TWELP 700 bps vocoder is free of export restrictions and provides much better speech quality in comparison with TWELP 600 bps vocoder.

For Digital HF Radio and other markets.

TWELP Technology Features. The vocoder is based on newest technology of speech coding called "Tri-Wave Excited Linear Prediction" (TWELP) that was developed by experts of DSPINI. 

TWELP technology is a new class of vocoders that differs from any other LPC-based vocoders by:

  • advance reliable method of pitch estimation
  • pitch-synchronous analysis
  • advance tri-wave model of excitation
  • newest quantization schemes
  • pitch-synchronous synthesis

Thanks to these unique features, TWELP technology provides much better speech quality in comparison with any well-known technologies, including AMBE+2, MELPe, ACELP, etc. on the same bit rate in range from 300 bps up to 9600 bps and more. Moreover, in contrast to other LBR vocoders (like MELPe, etc.) TWELP provides much better quality for non-speech signals like sirens, background music, etc.

Superiority In Speech Quality. Here is the comparison with TWELP and MELPe vocoders, processing on 600 bps. TWELP 700 bps vocoder and TWELP 600 and MELPe 600 bps vocoders were tested, using ITU-T P.50 speech base for 20 different languages. ITU-T P.862 utility was used for estimation of the speech quality in PESQ terms:

 
A diagram demonstrates superiority TWELP 700 over TWELP 600 and MELPe 600 in speech quality. Exact numbers are shown in the table below.
LanguageTWELP 700 bpsTWELP 600 bpsMELPe 600 bps
American 2.718 2.617 2.397
Arabic 2.594 2.47 2.254
British 2.671 2.559 2.414
Chinese 2.623 2.471 2.189
Danish 2.625 2.471 2.227
Dutch 2.484 2.374 2.173
Finnich 2.472 2.367 2.249
French 2.678 2.539 2.34
German 2.644 2.521 2.287
Greek 2.587 2.457 2.212
Hindi 2.646 2.549 2.403
Hungarian 2.644 2.520 2.359
Italian 2.824 2.705 2.428
Japanese 2.777 2.576 2.436
Norwegian 2.633 2.433 2.225
Polish 2.641 2.511 2.294
Portuguese 2.690 2.558 2.393
Russian 2.563 2.414 2.156
Spanish 2.623 2.525 2.389
Swedish 2.718 2.562 2.430
Average2.642652.509952.31275

Superiority of the TWELP 700 is on average 0.13 (!) and 0.33 (!!!) PESQ appropriately

Speech Samples (WAV-files). A few independent experts listened TWELP 700 bps vocoder in comparison with TWELP 600 bps and MELPe 600 bps vocoders, using method of preferences. Majority of experts preferred TWELP 700 to TWELP 600 and especially to MELPe 600, having noted much more intelligibility and natural human-sounding of voice in the TWELP vocoders.
You can play and listen short samples of the source speech as well as the speech processed by both vocoders for any of 20 languages, using links in the table below.
Also, you can download full set of the P.50 samples as zip-files for all languages simultaneously, using the links in the "Downloads" para in a bottom of the page.

LanguageSource speechMELPe 600 bpsTWELP 700 bps
American
Arabic
British
Chinese
Danish
Dutch
Finnich
French
German
Greek
Hindi
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Swedish

Superiority In Quality Of The Non-speech Signals. In contrast to other LBR vocoders (MELPe, AMBE+2, etc.), TWELP vocoders provide high quality of non-speech signals, including police, ambulance, fire sirens, etc. This feature in conjunction with high quality natural human-sounding of voice makes TWELP vocoders well suitable for replacement of analog radio by digital radio and also for other applications where high quality transmitting of non-speech signals is relevant along with high quality transmitting of speech signals.

Source typeSource signalMELPe 600 bpsTWELP 700 bps
Siren only
With voice

High Robustness To Acoustic Noise. In contrast to other LBR vocoders, TWELP vocoders are well robust to acoustic noise thanks to robust reliable method of pitch estimation and other features of TWELP technology.

Moreover, vocoder includes in-built Noise Cancellation—Speech Enhancement (NCSE) functionality that improves speech quality in noisy acoustic environment.

NCSE ModeSource signalMELPe 600 bpsTWELP 700 bps
Disabled
Enabled

High Robustness To The Channel Errors. The diagram and table below show dependence of the averaged speech quality for AWGN-noisy channel for different BER in comparison with other vocoders.

