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Unidimensional Simulation of the Spatial Attribute 'Ensemble Width' for Training Purposes

Neher, Tobias, Rumsey, Francis, Brookes, Tim and Craven, Peter (2003) Unidimensional Simulation of the Spatial Attribute 'Ensemble Width' for Training Purposes In: 114th AES Convention.


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This paper reports recent progress towards the development of a spatial ear trainer. A study into the perceptual construct of 'ensemble width' (i.e. the lateral spacing of the outer sources contained within an auditory scene) was conducted. With the help of a novel surround panner, exemplary stimuli were created. Changes were highly controlled to enable unidimensional variation of the intended qualitative effect. To assess the success of the simulation, a subjective experiment was designed based on Multidimensional Scaling (MDS) techniques and completed by an experienced listening panel. Additional verbal and non-verbal data were collected so as to facilitate analysis of the perceptual (MDS) space. Results show that unidimensionality was achieved, thus suggesting the stimuli to be suitable for training purposes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Music and Media
Authors :
Neher, Tobias
Rumsey, Francis
Craven, Peter
Date : 22 March 2003
Additional Information : Neher, T., Rumsey, F., Brookes, T. and Craven, P. (2003). Unidimensional simulation of the spatial attribute ‘ensemble width’ for training purposes. Presented at the 114th AES Convention, Amsterdam, 22-25 March. Paper 5769. This convention paper has been reproduced from the author's advance manuscript, without editing, corrections, or consideration by the Review Board. The AES takes no responsibility for the contents. Additional papers may be obtained by sending request and remittance to the href=">Audio Engineering Society. © 2003 AES. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this paper, or any portion thereof, is not permitted without direct permission from the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. _______________________
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:10
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 10:35

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