Vuvuzela

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The reduction of disturbing noise, especially for mobile telephones and digital hearing aids, is one of the core competences of the Institute of Communication System (IKS). The list of noise sources is long, but since the soccer world cup has begun it is clearly dominated by the Vuvuzelas. Their deafening noise even renders a TV broadcast an acoustic challenge.

An algorithm which has been developed at the institute is now able to reliably suppress the disturbing Vuvuzela noise during soccer matches. The program called VuvuzeLAUTLOS implements an adaptive comb filter according to the LTP principle (long term prediction) for the noise-relevant frequency range which consists of the fundamental frequency and the first five harmonics. The filter "strength" is controlled adaptively to minimize distortion of the remaining audio signal.

Audio Example

VuvuzeLAUTLOS Download

V0.2

  • Update V0.2:
    • better sounding speaker/commentator
    • more natural reproduction of the stadium atmosphere
    • no adverse effects in Vuvuzela-free sequences
  • This plugin was tested with VLC version 1.0.5 and version 1.1 respectively

This software is provided as is. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Source code

Installation procedure ...

for Windows

  • Copy the .dll file to C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\plugins.
  • Start VLC
  • Activate/configure plugin:
    • Tools -> Preferences (or CTRL-P)
    • Bottom left: Show preferences: all
    • Under Audio -> Filter: activate VuvuzeLAUTLOS
    • optionally configure under Audio->Filter->VuvuzeLAUTLOS
    • Save
  • Restart VLC

Have fun!

for Linux (Ubuntu 10.04)

  • Copy the .so file to /usr/lib/vlc/audio_filter/ (or /usr/lib/vlc/plugins/audio_filter for VLC 1.1)
  • Start VLC
  • Activate/configure plugin:
    • Tools -> Preferences (or CTRL-P)
    • Bottom left: Show preferences: all
    • Under Audio -> Filter: activate VuvuzeLAUTLOS
    • optionally configure under Audio->Filter->VuvuzeLAUTLOS
    • Save
  • Restart VLC

Have fun!

for Mac OS X

  • Open the folder Programs with Finder
  • VLC -> right mouseclick -> Show Package Contents
  • Copy the .dylib file in the new Finder Window to: Contents -> MacOS -> modules (check if you have to unzip the downloaded file. This is the case if your webbrowser is e.g. firefox)
  • Start VLC
  • Activate plugin:
    • VLC -> Preferences (or CMD + ,)
    • Bottom left: Show preferences: all
    • Under Audio -> Filter: activate VuvuzeLAUTLOS
    • Save
  • restart VLC

Have fun!

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