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The Mixing Glove and Leap Motion Controller: Exploratory Research and Development of Gesture Controllers for Audio Mixing

Digital musical instruments (DMIs) have been evolving over the past several decades, and much research has been done on the subject of capturing the gestures of performers in an effort to re-map them to digital instruments. The practice of audio mixing is no different from a musical performance in this respect. The gestures used by engineers are expressive and have complex metaphorical significance. In this paper two approaches to gesture-based mixing tools for audio engineers, the Mixing Glove and the Leap Motion Controller are explored. Both systems are designed to control volume, panning, solo/mute, and reverb, using hand gestures alone.

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