An Evaluation of Input Devices for Use in the ISEE Human-Synthesizer Interface

Roel Vertegaal, Barry Eaglestone, Michael Clarke

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The research described investigates the impact of input devices on human performance in four-dimensional timbre space navigation. The experiments used ISEE, a high-level synthesizer-independent user interface. Four different device types (mouse, relative joystick, absolute joystick and dataglove) were used to reach target positions in perceptual space using audio-visual feedback conditions. Data was analysed for speed and accuracy of the devices. Results indicate a highly significant effect of the choice of input device on the efficacy of timbre manipulation, and therefore have significant implications for the design of intuitive interfaces for direct manipulation of sounds in composition and performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 1994
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 1994
Event20th International Computer Music Conference - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 12 Sep 199417 Sep 1994
Conference number: 20

Publication series

NameInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC Proceedings
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
ISSN (Print)2223-3881


Conference20th International Computer Music Conference
Abbreviated titleICMC 1994

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