Perceived spatial positioning of self-footstep sounds in three surround sound speaker setups for immersive virtual reality

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Abstract

Are there differences in how well loudspeaker setups are able to provide a believable illusion of footstep sounds originating from the user of an immersive virtual reality? To investigate this performance in spatial positioning via loudspeakers, a comparison of the three surround sound loudspeaker setups with different distance and elevation from the user was conducted. A fourth condition with a large amount of reverb added was also evaluated. The results showed that none of the loudspeaker setups provided an ideal performance. However, when asked to describe the position of the sounds, the nearest setup on the floor gave the best performance. When evaluating what degree the sound were coming from themselves, there were no significant difference found between the two highest rated, the closest setup on the floor and the distant elevated setup. On the Likert scales, the reverb condition was evaluated as the least well performing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) : Sound, Music and Motion
Number of pages13
PublisherLaboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique (L.M.A.)
Publication date22 Oct 2013
Pages1004-1016
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-909669-23-6
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2013
EventCMMR 2013 - Marseille, France
Duration: 15 Oct 201318 Oct 2013
Conference number: 10
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ConferenceCMMR 2013
Number10
CountryFrance
CityMarseille
Period15/10/201318/10/2013
Internet address
SeriesL M A. Publications
ISSN1159-0947

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Keywords

  • Surround sound
  • Footsteps
  • Virtual reality

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Sikström, E., Nilsson, N. C., Nordahl, R., Götzen, A. D., & Serafin, S. (2013). Perceived spatial positioning of self-footstep sounds in three surround sound speaker setups for immersive virtual reality. In Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) : Sound, Music and Motion (pp. 1004-1016). Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique (L.M.A.). L M A. Publications
Sikström, Erik ; Nilsson, Niels Christian ; Nordahl, Rolf ; Götzen, Amalia De ; Serafin, Stefania. / Perceived spatial positioning of self-footstep sounds in three surround sound speaker setups for immersive virtual reality. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) : Sound, Music and Motion. Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique (L.M.A.), 2013. pp. 1004-1016 (L M A. Publications).
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Sikström, E, Nilsson, NC, Nordahl, R, Götzen, AD & Serafin, S 2013, Perceived spatial positioning of self-footstep sounds in three surround sound speaker setups for immersive virtual reality. in Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) : Sound, Music and Motion. Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique (L.M.A.), L M A. Publications, pp. 1004-1016, CMMR 2013, Marseille, France, 15/10/2013.

Perceived spatial positioning of self-footstep sounds in three surround sound speaker setups for immersive virtual reality. / Sikström, Erik; Nilsson, Niels Christian; Nordahl, Rolf; Götzen, Amalia De; Serafin, Stefania.

Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) : Sound, Music and Motion. Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique (L.M.A.), 2013. p. 1004-1016 (L M A. Publications).

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Sikström E, Nilsson NC, Nordahl R, Götzen AD, Serafin S. Perceived spatial positioning of self-footstep sounds in three surround sound speaker setups for immersive virtual reality. In Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) : Sound, Music and Motion. Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique (L.M.A.). 2013. p. 1004-1016. (L M A. Publications).