8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


Noise Reduction Using Paired-Microphones on Non-Equally-Spaced Microphone Arrangement

Mitsunori Mizumachi, Satoshi Nakamura

ATR-SLT, Japan

A wide variety of microphone arrays have been developed, and the authors have also proposed a type of equally-spaced small-scale microphone array. In this approach, a paired-microphone is selected at each frequency to design a subtractive beamformer that can estimate a noise spectrum. This paper introduces a non-equally- spaced microphone arrangement, which might give more spatial information than equally-spaced microphones, with two criteria for selecting the most suitable paired-microphone. These criteria are based on noise reduction rate and spectral smoothness, assuming that objective signals are speech. The feasibility of both the non-equally-spaced array and the criterion on spectral smoothness are confirmed by computer simulation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mizumachi, Mitsunori / Nakamura, Satoshi (2003): "Noise reduction using paired-microphones on non-equally-spaced microphone arrangement", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 585-588.