Definition of the Opus Audio CodecOctasic Inc.4101, Molson StreetMontrealQuebecCanada+1 514 282-8858jmvalin@jmvalin.caSkype Technologies S.A.Stadsgarden 6Stockholm11645SE+46 855 921 989koen.vos@skype.netMozilla Corporation650 Castro StreetMountain ViewCA94041USA+1 650 903-0800tterriberry@mozilla.com
General
This document defines the Opus codec, designed for interactive speech and audio
transmission over the Internet.
The Opus codec is a real-time interactive audio codec composed of a linear
prediction (LP)-based layer and a Modified Discrete Cosine Transform
(MDCT)-based layer.
The main idea behind using two layers is that in speech, linear prediction
techniques (such as CELP) code low frequencies more efficiently than transform
(e.g., MDCT) domain techniques, while the situation is reversed for music and
higher speech frequencies.
Thus a codec with both layers available can operate over a wider range than
either one alone and, by combining them, achieve better quality than either
one individually.
The primary normative part of this specification is provided by the source code
in .
In general, only the decoder portion of this software is normative, though a
significant amount of code is shared by both the encoder and decoder.
The decoder contains significant amounts of integer and fixed-point arithmetic
which must be performed exactly, including all rounding considerations, so any
useful specification must make extensive use of domain-specific symbolic
language to adequately define these operations.
Additionally, any
conflict between the symbolic representation and the included reference
implementation must be resolved. For the practical reasons of compatibility and
testability it would be advantageous to give the reference implementation
priority in any disagreement. The C language is also one of the most
widely understood human-readable symbolic representations for machine
behavior.
For these reasons this RFC uses the reference implementation as the sole
symbolic representation of the codec.
While the symbolic representation is unambiguous and complete it is not
always the easiest way to understand the codec's operation. For this reason
this document also describes significant parts of the codec in English and
takes the opportunity to explain the rationale behind many of the more
surprising elements of the design. These descriptions are intended to be
accurate and informative, but the limitations of common English sometimes
result in ambiguity, so it is expected that the reader will always read
them alongside the symbolic representation. Numerous references to the
implementation are provided for this purpose. The descriptions sometimes
differ from the reference in ordering or through mathematical simplification
wherever such deviation makes an explanation easier to understand.
For example, the right shift and left shift operations in the reference
implementation are often described using division and multiplication in the text.
In general, the text is focused on the "what" and "why" while the symbolic
representation most clearly provides the "how".
The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD",
"SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be
interpreted as described in RFC 2119.
Even when using floating-point, various operations in the codec require
bit-exact fixed-point behavior.
The notation "Q<n>", where n is an integer, denotes the number of binary
digits to the right of the decimal point in a fixed-point number.
For example, a signed Q14 value in a 16-bit word can represent values from
-2.0 to 1.99993896484375, inclusive.
This notation is for informational purposes only.
Arithmetic, when described, always operates on the underlying integer.
E.g., the text will explicitly indicate any shifts required after a
multiplication.
Expressions, where included in the text, follow C operator rules and
precedence, with the exception that syntax like "2**n" is used to indicate 2
raised to the power n.
The text also makes use of the following functions:
The smallest of two values x and y.
The largest of two values x and y.
With this definition, if lo>hi, the lower bound is the one that is enforced.
The sign of x, i.e.,
The base-two logarithm of f.
The minimum number of bits required to store a positive integer n in two's
complement notation, or 0 for a non-positive integer n.
Examples:
ilog(-1) = 0ilog(0) = 0ilog(1) = 1ilog(2) = 2ilog(3) = 2ilog(4) = 3ilog(7) = 3
The Opus codec scales from 6 kb/s narrowband mono speech to 510 kb/s
fullband stereo music, with algorithmic delays ranging from 5 ms to
65.2 ms.
At any given time, either the LP layer, the MDCT layer, or both, may be active.
It can seamlessly switch between all of its various operating modes, giving it
a great deal of flexibility to adapt to varying content and network
conditions without renegotiating the current session.
Internally, the codec always operates at a 48 kHz sampling rate, though it
allows input and output of various bandwidths, defined as follows:
AbbreviationAudio BandwidthSampling Rate (Effective)NB (narrowband)4 kHz8 kHzMB (medium-band)6 kHz12 kHzWB (wideband)8 kHz16 kHzSWB (super-wideband)12 kHz24 kHzFB (fullband)20 kHz48 kHz
These can be chosen independently on the encoder and decoder side, e.g., a
fullband signal can be decoded as wideband, or vice versa.
This approach ensures a sender and receiver can always interoperate, regardless
of the capabilities of their actual audio hardware.
Opus defines super-wideband (SWB) mode to have an effective sampling rate of
24 kHz, unlike some other audio coding standards that use 32 kHz.
This was chosen for a number of reasons.
The band layout in the MDCT layer naturally allows skipping coefficients for
frequencies over 12 kHz, but does not allow cleanly dropping frequencies
over 16 kHz.
The choice of 24 kHz also makes resampling in the MDCT layer easier, as 24
evenly divides 48, and when 24 kHz is sufficient, it can save computation
in other processing, such as Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC).
Experimental changes to the band layout to allow a 16 kHz cutoff showed
potential quality degredations, and at typical bitrates the number of bits
saved by using such a cutoff instead of coding in fullband (FB) mode is very
small.
Therefore, if an application wishes to process a signal sampled at 32 kHz,
it should just use FB mode.
The LP layer is based on the
SILK codec
.
It supports NB, MB, or WB audio and frame sizes from 10 ms to 60 ms,
and requires an additional 5.2 ms look-ahead for noise shaping estimation
(5 ms) and internal resampling (0.2 ms).
Like Vorbis and many other modern codecs, SILK is inherently designed for
variable-bitrate (VBR) coding, though an encoder can with sufficient effort
produce constant-bitrate (CBR) or near-CBR streams.
The MDCT layer is based on the
CELT codec
.
It supports sampling NB, WB, SWB, or FB audio and frame sizes from 2.5 ms
to 20 ms, and requires an additional 2.5 ms look-ahead due to the
overlapping MDCT windows.
The CELT codec is inherently designed for CBR coding, but unlike many CBR
codecs it is not limited to a set of predetermined rates.
It internally allocates bits to exactly fill any given target budget, and an
encoder can produce a VBR stream by varying the target on a per-frame basis.
The MDCT layer is not used for speech when the audio bandwidth is WB or less,
as it is not useful there.
On the other hand, non-speech signals are not always adequately coded using
linear prediction, so for music only the MDCT layer should be used.
A hybrid mode allows the use of both layers simultaneously with a frame size of
10 or 20 ms and a SWB or FB audio bandwidth.
Each frame is split into a low frequency signal and a high frequency signal,
with a cutoff of 8 kHz.
The LP layer then codes the low frequency signal, followed by the MDCT layer
coding the high frequency signal.
In the MDCT layer, all bands below 8 kHz are discarded, so there is no
coding redundancy between the two layers.
At the decoder, the two decoder outputs are simply added together.
To compensate for the different look-aheads required by each layer, the CELT
encoder input is delayed by an additional 2.7 ms.
This ensures that low frequencies and high frequencies arrive at the same time.
This extra delay MAY be reduced by an encoder by using less look-ahead for noise
shaping or using a simpler resampler in the LP layer, but this will reduce
quality.
However, the base 2.5 ms look-ahead in the CELT layer cannot be reduced in
the encoder because it is needed for the MDCT overlap, whose size is fixed by
the decoder.
Both layers use the same entropy coder, avoiding any waste from "padding bits"
between them.
The hybrid approach makes it easy to support both CBR and VBR coding.
Although the LP layer is VBR, the bit allocation of the MDCT layer can produce
a final stream that is CBR by using all the bits left unused by the LP layer.
As described, the two layers can be combined in three possible operating modes:
A LP-only mode for use in low bitrate connections with an audio bandwidth of
WB or less,A hybrid (LP+MDCT) mode for SWB or FB speech at medium bitrates, andAn MDCT-only mode for very low delay speech transmission as well as music
transmission.
A single packet may contain multiple audio frames.
However, they must share a common set of parameters, including the operating
mode, audio bandwidth, frame size, and channel count.
This section describes the possible combinations of these parameters and the
internal framing used to pack multiple frames into a single packet.
This framing is not self-delimiting.
Instead, it assumes that a higher layer (such as UDP or RTP or Ogg or Matroska)
will communicate the length, in bytes, of the packet, and it uses this
information to reduce the framing overhead in the packet itself.
A decoder implementation MUST support the framing described in this section.
An alternative, self-delimiting variant of the framing is described in
.
Support for that variant is OPTIONAL.
An Opus packet begins with a single-byte table-of-contents (TOC) header that
signals which of the various modes and configurations a given packet uses.
It is composed of a frame count code, "c", a stereo flag, "s", and a
configuration number, "config", arranged as illustrated in
.
A description of each of these fields follows.
The top five bits of the TOC byte, labeled "config", encode one of 32 possible
configurations of operating mode, audio bandwidth, and frame size.
lists the parameters for each configuration.
Configuration Number(s)ModeBandwidthFrame Size(s)0...3LP-onlyNB10, 20, 40, 60 ms4...7LP-onlyMB10, 20, 40, 60 ms8...11LP-onlyWB10, 20, 40, 60 ms12...13HybridSWB10, 20 ms14...15HybridFB10, 20 ms16...19MDCT-onlyNB2.5, 5, 10, 20 ms20...23MDCT-onlyWB2.5, 5, 10, 20 ms24...27MDCT-onlySWB2.5, 5, 10, 20 ms28...31MDCT-onlyFB2.5, 5, 10, 20 ms
One additional bit, labeled "s", is used to signal mono vs. stereo, with 0
indicating mono and 1 indicating stereo.
The remaining two bits of the TOC byte, labeled "c", code the number of frames
per packet (codes 0 to 3) as follows:
0: 1 frame in the packet1: 2 frames in the packet, each with equal compressed size2: 2 frames in the packet, with different compressed sizes3: an arbitrary number of frames in the packet
This draft refers to a packet as a code 0 packet, code 1 packet, etc., based on
the value of "c".
A well-formed Opus packet MUST contain at least one byte with the TOC
information, though the frame(s) within a packet MAY be zero bytes long.
This section describes how frames are packed according to each possible value
of "c" in the TOC byte.
When a packet contains multiple VBR frames, the compressed length of one or
more of these frames is indicated with a one or two byte sequence, with the
meaning of the first byte as follows:
0: No frame (discontinuous transmission (DTX) or lost packet)1...251: Size of the frame in bytes252...255: A second byte is needed. The total size is (size[1]*4)+size[0]
The maximum representable size is 255*4+255=1275 bytes. This limit MUST NOT
be exceeded, even when no length field is used.
For 20 ms frames, this represents a bitrate of 510 kb/s, which is
approximately the highest useful rate for lossily compressed fullband stereo
music.
Beyond this point, lossless codecs are more appropriate.
It is also roughly the maximum useful rate of the MDCT layer, as shortly
thereafter quality no longer improves with additional bits due to limitations
on the codebook sizes.
No length is transmitted for the last frame in a VBR packet, or for any of the
frames in a CBR packet, as it can be inferred from the total size of the
packet and the size of all other data in the packet.
However, the length of any individual frame MUST NOT exceed 1275 bytes, to
allow for repacketization by gateways, conference bridges, or other software.
For code 0 packets, the TOC byte is immediately followed by N-1 bytes
of compressed data for a single frame (where N is the size of the packet),
as illustrated in .
For code 1 packets, the TOC byte is immediately followed by the
(N-1)/2 bytes of compressed data for the first frame, followed by
(N-1)/2 bytes of compressed data for the second frame, as illustrated in
.
The number of payload bytes available for compressed data, N-1, MUST be even
for all code 1 packets.
For code 2 packets, the TOC byte is followed by a one or two byte sequence
indicating the length of the first frame (marked N1 in the figure below),
followed by N1 bytes of compressed data for the first frame.
The remaining N-N1-2 or N-N1-3 bytes are the compressed data for the
second frame.
This is illustrated in .
The length of the first frame, N1, MUST be no larger than the size of the
payload remaining after decoding that length for all code 2 packets.
Code 3 packets may encode an arbitrary number of frames, as well as additional
padding, called "Opus padding" to indicate that this padding is added at the
Opus layer, rather than at the transport layer.
For code 3 packets, the TOC byte is followed by a byte encoding the number of
frames in the packet in bits 0 to 5 (marked "M" in the figure below), with bit
6 indicating whether or not Opus padding is inserted (marked "p" in the figure
below), and bit 7 indicating VBR (marked "v" in the figure below).
M MUST NOT be zero, and the audio duration contained within a packet MUST NOT
exceed 120 ms.
This limits the maximum frame count for any frame size to 48 (for 2.5 ms
frames), with lower limits for longer frame sizes.
illustrates the layout of the frame count
byte.
When Opus padding is used, the number of bytes of padding is encoded in the
bytes following the frame count byte.
Values from 0...254 indicate that 0...254 bytes of padding are included,
in addition to the byte(s) used to indicate the size of the padding.
If the value is 255, then the size of the additional padding is 254 bytes,
plus the padding value encoded in the next byte.
The additional padding bytes appear at the end of the packet, and SHOULD be set
to zero by the encoder.
The decoder MUST accept any value for the padding bytes, however.
By using code 255 multiple times, it is possible to create a packet of any
specific, desired size.
Let P be the total amount of padding, including both the trailing padding bytes
themselves and the header bytes used to indicate how many there are.
Then P MUST be no more than N-2 for CBR packets, or N-M-1 for VBR packets.
In the CBR case, the compressed length of each frame in bytes is equal to the
number of remaining bytes in the packet after subtracting the (optional)
padding, (N-2-P), divided by M.
This number MUST be an integer multiple of M.
The compressed data for all M frames then follows, each of size
(N-2-P)/M bytes, as illustrated in .
In the VBR case, the (optional) padding length is followed by M-1 frame
lengths (indicated by "N1" to "N[M-1]" in the figure below), each encoded in a
one or two byte sequence as described above.
The packet MUST contain enough data for the M-1 lengths after the (optional)
padding, and the sum of these lengths MUST be no larger than the number of
bytes remaining in the packet after decoding them.
The compressed data for all M frames follows, each frame consisting of the
indicated number of bytes, with the final frame consuming any remaining bytes
before the final padding, as illustrated in .
The number of header bytes (TOC byte, frame count byte, padding length bytes,
and frame length bytes), plus the length of the first M-1 frames themselves,
plus the length of the padding MUST be no larger than N, the total size of the
packet.
Simplest case, one NB mono 20 ms SILK frame:
Two FB mono 5 ms CELT frames of the same compressed size:
Two FB mono 20 ms hybrid frames of different compressed size:
Four FB stereo 20 ms CELT frames of the same compressed size:
A receiver MUST NOT process packets which violate the rules above as normal
Opus packets.
They are reserved for future applications, such as in-band headers (containing
metadata, etc.) or multichannel support.
The Opus decoder consists of two main blocks: the SILK decoder and the CELT decoder.
The output of the Opus decode is the sum of the outputs from the SILK and CELT decoders
with proper sample rate conversion and delay compensation as illustrated in the
block diagram below. At any given time, one or both of the SILK and CELT decoders
may be active.
Opus uses an entropy coder based on ,
which is itself a rediscovery of the FIFO arithmetic code introduced by .
It is very similar to arithmetic encoding, except that encoding is done with
digits in any base instead of with bits,
so it is faster when using larger bases (i.e., an octet). All of the
calculations in the range coder must use bit-exact integer arithmetic.
Symbols may also be coded as "raw bits" packed directly into the bitstream,
bypassing the range coder.
These are packed backwards starting at the end of the frame, as illustrated in
.
This reduces complexity and makes the stream more resilient to bit errors, as
corruption in the raw bits will not desynchronize the decoding process, unlike
corruption in the input to the range decoder.
Raw bits are only used in the CELT layer.
Each symbol coded by the range coder is drawn from a finite alphabet and coded
in a separate "context", which describes the size of the alphabet and the
relative frequency of each symbol in that alphabet.
Suppose there is a context with n symbols, identified with an index that ranges
from 0 to n-1.
The parameters needed to encode or decode a symbol in this context are
represented by a three-tuple (fl[k], fh[k], ft), with
0 <= fl[k] < fh[k] <= ft <= 65535.
The values of this tuple are derived from the probability model for the
symbol, represented by traditional "frequency counts". Because Opus
uses static contexts these are not updated as symbols are decoded.
Let f[i] be the frequency of symbol i.
Then the three-tuple corresponding to symbol k is given by
The range decoder extracts the symbols and integers encoded using the range
encoder in .
The range decoder maintains an internal state vector composed of the two-tuple
(val,rng), representing the difference between the high end of the current
range and the actual coded value, minus one, and the size of the current
range, respectively.
Both val and rng are 32-bit unsigned integer values.
The decoder initializes rng to 128 and initializes val to 127 minus the top 7
bits of the first input octet.
The remaining bit is saved for use in the renormalization procedure described
in , which the decoder invokes
immediately after initialization to read additional bits and establish the
invariant that rng > 2**23.
Decoding a symbol is a two-step process.
The first step determines a 16-bit unsigned value fs, which lies within the
range of some symbol in the current context.
The second step updates the range decoder state with the three-tuple
(fl[k], fh[k], ft) corresponding to that symbol.
The first step is implemented by ec_decode() (entdec.c), which computes
The divisions here are exact integer division.
The decoder then identifies the symbol in the current context corresponding to
fs; i.e., the value of k whose three-tuple (fl[k], fh[k], ft)
satisfies fl[k] <= fs < fh[k].
It uses this tuple to update val according to
If fl[k] is greater than zero, then the decoder updates rng using
Otherwise, it updates rng using
Using a special case for the first symbol (rather than the last symbol, as is
commonly done in other arithmetic coders) ensures that all the truncation
error from the finite precision arithmetic accumulates in symbol 0.
