Energy Decay Curve

For measuring and defining reverberation time $ t_{60}$, Schroeder introduced the so-called energy decay curve (EDC) which is the tail integral of the squared impulse response at time $ t$:

$\displaystyle \hbox{EDC}(t) \isdef \int_t^\infty h^2(\tau)d\tau
$

Thus, $ \hbox{EDC}(t)$ is the total amount of signal energy remaining in the reverberator impulse response at time $ t$. The EDC decays more smoothly than the impulse response itself, and so it is more useful than ordinary amplitude envelopes for estimating $ t_{60}$.


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