Audio processing covers many diverse fields, all involved in presenting sound to human listeners. Three areas are prominent: (1) high fidelity music reproduction, such as in audio compact discs, (2) voice telecommunications, another name for telephone networks, and (3) synthetic speech, where computers generate and recognize human voice patterns. While these applications have different goals and problems, they are linked by a common umpire: the human ear. Digital signal processing has produced revolutionary changes in these and other areas of audio processing.
The human ear is an exceedingly complex organ. To make matters even more difficult, the information from two ears is combined in a perplexing ...