Postfiltering with Complex Spectral Correlations for Speech and Audio Coding

Sneha Das, Tom Bäckström

State-of-the-art speech codecs achieve a good compromise between quality, bitrate and complexity. However, retaining performance outside the target bitrate range remains challenging. To improve performance, many codecs use pre- and post-filtering techniques to reduce the perceptual effect of quantization-noise. In this paper, we propose a postfiltering method to attenuate quantization noise which uses the complex spectral correlations of speech signals. Since conventional speech codecs cannot transmit information with temporal dependencies as transmission errors could result in severe error propagation, we model the correlation offline and employ them at the decoder, hence removing the need to transmit any side information. Objective evaluation indicates an average 4 dB improvement in the perceptual SNR of signals using the context-based post-filter, with respect to the noisy signal and an average 2 dB improvement relative to the conventional Wiener filter. These results are confirmed by an improvement of up to 30 MUSHRA points in a subjective listening test.

 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1026

Cite as: Das, S., Bäckström, T. (2018) Postfiltering with Complex Spectral Correlations for Speech and Audio Coding. Proc. Interspeech 2018, 3538-3542, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1026.

  author={Sneha Das and Tom Bäckström},
  title={Postfiltering with Complex Spectral Correlations for Speech and Audio Coding},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2018},