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Sound and Signals

  • Up-to-date reference and textbook of modern acoustics from a signal processing and wave theory perspective

  • Includes a unique introduction without using heavy mathematics

  • Deals with a new and deep insight of acoustic signal analysis and investigation of room transfer functions

  • Emphasizes how important the phase characteristics is as well as the power spectral properties for many aspects of sound


Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Mikio Tohyama
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  17. Back Matter

About this book


This is an up-to-date reference and textbook on modern acoustics from a signal-theoretic point of view, as well as a wave-theoretic approach for students, engineers, and researchers. It provides readers the fundamental basis of acoustics and vibration science and proceeds up to recent hot topics related to acoustic transfer functions and signal analysis including a perceptual point of view.

In the first part, the work uniquely introduces into the fundamentals without using heavy mathematics The following, advanced chapters deal with new and deep insights into acoustic signal analysis and investigation of room transfer functions based on the poles and zeros.


Acoustic signal analysis Perception of sound Sound Waves room transfer functions vibration science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Fundamental Science and EngineeringWaseda UniversitySinjuku-kuJapan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sound and Signals
  • Authors Mikio Tohyama
  • Series Title Signals and Communication Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-20121-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-26865-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-20122-6
  • Series ISSN 1860-4862
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXX, 394
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Engineering Acoustics
    Signal, Image and Speech Processing
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From the reviews:

“Tohyama has constructed a unique text covering the overlapping fields of linear acoustics and linear systems. It should serve, as the author intended, as a companion … to more standard texts on acoustics and signal processing. … a different perspective in the introduction of certain topics or the inclusion of several others may be illuminating for students and scientists.” (Philip W. Robinson and Jonathan Botts, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 132 (3), September, 2012)  

"This book is written with the author's boundless enthusiasm both as an educator and a leading researcher backed with his deep affection for acoustics. As an educator, he spends many pages on the equivalence between a cascaded mass-spring system and one-dimensional wave propagation with keywords such as energy balance and eigenfunctions and eigenfrequencies. These keywords are common throughout the whole 15 chapters. As a researcher, he deals with signals in the acoustic space in the time and frequency domains, with modal expansion and Green's functions, with the ray tracing and wave-theoretic methods, with propagation and reverberation phases, with poles and zeros of transfer functions, with amplitude (magnitude) and phase characteristics, and with minimum and non-minimum phases. Interesting and advanced topics in the book are:
(1) distribution of eigenfrequencies in one, two, and three-dimensional spaces,
(2) derivation of Green's functions from orthogonal eigenfunctions,
(3) reverberation decay characteristics in "almost-two-dimensional" reverberation fields,
(4) chaotic properties of semi-stadium fields,
(5) cross-correlation functions between two points in random sound fields,
(6) phase responses and distribution of zeros of transfer functions in three-dimensional fields,
(7) speech signal envelope recovery from phase using short time windows,
(8) clustered line-spectral and clustered time-sequence modeling,
(9) control and modification of reverberant sound paths by inverse filtering.
The author's broad research activities noted above are supported by his collaboration with researchers worldwide in various fields. This book is recommended for people who are going to start their careers as acousticians as well as those who aim to accomplish leading research in the field of sound and signals. Minor English problems are easily outweighed by the invaluable content of the book." (Hideo Suzuki, former Professor at Chiba Institute of Technology, August 2013)