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King R.,McGill University | King R.,The Interdisciplinary Center | Leonard B.,University of Nebraska at Omaha | Bremner S.,McGill University | And 2 more authors.
138th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2015 | Year: 2015

The ability to consistently evaluate the frequency response of music program in a listening room is one of the most fundamental tasks required of an audio engineer. This study requires expert listeners to adjust the high frequency content of audio program under the influence of three different acoustic conditions. The length of exposure is varied to test the role of adaptation on such a task. Results show that there is no significant difference in the variance of participants' results when exposed to one condition for a longer period of time. However, some individual subjects exhibit adaptive tendencies within the temporal range tested.


King R.,McGill University | King R.,Center for Interdiciplinary Research | Leonard B.,McGill University | Leonard B.,Center for Interdiciplinary Research | And 4 more authors.
137th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2014 | Year: 2014

Subjective preference for high frequency content in musical material has shown a wide variance in baseline testing involving expert listeners. The same well-trained subjects are retested for consistency in setting a high frequency shelf equalizer to a preferred level under varying acoustic conditions. Double-blind testing indicates that changes in lateral energy can influence high frequency preference. Furthermore, subject polling indicates that blind preference of acoustic condition may be inversely related to optimal consistency when performing high frequency equalization tasks.


News Article | December 30, 2016
Site: www.techradar.com

Merry Christmas, and welcome to our roundup of the best Amazon Boxing Day sales! Although Boxing Day is over, the sales thankfully remain. Many retailers started their sales a few days ago, but we're expecting them to really hit their stride today for the  traditional Boxing Day Sales. We'll be here picking out the best Amazon deals of the bunch on this page. So if Santa didn't bring you exactly what you wanted, or if you have some Amazon vouchers burning a hole in your pocket, you're bound to find something in the Amazon Boxing Day sale. We're listing the best deals, split into categories for you below and we'll be adding to them beyond Boxing Day as the Boxing Day Sales typically extend into the growing trend of 'Boxing Day week sales.' Just straight to the deals at the UK's biggest retailers. Links will open in new tab: Kindle Paperwhite | Black or White models |  £89.99 @ Amazon This is the same excellent discount we saw back on Prime Day and it's as cheap as we ever see the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite go. With the entry level model costing around £60, we think this is worth the extra cash thanks to the improved screen and built-in light. 500GB PS4 Slim | Uncharted 4 | £199.95 @ Amazon We wouldn't be surprised to see this bundle go back up towards to £250 mark soon. We've had a lot of discounts around Black Friday, even matching this price. It was closer to £230 in December though, so this may be the best price you see for a while. Amazon is running lightning deals throughout the holiday period. You can check out all active lightning deals in our handy widget below. Naturally, we've included new and old prices and the expiry times. Amazon makes a fantastic range of its own branded products. It also loves any old excuse to give them a cheeky discount, so we're expecting them to feature around the Boxing Day sales. Kindles, Fire tablets, Dash Buttons and the new Echo speaker could be in line for discounting. Kindle: Amazon's popular Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is back down to our favourite price. Usually £109.99, the Kindle Paperwhite is now just £89.99 Kindle: The entry level Kindle has a modest discount today, but it could go cheaper by Boxing Day itself. If not, we think the Paperwhite (above) offers considerably better value. Get the cheapest Kindle for £56.99 Fire TV: Want to start streaming Prime video and Netflix in delicious 4K? This is the best way if your 4K TV didn't come with Smart features built-in. Get Amazon Fire TV at the reduced price of £64.99. If nothing took your fancy around the Black Friday sales, this is your next best chance. We expect to see big discounts on everything from standard 1080p screens all the way up to huge 4K HDR Smart TVs. If you have an Xbox One S or a PS4/PS4 Pro you'll be wanting to take advantage of the new technology. We'll update this section with fresh deals as they roll in over the Christmas break. If you want a head start, here's a link to the Amazon Boxing Day sales TV deals. 4K TV: Want to dive in to the world of beautiful 4K and High Dynamic Range all at once? This is a fantastic price for a 55-inch Smart TV that ticks those future-facing boxes. LG 55UH605V 55 inch Ultra HD 4K Smart TV now only £550. Amazon had some seriously strong Black Friday PS4 deals and we expect they'll be at it again in the post-Christmas rush. If you're lucky you could hope to grab a PS4 Slim with a game or two for around £200. We'll add the best PS4 deals for consoles and games below as and when they come along over the Christmas break. If you'd prefer to check them out yourself, head on over to the Amazon Boxing Day sales PS4 deals page. PS4 Slim: Uncharted 4 is a hot pick for Game of the Year, find out why with this PS4 Slim Uncharted 4 bundle for £199.95 PS4 Slim: Get a new PS4 with GTAV for a under £200! PS4 Slim with GTAV £199.99 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare: This is incredibly cheap for the latest Activision shooter. Get Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for just £21.99 Driveclub VR: Are you one of the lucky few to