Separation of overlapping impulsive sounds by bandwise noise interpolation

Mark Every; John Szymanski
DAFx-2005 - Madrid
The task of extracting harmonic content of multiple pitched sources from a mono audio mix has been investigated on several occasions [1, 2, 3, 4]. However, most pitched notes contain an inharmonic component, which is an important perceptual attribute of the sound. This content is usually not dealt with during separation. It would also be interesting in its own right to develop separation techniques for extracting percussive sounds for polyphonic mixes. This paper describes an attempt at separating overlapping impulsive content of multiple sources from a mono mix. The method uses an interpolation within individual frequency bands of the decaying noise envelope of each source across overlapping sections with other sources. Three analysis methods determining the distribution of these bands were tested: the DFT followed by processing in Bark bands, the discrete wavelet transform (DWT), and the dyadic wavelet packet transform (DWPT).