Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Speech Enhancement Using a Mixture-Maximum Model

David Burshtein, Sharon Gannot

Dept. Electrical Engineering Systems Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel

We present a new spectral domain, speech enhancement algorithm. The new algorithm is based on a mixture model for the short time spectrum of the clean speech signal, and on a maximum assumption in the production of the noisy speech spectrum. The new algorithm is shown to be effective for improving the quality of speech signals corrupted by additive noise. The computational requirements of the algorithm can be significantly reduced, essentially without paying performance penalties, by incorporating a dual codebook scheme with tied variances. Experiments, using recorded speech signals and actual noise sources, show that in spite of its low computational requirements, the algorithm shows improved performance compared to alternative speech enhancement algorithms.

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Bibliographic reference.  Burshtein, David / Gannot, Sharon (1999): "Speech enhancement using a mixture-maximum model", In EUROSPEECH'99, 2591-2594.