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Dereverberate Speech Using Deep Learning Networks

This example shows how to train a U-Net fully convolutional network (FCN) [1] to dereverberate a speech signals.

Introduction

Reverberation occurs when a speech signal is reflected off objects in space, causing multiple reflections to build up and eventually leads to degradation of speech quality. Dereverberation is the process of reducing the reverberation effects in a speech signal.

Dereverberate Speech Signal Using Pretrained Network

Before going into the training process in detail, use a pretrained network to dereverberate a speech signal.

Download the pretrained network. This network was trained on 56-speaker versions of the training datasets. The example walks through training on the 28-speaker version.

url = 'https://ssd.mathworks.com/supportfiles/audio/dereverbnet.zip';
downloadFolder = tempdir;
networkDataFolder = fullfile(downloadFolder,'derevernet');

if ~exist(networkDataFolder,'dir')
    disp('Downloading pretrained network ...')
    unzip(url,downloadFolder)
end
load(fullfile(networkDataFolder,'dereverbNet.mat'))

Listen to a clean speech signal sampled at 16 kHz.

[cleanAudio,fs] = audioread('clean_speech_signal.wav');

sound(cleanAudio,fs)

An acoustic path can be modelled using a room impulse response. You can model reverberation by convolving an anechoic signal with a room impulse response.

Load and plot a room impulse response.

[rirAudio,fsR] = audioread('room_impulse_response.wav');

tAxis = (1/fsR)*(0:numel(rirAudio)-1);

figure
plot(tAxis,rirAudio)
xlabel('Time (s)')
ylabel('Amplitude')
grid on

Convolve the clean speech with the room impulse response to obtain reverberated speech. Align the lengths and amplitudes of the reverberated and clean speech signals.

revAudio = conv(cleanAudio,rirAudio);

revAudio = revAudio(1:numel(cleanAudio));
revAudio = revAudio.*(max(abs(cleanAudio))/max(abs(revAudio)));

Listen to the reverberated speech signal.

sound(revAudio,fs)

The input to the pretrained network is the log-magnitude short-time Fourier transform (STFT) of the reverberant audio. The network predicts the log-magnitude STFT of the dereverberated input. To estimate the original time-domain audio signal, you perform an inverse STFT and assume the phase of the reverberant audio.

Use the following parameters to compute the STFT.

params.WindowdowLength = 512;
params.Window = hamming(params.WindowdowLength,"periodic");
params.OverlapLength = round(0.75*params.WindowdowLength);
params.FFTLength = params.WindowdowLength;

Use stft to compute the one-sided log-magnitude STFT. Use single precision when computing features to better utilize memory usage and to speed up the training. Even though the one-sided STFT yields 257 frequency bins, consider only 256 bins and ignore the highest frequency bin.

revAudio = single(revAudio);    
audioSTFT = stft(revAudio,'Window',params.Window,'OverlapLength',params.OverlapLength, ...
                'FFTLength',params.FFTLength,'FrequencyRange','onesided'); 
Eps = realmin('single');
reverbFeats = log(abs(audioSTFT(1:end-1,:)) + Eps);

Extract the phase of the STFT.

phaseOriginal = angle(audioSTFT(1:end-1,:));

Each input will have dimensions 256-by-256 (frequency bins by time steps). Split the log-magnitude STFT into segments of 256 time-steps.

params.NumSegments = 256;
params.NumFeatures = 256;
totalFrames = size(reverbFeats,2);
chunks = ceil(totalFrames/params.NumSegments);
reverbSTFTSegments = mat2cell(reverbFeats,params.NumFeatures, ...
    [params.NumSegments*ones(1,chunks - 1),(totalFrames - (chunks-1)*params.NumSegments)]);
reverbSTFTSegments{chunks} = reverbFeats(:,end-params.NumSegments + 1:end);

Scale the segmented features to the range [-1,1]. Retain the minimum and maximum values used to scale for reconstructing the dereverberated signal.

minVals = num2cell(cellfun(@(x)min(x,[],'all'),reverbSTFTSegments));
maxVals = num2cell(cellfun(@(x)max(x,[],'all'),reverbSTFTSegments));

featNorm = cellfun(@(feat,minFeat,maxFeat)2.*(feat - minFeat)./(maxFeat - minFeat) - 1, ...
    reverbSTFTSegments,minVals,maxVals,'UniformOutput',false);

Reshape the features so that chunks are along the fourth dimension.

featNorm = reshape(cell2mat(featNorm),params.NumFeatures,params.NumSegments,1,chunks);

Predict the log-magnitude spectra of the reverberated speech signal using the pretrained network.

predictedSTFT4D = predict(dereverbNet,featNorm);

Reshape to 3-dimensions and scale the predicted STFTs to the original range using the saved minimum-maximum pairs.

predictedSTFT = squeeze(mat2cell(predictedSTFT4D,params.NumFeatures,params.NumSegments,1,ones(1,chunks)))';
featDeNorm = cellfun(@(feat,minFeat,maxFeat) (feat + 1).*(maxFeat-minFeat)./2 + minFeat, ...
    predictedSTFT,minVals,maxVals,'UniformOutput',false);

Reverse the log-scaling.

