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101 mixes : a statistical analysis of mix-variation in a dataset of multi-track music mixes

Wilson, A and Fazenda, BM 2015, 101 mixes : a statistical analysis of mix-variation in a dataset of multi-track music mixes , in: 139th International Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, 29 Oct - 1 Nov 2015, New York City, New York, USA..

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Abstract

The act of mix-engineering is a complex combination of creative and technical processes; analysis is often performed by studying the techniques of a few expert practitioners, qualitatively. We propose to study the actions of a large group of mix-engineers of varying experience, introducing quantitative methodology to investigate mix-variation and the perception of quality. This paper describes the analysis of a dataset containing 101 alternate mixes generated by human mixers as part of an on-line mix competition. A varied selection of audio signal features is obtained from each mix and subsequent principal component analysis reveals four prominent dimensions of variation - `dynamics', `treble', `width' and `bass'. An ordinal logistic regression model suggests that the ranking of each mix in the competition was significantly influenced by these four dimensions. The implications for the design of intelligent music production systems are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: 139th International Convention of the Audio Engineering Society
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Alex Wilson
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2015 14:57
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2015 14:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/36978

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