The construction and test of a novel compact spherical source equipped with 32 individually driven 2" loudspeakers is presented. The new sound source is designed for making room acoustics measurements, emulating the directivity pattern of various music instruments or human talkers and singers. The 32 signals feeding the loudspeakers can be obtained by three different approaches: a set of High Order Ambisonics coefficients computed for emulating the polar pattern of a fixed directivity source a set of SPS (Spatial PCM Sampling) signals recorded around a real source, employing a corresponding set of 32 microphones placed on a sphere surrounding the real source, a matrix of FIR filters, designed employing a mathematical theory almost identical to the one developed for creating virtual microphones from a spherical microphone array . The presentation will show details of the construction of the new loudspeaker array, and the results of the first tests performed for evaluating the capability of creating arbitrary polar radiation patterns.
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