Multimicrophone signal-processing technique to remove room reverberation from speech signals

J. B. Allen, D. A. Berkley, J. Blauert

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It is well known that room reverberation can significantly impair one's perception of sounds recorded by a microphone in that room. Acoustic recordings produced in untreated rooms are characterized by a hollow echolike quality resulting from not locating the microphone close to the source. In this paper we discuss a multimicrophone digital processing scheme for removing much of the degrading distortion. To accomplish this the individual microphone signals are divided into frequency bands whose corresponding outputs are cophased (delay differences are compensated) and added. Then the gain of each resulting band is set based on the cross correlation between corresponding microphone signals in that band. The reconstructed broadband speech is perceived with considerably reduced reverberation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)912-915
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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