A Stereo Wind-Noise Suppressor with Null Beamforming and Frequency-Domain Noise Averaging

Masanori KATO  Akihiko SUGIYAMA  Tatsuya KOMATSU  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E101-A   No.10   pp.1631-1637
Publication Date: 2018/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E101.A.1631
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Digital Signal Processing
Keyword: 
wind noise,  noise suppressor,  stereo,  null beamforming,  frequency-domain averaging,  

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Summary: 
This paper proposes a stereo wind-noise suppressor with frequency-domain noise averaging. A directional gain for diffuse wind noise is estimated frame by frame using a null beamformer based on interchannel phase difference which blocks the target signal. The wind-noise gain estimate is commonly multiplied by the input noisy signal to generate channel dependent wind noise estimates in order to cope with interchannel wind-noise imbalance. Interchannel phase agreement by target signal dominance or incidentally equal wind-noise phase, which leads to underestimation, is offset by averaging channel dependent wind-noise estimates along frequency. Evaluation results show that the mean PESQ score by the proposed wind-noise suppressor reaches 2.1 which is 0.2 higher than that by the wind-noise suppressor without averaging and 0.3 higher than that by a conventional monaural-noise suppressor with a statistically significant difference.