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Perception of Synthesized Timbres: Approximation to Selected Targets

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We have been developing the capability to perform automated listening experiments in our music synthesis studio. Using such psychoacoustic experiments, we have evaluated the relative merits of several measures for predicting the perceived closeness of approximations to chosen steady-state portions of musical tones ("targets"). This information can be useful to composers blending blending electronic and traditional instruments in mixed ensembles. FM-synthesized stimulus waveforms were produced by a Yamaha DX7 under MIDI control by an IBM PC/XT. Spectral analysis of the stimuli was accomplished using results of our previous work (Gibian et al., 1986b).

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