Deep Representation-Decoupling Neural Networks for Monaural Music Mixture Separation


  • Zhuo Li The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Hongwei Wang Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Miao Zhao The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Wenjie Li The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Minyi Guo Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Monaural source separation (MSS) aims to extract and reconstruct different sources from a single-channel mixture, which could facilitate a variety of applications such as chord recognition, pitch estimation and automatic transcription. In this paper, we study the problem of separating vocals and instruments from monaural music mixture. Existing works for monaural source separation either utilize linear and shallow models (e.g., non-negative matrix factorization), or do not explicitly address the coupling and tangling of multiple sources in original input signals, hence they do not perform satisfactorily in real-world scenarios. To overcome the above limitations, we propose a novel end-to-end framework for monaural music mixture separation called Deep Representation-Decoupling Neural Networks (DRDNN). DRDNN takes advantages of both traditional signal processing methods and popular deep learning models. For each input of music mixture, DRDNN converts it to a two-dimensional time-frequency spectrogram using short-time Fourier transform (STFT), followed by stacked convolutional neural networks (CNN) layers and long-short term memory (LSTM) layers to extract more condensed features. Afterwards, DRDNN utilizes a decoupling component, which consists of a group of multi-layer perceptrons (MLP), to decouple the features further into different separated sources. The design of decoupling component in DRDNN produces purified single-source signals for subsequent full-size restoration, and can significantly improve the performance of final separation. Through extensive experiments on real-world dataset, we prove that DRDNN outperforms state-of-the-art baselines in the task of monaural music mixture separation and reconstruction.




How to Cite

Li, Z., Wang, H., Zhao, M., Li, W., & Guo, M. (2018). Deep Representation-Decoupling Neural Networks for Monaural Music Mixture Separation. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 32(1). Retrieved from