predictedSTFT = cellfun(@exp,featDeNorm,'UniformOutput',false);

Concatenate the predicted 256-by-256 magnitude STFT segments to obtain the magnitude spectrogram of original length.

predictedSTFTAll = predictedSTFT(1:chunks - 1);
predictedSTFTAll = cat(2,predictedSTFTAll{:});
predictedSTFTAll(:,totalFrames - params.NumSegments + 1:totalFrames) = predictedSTFT{chunks};

Before taking the inverse STFT, append zeros to the predicted log-magnitude spectrum and the phase in lieu of the highest frequency bin which was excluded when preparing input features.

nCount = size(predictedSTFTAll,3);
predictedSTFTAll = cat(1,predictedSTFTAll,zeros(1,totalFrames,nCount));
phase = cat(1,phaseOriginal,zeros(1,totalFrames,nCount));

Use the inverse STFT function to reconstruct the dereverberated time-domain speech signal using the predicted log-magnitude STFT and the phase of reverberant speech signal.

oneSidedSTFT = predictedSTFTAll.*exp(1j*phase);
dereverbedAudio = istft(oneSidedSTFT, ...
    'Window',params.Window,'OverlapLength',params.OverlapLength, ...
    'FFTLength',params.FFTLength,'ConjugateSymmetric',true, ...
    'FrequencyRange','onesided');

dereverbedAudio = dereverbedAudio./max(abs([dereverbedAudio;revAudio]));
dereverbedAudio = [dereverbedAudio;zeros(length(revAudio) - numel(dereverbedAudio), 1)];

Listen to the dereverberated audio signal.

sound(dereverbedAudio,fs)

Plot the clean, reverberant, and dereverberated speech signals.

t = (1/fs)*(0:numel(cleanAudio)-1);

figure

subplot(3,1,1)
plot(t,cleanAudio)
xlabel('Time (s)')
grid on
subtitle('Clean Speech Signal')

subplot(3,1,2)
plot(t,revAudio)
xlabel('Time (s)')
grid on
subtitle('Revereberated Speech Signal')

subplot(3,1,3)
plot(t,dereverbedAudio)
xlabel('Time (s)')
grid on
subtitle('Derevereberated Speech Signal')

Visualize the spectrograms of the clean, reverberant, and dereverberated speech signals.

figure('Position',[100,100,800,800])

subplot(3,1,1)
spectrogram(cleanAudio,params.Window,params.OverlapLength,params.FFTLength,fs,'yaxis');
subtitle('Clean')

subplot(3,1,2)
spectrogram(revAudio,params.Window,params.OverlapLength,params.FFTLength,fs,'yaxis');  
subtitle('Reverberated')
 
subplot(3,1,3)
spectrogram(dereverbedAudio,params.Window,params.OverlapLength,params.FFTLength,fs,'yaxis');  
subtitle('Predicted (Dereverberated)')

Download the Dataset

This example uses the Reverberant Speech Database [2] and the corresponding Clean Speech Database [3] to train the network.

Download the clean speech data set.

url1 = 'https://datashare.is.ed.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10283/2791/clean_trainset_28spk_wav.zip';
url2 = 'https://datashare.is.ed.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10283/2791/clean_testset_wav.zip';
downloadFolder = tempdir;
cleanDataFolder = fullfile(downloadFolder,'DS_10283_2791');

if ~exist(cleanDataFolder,'dir')
    disp('Downloading data set (6 GB) ...')
    unzip(url1,cleanDataFolder)
    unzip(url2,cleanDataFolder)
end

Download the reverberated speech dataset.

url3 = 'https://datashare.is.ed.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10283/2031/reverb_trainset_28spk_wav.zip';
url4 = 'https://datashare.is.ed.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10283/2031/reverb_testset_wav.zip';
downloadFolder = tempdir;
reverbDataFolder = fullfile(downloadFolder,'DS_10283_2031');

if ~exist(reverbDataFolder,'dir')
    disp('Downloading data set (6 GB) ...')
    unzip(url3,reverbDataFolder)
    unzip(url4,reverbDataFolder)
end

Data Preprocessing and Feature Extraction

Once the data is downloaded, preprocess the downloaded data and extract features before training the DNN model:

  1. Synthetically generate reverberant data using the reverberator object

  2. Split each speech signal into small segments of 2.072s duration

  3. Discard segments which contain significant silent regions

  4. Extract log-magnitude STFTs as predictor and target features

  5. Scale and reshape features

First, create two audioDatastore objects that point to the clean and reverberant speech datasets.

adsCleanTrain = audioDatastore(fullfile(cleanDataFolder,'clean_trainset_28spk_wav'),'IncludeSubfolders',true);
adsReverbTrain = audioDatastore(fullfile(reverbDataFolder,'reverb_trainset_28spk_wav'),'IncludeSubfolders',true);

Synthetic Reverberant Speech Data Generation

The amount of reverberation in the original data is relatively small. You will augment the reverberant speech data with significant reverberation effects using the reverberator object.

