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Applied multichannel recording of a contemporary symphony orchestra for virtual reality

Reed, Luke; Harries, Martyn; Hurr, Alexandre; Knight, Mathew


Luke Reed
Senior Lecturer in Music Technology

Martyn Harries
Senior Lecturer in Audio & Music Technology

Alexandre Hurr

Mathew Knight


Capturing musical performances for Virtual Reality (VR) is of growing interest to engineers, cultural organisations and the public. The application of ambisonic workflows in conjunction with binauralisation through head related transfer functions enables perception and localisation of sound sources within three dimensional space, crucially enabling height perception. While there are many excellent examples of orchestral recordings in VR, however, few make use of the height perception and favour ‘on stage’ horizontal positioning. This engineering brief presents a contemporary symphony orchestral performance captured with multichannel spot recordings and produced in second order ambisonics in which 51 performers were individually split and positioned across five levels of the performance space. The paper looks to critically discuss the methods employed addressing the workflow through pre-production, capture and post-production.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Reed, L., Harries, M., Hurr, A., & Knight, M. Applied multichannel recording of a contemporary symphony orchestra for virtual reality
Keywords cinematic, VR, 360 film, ambisonics, contemporary, orchestra, spatial, 3D, audio, workflow
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : AES International Conference on Immersive and Interactive Audio

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