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The harmonic centroid as a predictor of string instrument timbral clarity

Hermes, K, Brookes, TS and Hummersone, C (2016) The harmonic centroid as a predictor of string instrument timbral clarity In: 140th Convention of Audio Engineering Society, 2016-06-04 - 2016-06-07, Paris, France.

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Abstract

Spectrum is an important factor in determining timbral clarity. An experiment where listeners rate the changes in timbral clarity resulting from spectral equalisation (EQ) can provide insight into the relationship between EQ and the clarity of string instruments. Overall, higher frequencies contribute to clarity more positively than lower ones, but the relationship is programme-item-dependent. Fundamental frequency and spectral slope both appear to be important. Change in harmonic centroid (or dimensionless spectral centroid) correlates well with change in clarity, more so than octave band boosted/cut, harmonic number boosted/cut, or other variations on the spectral centroid.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Subjects : Audio
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts > Music
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Hermes, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brookes, TSUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hummersone, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 26 May 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2016 Audio Engineering Society. This paper was presented at the 140th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, as paper number 9515. The full published version can be found at http://www.aes.org/e-lib/online/search.cfm
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID
UNSPECIFIEDAudio Engineering Society, UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 03 Aug 2016 09:08
Last Modified : 26 Nov 2016 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811595

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