Department of Visual & Performing Arts
Michigan Technological University
This is an approach to sound system design based on research in room acoustics and psychoacoustics to empower the affordable design and implementation of sound systems that seamlessly create a wide diversity of aural environments. By creating a virtual acoustic as designers we can trick listeners brains into ignoring the sound system, making the audience perceive it as a natural part of the performance and performance space. We can also transport the audience through vocal, music and sound effect treatment to a variety of different locations often greatly enhancing the story telling of a production. Many of the systems used to accomplish these goals are very expensive. This paper lays out the principles of design that allow significant creative power with affordable systems.
As sound designers our greatest power lies in merging our artistic aims with the fundamental wiring of our brains. The better we understand how our brains process sound, the more we know about psychoacoustics, and we integrate that understanding into our system and content design process the more powerfully we are able to shape an audiences experience. This paper our natural and continuous experience of acoustics when designing sound systems. And with modern multichannel audio systems exceptionally sophisticated design is remarkably affordable.
Affordable Electro-Acoustic Reverberation Systems for Theatre
Publication: USITT Current Practices and Research in Sound
March 21, 2019
Top Paper – The 58th Annual USITT Conference