Dereverberation Performance of Rigid and Open Spherical Microphone Arrays: Theory & Simulation

D. P. Jarrett, E. A. P. Habets, M. R. P. Thomas, N. D. Gaubitch, and P. A. Naylor

Abstract

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.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
Published inProc. Joint Workshop on Hands-Free Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays (HSCMA)
AddressEdinburgh, UK
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