Towards a Perceptual Model Of 'Punch' In Musical Signals

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This paper proposes a perceptual model for the measurement of 'punch' in musical signals. Punch is an attribute that is often used to characterize music or sound sources that convey a sense of dynamic power or weight to the listener. A methodology is explored that combines signal separation and low level parameter measurement to produce a perceptually weighted 'punch' score. The parameters explored are the onset time and frequency components of the signal across octave bands. The 'punch' score is determined by a weighted sum of these parameters using coefficients derived through a large scale listening test. The model may have application in music information retrieval (MIR) and music production tools. The paper concludes by evaluating the perceptual model using commercially released music.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication139th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, AES 2015
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event139th Audio Engineering Society International Convention - Jacob Javits Centre, New York, United States
Duration: 29 Oct 20151 Nov 2015
Conference number: 139 (Link to Conference Website)


Conference139th Audio Engineering Society International Convention
Abbreviated titleAES 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York
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