Concert hall acoustics was evaluated with a descriptive sensory analysis method by employing an individual vocabulary development technique. The goal was to obtain sensory profiles of three concert halls by eliciting perceptual attributes for evaluation and comparison of the halls. The stimuli were gathered by playing back anechoic symphony music from 34 loudspeakers on stage in each concert hall and recording the sound field with a microphone array. Four musical programs were processed for multichannel 3D sound reproduction in the actual listening test. Twenty screened assessors developed their individual set of attributes and performed a comparative evaluation of nine seats, three in each hall. The results contain the distinctive groups of elicited attributes and show good agreement within assessors, even though they applied individual attributes when rating the samples. It was also found that loudness and distance gave the strongest perceptual direction to the principal component basis. In addition, the study revealed that the perception of reverberance is related to the size of the space or to the enveloping reverberance, depending on the assessor.
Concert hall acoustics assessment with individually elicited attributes
Tapio Lokki, Jukka Pätynen, Antti Kuusinen, Heikki Vertanen, Sakari Tervo; Concert hall acoustics assessment with individually elicited attributes. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 1 August 2011; 130 (2): 835–849. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.3607422
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