Using wavelets to synthesize stochastic-based sounds for immersive virtual environments
Miner, Nadine E
Caudell, Thomas P
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Stochastic, or non-pitched, sounds fill our real world environment. Humans almost continuously hear stochastic sounds such as wind, rain, motor sounds, and different types of impact sounds. Because of their prevalence in real-world environments, it is important to include these types of sounds for realistic virtual environment simulations. This paper describes a synthesis approach that uses wavelets for modeling stochastic-based sounds. Parameterizations of the wavelet models yield a variety of related sounds from a small set of models. The result is dynamic sound models that can change according to changes in the virtual environment. This paper contains a description of the sound synthesis process, several developed models, and the on-going perceptual experiments for validating the sound synthesis veracity. The developed models and results demonstrate proof of the concept and illustrate the potential of this approach.