A hearing impairment can make it harder to pick apart typical soundtracks, whose dialog, music, and sound effect have likely been mixed with normal-hearing listeners in mind. This paper review the potential for enhancing audio mixes, with a focus on preserving the original intentions of the sound engineer, even if this involves changing the mix. Hearing aid strategies are contrasted with more extended enhancements that would be possible off-line. The solutions proposed range from remastering from an established mix, through remixing from available stems, to more extensive processing of individual stems. The arrival of object-based audio makes these solutions more feasible and offers the opportunity to test and develop psychoacoustical theories in the complex but controlled world of the sound engineer.
|Publication status||Published - 15 Sep 2017|