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52nd AES Conference: Program
The full program will be announced in mid 2013, once the submitted papers have been reviewed.
We are pleased to welcome three influential keynote speakers on the main themes of the conference:
Professor Stephen Elliott, Adaptive Systems, ISVR, University of Southampton, UK (Engineering Tutorial)
Active control of sound fields: enhancing signals and attenuating noise
The use of active sound control to attenuate unwanted acoustic noise is now well established. The technique uses controllable secondary sources of sound to generate a sound field that destructively interferes with the sound field from the original, primary, noise source and is now widely used to reduce noise in headphones, aircraft and cars.
It is a short step from attenuating some frequencies using active control, to enhance others in a controlled way and recent active control systems in cars are designed to improve sound quality by doing both. More generally, arrays of controllable sources can be used to manipulate the spatial distribution of sound, in order to reproduce an audio sound field in one region of space, for example, while minimising the sound field in other regions. This has applications in areas such as virtual acoustics, the design of loudspeaker arrays and personal audio.
In this tutorial the acoustics and signal processing involved in active control will be reviewed: both for enhancing audio signals and for attenuating acoustic noise. The physical limits due to the geometry of practical arrays will be discussed, together with the signal processing design methods that can be used to implement robust practical arrays, whose performance approaches these geometric limits.
|Professor Armin Kohlrausch, Philips Group Innovation and Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands (Psychoacoustics)|
Evaluation of spatial sound fields; how far can we get with perceptual models?
The development of sound reproduction systems is usually influenced by knowledge of human auditory perception. Firstly, this perception knowledge provides input to the definition of system requirements, e.g., when defining limits for the frequency range. Secondly, it plays a role in the evaluation of a given solution, for instance, by using perception models as a replacement for human listeners. With the development of more and more advanced methods of sound field creation and sound field control the requirement for perceptual models has also grown, in particular with respect to spatial sound field characteristics. In this presentation, I will give an overview of recent developments in the modeling of spatial hearing, and give examples of what type of spatial sound characteristics have successfully been evaluated by purely algorithmic means.
|Dr Frank Melchior, Head of Audio Research, BBC, UK (Applications, Broadcasting, User Experience)|
Creative Sound Field Control
Sound field control has been developed significantly over the last decades. From Wave Field Synthesis to Higher Order Ambisonics to sound field control in live venues and sound reinforcement, several systems have been proposed and found its way into application.
While this systems and reproduction methods are better understood and important links to perception are more and more established unlocking their creative potential is still at the beginning. From the perspective of a content provider the creative use of such potential future reproduction system is promising. Furthermore an implementation in uncontrolled environments and domestic environments is necessary and an important area for further research.
This talk will focus on the creative use of sound field control. The applications of sound field reproduction system will be discussed from the creative and user interface perspective. The implementation of these technologies in content production will be discussed. A focus will be how to unlock the creative potential given by novel signal processing and how it can made available to producers and creatives.