Fast Temporal Convolutions for Real-Time Audio Signal Processing

Stepan Miklanek; Jiri Schimmel
DAFx-2022 - Vienna
This paper introduces the possibilities of optimizing neural network convolutional layers for modeling nonlinear audio systems and effects. Enhanced methods for real-time dilated convolutions are presented to achieve faster signal processing times than in previous work. Due to the improved implementation of convolutional layers, a significant decrease in computational requirements was observed and validated on different configurations of single layers with dilated convolutions and WaveNet-style feedforward neural network models. In most cases, equivalent signal processing times were achieved to those using recurrent neural networks with Long Short-Term Memory units and Gated Recurrent Units, which are considered state-of-the-art in the field of black-box virtual analog modeling.