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Improvement of DNN-Based Speech Enhancement with Non-Normalized Features by Using an Automatic Gain Control

Speech enhancement performance may degrade when the peak level of the noisy speech is significantly different from the training datasets in Deep Neural Networks (DNN)-based speech enhancement algorithms, especially when the non-normalized features are used in practical applications, such as log-power spectra. To overcome this shortcoming, we introduce an automatic gain control (AGC) method as a preprocessing technique. By doing so, we can train the model with the same peak level of all the speech utterances. To further improve the proposed DNN-based algorithm, the feature compensation method is combined with the AGC method. Experimental results indicate that the proposed algorithm can maintain consistent performance when the peak of the noisy speech changes in a large range.

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