Separation by "humming": User-guided sound extraction from monophonic mixtures

Abstract

In this paper we present a novel approach for isolating and removing sounds from dense monophonic mixtures. The approach is user-based, and requires the presentation of a guide sound that mimics the desired target the user wishes to extract. The guide sound can be simply produced from a user by vocalizing or otherwise replicating the target sound marked for separation. Using that guide as a prior in a statistical sound mixtures model, we propose a methodology that allows us to efficiently extract complex structured sounds from dense mixtures.

DOI: 10.1109/ASPAA.2009.5346542

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