2DEQ: An intuitive audio equalizer

Andrew T. Sabin, Bryan Pardo

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13 Scopus citations


The complexity of music production tools can be a significant bottleneck in the creative process. Here we describe the development of a simple, intuitive audio equalizer with the idea that our approach could also be applied to other types of music production tools. First, users generate a large set of equalization curves representative of the most common types of modifications. Next, we represent the entire set of curves in 2-dimensional space and determine the spatial location of common auditory adjectives. Finally we create an interface, called 2DEQ, where the user can drag a single dot to control equalization in this adjective-labeled space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationC and C 2009 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781605584034
ISBN (Print)9781605588650
StatePublished - Oct 26 2009
Event7th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition, C and C 2009 - Berkeley, United States
Duration: Oct 27 2009Oct 30 2009


Other7th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition, C and C 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Adaptive filters
  • Music
  • User interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications


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