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Soundfield rendering with loudspeaker arrays through multiple beam shaping

Dipt. di Elettron. ed Inf., Politec. di Milano, Milan, Italy
DOI: 10.1109/ASPAA.2009.5346484 Conference: Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics, 2009. WASPAA '09. IEEE Workshop on
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This paper proposes a method for the acoustic rendering of a virtual environment based on a geometric decomposition of the wavefield into multiple elementary acoustic beams, all reconstructed with a loudspeaker array. The point of origin, the orientation and the aperture of each beam is computed according to the geometry of the virtual environment that we want to render and to the location of the sources. Space-time filters are computed with a Least Squares approach to render the desired beam. Experimental results show the feasibility as well as the critical issues of the proposed algorithm.

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    • "In the last decades, controllable directivity patterns were adopted for sound reinforcement applications [1]. Recently, thanks to the availability of fast beam tracing techniques [2] [3], controlled directivity patterns have been used for immersive sound reinforcement in reverberant environments [4] and for sound field rendering [5] [6]. Many beamforming design techniques have been proposed for the purpose of spatially selective sound capture and, thanks to the reciprocity between microphones and loudspeakers [7], these techniques can be readily applied to the sound playback scenario [8] [9]. "
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    • "where˜G (x u |x m , ω) is the Green's function at x u , given the loudspeaker position x m . Similarly, we compute the sound fields˜p G (x u , ω) and˜p W (x u , ω) of GR and WFS, respectively , where the rendering filters are obtained through a duly implementation of the methdologies proposed in [4] and [9]. Simulated sound fields allow us to qualitatively compare the accuracy of rendering for different techniques. "
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