White-Box Audio VST Effect Programming

NeurIPS 2020

Learning to program an audio production VST plugin is a time consuming process, usually obtained through inefficient trial and error and only mastered after extensive user experience. We propose a white-box, iterative system that provides step-by-step instructions for applying audio effects to change a user's audio signal towards a desired sound. We apply our system to Xfer Records Serum: currently one of the most popular and complex VST synthesizers used by the audio production community. Our results indicate that our system is consistently able to provide useful feedback for a variety of different audio effects and synthesizer presets. Speakers: Christopher Mitcheltree, Hideki Koike