Efficient Evaluation of Reverberant Sound Fields

Ramani Duraiswami, Nail A. Gumerov, Dmitry N. Zotkin, Larry S. Davis

To appear at Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA01), Mohonk Mountain Resort, NY, 21-24 October 2001


An image method due to Allen and Berkley (1979) is often used to simulate the effect of reverberation in rooms. This method is relatively expensive computationally, and cause simulations to be slow. In this article we present a fast method for performing such simulations using multipole expansions. For $M$ real and image sources and $N$ evaluation points, while the Allen-Berkley method requires $O(MN)$ operations, our method achieves the calculations in $O(M+N)$ operations, resulting in a substantial speedup. Applications of our technique are also expected in simulation of virtual audio.

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