Scalable microphone array system optimized for streaming inverse acoustics

J.A. Kauffman

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Abstract

Sound source localization by using large microphone arrays commonly requires expensive hardware and an impractical large amount of cables and connectors. Our aim is to develop a compact and low-cost acquisition system that is expandable to hundreds of channels. Our design consists of a ring network of multiple sensor modules, each equipped with 16 input channels. One of the sensor modules interfaces with a computer through USB and functions as a master. Standard UTP cables are used to link the modules together for data transport and power supply. This principle reduces both weight and cost of cables. To increase streaming data rates, multiple ring networks can be connected to a computer to enable further expansion of the array. As the raw data stream is proportional to the number of elements in the array, data rates can exceed the maximum bandwidth of standard computer interfaces and storage devices. To overcome this problem, each module has a buffer for up to 45 seconds of raw data storage. Additionally, each module carries a digital signal processor (DSP) for optional signal processing. In the current configuration we preprocess each channel in order to reduce data rates and enable inverse acoustics as a streaming application.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings NAG DAGA 2009 / International Conference on Acoustics
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherGerman Acoustical Society (DEGA)
Pages1039-1042
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-3-9808659-6-8
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009
Event35. Jahrestagung für Akustik, NAG-DAGA 2009: gemeinsam mit der Nederlands Akoestisch Genootschap (NAG) - Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 23 Mar 200926 Mar 2009
Conference number: 35

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Acoustics NAG/DAGA
PublisherGerman Acoustical Society (DEGA)
Volume35

Conference

Conference35. Jahrestagung für Akustik, NAG-DAGA 2009
Abbreviated titleNAG-DAGA
CountryNetherlands
CityRotterdam
Period23/03/0926/03/09
Other23-26 March 2009

Keywords

  • Streaming
  • EWI-15436
  • Microphone array
  • METIS-263886
  • IR-62835
  • Acoustics

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Kauffman, J. A. (2009). Scalable microphone array system optimized for streaming inverse acoustics. In Proceedings NAG DAGA 2009 / International Conference on Acoustics (pp. 1039-1042). (International Conference on Acoustics NAG/DAGA; Vol. 35). Berlin: German Acoustical Society (DEGA).
Kauffman, J.A. / Scalable microphone array system optimized for streaming inverse acoustics. Proceedings NAG DAGA 2009 / International Conference on Acoustics. Berlin : German Acoustical Society (DEGA), 2009. pp. 1039-1042 (International Conference on Acoustics NAG/DAGA).
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Kauffman, JA 2009, Scalable microphone array system optimized for streaming inverse acoustics. in Proceedings NAG DAGA 2009 / International Conference on Acoustics. International Conference on Acoustics NAG/DAGA, vol. 35, German Acoustical Society (DEGA), Berlin, pp. 1039-1042, 35. Jahrestagung für Akustik, NAG-DAGA 2009, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 23/03/09.

Scalable microphone array system optimized for streaming inverse acoustics. / Kauffman, J.A.

Proceedings NAG DAGA 2009 / International Conference on Acoustics. Berlin : German Acoustical Society (DEGA), 2009. p. 1039-1042 (International Conference on Acoustics NAG/DAGA; Vol. 35).

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Kauffman JA. Scalable microphone array system optimized for streaming inverse acoustics. In Proceedings NAG DAGA 2009 / International Conference on Acoustics. Berlin: German Acoustical Society (DEGA). 2009. p. 1039-1042. (International Conference on Acoustics NAG/DAGA).