An Investigation into the Relationship between the Subjective Descriptor Aggressive and the Universal Audio of the 1176 FET Compressor

Austin Moore, Jonathan Wakefield

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Abstract

In popular music productions, the lead vocal is often the main focus of the mix and engineers will work hard to impart creative coloration on this source. This paper conducts listening experiments to test if there is a correlation between perceived distortion and the descriptor “aggressive” which is often used to describe the sonic signature of the Universal Audio 1176. The results from this study show compression settings that impart audible distortion are perceived as aggressive by the listener and there is a strong correlation between the subjective scores for distortion and aggressive. It was also shown there is a strong correlation between compression settings rated to have high aggressive scores and the audio feature roughness.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publication142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017, AES 2017
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2017
Event142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017 - Maritim Hotel Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 20 May 201723 May 2017
Conference number: 142
http://www.aes.org/events/142/ (Link to Conference Website)

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Conference142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017
Abbreviated titleAES 2017
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period20/05/1723/05/17
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Moore, A., & Wakefield, J. (2017). An Investigation into the Relationship between the Subjective Descriptor Aggressive and the Universal Audio of the 1176 FET Compressor. In 142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017, AES 2017 [9749] Audio Engineering Society.
Moore, Austin ; Wakefield, Jonathan. / An Investigation into the Relationship between the Subjective Descriptor Aggressive and the Universal Audio of the 1176 FET Compressor. 142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017, AES 2017. Audio Engineering Society, 2017.
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Moore, A & Wakefield, J 2017, An Investigation into the Relationship between the Subjective Descriptor Aggressive and the Universal Audio of the 1176 FET Compressor. in 142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017, AES 2017., 9749, Audio Engineering Society, 142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017, Berlin, Germany, 20/05/17.

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142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017, AES 2017. Audio Engineering Society, 2017. 9749.

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