Formal usability evaluation of audio track widget graphical representation for two-dimensional stage audio mixing interface

Christopher Dewey, Jonathan Wakefield

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Abstract

The two-dimensional stage paradigm (2DSP) has been suggested as an alternative audio mixing interface (AMI). This study seeks to refine the 2DSP by formally evaluating graphical track visualisation styles. Track visualisations considered were text only, circles containing text, individually coloured circles containing text, circles colour coded by instrument type with text, icons with text superimposed, circles with RMS related dynamic opacity and a traditional AMI. The usability evaluation focused on track selection efficiency and included user visualisation preference for this micro-task. Test subjects were instructed to click five randomly selected tracks for a six, sixteen and thirty-two track mix for each visualisation. The results indicate text only visualisation is best for efficiency however test subjects preferred icons and traditional AMI.

Original 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)

Conference

Conference142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017
Abbreviated titleAES 2017
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period20/05/1723/05/17
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    Dewey, C., & Wakefield, J. (2017). Formal usability evaluation of audio track widget graphical representation for two-dimensional stage audio mixing interface. In 142nd Audio Engineering Society International Convention 2017, AES 2017 [9798] Audio Engineering Society. http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/32145/