Reverbalize: A crowdsourced reverberation controller

Prem Seetharaman, Bryan A Pardo

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10 Scopus citations


One of the most commonly-used audio production tools is the reverberator. Reverberators apply subtle or large echo effects to sound and are typically used in commercial audio recordings. Current reverberator interfaces are often complex and hard-to-understand. In this work, we describe Reverbalize, a novel and easy-to-use interface for a reverberator. Reverbalize uses crowdsourced data to create a 2-dimensional map of adjectives used to describe reverberation (e.g. "underwater'). Adjacent words describe similar reverberation effects. Word size correlates with agreement for the definition of a word. To use Reverbalize, the user simply clicks on the descriptive adjective that best describes the desired effect. The tool modifies the sound accordingly. A text search box also lets the user type in the desired word.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMM 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM Conference on Multimedia
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330633
StatePublished - Nov 3 2014
Event2014 ACM Conference on Multimedia, MM 2014 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Nov 3 2014Nov 7 2014

Publication series

NameMM 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM Conference on Multimedia


Other2014 ACM Conference on Multimedia, MM 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Audio engineering
  • Human computation
  • Interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Media Technology
  • Software


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