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Exploratory Research into the Suitability of Various 3D Input Devices for an Immersive Mixing Task

This study evaluates the suitability of one 2D (mouse and fader) and three 3D (Leap Motion, Space Mouse, Novint Falcon) input devices for an immersive mixing task. A test, in which subjects were asked to pan a monophonic sound object (probe) to the location of a pink noise burst (target), was conducted in a custom 3D loudspeaker array. The objectives were to determine how quickly the subjects were able to perform the task using each input device, which of the four was most appropriate for the task, and which was most preferred overall. Results show significant differences in response time between 2D and 3D input devices. Furthermore, it was found that localization blur had a significant influence over the subject’s response time, as well as “corner” locations.

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