Last-modified: 21 January 1998
Copyright: © 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998 by Martin J Leese
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This FAQ is aimed at the domestic listener. Recording and studio processing are two areas of Ambisonic technology that have been omitted deliberately - the topics deserve an FAQ of their own, but somebody else will have to create it. As an interim measure, this Section lists the contact details of companies involved in these areas. Please contact them directly; I do not work in the pro audio industry and have limited knowledge of it. Be aware that, in general, equipment designed for the pro audio market is more expensive than domestic equipment.
Recording of acoustic music by means of ambisonic surround technology for current stereo reproduction as well as future surround sound release. Employing the 24-bit Nagra-D digital multitrack and the SoundField microphone, SurroundWorks is available in the studio or on location either as a primary or as a secondary archival production system.
21 Millay Place
E-mail: ambisonx surroundworks.com
Contact: Jeffrey Silberman
Products: Multi-capsule microphone systems.
Charlotte Street Business Centre
Phone: +44 (0)1924 201089
Fax: +44 (0)1924 290460
E-mail: sales soundfield.co.uk
Contact: Richard Bacon - Technical Sales
Re-launch of four capsuled microphone array and processing system, and Encoding and Decoding systems. Have a look at the Web page for the latest news. Also, recording sevices and equipment rental.
AGM Digital (Deutschland)
Phone: +49 8821 947161
Fax: +49 8821 947450
E-mail: anthonym agmworld.com
Contact: Anthony G Morris
[In 2004/2005, Lake Technology Limited was taken over by Dolby Laboratories.]
Digital signal processing hardware and software systems for audio applications. These include tools for long convolution filtering and room acoustic measurements, real-time acoustic simulation using synthesised B-Format Ambisonics (with support for arbitrary sized and shaped loudspeaker arrays and binaural decoding), and comprehensive support for custom application programming.
Surround sound control systems manufacture: graphical interfaces supporting Ambisonics, Circle Surround, Spatial Systems and Dolby Surround. Point-of-contact for sales of Cepiar's Ambi-8x reference Ambisonic decoder. Will shortly release a four-input joystick controlled Ambisonic Pan-Rotate unit. Also, surround sound recording, effects production, sales and hire.
22 Lisson Grove
Phone: +44 (0)1752 664091
Fax: +44 (0)1752 673906
E-mail: ambisonics 1way.co.uk
Contact: Chris Blythe
Reference 8-channel Ambisonic decoder, the Ambi-8x. Contact Cepiar for details of forthcoming products.
11 St Ethelwold's Close
Cambridgeshire CB6 3AX