joint binaural linearly constrained minimum variance (JBLCMV) binaural beamformer
In this work a new multi-microphone noise reduction technique for binaural cue preservation of the desired source and the interferers. This method is based on the linearly constrained minimum variance (LCMV) framework, where the constraints are used for the binaural cue preservation of the desired source and of multiple interferers. In this framework there is a trade-off between noise reduction and binaural cue preservation. The more constraints the LCMV uses for preserving binaural cues, the less degrees of freedom can be used for noise suppression. The recently presented binaural LCMV (BLCMV) method and the optimal BLCMV (OBLCMV) method require two constraints per interferer and introduce an additional interference rejection parameter. This unnecessarily reduces the degrees of freedom, available for noise reduction, and negatively influences the trade-off between noise reduction and binaural cue preservation. With the proposed method, binaural cue preservation is obtained using just a single constraint per interferer without the need of an interference rejection parameter. The proposed method can simultaneously achieve noise reduction and perfect binaural cue preservation of more than twice as many interferers as the BLCMV, while the OBLCMV can preserve the binaural cues of only one interferer.
- Improved multi-microphone noise reduction preserving binaural cues
A. Koutrouvelis; R. C. Hendriks; J. Jensen; R. Heusdens;
In Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. Acoustics, Speech, Signal Proc. (ICASSP),
Shanghai, China, March 2016.