Using virtual environment technology to present a digital sound library
Whitehead, John F
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Digital sound libraries of today can be difficult to navigate. For example, sampling keyboards often display only the currently selected sound, and it is not easy to know the adjacent sounds or how to find desired ones. Large libraries stored on compact disc may be arranged in an alphabetical file structure, documented by descriptions that do not represent their sounds well. These digital sound libraries are often difficult to scan and audition easily because they are not organized according to sonic qualities. The user does not browse the database directly, but via its text representation. The user must audition sounds one at a time, must remember previous sounds when comparing the current one, and has little sense of the total available selection. These difficulties can detract from the spontaneity and creativity of the user.