Faculty Advisor

Manzo, Vincent Joseph


With today’s digital audio workstations, novice audio engineers may find themselves overwhelmed by the number of options when applying audio effects. Experienced engineers, by contrast, purposefully apply large numbers of audio effects to achieve intended sonic outcomes. The objective was to review the effect chains used by professionals and create a technology-based resource to help novice engineers apply and manage sets of effects over multiple tracks. We created a prototype that provides users a drop-down menu with a set of preset effects associated with those music genres. We surveyed a group of novice audio engineers about their experience using the prototype with a an audio project that initially had no effects. Results showed a generally positive reception to using such a prototype.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts