Microphone comparison: Spectral feature mapping for snare drum recording

Cheshire, Matthew and Stables, Ryan and Hockman, Jason (2019) Microphone comparison: Spectral feature mapping for snare drum recording. In: Audio Engineering Society Convention, 16th - 19th October 2019, New York, US.

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Microphones are known to exhibit sonic differences and microphone selection is integral in achieving desired tonal qualities of recordings. In this paper an initial multi-stimuli listening test is used to categorize microphones based on user preference when recording snare drums. A spectral modification technique is then applied to recordings made with a microphone from the least preferred category, such that they take on the frequency characteristics of recordings from the most preferred category. To assess the success of the audio transformation, a second experiment is undertaken with expert listeners to gauge pre- and post-transformation preferences. Results indicate spectral transformation dramatically improves listener preference for recordings from the least preferred category, placing them on par with those of the most preferred.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
1 July 2019Accepted
8 October 2019Published Online
Subjects: CAH10 - engineering and technology > CAH10-03 - materials and technology > CAH10-03-06 - others in technology
CAH11 - computing > CAH11-01 - computing > CAH11-01-04 - software engineering
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology
Depositing User: Jason Hockman
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2022 15:03
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 12:01
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13024

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