Date Added: Mar 2011
The noise signal does not affect uniformly the speech signal over the whole spectrum isn the case of colored noise. In order to deal with speech improvement in such situations a new spectral subtraction algorithm is proposed for reducing colored noise from noise corrupted speech. The spectrum is divided into frequency sub-bands based on a nonlinear multiband bark scale. For each sub-band, the noise corrupted speech power in past and present time frames is compared to statistics of the noise power to improve the determination of the presence or absence of speech. During the subtraction process, a larger proportion of noise is removed from sub-bands that do not contain speech.