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Waveguide Mesh Reverberator with Internal Decay and Diffusion Structures

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Loss and diffusion elements are proposed for a digital waveguide mesh reverberator. The elements described are placed in the interior of the waveguide mesh, and may be viewed as modeling objects within the acoustical space. Filters at internal scattering junctions provide frequency-dependent losses, and control over decay rate. One proposed design method attenuates signals according to a desired reverberation time, taking into account the local density of loss junctions. Groups of one or several adjacent scattering junctions are altered to break up propagating wavefronts, thereby increasing diffusion. A configuration which includes these internal elements offers more flexibility in tailoring the reverberant impulse response than the common waveguide mesh construction where loss and diffusion elements are uniformly arranged solely at the boundaries. Finally, such interior decay and diffusion elements are ideally suited for use with closed waveguide structures having no boundaries, such as spherical or toroidal meshes, or meshes formed by connecting the edges or surfaces of two or more meshes.

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