Master's Thesis | Sound Design

Music production in Ambisonics

What added value does Ambisonics represent in modern music production?

3D Audio Sound Design (Copy)

Since the early 1960s, the standard format of modern music production is stereo. Almost simultaneously, an audio technology called Ambisonics was developed in Great Britain. These productions are mainly for interactive applications, while music productions for home and live scenarios are still mainly mixed in stereo. As a result, there are still no real mixing rules in this area.

In the centre of this work are several pieces of modern music productions. Through a listening test an attempt was made to evaluate the added value of a modern music production in Ambisonics. The results of the listening test showed that in most cases an Ambisonics version of a song is preferred to the stereo version of the same song.