EMPAC Unveils Newly Constructed 500-Channel “Wave Field Synthesis” Audio System

One of the world's most extensive 3D sound environments

By Inside Rensselaer

April 26, 2016

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer recently debuted a unique new system that explores the relationship between sound and space. “Think of it like a pebble dropping into a pond,” says EMPAC’s lead audio engineer Todd Vos, describing the way a sound wave emanates from a speaker head. Now picture 500 tiny speakers arranged in a continuous ring around the room. As every one of those speakers casts sound into the room, the waves overlap and intersect, creating a dense, three-dimensional, immersive sound environment for a listener to explore.

Read the full article on EMPAC's new wave field synthesis system at Inside Rensselaer.