Auralization: Fundamentals of Acoustics, Modelling, Simulation, Algorithms and Acoustic Virtual Reality / Edition 1

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This is the first focused and detailed textbook on acoustic virtual reality. Auralization is the creation of audible acoustic sceneries from computer-generated data. The term "auralization" is to be understood as being analogue to the well-known technique of "visualization". In visual illustration of scenes, data or any other meaningful information, in movie animation and in computer graphics, we describe the process of "making visible" as visualization. In acoustics, auralization is taking place when acoustic effects, primary sound signals or means of sound reinforcement or sound transmission, are processed to be presented by using electro-acoustic equipment. This book is organized as a comprehensive collection of basics, methodology and strategies of acoustic simulation and auralization.

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"Particularly attractive about this book is its very complete coverage of auralization techniques, presenting applications not only in room acoustics but also in sound insulation and in other noise control engineering applications, as well as in real-time virtual reality. … The book serves as an excellent overview of the auralization technique and gives around 230 references for more detailed studies… . Being very much up-to-date today, we can expect that it will stay so far years to come." (Peter Svensson, Sprachrohr, Issue 45, 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642080234
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 9/21/2011
  • Series: RWTHedition Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Vorländer became director of the institute and professor of technical acoustics at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 1996. After education in physics and a doctorate degree in 1989 he worked in various fields of acoustics, mainly architectural acoustics and binaural technology.

His main areas of research are room acoustics, building acoustics, psychoacoustics, acoustic measurements, virtual acoustics.

Professor Vorländer is active in international societies, like

2004 - 2007 President of the European Acoustics Association (EAA)

2007 - 2010 Vice President of the European Acoustics Association (EAA)

2004 - Board of the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA)

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

German Acoustical Society (DEGA)

German Physical Society (DPG)

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Table of Contents

Fundamentals of acoustics.- Sound sources.- Sound propagation.- Sound fields in cavities and in rooms.- Structure-borne sound.- Psychoacoustics.- Signal processing for auralization.- Characterization of sources.- Convolution and sound synthesis.- Simulation models.- Simulation of sound in rooms.- Simulation and auralization of airborne sound insulation.- Simulation and auralization of structure-borne sound.- Binaural transfer path synthesis.- Aspects of real-time processing.- 3D sound reproduction in Virtual Reality systems.- Annex.- References.- Index.

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