Room Acoustics – Fundamentals and Computer Simulation

  • Michael VorländerEmail author
Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)


In room acoustics analytical formulas and computer simulations can be used to predict the acoustics of spaces, not only in terms of reverberation but other perceptual aspects, too, which are related to the perception of music or speech. In this context the room impulse response is the function of main interest. It can be measured by using sophisticated instrumentation and signal processing, or it can be simulated with computer models. In the process of auralization the data and signal processing enables one to listen into the simulated rooms in order to interpret the sound in the room aurally. In real-time implementation, this is a valuable extension of the technique of virtual reality.






apparent source width


boundary element method


center time


early decay time


finite-difference time domain


finite element method


fast Fourier transform


fast Hadamard transformation


head-related impulse response


head-related transfer function


just-noticeable difference


listener envelopment


lateral energy fraction


linear time-invariant


maximum length sequence


wave field analysis


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Technical AcousticsRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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