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 Post subject: PhoneBooster
PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:56 pm 

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Visitors of our stand at last September's IBC will have already spotted it.
The remaining work took a bit longer than expected, and we're still far from completely done, but the public beta is here:

PhoneBooster
In short: it takes the voice of a caller, and regenerates the missing frequencies from scratch, resulting in a much less tinny and more natural sound, closer to the original voice.
To achieve that, it uses Artificial Intelligence. A computer has been working day and night, trying to figure out how human voices sound and what to make of it when it only hears the part that gets through a phone line.


Samples
These samples were made with settings that allow for a lot of regeneration.
If the effect is perceived as too noisy and/or too shrill, PhoneBooster can be easily turned down.

Real world samples
"Radio fragment 1" - Telephone recording - Repaired audio
"Radio fragment 2" - Telephone recording - Repaired audio

Synthetic samples
Sample 1 - Telephone recording - Repaired audio
Sample 2 - Telephone recording - Repaired audio
Sample 3 - Telephone recording - Repaired audio
Sample 4 - Telephone recording - Repaired audio


Operating mode
In an ideal situation, an instance of PhoneBooster has direct access to the incoming signal of a single telephone line.
It can run on the hardware that receives such inputs, or on a separate device.
PhoneBooster 'repairs' the telephone sound, and feeds the result into an audio processor (preferably StereoTool :lol: ).
Apart from the resulting voice sounding (subjectively) better, the audio processor will have a much broader and more consistent input signal to work with.

PhoneBooster will also be built into StereoTool. There it can either run on a separate input, or on a premixed signal.
The latter will require protection against affecting non-telephone content, which will also be built-in.


Latency
Depending on it's quality setting and the strength of the system it runs on, PhoneBooster will introduce 25 to 100ms of delay.
While this is low, considering a telephone connection already introduces more delay than that, we're still working on lowering this.


Licencing
PhoneBooster will require an internet connection to activate, but can operate off-line after that.
Licences will be bound to the device it is installed on, and will be invalid for any other device after activation.
We are still undecided on the pricing.
The beta version cannot be licenced yet, and will introduce beeps.


Download the beta
Please take into account that PhoneBooster is still in development, and the Beta has some known issues:
  • The algorithms are still computationally quite heavy
  • The non-telephone content protection (for when PhoneBooster is run on a mixed input signal of e.g. a telephone line, a DJ's microphone and a source of music) is not yet perfect
  • It is impossible to perfectly recreate the original voice, but we're still getting closer each day
  • Licencing the product to remove beeps is not yet possible

Windows stand-alone download (NOT AN INSTALLER - this will run directly when you start it)


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 Post subject: Re: PhoneBooster
PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:46 am 
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Here's the first beta:
https://www.stereotool.com/download/Pho ... 38-004.exe
(NOT AN INSTALLER - this will run directly when you start it)

It uses a web interface; click on the tray icon that appears when you run it to configure it.
Note: High frequency rolloff and latency selection are missing from the web interface (we added those after the IBC). We will add those.


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 Post subject: Re: PhoneBooster
PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:17 am 
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WOW. This is outstanding! Great job.

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 Post subject: Re: PhoneBooster
PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:12 am 

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Not sure about its dev status, but I noted beta 15 is on the server.

https://www.stereotool.com/download/Pho ... 38-015.exe

Other than encountering a minor browser UI graphics glitch after awhile, it appears to be working okay here.

I know it is not the intended purpose, but since I have no immediate use for a phone voice DSP, I instead spent a few minutes playing around with processing SSB voice comms on HF amateur radio via WebSDR (http://www.websdr.org/). I lowered the DSP frequency settings to help deal with the usually high noise floor and the narrow voice comms associated with SSB on HF. As noted in the description, the results certainly can be subjectively better, assuming a transmission with decent modulation and signal-to-noise ratio in my particular case. Naturally, a huge YMMV here since it is a not a supported or even an expected DSP for how I did a quick test.


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 Post subject: Re: PhoneBooster
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:24 pm 

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The announcement was made half a year ago now. Unfortunately, it seems that not much has happened since then. Is there a roadmap, release schedule or anything else for this product? It should also be integrated directly into StereoTool. When can a beta be expected here?

What about pricing? Are there any ideas here yet?

It's a real pity that all this seems to have fallen asleep.


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 Post subject: Re: PhoneBooster
PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:34 am 

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https://www.stereotool.com/download/Pho ... 51-013.exe


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 Post subject: Re: PhoneBooster
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:54 pm 
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We're working on finalizing it now. Coming soon...


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