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Creating Historic Spaces in Virtual Reality Using Off-the-Shelf Audio Plugins

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The ability for the public to experience historical pieces of music in the spaces for which they were initially written or within which they were conceivably performed, blending VR visual recreations with spatialised audio, is shown to be very popular. This research examines the effectiveness of the standard game engine plugins Google Resonance and Steam Audio for the spatialisation of audio in immersive virtual reality (VR) environments. Compared to commercial room acoustics simulation software, objective and subjective tests have been carried out and find that the flexibility of Steam Audio to assign custom properties increases its statistical accuracy but doesn't replicate the acoustic difference in the historical space to the same extent as a commercial acoustic simulation software.

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