Metaphors for Electronic Music Production in Reason and Live

  • Matthew Duignan
  • James Noble
  • Pippin Barr
  • Robert Biddle
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3101)


Electronic music production was originally accomplished using a variety of electronic components and conventional analogue recording techniques. Both the electronic components and the recording equipment are now being replaced by computer software. In this paper we present a comparative study of two popular new systems, Reason and Live, concentrating on the role of user-interface metaphors. We compare the two systems, identify the key ways metaphor is used, and describe how it affects usability of the systems focusing on the role that user-interface metaphor play in their design.


Audio Signal Audio Clip Effect Device Computer Music Physical Hardware 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew Duignan
    • 1
  • James Noble
    • 1
  • Pippin Barr
    • 1
  • Robert Biddle
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Mathematics and Computing SciencesVictoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Human Oriented Technology LaboratoryCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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