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Timbral attributes for sound effect library searching

Pearce, Andy, Brookes, Timothy and Mason, Russell (2017) Timbral attributes for sound effect library searching In: 2017 AES International Conference on Semantic Audio, 22 -24 June 2017, Erlangen, Germany.

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To improve the search functionality of online sound effect libraries, timbral information could be extracted using perceptual models, and added as metadata, allowing users to filter results by timbral characteristics. This paper identifies the timbral attributes that end-users commonly search for, to indicate the attributes that might usefully be modelled for automatic metadata generation. A literature review revealed 1187 descriptors that were subsequently reduced to a hierarchy of 145 timbral attributes. This hierarchy covered the timbral characteristics of source types and modifiers including musical instruments, speech, environmental sounds, and sound recording and reproduction systems. A part-manual, part-automated comparison between the hierarchy and a search history indicated that the timbral attributes hardness, depth, and brightness occur in searches most frequently.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Music and Media
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Date : 13 June 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Open Access paper published under a Creative Commons CC-BY License
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 18 Aug 2017 07:36
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 10:14

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