Audio De-Thumping using Huang s Empirical Mode Decomposition

Paulo Antonio Andrade Esquef; Guilherme Sausen Welter
DAFx-2011 - Paris
In the context of audio restoration, sound transfer of broken disks usually produces audio signals corrupted with long pulses of low-frequency content, also called thumps. This paper presents a method for audio de-thumping based on Huang’s Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD), provided the pulse locations are known beforehand. Thus, the EMD is used as a means to obtain pulse estimates to be subtracted from the degraded signals. Despite its simplicity, the method is demonstrated to tackle well the challenging problem of superimposed pulses. Performance assessment against selected competing solutions reveals that the proposed solution tends to produce superior de-thumping results.