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Configurable (novel) multi channel surround installation – perhaps hired help?

Jan 23 2013 | 7:27 am

Hi all,
I am very much a maxmsp novice – I generally work inside of nuendo, pt, live etc.
However, I project I have going on right now means I need to go outside of my comfort zone, and explore maxmsp.
It is for a (series) of sound installations involving custom, very non standard speaker configurations from stereo up to 16 channels.
I’ve been looking at various tools – exploring vbap and ambisonic solutions – and really, not sure what I’m after has been built.
I sure know I’m not in a position (time mainly) to build it myself.

I’m needing to be able to take mono (or stereo) sounds, and position them in the custom surround fields – and move them about – perhaps using vectors – perhaps x-y data (seems easier) over time. Each sound file could have the x/y data associated with it – or it could be generated separately.

But most importantly is the ability to be able to take the whole project, and relocate it with a different system. Sure – some things will need to be "re-positioned" – but certainly not starting from scratch.

Are such tools available (I’ve not come across anything YET – I’ve been searching a couple of days. I’ve got close, but nothing that seems to fit my particular use scenario)

Is there anyone interested in developing such tools – which I may be able to get some budget towards? If you are in sydney or melbourne – even better, but really, skype is pretty good for collaboration these days.

All thoughts will be VERY much appreciated.

Jan 23 2013 | 8:08 am

What I recall from working with ambisonics some years ago is that it can do what you want. You can setup a system with various positioning methods (cartesian, polar, etc). The speaker locations are parametric so can easily be changed for different setups. I used COSM back then:

Jan 23 2013 | 10:33 am


You may want to look at spat from IRCAM.

It comes into two forms: either as a plug-in (for up to eight channels) or as a more flexible suite of tools that can be used with MAX.



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