This makes the cost of coding a 0 slightly smaller, on average, than its
estimated probability indicates and makes the cost of coding any other symbol
slightly larger.
When contexts are designed so that 0 is the most probable symbol, which is
often the case, this strategy minimizes the inefficiency introduced by the
finite precision.
It also makes some of the special-case decoding routines in
particularly simple.
After the updates, implemented by ec_dec_update() (entdec.c), the decoder
normalizes the range using the procedure in the next section, and returns the
index k.
To normalize the range, the decoder repeats the following process, implemented
by ec_dec_normalize() (entdec.c), until rng > 2**23.
If rng is already greater than 2**23, the entire process is skipped.
First, it sets rng to (rng<<8).
Then it reads the next octet of the payload and combines it with the left-over
bit buffered from the previous octet to form the 8-bit value sym.
It takes the left-over bit as the high bit (bit 7) of sym, and the top 7 bits
of the octet it just read as the other 7 bits of sym.
The remaining bit in the octet just read is buffered for use in the next
iteration.
If no more input octets remain, it uses zero bits instead.
Then, it sets
It is normal and expected that the range decoder will read several bytes
into the raw bits data (if any) at the end of the packet by the time the frame
is completely decoded, as illustrated in .
This same data MUST also be returned as raw bits when requested.
The encoder is expected to terminate the stream in such a way that the decoder
will decode the intended values regardless of the data contained in the raw
bits.
describes a procedure for doing this.
If the range decoder consumes all of the bytes belonging to the current frame,
it MUST continue to use zero when any further input bytes are required, even
if there is additional data in the current packet from padding or other
frames.
The reference implementation uses three additional decoding methods that are
exactly equivalent to the above, but make assumptions and simplifications that
allow for a more efficient implementation.
The first is ec_decode_bin() (entdec.c), defined using the parameter ftb
instead of ft.
It is mathematically equivalent to calling ec_decode() with
ft = (1<<ftb), but avoids one of the divisions.
The next is ec_dec_bit_logp() (entdec.c), which decodes a single binary symbol,
replacing both the ec_decode() and ec_dec_update() steps.
The context is described by a single parameter, logp, which is the absolute
value of the base-2 logarithm of the probability of a "1".
It is mathematically equivalent to calling ec_decode() with
ft = (1<<logp), followed by ec_dec_update() with
the 3-tuple (fl[k] = 0, fh[k] = (1<<logp)-1,
ft = (1<<logp)) if the returned value
of fs is less than (1<<logp)-1 (a "0" was decoded), and with
(fl[k] = (1<<logp)-1,
fh[k] = ft = (1<<logp)) otherwise (a "1" was
decoded).
The implementation requires no multiplications or divisions.
The last is ec_dec_icdf() (entdec.c), which decodes a single symbol with a
table-based context of up to 8 bits, also replacing both the ec_decode() and
ec_dec_update() steps, as well as the search for the decoded symbol in between.
The context is described by two parameters, an icdf
("inverse" cumulative distribution function) table and ftb.
As with ec_decode_bin(), (1<<ftb) is equivalent to ft.
idcf[k], on the other hand, stores (1<<ftb)-fh[k], which is equal to
(1<<ftb)-fl[k+1].
fl[0] is assumed to be 0, and the table is terminated by a value of 0 (where
fh[k] == ft).
The function is mathematically equivalent to calling ec_decode() with
ft = (1<<ftb), using the returned value fs to search the table
for the first entry where fs < (1<<ftb)-icdf[k], and
calling ec_dec_update() with fl[k] = (1<<ftb)-icdf[k-1] (or 0
if k == 0), fh[k] = (1<<ftb)-idcf[k], and
ft = (1<<ftb).
Combining the search with the update allows the division to be replaced by a
series of multiplications (which are usually much cheaper), and using an
inverse CDF allows the use of an ftb as large as 8 in an 8-bit table without
any special cases.
This is the primary interface with the range decoder in the SILK layer, though
it is used in a few places in the CELT layer as well.
Although icdf[k] is more convenient for the code, the frequency counts, f[k],
are a more natural representation of the probability distribution function
(PDF) for a given symbol.
Therefore this draft lists the latter, not the former, when describing the
context in which a symbol is coded as a list, e.g., {4, 4, 4, 4}/16 for a
uniform context with four possible values and ft=16.
The value of ft after the slash is always the sum of the entries in the PDF,
but is included for convenience.
Contexts with identical probabilities, f[k]/ft, but different values of ft
(or equivalently, ftb) are not the same, and cannot, in general, be used in
place of one another.
An icdf table is also not capable of representing a PDF where the first symbol
has 0 probability.
In such contexts, ec_dec_icdf() can decode the symbol by using a table that
drops the entries for any initial zero-probability values and adding the
constant offset of the first value with a non-zero probability to its return
value.
The raw bits used by the CELT layer are packed at the end of the packet, with
the least significant bit of the first value packed in the least significant
bit of the last byte, filling up to the most significant bit in the last byte,
continuing on to the least significant bit of the penultimate byte, and so on.
The reference implementation reads them using ec_dec_bits() (entdec.c).
Because the range decoder must read several bytes ahead in the stream, as
described in , the input consumed by the
raw bits MAY overlap with the input consumed by the range coder, and a decoder
MUST allow this.
The format should render it impossible to attempt to read more raw bits than
there are actual bits in the frame, though a decoder MAY wish to check for
this and report an error.
The ec_dec_uint() (entdec.c) function decodes one of ft equiprobable values in
the range 0 to ft-1, inclusive, each with a frequency of 1, where ft may be as
large as 2**32-1.
Because ec_decode() is limited to a total frequency of 2**16-1, this is split
up into a range coded symbol representing up to 8 of the high bits of the
value, and, if necessary, raw bits representing the remaining bits.
The limit of 8 bits in the range coded symbol is a trade-off between
implementation complexity, modeling error (since the symbols no longer truly
have equal coding cost), and rounding error introduced by the range coder
itself (which gets larger as more bits are included).
Using raw bits reduces the maximum number of divisions required in the worst
case, but means that it may be possible to decode a value outside the range
0 to ft-1, inclusive.
ec_dec_uint() takes a single, positive parameter, ft, which is not necessarily
a power of two, and returns an integer, t, whose value lies between 0 and
ft-1, inclusive.
Let ftb = ilog(ft-1), i.e., the number of bits required to store ft-1 in two's
complement notation.
If ftb is 8 or less, then t is decoded with t = ec_decode(ft), and the range
coder state is updated using the three-tuple (t,t+1,ft).
If ftb is greater than 8, then the top 8 bits of t are decoded using
t = ec_decode((ft-1>>ftb-8)+1),
the decoder state is updated using the three-tuple
(t,t+1,(ft-1>>ftb-8)+1), and the remaining bits are decoded as raw bits,
setting t = t<<ftb-8|ec_dec_bits(ftb-8).
If, at this point, t >= ft, then the current frame is corrupt.
In that case, the decoder should assume there has been an error in the coding,
decoding, or transmission and SHOULD take measures to conceal the
error and/or report to the application that a problem has occurred.
The bit allocation routines in the CELT decoder need a conservative upper bound
on the number of bits that have been used from the current frame thus far,
including both range coder bits and raw bits.
This drives allocation decisions that must match those made in the encoder.
The upper bound is computed in the reference implementation to whole-bit
precision by the function ec_tell() (entcode.h) and to fractional 1/8th bit
precision by the function ec_tell_frac() (entcode.c).
Like all operations in the range coder, it must be implemented in a bit-exact
manner, and must produce exactly the same value returned by the same functions
in the encoder after encoding the same symbols.
ec_tell() is guaranteed to return ceil(ec_tell_frac()/8.0).
In various places the codec will check to ensure there is enough room to
contain a symbol before attempting to decode it.
In practice, although the number of bits used so far is an upper bound,
decoding a symbol whose probability model suggests it has a worst-case cost of
p 1/8th bits may actually advance the return value of ec_tell_frac() by
p-1, p, or p+1 1/8th bits, due to approximation error in that upper bound,
truncation error in the range coder, and for large values of ft, modeling
error in ec_dec_uint().
However, this error is bounded, and periodic calls to ec_tell() or
ec_tell_frac() at precisely defined points in the decoding process prevent it
from accumulating.
For a range coder symbol that requires a whole number of bits (i.e.,
ft/(fh[k]-fl[k]) is a power of two), where there are at least p 1/8th bits
available, decoding the symbol will never advance the decoder past the end of
the frame ("bust the budget").
In this case the return value of ec_tell_frac() will only advance by more than
p 1/8th bits if there was an additional, fractional number of bits remaining,
and it will never advance beyond the next whole-bit boundary, which is safe,
since frames always contain a whole number of bits.
However, when p is not a whole number of bits, an extra 1/8th bit is required
to ensure that decoding the symbol will not bust the budget.
The reference implementation keeps track of the total number of whole bits that
have been processed by the decoder so far in the variable nbits_total,
including the (possibly fractional) number of bits that are currently
buffered, but not consumed, inside the range coder.
nbits_total is initialized to 33 just after the initial range renormalization
process completes (or equivalently, it can be initialized to 9 before the
first renormalization).
The extra two bits over the actual amount buffered by the range coder
guarantees that it is an upper bound and that there is enough room for the
encoder to terminate the stream.
Each iteration through the range coder's renormalization loop increases
nbits_total by 8.
Reading raw bits increases nbits_total by the number of raw bits read.
The whole number of bits buffered in rng may be estimated via l = ilog(rng).
ec_tell() then becomes a simple matter of removing these bits from the total.
It returns (nbits_total - l).
In a newly initialized decoder, before any symbols have been read, this reports
that 1 bit has been used.
This is the bit reserved for termination of the encoder.
ec_tell_frac() estimates the number of bits buffered in rng to fractional
precision.
Since rng must be greater than 2**23 after renormalization, l must be at least
24.
Let r = rng>>(l-16), so that 32768 <= r < 65536, an unsigned Q15
value representing the fractional part of rng.
Then the following procedure can be used to add one bit of precision to l.
First, update r = r*r>>15.
Then add the 16th bit of r to l via l = 2*l + (r>>16).
Finally, if this bit was a 1, reduce r by a factor of two via r = r>>1,
so that it once again lies in the range 32768 <= r < 65536.
This procedure is repeated three times to extend l to 1/8th bit precision.
ec_tell_frac() then returns (nbits_total*8 - l).
The decoder's LP layer uses a modified version of the SILK codec (herein simply
called "SILK"), which runs a decoded excitation signal through adaptive
long-term and short-term prediction synthesis filters.
It runs in NB, MB, and WB modes internally.
When used in a hybrid frame in SWB or FB mode, the LP layer itself still only
runs in WB mode.
Internally, the LP layer of a single Opus frame is composed of either a single
10 ms regular SILK frame or between one and three 20 ms regular SILK
frames.
A stereo Opus frame may double the number of regular SILK frames (up to a total
of six), since it includes separate frames for a mid channel and, optionally,
a side channel.
Optional Low Bit-Rate Redundancy (LBRR) frames, which are reduced-bitrate
encodings of previous SILK frames, may be included to aid in recovery from
packet loss.
If present, these appear before the regular SILK frames.
They are in most respects identical to regular, active SILK frames, except that
they are usually encoded with a lower bitrate.
This draft uses "SILK frame" to refer to either one and "regular SILK frame" if
it needs to draw a distinction between the two.
Each SILK frame is in turn composed of either two or four 5 ms subframes.
Various parameters, such as the quantization gain of the excitation and the
pitch lag and filter coefficients can vary on a subframe-by-subframe basis.
All of these frames and subframes are decoded from the same range coder, with
no padding between them.
Thus packing multiple SILK frames in a single Opus frame saves, on average,
half a byte per SILK frame.
It also allows some parameters to be predicted from prior SILK frames in the
same Opus frame, since this does not degrade packet loss robustness (beyond
any penalty for merely using fewer, larger packets to store multiple frames).
Stereo support in SILK uses a variant of mid-side coding, allowing a mono
decoder to simply decode the mid channel.
However, the data for the two channels is interleaved, so a mono decoder must
still unpack the data for the side channel.
It would be required to do so anyway for hybrid Opus frames, or to support
decoding individual 20 ms frames.
Symbol(s)PDF(s)ConditionVAD flags{1, 1}/2LBRR flag{1, 1}/2Per-frame LBRR flagsLBRR Frame(s)Regular SILK Frame(s)
Organization of the SILK layer of an Opus frame.
An overview of the decoder is given in .
The range decoder decodes the encoded parameters from the received bitstream. Output from this function includes the pulses and gains for generating the excitation signal, as well as LTP and LSF codebook indices, which are needed for decoding LTP and LPC coefficients needed for LTP and LPC synthesis filtering the excitation signal, respectively.
Pulses and gains are decoded from the parameters that were decoded by the range decoder.
When a voiced frame is decoded and LTP codebook selection and indices are received, LTP coefficients are decoded using the selected codebook by choosing the vector that corresponds to the given codebook index in that codebook. This is done for each of the four subframes.
The LPC coefficients are decoded from the LSF codebook by first adding the chosen LSF vector and the decoded LSF residual signal. The resulting LSF vector is stabilized using the same method that was used in the encoder; see
. The LSF coefficients are then converted to LPC coefficients, and passed on to the LPC synthesis filter.
The pulses signal is multiplied with the quantization gain to create the excitation signal.
For voiced speech, the excitation signal e(n) is input to an LTP synthesis filter that recreates the long-term correlation removed in the LTP analysis filter and generates an LPC excitation signal e_LPC(n), according to
using the pitch lag L, and the decoded LTP coefficients b_i.
The number of LTP coefficients is 5, and thus d = 2.
For unvoiced speech, the output signal is simply a copy of the excitation signal, i.e., e_LPC(n) = e(n).
In a similar manner, the short-term correlation that was removed in the LPC analysis filter is recreated in the LPC synthesis filter. The LPC excitation signal e_LPC(n) is filtered using the LTP coefficients a_i, according to
where d_LPC is the LPC synthesis filter order, and y(n) is the decoded output signal.
The LP layer begins with two to eight header bits, decoded in silk_Decode()
(silk_dec_API.c).
These consist of one Voice Activity Detection (VAD) bit per frame (up to 3),
followed by a single flag indicating the presence of LBRR frames.
For a stereo packet, these flags correspond to the mid channel, and a second
set of flags is included for the side channel.
Because these are the first symbols decoded by the range coder, they can be
extracted directly from the upper bits of the first byte of compressed data.
Thus, a receiver can determine if an Opus frame contains any active SILK frames
without the overhead of using the range decoder.
For Opus frames longer than 20 ms, a set of per-frame LBRR flags is
decoded for each channel that has its LBRR flag set.
For 40 ms Opus frames the 2-frame LBRR flag PDF from
is used, and for 60 ms Opus frames
the 3-frame LBRR flag PDF is used.
For each channel, the resulting 2- or 3-bit integer contains the corresponding
LBRR flag for each frame, packed in order from the LSb to the MSb.
Frame SizePDF40 ms{0, 53, 53, 150}/25660 ms{0, 41, 20, 29, 41, 15, 28, 82}/256
The LBRR frames, if present, immediately follow, one per set LBRR flag, and
prior to any regular SILK frames.
describes their exact contents.
LBRR frames do not include their own separate VAD flags.
LBRR frames are only meant to be transmitted for active speech, thus all LBRR
frames are treated as active.
In a stereo Opus frame longer than 20 ms, although all the per-frame LBRR
flags for the mid channel are coded before the per-frame LBRR flags for the
side channel, the LBRR frames themselves are interleaved.
The LBRR frame for the mid channel of a given 20 ms interval (if present)
is immediately followed by the corresponding LBRR frame for the side channel
(if present).
The regular SILK frame(s) follow the LBRR frames (if any).
describes their contents, as well.
Unlike the LBRR frames, a regular SILK frame is always coded for each time
interval in an Opus frame, even if the corresponding VAD flag is unset.
Like the LBRR frames, in stereo Opus frames longer than 20 ms, the mid and
side frames are interleaved for each 20 ms interval.
The side frame may be skipped by coding an appropriate flag, as detailed in
.
Each SILK frame includes a set of side information that encodes the frame type,
quantization type and gains, short-term prediction filter coefficients, an LSF
interpolation weight, long-term prediction filter lags and gains, and a
linear congruential generator (LCG) seed.
The quantized excitation signal follows these at the end of the frame.
details the overall organization of a
SILK frame.
Symbol(s)PDF(s)ConditionStereo Prediction WeightsMid-Only FlagFrame TypeSubframe GainsNormalized LSF Stage 1 IndexNormalized LSF Stage 2 ResidualNormalized LSF Interpolation WeightPrimary Pitch LagVoiced frameSubframe Pitch ContourVoiced framePeriodicity IndexVoiced frameLTP FilterVoiced frameLTP ScalingLCG SeedExcitation Rate LevelExcitation Pulse CountsExcitation Pulse LocationsNon-zero pulse countExcitation LSb'sExcitation Signs
Order of the symbols in an individual SILK frame.
A SILK frame corresponding to the mid channel of a stereo Opus frame begins
with a pair of side channel prediction weights, designed such that zeros
indicate normal mid-side coupling.
Since these weights can change on every frame, the first portion of each frame
linearly interpolates between the previous weights and the current ones, using
zeros for the previous weights if none are available.
These prediction weights are never included in a mono Opus frame, and the
previous weights are reset to zeros on any transition from a mono to stereo.
They are also not included in an LBRR frame for the side channel, even if the
LBRR flags indicate the corresponding mid channel was not coded.
In that case, the previous weights are used, again substituting in zeros if no
previous weights are available since the last decoder reset.
The prediction weights are coded in three separate pieces, which are decoded
by silk_stereo_decode_pred() (silk_decode_stereo_pred.c).
The first piece jointly codes the high-order part of a table index for both
weights.
The second piece codes the low-order part of each table index.
The third piece codes an offset used to linearly interpolate between table
indices.
The details are as follows.
Let n be an index decoded with the 25-element stage-1 PDF in
.
Then let i0 and i1 be indices decoded with the stage-2 and stage-3 PDFs in
, respectively, and let i2 and i3
be two more indices decoded with the stage-2 and stage-3 PDFs, all in that
order.
StagePDFStage 1{7, 2, 1, 1, 1,
10, 24, 8, 1, 1,
3, 23, 92, 23, 3,
1, 1, 8, 24, 10,
1, 1, 1, 2, 7}/256Stage 2{85, 86, 85}/256Stage 3{51, 51, 52, 51, 51}/256
Then use n, i0, and i2 to form two table indices, wi0 and wi1, according to
where the division is exact integer division.
The range of these indices is 0 to 14, inclusive.
Let w[i] be the i'th weight from .
Then the two prediction weights, w0_Q13 and w1_Q13, are
IndexWeight (Q13)0-137321-100502-82663-75264-65005-50006-29507-82088209295010500011650012752613826614100501513732
A flag appears after the stereo prediction weights that indicates if only the
mid channel is coded for this time interval.
It is omitted when there are no stereo weights, i.e., unless the SILK frame
corresponds to the mid channel of a stereo Opus frame, and it is also omitted
for an LBRR frame when the corresponding LBRR flags indicate the side channel
is present.
When present, the decoder reads a single value using the PDF in
, as implemented in
silk_stereo_decode_mid_only() (silk_decode_stereo_pred.c).
If the flag is set, then there is no corresponding SILK frame for the side
channel, the entire decoding process for the side channel is skipped, and
zeros are used during the stereo unmixing process.
As stated above, LBRR frames still include this flag when the LBRR flag
indicates that the side channel is not coded.
In that case, if this flag is zero (indicating that there should be a side
channel), then Packet Loss Concealment (PLC, see
) SHOULD be invoked to recover a
side channel signal.
PDF{192, 64}/256
Each SILK frame contains a single "frame type" symbol that jointly codes the
signal type and quantization offset type of the corresponding frame.
If the current frame is a regular SILK frame whose VAD bit was not set (an
"inactive" frame), then the frame type symbol takes on a value of either 0 or
1 and is decoded using the first PDF in .
If the frame is an LBRR frame or a regular SILK frame whose VAD flag was set
(an "active" frame), then the value of the symbol may range from 2 to 5,
inclusive, and is decoded using the second PDF in
.
translates between the value of the
frame type symbol and the corresponding signal type and quantization offset
type.
VAD FlagPDFInactive{26, 230, 0, 0, 0, 0}/256Active{0, 0, 24, 74, 148, 10}/256Frame TypeSignal TypeQuantization Offset Type0InactiveLow1InactiveHigh2UnvoicedLow3UnvoicedHigh4VoicedLow5VoicedHigh
A separate quantization gain is coded for each 5 ms subframe.
These gains control the step size between quantization levels of the excitation
signal and, therefore, the quality of the reconstruction.
They are independent of the pitch gains coded for voiced frames.
The quantization gains are themselves uniformly quantized to 6 bits on a
log scale, giving them a resolution of approximately 1.369 dB and a range
of approximately 1.94 dB to 88.21 dB.
For the first LBRR frame, an LBRR frame where the previous LBRR frame in the
same channel is not coded, or the first regular SILK frame in the current
channel of an Opus frame, the first subframe uses an independent coding
method.
In a stereo Opus frame, the mid-only flag (from
) may cause the first regular SILK frame in
the side channel to occur in a later time interval than the first regular SILK
frame in the mid channel.
The 3 most significant bits of the quantization gain are decoded using a PDF
selected from based on the
decoded signal type.
Signal TypePDFInactive{32, 112, 68, 29, 12, 1, 1, 1}/256Unvoiced{2, 17, 45, 60, 62, 47, 19, 4}/256Voiced{1, 3, 26, 71, 94, 50, 9, 2}/256
The 3 least significant bits are decoded using a uniform PDF:
PDF{32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32}/256
For all other subframes (including the first subframe of frames not listed as
using independent coding above), the quantization gain is coded relative to
the gain from the previous subframe (in the same channel).
In particular, unlike an LBRR frame where the previous frame is not coded, in a
60 ms stereo Opus frame, if the first and third regular SILK frames
in the side channel are coded, but the second is not, the first subframe of
the third frame is still coded relative to the last subframe in the first
frame.
The PDF in yields a delta gain index
between 0 and 40, inclusive.
PDF{6, 5, 11, 31, 132, 21, 8, 4,
3, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1,
1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1,
1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1,
1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1}/256
The following formula translates this index into a quantization gain for the
current subframe using the gain from the previous subframe:
silk_gains_dequant() (silk_gain_quant.c) dequantizes the gain for the
k'th subframe and converts it into a linear Q16 scale factor via
The function silk_log2lin() (silk_log2lin.c) computes an approximation of
of 2**(inLog_Q7/128.0), where inLog_Q7 is its Q7 input.
Let i = inLog_Q7>>7 be the integer part of inLogQ7 and
f = inLog_Q7&127 be the fractional part.
Then, if i < 16, then
yields the approximate exponential.
Otherwise, silk_log2lin uses
Normalized Line Spectral Frequency (LSF) coefficients follow the quantization
gains in the bitstream, and represent the Linear Predictive Coding (LPC)
coefficients for the current SILK frame.
Once decoded, the normalized LSFs form an increasing list of Q15 values between
0 and 1.
These represent the interleaved zeros on the unit circle between 0 and pi
(hence "normalized") in the standard decomposition of the LPC filter into a
symmetric part and an anti-symmetric part (P and Q in
).
Because of non-linear effects in the decoding process, an implementation SHOULD
match the fixed-point arithmetic described in this section exactly.
An encoder SHOULD also use the same process.
The normalized LSFs are coded using a two-stage vector quantizer (VQ)
( and ).
NB and MB frames use an order-10 predictor, while WB frames use an order-16
predictor, and thus have different sets of tables.
After reconstructing the normalized LSFs
(), the decoder runs them through a
stabilization process (), interpolates
them between frames (), converts them
back into LPC coefficients (), and then runs
them through further processes to limit the range of the coefficients
() and the gain of the filter
().
All of this is necessary to ensure the reconstruction process is stable.
The first VQ stage uses a 32-element codebook, coded with one of the PDFs in
, depending on the audio bandwidth and
the signal type of the current SILK frame.
This yields a single index, I1, for the entire frame.
This indexes an element in a coarse codebook, selects the PDFs for the
second stage of the VQ, and selects the prediction weights used to remove
intra-frame redundancy from the second stage.
The actual codebook elements are listed in
and
, but they are not needed until the last
stages of reconstructing the LSF coefficients.
Audio BandwidthSignal TypePDFNB or MBInactive or unvoiced
{44, 34, 30, 19, 21, 12, 11, 3,
3, 2, 16, 2, 2, 1, 5, 2,
1, 3, 3, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2,
3, 1, 9, 9, 2, 7, 2, 1}/256
NB or MBVoiced
{1, 10, 1, 8, 3, 8, 8, 14,
13, 14, 1, 14, 12, 13, 11, 11,
12, 11, 10, 10, 11, 8, 9, 8,
7, 8, 1, 1, 6, 1, 6, 5}/256
WBInactive or unvoiced
{31, 21, 3, 17, 1, 8, 17, 4,
1, 18, 16, 4, 2, 3, 1, 10,
1, 3, 16, 11, 16, 2, 2, 3,
2, 11, 1, 4, 9, 8, 7, 3}/256
WBVoiced
{1, 4, 16, 5, 18, 11, 5, 14,
15, 1, 3, 12, 13, 14, 14, 6,
14, 12, 2, 6, 1, 12, 12, 11,
10, 3, 10, 5, 1, 1, 1, 3}/256
A total of 16 PDFs are available for the LSF residual in the second stage: the
8 (a...h) for NB and MB frames given in
, and the 8 (i...p) for WB frames
given in .
Which PDF is used for which coefficient is driven by the index, I1,
decoded in the first stage.
lists the letter of the
corresponding PDF for each normalized LSF coefficient for NB and MB, and
lists the same information for WB.
CodebookPDFa{1, 1, 1, 15, 224, 11, 1, 1, 1}/256b{1, 1, 2, 34, 183, 32, 1, 1, 1}/256c{1, 1, 4, 42, 149, 55, 2, 1, 1}/256d{1, 1, 8, 52, 123, 61, 8, 1, 1}/256e{1, 3, 16, 53, 101, 74, 6, 1, 1}/256f{1, 3, 17, 55, 90, 73, 15, 1, 1}/256g{1, 7, 24, 53, 74, 67, 26, 3, 1}/256h{1, 1, 18, 63, 78, 58, 30, 6, 1}/256CodebookPDFi{1, 1, 1, 9, 232, 9, 1, 1, 1}/256j{1, 1, 2, 28, 186, 35, 1, 1, 1}/256k{1, 1, 3, 42, 152, 53, 2, 1, 1}/256l{1, 1, 10, 49, 126, 65, 2, 1, 1}/256m{1, 4, 19, 48, 100, 77, 5, 1, 1}/256n{1, 1, 14, 54, 100, 72, 12, 1, 1}/256o{1, 1, 15, 61, 87, 61, 25, 4, 1}/256p{1, 7, 21, 50, 77, 81, 17, 1, 1}/256I1Coefficient0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0a a a a a a a a a a 1b d b c c b c b b b 2c b b b b b b b b b 3b c c c c b c b b b 4c d d d d c c c c c 5a f d d c c c c b b ga c c c c c c c c b 7c d g e e e f e f f 8c e f f e f e g e e 9c e e h e f e f f e10e d d d c d c c c c11b f f g e f e f f f12c h e g f f f f f f13c h f f f f f g f e14d d f e e f e f e e15c d d f f e e e e e16c e e g e f e f f f17c f e g f f f e f e18c h e f e f e f f f19c f e g h g f g f e20d g h e g f f g e f21c h g e e e f e f f22e f f e g g f g f e23c f f g f g e g e e24e f f f d h e f f e25c d e f f g e f f e26c d c d d e c d d d27b b c c c c c d c c28e f f g g g f g e f29d f f e e e e d d c30c f d h f f e e f e31e e f e f g f g f eI1Coefficient0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 0i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i 1k l l l l l k k k k k j j j i l 2k n n l p m m n k n m n n m l l 3i k j k k j j j j j i i i i i j 4i o n m o m p n m m m n n m m l 5i l n n m l l n l l l l l l k m 6i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i 7i k o l p k n l m n n m l l k l 8i o k o o m n m o n m m n l l l 9k j i i i i i i i i i i i i i ij0i j i i i i i i i i i i i i i j11k k l m n l l l l l l l k k j l12k k l l m l l l l l l l l k j l13l m m m o m m n l n m m n m l m14i o m n m p n k o n p m m l n l15i j i j j j j j j j i i i i j i16j o n p n m n l m n m m m l l m17j l l m m l l n k l l n n n l m18k l l k k k l k j k j k j j j m19i k l n l l k k k j j i i i i i20l m l n l l k k j j j j j k k m21k o l p p m n m n l n l l k l l22k l n o o l n l m m l l l l k m23j l l m m m m l n n n l j j j j24k n l o o m p m m n l m m l l l25i o j j i i i i i i i i i i i i26i o o l n k n n l m m p p m m m27l l p l n m l l l k k l l l k l28i i j i i i k j k j j k k k j j29i l k n l l k l k j i i j i i j30l n n m p n l l k l k k j i j i31k l n l m l l l k j k o m i i i
Decoding the second stage residual proceeds as follows.
For each coefficient, the decoder reads a symbol using the PDF corresponding to
I1 from either or
, and subtracts 4 from the result
to give an index in the range -4 to 4, inclusive.
If the index is either -4 or 4, it reads a second symbol using the PDF in
, and adds the value of this second symbol
to the index, using the same sign.
This gives the index, I2[k], a total range of -10 to 10, inclusive.
PDF{156, 60, 24, 9, 4, 2, 1}/256
The decoded indices from both stages are translated back into normalized LSF
coefficients in silk_NLSF_decode() (silk_NLSF_decode.c).
The stage-2 indices represent residuals after both the first stage of the VQ
and a separate backwards-prediction step.
The backwards prediction process in the encoder subtracts a prediction from
each residual formed by a multiple of the coefficient that follows it.
The decoder must undo this process.
contains lists of prediction weights
for each coefficient.
There are two lists for NB and MB, and another two lists for WB, giving two
possible prediction weights for each coefficient.
CoefficientABCD017911617568113867148622140821606631485917660415192178725149721731176153100174857151891649081639217711891741361019615111182142121981601319214214182155
The prediction is undone using the procedure implemented in
silk_NLSF_residual_dequant() (silk_NLSF_decode.c), which is as follows.
Each coefficient selects its prediction weight from one of the two lists based
on the stage-1 index, I1.
gives the selections for each
coefficient for NB and MB, and gives
the selections for WB.
Let d_LPC be the order of the codebook, i.e., 10 for NB and MB, and 16 for WB,
and let pred_Q8[k] be the weight for the k'th coefficient selected by this
process for 0 <= k < d_LPC-1.
Then, the stage-2 residual for each coefficient is computed via
where qstep is the Q16 quantization step size, which is 11796 for NB and MB
and 9830 for WB (representing step sizes of approximately 0.18 and 0.15,
respectively).
I1Coefficient0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 0A B A A A A A A A 1B A A A A A A A A 2A A A A A A A A A 3B B B A A A A B A 4A B A A A A A A A 5A B A A A A A A A 6B A B B A A A B A 7A B B A A B B A A 8A A B B A B A B B 9A A B B A A B B B10A A A A A A A A A11A B A B B B B B A12A B A B B B B B A13A B B B B B B B A14B A B B A B B B B15A B B B B B A B A16A A B B A B A B A17A A B B B A B B B18A B B A A B B B A19A A A B B B A B A20A B B A A B A B A21A B B A A A B B A22A A A A A B B B B23A A B B A A A B B24A A A B A B B B B25A B B B B B B B A26A A A A A A A A A27A A A A A A A A A28A A B A B B A B A29A A A B A A A A A30A A A B B A B A B31B A B B A B B B BI1Coefficient0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 0C C C C C C C C C C C C C C D 1C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C 2C C D C C D D D C D D D D C C 3C C C C C C C C C C C C D C C 4C D D C D C D D C D D D D D C 5C D C C C C C C C C C C C C C 6D C C C C C C C C C C D C D C 7C D D C C C D C D D D C D C D 8C D C D D C D C D C D D D D D 9C C C C C C C C C C C C C C D10C D C C C C C C C C C C C C C11C C D C D D D D D D D C D C C12C C D C C D C D C D C C D C C13C C C C D D C D C D D D D C C14C D C C C D D C D D D C D D D15C C D D C C C C C C C C D D C16C D D C D C D D D D D C D C C17C C D C C C C D C C D D D C C18C C C C C C C C C C C C C C D19C C C C C C C C C C C C D C C20C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C21C D C D C D D C D C D C D D C22C C D D D D C D D C C D D C C23C D D C D C D C D C C C C D C24C C C D D C D C D D D D D D D25C C C C C C C C C C C C C C D26C D D C C C D D C C D D D D D27C C C C C D C D D D D C D D D28C C C C C C C C C C C C C C D29C C C C C C C C C C C C C C D30D C C C C C C C C C C D C C C31C C D C C D D D C C D C C D C
Once the stage-1 index I1 and the stage-2 residual res_Q10[] have been decoded,
the final normalized LSF coefficients can be reconstructed.
The spectral distortion introduced by the quantization of each LSF coefficient
varies, so the stage-2 residual is weighted accordingly, using the
low-complexity Inverse Harmonic Mean Weighting (IHMW) function proposed in
.
The weights are derived directly from the stage-1 codebook vector.
Let cb1_Q8[k] be the k'th entry of the stage-1 codebook vector from
or
.
Then for 0 <= k < d_LPC the following expression
computes the square of the weight as a Q18 value:
where cb1_Q8[-1] = 0 and cb1_Q8[d_LPC] = 256, and the
division is exact integer division.
This is reduced to an unsquared, Q9 value using the following square-root
approximation:
The cb1_Q8[] vector completely determines these weights, and they may be
tabulated and stored as 13-bit unsigned values (with a range of 1819 to 5227,
inclusive) to avoid computing them when decoding.
The reference implementation already requires code to compute these weights on
unquantized coefficients in the encoder, in silk_NLSF_VQ_weights_laroia()
(silk_NLSF_VQ_weights_laroia.c) and its callers, so it reuses that code in the
decoder instead of using a pre-computed table to reduce the amount of ROM
required.
