Drum Transcription in the presence of pitched instruments using Prior Subspace Analysis

Derry Fitzgerald, Dublin Institute of Technology
Robert Lawlor, Dublin Institute of Technology
Eugene Coyle, Dublin Institute of Technology

Document Type Conference Paper

The Irish Signals & Systems Conference, Limerick, Ireland, 2003


This paper demonstrates the use of Prior Subspace Analysis (PSA) as a method for transcribing drums in the presence of pitched instruments. PSA uses prior subspaces that represent the sources to be transcribed to overcome some of the problems associated with other subspace methods such as Independent Subspace Analysis (ISA) or sub-band ISA. The use of prior knowledge results in improved robustness for transcription purposes and enables the method to work more readily in the presence of pitched instruments than other subspace methods. The system presented in this paper attempts to extend the use of PSA to transcribe drum sounds in the presence of interfering pitched instruments.