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Two Dimensional Gestural Control of Audio Processing

Wilson, Thomas R and Fenton, Steven (2014) Two Dimensional Gestural Control of Audio Processing. In: 136th International Audio Engineering Society Convention, 26th-29th April 2014, Berlin, Germany.

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This project investigates the design of a 2-D, single, and multi-touch gesture set for the control of audio processing commonly found within DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) and mixing consoles. The recent popularity of touch pads has made wider application in this area possible. We describe the testing, analysis, and mapping of gestures to theorize the most efficient control over audio processing parameters. By improving the control interface, workflow efficiency could be greatly improved. A test was carried out that observed engineers as they carried out specific mixing tasks using standard Pro Tools plug-ins. In addition, a survey was constructed to determine the most popular gestures for common processing parameters. The workflow and recorded gestures were then analyzed and a set of optimized gesture based controls were produced.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
School of Computing and Engineering > Music Technology and Production Research Group
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References: [1] Titcomb, J. “Tablets Forecast to Overtake PC sales at End of Year”, [Accessed 16th March, 2014] [2] Balin, W. and Loviscach, J. “Gestures to Operate DAW Software”, 130th Convention, Convention Paper 8456, Audio Engineering Society, London, UK, May 2011. [3] Steinberg Media Technologies, [Accessed 11th March, 2014] [4] Thomas, C. [Accessed 10th March, 2014] [5] Brownlee, J. [Accessed 15th March, 2014] [6] Robjohns, H. “Slate Raven MTX - Multi-touch DAW controller”, Sound On Sound, May 2013. Available at: [7] Lech, M. and Koztec, B. “Testing a Novel Gesture-Based Mixing Interface”, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society Vol.61, no.5, May 2013.
Depositing User: Thomas Wilson
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 10:53
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:37


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