I1Codebook (Q8) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9012 35 60 83 108 132 157 180 206 228115 32 55 77 101 125 151 175 201 225219 42 66 89 114 137 162 184 209 230312 25 50 72 97 120 147 172 200 223426 44 69 90 114 135 159 180 205 225513 22 53 80 106 130 156 180 205 228615 25 44 64 90 115 142 168 196 222719 24 62 82 100 120 145 168 190 214822 31 50 79 103 120 151 170 203 227921 29 45 65 106 124 150 171 196 2241030 49 75 97 121 142 165 186 209 2291119 25 52 70 93 116 143 166 192 2191226 34 62 75 97 118 145 167 194 2171325 33 56 70 91 113 143 165 196 2231421 34 51 72 97 117 145 171 196 2221520 29 50 67 90 117 144 168 197 2211622 31 48 66 95 117 146 168 196 2221724 33 51 77 116 134 158 180 200 2241821 28 70 87 106 124 149 170 194 2171926 33 53 64 83 117 152 173 204 2252027 34 65 95 108 129 155 174 210 2252120 26 72 99 113 131 154 176 200 2192234 43 61 78 93 114 155 177 205 2292323 29 54 97 124 138 163 179 209 2292430 38 56 89 118 129 158 178 200 2312521 29 49 63 85 111 142 163 193 2222627 48 77 103 133 158 179 196 215 2322729 47 74 99 124 151 176 198 220 2372833 42 61 76 93 121 155 174 207 2252929 53 87 112 136 154 170 188 208 2273024 30 52 84 131 150 166 186 203 2293137 48 64 84 104 118 156 177 201 230I1Codebook (Q8) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 150 7 23 38 54 69 85 100 116 131 147 162 178 193 208 223 239113 25 41 55 69 83 98 112 127 142 157 171 187 203 220 236215 21 34 51 61 78 92 106 126 136 152 167 185 205 225 240310 21 36 50 63 79 95 110 126 141 157 173 189 205 221 237417 20 37 51 59 78 89 107 123 134 150 164 184 205 224 240510 15 32 51 67 81 96 112 129 142 158 173 189 204 220 2366 8 21 37 51 65 79 98 113 126 138 155 168 179 192 209 218712 15 34 55 63 78 87 108 118 131 148 167 185 203 219 236816 19 32 36 56 79 91 108 118 136 154 171 186 204 220 237911 28 43 58 74 89 105 120 135 150 165 180 196 211 226 24110 6 16 33 46 60 75 92 107 123 137 156 169 185 199 214 2251111 19 30 44 57 74 89 105 121 135 152 169 186 202 218 2341212 19 29 46 57 71 88 100 120 132 148 165 182 199 216 2331317 23 35 46 56 77 92 106 123 134 152 167 185 204 222 2371414 17 45 53 63 75 89 107 115 132 151 171 188 206 221 24015 9 16 29 40 56 71 88 103 119 137 154 171 189 205 222 2371616 19 36 48 57 76 87 105 118 132 150 167 185 202 218 2361712 17 29 54 71 81 94 104 126 136 149 164 182 201 221 2371815 28 47 62 79 97 115 129 142 155 168 180 194 208 223 23819 8 14 30 45 62 78 94 111 127 143 159 175 192 207 223 2392017 30 49 62 79 92 107 119 132 145 160 174 190 204 220 2352114 19 36 45 61 76 91 108 121 138 154 172 189 205 222 2382212 18 31 45 60 76 91 107 123 138 154 171 187 204 221 2362313 17 31 43 53 70 83 103 114 131 149 167 185 203 220 2372417 22 35 42 58 78 93 110 125 139 155 170 188 206 224 24025 8 15 34 50 67 83 99 115 131 146 162 178 193 209 224 2392613 16 41 66 73 86 95 111 128 137 150 163 183 206 225 2412717 25 37 52 63 75 92 102 119 132 144 160 175 191 212 2312819 31 49 65 83 100 117 133 147 161 174 187 200 213 227 2422918 31 52 68 88 103 117 126 138 149 163 177 192 207 223 2393016 29 47 61 76 90 106 119 133 147 161 176 193 209 224 2403115 21 35 50 61 73 86 97 110 119 129 141 175 198 218 237
Given the stage-1 codebook entry cb1_Q8[], the stage-2 residual res_Q10[], and
their corresponding weights, w_Q9[], the reconstructed normalized LSF
coefficients are
where the division is exact integer division.
However, nothing in either the reconstruction process or the
quantization process in the encoder thus far guarantees that the coefficients
are monotonically increasing and separated well enough to ensure a stable
filter.
When using the reference encoder, roughly 2% of frames violate this constraint.
The next section describes a stabilization procedure used to make these
guarantees.
The normalized LSF stabilization procedure is implemented in
silk_NLSF_stabilize() (silk_NLSF_stabilize.c).
This process ensures that consecutive values of the normalized LSF
coefficients, NLSF_Q15[], are spaced some minimum distance apart
(predetermined to be the 0.01 percentile of a large training set).
gives the minimum spacings for NB and MB
and those for WB, where row k is the minimum allowed value of
NLSF_Q[k]-NLSF_Q[k-1].
For the purposes of computing this spacing for the first and last coefficient,
NLSF_Q15[-1] is taken to be 0, and NLSF_Q15[d_LPC] is taken to be 32768.
CoefficientNB and MBWB02501001332640333433533645731483149310104611111312813914715316347
The procedure starts off by trying to make small adjustments which attempt to
minimize the amount of distortion introduced.
After 20 such adjustments, it falls back to a more direct method which
guarantees the constraints are enforced but may require large adjustments.
Let NDeltaMin_Q15[k] be the minimum required spacing for the current audio
bandwidth from .
First, the procedure finds the index i where
NLSF_Q15[i] - NLSF_Q15[i-1] - NDeltaMin_Q15[i] is the
smallest, breaking ties by using the lower value of i.
If this value is non-negative, then the stabilization stops; the coefficients
satisfy all the constraints.
Otherwise, if i == 0, it sets NLSF_Q15[0] to NDeltaMin_Q15[0], and if
i == d_LPC, it sets NLSF_Q15[d_LPC-1] to
(32768 - NDeltaMin_Q15[d_LPC]).
For all other values of i, both NLSF_Q15[i-1] and NLSF_Q15[i] are updated as
follows:
Then the procedure repeats again, until it has either executed 20 times or
has stopped because the coefficients satisfy all the constraints.
After the 20th repetition of the above procedure, the following fallback
procedure executes once.
First, the values of NLSF_Q15[k] for 0 <= k < d_LPC
are sorted in ascending order.
Then for each value of k from 0 to d_LPC-1, NLSF_Q15[k] is set to
Next, for each value of k from d_LPC-1 down to 0, NLSF_Q15[k] is set to
For 20 ms SILK frames, the first half of the frame (i.e., the first two
subframes) may use normalized LSF coefficients that are interpolated between
the decoded LSFs for the most recent coded frame (in the same channel) and the
current frame.
A Q2 interpolation factor follows the LSF coefficient indices in the bitstream,
which is decoded using the PDF in .
This happens in silk_decode_indices() (silk_decode_indices.c).
For the first frame after a decoder reset, when no prior LSF coefficients are
available, the decoder still decodes this factor, but ignores its value and
always uses 4 instead.
For 10 ms SILK frames, this factor is not stored at all.
PDF{13, 22, 29, 11, 181}/256
Let n2_Q15[k] be the normalized LSF coefficients decoded by the procedure in
, n0_Q15[k] be the LSF coefficients
decoded for the prior frame, and w_Q2 be the interpolation factor.
Then the normalized LSF coefficients used for the first half of a 20 ms
frame, n1_Q15[k], are
This interpolation is performed in silk_decode_parameters()
(silk_decode_parameters.c).
Any LPC filter A(z) can be split into a symmetric part P(z) and an
anti-symmetric part Q(z) such that
with
The even normalized LSF coefficients correspond to a pair of conjugate roots of
P(z), while the odd coefficients correspond to a pair of conjugate roots of
Q(z), all of which lie on the unit circle.
In addition, P(z) has a root at pi and Q(z) has a root at 0.
Thus, they may be reconstructed mathematically from a set of normalized LSF
coefficients, n[k], as
However, SILK performs this reconstruction using a fixed-point approximation so
that all decoders can reproduce it in a bit-exact manner to avoid prediction
drift.
The function silk_NLSF2A() (silk_NLSF2A.c) implements this procedure.
To start, it approximates cos(pi*n[k]) using a table lookup with linear
interpolation.
The encoder SHOULD use the inverse of this piecewise linear approximation,
rather than the true inverse of the cosine function, when deriving the
normalized LSF coefficients.
The top 7 bits of each normalized LSF coefficient index a value in the table,
and the next 8 bits interpolate between it and the next value.
Let i = n[k]>>8 be the integer index and
f = n[k]&255 be the fractional part of a given coefficient.
Then the approximated cosine, c_Q17[k], is
where cos_Q13[i] is the corresponding entry of
.
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Given the list of cosine values, silk_NLSF2A_find_poly() (silk_NLSF2A.c)
computes the coefficients of P and Q, described here via a simple recurrence.
Let p_Q16[k][j] and q_Q16[k][j] be the coefficients of the products of the
first (k+1) root pairs for P and Q, with j indexing the coefficient number.
Only the first (k+2) coefficients are needed, as the products are symmetric.
Let p_Q16[0][0] = q_Q16[0][0] = 1<<16,
p_Q16[0][1] = -c_Q17[0], q_Q16[0][1] = -c_Q17[1], and
d2 = d_LPC/2.
As boundary conditions, assume
p_Q16[k][j] = q_Q16[k][j] = 0 for all
j < 0.
Also, assume p_Q16[k][k+2] = p_Q16[k][k] and
q_Q16[k][k+2] = q_Q16[k][k] (because of the symmetry).
Then, for 0 <k < d2 and 0 <= j <= k+1,
The use of Q17 values for the cosine terms in an otherwise Q16 expression
implicitly scales them by a factor of 2.
The multiplications in this recurrence may require up to 48 bits of precision
in the result to avoid overflow.
In practice, each row of the recurrence only depends on the previous row, so an
implementation does not need to store all of them.
silk_NLSF2A() uses the values from the last row of this recurrence to
reconstruct a 32-bit version of the LPC filter (without the leading 1.0
coefficient), a32_Q17[k], 0 <= k < d2:
The sum and difference of two terms from each of the p_Q16 and q_Q16
coefficient lists reflect the (1 + z**-1) and
(1 - z**-1) factors of P and Q, respectively.
The promotion of the expression from Q16 to Q17 implicitly scales the result
by 1/2.
The a32_Q17[] coefficients are too large to fit in a 16-bit value, which
significantly increases the cost of applying this filter in fixed-point
decoders.
Reducing them to Q12 precision doesn't incur any significant quality loss,
but still does not guarantee they will fit.
silk_NLSF2A() applies up to 10 rounds of bandwidth expansion to limit
the dynamic range of these coefficients.
Even floating-point decoders SHOULD perform these steps, to avoid mismatch.
For each round, the process first finds the index k such that abs(a32_Q17[k])
is largest, breaking ties by choosing the lowest value of k.
Then, it computes the corresponding Q12 precision value, maxabs_Q12, subject to
an upper bound to avoid overflow in subsequent computations:
If this is larger than 32767, the procedure derives the chirp factor,
sc_Q16[0], to use in the bandwidth expansion as
where the division here is exact integer division.
This is an approximation of the chirp factor needed to reduce the target
coefficient to 32767, though it is both less than 0.999 and, for
k > 0 when maxabs_Q12 is much greater than 32767, still slightly
too large.
silk_bwexpander_32() (silk_bwexpander_32.c) performs the bandwidth expansion
(again, only when maxabs_Q12 is greater than 32767) using the following
recurrence:
The first multiply may require up to 48 bits of precision in the result to
avoid overflow.
The second multiply must be unsigned to avoid overflow with only 32 bits of
precision.
The reference implementation uses a slightly more complex formulation that
avoids the 32-bit overflow using signed multiplication, but is otherwise
equivalent.
After 10 rounds of bandwidth expansion are performed, they are simply saturated
to 16 bits:
Because this performs the actual saturation in the Q12 domain, but converts the
coefficients back to the Q17 domain for the purposes of prediction gain
limiting, this step must be performed after the 10th round of bandwidth
expansion, regardless of whether or not the Q12 version of any coefficient
still overflows a 16-bit integer.
This saturation is not performed if maxabs_Q12 drops to 32767 or less prior to
the 10th round.
Even if the Q12 coefficients would fit, the resulting filter may still have a
significant gain (especially for voiced sounds), making the filter unstable.
silk_NLSF2A() applies up to 18 additional rounds of bandwidth expansion to
limit the prediction gain.
Instead of controlling the amount of bandwidth expansion using the prediction
gain itself (which may diverge to infinity for an unstable filter),
silk_NLSF2A() uses LPC_inverse_pred_gain_QA() (silk_LPC_inv_pred_gain.c)
to compute the reflection coefficients associated with the filter.
The filter is stable if and only if the magnitude of these coefficients is
sufficiently less than one.
The reflection coefficients, rc[k], can be computed using a simple Levinson
recurrence, initialized with the LPC coefficients
a[d_LPC-1][n] = a[n], and then updated via
However, LPC_inverse_pred_gain_QA() approximates this using fixed-point
arithmetic to guarantee reproducible results across platforms and
implementations.
It is important to run on the real Q12 coefficients that will be used during
reconstruction, because small changes in the coefficients can make a stable
filter unstable, but increasing the precision back to Q16 allows more accurate
computation of the reflection coefficients.
Thus, let
be the Q16 representation of the Q12 version of the LPC coefficients that will
eventually be used.
Then for each k from d_LPC-1 down to 0, if
abs(a32_Q16[k][k]) > 65520, the filter is unstable and the
recurrence stops.
Otherwise, the row k-1 of a32_Q16 is computed from row k as
Here, rc_Q30[k] are the reflection coefficients.
div_Q30[k] is the denominator for each iteration, and mul_Q16[k] is its
multiplicative inverse.
inv_Qb1[k], which ranges from 16384 to 32767, is a low-precision version of
that inverse (with b1[k] fractional bits, where b1[k] ranges from 3 to 14).
err_Q29[k] is the residual error, ranging from -32392 to 32763, which is used
to improve the accuracy.
t_Q16[k-1][n], 0 <= n < k, are the numerators for the
next row of coefficients in the recursion, and a32_Q16[k-1][n] is the final
version of that row.
Every multiply in this procedure except the one used to compute mul_Q16[k]
requires more than 32 bits of precision, but otherwise all intermediate
results fit in 32 bits or less.
In practice, because each row only depends on the next one, an implementation
does not need to store them all.
If abs(a32_Q16[k][k]) <= 65520 for
0 <= k < d_LPC, then the filter is considered stable.
On round i, 1 <= i <= 18, if the filter passes this
stability check, then this procedure stops, and the final LPC coefficients to
use for reconstruction are
Otherwise, a round of bandwidth expansion is applied using the same procedure
as in , with
If, after the 18th round, the filter still fails the stability check, then
a_Q12[k] is set to 0 for all k.
After the normalized LSF indices and, for 20 ms frames, the LSF
interpolation index, voiced frames (see )
include additional Long-Term Prediction (LTP) parameters.
There is one primary lag index for each SILK frame, but this is refined to
produce a separate lag index per subframe using a vector quantizer.
Each subframe also gets its own prediction gain coefficient.
The primary lag index is coded either relative to the primary lag of the prior
frame or as an absolute index.
Like the quantization gains, the first LBRR frame, an LBRR frame where the
previous LBRR frame was not coded, and the first regular SILK frame in each
channel of an Opus frame all code the pitch lag as an absolute index.
When the most recent coded frame in the current channel was not voiced, this
also forces absolute coding.
In particular, unlike an LBRR frame where the previous frame is not coded, in a
60 ms stereo Opus frame, if the first and third regular SILK frames
in the side channel are coded, voiced frames, but the second is not coded, the
third still uses relative coding.
With absolute coding, the primary pitch lag may range from 2 ms
(inclusive) up to 18 ms (exclusive), corresponding to pitches from
500 Hz down to 55.6 Hz, respectively.
It is comprised of a high part and a low part, where the decoder reads the high
part using the 32-entry codebook in
and the low part using the codebook corresponding to the current audio
bandwidth from .
The final primary pitch lag is then
where lag_high is the high part, lag_low is the low part, and lag_scale
and lag_min are the values from the "Scale" and "Minimum Lag" columns of
, respectively.
PDF{3, 3, 6, 11, 21, 30, 32, 19,
11, 10, 12, 13, 13, 12, 11, 9,
8, 7, 6, 4, 2, 2, 2, 1,
1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1}/256Audio BandwidthPDFScaleMinimum LagMaximum LagNB{64, 64, 64, 64}/256416144MB{43, 42, 43, 43, 42, 43}/256624216WB{32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32}/256832288
All frames that do not use absolute coding for the primary lag index use
relative coding instead.
The decoder reads a single delta value using the 21-entry PDF in
.
If the resulting value is zero, it falls back to the absolute coding procedure
from the prior paragraph.
Otherwise, the final primary pitch lag is then
where lag_prev is the primary pitch lag from the most recent frame in the same
channel and delta_lag_index is the value just decoded.
This allows a per-frame change in the pitch lag of -8 to +11 samples.
The decoder does no clamping at this point, so this value can fall outside the
range of 2 ms to 18 ms, and the decoder must use this unclamped
value when using relative coding in the next SILK frame (if any).
However, because an Opus frame can use relative coding for at most two
consecutive SILK frames, integer overflow should not be an issue.
PDF{46, 2, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 15,
26, 38, 30, 22, 15, 10, 7, 6,
4, 4, 2, 2, 2}/256
After the primary pitch lag, a "pitch contour", stored as a single entry from
one of four small VQ codebooks, gives lag offsets for each subframe in the
current SILK frame.
The codebook index is decoded using one of the PDFs in
depending on the current frame size
and audio bandwidth.
through
give the corresponding offsets
to apply to the primary pitch lag for each subframe given the decoded codebook
index.
