Perceptual Sound Field Reconstruction and Coherent Emulation
Research Student: Dr Laurent Simon
Principal Supervisor: Prof Francis Rumsey
Co-Supervisor: Dr Russell Mason
Supported by: EPSRC
Start date: 2007
End date: 2011
Despite the progress 5.1 surround sound represented compared to stereophony, it has proved insufficient for full 360° foreground content recording. On the other hand, systems like Higher Order Ambisonics and Wave Field Synthesis, which aim at reconstructing a physically accurate sound field over an extended area, are often highly complex and require a large number of loudspeakers.
This project investigated the use of microphone arrays to enable a perceptually convincing reconstruction of an acoustical sound field using an 8-speaker system - which could be considered as being in the engineering 'gap' between traditional stereophony and recent sound field reconstruction techniques. By capturing separately the direct and the diffuse sound field with separate microphone arrays, one may be able to perceptually optimise the arrays for each task. Although the use of simple arrays might not lead to a physically correct sound field, the perceptual result might still be consistent. Such a system remains in accord with sound engineers' habits, where one often uses a microphone array for diffuse sound and spot microphones for direct sound, and rarely aims for acoustically accurate sound field representation.
- Simon LSR, Mason R. (2011) 'Spaciousness rating of 8-channel stereophony-based microphone arrays'. London, UK : Audio Engineering Society Preprint, London, UK: 130th Audio Engineering Society Convention 8340
- Simon LSR, Mason R. (2010) 'Verification of microphone techniques for a novel surround sound system'. Marseille, France : Marseille, France: Laboratory of Mechanics and Acoustics, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
- Simon LSR, Mason R. (2010) 'Time and level localisation curves for a regularly-spaced octagon loudspeaker array'. London, UK : Audio Engineering Society Audio Engineering Society Preprint, London, UK: 128th Audio Engineering Society Convention 8079
- Simon LSR, Mason R, Rumsey F. (2009) 'Localisation curves for a regularly-spaced octagon loudspeaker array'. New York, USA : Audio Engineering Society Audio Engineering Society Preprint, New York, USA: 127th Audio Engineering Society Convention 7915
- Simon LSR, Mason R. (2010) Development of a novel surround sound format and associated microphone techniques. University of Surrey Postgraduate Research Conference
Full text is available at: epubs.surrey.ac.uk/2931