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Virtual Acoustics: Evaluation of Psychoacoustic ParametersCurrent virtual acoustic displays for teleconferencing and virtual reality are usually limited to very simple or non-existent renderings of reverberation, a fundamental part of the acoustic environmental context that is encountered in day-to-day hearing. Several research efforts have produced results that suggest that environmental cues dramatically improve perceptual performance within virtual acoustic displays, and that is possible to manipulate signal processing parameters to effectively reproduce important aspects of virtual acoustic perception in real-time. However, the computational resources for rendering reverberation remain formidable. Our efforts at NASA Ames have been focused using a several perceptual threshold metrics, to determine how various "trade-offs" might be made in real-time acoustic rendering. This includes both original work and confirmation of existing data that was obtained in real rather than virtual environments. The talk will consider the importance of using individualized versus generalized pinnae cues (the "Head-Related Transfer Function"); the use of head movement cues; threshold data for early reflections and late reverberation; and consideration of the necessary accuracy for measuring and rendering octave-band absorption characteristics of various wall surfaces. In addition, a consideration of the analysis-synthesis of the reverberation within "everyday spaces" (offices, conference rooms) will be contrasted to the commonly used paradigm of concert hall spaces.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Begault, Durand R.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Null, Cynthia H.
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1997
Subject Category
Meeting Information
IWHIT 1997(Aizu)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 199-06-12
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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