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SEGAN: Speech Enhancement Generative Adversarial Network


This is the repository of the SEGAN project. Our original paper can be found here, and test samples are available here.

In this work a Generative Adversarial approach has been taken to do speech enhancement (i.e. removing noise from corrupted speech signals) with a fully convolutional architecture schematized as follows:


This model deals with raw speech waveforms on many noise conditions at different SNRs (40 at training time and 20 during test). It also models the speech characteristics from many speakers mixed within the same structure (without any supervision of identities), which makes the generative structure generalizable in the noise and speaker dimensions.

All the project is developed with TensorFlow. There are two repositories that were good references on how GANs are defined and deployed:


  • Python 2.7
  • TensorFlow 0.12

You can install the requirements either to your virtualenv or the system via pip with:

pip install -r requirements.txt


The speech enhancement dataset used in this work (Valentini et al. 2016) can be found in Edinburgh DataShare. However, the following script downloads and prepares the data for TensorFlow format:


Or alternatively download the dataset, convert the wav files to 16kHz sampling and set the noisy and clean training files paths in the config file e2e_maker.cfg in cfg/. Then run the script:

python --force-gen --cfg cfg/e2e_maker.cfg


Once you have the TFRecords file created in data/segan.tfrecords you can simply run the training process with:


By default this will take all the available GPUs in your system, if any. Otherwise it will just take the CPU.

NOTE: If you want to specify a subset of GPUs to work on, you can do so with the CUDA_VISIBLE_DEVICES="0, 1, <etc>" flag in the python execution within the training script. In the case of having two GPUs they'll be identified as 0 and 1, so we could just take the first GPU with: CUDA_VISIBLE_DEVICES="0".

A sample of G losses is interesting to see as stated in the paper, where L1 follows a minimization with a 100 factor and the adversarial loss gets to be equilibrated with low variance:

L1 loss (smoothing 0.5)


Adversarial loss (smoothing 0.5)


Loading model and prediction

First, the trained weights will have to be downloaded from here and uncompressed.

Then the script has the option to process a wav file through the G network (inference mode), where the user MUST specify the trained weights file and the configuration of the trained network. In the case of the v1 SEGAN presented in the paper, the options would be:

CUDA_VISIBLE_DEVICES="" python --init_noise_std 0. --save_path segan_v1.1 \
                                       --batch_size 100 --g_nl prelu --weights SEGAN_full \
                                       --test_wav <wav_filename> --clean_save_path <clean_save_dirpath>

To make things easy, there is a bash script called that accepts as input argument the test filename and the save path.


  • Santiago Pascual (TALP-UPC, BarcelonaTech)
  • Antonio Bonafonte (TALP-UPC, BarcelonaTech)
  • Joan Serrà (Telefónica Research, Barcelona)


If the code of this repository was useful for your research, please cite our work:

  title={SEGAN: Speech Enhancement Generative Adversarial Network},
  author={Pascual, Santiago and Bonafonte, Antonio and Serr{\`a}, Joan},
  journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:1703.09452},