Audio BandwidthSILK Frame SizeCodebook SizePDFNB10 ms3{143, 50, 63}/256NB20 ms11{68, 12, 21, 17, 19, 22, 30, 24,
17, 16, 10}/256MB or WB10 ms12{91, 46, 39, 19, 14, 12, 8, 7,
6, 5, 5, 4}/256MB or WB20 ms34{33, 22, 18, 16, 15, 14, 14, 13,
13, 10, 9, 9, 8, 6, 6, 6,
5, 4, 4, 4, 3, 3, 3, 2,
2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1,
1, 1}/256IndexSubframe Offsets0 0 01 1 02 0 1IndexSubframe Offsets0 0 0 0 01 2 1 0 -12-1 0 1 23-1 0 0 14-1 0 0 05 0 0 0 16 0 0 1 17 1 1 0 08 1 0 0 09 0 0 0 -110 1 0 0 -1IndexSubframe Offsets0 0 01 0 12 1 03-1 14 1 -15-1 26 2 -17-2 28 2 -29-2 310 3 -211-3 3IndexSubframe Offsets0 0 0 0 01 0 0 1 12 1 1 0 03-1 0 0 04 0 0 0 15 1 0 0 06-1 0 0 17 0 0 0 -18-1 0 1 29 1 0 0 -110-2 -1 1 211 2 1 0 -112-2 0 0 213-2 0 1 314 2 1 -1 -215-3 -1 1 316 2 0 0 -217 3 1 0 -218-3 -1 2 419-4 -1 1 420 3 1 -1 -321-4 -1 2 522 4 2 -1 -323 4 1 -1 -424-5 -1 2 625 5 2 -1 -426-6 -2 2 627-5 -2 2 528 6 2 -1 -529-7 -2 3 830 6 2 -2 -631 5 2 -2 -532 8 3 -2 -733-9 -3 3 9
The final pitch lag for each subframe is assembled in silk_decode_pitch()
(silk_decode_pitch.c).
Let lag be the primary pitch lag for the current SILK frame, contour_index be
index of the VQ codebook, and lag_cb[contour_index][k] be the corresponding
entry of the codebook from the appropriate table given above for the k'th
subframe.
Then the final pitch lag for that subframe is
where lag_min and lag_max are the values from the "Minimum Lag" and
"Maximum Lag" columns of ,
respectively.
SILK can use a separate 5-tap pitch filter for each subframe.
It selects the filter to use from one of three codebooks.
The three codebooks each represent different rate-distortion trade-offs, with
average rates of 1.61 bits/subframe, 3.68 bits/subframe, and
4.85 bits/subframe, respectively.
The importance of the filter coefficients generally depends on two factors: the
periodicity of the signal and relative energy between the current subframe and
the signal from one period earlier.
Greater periodicity and decaying energy both lead to more important filter
coefficients, and thus should be coded with lower distortion and higher rate.
These properties are relatively stable over the duration of a single SILK
frame, hence all of the subframes in a SILK frame must choose their filter
from the same codebook.
This is signaled with an explicitly-coded "periodicity index".
This immediately follows the subframe pitch lags, and is coded using the
3-entry PDF from .
PDF{77, 80, 99}/256
The index of the filter to use for each subframe follows.
They are all coded using the PDF from
corresponding to the periodicity index.
through
contain the corresponding filter taps
as signed Q7 integers.
Periodicity IndexCodebook SizePDF08{185, 15, 13, 13, 9, 9, 6, 6}/256116{57, 34, 21, 20, 15, 13, 12, 13,
10, 10, 9, 10, 9, 8, 7, 8}/256232{15, 16, 14, 12, 12, 12, 11, 11,
11, 10, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8,
8, 8, 7, 7, 6, 6, 5, 4,
5, 4, 4, 4, 3, 4, 3, 2}/256IndexFilter Taps (Q7)0 4 6 24 7 51 0 0 2 0 02 12 28 41 13 -43 -9 15 42 25 144 1 -2 62 41 -95-10 37 65 -4 36 -6 4 66 7 -87 16 14 38 -3 33IndexFilter Taps (Q7)0 13 22 39 23 121 -1 36 64 27 -62 -7 10 55 43 173 1 1 8 1 14 6 -11 74 53 -95-12 55 76 -12 86 -3 3 93 27 -47 26 39 59 3 -88 2 0 77 11 99 -8 22 44 -6 710 40 9 26 3 911 -7 20 101 -7 412 3 -8 42 26 013-15 33 68 2 2314 -2 55 46 -2 1515 3 -1 21 16 41IndexFilter Taps (Q7)0 -6 27 61 39 51-11 42 88 4 12 -2 60 65 6 -43 -1 -5 73 56 14 -9 19 94 29 -95 0 12 99 6 46 8 -19 102 46 -137 3 2 13 3 28 9 -21 84 72 -189-11 46 104 -22 810 18 38 48 23 011-16 70 83 -21 1112 5 -11 117 22 -813 -6 23 117 -12 314 3 -8 95 28 415-10 15 77 60 -1516 -1 4 124 2 -417 3 38 84 24 -2518 2 13 42 13 3119 21 -4 56 46 -120 -1 35 79 -13 1921 -7 65 88 -9 -1422 20 4 81 49 -2923 20 0 75 3 -1724 5 -9 44 92 -825 1 -3 22 69 3126 -6 95 41 -12 527 39 67 16 -4 128 0 -6 120 55 -3629-13 44 122 4 -2430 81 5 11 3 731 2 0 9 10 88
In some circumstances an LTP scaling parameter appears after the LTP filter
coefficients.
This allows the encoder to trade off the prediction gain between
packets against the recovery time after packet loss.
Like the quantization gains, only the first LBRR frame in an Opus frame,
an LBRR frame where the prior LBRR frame was not coded, and the first regular
SILK frame in each channel of an Opus frame include this field, and, like all
of the other LTP parameters, only for frames that are also voiced.
Unlike absolute-coding for pitch lags, a regular SILK frame other than the
first one in a channel will not include this field even if the prior frame was
not voiced.
If present, the value is coded using the 3-entry PDF in
.
The three possible values represent Q14 scale factors of 15565, 12288, and
8192, respectively (corresponding to approximately 0.95, 0.75, and 0.5).
Frames that do not code the scaling parameter use the default factor of 15565
(approximately 0.95).
PDF{128, 64, 64}/256
SILK uses a linear congruential generator (LCG) to inject pseudorandom noise
into the quantized excitation.
To ensure synchronization of this process between the encoder and decoder, each
SILK frame stores a 2-bit seed after the LTP parameters (if any).
The encoder may consider the choice of this seed during quantization, meaning
the flexibility to choose the LCG seed can reduce distortion.
The seed is decoded with the uniform 4-entry PDF in
, yielding a value between 0 and 3, inclusive.
PDF{64, 64, 64, 64}/256
SILK codes the excitation using a modified version of the Pyramid Vector
Quantization (PVQ) codebook .
The PVQ codebook is designed for Laplace-distributed values and consists of all
sums of K signed, unit pulses in a vector of dimension N, where two pulses at
the same position are required to have the same sign.
Thus the codebook includes all integer codevectors y of dimension N that
satisfy
Unlike regular PVQ, SILK uses a variable-length, rather than fixed-length,
encoding.
This encoding is better suited to the more Gaussian-like distribution of the
coefficient magnitudes and the non-uniform distribution of their signs (caused
by the quantization offset described below).
SILK also handles large codebooks by coding the least significant bits (LSb's)
of each coefficient directly.
This adds a small coding efficiency loss, but greatly reduces the computation
time and ROM size required for decoding, as implemented in
silk_decode_pulses() (silk_decode_pulses.c).
SILK fixes the dimension of the codebook to N = 16.
The excitation is made up of a number of "shell blocks", each 16 samples in
size.
lists the number of shell blocks
required for a SILK frame for each possible audio bandwidth and frame size.
10 ms MB frames nominally contain 120 samples (10 ms at
12 kHz), which is not a multiple of 16.
This is handled by coding 8 shell blocks (128 samples) and discarding the final
8 samples of the last block.
The decoder contains no special case that prevents an encoder from placing
pulses in these samples, and they must be correctly parsed from the bitstream
if present, but they are otherwise ignored.
Audio BandwidthFrame SizeNumber of Shell BlocksNB10 ms5MB10 ms8WB10 ms10NB20 ms10MB20 ms15WB20 ms20
The first symbol in the excitation is a "rate level", which is an index from 0
to 8, inclusive, coded using the PDF in
corresponding to the signal type of the current frame (from
).
The rate level selects the PDF used to decode the number of pulses in
the individual shell blocks.
It does not directly convey any information about the bitrate or the number of
pulses itself, but merely changes the probability of the symbols in
.
Level 0 provides a more efficient encoding at low rates generally, and
level 8 provides a more efficient encoding at high rates generally,
though the most efficient level for a particular SILK frame may depend on the
exact distribution of the coded symbols.
An encoder should, but is not required to, use the most efficient rate level.
Signal TypePDFInactive or Unvoiced{15, 51, 12, 46, 45, 13, 33, 27, 14}/256Voiced{33, 30, 36, 17, 34, 49, 18, 21, 18}/256
The total number of pulses in each of the shell blocks follows the rate level.
The pulse counts for all of the shell blocks are coded consecutively, before
the content of any of the blocks.
Each block may have anywhere from 0 to 16 pulses, inclusive, coded using the
18-entry PDF in corresponding to the
rate level from .
The special value 17 indicates that this block has one or more additional
LSb's to decode for each coefficient.
If the decoder encounters this value, it decodes another value for the actual
pulse count of the block, but uses the PDF corresponding to the special rate
level 9 instead of the normal rate level.
This process repeats until the decoder reads a value less than 17, and it then
sets the number of extra LSb's used to the number of 17's decoded for that
block.
If it reads the value 17 ten times, then the next iteration uses the special
rate level 10 instead of 9.
The probability of decoding a 17 when using the PDF for rate level 10 is
zero, ensuring that the number of LSb's for a block will not exceed 10.
The cumulative distribution for rate level 10 is just a shifted version of
that for 9 and thus does not require any additional storage.
Rate LevelPDF0{131, 74, 25, 8, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1}/2561{58, 93, 60, 23, 7, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1}/2562{43, 51, 46, 33, 24, 16, 11, 8, 6, 3, 3, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2}/2563{17, 52, 71, 57, 31, 12, 5, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1}/2564{6, 21, 41, 53, 49, 35, 21, 11, 6, 3, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1}/2565{7, 14, 22, 28, 29, 28, 25, 20, 17, 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, 4, 4, 3, 10}/2566{2, 5, 14, 29, 42, 46, 41, 31, 19, 11, 6, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1}/2567{1, 2, 4, 10, 19, 29, 35, 37, 34, 28, 20, 14, 8, 5, 4, 2, 2, 2}/2568{1, 2, 2, 5, 9, 14, 20, 24, 27, 28, 26, 23, 20, 15, 11, 8, 6, 15}/2569{1, 1, 1, 6, 27, 58, 56, 39, 25, 14, 10, 6, 3, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2}/25610{2, 1, 6, 27, 58, 56, 39, 25, 14, 10, 6, 3, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 0}/256
The locations of the pulses in each shell block follows the pulse counts,
as decoded by silk_shell_decoder() (silk_shell_coder.c).
As with the pulse counts, these locations are coded for all the shell blocks
before any of the remaining information for each block.
Unlike many other codecs, SILK places no restriction on the distribution of
pulses within a shell block.
All of the pulses may be placed in a single location, or each one in a unique
location, or anything in between.
The location of pulses is coded by recursively partitioning each block into
halves, and coding how many pulses fall on the left side of the split.
All remaining pulses must fall on the right side of the split.
The process then recurses into the left half, and after that returns, the
right half (preorder traversal).
The PDF to use is chosen by the size of the current partition (16, 8, 4, or 2)
and the number of pulses in the partition (1 to 16, inclusive).
through
list the PDFs used for each partition
size and pulse count.
This process skips partitions without any pulses, i.e., where the initial pulse
count from was zero, or where the split in
the prior level indicated that all of the pulses fell on the other side.
These partitions have nothing to code, so they require no PDF.
Pulse CountPDF1{126, 130}/2562{56, 142, 58}/2563{25, 101, 104, 26}/2564{12, 60, 108, 64, 12}/2565{7, 35, 84, 87, 37, 6}/2566{4, 20, 59, 86, 63, 21, 3}/2567{3, 12, 38, 72, 75, 42, 12, 2}/2568{2, 8, 25, 54, 73, 59, 27, 7, 1}/2569{2, 5, 17, 39, 63, 65, 42, 18, 4, 1}/25610{1, 4, 12, 28, 49, 63, 54, 30, 11, 3, 1}/25611{1, 4, 8, 20, 37, 55, 57, 41, 22, 8, 2, 1}/25612{1, 3, 7, 15, 28, 44, 53, 48, 33, 16, 6, 1, 1}/25613{1, 2, 6, 12, 21, 35, 47, 48, 40, 25, 12, 5, 1, 1}/25614{1, 1, 4, 10, 17, 27, 37, 47, 43, 33, 21, 9, 4, 1, 1}/25615{1, 1, 1, 8, 14, 22, 33, 40, 43, 38, 28, 16, 8, 1, 1, 1}/25616{1, 1, 1, 1, 13, 18, 27, 36, 41, 41, 34, 24, 14, 1, 1, 1, 1}/256Pulse CountPDF1{127, 129}/2562{53, 149, 54}/2563{22, 105, 106, 23}/2564{11, 61, 111, 63, 10}/2565{6, 35, 86, 88, 36, 5}/2566{4, 20, 59, 87, 62, 21, 3}/2567{3, 13, 40, 71, 73, 41, 13, 2}/2568{3, 9, 27, 53, 70, 56, 28, 9, 1}/2569{3, 8, 19, 37, 57, 61, 44, 20, 6, 1}/25610{3, 7, 15, 28, 44, 54, 49, 33, 17, 5, 1}/25611{1, 7, 13, 22, 34, 46, 48, 38, 28, 14, 4, 1}/25612{1, 1, 11, 22, 27, 35, 42, 47, 33, 25, 10, 1, 1}/25613{1, 1, 6, 14, 26, 37, 43, 43, 37, 26, 14, 6, 1, 1}/25614{1, 1, 4, 10, 20, 31, 40, 42, 40, 31, 20, 10, 4, 1, 1}/25615{1, 1, 3, 8, 16, 26, 35, 38, 38, 35, 26, 16, 8, 3, 1, 1}/25616{1, 1, 2, 6, 12, 21, 30, 36, 38, 36, 30, 21, 12, 6, 2, 1, 1}/256Pulse CountPDF1{127, 129}/2562{49, 157, 50}/2563{20, 107, 109, 20}/2564{11, 60, 113, 62, 10}/2565{7, 36, 84, 87, 36, 6}/2566{6, 24, 57, 82, 60, 23, 4}/2567{5, 18, 39, 64, 68, 42, 16, 4}/2568{6, 14, 29, 47, 61, 52, 30, 14, 3}/2569{1, 15, 23, 35, 51, 50, 40, 30, 10, 1}/25610{1, 1, 21, 32, 42, 52, 46, 41, 18, 1, 1}/25611{1, 6, 16, 27, 36, 42, 42, 36, 27, 16, 6, 1}/25612{1, 5, 12, 21, 31, 38, 40, 38, 31, 21, 12, 5, 1}/25613{1, 3, 9, 17, 26, 34, 38, 38, 34, 26, 17, 9, 3, 1}/25614{1, 3, 7, 14, 22, 29, 34, 36, 34, 29, 22, 14, 7, 3, 1}/25615{1, 2, 5, 11, 18, 25, 31, 35, 35, 31, 25, 18, 11, 5, 2, 1}/25616{1, 1, 4, 9, 15, 21, 28, 32, 34, 32, 28, 21, 15, 9, 4, 1, 1}/256Pulse CountPDF1{128, 128}/2562{42, 172, 42}/2563{21, 107, 107, 21}/2564{12, 60, 112, 61, 11}/2565{8, 34, 86, 86, 35, 7}/2566{8, 23, 55, 90, 55, 20, 5}/2567{5, 15, 38, 72, 72, 36, 15, 3}/2568{6, 12, 27, 52, 77, 47, 20, 10, 5}/2569{6, 19, 28, 35, 40, 40, 35, 28, 19, 6}/25610{4, 14, 22, 31, 37, 40, 37, 31, 22, 14, 4}/25611{3, 10, 18, 26, 33, 38, 38, 33, 26, 18, 10, 3}/25612{2, 8, 13, 21, 29, 36, 38, 36, 29, 21, 13, 8, 2}/25613{1, 5, 10, 17, 25, 32, 38, 38, 32, 25, 17, 10, 5, 1}/25614{1, 4, 7, 13, 21, 29, 35, 36, 35, 29, 21, 13, 7, 4, 1}/25615{1, 2, 5, 10, 17, 25, 32, 36, 36, 32, 25, 17, 10, 5, 2, 1}/25616{1, 2, 4, 7, 13, 21, 28, 34, 36, 34, 28, 21, 13, 7, 4, 2, 1}/256
After the decoder reads the pulse locations for all blocks, it reads the LSb's
(if any) for each block in turn.
Inside each block, it reads all the LSb's for each coefficient in turn, even
those where no pulses were allocated, before proceeding to the next one.
They are coded from most significant to least significant, and they all use the
PDF in .
PDF{136, 120}/256
The number of LSb's read for each coefficient in a block is determined in
.
The magnitude of the coefficient is initially equal to the number of pulses
placed at that location in .
As each LSb is decoded, the magnitude is doubled, and then the value of the LSb
added to it, to obtain an updated magnitude.
After decoding the pulse locations and the LSb's, the decoder knows the
magnitude of each coefficient in the excitation.
It then decodes a sign for all coefficients with a non-zero magnitude, using
one of the PDFs from .
If the value decoded is 0, then the coefficient magnitude is negated.
Otherwise, it remains positive.
The decoder chooses the PDF for the sign based on the signal type and
quantization offset type (from ) and the
number of pulses in the block (from ).
The number of pulses in the block does not take into account any LSb's.
If a block has no pulses, even if it has some LSb's (and thus may have some
non-zero coefficients), then no signs are decoded.
In that case, any non-zero coefficients use a positive sign.
