At the mixing stage in Audio Production, the professional option is to use expensive, specialist facilities. However, an increasing amount of sound production work gets done ‘on the move’ using laptops or working in offices. There is a need for better sound monitoring through headphones. Currently, headphone monitoring has its own inherent problems both in stereo and multichannel (e.g. 5.1) program presentation.
This PhD acoustics project proposes to develop a critical monitoring system for headphone reproduction. Research will investigate advanced digital signal processing techniques alongside a study of human listening factors to produce a system that enables sound engineering work outside a controlled studio environment. The outcomes of the doctoral project will result in hardware or software application crucial to the current trends of the sound production industry.