Audio et technologie / Audio and Technology
AcousticsCompany founded by Jean-Luc Louradour specializing in architectural acoustic design, audio system design, acoustic evaluation and feasibility studies and room acoustic measurements and evaluations, using computerized measurement and design technologies. A large number of specialized sound and recording studios in and around Montréal have been designed or are maintained by Résonance.
Ambisonic.net — University of York, UK
Collection of articles, sources and links on Ambisonic surround-sound and digital audio technology, compiled by engineer/producer Richard Elen. Extensive Links page.
Ambiophonics.org — The Science of Domestic Concert Hall Design
Site maintained by Ralph Glasgal (founder of the Ambiophonics Institute), with a number of general and technical articles, and the full text of the 2nd edition of “Ambiophonics: Replacing Stereophonics to Achieve Concert-Hall Realism.”
Sound in Space — Music Technology Group, University of York
Home page for Ambisonics and related 3-D audio research.
Magazine covering surround sound for film, video, broadcast, video, web, games, music, theater.
Page concerned with techniques for reproducing three-dimensional sound images.
Articles + FAQs
University of Waterloo Master of Science in Physics thesis (1995). An examination of how well the Ambisonic System system works compared to the more popular Dolby Surround technology is examined.
Cantares. So What is this Ambisonics Stuff Anyway?
Mémoire de Maîtrise en communication (UQAM, 1993/2006). Le résultat de cette revue mettra en relief une technologie du nom de Ambisonic qui répond parfaitement au modèle géométrique et qui, par sa solide base théorique, permet une expansion future du système avec un accroissement significatif des performances.
Gerzon, Michael. Ambisonic References: Papers on Ambisonics and related topics
Leese, Martin J. Ambisonic Surround Sound FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions by domestic listeners about Ambisonic Surround Sound. Includes theory, practice, details of current decoder manufacturers and a discography of UHJ encoded LPs and CDs (1994–8).
Whiting, John. Ambisonics is Dead: Long Live Ambisonics
Discussion of mono, stereo, surround, and Ambisonic sound (1996).
Gear, Software, etc.
Spatial sound software: multichannel audio plugins for Windows and Mac.
Systèmes de spatialisation du son en temps réel.
A convolution freeware for multi-channel digital audio processing. Often used for wave field synthesis.
“The definitive sound processing and spatialization system based on a highly interconnected network of digital signal processors, intended for applications in the fields of entertainment and professional audio.”
“More than just a multi-channel and multi-track 3D audio editor, Maven3D Pro gives you the power to create true positional 3D experiences that go beyond 5.1 surround.”
“Le projet Holophon, initialisé au GMEM en 1996 est destiné à la spatialisation de multiples pistes sonores vers un système de diffusion multi-haut-parleurs.”
Site contains articles related to mastering including “What is Mastering?”, and “Setting up Your Monitoring Environment” which address acoustics, monitor placement, cabling, vibration control and more.
DES Mastering (Digital Editing Services)
Articles written by world-renowned mastering engineer Katz and by other writers are found here, covering a range of audio and mastering issues.
Since the 1990s Bob Ludwig’s company has established itself as a leader in the record mastering industry. Based in Portland ME.
Discussion forum for mastering and related topics, founded in 1991.
En 1973 Sabin Nelson Brunet quitte son emploi de technicien en gravure chez London Records pour ouvrir son propre studio de gravure : Disques SNB.
Founded in 1973 by Sabin N. Brunet, Disques SNB is a Montréal-based mastering studio which specializes exclusively in the mastering of all musical styles.
Montréal-based company founded by Dominique Bassal, specialising in pre-mastering and mastering of electroacoustics and other genres. The philosophy of the company reflects a refined sensitivity to the needs of individual products rather than submission to the “caprices” of the audio industry.
Site includes a number of FAQs on mastering. Based in San Francisco CA.
Bassal, Dominique. See Studio Inverse.
Katz, Bob. See Digital Domain.
Multicanal / Multichannel
Site par Jean-Marc Duchenne qui “concerne exclusivement ses développements et applications dans le domaine du « son fixé/projeté », son intégration en tant que critère des sons tel qu’il est perçu et composé en acousmatique.”
CCRMA — Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Spatialisation sur le site IRCAM.
IRs by Fokke van Saane from a variety of sources.
Software and hardware for sound spatialization, room acoustics, simulations, etc.
Windows-based acoustics and DSP software: convolver, etc.
Compte rendu du groupe Spatialisation — Ircam, 16 novembre 2004.
Cahen, Roland. Navigation sonore située. 2002.
Surround Sound Technologies and Related Topics
“Holophone Surround Sound Microphones are designed to make Surround Sound capture and recording simple and accessible to new and emerging markets in areas where it's been traditionally too expensive or too complicated for production.”
Wave Field Synthesis
A research project by Marije Baalman (Electronic Studio at the Technical University of Berlin, since 2002) to apply the Wave Field Synthesis concept for electronic music. The aim is to create an interface for the system that is easy to use for composers and performers.
PhD thesis (1996–2000) on sound field representation for multimedia.
“Founded [in 2002] by a group of experienced professionals recognised in their fields of 3D audio innovation, DSP-algorithms, distributed real-time processing, and networked audio.”
Wave field synthesis products: loudspeaker arrays, software, knowledge, etc. “True, natural, three dimensional sound was, until recently, the last fontier in audio technology that had not yet been tackled. Now, after 15 years of research and development there is a sound technology that can match and compliment the best visual technologies available today.”
More Links and Bibliographies
From the Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s online journal of electroacoustics, an extended “essential reading list” ordered by topic, and accessible and pertinent to a broad range of readers.
Extensive list of references provided by Philippe-Aubert Gauthier.
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