DFT-Domain Based Single-Microphone Noise Reduction for Speech Enhancement: A Survey of the State of the Art

Richard C. Hendriks, Timo Gerkmann, Jesper Jensen

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As speech processing devices like mobile phones, voice controlled devices, and hearing aids have increased in popularity, people expect them to work anywhere and at any time without user intervention. However, the presence of acoustical disturbances limits the use of these applications, degrades their performance, or causes the user difficulties in understanding the conversation or appreciating the device. A common way to reduce the effects of such disturbances is through the use of single-microphone noise reduction algorithms for speech enhancement. The field of single-microphone noise reduction for speech enhancement comprises a history of more than 30 years of research. In this survey, we wish to demonstrate the significant advances that have been made during the last decade in the field of discrete Fourier transform domain-based single-channel noise reduction for speech enhancement.Furthermore, our goal is to provide a concise description of a state-of-the-art speech enhancement system, and demonstrate the relative importance of the various building blocks of such a system. This allows the non-expert DSP practitioner to judge the relevance of each building block and to implement a close-to-optimal enhancement system for the particular application at hand.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMorgan & Claypool Publishers
Number of pages80
ISBN (Print)9781627051439
ISBN (Electronic)9781627051446
Publication statusPublished - 2013
SeriesSynthesis Lectures on Speech and Audio Processing


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