Joint Estimation of Fader and Equalizer Gains of DJ Mixers Using Convex Optimization

Taejun Kim; Yi-Hsuan Yang; Juhan Nam
DAFx-2022 - Vienna
Disc jockeys (DJs) use audio effects to make a smooth transition from one song to another. There have been attempts to computationally analyze the creative process of seamless mixing. However, only a few studies estimated fader or equalizer (EQ) gains controlled by DJs. In this study, we propose a method that jointly estimates time-varying fader and EQ gains so as to reproduce the mix from individual source tracks. The method approximates the equalizer filters with a linear combination of a fixed equalizer filter and a constant gain to convert the joint estimation into a convex optimization problem. For the experiment, we collected a new DJ mix dataset that consists of 5,040 real-world DJ mixes with 50,742 transitions, and evaluated the proposed method with a mix reconstruction error. The result shows that the proposed method estimates the time-varying fader and equalizer gains more accurately than existing methods and simple baselines.