Talker and Background Noise Source Files
Following are clean, high-quality, talker-only and background noise-only audio files. These files were used to mix talker audio with background noise audio to create the files for the Modified Rhyme Test (MRT) experiments reported in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Click on Test Audio & Results to download the files that combine talker and background noise audio passed through public safety communications systems, as well as the listener results data collected for each experiment.
You can use the MRT audio files provided here with the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS)-developed software tool for objective estimation of speech intelligibility (technical paper here). The software tool, called Articulation Band Correlation -Modified Rhyme Test (ABC-MRT) (available here), reduces the time and expense usually associated with MRT experiments to gauge speech intelligibility.
DOWNLOADING AND USING COMPRESSED FILES
The download process is simple, but please read these steps completely before attempting to download files so that you understand what you agree to by downloading the files.
Some compressed files might include several subfolders and over 1,000 files. Take care to review the readme.txt files, which provide important information concerning the files contained within a given folder. Audio files are waveform audio format (WAV). Results data from our 2008, 2010 and 2012 MRT experiments is provided in comma-separated values (csv), MATLAB (mat), and Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (xls) formats.
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MRT Library Content User License:
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