Dynamic Range Compression and the Semantic Descriptor Aggressive

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In popular music productions, the lead vocal is often the main focus of the mix and engineers will work to impart creative colouration onto 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 Universal Audio 1176, a much-used dynamic range compressor in professional music production. 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 listener scores for distorted and aggressive. Additionally, it was shown there is a strong correlation between compression settings rated with high aggressive scores and the audio feature roughness.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2350
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number7
Early online date30 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

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