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Open Access Auditory Modelling of the Perceptual Similarity Between Piano Sounds

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In this study an auditory model which predicts psychoacoustic data was applied to the problem of perceptual similarity between piano sounds. The sounds correspond to loudness-balanced recordings of one note played on seven historical pianos that differ in timbre. The similarity between sound pairs was quantified using a 3-AFC discrimination task. To model perceptual similarity, two expected signals were included in the decision stage of an existing auditory model. The simulations were maximally correlated with experimental data when only the initial part of the sounds (0.2 s) was used as input to the model.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2018

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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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