Signal TypeQuantization Offset TypePulse CountPDFInactiveLow1{207, 49}/256InactiveLow2{189, 67}/256InactiveLow3{179, 77}/256InactiveLow4{174, 82}/256InactiveLow5{163, 93}/256InactiveLow6 or more{157, 99}/256InactiveHigh1{245, 11}/256InactiveHigh2{238, 18}/256InactiveHigh3{232, 24}/256InactiveHigh4{225, 31}/256InactiveHigh5{220, 36}/256InactiveHigh6 or more{211, 45}/256UnvoicedLow1{210, 46}/256UnvoicedLow2{190, 66}/256UnvoicedLow3{178, 78}/256UnvoicedLow4{169, 87}/256UnvoicedLow5{162, 94}/256UnvoicedLow6 or more{152, 104}/256UnvoicedHigh1{242, 14}/256UnvoicedHigh2{235, 21}/256UnvoicedHigh3{224, 32}/256UnvoicedHigh4{214, 42}/256UnvoicedHigh5{205, 51}/256UnvoicedHigh6 or more{190, 66}/256VoicedLow1{162, 94}/256VoicedLow2{152, 104}/256VoicedLow3{147, 109}/256VoicedLow4{144, 112}/256VoicedLow5{141, 115}/256VoicedLow6 or more{138, 118}/256VoicedHigh1{203, 53}/256VoicedHigh2{187, 69}/256VoicedHigh3{176, 80}/256VoicedHigh4{168, 88}/256VoicedHigh5{161, 95}/256VoicedHigh6 or more{154, 102}/256
The CELT layer is decoded based on the following symbols and sets of symbols:
Symbol(s)PDFConditionsilence{32767, 1}/32768post-filter{1, 1}/2octaveuniform (6)post-filterperiodraw bits (4+octave)post-filtergainraw bits (3)post-filtertapset{2, 1, 1}/4post-filtertransient{7, 1}/8intra{7, 1}/8coarse energytf_changetf_select{1, 1}/2spread{7, 2, 21, 2}/32dyn. alloc.alloc. trim{2, 2, 5, 10, 22, 46, 22, 10, 5, 2, 2}/128skip{1, 1}/2intensityuniformdual{1, 1}/2fine energyresidualanti-collapse{1, 1}/2finalizeOrder of the symbols in the CELT section of the bitstream.
The decoder extracts information from the range-coded bitstream in the order
described in the figure above. In some circumstances, it is
possible for a decoded value to be out of range due to a very small amount of redundancy
in the encoding of large integers by the range coder.
In that case, the decoder should assume there has been an error in the coding,
decoding, or transmission and SHOULD take measures to conceal the error and/or report
to the application that a problem has occurred.
The "transient" flag encoded in the bitstream has a probability of 1/8.
When it is set, then the MDCT coefficients represent multiple
short MDCTs in the frame. When not set, the coefficients represent a single
long MDCT for the frame. In addition to the global transient flag is a per-band
binary flag to change the time-frequency (tf) resolution independently in each band. The
change in tf resolution is defined in tf_select_table[][] in celt.c and depends
on the frame size, whether the transient flag is set, and the value of tf_select.
The tf_select flag uses a 1/2 probability, but is only decoded
if it can have an impact on the result knowing the value of all per-band
tf_change flags.
It is important to quantize the energy with sufficient resolution because
any energy quantization error cannot be compensated for at a later
stage. Regardless of the resolution used for encoding the shape of a band,
it is perceptually important to preserve the energy in each band. CELT uses a
three-step coarse-fine-fine strategy for encoding the energy in the base-2 log
domain, as implemented in quant_bands.c
Coarse quantization of the energy uses a fixed resolution of 6 dB
(integer part of base-2 log). To minimize the bitrate, prediction is applied
both in time (using the previous frame) and in frequency (using the previous
bands). The part of the prediction that is based on the
previous frame can be disabled, creating an "intra" frame where the energy
is coded without reference to prior frames. The decoder first reads the intra flag
to determine what prediction is used.
The 2-D z-transform of
the prediction filter is:
where b is the band index and l is the frame index. The prediction coefficients
applied depend on the frame size in use when not using intra energy and are alpha=0, beta=4915/32768
when using intra energy.
The time-domain prediction is based on the final fine quantization of the previous
frame, while the frequency domain (within the current frame) prediction is based
on coarse quantization only (because the fine quantization has not been computed
yet). The prediction is clamped internally so that fixed point implementations with
limited dynamic range do not suffer desynchronization.
We approximate the ideal
probability distribution of the prediction error using a Laplace distribution
with separate parameters for each frame size in intra- and inter-frame modes. The
coarse energy quantization is performed by unquant_coarse_energy() and
unquant_coarse_energy_impl() (quant_bands.c). The encoding of the Laplace-distributed values is
implemented in ec_laplace_decode() (laplace.c).
The number of bits assigned to fine energy quantization in each band is determined
by the bit allocation computation described in .
Let B_i be the number of fine energy bits
for band i; the refinement is an integer f in the range [0,2**B_i-1]. The mapping between f
and the correction applied to the coarse energy is equal to (f+1/2)/2**B_i - 1/2. Fine
energy quantization is implemented in quant_fine_energy() (quant_bands.c).
When some bits are left "unused" after all other flags have been decoded, these bits
are assigned to a "final" step of fine allocation. In effect, these bits are used
to add one extra fine energy bit per band per channel. The allocation process
determines two "priorities" for the final fine bits.
Any remaining bits are first assigned only to bands of priority 0, starting
from band 0 and going up. If all bands of priority 0 have received one bit per
channel, then bands of priority 1 are assigned an extra bit per channel,
starting from band 0. If any bits are left after this, they are left unused.
This is implemented in unquant_energy_finalise() (quant_bands.c).
Many codecs transmit significant amounts of side information for
the purpose of controlling bit allocation within a frame. Often this
side information controls bit usage indirectly and must be carefully
selected to achieve the desired rate constraints.The band-energy normalized structure of Opus MDCT mode ensures that a
constant bit allocation for the shape content of a band will result in a
roughly constant tone to noise ratio, which provides for fairly consistent
perceptual performance. The effectiveness of this approach is the result of
two factors: that the band energy, which is understood to be perceptually
important on its own, is always preserved regardless of the shape precision, and because
the constant tone-to-noise ratio implies a constant intra-band noise to masking ratio.
Intra-band masking is the strongest of the perceptual masking effects. This structure
means that the ideal allocation is more consistent from frame to frame than
it is for other codecs without an equivalent structure.Because the bit allocation is used to drive the decoding of the range-coder
stream, it MUST be recovered exactly so that identical coding decisions are
made in the encoder and decoder. Any deviation from the reference's resulting
bit allocation will result in corrupted output, though implementers are
free to implement the procedure in any way which produces identical results.Because all of the information required to decode a frame must be derived
from that frame alone in order to retain robustness to packet loss, the
overhead of explicitly signaling the allocation would be considerable,
especially for low-latency (small frame size) applications,
even though the allocation is relatively static.For this reason, in the MDCT mode Opus uses a primarily implicit bit
allocation. The available bitstream capacity is known in advance to both
the encoder and decoder without additional signaling, ultimately from the
packet sizes expressed by a higher-level protocol. Using this information
the codec interpolates an allocation from a hard-coded table.While the band-energy structure effectively models intra-band masking,
it ignores the weaker inter-band masking, band-temporal masking, and
other less significant perceptual effects. While these effects can
often be ignored, they can become significant for particular samples. One
mechanism available to encoders would be to simply increase the overall
rate for these frames, but this is not possible in a constant rate mode
and can be fairly inefficient. As a result three explicitly signaled
mechanisms are provided to alter the implicit allocation:Band boostAllocation trimBand skippingThe first of these mechanisms, band boost, allows an encoder to boost
the allocation in specific bands. The second, allocation trim, works by
biasing the overall allocation towards higher or lower frequency bands. The third, band
skipping, selects which low-precision high frequency bands
will be allocated no shape bits at all.In stereo mode there are two additional parameters
potentially coded as part of the allocation procedure: a parameter to allow the
selective elimination of allocation for the 'side' in jointly coded bands,
and a flag to deactivate joint coding. These values are not signaled if
they would be meaningless in the overall context of the allocation.Because every signaled adjustment increases overhead and implementation
complexity, none were included speculatively: the reference encoder makes use
of all of these mechanisms. While the decision logic in the reference was
found to be effective enough to justify the overhead and complexity, further
analysis techniques may be discovered which increase the effectiveness of these
parameters. As with other signaled parameters, an encoder is free to choose the
values in any manner, but unless a technique is known to deliver superior
perceptual results the methods used by the reference implementation should be
used.The allocation process consists of the following steps: determining the per-band
maximum allocation vector, decoding the boosts, decoding the tilt, determining
the remaining capacity of the frame, searching the mode table for the
entry nearest but not exceeding the available space (subject to the tilt, boosts, band
maximums, and band minimums), linear interpolation, reallocation of
unused bits with concurrent skip decoding, determination of the
fine-energy vs. shape split, and final reallocation. This process results
in a per-band shape allocation (in 1/8th bit units), a per-band fine-energy
allocation (in 1 bit per channel units), a set of band priorities for
controlling the use of remaining bits at the end of the frame, and a
remaining balance of unallocated space, which is usually zero except
at very high rates.The maximum allocation vector is an approximation of the maximum space
that can be used by each band for a given mode. The value is
approximate because the shape encoding is variable rate (due
to entropy coding of splitting parameters). Setting the maximum too low reduces the
maximum achievable quality in a band while setting it too high
may result in waste: bitstream capacity available at the end
of the frame which can not be put to any use. The maximums
specified by the codec reflect the average maximum. In the reference
the maximums are provided in partially computed form, in order to fit in less
memory as a static table (XXX cache.caps). Implementations are expected
to simply use the same table data, but the procedure for generating
this table is included in rate.c as part of compute_pulse_cache().To convert the values in cache.caps into the actual maximums: first
set nbBands to the maximum number of bands for this mode, and stereo to
zero if stereo is not in use and one otherwise. For each band set N
to the number of MDCT bins covered by the band (for one channel), set LM
to the shift value for the frame size (e.g. 0 for 120, 1 for 240, 3 for 480),
then set i to nbBands*(2*LM+stereo). Then set the maximum for the band to
the i-th index of cache.caps + 64 and multiply by the number of channels
in the current frame (one or two) and by N, then divide the result by 4
using truncating integer division. The resulting vector will be called
cap[]. The elements fit in signed 16-bit integers but do not fit in 8 bits.
This procedure is implemented in the reference in the function init_caps() in celt.c.
The band boosts are represented by a series of binary symbols which
are coded with very low probability. Each band can potentially be boosted
multiple times, subject to the frame actually having enough room to obey
the boost and having enough room to code the boost symbol. The default
coding cost for a boost starts out at six bits, but subsequent boosts
in a band cost only a single bit and every time a band is boosted the
initial cost is reduced (down to a minimum of two). Since the initial
cost of coding a boost is 6 bits, the coding cost of the boost symbols when
completely unused is 0.48 bits/frame for a 21 band mode (21*-log2(1-1/2**6)).To decode the band boosts: First set 'dynalloc_logp' to 6, the initial
amount of storage required to signal a boost in bits, 'total_bits' to the
size of the frame in 8th bits, 'total_boost' to zero, and 'tell' to the total number
of 8th bits decoded
so far. For each band from the coding start (0 normally, but 17 in hybrid mode)
to the coding end (which changes depending on the signaled bandwidth): set 'width'
to the number of MDCT bins in this band for all channels. Take the larger of width
and 64, then the minimum of that value and the width times eight and set 'quanta'
to the result. This represents a boost step size of six bits subject to limits
of 1/bit/sample and 1/8th bit/sample. Set 'boost' to zero and 'dynalloc_loop_logp'
to dynalloc_logp. While dynalloc_loop_log (the current worst case symbol cost) in
8th bits plus tell is less than total_bits plus total_boost and boost is less than cap[] for this
band: Decode a bit from the bitstream with a with dynalloc_loop_logp as the cost
of a one, update tell to reflect the current used capacity, if the decoded value
is zero break the loop otherwise add quanta to boost and total_boost, subtract quanta from
total_bits, and set dynalloc_loop_log to 1. When the while loop finishes
boost contains the boost for this band. If boost is non-zero and dynalloc_logp
is greater than 2, decrease dynalloc_logp. Once this process has been
executed on all bands, the band boosts have been decoded. This procedure
is implemented around line 2352 of celt.c.At very low rates it is possible that there won't be enough available
space to execute the inner loop even once. In these cases band boost
is not possible but its overhead is completely eliminated. Because of the
high cost of band boost when activated, a reasonable encoder should not be
using it at very low rates. The reference implements its dynalloc decision
logic around line 1269 of celt.c.The allocation trim is a integer value from 0-10. The default value of
5 indicates no trim. The trim parameter is entropy coded in order to
lower the coding cost of less extreme adjustments. Values lower than
5 bias the allocation towards lower frequencies and values above 5
bias it towards higher frequencies. Like other signaled parameters, signaling
of the trim is gated so that it is not included if there is insufficient space
available in the bitstream. To decode the trim, first set
the trim value to 5, then iff the count of decoded 8th bits so far (ec_tell_frac)
plus 48 (6 bits) is less than or equal to the total frame size in 8th
bits minus total_boost (a product of the above band boost procedure),
decode the trim value using the inverse CDF {127, 126, 124, 119, 109, 87, 41, 19, 9, 4, 2, 0}.For 10 ms and 20 ms frames using short blocks and that have at least LM+2 bits left prior to
the allocation process, then one anti-collapse bit is reserved in the allocation process so it can
be decoded later. Following the the anti-collapse reservation, one bit is reserved for skip if available.For stereo frames, bits are reserved for intensity stereo and for dual stereo. Intensity stereo
requires ilog2(end-start) bits. Those bits are reserved if there is enough bits left. Following this, one
bit is reserved for dual stereo if available.The allocation computation begins by setting up some initial conditions.
'total' is set to the remaining available 8th bits, computed by taking the
size of the coded frame times 8 and subtracting ec_tell_frac(). From this value, one (8th bit)
is subtracted to ensure that the resulting allocation will be conservative. 'anti_collapse_rsv'
is set to 8 (8th bits) iff the frame is a transient, LM is greater than 1, and total is
greater than or equal to (LM+2) * 8. Total is then decremented by anti_collapse_rsv and clamped
to be equal to or greater than zero. 'skip_rsv' is set to 8 (8th bits) if total is greater than
8, otherwise it is zero. Total is then decremented by skip_rsv. This reserves space for the
final skipping flag.If the current frame is stereo, intensity_rsv is set to the conservative log2 in 8th bits
of the number of coded bands for this frame (given by the table LOG2_FRAC_TABLE). If
intensity_rsv is greater than total then intensity_rsv is set to zero. Otherwise total is
decremented by intensity_rsv, and if total is still greater than 8, dual_stereo_rsv is
set to 8 and total is decremented by dual_stereo_rsv.The allocation process then computes a vector representing the hard minimum amounts allocation
any band will receive for shape. This minimum is higher than the technical limit of the PVQ
process, but very low rate allocations produce an excessively sparse spectrum and these bands
are better served by having no allocation at all. For each coded band, set thresh[band] to
twenty-four times the number of MDCT bins in the band and divide by 16. If 8 times the number
of channels is greater, use that instead. This sets the minimum allocation to one bit per channel
or 48 128th bits per MDCT bin, whichever is greater. The band-size dependent part of this
value is not scaled by the channel count, because at the very low rates where this limit is
applicable there will usually be no bits allocated to the side.The previously decoded allocation trim is used to derive a vector of per-band adjustments,
'trim_offsets[]'. For each coded band take the alloc_trim and subtract 5 and LM. Then multiply
the result by the number of channels, the number of MDCT bins in the shortest frame size for this mode,
the number of remaining bands, 2**LM, and 8. Then divide this value by 64. Finally, if the
number of MDCT bins in the band per channel is only one, 8 times the number of channels is subtracted
in order to diminish the allocation by one bit, because width 1 bands receive greater benefit
from the coarse energy coding.
In each band, the normalized "shape" is encoded
using a vector quantization scheme called a "pyramid vector quantizer".
In
the simplest case, the number of bits allocated in
is converted to a number of pulses as described
by . Knowing the number of pulses and the
number of samples in the band, the decoder calculates the size of the codebook
as detailed in . The size is used to decode
an unsigned integer (uniform probability model), which is the codeword index.
This index is converted into the corresponding vector as explained in
. This vector is then scaled to unit norm.
Although the allocation is performed in 1/8th bit units, the quantization requires
an integer number of pulses K. To do this, the encoder searches for the value
of K that produces the number of bits nearest to the allocated value
(rounding down if exactly halfway between two values), not to exceed
the total number of bits available. For efficiency reasons, the search is performed against a
precomputed allocation table which only permits some K values for each N. The number of
codebook entries can be computed as explained in . The difference
between the number of bits allocated and the number of bits used is accumulated to a
"balance" (initialized to zero) that helps adjust the
allocation for the next bands. One third of the balance is applied to the
bit allocation of each band to help achieve the target allocation. The only
exceptions are the band before the last and the last band, for which half the balance
and the whole balance are applied, respectively.
The codeword is decoded as a uniformly-distributed integer value
by decode_pulses() (cwrs.c).
The codeword is converted from a unique index in the same way specified in
. The indexing is based on the calculation of V(N,K)
(denoted N(L,K) in ), which is the number of possible
combinations of K pulses
in N samples. The number of combinations can be computed recursively as
V(N,K) = V(N-1,K) + V(N,K-1) + V(N-1,K-1), with V(N,0) = 1 and V(0,K) = 0, K != 0.
There are many different ways to compute V(N,K), including precomputed tables and direct
use of the recursive formulation. The reference implementation applies the recursive
formulation one line (or column) at a time to save on memory use,
along with an alternate,
univariate recurrence to initialize an arbitrary line, and direct
polynomial solutions for small N. All of these methods are
equivalent, and have different trade-offs in speed, memory usage, and
code size. Implementations MAY use any methods they like, as long as
they are equivalent to the mathematical definition.
The decoding of the codeword from the index is performed as specified in
, as implemented in function
decode_pulses() (cwrs.c). The decoded codeword is then normalised such that it's
L2-norm equals one.
