8th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Geneva, Switzerland
September 1-4, 2003


Modulation Spectral Filtering of Speech

Les Atlas

University of Washington, USA

Recent auditory physiological evidence points to a modulation frequency dimension in the auditory cortex. This dimension exists jointly with the tonotopic acoustic frequency dimension. Thus, audition can be considered as a relatively slowly-varying two-dimensional representation, the "modulation spectrum," where the first dimension is the well-known acoustic frequency and the second dimension is modulation frequency. We have recently developed a fully invertible analysis/synthesis approach for this modulation spectral transform. A general application of this approach is removal or modification of different modulation frequencies in audio or speech signals, which, for example, causes major changes in perceived dynamic character. A specific application of this modification is single-channel multiple-talker separation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Atlas, Les (2003): "Modulation spectral filtering of speech", In EUROSPEECH-2003, 2577-2580.