5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Pitch Estimation of Singing for Re-Synthesis and Musical Transcription

Michael J. Carey (1), Eluned S. Parris (1), Graham D. Tattersall (2)

(1) Ensigma Ltd, Turing House, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, UK
(2) Snape Signals Research, New House, Friston, Saxmundham, Suffolk, UK

This paper describes an algorithm which allows singing to be analysed in real time using a PC and then re-synthesised by the computer using whistled notes. The singing can also be transcribed as a series of notes on a musical stave using a MIDI file as interface. Pitch amplitude and spectral change parameters are derived from the input waveform. A sequence of musical notes is derived from a set of parameters using a set of rules. The system is designed as an entertaining, yet educational tool for children, and will be embodied in an interactive multi-media system. In its electronic form the paper has attached files demonstrating the results of the re-synthesis algorithm.

Full Paper
Acoustic Examples:   #1   #2   #3  

Bibliographic reference.  Carey, Michael J. / Parris, Eluned S. / Tattersall, Graham D. (1997): "Pitch estimation of singing for re-synthesis and musical transcription", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 887-890.