The normalised vector decoded in is then rotated
for the purpose of avoiding tonal artefacts. The rotation gain is equal to
where N is the number of dimensions, K is the number of pulses, and f_r depends on
the value of the "spread" parameter in the bit-stream.
Spread valuef_r0infinite (no rotation)11521035
The rotation angle is then calculated as
A 2-D rotation R(i,j) between points x_i and x_j is defined as:
An N-D rotation is then achieved by applying a series of 2-D rotations back and forth, in the
following order: R(x_1, x_2), R(x_2, x_3), ..., R(x_N-2, X_N-1), R(x_N-1, X_N),
R(x_N-2, X_N-1), ..., R(x_1, x_2).
If the decoded vector represents more
than one time block, then the following process is applied separately on each time block.
To avoid the need for multi-precision calculations when decoding PVQ codevectors,
the maximum size allowed for codebooks is 32 bits. When larger codebooks are
needed, the vector is instead split in two sub-vectors of size N/2.
A quantized gain parameter with precision
derived from the current allocation is entropy coded to represent the relative
gains of each side of the split, and the entire decoding process is recursively
applied. Multiple levels of splitting may be applied up to a frame size
dependent limit. The same recursive mechanism is applied for the joint coding
of stereo audio.
When the frame has the transient bit set, an anti-collapse bit is decoded.
When anti-collapse is set, the energy in each small MDCT is prevented
from collapsing to zero. For each band of each MDCT where a collapse is
detected, a pseudo-random signal is inserted with an energy corresponding
to the min energy over the two previous frames. A renormalization step is
then required to ensure that the anti-collapse step did not alter the
energy preservation property.
Just like each band was normalized in the encoder, the last step of the decoder before
the inverse MDCT is to denormalize the bands. Each decoded normalized band is
multiplied by the square root of the decoded energy. This is done by denormalise_bands()
(bands.c).
The inverse MDCT implementation has no special characteristics. The
input is N frequency-domain samples and the output is 2*N time-domain
samples, while scaling by 1/2. A "low-overlap" window is used to reduce the algorithmic delay.
It is derived from a basic (full overlap) 240-sample version of the window used by the Vorbis codec:
The low-overlap window is created by zero-padding the basic window and inserting ones in the
middle, such that the resulting window still satisfies power complementarity. The IMDCT and
windowing are performed by mdct_backward (mdct.c).
The output of the inverse MDCT (after weighted overlap-add) is sent to the
post-filter. Although the post-filter is applied at the end, the post-filter
parameters are encoded at the beginning, just after the silence flag.
The post-filter can be switched on or off using one bit (logp=1).
If the post-filter is enabled, then the octave is decoded as an integer value
between 0 and 6 of uniform probability. Once the octave is known, the fine pitch
within the octave is decoded using 4+octave raw bits. The final pitch period
is equal to (16<<octave)+fine_pitch-1 so it is bounded between 15 and 1022,
inclusively. Next, the gain is decoded as three raw bits and is equal to
G=3*(int_gain+1)/32. The set of post-filter taps is decoded last, using
a pdf equal to {2, 1, 1}/4. Tapset zero corresponds to the filter coefficients
g0 = 0.3066406250, g1 = 0.2170410156, g2 = 0.1296386719. Tapset one
corresponds to the filter coefficients g0 = 0.4638671875, g1 = 0.2680664062,
g2 = 0, and tapset two uses filter coefficients g0 = 0.7998046875,
g1 = 0.1000976562, g2 = 0.
The post-filter response is thus computed as:
During a transition between different gains, a smooth transition is calculated
using the square of the MDCT window. It is important that values of y(n) be
interpolated one at a time such that the past value of y(n) used is interpolated.
After the post-filter,
the signal is de-emphasized using the inverse of the pre-emphasis filter
used in the encoder:
where alpha_p=0.8500061035.
Packet loss concealment (PLC) is an optional decoder-side feature which
SHOULD be included when transmitting over an unreliable channel. Because
PLC is not part of the bitstream, there are several possible ways to
implement PLC with different complexity/quality trade-offs. The PLC in
the reference implementation finds a periodicity in the decoded
signal and repeats the windowed waveform using the pitch offset. The windowed
waveform is overlapped in such a way as to preserve the time-domain aliasing
cancellation with the previous frame and the next frame. This is implemented
in celt_decode_lost() (mdct.c).
Switching between the Opus coding modes requires careful consideration. More
specifically, the transitions that cannot be easily handled are the ones where
the lower frequencies have to switch between the SILK LP-based model and the CELT
transform model. If nothing is done, a glitch will occur for these transitions.
On the other hand, switching between the SILK-only modes and the hybrid mode
does not require any special treatment.
There are two ways to avoid or reduce glitches during the problematic mode
transitions: with side information or without it. Only transitions with side
information are normatively specified. For transitions with no side
information, it is RECOMMENDED for the decoder to use a concealment technique
(e.g. make use of the PLC algorithm) to "fill in"
the gap or discontinuity caused by the mode transition. Note that this
concealment MUST NOT be applied when switching between the SILK mode and the
hybrid mode or vice versa. Similarly, it MUST NOT be applied when merely
changing the bandwidth within the same mode.
Switching with side information involves transmitting in-band a 5-ms
"redundant" CELT frame within the Opus frame.
This frame is designed to fill in the gap or discontinuity without requiring
the decoder to conceal it. For transitions from a CELT-only frame to a
SILK-only or hybrid frame, the redundant frame is inserted in the frame
following the transition (i.e. the SILK-only/hybrid frame). For transitions
from a SILK-only/hybrid frame to a CELT-only frame, the redundant frame is
inserted in the first frame. For all SILK-only and hybrid frames (not only
those involved in a mode transition), a binary symbol of probability 2^-12
needs to be decoded just after the SILK part of the bitstream. When the
symbol value is 1, the frame then includes an embedded redundant frame. The
redundant frame always starts and ends on a byte boundary. For SILK-only
frames, the number of bytes is simply the number of whole remaining bytes.
For hybrid frames, the number of bytes is equal to 2, plus a decoded unsigned
integer (ec_dec_uint()) between 0 and 255. For hybrid frames, the redundant
frame is placed at the end of the frame, after the CELT layer of the
hybrid frame. The redundant frame is decoded like any other CELT-only frame,
with the exception that it does not contain a TOC byte. The bandwidth
is instead set to the same bandwidth of the current frame (for MB
frames, the redundant frame is set to WB).
For CELT-only to SILK-only/hybrid transitions, the first
2.5 ms of the redundant frame is used as-is for the reconstructed
output. The remaining 2.5 ms is overlapped and added (cross-faded using
the square of the MDCT power-complementary window) to the decoded SILK/hybrid
signal, ensuring a smooth transition. For SILK-only/hyrid to CELT-only
transitions, only the second half of the 5-ms decoded redundant frame is used.
In that case, only a 2.5-ms cross-fade is applied, still using the
power-complementary window.
Opus encoder block diagram.
The range coder also acts as the bit-packer for Opus. It is
used in three different ways, to encode:
entropy-coded symbols with a fixed probability model using ec_encode(), (entenc.c)integers from 0 to 2**M-1 using ec_enc_uint() or ec_enc_bits(), (entenc.c)integers from 0 to N-1 (where N is not a power of two) using ec_enc_uint(). (entenc.c)
The range encoder maintains an internal state vector composed of the
four-tuple (low,rng,rem,ext) representing the low end of the current
range, the size of the current range, a single buffered output octet,
and a count of additional carry-propagating output octets. Both rng
and low are 32-bit unsigned integer values, rem is an octet value or
the special value -1, and ext is an integer with at least 16 bits.
This state vector is initialized at the start of each each frame to
the value (0,2**31,-1,0). The reference implementation re-uses the
'val' field of the entropy coder structure to hold low, in order to
allow the same structure to be used for encoding and decoding, but
we maintain the distinction here for clarity.
The main encoding function is ec_encode() (entenc.c),
which takes as an argument a three-tuple (fl,fh,ft)
describing the range of the symbol to be encoded in the current
context, with 0 <= fl < fh <= ft <= 65535. The values of this tuple
are derived from the probability model for the symbol. Let f(i) be
the frequency of the i'th symbol in the current context. Then the
three-tuple corresponding to the k'th symbol is given by
ec_encode() updates the state of the encoder as follows. If fl is
greater than zero, then low = low + rng - (rng/ft)*(ft-fl) and
rng = (rng/ft)*(fh-fl). Otherwise, low is unchanged and
rng = rng - (rng/ft)*(fh-fl). The divisions here are exact integer
division. After this update, the range is normalized.
To normalize the range, the following process is repeated until
rng > 2**23. First, the top 9 bits of low, (low>>23), are placed into
a carry buffer. Then, low is set to . This process is carried out by
ec_enc_normalize() (entenc.c).
The 9 bits produced in each iteration of the normalization loop
consist of 8 data bits and a carry flag. The final value of the
output bits is not determined until carry propagation is accounted
for. Therefore the reference implementation buffers a single
(non-propagating) output octet and keeps a count of additional
propagating (0xFF) output octets. An implementation MAY choose to use
any mathematically equivalent scheme to perform carry propagation.
The function ec_enc_carry_out() (entenc.c) performs
this buffering. It takes a 9-bit input value, c, from the normalization:
8 bits of output and a carry bit. If c is 0xFF, then ext is incremented
and no octets are output. Otherwise, if rem is not the special value
-1, then the octet (rem+(c>>8)) is output. Then ext octets are output
with the value 0 if the carry bit is set, or 0xFF if it is not, and
rem is set to the lower 8 bits of c. After this, ext is set to zero.
In the reference implementation, a special version of ec_encode()
called ec_encode_bin() (entenc.c) is defined to
take a two-tuple (fl,ftb), where , but avoids using division.
The CELT layer also allows directly encoding a series of raw bits, outside
of the range coder, implemented in ec_enc_bits() (entenc.c).
The raw bits are packed at the end of the packet, starting by storing the
least significant bit of the value to be packed in the least significant bit
of the last byte, filling up to the most significant bit in
the last byte, and then continuing in the least significant bit of the
penultimate byte, and so on.
This packing may continue into the last byte output by the range coder,
though the format should render it impossible to overwrite any set bit
produced by the range coder when the procedure in
is followed to finalize the stream.
The function ec_enc_uint() is based on ec_encode() and encodes one of N
equiprobable symbols, each with a frequency of 1, where N may be as large as
2**32-1. Because ec_encode() is limited to a total frequency of 2**16-1, this
is done by encoding a series of symbols in smaller contexts.
ec_enc_uint() (entenc.c) takes a two-tuple (fl,ft),
where ft is not necessarily a power of two. Let ftb be the location
of the highest 1 bit in the two's-complement representation of
(ft-1), or -1 if no bits are set. If ftb>8, then the top 8 bits of fl
are encoded using ec_encode() with the three-tuple
(fl>>ftb-8,(fl>>ftb-8)+1,(ft-1>>ftb-8)+1), and the remaining bits
are encoded as raw bits. Otherwise, fl is encoded with ec_encode() directly
using the three-tuple (fl,fl+1,ft).
After all symbols are encoded, the stream must be finalized by
outputting a value inside the current range. Let end be the integer
in the interval [low,low+rng) with the largest number of trailing
zero bits, b, such that end+(1<<b)-1 is also in the interval
[low,low+rng). Then while end is not zero, the top 9 bits of end, e.g.,
>23), are sent to the carry buffer, and end is replaced by
(end<<8&0x7FFFFFFF). Finally, if the value in carry buffer, rem, is]]>
neither zero nor the special value -1, or the carry count, ext, is
greater than zero, then 9 zero bits are sent to the carry buffer.
After the carry buffer is finished outputting octets, the rest of the
output buffer (if any) is padded with zero bits, until it reaches the raw
bits. Finally, rem is set to the
special value -1. This process is implemented by ec_enc_done()
(entenc.c).
The bit allocation routines in Opus need to be able to determine a
conservative upper bound on the number of bits that have been used
to encode the current frame thus far. This drives allocation
decisions and ensures that the range coder and raw bits will not
overflow the output buffer. This is computed in the
reference implementation to whole-bit precision by
the function ec_tell() (entcode.h) and to fractional 1/8th bit
precision by the function ec_tell_frac() (entcode.c).
Like all operations in the range coder, it must be implemented in a
bit-exact manner, and must produce exactly the same value returned by
the same functions in the decoder after decoding the same symbols.
In the following, we focus on the core encoder and describe its components. For simplicity, we will refer to the core encoder simply as the encoder in the remainder of this document. An overview of the encoder is given in .
The input signal is processed by a Voice Activity Detector (VAD) to produce a measure of voice activity, spectral tilt, and signal-to-noise estimates for each frame. The VAD uses a sequence of half-band filterbanks to split the signal into four subbands: 0 - Fs/16, Fs/16 - Fs/8, Fs/8 - Fs/4, and Fs/4 - Fs/2, where Fs is the sampling frequency (8, 12, 16, or 24 kHz). The lowest subband, from 0 - Fs/16, is high-pass filtered with a first-order moving average (MA) filter (with transfer function H(z) = 1-z**(-1)) to reduce the energy at the lowest frequencies. For each frame, the signal energy per subband is computed. In each subband, a noise level estimator tracks the background noise level and a Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) value is computed as the logarithm of the ratio of energy to noise level. Using these intermediate variables, the following parameters are calculated for use in other SILK modules:
Average SNR. The average of the subband SNR values.
Smoothed subband SNRs. Temporally smoothed subband SNR values.
Speech activity level. Based on the average SNR and a weighted average of the subband energies.
Spectral tilt. A weighted average of the subband SNRs, with positive weights for the low subbands and negative weights for the high subbands.
The input signal is filtered by a high-pass filter to remove the lowest part of the spectrum that contains little speech energy and may contain background noise. This is a second order Auto Regressive Moving Average (ARMA) filter with a cut-off frequency around 70 Hz.
In the future, a music detector may also be used to lower the cut-off frequency when the input signal is detected to be music rather than speech.
The high-passed input signal is processed by the open loop pitch estimator shown in .
The pitch analysis finds a binary voiced/unvoiced classification, and, for frames classified as voiced, four pitch lags per frame - one for each 5 ms subframe - and a pitch correlation indicating the periodicity of the signal. The input is first whitened using a Linear Prediction (LP) whitening filter, where the coefficients are computed through standard Linear Prediction Coding (LPC) analysis. The order of the whitening filter is 16 for best results, but is reduced to 12 for medium complexity and 8 for low complexity modes. The whitened signal is analyzed to find pitch lags for which the time correlation is high. The analysis consists of three stages for reducing the complexity:
In the first stage, the whitened signal is downsampled to 4 kHz (from 8 kHz) and the current frame is correlated to a signal delayed by a range of lags, starting from a shortest lag corresponding to 500 Hz, to a longest lag corresponding to 56 Hz.
The second stage operates on an 8 kHz signal (downsampled from 12, 16, or 24 kHz) and measures time correlations only near the lags corresponding to those that had sufficiently high correlations in the first stage. The resulting correlations are adjusted for a small bias towards short lags to avoid ending up with a multiple of the true pitch lag. The highest adjusted correlation is compared to a threshold depending on:
Whether the previous frame was classified as voiced
The speech activity level
The spectral tilt.
If the threshold is exceeded, the current frame is classified as voiced and the lag with the highest adjusted correlation is stored for a final pitch analysis of the highest precision in the third stage.
The last stage operates directly on the whitened input signal to compute time correlations for each of the four subframes independently in a narrow range around the lag with highest correlation from the second stage.
The noise shaping analysis finds gains and filter coefficients used in the prefilter and noise shaping quantizer. These parameters are chosen such that they will fulfill several requirements:
Balancing quantization noise and bitrate. The quantization gains determine the step size between reconstruction levels of the excitation signal. Therefore, increasing the quantization gain amplifies quantization noise, but also reduces the bitrate by lowering the entropy of the quantization indices.Spectral shaping of the quantization noise; the noise shaping quantizer is capable of reducing quantization noise in some parts of the spectrum at the cost of increased noise in other parts without substantially changing the bitrate. By shaping the noise such that it follows the signal spectrum, it becomes less audible. In practice, best results are obtained by making the shape of the noise spectrum slightly flatter than the signal spectrum.De-emphasizing spectral valleys; by using different coefficients in the analysis and synthesis part of the prefilter and noise shaping quantizer, the levels of the spectral valleys can be decreased relative to the levels of the spectral peaks such as speech formants and harmonics. This reduces the entropy of the signal, which is the difference between the coded signal and the quantization noise, thus lowering the bitrate.Matching the levels of the decoded speech formants to the levels of the original speech formants; an adjustment gain and a first order tilt coefficient are computed to compensate for the effect of the noise shaping quantization on the level and spectral tilt. shows an example of an input signal spectrum (1). After de-emphasis and level matching, the spectrum has deeper valleys (2). The quantization noise spectrum (3) more or less follows the input signal spectrum, while having slightly less pronounced peaks. The entropy, which provides a lower bound on the bitrate for encoding the excitation signal, is proportional to the area between the de-emphasized spectrum (2) and the quantization noise spectrum (3). Without de-emphasis, the entropy is proportional to the area between input spectrum (1) and quantization noise (3) - clearly higher.
The transformation from input signal to de-emphasized signal can be described as a filtering operation with a filter
having an adjustment gain G, a first order tilt adjustment filter with
tilt coefficient c_tilt, and where
is the analysis part of the de-emphasis filter, consisting of the short-term shaping filter with coefficients a_ana(k), and the long-term shaping filter with coefficients b_ana(k) and pitch lag L. The parameter d determines the number of long-term shaping filter taps.
