D. P. Jarrett, E. A. P. Habets, M. R. P. Thomas, N. D. Gaubitch, and P. A. Naylor
Linear microphone arrays have been extensively used for dereverberation. In this paper we look at the dereverberation performance of two types of spherical microphone array: the open array (microphones suspended in free space) and the rigid array (microphones mounted on a rigid baffle). Dereverberation is performed in the spherical harmonic domain using a technique similar to the commonly used delay-and-sum beamformer (DSB). We analyse the theoretical performance with respect to the direct-to-reverberant ratio (DRR), and we also present simulation results obtained using a simulation tool for spherical arrays. The performance of the spherical DSB is found to increase with the radius of the sphere, and to be 1-2 dB higher for the rigid array. These results serve as a baseline for evaluating the performance of future dereverberation algorithms for spherical arrays.
In Proc. Joint Workshop on Hands-Free Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays (HSCMA)