Fourth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Madrid, Spain
September 18-21, 1995

Computationally Efficient Speech Enhancement by Spectral Minima Tracking in Subbands

Gerhard Doblinger

Institut für Nachrichtentechnik und Hochfrequenztechnik, Technische Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria

We present an efficient algorithm for the enhancement of speech signals which are heavily corrupted by short-time stationary, acoustically or electrically added disturbances. The algorithm is based on spectral amplitude estimation using an overlap-add FFT filter bank system. Compared to other systems, the improved performance of our speech enhancement system is achieved by the combination of the best known spectral amplitude estimators of the noisy speech signal and a new efficient and reliable noise spectrum tracker. As a result, our speech enhancement system requires no speech pause detection for noise estimation and needs only 14% - 23% of the resources of a commercially available digital signal pro.

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Bibliographic reference.  Doblinger, Gerhard (1995): "Computationally efficient speech enhancement by spectral minima tracking in subbands", In EUROSPEECH-1995, 1513-1516.