i am working on a project that involves taking a room and creating an
immersive environment. the source material (nature recordings of birds and
insects) is mono. my question is, with the varying experiences of the
people on this list, what choices people have made in their installation
work when it comes to trying to make the listener feel as if they are really
there...in the environment. i am wondering if it is worth the money to:
1) invest in a surround system (especially given the sound i'm working with
is mono)...i.e. whether the results would be worth it (have people used 5.1
surround, and is it difficult to encode?)
2) invest in a multichannel interface (like a 2in/8out configuration), and
how to process this for spacial effect.
3) just use four speakers for output and process the mono source material
it was suggested to me that using a 4 to 8 speaker circle and panning the
sound around the circle would create a neat effect, but i don't really want
an effect, i want a sense of realism.
i also don't know the status of the various max/msp patches i used to know
about in the past, whether they still are available and whether new patches
have appeared (i.e. spat, vbap, etc.).
i could also just make a number of versions of the same material, get 4 or
more digital players that loop, and play them through 4 or more separate
amplifier/speaker combinations, which would be the budget way to go.
i am basically questioning the immersive idea though...whether it is
possible to do it cheaply and quickly.
so as not to bother the list so much, people could e-mail me offlist.
as always, thanks for any help, comments, or suggestions!
ps. i am updated to maxmsp 4.6.