Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

A Mixed and Code Excitation LPC Vocoder at 1.76 kb/s

Jinzhong Zhang, Yingmin He, Renshu Yu

Electronic Engineering Department, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, China

This paper describes a speech-coding algorithm that we develop recently. We call it M&CELP VOCODER. It is based on the traditional linear prediction vocoder. The excitation is constructed by not usually one of either periodic pulse or white noise, but the mixture of periodic feature-waveform (from predict error) and periodic pulse and white noise passed high pass filter in voiced speech section and white noise in the unvoiced speech. At parameter quantization, The quantizer based on Tree-search technique is applied, and it is improved. It enhanced the performance of reconstructed speech, while maintaining the lower bit rate. In addition, the scheme of pitch evaluation is improved, and this vocoder is very efficient to eliminate thumps and buzz, and it enhanced the naturalness and intelligibility. The algorithm is very efficient at speed, it can be realized at the PC computer with high configuration. Informal listening confirm that it is as good as the new U.S. federal standard: MELP at 2.4kb/s.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zhang, Jinzhong / He, Yingmin / Yu, Renshu (2000): "A mixed and code excitation LPC vocoder at 1.76 kb/s", In ICSLP-2000, vol.3, 822-825.