Episode 96 Anthony Hunt (AudioLab, Avatar Representation in Extended Reality for Immersive Networked Music Performance)

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Episode 96 Anthony Hunt (AudioLab, Avatar Representation in Extended Reality for Immersive Networked Music Performance)

This episode is sponsored by HHB Communications, the UK’s leader in Pro Audio Technology. For years HHB has been delivering the latest and most innovative pro audio solutions to the world’s top recording studios, post facilities, and broadcasters. The team at HHB provide best-in-class consultation, installation, training, and technical support to customers who want to build or upgrade their studio environment for immersive audio workflow. To find out more or book a demo at their HQ facility visit www.hhb.co.uk

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by the PhD researcher at AudioLab, the University of York – Anthony Hunt from Toulouse, France.

Having graduated from the University of York (2021) with an MSc degree in Audio and Music Technology, Anthony joined the Audiolab research team in October 2021.  He is currently undertaking a PhD program on “Virtual representation of performers in Extended Reality Networked Music Performance (XR-NMP)” under the supervision of Prof. Gavin Kearney and Prof. Helena Daffern. This project aims to better understand which bodily elements are essential to represent the performer in the XR-NMP context, and how it impacts their sense of social presence.

Anthony discusses his research in avatar representation in extended reality for immersive networked music performance and what impacts social presence and immersion.

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Show Notes

Anthony Hunt Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-hunt-3948a9196/  

AudioLab – https://audiolab.york.ac.uk/

University of York – https://www.york.ac.uk/

Avatar representation in Extended Reality for Immersive Networked Music Performance AES Paper – https://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=22183

Introducing Apple Vision Pro: Apple’s first spatial computer – https://www.apple.com/uk/newsroom/2023/06/introducing-apple-vision-pro/ Sony Reveals Standalone MR Headset with “4K” OLED Displays and Unique Controllers – https://www.roadtovr.com/sony-mr-headset-4k-oled-unique-controllers/

New Qualcomm MR Reference Headset Shows What to Expect From Samsung – https://www.roadtovr.com/qualcomm-snapdragon-xr2-plus-gen-2-mr-reference-headset-samsung/

Wi-Fi Alliance® introduces Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7™ – https://www.wi-fi.org/news-events/newsroom/wi-fi-alliance-introduces-wi-fi-certified-7

ab Imager – https://www.audiobrewers.com/plugins/p/ab-imager

dearVR PRO 2 – https://www.dear-reality.com/products/dearvr-pro-2?utm_source=kla&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pro2-2401&utm_id=01HMBSFT423E2WCHP4MNA7GW8X&_kx=ykxJMCBtaSl7r65f0QEfZG4tlLXuyNm0ohkuZhTNzbY%3D.WrPMAF

Announcing Living Sky – https://www.gpu.audio/newsfeed/announcing-living-sky-a-cutting-edge-spatial-reverb-that-forges-a-new-partnership-between-gpu-audio-outer-echo-and-mntra-instruments-27

Atmoky True Spatial – https://atmoky.com/  

Our Sponsors

Innovate Audio offers a range of software-based spatial audio processing tools. Their latest product, panLab Console, is a macOS application that adds 3D spatial audio rendering capabilities to live audio mixing consoles, including popular models from Yamaha, Midas and Behringer. This means you can achieve an object-based audio workflow, utilising the hardware you already own. Immersive Audio Podcast listeners can get an exclusive 20% discount on all panLab licences, use code Immersive20 at checkout. Find out more at innovateaudio.co.uk *Offer available until June 2024.*

HOLOPLOT is a Berlin-based pro-audio company, which features the multi-award-winning X1 Matrix Array. X1 is software-driven, combining 3D Audio-Beamforming and Wave Field Synthesis to achieve authentic sound localisation and complete control over sound in both the vertical and horizontal axes. HOLOPLOT is pivoting the revolution in sound control, enabling the positioning of virtual loudspeakers within a space, allowing for a completely new way of designing and experiencing immersive audio on a large scale. To find more, visit holoplot.com.

