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Open Access Subjective Evaluation of Dynamic Voice Directivity for Auralizations

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It is possible to include static directivity patterns into auralizations to better represent the way in which real sources radiate sound and subsequently excite the room. Sources such as the voice have directivity patterns which vary with frequency and also due to dynamic movements of the performer. This study presents an investigation of the inclusion of dynamic voice directivity into room acoustic auralizations based on geometrical acoustics (GA) software. Previous studies have performed this using multi-channel anechoic recordings. In contrast, this study employs single channel anechoic stimuli. Focus is on the incorporation of dynamic orientation presenting the means by which it is included into the GA software as well as the results of a subjective listening test. Results indicate that dynamic voice directivity orientation auralizations are perceived as more plausible, more enveloping, and exhibiting greater apparent source width than auralizations with a static voice directivity and omnidirectional sources.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2017

This article was made available online on January 17, 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Subjective Evaluation of Dynamic Voice Directivity for Auralizations".

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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