3D graphics tools for sound collections

Tzanetakis G.; Cook P.
DAFx-2000 - Verona
Most of the current tools for working with sound work on single soundfiles, use 2D graphics and offer limited interaction to the user. In this paper we describe a set of tools for working with collections of sounds that are based on interactive 3D graphics. These tools form two families: sound analysis visualization displays and model-based controllers for sound synthesis algorithms. We describe the general techniques we have used to develop these tools and give specific case studies from each family. Several collections of sounds were used for development and evaluation. These are: a set of musical instrument tones, a set of sound effects, a set of FM radio audio clips belonging to several music genres, and a set of mp3 rock song snippets.