nab a PlayStation VR this year? Racing games are a perfect fit (maybe not straight after a turkey binge though, yeah?) . Driveclub VR down to £14.99. Watch Dogs 2:  Like the second Assassin's Creed game, Ubisoft nailed it second time around. Watch Dogs 2 is only £27.99. Final Fantasy XV: This is the cheapest price around today. Don't miss Final Fantasy XV for £34.99. Dishonored 2: Stabby stabby, sneaky sneaky. That's right, Corvo and Emily are back in Dishonored 2, now only £24.99 The Xbox One S has given Microsoft's sale a serious boost and the Redwood company will want to keep the momentum going as they gain more ground on Sony. We expect the prices to be roughly in line with what's happening with the PS4 deals. We'll add the best Xbox One deals for consoles and games below as and when they come along over the Christmas break. If you'd prefer to check them out yourself, head on over to the page. Xbox One S: Get a Storm Grey edition of the Xbox One S with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for just £234.99 @ Amazon Xbox One S:  For just £219.99 You can get the new Xbox One S console with FIFA 17, which is actually cheaper than most standalone deals out there. 500GB Xbox One S and FIFA 17 £219.99 1TB Xbox One S:   If you're a regular gamer, we'd recommend opting for one of the larger 1TB Xbox One S deals where possible. At just £35 more compared to the above deal, we'd say this one's a bargain. 1TB Xbox One S with FIFA 17 @ £269.99 Headset: This turtle Beach headset is a massive improvement over the one bundled with your console. Turtle Beach Xbox One headset now only £32.99. Gears of War 4: A new crew line up this follow up set over 20 years after the original trilogy. Guess who's back! Get Gears 4 for £23. Watch Dogs 2:  Like the second Assassin's Creed game, Ubisoft nailed it second time around. . Fallout 4: Get the game with a bonus artbook and soundtrack CD for an excellent Dishonored 2: Stabby stabby, sneaky sneaky. That's right, Corvo and Emily are back in In need of a new computer or laptop? Well there will be deals a plenty over the next few days. Most the bases are usually covered, so expect cheap deals on uni laptops, hardcore gaming rigs and probably a few tablets or hybrid two-in-one convertibles. And there will be deals on computing parts, keyboards, routers and so on too. We'll be adding fresh deals below over the next few days. If you'd prefer to browse yourself you can use the following links to head to relevant computing sections at Amazon. Laptops: Up to £150 off Selected MSI Laptops was £749.99, now £649.99 Laptops: Up to £150 off Selected MSI Laptops was £899.99, now £749.99 Headphones, radios, speakers and soundbars are a staple for Amazon sales and we expect these Boxing Day sales to be no different. Stay tuned below for more of the best audio deals over the Christmas break. Can't wait? Head direct to Amazon's relevant deals pages via these direct links. Headphones: We didn't expect to see these new Beats by Dre Solo3 Wireless headphones get such an early discount. Amazon has them down from £250 to £234.11 for the Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. Headphones: 45% off RRP on Bang and Olufsen PLAY H3 noise-cancelling headphones was £199, now £109 Headphones: 46% off RRP on Sennheiser HD 600 Open Monitoring headphones was £369.99, now £228 Smart Home devices are increasingly popular you'll want to track some some decent deals if Santa let you down. Heating, lighting and security cameras are just some of the things you can now control via your smartphone. Don't let your home get left behind. A TechRadar favourite to look out for is the Hive 2 which has already had some great deals for both Prime Day and Black Friday at Amazon. Heating: The Hive 2 - Active Heating system is now £192.99, from £249. Alarm clock: Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock HF3505/01 with Sunrise Simulation was £95, now £49.99 Lighting: Up to 20% off LIFEX Smart Light Bulbs & Light Strip The Hive Active lights are now £13.99, down from £19.99 Just after a handset? Around Black Friday we saw the like of the WileyFox and Sony Xperia X get some seriously cheap discounts, so expect some decent deals again on a collection of mid-range phones. Wireless chargers and powerbanks are a dead cert too. Accessories: Up to 40% Off Anker Phone Accessories Smoke Alarm: Save up to 50% on Kidde Optical Smoke Alarms Health & Personal Care: Ezy-Aid 99pcs Supreme First Aid Kit Bag was £24.99, now £15.99 Home: 10% off Joseph Joseph Intelligent Waste Stack Recycling System was £100, now £90 Home: Up to 40% off Le Creuset Home: Up to 60% off Boxed Mattresses Home: Up to 60% off Selected Joseph Joseph Kitchenware Home: Save up to 20% off Sealy Select Response Duvet Home: Up to 30% off Kids Character Bedding Home: Up to 40% off Snuggledown Duck feather Down Duvet and pillow Kitchen: Vax ACKRV101 Air Purifier and Humidifier was £249.99, now £205.96 Luggage: Save up to 50% off Antler Personal Care Appliances: Braun Silk Epil 7 7-561 Women's Wet and Dry Cordless Epilator Electric Hair Removal was £129.99, now £79.84 Beauty: Save up to 50% on the Olay Regenerist range Baby: Over 40% off Motorola MBP36S Digital Video Monitor was £129.99, now £89.99 Pet Products: Up to 34% off selected Whiskas cat food and milk Shoes: Up to 40% Off Joules Wellies Shoes: Up to 50% Off Crocs Shoes Shoes: Up to 50% Off Gabor Women's Shoes Shoes: Up to 50% off on Kipling Styles Shoes: Up to 50% Off Slippers Shoes: Up to 50% Off Vans Shoes Shoes: Up to 55% Off Fly London Women's Shoes Shoes: Up to 70% Discount on Rocket Dog Shoes: Up to 50% Off Lotus Women's Shoes Watches: Up to 60% off Accurist and Sekonda watches Blu-ray: Enjoyed Rogue One at the cinema? You can already preorder it on Blu-Ray and this seems like a decent preorder price as we imagine it'll cost a bit more at launch. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story preorder £14.99.