Create an audioDatastore that points to the clean speech dataset allocated for synthetic reverberant data generation.

adsSyntheticCleanTrain = subset(adsCleanTrain,10e3+1:length(adsCleanTrain.Files));
adsCleanTrain = subset(adsCleanTrain,1:10e3);
adsReverbTrain = subset(adsReverbTrain,1:10e3);

Resample from 48 kHz to 16 kHz.

adsSyntheticCleanTrain = transform(adsSyntheticCleanTrain,@(x)resample(x,16e3,48e3));
adsCleanTrain = transform(adsCleanTrain,@(x)resample(x,16e3,48e3));
adsReverbTrain = transform(adsReverbTrain,@(x)resample(x,16e3,48e3));

Combine the two audio datastores, maintaining the correspondence between the clean and reverberant speech samples.

adsCombinedTrain = combine(adsCleanTrain,adsReverbTrain);

The applyReverb function creates a reverberator object, updates the pre delay, decay factor, and wet-dry mix parameters as specified, and then applies reverberation. Use audioDataAugmenter to create synthetically generated reverberant data.

augmenter = audioDataAugmenter('AugmentationMode','independent','NumAugmentations', 1,'ApplyAddNoise',0, ...
    'ApplyTimeStretch',0,'ApplyPitchShift',0,'ApplyVolumeControl',0,'ApplyTimeShift',0);
algorithmHandle = @(y,preDelay,decayFactor,wetDryMix,samplingRate) ...
    applyReverb(y,preDelay,decayFactor,wetDryMix,samplingRate);

addAugmentationMethod(augmenter,'Reverb',algorithmHandle, ...
    'AugmentationParameter',{'PreDelay','DecayFactor','WetDryMix','SamplingRate'}, ...
    'ParameterRange',{[0.15,0.25],[0.2,0.5],[0.3,0.45],[16000,16000]})

augmenter.ReverbProbability = 1;
disp(augmenter)
  audioDataAugmenter with properties:

               AugmentationMode: 'independent'
    AugmentationParameterSource: 'random'
               NumAugmentations: 1
               ApplyTimeStretch: 0
                ApplyPitchShift: 0
             ApplyVolumeControl: 0
                  ApplyAddNoise: 0
                 ApplyTimeShift: 0
                    ApplyReverb: 1
                  PreDelayRange: [0.1500 0.2500]
               DecayFactorRange: [0.2000 0.5000]
                 WetDryMixRange: [0.3000 0.4500]
              SamplingRateRange: [16000 16000]

Create a new audioDatastore corresponding to synthetically generated reverberant data by calling transform to apply data augmentation.

adsSyntheticReverbTrain = transform(adsSyntheticCleanTrain,@(y)deal(augment(augmenter,y,16e3).Audio{1}));

Combine the two audio datastores.

adsSyntheticCombinedTrain = combine(adsSyntheticCleanTrain,adsSyntheticReverbTrain);

Next, based on the dimensions of the input features to the network, segment the audio into chunks of 2.072 s duration with an overlap of 50%.

Having too many silent segments can adversely affect the DNN model training. Remove the segments which are mostly silent (more than 50% of the duration) and exclude those from the model training. Do not completely remove silence because the model will not be robust to silent regions and slight reverberation effects could be identified as silence. detectSpeech can identify the start and end points of silent regions. After these two steps, the feature extraction process can be carried out as explained in the first section. helperFeatureExtract implements these steps.

Define the feature extraction parameters. By setting reduceDataSet to true, you choose a small subset of the datasets to perform the subsequent steps.

reduceDataSet = true;
params.fs = 16000;
params.WindowdowLength = 512;
params.Window = hamming(params.WindowdowLength,"periodic");
params.OverlapLength = round(0.75*params.WindowdowLength);
params.FFTLength = params.WindowdowLength;
samplesPerMs = params.fs/1000;
params.samplesPerImage = (24+256*8)*samplesPerMs;
params.shiftImage = params.samplesPerImage/2;
params.NumSegments = 256;
params.NumFeatures = 256
params = struct with fields:
    WindowdowLength: 512
             Window: [512×1 double]
      OverlapLength: 384
          FFTLength: 512
        NumSegments: 256
        NumFeatures: 256
                 fs: 16000
    samplesPerImage: 33152
         shiftImage: 16576

To speed up processing, distribute the preprocessing and feature extraction task across multiple workers using parfor.

Determine the number of partitions for the dataset. If you do not have Parallel Computing Toolbox, use a single partition.

if ~isempty(ver('parallel'))
    pool = gcp;
    numPar = numpartitions(adsCombinedTrain,pool);
else
    numPar = 1;
end
Starting parallel pool (parpool) using the 'local' profile ...
Connected to the parallel pool (number of workers: 6).

