Switched Spatial Impulse Response Convolution as an Ambisonic Distance-Panning Function

Cairns, Patrick; Moore, David

Ambisonics offers a robust and effective approach to the recording, processing and delivery of Spatial Audio. The Ambisonic system is often considered to provide a perceptually and computationally advantageous Spatial Audio experience in comparison to typical Binaural systems. This is true even when an end-step Binaural render is required, as is typical in Virtual or Augmented Reality systems which naturally imply audio delivery via headphones. Standard Ambisonic processing allows for the rotation of a sound field around an origin position. There is not, however, a strongly established means of modulating the radial distance of a virtual sound source from the origin. This paper presents a potential solution to an Ambisonic distance-panning function for both static and dynamic virtual sources in the form of a FOA (First Order Ambisonics) Switched-SIR (Spatial Impulse Response) Convolution Reverberator. This includes a presentation of the framework for such a function, and an analysis of audio rendered using prototype scripts.

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Cairns, P., Moore, D., on Spatial Audio (ICSA), I.C., (Ilmenau), ., 2019. Switched Spatial Impulse Response Convolution as an Ambisonic Distance-Panning Function. Audio for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Realities: Proceedings of ICSA 2019 ; 5th International Conference on Spatial Audio ; September 26th to 28th, 2019, Ilmenau, Germany, Audio for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Realities: Proceedings of ICSA 2019 ; 5th International Conference on Spatial Audio ; September 26th to 28th, 2019, Ilmenau, Germany 99–106. https://doi.org/10.22032/dbt.39936
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