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Navigating the mix-space : theoretical and practical level-balancing technique in multitrack music mixtures

Wilson, A and Fazenda, BM 2015, 'Navigating the mix-space : theoretical and practical level-balancing technique in multitrack music mixtures' , in: The 12th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Music Technology Research Group, Dept. of Computer Science, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland , Sound and Music Computing.

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Abstract

The mixing of audio signals has been at the foundation of audio production since the advent of electrical recording in the 1920’s, yet the mathematical and psychological bases for this activity are relatively under-studied. This paper investigates how the process of mixing music is conducted. We introduce a method of transformation from a “gain-space” to a “mix-space”, using a novel representation of the individual track gains. An experiment is conducted in order to obtain time-series data of mix engineers exploration of this space as they adjust levels within a multitrack session to create their desired mixture. It is observed that, while the exploration of the space is influenced by the initial configuration of track gains, there is agreement between individuals on the appropriate gain settings required to create a balanced mixture. Implications for the design of intelligent music production systems are discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Music, Mix-engineering, Subjective Audio Evaluation, Mix-space, Multitrack
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 12th Sound and Music Computing Conference
Publisher: Sound and Music Computing
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780992746629
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Alex Wilson
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 11:25
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2015 10:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/36950

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