An Instrument for Measuring the Perception of Room Acoustics from the Perspective of Musicians: The Stage Acoustic Quality Inventory (STAQI)
* Presenting author
We introduce the Stage Acoustic Quality Inventory (STAQI) as a new measuring instrument for the perception of room acoustical environments by musical performers. A combined qualitative-quantitative approach was employed to develop a list of attributes describing room acoustics that are commonly used and well-understood by musicians. In a first step, separate lists were developed with 6 solo musicians and 2 chamber music ensembles by using the repertory grid technique in simulated room acoustical environments. A total of 145 items was subsequently reduced to 65 items, eliminating identical or obviously redundant terms. In a second step, musicians participating in an online-study assessed the relevance of these 65 items and then used their personal selection to rate the performance space they had last played in. On the basis of these ratings, a set of terms could be chosen and evaluated to establish an inventory that can be used in the future to study the perception of stage acoustics by musicians and the correlation with physical room acoustical parameters.