AES Berlin 2014
Workshop W3

Saturday, April 26, 17:00 — 18:30 (Estrel Hall A)

W3 - Practical Techniques for Recording Ambience in Surround

Helmut Wittek, SCHOEPS GmbH - Karlsruhe, Germany
Michael Williams, Sounds of Scotland - Le Perreux sur Marne, France

In this workshop microphone recording techniques for ambience in 5.1 Surround are presented and discussed in theory and practice. Various simultaneous recordings were done in preparation of the workshop. Theses audio samples from six different techniques in five different venues are perfectly suitable for demonstrating the principal differences between the techniques and the perceptual consequences on immersion, localization, sound color, stability, etc. The differences are not only valid for ambience and for 5.1 Surround as they show the basic differences between level/time difference stereophony and as they confirm theories on correlation between channels and their consequence for the perceived spatial image.

During the workshop, the audio samples are compared in an A/B manner and differences are discussed. The audio samples as well as the full documentation can be downloaded for free use on They are particularly useful in education but also for sound engineers that have to choose an ambience setup in practice.

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Recording Technology and Practices

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EXHIBITION HOURS April 26th   10:00 - 18:30 April 27th   09:00 - 18:30 April 28th   09:00 - 18:30 April 29th   09:00 - 14:00
REGISTRATION DESK April 26th   09:30 - 18:30 April 27th   08:30 - 18:30 April 28th   08:30 - 18:30 April 29th   08:30 - 16:30
TECHNICAL PROGRAM April 26th   10:00 - 18:00 April 27th   09:00 - 18:00 April 28th   09:00 - 18:00 April 29th   09:00 - 17:00
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