For each partition, read from the datastore, preprocess the audio signal, and then extract the features.

if reduceDataSet
    adsCombinedTrain = shuffle(adsCombinedTrain); %#ok
    adsCombinedTrain = subset(adsCombinedTrain,1:200);
    
    adsSyntheticCombinedTrain = shuffle(adsSyntheticCombinedTrain);
    adsSyntheticCombinedTrain = subset(adsSyntheticCombinedTrain,1:200);
end

allCleanFeatures = cell(1,numPar);
allReverbFeatures = cell(1,numPar);

parfor iPartition = 1:numPar
    combinedPartition = partition(adsCombinedTrain,numPar,iPartition);
    combinedSyntheticPartition = partition(adsSyntheticCombinedTrain,numPar,iPartition);
        
    cPartitionSize = numel(combinedPartition.UnderlyingDatastores{1}.UnderlyingDatastores{1}.Files);
    cSyntheticPartitionSize = numel(combinedSyntheticPartition.UnderlyingDatastores{1}.UnderlyingDatastores{1}.Files);
    partitionSize = cPartitionSize + cSyntheticPartitionSize;
    
    cleanFeaturesPartition = cell(1,partitionSize);    
    reverbFeaturesPartition = cell(1,partitionSize);  
    
    for idx = 1:partitionSize
        if idx <= cPartitionSize
            audios = read(combinedPartition);
        else
            audios = read(combinedSyntheticPartition);
        end
        cleanAudio = single(audios(:,1));
        reverbAudio = single(audios(:,2));
        [featuresClean,featuresReverb] = helperFeatureExtract(cleanAudio,reverbAudio,false,params);
        cleanFeaturesPartition{idx} = featuresClean;
        reverbFeaturesPartition{idx} = featuresReverb;
    end
    allCleanFeatures{iPartition} = cat(2,cleanFeaturesPartition{:});
    allReverbFeatures{iPartition} = cat(2,reverbFeaturesPartition{:});
end

allCleanFeatures = cat(2,allCleanFeatures{:});
allReverbFeatures = cat(2,allReverbFeatures{:});

Normalize the extracted features to the range [-1,1] and then reshape as explained in the first section, using the featureNormalizeAndReshape function.

trainClean = featureNormalizeAndReshape(allCleanFeatures);
trainReverb = featureNormalizeAndReshape(allReverbFeatures);

Now that you have extracted the log-magnitude STFT features from the training datasets, follow the same procedure to extract features from the validation datasets. For reconstruction purposes, retain the phase of the reverberant speech samples of the validation dataset. In addition, retain the audio data for both the clean and reverberant speech samples in the validation set to use in the evaluation process (next section).

adsCleanVal = audioDatastore(fullfile(cleanDataFolder,'clean_testset_wav'),'IncludeSubfolders',true);
adsReverbVal = audioDatastore(fullfile(reverbDataFolder,'reverb_testset_wav'),'IncludeSubfolders',true);

Resample from 48 kHz to 16 kHz.

adsCleanVal = transform(adsCleanVal,@(x)resample(x,16e3,48e3));
adsReverbVal = transform(adsReverbVal,@(x)resample(x,16e3,48e3));

adsCombinedVal = combine(adsCleanVal,adsReverbVal); 
if reduceDataSet
    adsCombinedVal = shuffle(adsCombinedVal);%#ok
    adsCombinedVal = subset(adsCombinedVal,1:50);
end

allValCleanFeatures = cell(1,numPar);
allValReverbFeatures = cell(1,numPar);
allValReverbPhase = cell(1,numPar);
allValCleanAudios = cell(1,numPar);
allValReverbAudios = cell(1,numPar);

parfor iPartition = 1:numPar
    combinedPartition = partition(adsCombinedVal,numPar,iPartition);
    
    partitionSize = numel(combinedPartition.UnderlyingDatastores{1}.UnderlyingDatastores{1}.Files);
    
    cleanFeaturesPartition = cell(1,partitionSize);    
    reverbFeaturesPartition = cell(1,partitionSize);  
    reverbPhasePartition = cell(1,partitionSize); 
    cleanAudiosPartition = cell(1,partitionSize); 
    reverbAudiosPartition = cell(1,partitionSize);

    for idx = 1:partitionSize
        audios = read(combinedPartition);
        
        cleanAudio = single(audios(:,1));
        reverbAudio = single(audios(:,2));
        
        [a,b,c,d,e] = helperFeatureExtract(cleanAudio,reverbAudio,true,params);
        
        cleanFeaturesPartition{idx} = a;
        reverbFeaturesPartition{idx} = b;  
        reverbPhasePartition{idx} = c;
        cleanAudiosPartition{idx} = d;
        reverbAudiosPartition{idx} = e;
    end
    allValCleanFeatures{iPartition} = cat(2,cleanFeaturesPartition{:});
    allValReverbFeatures{iPartition} = cat(2,reverbFeaturesPartition{:});
    allValReverbPhase{iPartition} = cat(2,reverbPhasePartition{:});
    allValCleanAudios{iPartition} = cat(2,cleanAudiosPartition{:});
    allValReverbAudios{iPartition} = cat(2,reverbAudiosPartition{:});
end

allValCleanFeatures = cat(2,allValCleanFeatures{:});
allValReverbFeatures = cat(2,allValReverbFeatures{:});
allValReverbPhase = cat(2,allValReverbPhase{:});
allValCleanAudios = cat(2,allValCleanAudios{:});
allValReverbAudios = cat(2,allValReverbAudios{:});

valClean = featureNormalizeAndReshape(allValCleanFeatures);

Retain the minimum and maximum values of each feature of the reverberant validation set. You will use these values in the reconstruction process.

