Dewey, Christopher and Wakefield, Jonathan P. (2016) Novel Designs for the Audio Mixing Interface Based on Data Visualisation First Principles. In: 140th International AES Convention, 4th - 7th June 2016, Paris, France.

Given the shortcomings of current audio mixing interfaces (AMIs) this study focuses on the development of alternative AMIs based on data visualisation first principles. The elementary perceptual tasks defined by Cleveland informed the design process. Two design ideas were considered for pan: using the elementary perceptual tasks ‘scale’ to display pan on either a single or multiple horizontal lines. Four design ideas were considered for level:
using ‘length’, ‘area’, ‘saturation’ or ‘scalable icon’ for visualisation. Each level idea was prototyped with each pan idea, totalling eight novel interfaces. Seven subjects undertook a usability evaluation, replicating a 16 channel reference mix with each interface. Results showed that ‘scalable icons’, especially on multiple horizontal lines appear to show potential.

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