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A Study on Audio Signal Processed by "Instant Mastering" Services

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An increasing amount of music produced in home- and project-studios results in development and growth of "automatic mastering services." The presented investigation explores changes introduced to audio signal by various online mastering platforms. A music set consisting of 10 songs produced in small facilities was processed by eight on-line automatic mastering services. Additionally, some laboratory-constructed signals were tested. To determine, whether changes introduced to audio are invariable between trials, every music excerpt was submitted several times. For each sample, parameters related to music characteristics such as timbre, dynamics, and loudness were calculated before and after processing. Results obtained enable to discover some of the mechanisms underlying tested automatic mastering services as well as discern similarities and differences between various platforms.

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