Audio Analysis Using Deep Learning

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Audio Analysis Using Deep Learning

Introduction to Audio Analysis

As we are always in contact with audio. Sometimes directly or maybe indirectly. As our brain works continuously. Thus, the brain process and understands the information. And at last, it provides us with information about the environment.

Sometimes we catch this audio floating around us and feel something constructive. As there are some devices which help to catch these sounds. Also represents in computer readable format.

Examples of these formats are:

  • wav (Waveform Audio File) format
  • mp3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3) format
  • WMA (Windows Media Audio) format

Audio Analysis — Audio Format

If we think more and more about audio, at last, there is one conclusion that it is a wave-like format of data. This can be pictorially represented as follows.

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Data Handling in Audio Domain

As there are present some unstructured data formats. For that audio data, has a couple of preprocessing steps. That we need to follow before it is presented for audio analysis.

Firstly we have to load data into a machine-understandable format. For this, we simply take values after every specific time steps.

For example — In a 2-second audio file, we extract values at half a second. This is called a sampling of audio data, and the rate at which it is sampled is called the sampling rate.

Audio Analysis — Example

We can represent it in another way. As we can convert data into a different domain, namely frequency domain. When we sample audio data, we require much more data points to represent the whole data. Also, the sampling rate should be as high as possible.

So, if we represent audio data in the frequency domain. Then much less computational space is required. To get an intuition, take a look at the image below

Audio Analysis — Audio Features

Here, we have to separate one audio signal into 3 different pure signals, that can easily represent as three unique values in a frequency domain.

Also, there are present few more ways in which we can represent audio data and its audio analysis.

For example. using MFCs. These are nothing but different ways to represent the data.

Further, we have to extract features from these audio representations. This algorithm works on these features and performs the task it is designed for. Here’s a visual representation of the categories of audio features that can be extracted.

After extracting, we have to send this to the machine learning model for further analysis.

Applications of Audio Processing

  • Indexing music collections according to their audio features.
  • Recommending music for radio channels
  • Similarity search for audio files (aka Shazam)
  • Speech processing and synthesis — generating an artificial voice for conversational agents

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As a result, we have studied audio analysis and data handling in an audio domain with applications of audio processing. Also, we have used graphs that you to help in better understanding of audio data.