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Investigating User Preference for Reverberation Plugins

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Music producers claim strong allegiances to specific reverberation plugins despite these plugins being derived from similar algorithms. This preference may be due to confounding variables including interface design, control parameters provided to the user, adjectives used to describe these parameters, and preset design. This paper describes a listening experiment undertaken to determine whether user preferences exist when close-matched reverberation parameters are held constant on four plugins. The results are discussed within the context of reverberation plugin development.

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