Hybrid multiresolution analysis of 'punch' in musical signals

Steven Fenton, Hyunkook Lee, Jonathan Wakefield

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This paper presents a hybrid multi-resolution technique for the extraction and measurement of attributes contained within a musical signal. Decomposing music into simpler percussive, harmonic and noise components is useful when detailed extraction of signal attributes is required. The key parameter of interest in this paper is that of punch. A methodology is explored that decomposes the musical signal using a critically sampled constant-Q filterbank of quadrature mirror filters (QMF) before adaptive windowed short term Fourier transforms (STFT). The proposed hybrid method offers accuracy in both the time and frequency domains. Following the decomposition transform process, attributes are analyzed. It is shown that analysis of these components may yield parameters that would be of use in both mixing/mastering and also audio transcription and retrieval.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication138th Audio Engineering Society Convention, AES 2015
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781510806597
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event138th Audio Engineering Society Convention - Sofitiel Victoria Hotel, Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 7 May 201510 May 2015
Conference number: 138
http://www.aes.org/events/138/ (Link to Event Website)


Conference138th Audio Engineering Society Convention
Abbreviated titleAES 2015
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