Room acoustics computer modelling: Study of the effect of source directivity on auralizations

Michelle C. Vigeant, Lily M. Wang, Jens Holger Rindel

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Auralizations are very useful in the design of performing arts spaces, where auralization is the process of rendering audible the sound field in a space, in such a way as to simulate the binaural listening experience at a given position in the modelled space. One of the fundamental modeling inputs to create auralizations is the source directivity. Standard methods involve inputting the measured source directivity, calculating the impulse response and convolving it with a single channel anechoic recording. An initial study was conducted using this method and the results showed significant differences in reverberation time and clarity index when using a directional versus omni-directional source. Further research was conducted focusing on an alternative method of modeling source directivity that involves multi-channel anechoic recordings to create auralizations. Subjective tests were conducted comparing auralizations made with one, four and thirteen channels, with three different instrument types and subjects rated differences in realism. An analysis of variance (ANOVA) was carried out to determine the effect of the number of channels and instrument on realism. The primary result from this study was that subjects rated the auralizations made with an increasing number of channels as sounding more realistic, indication that when more accurate source directivity information is used a more realistic auralization is possible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitectural Engineering Conference: Building Integration Solutions
Publication date2006
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventArchitectural Engineering Conference: Building Integration Solutions - Omaha, Nebraska
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …


ConferenceArchitectural Engineering Conference: Building Integration Solutions
CityOmaha, Nebraska
Period01/01/2006 → …

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