Volume 4, Number 6, 2020
|Number of page(s)||18|
|Published online||18 November 2020|
Auralization based on multi-perspective ambisonic room impulse responses
Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, 8010 Graz, Austria
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Accepted: 10 October 2020
Most often, virtual acoustic rendering employs real-time updated room acoustic simulations to accomplish auralization for a variable listener perspective. As an alternative, we propose and test a technique to interpolate room impulse responses, specifically Ambisonic room impulse responses (ARIRs) available at a grid of spatially distributed receiver perspectives, measured or simulated in a desired acoustic environment. In particular, we extrapolate a triplet of neighboring ARIRs to the variable listener perspective, preceding their linear interpolation. The extrapolation is achieved by decomposing each ARIR into localized sound events and re-assigning their direction, time, and level to what could be observed at the listener perspective, with as much temporal, directional, and perspective context as possible. We propose to undertake this decomposition in two levels: Peaks in the early ARIRs are decomposed into jointly localized sound events, based on time differences of arrival observed in either an ARIR triplet, or all ARIRs observing the direct sound. Sound events that could not be jointly localized are treated as residuals whose less precise localization utilizes direction-of-arrival detection and the estimated time of arrival. For the interpolated rendering, suitable parameter settings are found by evaluating the proposed method in a listening experiment, using both measured and simulated ARIR data sets, under static and time-varying conditions.
Key words: 6dof rendering / Room impulse responses / Variable-perspective rendering / Virtual acoustics
© K. Müller & F. Zotter, Published by EDP Sciences, 2020
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