The Phasebook: Building Complex Masks via Discrete Representations for Source Separation


Deep learning based speech enhancement and source separation systems have recently reached unprecedented levels of quality, to the point that performance is reaching a new ceiling. Most systems rely on estimating the magnitude of a target source, either directly or by computing a real-valued mask to be applied to a time-frequency representation of the mixture signal. A limiting factor in such approaches is a lack of phase estimation: the phase of the mixture is most often used when reconstructing the estimated time-domain signal. We propose to estimate phase using “phasebook”, a new type of layer based on a discrete representation of the phase difference between the mixture and the target. We also introduce “combook”, a similar type of layer that directly estimates a complex mask. Wepresent various training and inference schemes involving these representations, and explain in particular how to include them in an endto-end learning framework. We also present an oracle study to assess upper bounds on performance for various types of masks using discrete phase representations. We evaluate the proposed methods on the wsj0-2mix dataset, a well-studied corpus for single-channel speaker-independent speaker separation, matching the performance of state-of-the-art mask-based approaches without requiring additional phase reconstruction steps.


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