presents such a framework, for linear and circular microphone motion, providing upper bounds on the motioninduced distortion, and showing that the dependence of this upper bound on motion speed, signal frequency, and time-frame duration, is linear. A simulation study of a humanoid robot rotating its head while recording a speech signal validates the theoretical results. [/showhide]
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