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A hybrid approach to singing pitch extraction based on trend estimation and hidden Markov models

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5 Author(s)
Tzu-Chun Yeh ; Comput. Sci. Dept., Nat. Tsing Hua Univ., Hsinchu, Taiwan ; Ming-Ju Wu ; Jang, J.R. ; Wei-Lun Chang
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In this paper, we propose a hybrid method for singing pitch extraction from polyphonic audio music. We have observed several kinds of pitch errors made by a previously proposed algorithm based on trend estimation. We also noticed that other pitch tracking methods tend to have other types of pitch error. Then it becomes intuitive to combine the results of several pitch trackers to achieve a better accuracy. In this paper, we adopt 3 methods as a committee to determine the pitch, including the trend-estimation-based method for forward and backward signals, and training-based HMM method. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed approach outperforms the best algorithm for the task of audio melody extraction in MIREX 2010.

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Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2012 IEEE International Conference on

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25-30 March 2012