Single-Channel Speech Dereverberation using Subband Network with A Reverberation Time Shortening Target


Abstract

Rui Zhou,Wenye Zhu, Xiaofei Li [ PDF ]

This work proposes a subband network for single-channel speech dereverberation, and also a new learning target based on reverberation time shortening (RTS). In the time-frequency domain, we propose to use a subband network to perform dereverberation for different frequency bands independently. The time-domain convolution can be well decomposed to subband convolutions, thence it is reasonable to train the subband network to perform subband deconvolution. The learning target for dereverberation is usually set as the direct-path speech or optionally with some early reflections. This type of target suddenly truncates the reverberation, and thus it may not be suitable for network training, and leads to a large prediction error. In this work, we propose a RTS learning target to suppress reverberation and meanwhile maintain the exponential decaying property of reverberation, which will ease the network training, and thus reduce the prediction error and signal distortions. Experiments show that the subband network can achieve outstanding dereverberation performance, and the proposed target has a smaller prediction error than the target of direct-path speech and early reflections.

Examples

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Source Code

These works are open sourced at github, see [ code ].