Speech Signal Processing

Publication Details

Title STFT Phase Reconstruction in Voiced Speech for
an Improved Single-Channel Speech Enhancement
Authors Martin Krawczyk and Timo Gerkmann
Journal IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing
Organization IEEE
Date 2014
Vol. 22
No. 12
pp 1931-1940




The enhancement of speech which is corrupted by noise is commonly performed in the short-time discrete Fourier transform domain. In case only a single microphone signal is available, typically only the spectral amplitude is modified. However, it has recently been shown that an improved spectral phase can as well be utilized for speech enhancement, e.g., for phase-sensitive amplitude estimation. In this paper, we therefore present a method to reconstruct the spectral phase of voiced speech from only the fundamental frequency and the noisy observation. The importance of the spectral phase is highlighted and we elaborate on the reason why noise reduction can be achieved by modifications of the spectral phase. We show that, when the noisy phase is enhanced using the proposed phase reconstruction, instrumental measures predict an increase of speech quality over a range of signal to noise ratios, even without explicit amplitude enhancement.

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