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Spatial Sound Design Tool for 22.2 Channel 3-D Audio Productions, with Height

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Advanced television and cinema systems utilize multiple loudspeakers distributed in three dimensions potentially allowing sound sources and ambiances to appear anywhere in the 3-D space enveloping the viewers, as is the case in 22.2 channel audio format for Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV). The paper describes a comprehensive tool developed specifically for designing auditory spaces in 22.2 audio but adaptable to any advanced multi-speaker 3-D sound rendering system. The key design goals are the ease of generating and manipulating ambient environments in 3-D and time code automation for creating dynamic spatial narration. The system uses low-latency convolution of high-resolution room impulse responses contained in the library. User testing and evaluation show that the system’s features and architecture enable fast and effective spatial design in 3-D audio.

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