Special "robust" versions of the TWELP vocoders include FEC that are integrated with vocoder on base of "joint source-channel coding" approach that provides high speech quality simultaneously in noisy channel as well as in noiseless channel. FEC can operate with "soft decisions" as well as with "hard decisions" from a modem. "Soft decisions" mode provides much better robustness in comparison with mode of "hard decisions".

 
BER %MELPe 600TWELP 600 RobustTWELP 700
0.00 2.313 2.373 2.643
0.10 2.251 2.357 2.538
0.20 2.205 2.334 2.478
0.30 2.167 2.32 2.417
0.40 2.104 2.283 2.326
0.50 2.069 2.266 2.267
0.60 2.007 2.247 2.189
0.70 1.971 2.233 2.121
0.80 1.925 2.204 2.051
0.90 1.880 2.184 1.993
1.00 1.845 2.142 1.937

Additional Functionalities. The following additional functionalities are developed by DSPINI and integrated into TWELP vocoders:

  • Automatic Gain Control (AGC),
  • Noise Cancellation for Speech Enhancement (NCSE)
  • Voice Activity Detector (VAD),
  • Tone Detection/Generation (Single tones and Dual tones). The tones are transmitted by the vocoder facilities.

Each functionality has unique features, performance and characteristics, providing significant superiority over any well-known implementations on the market.

Technical Characteristics And Resource Requirements:

Technical characteristics
Bit Rate
(bps)
AlgorithmFrame size
(ms)
Algorithmic delay
(including frame size)
(ms)
Sampling rate
(kHz)
Signal formatBit stream format
700 TWELP 80 100 8 Linear
16-bit
PCM
56
Additional functionalities
NameFunctionalityTechnical characteristics
NameValue
AGC Automatic Gain 
Control
Control range: 0 ... +20 dB
NCSE Noise Canceller -
Speech Enhancer
SNR increasing > 6 dB
Speech quality
improvement
> 0.1 PESQ
Tone
Detector
Single/Dual tones 
detection
In accordance with international standards
Tone
Generator
Single/Dual tones 
generation
Special generator, kept continuity of signal 
(phase and amplitude of signal of previous frame)
VAD Voice Activity 
Detection
Reliable detection speech 
in background noise
CNG Comfort Noise 
Generation
Type of noise "white"
Level - 60 dB

Resources for ARM Cortex-M4 platform
ModuleMIPS*
peak
Memory (KBytes)
ProgramData
ConstantsChannelHeapStack
Voice Encoder 91.3 36 436 4.5 4.8 1.0
NCSE 6.4
AGC 0.2
Voice Decoder 13.7
Voice Encoder +
Voice Decoder
105.0
Total 111.6


Resources for TI's C64 DSP platform
ModuleMIPS*
peak
Memory (KBytes)
ProgramData
ConstantsChannelHeapStack
Voice Encoder 32.6 68 436 4.5 4.8 1.0
NCSE 2.8
AGC 0.1
Voice Decoder 3.9
Voice Encoder +
Voice Decoder
36.5
Total 39.4


Resources for TI's C55 DSP platform
ModuleMIPS*
peak
Memory (KBytes)
ProgramData
ConstantsChannelHeapStack
Voice Encoder            
NCSE  
AGC  
Voice Decoder  
Voice Encoder +
Voice Decoder
 
Total  

* The TWELP 700 bps vocoder is not implemented on C55 platform for on-chip memory.

* DSPINI continues optimization of the TWELP algorithm and code in order to minimize computational complexity of the vocoder.

Guarantee And Support.  DSPINI guarantees a quality and accordance of all technical characteristics of the product to requirement of current specifications. Testing and other method of quality control are used for guarantee support.

Any Platforms.  DSPINI can port this vocoder software into any other DSP, RISC or general- purposes platform inshort time: 1-2 months.

Licensing Terms.  To use the vocoder, customer should obtain a license from DSPINI only.

Customization.  The vocoder can be customized under any specific requirements- other bit rate, frame size, any other robustness to channel errors, etc. Please contact with us for details.

Prospects.  DSPINI is impoving and developing continuously a set of new vocoders with range from 300 bps up to 9600 bps, based on TWELP technology.

Related Software.  This vocoder may be effectively used in a bundle with other DSPINI's products:

  • Linear and acoustic echo cancellers,
  • Multichannel noise cancellers (including two-microphone adaptive array),
  • Wired or radiomodems for any types of channels and bitrates,
  • Other products.

Downloads: