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Pitch estimation of speech and music sound based on multi-scale product with auditory feature extraction

ABSTRACT

The pitch is a crucial parameter in speech and music signals. However, due to severe noisy conditions, missing harmonics, unsuitable physical vibration, the determination of pitch presents a great challenge when desiring to get a good accuracy. In this paper, we propose a method for pitch estimation of speech and music sounds. Our method is based on the fast Fourier transform (FFT) of the multi-scale product (MP) provided by a feature auditory model of the sound signals. The auditory model simulates the spectral behaviour of the cochlea by a gammachirp filter-bank, and the out/middle ear filtering by a low-pass filter. For the two output channels, the FFT function of the MP is computed over frames. The MP is based on constituting the product of the speech and music wavelet transform coefficients at three scales. The experimental results show that our method estimates the pitch with high accuracy. Besides, our proposed method outperforms several other pitch detection algorithms in clean and noisy environments.