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Spatial Audio

by Rumsey, Francis

Taylor & Francis Ltd


ISBN: 9780240516233 | June 2001 | 256 pages | Paperback

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This title encompasses the growing range of "stereo" systems and techniques that are now possible, and gives particular emphasis to the increasing importance of multi-channel surround sound and 3D audio, including binaural approaches.

This title encompasses the growing range of "stereo" systems and techniques that are now possible, and gives particular emphasis to the increasing importance of multichannel surround sound and 3D audio, including binaural approaches. The author has tackled the subject from both a principles and practice point of view. The book covers the basic technical and systems information in this relatively new field, including things like standards relating to multichannel sound, track allocations, studio acoustics and programme interchange The content is broad and generic, and includes ambisonics and binaural systems as well as other discrete "loudspeaker-channel" approaches. A large section on spatial perception and cognition has been included, as it is vital for readers to have an understanding of what they are trying to achieve, and an understanding of the capacities of the human receiver.

The spatial dimensions in natural sound; Sound sources in space; Introduction to the spatial dimension in reproduced sound; From mono to surround sound and 3D audio - a brief resume; Applications of spatial audio; Sound source localisation; Distance and depth perception; Apparent source width; Envelopment and spaciousness; Naturalness; Some subjective experiments involving spatial attributes of reproduced sound; Cognitive issues in sound space perception; The source-receiver signal chain; Two-channel (2-0) stereo; Binaural sound and 3D audio systems; Three-channel (3-0) stereo; 4-channel surround (3-1 stereo); 5.1 channel surround (3-2 stereo); Other multichannel configurations; Surround sound systems; Matrixed surround sound systems; Digital surround sound formats; Ambisonics; Introduction to listening room acoustics; International guidelines for surround sound room acoustics; Loudspeakers for surround sound: placement and directivity; Monitor level alignment; Virtual control room acoustics and monitors; Science versus aesthetics in spatial recording; Two-channel microphone techniques; Spot microphones and two-channel panning laws; Three-channel techniques; Surround sound recording techniques; Multichannel panning techniques; Artificial reverberation and room simulation; Surround sound mixing aesthetics; Upmixing and downmixing; References
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