Advanced Sound Workshop

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Advanced Sound Workshop

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Workshop
September—October 2007

Increasingly, surround sound is being incorporated into media and artistic productions. Because sound content on DVD-Video and HDTV is invariably multiphonic, multimedia artists must consider this potential in the creation and production process. However, those who wish to appropriate the technology and integrate it into their approach may be intimidated by the large number of formats, in terms of signal encoding, broadcast standards and distribution media. There is a solution to all the questions raised by working in multiphonic sound: the Ambisonic system. This system covers all aspects of surround sound production: acquisition, synthesis, processing and reproduction of sound content in three dimensions. The comprehensive approach of the Ambisonic system is fully compatible with the most popular technologies, such as Dolby Digital and DTS, and with mainstream distribution media like DVD and HDTV

TOPICS COVERED ON THE AMBISONIC SYSTEM

  • History and theory of the system
  • 2D and 3D sound recording
  • 3D encoding of mono and stereo sources
  • 3D signal processing
  • 3D sound reproduction and diffusion
  • Delivery and distribution media
  • Hybrid surround-sound production strategies
  • Introduction to software development for two-dimensional and three-dimensional sound production
  • Ambisonic creation and production pipelining for delivery and distribution in Dolby Digital 5.1 on DVD and DTS 5.1 on CD/DVD.

SOFTWARE USED ON MAC OS X

  • Amadeus Pro
  • Ambisonic Studio B2X
  • Apple Compressor
  • Apple DVD Studio Pro
  • Digidesign Pro Tools
  • Plogue Bidule
  • Roxio Toast
  • SonicBirth
  • Steinberg Nuendo/Cubase
  • VLC Surround
  • Vortex Surround

Please note that modifications may be made to the workshop scenario which will be given in French; however, the instructor is bilingual. Equipment provided by OBORO.

PREREQUISITES Intermediate knowledge of digital audio Be a professional artist, creator or cultural worker, and be a self-employed worker or a salaried employee in an enterprise not subject to 1 % Training Investment *

SCHEDULE The workshop will take place over three weekends (Saturday and Sunday) : September 29 and 30, October 13 and 14, October 27 and 28, 2007 The sessions will last three hours in the morning and four hours in the afternoon

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS Maximum 10 people

COST $100 per person; payment must be made one week before the start of the workshop

LOCATION OBORO’s New Media Lab

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Daniel Courville

Daniel Courville est chargé de cours en production sonore et informatique appliquée à l’École des médias de l’UQAM depuis 1990. Il est réalisateur d’enregistrements de musique et s’intéresse à la captation, au traitement et à la reproduction sonores en trois dimensions et, en particulier, depuis 1988, à la technologie Ambisonic. Plus récemment, il s’est penché sur la question de l’intégration de la technologie Ambisonic dans les environnements de production et postproduction sonore par le développement d’outils logiciels modulaires. Daniel Courville détient une maîtrise en communication de l’UQAM.