Preferences of critical listening environments among sound engineers

S. Tervo, P. Laukkanen, J. Pätynen, and T. Lokki

This is a headphone demonstration of studio control room acoustics. The control rooms presented in this demo were included in the study:

"Preferences of Critical Listening Environments Among Sound Engineers", S. Tervo, P. Laukkanen, J. Pätynen, and T. Lokki, in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Vol. 62, No. 05, 2014 May, pp. 300-314.

In the original study, the acoustics of each control room was presented to subjects via 30 loudspeakers in an anechoic chamber.

In the following, nine studio control rooms are presented with three different songs. For comparison, the first column is the direct stereo (ST) playback of the song without any room. The second column includes binaurally (BIN) processed stereo tracks. The HRTFs in BIN-samples are from loudspeakers at -30 and 30 degrees. You can start the demo by pressing one of the "CR" buttons in the demo patch.

Acoustic parameters and other descriptions about the listening environments are given in Table 1 below.

The HRTFs applied in the processing are from subject #40 in the CIPIC HRTF database.

Please use headphones!

To begin, press one of the "CR" buttons.

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Control Rooms
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Properties of the control rooms You can compare your own preference to the preference of 12 mixing engineers, shown in Fig 5. Preference of mixing engineers
The songs are distributed under creative commons license.
Song #1: Paper Navy, Swan Song
Song #2: Starseed, the Forlorn
Song #3: Professor Kolig, Bust This Bust That
All songs downloaded from the free music archive