ADVANCED 360 SPATIAL AUDIO

A five-week course which takes place every Tuesday (7-9pm) from May 8th to the 5th of June 2018.  Classes will take place at Student Central, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HY. 

Course description:

The course will be a continuation of the introduction to 360 spatial audio course and will provide a more in-depth view of all practical and conceptual aspects of 360 spatial audio recording, mixing and exporting for delivery on multiple platforms such as Youtube, Facebook, and the GearVR. It will concentrate on sound for 360 video production and will appeal to those with some filmmaking knowledge and ideally some previous basic 360 audio engineering knowledge who wish to explore more advanced techniques and principles behind making creating high-quality soundtracks for 360 videos. Over the five weeks, you will learn practical techniques to perfect capturing spatial audio, using industry standard tools including Sennheiser microphones, Zoom field recorders, the Facebook 360 Audio suite of audio tools and Reaper digital audio workstation. You will learn how to perfect your techniques for recording, editing and mixing ambisonic spatial audio then combine the finished mix with a 360 video, ready for delivery. The course will be part lecture, part practical exercises, with an emphasis on you being able to create a finished project as quickly as possible.

Week 1: Advanced concepts in spatial audio

Week 2: Advanced recording techniques for 360 video

Week 3: advanced editing and manipulation of 360 audio

Week 4: Advanced spatial mixing, Immersive sound design, Music and Headlocked stereo

Week 5: Exporting, Encoding, and Muxing for Delivery

Course tutors:

Axel Drioli:

Freelance Immersive Audio Designer and Producer. He worked on international 360 and VR projects. Recent clients are Mixed Immersion, Visualise, Picture this Production, 1.618 digital, Pebble Studios and more. Currently tutoring at UCL at the MA Immersive Factual Storytelling course.

Jack Reynolds:

MEng EEE IET. BBC R&D Interactive and Immersive content. Specialist 360 audio engineer at SohoVR, CEO of Reynolds Microphones, musician and sound designer. President of the UCL Audio Engineering Society.

Course contents overview:

Session 1:

Fundamentals of spatial audio.

Advanced human hearing, HRTFs, and psychoacoustics

Key differences between spatial and traditional audio

Ambisonics and other spatial formats

Learning how to identify ‘good’ and ‘bad’ spatial audio

Critical listening exercises and understanding what the medium can offer.

Using 360 Audio as a creative storytelling tool for increased immersion.

Learning outcomes: Familiarity with in-depth concepts and advantages of spatial audio as well as commonly used terminology.

Materials: These discussions will be covered via slides that will be provided to people attending the course with further detail via links to reference resources including examples of various spatial audio formats.

Session 2:

Recording audio for 360 Video.

Advanced Onset, wild-track, and spatial sound design techniques (Sound Particles).

Advanced A-Format, and lapel radio microphones and using field recorders.

Spatial foley recording.

Use of voiceover and headlocked stereo (diegetic vs non-diegetic).

Learning outcomes: An understanding of the different approaches required for producing audio for 360 video, with some practical hands-on experience using industry standard 360 audio recording equipment.  

Materials: Slides and reference resources will be provided as well as useful links which may further illustrate the topic

Session 3:

Advanced editing and automation of spatial audio with Reaper (Digital Audio Workstation)

Advanced use of the Facebook Audio360 Workstation suite of plugins and tools.

Other freeware 360 audio tools including ambiX Blue Ripple and IET

360 Ambisonic reverberation and room simulation

Learning outcomes: In-depth familiarity with the layout and toolsets available within Reaper and the FB360 workstation, automating audio objects to follow moving actors within a 360 video

Materials: Reaper sessions with preset layouts and example audio and video files will be provided, plus links to video tutorials and additional reference materials.

Session 4:

Spatial Mixing and automation in Reaper

Immersive sound design techniques and resources

Use of reverberation for increased realism

Basics of binaural headphone delivery and speaker arrays

Learning outcomes: mastering the basics of the more detailed controls within Reaper to automate an audio source to follow an object within a 360 video, implementing room simulation and gaining a deeper understanding of the signal flows required for ingesting, editing, spatialising and automating the movement of audio sources in the 360 soundfield.

Materials: Slides and video tutorials will be provided along with example Reaper session files.

Session 5:

Exporting master audio mixes from reaper.

Target output levels, optimisation, and good monitoring practices.  

Encoding and muxing for multiple delivery platforms including Youtube, Facebook, and Samsung Gear VR

Uploading, sideloading and checking before final delivery.

Future developments and ways to stay current.

Learning outcomes: A finalised 3d audio mix will be joined with an example 360 video and loaded onto a Samsung gearVR and uploaded to Facebook and Youtube, showing the variations between the platforms and the considerations which must be taken into account during the creative process, in order for the finished product to perform optimally on the desired target platform. Limitations and some of the difficulties in delivering and publishing will be discussed and methods for keeping up with the fast pace of a newly developing field will be given.

Materials: Slides and video tutorials will be provided as well as example movie files,  audio files, and Reaper sessions

The advanced sessions will essentially go over the same material but in greater depth. We will follow the steps required to capture, manipulate and deliver spatial audio productions, with an emphasis on getting excellent results quickly and highlighting common problems which one can encounter. By the end of the course, you should be equipped with the knowledge and practical and creative skills to go and out and make high quality spatial audio productions, add them to video and deliver onto multiple platforms.

If you have any enquiries regarding this course please contact james@opencitylondon.com or please call 02031086696

 

Advanced 360 Spatial Audio

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 19:00
£250 / £225 (Student) / £200 (UCL Student)

Student Central, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HY.