[Noisebridge-discuss] Ambisonic Sound at Noisebridge

Felipe Sanches juca at members.fsf.org
Tue Feb 2 21:07:11 UTC 2016

That sounds exciting!
        // pun indented !

Would it work with sound-speakers installed in the top corners of a room? I
was planning to install some of these at our hackerspace (in São Paulo,
Brazil, not in Noisebridge, though...).

I wonder if the software tools that you employ are all libre software. Can
you point me to the basic tools that I should be looking up if I were going
to setup one of these volumetric audio installations?

happy hacking,
Felipe "Juca" Sanches
Garoa Hacker Clube
São Paulo, Brazil

On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 6:33 PM, Alexander Phleps <
alexander.phleps at mailbox.org> wrote:

> Hey everyone,
> I’m in the bay area for a month, hanging out at Noisebridge from time to
> time. One of the things I’m interested in is spatial sound, and especially
> the interaction with spatial sound.
> There are different technologies and different creative approaches to
> this. One example is the Audium here in SF ( audium.org ). It uses 176
> speakers but it is possible to build installations with less, say 8
> speakers using a technology called Ambisonics. Obviously this would not be
> as precise but should be enough for simpler installations.
> So I wanted to propose to build such a thing in Noisebridge. As I’m
> backpacking right now, I don’t have the necessary equipment to do that. So
> I wanted to ask if it’s possible to get access to a lot of small speakers
> and an audio interface with as many output channels as possible. I know
> these things are expensive but if anyone could spare one even for just a
> couple of hours, I promise to treat it well. Also, there is nothing that
> may damages the device. It will simply be used by a piece of software (the
> spatialization renderer) that sends audio to the various output channels.
> Alternatively, it may be possible to to use a lot of two or four channel
> audio interfaces on a USB hub as an aggregated device (on a Mac).
> As for the speakers, if it’s not possible to find similar speakers, a
> bunch of old crappy different desktop computer speakers will do.
> Happy for any feedback.
> Best,
> Alex
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