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.

Episode 95 Gavin Kearney & Helena Daffern (AudioLab, University of York)

This episode is sponsored by HHB Communications, the UK’s leader in Pro Audio Technology. For years HHB has been delivering the latest and most innovative pro audio solutions to the world’s top recording studios, post facilities, and broadcasters. The team at HHB provide best-in-class consultation, installation, training, and technical support to customers who want to build or upgrade their studio environment for immersive audio workflow. To find out more or book a demo at their HQ facility visit www.hhb.co.uk

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by Professors Gavin Kearney and Helena Daffern from the AudioLab at the School of Physics Engineering and Technology at the University of York, UK.

Gavin Kearney is a Professor of Audio Engineering at the School of Physics Engineering and Technology at the University of York. He is an active researcher, technologist and sound designer for immersive technologies and has published over a hundred articles and patents relating to immersive audio. He graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2002 with an honours degree in Electronic Engineering and has since obtained both MSc and PhD degrees in Audio Signal Processing from Trinity College Dublin. He joined the University of York as a Lecturer in Sound Design at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television in January 2011 and moved to the Department of Electronic Engineering in 2016. He leads a team of researchers at York Audiolab which focuses on different facets of immersive and interactive audio, including spatial audio and surround sound, real-time audio signal processing, Ambisonics and spherical acoustics, game audio/audio for virtual and augmented reality and recording and audio post-production technique development.

Helena Daffern is currently a Professor in Music Science and Technology at the School of Physics Engineering and Technology at the University of York. Her research utilises interdisciplinary approaches to investigate voice science and acoustics, particularly singing performance, vocal pedagogy, choral singing and singing for health and well-being. Recent projects explore the potential of virtual reality to improve access to group singing activities and as a tool for singing performance research. She received a BA (Hons.) degree in music, an M.A. degree in music, and a PhD in music technology, all from the University of York, UK, in 2004, 2005, and 2009. She went on to complete training as a classical singer at Trinity College of Music and worked in London as a singer and teacher before returning to York. Her research utilises interdisciplinary approaches to investigate voice science and acoustics, particularly singing performance, vocal pedagogy, choral singing and singing for health and well-being. Recent projects explore the potential of virtual reality to improve access to group singing activities and as a tool for singing performance research.

Helena and Gavin talk about the recently announced CoSTAR project – the initiative focuses on leveraging a novel R&D in virtual production technologies including CGI, spatial audio, motion capture and extended reality to create groundbreaking live performance experiences.

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Show Notes

Gavin Kearney Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/gavin-p-kearney/?originalSubdomain=uk

Helena Daffern Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/helena-daffern-32822439/?originalSubdomain=uk

AudioLab – https://audiolab.york.ac.uk/

University of York – https://www.york.ac.uk/

CoSTAR Project – https://audiolab.york.ac.uk/audiolab-at-the-forefront-of-pioneering-the-future-of-live-performance-with-a-new-rd-lab/

BBC Maida Vale Studios – https://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/venue/bbc-maida-vale-studios 

AudioLab goes to BBC Maida Vale Recording Studios – https://audiolab.york.ac.uk/audiolab-goes-to-bbc-maida-vale-recording-studios/

Project SAFFIRE – https://audiolab.york.ac.uk/saffire/

Our Sponsors

Innovate Audio offers a range of software-based spatial audio processing tools. Their latest product, panLab Console, is a macOS application that adds 3D spatial audio rendering capabilities to live audio mixing consoles, including popular models from Yamaha, Midas and Behringer. This means you can achieve an object-based audio workflow, utilising the hardware you already own. Immersive Audio Podcast listeners can get an exclusive 20% discount on all panLab licences, use code Immersive20 at checkout. Find out more at innovateaudio.co.uk *Offer available until June 2024.*

HOLOPLOT is a Berlin-based pro-audio company, which features the multi-award-winning X1 Matrix Array. X1 is software-driven, combining 3D Audio-Beamforming and Wave Field Synthesis to achieve authentic sound localisation and complete control over sound in both the vertical and horizontal axes. HOLOPLOT is pivoting the revolution in sound control, enabling the positioning of virtual loudspeakers within a space, allowing for a completely new way of designing and experiencing immersive audio on a large scale. To find more, visit holoplot.com.

