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The AudioLab listening room

Machine learning A Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset is in use at York University's AudioLab, enabling spatial recordings for an innovative PhD soundscape project in the form of an app, designed by student Marc Green. Simon Duff delves into the project, speaking to the Professor of soundscapes and virtual acoustics, and the designer himself…

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ork University's AudioLab creates high quality Ambisonics recording and playback, and is part of the Department of Electronic Engineering Communication Technologies Research Group. Based around a sphere of 50 loudspeakers, the rig in the Lab comprises of 40 Genelec 8030s and 10 Genelec 8040s. A mh Acoustics Eigenmike, Soundfield mics, and the notable Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset, paired with a powerful Max MSP system and an exciting anechoic chamber, make up the rest of the AudioLab. Work at the Lab consists of audio-laborious research on signal processing, acoustic modelling, and machine learning, with experimental projects also taking place with a focus on psychoacoustics and perception. It has a strong track record of working with the pro audio industry – Google, Huawei, the BBC, York Theatre Royal, Meridian Audio, ARUP and AECOM – using expertise to present creative solutions for audio and bio acoustic applications. In addition, the university's Lab has been part of Sennheiser's AMBEO Developers Programme since 2018. The AudioLab has been in existence in one form or another for the past 25 years. At present, the key members of its faculty are Professor Damian Murphy (soundscapes and virtual acoustics), Dr Gavin Kearney, (immersive audio), Dr Helena Daffern (researching voice science, acoustics and performance), Dr Jude Brereton (interactive sonification and performance), Professor Andy Hunt (interactive sonification) and Dr Frank Stevens (acoustic environments). Professor Murphy's own research work over the years has focused on virtual acoustics, spatial audio, physical modelling,

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