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On the Effect of Reverberation on Musical Instrument Automatic Recognition

This study investigates the effect of reverberation on the accuracy of a musical instrument recognition model based on Line Spectral Frequencies and K-means clustering. 180 experiments were conducted by varying the type of music databases (isolated notes, solo performances), the stage in which the reverberation is added (learning and/or testing), and the reverberation type (3 different Reverberation Times, 10 different dry-wet levels). The performances of the model systematically decreased when reverberation was added at the testing stage (by up to 40%). Conversely, when reverberation was added at the training stage, a 3%-increase of performance was observed for the solo performances database. The results suggest that pre-processing the signals with a dereverberation algorithm before classification may be a means to improve musical instrument recognition systems.

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