Time-domain speaker extraction network

Chenglin Xu, Wei Rao, Eng Siong Chng, Haizhou Li

Speaker extraction is to extract a target speaker's voice from multi-talker speech. It simulates humans' cocktail party effect or the selective listening ability. The prior work mostly performs speaker extraction in frequency domain, then reconstructs the signal with some phase approximation. The inaccuracy of phase estimation is inherent to the frequency domain processing, that affects the quality of signal reconstruction. In this paper, we propose a time-domain speaker extraction network (TseNet) that doesn't decompose the speech signal into magnitude and phase spectrums, therefore, doesn't require phase estimation. The TseNet consists of a stack of dilated depthwise separable convolutional networks, that capture the long-range dependency of the speech signal with a manageable number of parameters. It is also conditioned on a reference voice from the target speaker, that is characterized by speaker i-vector, to perform the selective listening to the target speaker. Experiments show that the proposed TseNet achieves 16.3% and 7.0% relative improvements over the baseline in terms of signal-to-distortion ratio (SDR) and perceptual evaluation of speech quality (PESQ) under open evaluation condition.

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