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.

Episode 92 Mariam Gviniashvili (Composing in Spatial Audio)

Summary

This episode is sponsored by Innovate Audio. Innovate Audio offers a range of software-based spatial audio processing tools. Their latest product, panLab Console, is a macOS application that adds 3D spatial audio rendering capabilities to live audio mixing consoles, including popular models from Yamaha, Midas and Behringer. This means you can achieve an object-based audio workflow, utilising the hardware you already own. Immersive Audio Podcast listeners can get an exclusive 20% discount on all panLab licences, use code Immersive20 at checkout. Find out more at innovateaudio.co.uk *Offer available until June 2024.* 

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel and Monica Bolles are joined by composer and sound artist Mariam Gviniashvili from Oslo, Norway. 

Mariam works as a composer and sound artist  – combining electronics, electroacoustics and 3D sound technology with visuals, dance and live performance to penetrate deep into the physical and emotional essence of sound and space. Growing up in eastern Georgia, she sang and played the piano, and studied composition in Tbilisi, Budapest and Oslo. Through her subject matter, her compositions display a curiosity about the world and society – from distractions during online meetings in DAYDREAMING (2022), to the viral patterns in DECONSTRUCTION (2020). Other works explore the Syrian war, a globally- sourced collection of songs and prayers, and a river soundscape in Oslo. Gviniashvili’s music has appeared at festivals all over the world – the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival (USA), BEAST FEaST (UK), Transitions at CCRMA (USA), ICMC (Korea), Mixtur Festival (Spain), ARD Hoerspieltage (Germany), Ars Electronica (Austria), Klingt Gut (Germany), Heroines of Sound (Germany) and Ultima Festival (Norway).

Mariam talks about her journey as a conventional composer evolving into a multidisciplinary sound artist performing her work in spatial audio on multi-channel arrays in different immersive spaces across the world.

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Show Notes

Mariam Gviniashvili Website – https://www.mariamgviniashvili.com

Mariam Gviniashvili Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariam-gviniashvili-140a3989/

Mariam Gviniashvili Bandcamp – https://mariamg.bandcamp.com/

Mariam Gviniashvili YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/@mariamgartist

NOTAM – https://notam.no/meetups/the-ambisonics-salon/

Q&A: Mariam Gviniashvili, Artist & Composer – https://www.balticimmersive.net/blog/interview-with-mariam-gviniashvili

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.

Episode 91 SXSW 2024 Panel Acceptance Announcement

Summary

We have a big announcement to make – Immersive Audio Podcast are going to SXSW 2024!

We are hosting the panel “State of Play of Immersive Audio: Past, Present & Future”.

It’s been almost six years since we started the Immersive Audio Podcast and as we are coming up to our 100th release anniversary we wanted to mark this milestone with a special edition at SXSW 2024. With the hindsight of releasing almost 100 episodes, we’ve met a lot of companies and experts covering a broad spectrum of topics fundamental to our industry. This panel will highlight the key indicative developments that have defined the immersive audio industry for the past decade, reflect on the current trends and look forward to the future.

Our expert guests will feature Audioscenic Limited covering binaural audio over speakers on consumer devices and HOLOPLOT discussing spatial audio for large-scale immersive events. We’ll moderate the panel as well as discuss our own work in the space of interactive live performance in immersive spaces and spatial and interactive sound design in immersive media production.

Audioscenic – https://www.audioscenic.com/

HOLOPLOT – https://holoplot.com/

If you’d like to learn more about our panelists go to your favorite podcast app or our website and check out Episodes 75/76 featuring Audioscenic (Binaural Audio Over Speakers) and Episodes 77/85 HOLOPLOT (3D Audio – Beamforming and Wave Field Synthesis).

