Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
September 17-21, 2006

Speech Enhancement Based on Residual Noise Shaping

Jong Won Shin, Seung Yeol Lee, Hwan Sik Yun, Nam Soo Kim

Seoul National University, Korea

In this paper, we propose a novel approach to speech enhancement, which incorporates a new criterion based on residual noise shaping. In the proposed approach, our goal is to make the residual noise perceptually comfortable although the power of the residual noise is relatively high. In contrast to the conventional techniques, the proposed approach regulates not only the power of the signal distortion and residual noise but also the spectral shape of the residual noise. A predetermined ‘comfort noise’ is provided as a target for the spectral shaping. Three different versions of enhancement algorithms adopting the proposed criterion are presented. Subjective listening test results show that the proposed algorithm outperforms the conventional spectral enhancement techniques which are based on soft decision and the noise suppression module implemented in IS-893 Selectable Mode Vocoder.

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Bibliographic reference.  Shin, Jong Won / Lee, Seung Yeol / Yun, Hwan Sik / Kim, Nam Soo (2006): "Speech enhancement based on residual noise shaping", In INTERSPEECH-2006, paper 1201-Tue3FoP.2.