A Vocoder Based Method For Singing Voice Extraction


Publication Year


Computer Science - Sound,Electrical Engineering and Systems Science - Audio and Speech Processing


  • Pritish Chandna
  • Merlijn Blaauw
  • Jordi Bonada
  • Emilia Gomez


This paper presents a novel method for extracting the vocal track from a musical mixture. The musical mixture consists of a singing voice and a backing track which may comprise of various instruments. We use a convolutional network with skip and residual connections as well as dilated convolutions to estimate vocoder parameters, given the spectrogram of an input mixture. The estimated parameters are then used to synthesize the vocal track, without any interference from the backing track. We evaluate our system, through objective metrics pertinent to audio quality and interference from background sources, and via a comparative subjective evaluation. We use open-source source separation systems based on Non-negative Matrix Factorization (NMFs) and Deep Learning methods as benchmarks for our system and discuss future applications for this particular algorithm.