[valReverb,valMinMaxPairs] = featureNormalizeAndReshape(allValReverbFeatures);

Define Neural Network Architecture

A fully convolutional network architecture named U-Net was adapted for this speech dereverberation task as proposed in [1]. "U-Net" is an encoder-decoder network with skip connections. In the U-Net model, each layer downsamples its input (stride of 2) until a bottleneck layer is reached (encoding path). In subsequent layers, the input is upsampled by each layer until the output is returned to the original shape (decoding path). To minimize the loss of low-level information during the downsampling process, connections are made between the mirrored layers by directly concatenating outputs of corresponding layers (skip connections).

Define the network architecture and return the layer graph with connections.

params.WindowdowLength = 512;
params.FFTLength = params.WindowdowLength;
params.NumFeatures = params.FFTLength/2;
params.NumSegments = 256;
    
filterH = 6;
filterW = 6;
numChannels = 1;
nFilters = [64,128,256,512,512,512,512,512];

inputLayer = imageInputLayer([params.NumFeatures,params.NumSegments,numChannels], ...
    'Normalization','none','Name','input');
layers = inputLayer;

% U-Net squeezing path
layers = [layers;
    convolution2dLayer([filterH,filterW],nFilters(1),'Stride',2,'Padding','same','Name',"conv"+string(1));
    leakyReluLayer(0.2,'Name',"leaky-relu"+string(1))];
        
for i = 2:8
    layers =  [layers;
        convolution2dLayer([filterH,filterW],nFilters(i),'Stride',2,'Padding','same','Name',"conv"+string(i));
        batchNormalizationLayer('Name',"batchnorm"+string(i))];%#ok
    if i ~= 8
        layers = [layers;leakyReluLayer(0.2,'Name',"leaky-relu"+string(i))];%#ok
    else
        layers = [layers;reluLayer('Name',"relu"+string(i))];%#ok
    end
end

% U-Net expanding path
for i = 7:-1:0
    nChannels = numChannels;
    if i > 0
        nChannels = nFilters(i);
    end
    layers = [layers;
        transposedConv2dLayer([filterH,filterW],nChannels,'Stride',2,'Cropping','same','Name',"deconv"+string(i))];%#ok
    if i > 0
        layers = [layers; batchNormalizationLayer('Name',"de-batchnorm" +string(i))];%#ok
    end
    if i > 4
        layers = [layers;dropoutLayer(0.5,'Name',"de-dropout"+string(i))];%#ok
    end
    if i > 0
        layers = [layers;
            reluLayer('Name',"de-relu"+string(i));
            concatenationLayer(3,2,'Name',"concat"+string(i))];%#ok
    else
        layers = [layers;tanhLayer('Name',"de-tanh"+string(i))];%#ok
    end
end

layers = [layers;regressionLayer('Name','output')];

unetLayerGraph = layerGraph(layers); 

% Define skip-connections
for i = 1:7
    unetLayerGraph = connectLayers(unetLayerGraph,'leaky-relu'+string(i),'concat'+string(i)+'/in2');
end

Use analyzeNetwork to view the model architecture. This is a good way to visualize the connections between layers.

analyzeNetwork(unetLayerGraph); 

Train the Network

You will use the mean squared error (MSE) between the log-magnitude spectra of the dereverberated speech sample (output of the model) and the corresponding clean speech sample (target) as the loss function. Use the adam optimizer and a mini-batch size of 128 for the training. Allow the model to train for a maximum of 50 epochs. If the validation loss doesn't improve for 5 consecutive epochs, terminate the training process. Reduce the learning rate by a factor of 10 every 15 epochs.

Define the training options as below. Change the execution environment and whether to perform background dispatching depending on your hardware availability and whether you have access to Parallel Computing Toolbox™.

initialLearnRate = 8e-4;
miniBatchSize = 64;

options = trainingOptions("adam", ...
        "MaxEpochs", 50, ...
        "InitialLearnRate",initialLearnRate, ...
        "MiniBatchSize",miniBatchSize, ...
        "Shuffle","every-epoch", ...
        "Plots","training-progress", ...
        "Verbose",false, ...
        "ValidationFrequency",max(1,floor(size(trainReverb,4)/miniBatchSize)), ...
        "ValidationPatience",5, ...
        "LearnRateSchedule","piecewise", ...
        "LearnRateDropFactor",0.1, ... 
        "LearnRateDropPeriod",15, ...
        "ExecutionEnvironment","gpu", ...
        "DispatchInBackground",true, ...
        "ValidationData",{valReverb,valClean});

Train the network.

dereverbNet = trainNetwork(trainReverb,trainClean,unetLayerGraph,options);

Evaluate Network Performance

Prediction and Reconstruction

Predict the log-magnitude spectra of the validation set.

predictedSTFT4D = predict(dereverbNet,valReverb);

Use the helperReconstructPredictedAudios function to reconstruct the predicted speech. This function performs actions outlined in the first section.

params.WindowdowLength = 512;
params.Window = hamming(params.WindowdowLength,"periodic");
params.OverlapLength = round(0.75*params.WindowdowLength);
params.FFTLength = params.WindowdowLength;
params.fs = 16000;

dereverbedAudioAll = helperReconstructPredictedAudios(predictedSTFT4D,valMinMaxPairs,allValReverbPhase,allValReverbAudios,params);

