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Applied and Virtual Acoustics - Modultafeln of TU Ilmenau

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subject properties Applied and Virtual Acoustics in major Master Medientechnologie 2017
subject number8256
examination number2100239
departmentDepartment of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
ID of group 2181 (Electronic Media Technology Group)
subject leader Dr. Stephan Werner
term Wintersemester
languageEnglish, auf Nachfrage Deutsch
credit points4
on-campus program (h)34
self-study (h)86
Obligationobligatory elective
examoral examination performance, 30 minutes
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previous knowledge and experience

Prior knowledge is needed:

  • Basics in engineering sciences like digital signal processing and fundamentals in system theory,

  • Basics in acoustics and electroacoustics


learning outcome

The students are enabled to name and to understand the fundamentals of acoustic components and processes. This includes recording, coding, and reproduction of audio. The students learn to analyze and to assess audio technologies and systems from the viewpoint of auditory perception and technical realization. The lecture series gives the student the ability to consider both auditory perception and acoustical physical effects for the technical realization of processes, components, and systems.


A list and overview about the topics is given below. Most of the topics are part of the lecture and the practical seminar.

  • Wave equations (derivation and solution of the wave equation, direct sound, diffuse sound, reverberant radius, reflection, scattering, diffraction, absorption by surfaces and by air, reverberation time, impulse response)

  • Room acoustics and simulation (Physical modeling of room acoustics; Mathematical modeling of room acoustics - mirror source method, raytracing, beam forming)

  • Loudspeaker working principles and design

  • Auralization

  • Binaural synthesis (inludes basics in spatial listening and the technical realization of a synthesis system)

  • Multi-channel audio system (Ambisonics, Wave Field Synthesis)

  • Microphone arrays

  • Building acoustics

  • noise

media of instruction

Lecturer Notes, Practical Seminars, Computer Based Training

see also:

literature / references

Kuttruff H.: Akustik - Eine Einführung

Zwicker E., Fast H.: Psychoacoustics - Facts and Models

Jens Blauert (Autor), John S. Allen (Übersetzer): Spatial Hearing - Revised Edition: The Psychophysics of Human Sound Localization [Englisch]

Stefan Weinzierl: Handbuch der Audiotechnik, Springer, 2008.

Several single topic related literature (see the lecture and seminars)

evaluation of teaching


Freiwillige Evaluation: