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Music Enhancement via Image Translation and Vocoding

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

Published May 8, 2022

Nikhil Kandpal, Oriol Nieto, Zeyu Jin

Consumer-grade music recordings such as those captured by mobile devices typically contain distortions in the form of background noise, reverb, and microphone-induced EQ. This paper presents a deep learning approach to enhance low-quality music recordings by combining (i) an image-to-image translation model for manipulating audio in its mel-spectrogram representation and (ii) a music vocoding model for mapping synthetically generated mel-spectrograms to perceptually realistic waveforms. We find that this approach to music enhancement outperforms baselines which use classical methods for mel-spectrogram inversion and an end-to-end approach directly mapping noisy waveforms to clean waveforms. Additionally, in evaluating the proposed method with a listening test, we analyze the reliability of common audio enhancement evaluation metrics when used in the music domain.

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