In this paper, a virtual sound system is introduced for the next generation multichannel audio. The sound system provides a 9.1 channel surround sound via a conventional 5.1 loudspeaker layout and contents. In order to deliver 9.1 sound, the system includes channel upmixing and vertical sound localization which can create virtually localize sound at any spherical surface around human head. An amplitude panning coefficients is used to channel upmixing that includes a smoothing technique to reduce musical noise occurred by upmixing. The proposed vertical rendering is based on VBAP (vector based amplitude panning) using three loudspeakers among the 5.1. For quality test, our upmixing and virtual rendering method is evaluated in real 9.1 and 5.1 loudspeaker respectively and compared with Dolby Pro Logic IIz. The demonstrated performance is superior to the references.
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