Microphone comparison for snare drum recording

Cheshire, Matthew and Stables, Ryan and Hockman, Jason (2018) Microphone comparison for snare drum recording. In: Audio Engineering Society Convention, 17th - 20th October 2018, New York, US.

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We present two experiments to test listener preference for snare microphones within real-world recording scenarios. In the first experiment, listeners evaluated isolated recordings captured with 25 microphones. In the second experiment, listeners performed the same task with the addition of a kick drum and hi-hat as part of a performed drum sequence. Results indicate a prominent contrast between the highest and lowest rated microphones and that condensers were rated higher than other subsets tested. The preference for three microphones significantly changed between the two listening test conditions. A post-test survey revealed that most listeners compared high-frequency characteristics, which were measured using spectral features. A positive correlation was observed between test scores of cardioid microphones and the brightness feature.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
1 July 2018Accepted
7 October 2018Published Online
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-05 - others in psychology
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: 05 Apr 2022 13:31
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 12:01
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13025

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