2014:Audio Fingerprinting

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This task requires the query by using exact but noisy recordings.



  • 589 songs (*.mp3 and *.wav) corresponding to 573 different songs
  • Language: English, Chinese, Japanese, ...
  • 35 mono, 554 stereo
  • 40.97 hours long


  • 305 recordings (*.wav) corresponding to 304 different songs in DB
  • 166 mono, 139 stereo
  • 16.11 hours long
  • Recorded by variety brand of smartphones, containing noise
  • Variety of sampling rate and bit resolution
  • Divided into 5800 10-second clips

Evaluation Procedures

Top-10 hit rate (1 point is scored for a hit in the top 10 and 0 is scored otherwise, as in the Query by Singing/Humming task)

Submission Format

Participants are required to submit a breakdown version of algorithm. The two parts are:

1. Fingerprinting extractor Command format:

extractor %file.list% %dir % %database_or_query%

where %file.list% is the input list of database audio files named as uniq_key.mp3. or uniq_key.wav For example:


Output file(s) should be placed into %dir %

%database_or_query% is a string variable with two possible values. The value "DB" indicates the extractor should extract audio fingerprinting for the database (and builds index files, if it is needed); where the value "QUERY" indicates the extractor should extract audio fingerprinting for the query clips.

There are no limitations for output filename(s) for the database. However, your program should output one file for one query clip, and the main file name should be the same as given in the input %file.list%. We guarantee unique main filenames for database songs and query clips.

2. Matcher Command format:

matcher %dir_db% %dir_query% %resultFile%

where %dir_db% and %dir_query% are the directories which store output fingerprinting files (and possibly index files for database)

The result file gives top-10 candidates (if has) for each query. The format should be:

%main_query_file_name% %main_top_1_candiate_file_name% %main_top_2_candiate_file_name% …

For example:

q0001 0204 0048 9023 …
q0002 0043 8964 2378 …
q0003 2526 6782 3648 …

Please note that the order of output should be the alphabetic order of %main_query_file_name%.

Time and hardware limits

Due to the potentially high number of participants in this and other audio tasks, hard limits on the runtime of submissions are specified. The time/storage limits of different steps are shown in the following table:

Steps Time limit Storage (hard disk) limit
extractor (for database) Totally 72 hours 40KB for every 10 second audio + 250 MB extra overhead (if needed)
extractor (for query) 40 KB for each query clip
matcher N/A

Submissions that exceed these limitations may not receive a result.

Potential Participants


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