Visualize the log-magnitude STFTs of the clean, reverberant, and corresponding dereverberated speech signals.

figure('Position',[100,100,1024,1200])

subplot(3,1,1)
imagesc(squeeze(allValCleanFeatures{1}))    
set(gca,'Ydir','normal')
subtitle('Clean')
xlabel('Time')
ylabel('Frequency')
colorbar

subplot(3,1,2)
imagesc(squeeze(allValReverbFeatures{1}))
set(gca,'Ydir','normal')
subtitle('Reverberated')
xlabel('Time')
ylabel('Frequency')
colorbar

subplot(3,1,3)
imagesc(squeeze(predictedSTFT4D(:,:,:,1)))
set(gca,'Ydir','normal')
subtitle('Predicted (Dereverberated)')
xlabel('Time')
ylabel('Frequency')
caxis([-1,1])
colorbar

Evaluation Metrics

You will use a subset of objective measures used in [1] to evaluate the performance of the network. These metrics are computed on the time-domain signals.

  • Cepstrum distance (CD) - Provides an estimate of the log spectral distance between two spectra (predicted and clean). Smaller values indicate better quality.

  • Log likelihood ratio (LLR) - Linear predictive coding (LPC) based objective measurement. Smaller values indicate better quality.

Compute these measurements for the reverberant speech and the dereverberated speech signals.

[summaryMeasuresReconstructed,allMeasuresReconstructed] = calculateObjectiveMeasures(dereverbedAudioAll,allValCleanAudios,params.fs);
[summaryMeasuresReverb,allMeasuresReverb] = calculateObjectiveMeasures(allValReverbAudios,allValCleanAudios,params.fs);
disp(summaryMeasuresReconstructed)
       avgCdMean: 3.8386
     avgCdMedian: 3.3671
      avgLlrMean: 0.9152
    avgLlrMedian: 0.8096
disp(summaryMeasuresReverb)
       avgCdMean: 4.2591
     avgCdMedian: 3.6336
      avgLlrMean: 0.9726
    avgLlrMedian: 0.8714

The histograms illustrate the distribution of mean CD, mean SRMR and mean LLR of the reverberant and dereverberated data.

figure('position',[50,50,1100,1300])

subplot(2,1,1)
histogram(allMeasuresReverb.cdMean,10)
hold on
histogram(allMeasuresReconstructed.cdMean, 10)
subtitle('Mean Cepstral Distance Distribution')
ylabel('count')
xlabel('mean CD')
legend('Reverberant (Original)','Dereverberated (Predicted)')

subplot(2,1,2)
histogram(allMeasuresReverb.llrMean,10)
hold on
histogram(allMeasuresReconstructed.llrMean,10)
subtitle('Mean Log Likelihood Ratio Distribution')
ylabel('Count')
xlabel('Mean LLR')
legend('Reverberant (Original)','Dereverberated (Predicted)')

References

[1] Ernst, O., Chazan, S.E., Gannot, S., & Goldberger, J. (2018). Speech Dereverberation Using Fully Convolutional Networks. 2018 26th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), 390-394.

[2] https://datashare.is.ed.ac.uk/handle/10283/2031

[3] https://datashare.is.ed.ac.uk/handle/10283/2791

[4] https://github.com/MuSAELab/SRMRToolbox

Supporting Functions

Apply Reverberation

function yOut = applyReverb(y,preDelay,decayFactor,wetDryMix,fs)
% This function generates reverberant speech data using the reverberator
% object
%
% inputs: 
% y                                - clean speech sample
% preDelay, decayFactor, wetDryMix - reverberation parameters
% fs                               - sampling rate of y
%
% outputs:
% yOut - corresponding reveberated speech sample

    revObj = reverberator('SampleRate',fs, ...
        'DecayFactor',decayFactor, ...
        'WetDryMix',wetDryMix, ...
        'PreDelay',preDelay);
    yOut = revObj(y);
    yOut = yOut(1:length(y),1);
end

Extract Features Batch

function [featuresClean,featuresReverb,phaseReverb,cleanAudios,reverbAudios] ...
    = helperFeatureExtract(cleanAudio,reverbAudio,isVal,params)
% This function performs the preprocessing and features extraction task on 
% the audio files used for dereverberation model training and testing.
%
% inputs:
% cleanAudio  - the clean audio file (reference)
% reverbAudio - corresponding reverberant speech file
% isVal       - Boolean flag indicating if it is the validation set
% params      - a structure containing feature extraction parameters
%
% outputs:
% featuresClean  - log-magnitude STFT features of clean audio
% featuresReverb - log-magnitude STFT features of reverberant audio
% phaseReverb    - phase of STFT of reverberant audio
% cleanAudios    - 2.072s-segments of clean audio file used for feature extraction
% reverbAudios   - 2.072s-segments of corresponding reverberant audio

    assert(length(cleanAudio) == length(reverbAudio));
    nSegments = floor((length(reverbAudio) - (params.samplesPerImage - params.shiftImage))/params.shiftImage);