King R.,McGill University | King R.,The Interdisciplinary Center | Leonard B.,McGill University | Leonard B.,The Interdisciplinary Center | Sikora G.,Bang and Olufsen GmbH
AES: Journal of the Audio Engineering Society | Year: 2012

Limited information exists on the practical effects of lateral reflections in small rooms designed for high-quality sound reproduction and critical listening. A pilot study is undertaken to determine what effect specular and diffuse lateral reflections have on a trained listener. A task-based methodology is employed in which a highly trained subject is asked to perform a task commonly encountered in their daily work. The physical conditions of the listening environment are altered to minimize, maximize, and diffuse side-wall reflections. Results correlate the presence of strong lateral energy with an initial reduction of subjects ability to complete the task within normal tolerances, but adaptation soon occurs, restoring the subjects to practically normal pace and accuracy.


Leonard B.,McGill University | Leonard B.,The Interdisciplinary Center | King R.,McGill University | King R.,The Interdisciplinary Center | And 2 more authors.
133rd Audio Engineering Society Convention 2012, AES 2012 | Year: 2012

Reverberation plays a very important role in modern music production. The available literature is minimal concerning the interaction between reverberation preference and the listening environment used during critical balancing tasks. Highly trained subjects are tasked with adding reverberation to a fixed stereo mix in two different environments: a standard studio control room and a highly reflective mix room. Distributions of level preference are shown to be narrower for more reflective mixing environments and the mean level is below those set in a less reverberant environment.


King R.,McGill University | King R.,The Interdisciplinary Center | Leonard B.,McGill University | Leonard B.,The Interdisciplinary Center | Sikora G.,Bang and Olufsen GmbH
133rd Audio Engineering Society Convention 2012, AES 2012 | Year: 2012

Balancing the level of different sound sources is the most basic task performed in the process of mixing. While this task forms a basic building block of music mixing, very little research has been conducted to objectively study mixing habits and balance preferences. In this study, data is collected from 15 highly- trained subjects performing simple mixing tasks on multiple musical excerpts spanning three musical genres. Balance preference is examined over musical genre, and the results exhibit more narrow variances in balance for certain genres over others.


King R.,McGill University | King R.,The Interdisciplinary Center | Leonard B.,McGill University | Leonard B.,The Interdisciplinary Center | And 2 more authors.
135th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2013 | Year: 2013

The area of auditory adaptation is of central importance to a recording engineer operating in new or less-than-ideal acoustic conditions. This study prompts expert listeners to perform a controlled level-balancing task while exposed to three different acoustic conditions. The length of exposure is varied to test the role of adaptation on such a task. Results show that there is a significant difference in the variance of participants' results when exposed to a condition for a longer period of time. In particular, subjects seem to most easily adapt to reflective acoustic conditions.


Leonard B.,McGill University | Leonard B.,The Interdisciplinary Center | King R.,McGill University | King R.,The Interdisciplinary Center | Sikora G.,Bang and Olufsen GmbH
134th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2013 | Year: 2013

The critical role of reverberation in modern acoustic music production is undeniable. Unlike many other effects, reverberation's spatial nature makes it extremely dependent upon the playback system over which it is experienced. While this characteristic of reverberation has been widely acknowledged amongst recording engineers for years, the increase in headphone listening prompts further exploration of these effects. In this study, listeners are asked to add reverberation to a dry signal as presented over two different playback systems: headphones and loudspeakers. The final reverberation levels set by each subject are compared for the two monitoring systems. The resulting data show significant level differences across the two monitoring systems.


King R.,McGill University | King R.,The Interdisciplinary Center | Leonard B.,McGill University | Leonard B.,The Interdisciplinary Center | And 3 more authors.
136th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2014 | Year: 2014

Consistency is one of the most fundamental skills of the recording professional. This is particularly important in tasks that involve the shaping of timbre. A study was designed which allows expert listeners to control a simple shelving equalizer that alters the high-frequency content of high-quality stereo program material over repeated trials. Fifteen trained subjects performed the test. Results indicate that there was an expectedly large range of preference for high frequency content. This was, however, also accompanied by a somewhat large variance. Unlike previous studies, consistency of high frequency preference was shown to be less related to the subjects' experience than other balancing tasks.


News Article | September 28, 2016
Site: www.gizmag.com

It's been a busy day at Aston Martin, what with the debut of its AM37 powerboat in Monaco and the first DB11 rolling off its production line in Gaydon, UK. The DB11 takes up the baton from the DB9 and is the first of seven new Aston models planned for launch over the next seven years. The critical response to the DB11 has been very positive, not least of all from us, and that's been reflected in the order book. Over 3,000 people have already put pen to paper for one of the new models, all of which will be hand-built. The first deliveries are expected to be made next month. Of those orders, the first 1,000 off the production line will apparently be checked for quality personally by company CEO Dr. Andy Palmer. What will he be looking for exactly? Well, in short, "absolutely everything," Aston Martin tells us. As you might expect, it has exhaustive checklists for quality assurance. We're told that these cover such things as the gaps between panels, making sure all buttons are working properly, ensuring all seals are sound and even making sure everything on the car makes the right noise. "It's an exciting moment for the entire company when the first car of a new model goes into production," says Palmer in a press release. "The DB11 is a special car and it heralds the start of a new and exciting era for Aston Martin." That new era sees the 103-year-old carmaker moving deeper into its second century of production that is being marked, in part, by the flurry of planned new models. Where the DB line is concerned, it's also seen a move from natural aspiration in the DB9 to turbocharging in the DB11, and the first use of a new bonded aluminum structure that makes the DB11 lighter, stronger and more spacious inside. Aston tells New Atlas that its move from a 6-l naturally aspirated engine to a 5.2-l twin-turbo V12 engine hasn't actually changed the DB character a great deal. The turbocharger, we're told, compensates for the smaller engine, and great efforts have been made to ensure that the Aston Martin feel and noise have been retained. After all, "that's what people buy our products for," one of Aston's flock espoused to us. Elsewhere, we're told that the DB11 is the first Aston Martin to benefit from Daimler's new electrical architecture, which runs everything from the backend, to the sat nav, to the user interfaces. Those interfaces, including the 8-in LCD touchscreen on the dashboard, are still stylized by Aston Martin and integrated with any Aston-specific systems, such as the Bang and Olufsen sound system. Among the DB11's other features will be 360-degree parking sensors, parallel and reverse parking assistance and torque vectoring for improved handling. Pricing for all luxury comes in at £154,900 in the UK, €204,900 in Germany and $211,995 in the USA – before upgrades.

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