Workshop: Exploring Spatial Audio and Ambisonics with Bálint Laczkó (NO)


Join us for an informative workshop on Spatial Audio and Ambisonics with Bálint Laczkó (NO), designed to provide you with the essential knowledge to begin your journey into the world of spatial audio projects.

It's mandatory to register for the free workshop here:
Ambisonic studio is situated in ARS Art Factory: Pärnu mnt 154, Tallinn 11317, Estonia.

This workshop commences with an examination of auditory perception and how it facilitates our understanding of spatial information through sound. We then delve into established panning techniques like Vector Base Amplitude Panning (VBAP) and Binaural Panning, illustrating how they align with our natural spatial hearing.

The core of the workshop involves a comprehensive exploration of Ambisonics. You will gain insights into its rationale, mechanics, and practical application. Throughout the workshop, we'll utilize user-friendly, free, and open-source VST plugins from IEM and SPARTA, within the Reaper Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

Key Learnings:
By the workshop's conclusion, you will be able to:
- Set up and calibrate a speaker system for optimal spatial audio.
- Construct a spatial audio-oriented project within the Reaper DAW.
- Adapt your work for various studios, venues, or online platforms.

Participants should have a basic familiarity with Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and VST plugins. Prior experience with Reaper is advantageous but not mandatory.

To ensure a productive session, kindly install the following software beforehand:
- Reaper (The free evaluation version is suitable): Download Reaper
- IEM Plugin Suite: Download from IEM
- SPARTA Plugin Suite: Download from SPARTA

Bálint Laczkó is an electronic music composer, music technologist and researcher in Oslo.

As a composer, his main focus is on data-driven composition and 3D sound. In his compositions for fixed media, he aims to bring out the sense of physicality and presence from his recordings of various real world objects. Sampling is central to his musical practice, and his works often explore the relationships between a large number of sound events as a means of creating dense and vibrant soundscapes.

He is deeply inspired by technology and the creative possibilities opened up by modern audiovisual software, programming, and Big Data. In addition to his compositions for fixed media, he also works on real-time installations and instruments that often incorporate 3D sound and visual elements.

In addition to his creative practice, he is currently pursuing his PhD studies in Music Technology at the University of Oslo.

He earned a master's degree in classical composition at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest (2017) and in performance technology and electroacoustic music at the Norwegian Academy of Music (2021). His teachers were Natasha Barrett, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, László Vidovszky and Andrea Szigetvári.

Workshop: Exploring Spatial Audio and Ambisonics with Bálint Laczkó (NO) is part of Envelope – an immersive sound festival happening from September 09 till October 23, 2023 as an event series across the Nordic – Baltic region in person and online. Festival hosts spatial music concerts, sound art installations, seminars and workshops by Nordic-Baltic artists. It is a creative collaboration between organizations and artists from Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania to explore the future of audio technologies.

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