Does environmental noise influence preference of background-foreground audio balance?

Walton, Tim, Evans, Michael, Kirk, David and Melchior, Frank (2016) Does environmental noise influence preference of background-foreground audio balance? In: 141st Audio Engineering Society International Convention (AES 2016), 29 September - 2 October 2018, Los Angeles.

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Abstract

With an increase in the consumption of mobile media, audio is being consumed in a range of contexts. The literature describes several techniques to improve the experience of mobile listening by utilising information about the environmental noise of the listening environment, however, none of the previous work utilises object-based audio. This paper investigates the possibility of using object-based audio to improve the experience of mobile listening by investigating whether environmental noise influences preference of background-foreground audio balance. A listening test was carried out in which listeners were asked to adjust the background-foreground balance to their preference whilst in the presence of reproduced environmental noise. It was found that environmental noise can have a significant effect on preferred background-foreground balance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2018 09:01
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2018 09:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35174

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