Tackling the Cocktail Fork Problem for Separation and Transcription of Real-World Soundtracks in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing

Project Description:

In this paper, we focus on the cocktail fork problem, which takes a three-pronged approach to source separation by separating an audio mixture such as a movie soundtrack or podcast into the three broad categories of speech, music, and sound effects (SFX - understood to include ambient noise and natural sound events). We benchmark the performance of several deep learning-based source separation models on this task and evaluate them with respect to simple objective measures such as signal-to-distortion ratio (SDR) as well as objective metrics that better correlate with human perception. Furthermore, we thoroughly evaluate how source separation can influence downstream transcription tasks.