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Improving Neural Net Auto Encoders for Music Synthesis

We present a novel architecture for a synthesizer based on an autoencoder that compresses and reconstructs magnitude short time Fourier transform frames. This architecture outperforms previous topologies by using improved regularization, employing several activation functions, creating a focused training corpus, and implementing the Adam learning method. By multiplying gains to the hidden layer, users can alter the autoencoder’s output, which opens up a palette of sounds unavailable to additive/subtractive synthesizers. Furthermore, our architecture can be quickly re-trained on any sound domain, making it flexible for music synthesis applications. Samples of the autoencoder’s outputs can be found at http://soundcloud.com/ann_synth , and the code used to generate and train the autoencoder is open source, hosted at http://github.com/JTColonel/ann_synth.

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