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Visual Information Search in Digital Audio Workstations

As the amount of visual information within Digital Audio Workstations increases, the interface potentially becomes more cluttered and time consuming to navigate. The increased graphical information may tax available display space requirements and potentially overload visual perceptual and attentional bandwidth. This study investigates the extent to which Dynamic Query filters (sliders, buttons, and other filters) can be used in audio mixing interfaces to improve both visual search times and concurrent critical listening tasks (identifying subtle attenuation of named instruments in a multichannel mix). The results of the study suggest that the inclusion of Dynamic Query filters results in a higher amount of correctly completed visual and aural tasks.

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