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MPtracker: A new multi-pitch detection and separation algorithm for mixed speech signals

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4 Author(s)
M. H. Radfar ; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada ; R. M. Dansereau ; W. -Y. Chan ; W. Wong

We present MPtracker, a new algorithm for tracking and separating the pitch frequencies of two speakers from their mixture. The pitch frequencies are detected by introducing a novel spectral distortion optimization which takes into account the sinusoidal modeling of the speech signal. The detected pitch frequencies are grouped, separated, and finally an interpolation method is applied to estimate missing pitch frequencies. We evaluated the performance of the proposed technique on 196 mixtures including 48 male-male, 48 female-female, and 96 male-female mixtures with target-to-interference ratios (TIR) ranging from 0 dB to +18 dB. The results show our simple but effective and fast technique significantly outperforms two widely-used approaches.

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2011 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)

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22-27 May 2011