Our audience will receive a comprehensive overview of what defines immersive audio as a whole in the modern multifaceted world of digital media. We’ll provide an overview of core technologies, formats and distribution platforms along with associated challenges and opportunities. Attentive audience members will get a range of unique perspectives from panel experts that can be helpful for education and business development.

This panel is aimed at Sound Engineers, Sound Designers, Musicians, Mixers, Gamers, Writers, Audio Tech Consumers, Academics, Immersive Content Makers and general Tech Enthusiasts…

If you’re planning to attend and would like to arrange to meet us, please get in touch via [email protected]

The panel will be recorded and released on our podcast channel as Episode 100th.

We’d like to thank all our listeners who voted for us and your continued support!

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Show Notes

Panel Details, State of Play of Immersive Audio: Past, Present & Future – https://schedule.sxsw.com/2024/events/PP132288

Episode 75 Audioscenic Binaural Audio Over Speakers (Part 1) – https://immersiveaudiopodcast.com/episode-75-audioscenic-binaural-audio-over-speakers-part-1/

Episode 76 Audioscenic Binaural Audio Over Speakers (Part 2) – https://immersiveaudiopodcast.com/episode-76-audioscenic-binaural-audio-over-speakers-part-2/

Episode 77 HOLOPLOT (3D Audio-Beamforming and Wave Field Synthesis) – https://immersiveaudiopodcast.com/episode-77-holoplot-3d-audio-beamforming-and-wave-field-synthesis/

Episode 85 Roman Sick (HOLOPLOT) – https://immersiveaudiopodcast.com/episode-85-roman-sick-holoplot/

Episode 89 John-Henry Dale & Merijn Royaards (Sonic Sphere)

Summary

This episode is sponsored by Innovate Audio. Innovate Audio offers a range of software-based spatial audio processing tools. Their latest product, panLab Console, is a macOS application that adds 3D spatial audio rendering capabilities to live audio mixing consoles, including popular models from Yamaha, Midas and Behringer. This means you can achieve an object-based audio workflow, utilising the hardware you already own. Immersive Audio Podcast listeners can get an exclusive 20% discount on all panLab licences, use code Immersive20 at checkout. Find out more at innovateaudio.co.uk *Offer available until June 2024.*

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Monica Bolles is joined by musicians and audio engineers John Henry Dale and Merijn Royaards from Miami, US.

John Henry Dale is an immersive media artist, musician and entrepreneur focused on live spatial audio and video performance, based between Miami and New York. He holds an MSc in Digital Composition and Performance from the University of Edinburgh and composes, performs, and produces music across a range of genres from electronica, jazz, funk, Latin, global bass and ambient, to avant-garde and serialist composition projects. He has also worked extensively in the confluence of IT, Web, AV, Live Streaming, and Immersive Media technology at The Regional Arts and Culture Council, New World Symphony, Hive Streaming and Linkedin.  Most recently in July of 2023, he worked with Merijn Royaards and the Sonic Sphere project to help create custom spatial audio mixes in SPAT, Reaper and Ableton Live of selected works for the Sonic Sphere residency at the Shed and also created a personalised spatial audio mix and listening session for Mike Bloomberg and Marina Abramovic. John Henry performed his live music for his “In Viridi Lux” spatial audio performance project inside the Sonic Sphere as part of a 2023 Miami Individual Artist grant funded by the National Endowment for The Arts and the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department.

Merijn Royaards is a sound architect, researcher, and performer guided by convoluted movements through music, art, and spatial studies. The interaction between space and sound in cities with a history/present of conflict has been a recurring theme in his multimedia works to date. His 2020 awarded doctoral thesis explores the state-altering effects of sound, space, and movement from the Russian avant-garde to today’s clubs and raves. He is one part of a critical essay film practice with artist-researcher Henrietta Williams and teaches sound design for film and installation art at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

JH and Merijn talk about the evolution of Sonic Sphere as a concept, playback system and performance space. They talk about the practical aspects of crafting and experiencing different spatial audio content within the spherical structures.

