Audio Communication

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard U. Seeber
Assistant: Matthieu Kuntz
Cycle: Sommersemester
Target Group: Wahlmodul Bachelor EI (EI 0602)
Wahlmodul Bachelor Informatik
Wahlmodul Technologie- und Managementorientierte BWL
Breadth: 2/1/0 (Lecture/Exercise course/Practical course)
Exam: written, 60 min.
For the oral repeat exam in the winter semester candidates are required to contact us for individual exam times well in advance.
Time & Location: Lecture (in German): Wednesday, 09:45 - 11:15 hours, N3815
Exercise course:      Wednesday, 11:30 - 12:15 hours, N3815
Start: Lecture starts on 17.04.2024
Exercise course from 24.04.2024


  1. Overview of audio communication
  2. The physical basis for audio
    • Acoustic variables: Sound pressure, velocity, intensity, impedance
    • Sound fields
    • Sound conversion: Microphones and loudspeakers
    • Sound storage: Record, CD, SACD, DVD-Audio, MP3
  3. Audiotory physiology
    • Peripheral hearing system
    • Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs)
    • Central hearing system
  4. Psychoacoustics
    • Methods
    • Auditory field, masking
    • Critical bands
    • Loudness
    • Pitch and pitch strength
    • Just noticable differences
    • Sharpness
    • Fluctuation strength, roughness
    • Binaural hearing: binaural cues, sound localization
  5. Applications: Selection of current research topics from
    • Audiology and hearing devices
    • Room acoustics
    • Speech evaluation
    • Audio technology
    • Sound quality design

Excercise Course

Numerical problem excercises, audio demonstrations on basic aspects of electro- and psychoacoustics and their application in music studios, audio coding, noise measurement, audiology, speech testing, room acoustics etc.


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