    featuresClean = {};
    featuresReverb = {};
    phaseReverb = {};
    cleanAudios = {};
    reverbAudios = {};
    nGood = 0;
    nonSilentRegions = detectSpeech(reverbAudio, params.fs);
    nonSilentRegionIdx = 1;
    totalRegions = size(nonSilentRegions, 1);
    for cid = 1:nSegments
        start = (cid - 1)*params.shiftImage + 1;
        en = start + params.samplesPerImage - 1;

        nonSilentSamples = 0;
        while nonSilentRegionIdx < totalRegions && nonSilentRegions(nonSilentRegionIdx, 2) < start
            nonSilentRegionIdx = nonSilentRegionIdx + 1;
        end
        
        nonSilentStart = nonSilentRegionIdx;
        while nonSilentStart <= totalRegions && nonSilentRegions(nonSilentStart, 1) <= en
            nonSilentDuration = min(en, nonSilentRegions(nonSilentStart,2)) - max(start,nonSilentRegions(nonSilentStart,1)) + 1;
            nonSilentSamples = nonSilentSamples + nonSilentDuration; 
            nonSilentStart = nonSilentStart + 1;
        end
        
        nonSilentPerc = nonSilentSamples * 100 / (en - start + 1);
        silent = nonSilentPerc < 50;
        
        reverbAudioSegment = reverbAudio(start:en);
        if ~silent
            nGood = nGood + 1;
            cleanAudioSegment = cleanAudio(start:en);
            assert(length(cleanAudioSegment)==length(reverbAudioSegment), 'Lengths do not match after chunking')
            
            % Clean Audio
            [featsUnit, ~] = featureExtract(cleanAudioSegment, params);
            featuresClean{nGood} = featsUnit; %#ok

            % Reverb Audio
            [featsUnit, phaseUnit] = featureExtract(reverbAudioSegment, params);
            featuresReverb{nGood} = featsUnit; %#ok
            if isVal
                phaseReverb{nGood} = phaseUnit; %#ok
                reverbAudios{nGood} = reverbAudioSegment;%#ok
                cleanAudios{nGood} = cleanAudioSegment;%#ok
            end
        end
    end
end

Extract Features

function [features, phase, lastFBin] = featureExtract(audio, params)
% Function to extract features for a speech file
    audio = single(audio);
    
    audioSTFT = stft(audio,'Window',params.Window,'OverlapLength',params.OverlapLength, ...
                    'FFTLength', params.FFTLength, 'FrequencyRange', 'onesided');
    
    phase = single(angle(audioSTFT(1:end-1,:)));     
    features = single(log(abs(audioSTFT(1:end-1,:)) + 10e-30)); 
    lastFBin = audioSTFT(end,:);

end

Normalize and Reshape Features

function [featNorm,minMaxPairs] = featureNormalizeAndReshape(feats)
% function to normalize features - range [-1, 1] and reshape to 4
% dimensions
%
% inputs:
% feats - 3-dimensional array of extracted features
%
% outputs:
% featNorm - normalized and reshaped features
% minMaxPairs - array of original min and max pairs used for normalization

    nSamples = length(feats);
    minMaxPairs = zeros(nSamples,2,'single');
    featNorm = zeros([size(feats{1}),nSamples],'single');
    parfor i = 1:nSamples
        feat = feats{i};
        maxFeat = max(feat,[],'all');
        minFeat = min(feat,[],'all');
        featNorm(:,:,i) = 2.*(feat - minFeat)./(maxFeat - minFeat) - 1;
        minMaxPairs(i,:) = [minFeat,maxFeat];
    end
    featNorm = reshape(featNorm,size(featNorm,1),size(featNorm,2),1,size(featNorm,3));
end

Reconstruct Predicted Audio

function dereverbedAudioAll = helperReconstructPredictedAudios(predictedSTFT4D,minMaxPairs,reverbPhase,reverbAudios,params)
% This function will reconstruct the 2.072s long audios predicted by the 
% model using the predicted log-magnitude spectrogram and the phase of the 
% reverberant audio file
%
% inputs:
% predictedSTFT4D - Predicted 4-dimensional STFT log-magnitude features
% minMaxPairs     - Original minimum/maximum value pairs used in normalization
% reverbPhase     - Array of phases of STFT of reverberant audio files
% reverbAudios    - 2.072s-segments of corresponding reverberant audios
% params          - Structure containing feature extraction parameters

    predictedSTFT = squeeze(predictedSTFT4D);
    denormalizedFeatures = zeros(size(predictedSTFT),'single');
    for i = 1:size(predictedSTFT,3)
        feat = predictedSTFT(:,:,i);
        maxFeat = minMaxPairs(i,2);
        minFeat = minMaxPairs(i,1);
        denormalizedFeatures(:,:,i) = (feat + 1).*(maxFeat-minFeat)./2 + minFeat;        
    end
    
    predictedSTFT = exp(denormalizedFeatures);
    
    nCount = size(predictedSTFT,3);
    dereverbedAudioAll = cell(1,nCount);

    nSeg = params.NumSegments;
    win = params.Window;
    ovrlp = params.OverlapLength;
    FFTLength = params.FFTLength;
    parfor ii = 1:nCount
        % Append zeros to the highest frequency bin
        stftUnit = predictedSTFT(:,:,ii);
        stftUnit = cat(1,stftUnit, zeros(1,nSeg)); 
        phase = reverbPhase{ii};
        phase = cat(1,phase,zeros(1,nSeg));

        oneSidedSTFT = stftUnit.*exp(1j*phase);
        dereverbedAudio= istft(oneSidedSTFT, ...
            'Window', win,'OverlapLength', ovrlp, ...
                                    'FFTLength',FFTLength,'ConjugateSymmetric',true,...
                                    'FrequencyRange','onesided');

        dereverbedAudioAll{ii} = dereverbedAudio./max(max(abs(dereverbedAudio)), max(abs(reverbAudios{ii})));
    end
end

