Binaural Capture and Synthesis of Ambient Soundscapes

Period of Performance: 04/29/2008 - 02/28/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Sound Answers, Inc.
6855 Commerce Boulevard
Canton, MI 48187
Principal Investigator


Sound Answers plans to develop a technique that captures the soundscape, i.e. the typical sound of an environment, along with the topographical information of that environment so that a database of sounds and topographies is created to represent different possible environments. Single microphone, binaural head and spherical beamformer recordings will be conducted. Pros and cons of single microphone vs. binaural/spherical beamformer recordings will be assessed and recommendations for the best soundscape recording technique will be established. The recommended technique will also be demonstrated at the end of Phase I.