User interfaces of audio tools and processors can be difficult for novices to use because technical parameters provide little guidance about their sonic manifestation. Borrowing a technique from psychoacoustics, the authors explore an efficient means for mapping users’ descriptors (target adjectives) to technical parameters. Weighting functions are created based on the relative influence of a parameter in influencing the adjective descriptor, such as warm, bright, and full. This approach was tested on two common types of processing: equalization and reverberation. Despite the relative simplicity of the approach, the results are promising.
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