STFT-Domain Neural Speech Enhancement with Very Low Algorithmic Latency


Deep learning based speech enhancement in the short-term Fourier transform (STFT) domain typically uses a large window length such as 32 ms. A larger window contains more samples and the frequency resolution can be higher for potentially better enhancement. This however incurs an algorithmic latency of 32 ms in an online setup, because the overlap-add algorithm used in the inverse STFT (iSTFT) is also performed based on the same 32 ms window size. To reduce this inherent latency, we adapt a conventional dual window size approach, where a regular input window size is used for STFT but a shorter output window is used for the overlap-add in the iSTFT, for STFT- domain deep learning based frame-online speech enhancement. Based on this STFT and iSTFT configuration, we employ single- or multi-microphone complex spectral mapping for frame-online enhancement, where a deep neural network (DNN) is trained to predict the real and imaginary (RI) components of target speech from the mixture RI components. In addition, we use the RI components predicted by the DNN to conduct frame- online beamforming, the results of which are then used as extra features for a second DNN to perform frame-online post-filtering. The frequency-domain beamforming in between the two DNNs can be easily integrated with complex spectral mapping and is designed to not incur any algorithmic latency. Additionally, we propose a future-frame prediction technique to further reduce the algorithmic latency. Evaluation results on a noisy-reverberant speech enhancement task demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed algorithms. Compared with Conv-TasNet, our STFT- domain system can achieve better enhancement performance for a comparable amount of computation, or comparable performance with less computation, maintaining strong performance at an algorithmic latency as low as 2 ms.


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  •  Wang, Z.-Q., Wichern, G., Watanabe, S., Le Roux, J., "STFT-Domain Neural Speech Enhancement with Very Low Algorithmic Latency", arXiv, April 2022.
    BibTeX arXiv
    • @article{Wang2022mar,
    • author = {Wang, Zhong-Qiu and Wichern, Gordon and Watanabe, Shinji and Le Roux, Jonathan},
    • title = {STFT-Domain Neural Speech Enhancement with Very Low Algorithmic Latency},
    • journal = {arXiv},
    • year = 2022,
    • month = apr,
    • url = {}
    • }