Archives of Acoustics, 36, 2, pp. 333–345, 2011

Comparison of Sound Attributes of Multichannel and Mixed-Down Stereo Recordings

Maurycy J. KIN
Wrocław University of Technology Institute of Telecommunications, Teleinformatics and Acoustics

Przemysław PLASKOTA
Wrocław University of Technology Institute of Telecommunications, Teleinformatics and Acoustics

The work presents a comparison of some sound attributes perceived at a multichannel
and stereo playback of musical recordings. The width of the virtual source,
coherence impression, total size of sound scene, general quality and balance were the
subjects of interest after the format reduction in accordance with the ITU recommendation.
The results showed that evaluation of these attributes depends on the
way the original audiosphere has been created in the surround system, for example,
for a narrow virtual source the mix-down process causes only a small change in its
size but for a broad source the observed degradation is significant. In addition, different
ways of conversion from the multichannel to stereo format have been tested
for compatibility.
Keywords: sound quality; recording formats; art of mixing
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