Spectral characteristics of popular commercial recordings 1950-2010

Pedro Duarte Pestana*, Zheng Ma, Joshua D. Reiss, Álvaro Barbosa, Dawn A. A. Black

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In this work, the long-term spectral contours of a large dataset of popular commercial recordings were analyzed. The aim was to analyze overall trends, as well as yearly and genre-specific ones. A novel method for averaging spectral distributions is proposed, which yields results that are prone to comparison. With it, we found out that there is a consistent leaning towards a target equalization curve that stems from practices in the music industry, but also to some extent mimics natural, acoustic spectra of ensembles.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event135th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2013 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: 17 Oct 201320 Oct 2013


Conference135th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York, NY


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