Similarly, but without the tilt adjustment, the synthesis part can be written as
All noise shaping parameters are computed and applied per subframe of 5 ms. First, an LPC analysis is performed on a windowed signal block of 15 ms. The signal block has a look-ahead of 5 ms relative to the current subframe, and the window is an asymmetric sine window. The LPC analysis is done with the autocorrelation method, with an order of 16 for best quality or 12 in low complexity operation. The quantization gain is found by taking the square root of the residual energy from the LPC analysis and multiplying it by a value inversely proportional to the coding quality control parameter and the pitch correlation.
Next we find the two sets of short-term noise shaping coefficients a_ana(k) and a_syn(k), by applying different amounts of bandwidth expansion to the coefficients found in the LPC analysis. This bandwidth expansion moves the roots of the LPC polynomial towards the origin, using the formulas
where a(k) is the k'th LPC coefficient, and the bandwidth expansion factors g_ana and g_syn are calculated as
where C is the coding quality control parameter between 0 and 1. Applying more bandwidth expansion to the analysis part than to the synthesis part gives the desired de-emphasis of spectral valleys in between formants.
The long-term shaping is applied only during voiced frames. It uses three filter taps, described by
For unvoiced frames these coefficients are set to 0. The multiplication factors F_ana and F_syn are chosen between 0 and 1, depending on the coding quality control parameter, as well as the calculated pitch correlation and smoothed subband SNR of the lowest subband. By having F_ana less than F_syn, the pitch harmonics are emphasized relative to the valleys in between the harmonics.
The tilt coefficient c_tilt is for unvoiced frames chosen as
for voiced frames, where C again is the coding quality control parameter and is between 0 and 1.
The adjustment gain G serves to correct any level mismatch between the original and decoded signals that might arise from the noise shaping and de-emphasis. This gain is computed as the ratio of the prediction gain of the short-term analysis and synthesis filter coefficients. The prediction gain of an LPC synthesis filter is the square root of the output energy when the filter is excited by a unit-energy impulse on the input. An efficient way to compute the prediction gain is by first computing the reflection coefficients from the LPC coefficients through the step-down algorithm, and extracting the prediction gain from the reflection coefficients as
where r_k is the k'th reflection coefficient.
Initial values for the quantization gains are computed as the square-root of the residual energy of the LPC analysis, adjusted by the coding quality control parameter. These quantization gains are later adjusted based on the results of the prediction analysis.
In the prefilter the input signal is filtered using the spectral valley de-emphasis filter coefficients from the noise shaping analysis (see ). By applying only the noise shaping analysis filter to the input signal, it provides the input to the noise shaping quantizer.
The prediction analysis is performed in one of two ways depending on how the pitch estimator classified the frame. The processing for voiced and unvoiced speech is described in and , respectively. Inputs to this function include the pre-whitened signal from the pitch estimator (see ).
For a frame of voiced speech the pitch pulses will remain dominant in the pre-whitened input signal. Further whitening is desirable as it leads to higher quality at the same available bitrate. To achieve this, a Long-Term Prediction (LTP) analysis is carried out to estimate the coefficients of a fifth-order LTP filter for each of four subframes. The LTP coefficients are used to find an LTP residual signal with the simulated output signal as input to obtain better modeling of the output signal. This LTP residual signal is the input to an LPC analysis where the LPCs are estimated using Burg's method, such that the residual energy is minimized. The estimated LPCs are converted to a Line Spectral Frequency (LSF) vector and quantized as described in . After quantization, the quantized LSF vector is converted back to LPC coefficients using the full procedure in . By using LPC coefficients derived from the quantized LSF coefficients, the encoder remains fully synchronized with the decoder. The LTP coefficients are quantized using a method described in . The quantized LPC and LTP coefficients are then used to filter the high-pass filtered input signal and measure residual energy for each of the four subframes.
For a speech signal that has been classified as unvoiced, there is no need for LTP filtering, as it has already been determined that the pre-whitened input signal is not periodic enough within the allowed pitch period range for LTP analysis to be worth the cost in terms of complexity and rate. The pre-whitened input signal is therefore discarded, and instead the high-pass filtered input signal is used for LPC analysis using Burg's method. The resulting LPC coefficients are converted to an LSF vector and quantized as described in the following section. They are then transformed back to obtain quantized LPC coefficients, which are then used to filter the high-pass filtered input signal and measure residual energy for each of the four subframes.
In general, the purpose of quantization is to significantly lower the bitrate at the cost of introducing some distortion. A higher rate should always result in lower distortion, and lowering the rate will generally lead to higher distortion. A commonly used but generally suboptimal approach is to use a quantization method with a constant rate, where only the error is minimized when quantizing.Instead, we minimize an objective function that consists of a weighted sum of rate and distortion, and use a codebook with an associated non-uniform rate table. Thus, we take into account that the probability mass function for selecting the codebook entries is by no means guaranteed to be uniform in our scenario. This approach has several advantages. It ensures that rarely used codebook vector centroids, which are modeling statistical outliers in the training set, are quantized with low error at the expense of a high rate. At the same time, it allows modeling frequently used centroids with low error and a relatively low rate. This approach leads to equal or lower distortion than the fixed-rate codebook at any given average rate, provided that the data is similar to that used for training the codebook.
Instead of minimizing the error in the LSF domain, we map the errors to better approximate spectral distortion by applying an individual weight to each element in the error vector. The weight vectors are calculated for each input vector using the Inverse Harmonic Mean Weighting (IHMW) function proposed by Laroia et al. (see ).
Consequently, we solve the following minimization problem, i.e.,
where LSF_q is the quantized vector, LSF is the input vector to be quantized, and c is the quantized LSF vector candidate taken from the set C of all possible outcomes of the codebook.
This number of possible combinations is far too high to carry out a full search for each frame, so for all stages but the last (i.e., s smaller than S), only the best min(L, Ms) centroids are carried over to stage s+1. In each stage, the objective function (i.e., the weighted sum of accumulated bitrate and distortion) is evaluated for each codebook vector entry and the results are sorted. Only the best paths and their corresponding quantization errors are considered in the next stage. In the last stage, S, the single best path through the multistage codebook is determined. By varying the maximum number of survivors from each stage to the next, L, the complexity can be adjusted in real time, at the cost of a potential increase when evaluating the objective function for the resulting quantized vector. This approach scales all the way between the two extremes, L=1 being a greedy search, and the desirable but infeasible full search, L=T/MS. Performance almost as good as that of the infeasible full search can be obtained at substantially lower complexity by using this approach (see, e.g., ).
If the input is stable, finding the best candidate usually results in a quantized vector that is also stable. Due to the multi-stage approach, however, it is theoretically possible that the best quantization candidate is unstable. Because of this, it is necessary to explicitly ensure that the quantized vectors are stable. Therefore we apply an LSF stabilization method which ensures that the LSF parameters are within valid range, increasingly sorted, and have minimum distances between each other and the border values that have been predetermined as the 0.01 percentile distance values from a large training set.
The vectors and rate tables for the multi-stage codebook have been trained by minimizing the average of the objective function for LSF vectors from a large training set.
For voiced frames, the prediction analysis described in resulted in four sets (one set per subframe) of five LTP coefficients, plus four weighting matrices. The LTP coefficients for each subframe are quantized using entropy constrained vector quantization. A total of three vector codebooks are available for quantization, with different rate-distortion trade-offs. The three codebooks have 10, 20, and 40 vectors and average rates of about 3, 4, and 5 bits per vector, respectively. Consequently, the first codebook has larger average quantization distortion at a lower rate, whereas the last codebook has smaller average quantization distortion at a higher rate. Given the weighting matrix W_ltp and LTP vector b, the weighted rate-distortion measure for a codebook vector cb_i with rate r_i is give by
where u is a fixed, heuristically-determined parameter balancing the distortion and rate. Which codebook gives the best performance for a given LTP vector depends on the weighting matrix for that LTP vector. For example, for a low valued W_ltp, it is advantageous to use the codebook with 10 vectors as it has a lower average rate. For a large W_ltp, on the other hand, it is often better to use the codebook with 40 vectors, as it is more likely to contain the best codebook vector.
The weighting matrix W_ltp depends mostly on two aspects of the input signal. The first is the periodicity of the signal; the more periodic, the larger W_ltp. The second is the change in signal energy in the current subframe, relative to the signal one pitch lag earlier. A decaying energy leads to a larger W_ltp than an increasing energy. Both aspects fluctuate relatively slowly, which causes the W_ltp matrices for different subframes of one frame often to be similar. Because of this, one of the three codebooks typically gives good performance for all subframes, and therefore the codebook search for the subframe LTP vectors is constrained to only allow codebook vectors to be chosen from the same codebook, resulting in a rate reduction.
To find the best codebook, each of the three vector codebooks is used to quantize all subframe LTP vectors and produce a combined weighted rate-distortion measure for each vector codebook. The vector codebook with the lowest combined rate-distortion over all subframes is chosen. The quantized LTP vectors are used in the noise shaping quantizer, and the index of the codebook plus the four indices for the four subframe codebook vectors are passed on to the range encoder.
The noise shaping quantizer independently shapes the signal and coding noise spectra to obtain a perceptually higher quality at the same bitrate.
The prefilter output signal is multiplied with a compensation gain G computed in the noise shaping analysis. Then the output of a synthesis shaping filter is added, and the output of a prediction filter is subtracted to create a residual signal. The residual signal is multiplied by the inverse quantized quantization gain from the noise shaping analysis, and input to a scalar quantizer. The quantization indices of the scalar quantizer represent a signal of pulses that is input to the pyramid range encoder. The scalar quantizer also outputs a quantization signal, which is multiplied by the quantized quantization gain from the noise shaping analysis to create an excitation signal. The output of the prediction filter is added to the excitation signal to form the quantized output signal y(n). The quantized output signal y(n) is input to the synthesis shaping and prediction filters.
Most of the aspects of the CELT encoder can be directly derived from the description
of the decoder. For example, the filters and rotations in the encoder are simply the
inverse of the operation performed by the decoder. Similarly, the quantizers generally
optimize for the mean square error (because noise shaping is part of the bit-stream itself),
so no special search is required. For this reason, only the less straightforward aspects of the
encoder are described here.
The pitch prefilter is applied after the pre-emphasis and before the de-emphasis. It's applied
in such a way as to be the inverse of the decoder's post-filter. The main non-obvious aspect of the
prefilter is the selection of the pitch period. The pitch search should be optimised for the
following criteria:
continuity: it is important that the pitch period
does not change abruptly between frames; andavoidance of pitch multiples: when the period used is a multiple of the real period
(lower frequency fundamental), the post-filter loses most of its ability to reduce noise
The MDCT output is divided into bands that are designed to match the ear's critical
bands for the smallest (2.5 ms) frame size. The larger frame sizes use integer
multiples of the 2.5 ms layout. For each band, the encoder
computes the energy that will later be encoded. Each band is then normalized by the
square root of the unquantized energy, such that each band now forms a unit vector X.
The energy and the normalization are computed by compute_band_energies()
and normalise_bands() (bands.c), respectively.
Energy quantization (both coarse and fine) can be easily understood from the decoding process.
The quantizer simply minimizes the log energy error for each band, with the exception that at
very low rate, larger errors are allowed in the coarse energy to minimize the bit-rate. When the
avaialble CPU requirements allow it, it is best to try encoding the coarse energy both with and without
inter-frame prediction such that the best prediction mode can be selected. The optimal mode depends on
the coding rate, the available bit-rate, and the current rate of packet loss.
CELT uses a Pyramid Vector Quantization (PVQ)
codebook for quantizing the details of the spectrum in each band that have not
been predicted by the pitch predictor. The PVQ codebook consists of all sums
of K signed pulses in a vector of N samples, where two pulses at the same position
are required to have the same sign. Thus the codebook includes
all integer codevectors y of N dimensions that satisfy sum(abs(y(j))) = K.
In bands where there are sufficient bits allocated the PVQ is used to encode
the unit vector that results from the normalization in
directly. Given a PVQ codevector y,
the unit vector X is obtained as X = y/||y||, where ||.|| denotes the
L2 norm.
The search for the best codevector y is performed by alg_quant()
(vq.c). There are several possible approaches to the
search, with a trade-off between quality and complexity. The method used in the reference
implementation computes an initial codeword y1 by projecting the residual signal
R = X - p' onto the codebook pyramid of K-1 pulses:
y0 = round_towards_zero( (K-1) * R / sum(abs(R)))
Depending on N, K and the input data, the initial codeword y0 may contain from
0 to K-1 non-zero values. All the remaining pulses, with the exception of the last one,
are found iteratively with a greedy search that minimizes the normalized correlation
between y and R:
The search described above is considered to be a good trade-off between quality
and computational cost. However, there are other possible ways to search the PVQ
codebook and the implementers MAY use any other search methods.
It is the intention to allow the greatest possible choice of freedom in
implementing the specification. For this reason, outside of a few exceptions
noted in this section, conformance is defined through the reference
implementation of the decoder provided in .
Although this document includes an English description of the codec, should
the description contradict the source code of the reference implementation,
the latter shall take precedence.
Compliance with this specification means that a decoder's output MUST be
within the thresholds specified by the opus_compare.c tool in
compared to the reference implementation.
To complement the Opus specification, the "Opus Custom" codec is defined to
handle special sampling rates and frame rates that are not supported by the
main Opus specification. Use of Opus Custom is discouraged for all but very
special applications for which a frame size different from 2.5, 5, 10, or 20 ms is
needed (for either complexity or latency reasons). Such applications will not
be compatible with the "main" Opus codec. In Opus Custom operation,
only the CELT layer is available, which is available using the celt_* function
calls in celt.h.
Implementations of the Opus codec need to take appropriate security considerations
into account, as outlined in and .
It is extremely important for the decoder to be robust against malicious
payloads.
Malicious payloads must not cause the decoder to overrun its allocated memory
or to take an excessive amount of resources to decode.
Although problems
in encoders are typically rarer, the same applies to the encoder. Malicious
audio streams must not cause the encoder to misbehave because this would
allow an attacker to attack transcoding gateways.
The reference implementation contains no known buffer overflow or cases where
a specially crafted packet or audio segment could cause a significant increase
in CPU load.
However, on certain CPU architectures where denormalized floating-point
operations are much slower than normal floating-point operations, it is
possible for some audio content (e.g., silence or near-silence) to cause a certain
an increase in CPU load.
Denormals can be introduced by reordering operations in the compiler and depend
on the target architecture, so it is difficult to guarantee that an implementation
avoids them.
For architectures on which denormals are problematic, it is RECOMMENDED to
add very small floating-point offsets to the affected signals
to prevent significant numbers of denormalized
operations. Alternatively, it is often possible to configure the hardware to treat
denormals as zero (DAZ).
No such issue exists for the fixed-point reference implementation.
The reference implementation was validated in the following conditions:
Sending the decoder valid packets generated by the reference encoder and
verifying that the decoder's final range coder state matches that of the encoder.Sending the decoder packets generated by the reference encoder, after random corruption.Sending the decoder random packets to the decoder.Altering the encoder to make random coding decisions (internal fuzzing), including
mode switching and verifying that the range coder final states match.
In all of the conditions above, both the encoder and the decoder were run inside
the Valgrind memory debugger, which tracks reads and writes to invalid memory
regions, as well as use of uninitialized memory. There were no error reported
on any of the tested conditions.
This document has no actions for IANA.
Thanks to all other developers, including Raymond Chen, Soeren Skak Jensen, Gregory Maxwell,
Christopher Montgomery, and Karsten Vandborg Soerensen. We would also
like to thank Igor Dyakonov and Jan Skoglund for their help with subjective testing of the
Opus codec. Thanks to John Ridges, Keith Yan, and many others on the Opus and CELT mailing lists
for their bug reports and feedback, as well as Ralph Giles, Christian Hoene, and
Kat Walsh, for their feedback on the draft.
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reference implementation of the Opus codec written in C. This
implementation can be compiled for
either floating-point or fixed-point architectures.
The implementation can be compiled with either a C89 or a C99
compiler. It is reasonably optimized for most platforms such that
only architecture-specific optimizations are likely to be useful.
The FFT used is a slightly modified version of the KISS-FFT package,
but it is easy to substitute any other FFT library.
The complete source code can be extracted from this draft, by running the
following command line:
opus_source.tar.gz
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tar xzvf opus_source.tar.gz
cd opus_sourcemake
The current development version of the source code is available in a
Git repository.
Development snapshots are provided at
.
To use the internal framing described in , the decoder
must know the total length of the Opus packet, in bytes.
This section describes a simple variation of that framing which can be used
when the total length of the packet is not known.
Nothing in the encoding of the packet itself allows a decoder to distinguish
between the regular, undelimited framing and the self-delimiting framing
described in this appendix.
Which one is used and where must be established by context at the transport
layer.
It is RECOMMENDED that a transport layer choose exactly one framing scheme,
rather than allowing an encoder to signal which one it wants to use.
For example, although a regular Opus stream does not support more than two
channels, a multi-channel Opus stream may be formed from several one- and
two-channel streams.
To pack an Opus packet from each of these streams together in a single packet
at the transport layer, one could use the self-delimiting framing for all but
the last stream, and then the regular, undelimited framing for the last one.
Reverting to the undelimited framing for the last stream saves overhead
(because the total size of the transport-layer packet will still be known),
and ensures that a "multi-channel" stream which only has a single Opus stream
uses the same framing as a regular Opus stream does.
This avoids the need for signaling to distinguish these two cases.
The self-delimiting framing is identical to the regular, undelimited framing
from , except that each Opus packet contains one extra
length field, encoded using the same one- or two-byte scheme from
.
This extra length immediately precedes the compressed data of the first Opus
frame in the packet, and is interpreted in the various modes as follows:
Code 0 packets: It is the length of the single Opus frame (see
).
Code 1 packets: It is the length used for both of the Opus frames (see
).
Code 2 packets: It is the length of the second Opus frame (see
).
CBR Code 3 packets: It is the length used for all of the Opus frames (see
).
VBR Code 3 packets: It is the length of the last Opus frame (see
).