Perception of noise-vocoded tone complexes: A time domain analysis based on an auditory filterbank model

When a wideband harmonic tone complex (wHTC) is passed through a noise vocoder, the resulting sounds can have spectra with large peak-to-valley ratios, but little or no periodicity strength in the autocorrelation functions. We measured judgments of pitch strength for normal-hearing listeners for noise-vocoded wideband harmonic tone complexes (NV-wHTCs) relative to standard and anchor stimuli. The standard was a 1-channel NV-wHTC and the anchor was either the unprocessed wHTC or an infinitely-iterated rippled noise (IIRN). Although there is variability among individuals, the magnitude judgment functions obtained with the IIRN anchor suggest different listening strategies among individuals. In order to gain some insight into possible listening strategies, test stimuli were analyzed at the output of an auditory filterbank model based on gammatone filters. The weak periodicity strengths of NV-wHTCs observed in the stimulus autocorrelation functions are augmented at the output of the gammatone filterbank model. Six analytical models of pitch strength were evaluated based on summary correlograms obtained from the gammatone tone filterbank. The results of the filterbank analysis suggest that, contrary to the weak or absent periodicity strengths in the stimulus domain, temporal cues contribute to pitch strength perception of noise-vocoded harmonic stimuli such that listeners' judgments of pitch strength reflect a nonlinear, weighted average of the temporal information between the fine structure and the envelope.

Publication Date:
Jul 04 2018
Date Submitted:
Jul 10 2019
Hearing Research

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