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Listeners' Response to String Quartet Performances Recorded in Virtual Acoustics

There has been growing interest in virtual acoustics systems for their capability to adjust the acoustics of a multi-purpose venue to better accommodate unique needs for specific events. It has been known that musicians could perceive the difference among various virtual rooms and sometimes made slight changes in their playing to reflect the characteristics of a specific virtual room in which they performed. In this paper, we ask the question of whether these acoustical differences in virtual rooms could also be communicated to listeners. A listening experiment is reported with twelve sound recording engineers to examine the perception of performances recorded in virtual acoustics in terms of six spatial attributes—naturalness, source distance, room size, clarity, loudness and preference.

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