Multiple scattering ambisonics: three-dimensional sound foeld estimation using interacting spheres

Shoken Kaneko, Ramani Duraiswami

Rigid spherical microphone arrays (RSMAs) have been widely used in ambisonics sound field recording. While it is desired to combine the information captured by a grid of densely arranged RSMAs for expanding the area of accurate reconstruction, or sweet-spots, this is not trivial due to inter-array interference. Here we propose multiple scattering ambisonics, a method for three-dimensional ambisonics sound field recording using multiple acoustically interacting RSMAs. Numerical experiments demonstrate the sweet-spot expansion realized by the proposed method. The proposed method can be used with existing RSMAs as building blocks and opens possibilities including higher degrees-of-freedom spatial audio.

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