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Show Notes

John Henry Dale Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnhenrydale/

John Henry Dale Website – https://johnhenrydale.com/

Merijn Royaards – https://www.linkedin.com/in/merijn-royaards-82867a273/

Sonic Sphere – https://www.sonic-sphere.com

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.

Episode 88 Dave Marston & Matt Firth (BBC R&D)

Summary

This episode is sponsored by Innovate Audio. Innovate Audio offers a range of software-based spatial audio processing tools. Their latest product, panLab Console, is a macOS application that adds 3D spatial audio rendering capabilities to live audio mixing consoles, including popular models from Yamaha, Midas and Behringer. This means you can achieve an object-based audio workflow, utilising the hardware you already own. Immersive Audio Podcast listeners can get an exclusive 20% discount on all panLab licences, use code Immersive20 at checkout. Find out more at innovateaudio.co.uk *Offer available until June 2024.*

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel and Monica Bolles are joined by the members of the BBC R&D Audio team Dave Marston and Matt Firth from the United Kingdom.

Dave is part of the audio team in BBC R&D, having joined the corporation in 2000. His role in the audio team is mainly involved in the development of the Audio Definition Model (ADM), Next Generation Audio (NGA), and standardisation.   His main area of standardisation work for many years has been at the ITU, representing both the BBC and the UK. Over this period, he has been involved in the standardisation of the ADM, Serial ADM, and the BW64 file format, as well as other related standards and reports. Over many years Dave has worked closely with the EBU and currently chairs the AS-PSE group on personalised sound experiences. One area the group is currently working on is a production profile for the ADM. Past EBU work includes audio codec subjective testing, the BWAV file format, and other ADM-related projects.  Dave has also worked on many collaborative projects over many years, some of which were EU-funded projects (such as ICoSOLE and Orpheus) and some were part of the BBC’s Audio Research Partnership working with Universities.   The most recent area of ADM-related work Dave has been involved in is looking at its use in live production scenarios. This work has included a live trial of Serial ADM, the ADM-OSC protocol, and NGA codecs with the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

Matt Firth is a Project R&D Engineer in the Audio Team at BBC Research and Development and leads a workstream on the production of audio experiences. Matt joined BBC R&D in 2015 and has been working on audio production tools and workflows for the past 8 years with a particular focus on Next Generation Audio (NGA) and spatial audio. His work with the BBC has included developing spatial audio tools for live binaural production at scale for the BBC Proms and developing the production tools used for the ORPHEUS project which demonstrated an end-to-end object-based media chain for audio content. Matt has also been involved in standardisation work around the Audio Definition Model (ADM) through the ITU since 2019. He is part of the development team behind the EAR Production Suite which facilitates NGA production using ADM. Recently, Matt was involved in running the live ADM production trials for the Eurovision Song Contest. He also developed some of the production tools and rendering software used during the trial.

We talk about the Next Generation Audio for Live Event Broadcasting, covering aspects such as immersion, interactivity, personalisation and workflows featuring cutting-edge codecs and metadata for Audio Definition Model (ADM), Serial ADM (S-ADM), and OSC-ADM.

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Our friends at the Sennheiser Ambeo Mobility team are on the lookout for a Senior Audio Engineer, check out the link for more details – https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3725223871/

Show Notes

Dave Marston Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-marston-5231961/

Matt Firth Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-firth-mf/

BBC R&D Website – https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd

BBC R&D Blog – https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog

Live Next Generation Audio trial at Eurovision 2023 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2023-06-eurovision-next-generation-audio

The EAR Production Suite (EPS) – https://ear-production-suite.ebu.io/

L-ISA – https://l-isa.l-acoustics.com/

New AirPods Pro Support ‘groundbreaking ultra-low latency audio protocol’ for Vision Pro – https://www.roadtovr.com/apple-vision-pro-low-latency-audio-protocol-airpods-pro/

Razer is Releasing Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds for Quest 3 – https://www.roadtovr.com/razer-quest-3-noise-cancelling-earbuds/

Audiomovers release landmark plugin Binaural Renderer for Apple Music – https://audiomediainternational.com/audiomovers-release-landmark-plugin-binaural-renderer-for-apple-music/

SPAT Revolution Now Supports Audio-Technica’s BP3600 Immersive Audio Microphone – https://audioxpress.com/news/spat-revolution-now-supports-audio-technica-s-bp3600-immersive-audio-microphone

Sphere Las Vegas – https://www.thespherevegas.com/

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.

Episode 87 Lorenzo Picinali (Imperial College London)

Summary

This episode is sponsored by Innovate Audio. Innovate Audio offers a range of software-based spatial audio processing tools. Their latest product, panLab Console, is a macOS application that adds 3D spatial audio rendering capabilities to live audio mixing consoles, including popular models from Yamaha, Midas and Behringer. This means you can achieve an object-based audio workflow, utilising the hardware you already own. Immersive Audio Podcast listeners can get an exclusive 20% discount on all panLab licences, use code Immersive20 at checkout. Find out more at innovateaudio.co.uk *Offer available until June 2024.*

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by the academic and researcher at Imperial College – Lorenzo Picinali from London, United Kingdom.

Lorenzo Picinali is a Reader at Imperial College London, leading the Audio Experience Design team. His research focuses on spatial acoustics and immersive audio, looking at perceptual and computational matters, as well as real-life applications. In the past years Lorenzo worked on projects related to spatial hearing and rendering, hearing aids technologies, and acoustic virtual and augmented reality. He has also been active in the field of eco-acoustic monitoring, designing autonomous recorders and using audio to better understand humans’ impact on remote ecosystems.

Lorenzo talks about the breadth of research initiatives in spatial audio under his leadership of the Audio Experience Design group and we discuss the recently published SONICOM HRTF Dataset developed to improve personalised listening experience.

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Show Notes

Lorenzo Picinali – https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/l.picinali

Imperial College London – https://www.imperial.ac.uk/

Audio Experience Design – https://www.axdesign.co.uk/

SONICOM Website – http://www.sonicom.eu

The SONICOM HRTF Dataset – https://www.axdesign.co.uk/publications/the-sonicom-hrtf-dataset

The SONICOM HRTF Dataset AES Paper – https://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=22128

Immersive Audio Demonstration – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWmKNNQpZJA&t=2s

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.

Episode 84 Alejandro Cabrera (Audio Brewers)

Summary

This episode is sponsored by Berlin-based pro-audio company HOLOPLOT, which features the multi-award-winning X1 Matrix Array. X1 is software-driven, combining 3D Audio-Beamforming and Wave Field Synthesis to achieve authentic sound localisation and complete control over sound in both the vertical and horizontal axes. HOLOPLOT is pivoting the revolution in sound control, enabling the positioning of virtual loudspeakers within a space, allowing for a completely new way of designing and experiencing immersive audio on a large scale. To find more, visit  https://holoplot.com.

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by the Audio Software Developer at Audio Brewers – Alejandro Cabrera from Athens, Greece.

Alejandro Cabrera is an Audio Software Developer and the Founder of Audio Brewers. Originally from Colombia, currently based in Athens, Greece. He studied Modern Music with an Emphasis in Jazz (Taller de Musics, Barcelona – Spain), BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering (University of Wales), and MSc in Sound Design (Edinburgh Napier University). Alejandro has been developing audio tools for over 10 years, including his first Sample Library ‘kFootsteps’.  While working at 8Dio Productions as a producer and later a creative director, Alejandro was involved in the development of over 100 Sample Libraries. Additionally, he participated in the development of the Sequential Dave Smith’s Prophet X/XL which won the TEC Award for Best New Musical Instrument in 2019.  Alejandro founded Audio Brewers in 2020, the first company to develop Virtual Instruments recorded, mixed, and delivered in Ambisonics, for dedicated immersive audio productions.

