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Harmonic-percussive source separation

This notebook illustrates how to separate an audio signal into its harmonic and percussive components.

We’ll compare the original median-filtering based approach of Fitzgerald, 2010 and its margin-based extension due to Dreidger, Mueller and Disch, 2014.

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

import librosa
import librosa.display

Load an example clip with harmonics and percussives

y, sr = librosa.load(librosa.ex('fishin'), duration=5, offset=10)

Compute the short-time Fourier transform of y

Decompose D into harmonic and percussive components

\(D = D_\text{harmonic} + D_\text{percussive}\)

We can plot the two components along with the original spectrogram

# Pre-compute a global reference power from the input spectrum
rp = np.max(np.abs(D))

fig, ax = plt.subplots(nrows=3, sharex=True, sharey=True)

img = librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[0])
ax[0].set(title='Full spectrogram')

librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_harmonic), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[1])
ax[1].set(title='Harmonic spectrogram')

librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_percussive), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[2])
ax[2].set(title='Percussive spectrogram')
fig.colorbar(img, ax=ax)
Full spectrogram, Harmonic spectrogram, Percussive spectrogram

The default HPSS above assigns energy to each time-frequency bin according to whether a horizontal (harmonic) or vertical (percussive) filter responds higher at that position.

This assumes that all energy belongs to either a harmonic or percussive source, but does not handle “noise” well. Noise energy ends up getting spread between D_harmonic and D_percussive.

If we instead require that the horizontal filter responds more than the vertical filter by at least some margin, and vice versa, then noise can be removed from both components.

Note: the default (above) corresponds to margin=1

# Let's compute separations for a few different margins and compare the results below
D_harmonic2, D_percussive2 = librosa.decompose.hpss(D, margin=2)
D_harmonic4, D_percussive4 = librosa.decompose.hpss(D, margin=4)
D_harmonic8, D_percussive8 = librosa.decompose.hpss(D, margin=8)
D_harmonic16, D_percussive16 = librosa.decompose.hpss(D, margin=16)

In the plots below, note that vibrato has been suppressed from the harmonic components, and vocals have been suppressed in the percussive components.

fig, ax = plt.subplots(nrows=5, ncols=2, sharex=True, sharey=True, figsize=(10, 10))
librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_harmonic), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[0, 0])
ax[0, 0].set(title='Harmonic')

librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_percussive), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[0, 1])
ax[0, 1].set(title='Percussive')

librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_harmonic2), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[1, 0])

librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_percussive2), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[1, 1])

librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_harmonic4), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[2, 0])

librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_percussive4), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[2, 1])

librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_harmonic8), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[3, 0])

librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_percussive8), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[3, 1])

librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_harmonic16), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[4, 0])

librosa.display.specshow(librosa.amplitude_to_db(np.abs(D_percussive16), ref=rp),
                         y_axis='log', x_axis='time', ax=ax[4, 1])

for i in range(5):
    ax[i, 0].set(ylabel='margin={:d}'.format(2**i))
    ax[i, 0].label_outer()
    ax[i, 1].label_outer()
Harmonic, Percussive

Total running time of the script: (0 minutes 4.606 seconds)

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