Building a personalized audio equalizer interface with transfer learning and active learning

Bryan A Pardo*, David Little, Darren Gergle

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

15 Scopus citations

Abstract

Potential users of audio production software, such as audio equalizers, may be discouraged by the complexity of the interface and a lack of clear affordances in typical interfaces. In this work, we create a personalized on-screen slider that lets the user manipulate the audio with an equalizer in terms of a descriptive term (e.g. "warm"). The system learns mappings by presenting a sequence of sounds to the user and correlating the gain in each frequency band with the user's preference rating. This method is extended and improved on by incorporating knowledge from a database of prior concepts taught to the system by prior users. This is done with a combination of active learning and simple transfer learning. Results on a study of 35 participants show personalized audio manipulation tool can be built with 10 times fewer interactions than is possible with the baseline approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMIRUM 2012 - Proceedings of the 2nd International ACM Workshop on Music Information Retrieval with User-Centered and Multimodal Strategies, Co-located with ACM Multimedia 2012
Pages13-18
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 10 2012
Event2nd International ACM Workshop on Music Information Retrieval with User-Centered and Multimodal Strategies, MIRUM 2012 - Co-located with ACM Multimedia 2012 - Nara, Japan
Duration: Nov 2 2012Nov 2 2012

Publication series

NameMIRUM 2012 - Proceedings of the 2nd International ACM Workshop on Music Information Retrieval with User-Centered and Multimodal Strategies, Co-located with ACM Multimedia 2012

Other

Other2nd International ACM Workshop on Music Information Retrieval with User-Centered and Multimodal Strategies, MIRUM 2012 - Co-located with ACM Multimedia 2012
CountryJapan
CityNara
Period11/2/1211/2/12

Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Audio
  • Equalizer
  • Interface
  • Music
  • Transfer learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Information Systems

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