Facilitating rich acoustical environments in virtual worlds
Hoag, Kenneth J.
Darken, Rudolph P.
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The visual aspect of virtual environments has advanced at a rapid pace. The audio aspect, however, has not kept pace. Current methods of building virtual models do not address the graphical and audio aspects in an integrated fashion. Furthermore, graphical programming tools have not addressed sound in a satisfactory manner. As proof of concept, a modeling tool was developed to allow a user to build both the visual and the auditory environment simultaneously. A rendering application was developed that would display and browse a graphical environment, an audio environment, or a complete graphical/audio environment. This thesis demonstrates that building both the auditory and the visual geometry simultaneously allows for rapid, easy development of both the visual and the auditory environment. Enhancements and recommendations to current software technologies and modeling languages are introduced. New models to represent audio are introduced
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