We talk about their unique set of tools and features for spatial audio designed for a fast workflow for different creative applications and Alejandro explains his concept of impressionism in immersive audio.

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Show Notes

Alejandro Cabrera LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/alejocazu/

Audio Brewers Website – https://www.audiobrewers.com/

Audio Brewers Youtube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/audiobrewers

ab Encoder – https://www.audiobrewers.com/plugins/p/ab-encoder

ab PitchShifter – https://www.audiobrewers.com/plugins/p/ab-pitchshifter

ab Stutter – https://www.audiobrewers.com/plugins/p/ab-stutter

Audio for extended realities: A case study informed exposition – https://shorturl.at/gjxD3

Sound Experience Survey: Fulldome and Planetariums – https://www.ips-planetarium.org/news/632118/IPS-Sound-Survey.htm

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.

Episode 83 SXSW 2024 Panel Picker Announcement

Summary

SXSW 2024 Panel Picker Announcement 📢 “State of Play of Immersive Audio: Past, Present & Future”

It’s been almost six years since we started the Immersive Audio Podcast and as we are coming up to our 100th release anniversary we wanted to mark this milestone with a special edition at SXSW 2024.

With the hindsight of releasing almost 100 episodes, we’ve met a lot of companies and experts covering a broad spectrum of topics fundamental to our industry. This panel will highlight the key indicative developments that have defined the immersive audio industry for the past decade, reflect on the current trends and look forward to the future. Our four expert guests and moderators Audioscenic, HOLOPLOT, 1.618 DIGITAL, Monica Bolles will cover the key sectors: large-scale immersive events, interactive live performance, spatial audio for consumer devices, virtual training for VR and immersive media production.

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Show Notes

Please support our idea and give us your vote!

Voting link -> https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/132288

Voting Deadline Midnight 20th of August 2023.

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This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.

Episode 79 Jelmer Althuis (Spatial Audio for Wellness)

Summary

This episode is sponsored by Berlin-based pro-audio company HOLOPLOT, which features the multi-award-winning X1 Matrix Array. X1 is software-driven, combining 3D Audio-Beamforming and Wave Field Synthesis to achieve authentic sound localisation and complete control over sound in both the vertical and horizontal axes. HOLOPLOT is pivoting the revolution in sound control, enabling the positioning of virtual loudspeakers within a space, allowing for a completely new way of designing and experiencing immersive audio on a large scale. To find more, visit  https://holoplot.com.

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel and Monica Bolles are joined by the sound designer – Jelmer Althuis from Groningen, Netherlands.

Jelmer Althuis is the founder of The Sphere of Sound, audio director at VRelax and sound designer at Aku.World. With a passion for audio and technology, Jelmer has dedicated his career to creating immersive audio experiences for a variety of next-generation media. He is an experienced audio professional with a strong background in sound design and audio production.  In 2017 he fully immersed himself in spatial sound design for VR and Art applications in particular. In 2018 he joined the VRelax team as audio director, where he mainly focused on the psychological effect and the influence of spatial sound on well-being. Having created a lot of spatial audio designs helping people to feel relaxed, combining audio and biofeedback techniques and several research activities, he has learned his skill on the job. He has a strong passion for the spatial audio format because he strongly believes in the added value of spatial audio experiences for eHealth & Wellbeing as well as for the digital arts and web3 applications.

Jelmer speaks about his work dedicated to wellness and relaxation through sound and we look at the recent proliferation of spatial audio in the E-Health product market.

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Show Notes

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jelmeralthuis/

The Sphere of Sound Website – www.sphereofsound.com

VRelax Website – https://vrelax.com/en/

Audio for extended realities: A case study informed exposition – https://shorturl.at/gjxD3

Sound Experience Survey: Fulldome and Planetariums – https://www.ips-planetarium.org/news/632118/IPS-Sound-Survey.htm  

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