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Environmental Sounds for Psychoacoustic Testing

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A selection of 25 everyday sounds is compiled from a survey on sound properties. Only those sounds are selected, which were named characteristic for certain sound properties. The broad spectrum of sounds ranging from natural environment to industrial noise was digitally recorded using an artificial head. From the sounds intensity parameters as well as several psychoacoustic descriptors are calculated. The descriptors reflect the variety of sound with impulsive to stationary and tonal to noisy character. Environment, recording condition, sound impression, intensity parameters and psychoacoustic descriptors are listed for each recording. The sounds can be used as prototypes for comparison of auditory modeling techniques and for psychoacoustic testing, i.e. listening tests or hearing aid adaption.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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