CSB 603, Immersive Audio Lab

What happens in this laboratory?

Students and professors can use Computer Studies Building (CSB) 603 Immersive Audio Lab for spatial audio research in binaural audio, Ambisonics, wave field synthesis, and object-based audio. The 24-speaker spatial audio system can be used to play the recordings made with Ambisonic microphones. Students can also design and play immersive computer music for the system. We plan to build a 64-speaker system that can play Ambisonic recordings up to the 7th order.

When do students use this lab?

Students use this lab when taking the following courses:

  • AME 240/MUSC240/ECE478: Revolutions in Sound: Artistic and Technical Evolutions of Sound Recording
  • AME 196: Interactive Computer Music
  • AME 262/ECE475: Audio Software Design I
  • ECE 439: Electroacoustics, Audio Reproduction, and Spatial Audio

Lab Equipment


  • Brüel & Kjær Head and Torso Simulator (HATS) Type 5128
  • mh acoustics em32 Eigenmike Microphone Array
  • Neumann KU100 Binaural Microphone
  • Binaural Enthusiast B1-E Dummy Head
  • Core Sound TetraMic 1st-order Ambisonic Microphone
  • Core Sound OctoMic 2nd-order Ambisonic Microphone
  • Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic
  • Zylia Zm-1 3rd-order Ambisonic Microphone Array
  • Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder with Built-In Ambisonics Mic Array
  • Earthworks M23R Measurement Microphone
  • Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset (iOS)

Speakers and amplifiers:

  • 24 JBL Control One Speakers for the 3rd-order Ambisonic Speaker System
  • 64 KEF LS50 Speakers (To be used for a 7th-order Ambisonic Speaker System)
  • Wave Field Synthesis Speaker Array (69 drivers)
  • Dodecahedron Speaker
  • Isobel Audio Baritone Powered Hemisphere Speakers
  • Crown CT 875 8-Channel 75W at 4 Ohms Power Amplifiers

Audio interfaces and mixers:

  • Biamp Tesira Server-IO Chassis with 1@Dsp-2, 1@SNC-1, 1@AVB-1
  • Biamp DSP-2 DSP Card
  • Biamp SIC-4 Four-channel Input Card
  • Biamp SOC-4 Four-channel Output Card
  • Biamp DAN-1 Dante Card
  • Focusrite RedNet PCIeR Dedicated Dante Audio Interface Card with Network Redundancy
  • Soundcraft Ui24R 24-Channel Digital Mixer/Multitrack USB Recorder with Wireless Control

360/3D cameras:

  • Kandao Obsidian R 8K 3D 360 Camera
  • Insta360 Pro II VR 360 8K Camera
  • Orah 4i Live Spherical Live-Streams 4K 360 Degree VR Camera


  • 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display
  • Various digital audio workstations and spatial audio software/plug-ins

Audio and Music Engineering Program

The Audio and Music Engineering (AME) Program combines studies in engineering and applied sciences with music and audio production to give students a technically detailed, design-based education in the field of audio, music and sonic engineering.

The University of Rochester’s AME program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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