Deep Learning for Tube Amplifier Emulation

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Abstract

Analog audio effects and synthesizers often owe their distinct sound to circuit nonlinearities. Faithfully modeling such significant aspect of the original sound in virtual analog software can prove challenging. The current work proposes a generic data-driven approach to virtual analog modeling and applies it to the Fender Bassman 56F-A vacuum-tube amplifier. Specifically, a feedforward variant of the WaveNet deep neural network is trained to carry out a regression on audio waveform samples from input to output of a SPICE model of the tube amplifier. The output signals are pre-emphasized to assist the model at learning the high-frequency content. The results of a listening test suggest that the proposed model accurately emulates the reference device. In particular, the model responds to user control changes, and faithfully restitutes the range of sonic characteristics found across the configurations of the original device.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICASSP 2019 - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 May 201917 May 2019
Conference number: 44

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing
ISSN (Print)1520-6149
ISSN (Electronic)2379-190X

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing
Abbreviated titleICASSP
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBrighton
Period12/05/201917/05/2019

    Research areas

  • Integrated circuit modeling, Neural networks, Convolution, Computational modeling, Predictive models, SPICE, Computer architecture, Audio systems, feedforward neural networks, music, nonlinear systems, supervised learning

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