Model-based event labeling in the transcription of percussive audio signals

Jouni Paulus; Anssi Klapuri
DAFx-2003 - London
In this paper we describe a method for the transcription of percussive audio signals which have been performed with arbitrary nondrum sounds. The system locates sound events from the input signal using an onset detector. Then a set of features is extracted from the onset times. Feature vectors are clustered and the clusters are assigned with labels which describe the rhythmic role of each event. For the labeling, a novel method is proposed which is based on metrical (temporal) positions of the sound events within the measures. The system is evaluated using monophonic percussive tracks consisting of non-drum sounds. In simulations, the system achieved a total error rate of 33.7%. Demo signals are available at URL:<>.