Real time spectrogram inversion on mobile phone

1 Mar 2022  ·  Oleg Rybakov, Marco Tagliasacchi, Yunpeng Li, Liyang Jiang, Xia Zhang, Fadi Biadsy ·

With the growth of computing power on mobile phones and privacy concerns over user's data, on-device real time speech processing has become an important research topic. In this paper, we focus on methods for real time spectrogram inversion, where an algorithm receives a portion of the input signal (e.g., one frame) and processes it incrementally, i.e., operating in streaming mode. We present a real time Griffin Lim(GL) algorithm using a sliding window approach in STFT domain. The proposed algorithm is 2.4x faster than real time on the ARM CPU of a Pixel4. In addition we explore a neural vocoder operating in streaming mode and demonstrate the impact of looking ahead on perceptual quality. As little as one hop size (12.5ms) of lookahead is able to significantly improve perceptual quality in comparison to a causal model. We compare GL with the neural vocoder and show different trade-offs in terms of perceptual quality, on-device latency, algorithmic delay, memory footprint and noise sensitivity. For fair quality assessment of the GL approach, we use input log magnitude spectrogram without mel transformation. We evaluate presented real time spectrogram inversion approaches on clean, noisy and atypical speech.

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