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A Mixed Mechanical/Digital Approach for Sound Beam Pointing with Loudspeakers Line Array

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Digital steering is often used in line array sound systems in order to tilt the reproduced sound beam in a desired direction. Unfortunately, the working frequency range is limited to low and medium frequency, thus, sound beams referred to high frequency can be tilted only by using a mechanical steering involving both an expensive manufacture and a higher environmental impact. The proposed solution is a mixed approach to sound beam steering by considering an on-axis mechanical rotation of each loudspeaker together with the classical digital control applied to the entire system. In this manner the sound beam can be tilted also at high frequency maintaining linear array geometry. Simulations, considering real loudspeakers directivity, will be shown in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

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