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On Monday, Deezer, a French online music streaming service, released Spleeter which is a music separation engine.  It comes in the form of a Python Library based on Tensorflow. Stating the reason behind Spleeter, the researchers state, “We release Spleeter to help the Music Information Retrieval (MIR) community leverage the power of source separation in various MIR tasks, such as vocal lyrics analysis from audio, music transcription, any type of multilabel classification or vocal melody extraction.”

Spleeter comes with pre-trained models for 2, 4 and 5 track separation. These include:

  • Vocals (singing voice) / accompaniment separation (2 stems)
  • Vocals / drums / bass / other separation (4 stems)
  • Vocals / drums / bass / piano / other separation (5 stems)

It can also train source separation models or fine-tune pre-trained ones with Tensorflow if you have a dataset of isolated sources.

Deezer benchmarked Spleeter against Open-Unmix another open-source model recently released and reported slightly better performances with increased speed. It can perform separation of audio files to 4 stems 100x faster than real-time when running on a GPU.

You can use Spleeter straight from the command line as well as directly in your own development pipeline as a Python library. It can be installed with Conda, with pip or be used with Docker. Spleeter creators mention a number of potential applications of source separation engine including remixes, upmixing, active listening, educational purposes, and pre-processing for other tasks such as transcription.

Spleeter received mostly positive feedback on Twitter, as people experimented to separate vocals from music.

Wavy.org also ran several songs through the two-stem filter and evaluated them in a blog post. They tried a variety of soundtracks across multiple genres. The performance of audio was much better than expected, however, vocals sometimes felt robotically autotuned. The amount of bleed was shockingly low relative to other solutions and surpassed any available free tool and rival commercial plugins and services.

Spleeter will be presented and live-demoed at the 2019 ISMIR conference in Delft.

For more details refer to the official announcement.

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