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1. US20170026766 - Audio playback system monitoring

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Claims

1. A method for monitoring audience reaction to an audiovisual program played back by a playback system including a set of M speakers in a playback environment, where M is a positive integer, wherein the program has a soundtrack comprising M channels, said method including steps of:
(a) playing back the audiovisual program in the presence of an audience in the playback environment, including by emitting sound, determined by the program, from the speakers of the playback system in response to driving each of the speakers with a speaker feed for a different one of the channels of the soundtrack;
(b) obtaining audio data indicative of at least one microphone signal generated by at least microphone in the playback environment during emission of the sound in step (a); and
(c) processing the audio data to extract audience data from said audio data, and analyzing the audience data to determine audience reaction to the program, wherein the audience data are indicative of audience content indicated by the microphone signal, and the audience content comprises sound produced by the audience during playback of the program.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the step of analyzing the audience data includes a step of performing pattern classification.
3. The method of claim 1, wherein the playback environment is a movie theater, and step (a) includes the step of playing back the program in the presence of the audience in the movie theater.
4. The method of claim 1, wherein step (c) includes a step of performing a spectral subtraction to remove, from the audio data, program data indicative of program content indicated by the microphone signal, wherein the program content consists of sound emitted from the speakers during playback of the program.
5. The method of claim 4, wherein the spectral subtraction includes a step of determining a difference between the microphone signal and a sum of filtered versions of speaker feed signals asserted to the speakers during step (a).
6. The method of claim 5, wherein the filtered versions of speaker feed signals are generated by applying filters to the speaker feeds, and each of the filters is an equalized room response of a different one of the speakers measured at the microphone.
7. A system for monitoring audience reaction to an audiovisual program played back by a playback system including a set of M speakers in a playback environment, where M is a positive integer, wherein the program has a soundtrack comprising M channels, said system including:
a set of M microphones positioned in the playback environment, where M is a positive integer; and
a processor coupled to at least one of the microphones in the set, wherein the processor is configured to process audio data to extract audience data from said audio data, and to analyze the audience data to determine audience reaction to the program,
wherein the audio data are indicative of at least one microphone signal generated by said at least one of the microphones during playback of an audiovisual program in the presence of an audience in the playback environment, said playback of the program including emission of sound determined by the program from the speakers of the playback system in response to driving each of the speakers with a speaker feed for a different one of the channels of the soundtrack, and wherein the audience data are indicative of audience content indicated by the microphone signal, and the audience content comprises sound produced by the audience during playback of the program.
8. The system of claim 7, wherein the processor is configured to analyze the audience data including by performing pattern classification.
9. The system of claim 7, wherein the processor is configured to perform a spectral subtraction to remove, from the audio data, program data indicative of program content indicated by the microphone signal, wherein the program content consists of sound emitted from the speakers during playback of the program.
10. The system of claim 9, wherein the processor is configured to perform the spectral subtraction such that said spectral subtraction includes a step of determining a difference between the microphone signal and a sum of filtered versions of speaker feed signals asserted to the speakers.
11. The system of claim 10, wherein the processor is configured to generate the filtered versions of the speaker feed signals by applying filters to the speaker feeds, and wherein each of the filters is an equalized room response of a different one of the speakers measured at the microphone.