Background ducking to produce esthetically pleasing audio for TV with clear speech

Torcoli, M, Freke-Morin, A, Paulus, J, Simon, C and Shirley, BG ORCID: 2019, Background ducking to produce esthetically pleasing audio for TV with clear speech , in: Audio Engineering Society Convention 146, 20-23 March 2019, Dublin.

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In audio production, background ducking facilitates speech intelligibility, while keeping the background track enjoyable. Technical details for recommendable ducking practices are not currently documented in literature. Hence, we first analyze common practices found in TV documentaries. Second, a subjective test investigates the preferences of 22 normal-hearing listeners on the Loudness Difference (LD) between commentary and background during ducking. Highly personal preferences are observed, highlighting the importance of object-based personalization. Statistically significant difference is found between non-expert and expert listeners. On average, non-experts prefer LDs that are 4 LU higher than the ones preferred by experts. Based on the test results, we recommend at least 10 LU difference between commentary and music and at least 15 LU between commentary and ambience.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Awarded best peer-reviewed paper at Audio Engineering Society Convention 146
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Audio Engineering Society Convention 146
Publisher: Audio Engineering Society
Depositing User: Dr Ben Shirley
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 13:38
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 01:22

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