Neural Net Tube Models for Wave Digital Filters

Champ C. Darabundit; Dirk Roosenburg; Julius O. Smith III
DAFx-2022 - Vienna
Herein, we demonstrate the use of neural nets towards simulating multiport nonlinearities inside a wave digital filter. We introduce a resolved wave definition which allows us to extract features from a Kirchhoff domain dataset and train our neural networks directly in the wave domain. A hyperparameter search is performed to minimize error and runtime complexity. To illustrate the method, we model a tube amplifier circuit inspired by the preamplifier stage of the Fender Pro-Junior guitar amplifier. We analyze the performance of our neural nets models by comparing their distortion characteristics and transconductances. Our results suggest that activation function selection has a significant effect on the distortion characteristic created by the neural net.