On ITU BS.2051 surround with height loudspeaker layouts, Ambisonic panning is practice-proof, when using AllRAD decoders involving imaginary loudspeaker insertion and downmix. And yet on the 4+5+0 layout, this still yields a loudness difference of nearly 3 dB when comparing sounds panned to the front with such panned to the back. AllRAD linearly superimposes a series of two panning functions, optimally sampled Ambisonics and VBAP. Both are perfectly energy-preserving and therefore do not cause the loudness differences themselves, but their linear superposition does. In this contribution we present and analyze a new AllRAD2 approach that achieves decoding of constant loudness by (i) superimposing the squares of both panning functions, and (ii) calculating the equivalent linear decoder of the square root thereof.
Zotter, Franz; Frank, Matthias
Affiliation: University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Graz, Austria
AES Convention: 144 (May 2018) Paper Number: 9943
Publication Date: May 14, 2018
Subject: Spatial Audio-Part 1
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