Calculate Objective Measures

function [summaryMeasures,allMeasures] = calculateObjectiveMeasures(reconstructedAudios,cleanAudios,fs)
% This function computes the objective measures on time-domain signals.
%
% inputs:
% reconstructedAudios - An array of audio files to evaluate.
% cleanAudios - An array of reference audio files
% fs - Sampling rate of audio files
%
% outputs:
% summaryMeasures - Global means of CD, LLR individual mean and median values
% allMeasures - Individual mean and median values

    nAudios = length(reconstructedAudios);
    cdMean = zeros(nAudios,1);
    cdMedian = zeros(nAudios,1);
    llrMean = zeros(nAudios,1);
    llrMedian = zeros(nAudios,1);

    parfor k = 1 : nAudios
      y = reconstructedAudios{k};
      x = cleanAudios{k};

      y = y./max(abs(y));
      x = x./max(abs(x));

      [cdMean(k),cdMedian(k)] = cepstralDistance(x,y,fs);
      [llrMean(k),llrMedian(k)] = lpcLogLikelihoodRatio(y,x,fs);
    end
    
    summaryMeasures.avgCdMean = mean(cdMean);
    summaryMeasures.avgCdMedian = mean(cdMedian);
    summaryMeasures.avgLlrMean = mean(llrMean);
    summaryMeasures.avgLlrMedian = mean(llrMedian);   
    
    allMeasures.cdMean = cdMean;
    allMeasures.llrMean = llrMean;
end

Cepstral Distance

function [meanVal, medianVal] = cepstralDistance(x,y,fs)
    x = x / sqrt(sum(x.^2));
    y = y / sqrt(sum(y.^2));

    width = round(0.025*fs);
    shift = round(0.01*fs);

    nSamples = length(x);
    nFrames = floor((nSamples - width + shift)/shift);
    win = window(@hanning,width);

    winIndex = repmat((1:width)',1,nFrames) + repmat((0:nFrames - 1)*shift,width,1);

    xFrames = x(winIndex).*win;
    yFrames = y(winIndex).*win;

    xCeps = cepstralReal(xFrames,width);
    yCeps = cepstralReal(yFrames,width);

    dist = (xCeps - yCeps).^2;
    cepsD = 10 / log(10)*sqrt(2*sum(dist(2:end,:),1) + dist(1,:));
    cepsD = max(min(cepsD,10),0);

    meanVal = mean(cepsD);
    medianVal = median(cepsD);
end

Real Cepstrum

function realC = cepstralReal(x, width)
    width2p = 2 ^ nextpow2(width);
    powX = abs(fft(x, width2p));

    lowCutoff = max(powX(:)) * 10^-5;
    powX  = max(powX, lowCutoff);

    realC = real(ifft(log(powX)));
    order = 24;
    realC = realC(1 : order + 1, :);
    realC = realC - mean(realC, 2);
end

LPC Log-Likelihood Ratio

function [meanLlr,medianLlr] = lpcLogLikelihoodRatio(x,y,fs)
    order = 12;
    width = round(0.025*fs);
    shift = round(0.01*fs);

    nSamples = length(x);
    nFrames  = floor((nSamples - width + shift)/shift);
    win = window(@hanning,width);

    winIndex = repmat((1:width)',1,nFrames) + repmat((0:nFrames - 1)*shift,width,1);

    xFrames = x(winIndex) .* win;
    yFrames = y(winIndex) .* win;

    lpcX = realLpc(xFrames, width, order);
    [lpcY,realY] = realLpc(yFrames, width, order);

    llr = zeros(nFrames, 1);
    for n = 1 : nFrames
      R = toeplitz(realY(1:order+1,n));
      num = lpcX(:,n)'*R*lpcX(:,n);
      den = lpcY(:,n)'*R*lpcY(:,n);  
      llr(n) = log(num/den);
    end

    llr = sort(llr);
    llr = llr(1:ceil(nFrames*0.95));
    llr = max(min(llr,2),0);

    meanLlr = mean(llr);
    medianLlr = median(llr);
end

Real Linear Prection Coefficients

function [lpcCoeffs, realX] = realLpc(xFrames, width, order)
    width2p = 2 ^ nextpow2(width);
    X = fft(xFrames, width2p);

    Rx = ifft(abs(X).^2);
    Rx = Rx./width; 
    realX = real(Rx);

    lpcX = levinson(realX, order);
    lpcCoeffs = real(lpcX');
end