Software Training

Introduction to Sound Spatialization

Discover and master the basics of IRCAM’s Spatialisateur
March 12 through March 14,
10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
salle Nono





750 €

Practical information

The Spatialisateur is a software package to spatialize sound signals in real-time in the context of musical creation, post production, and concert situations.


Upon completion of this course, participants will acquire the foundations of the perception of space and different spatialization techniques. They will be able to construct their own spatialization modules in Max and control them in real-time or off line via different writing methods. Participants will master the bases of Spatialisateur.


Composers, musicians, sound engineers, teachers, etc.


Participants must be able to attest to sufficient knowledge and skills in Max and its environment: completion of the basic Max tutorials (Basic tutorials 1-22, Data tutorials 1-5, MIDI tutorials 1-5, and MSP tutorials 1-18 of Max) or have successfully completed the course Max Initiation;
Participants must have good knowledge of technical English vocabulary used in usual audio software.

Mastery of an audio sequencer is also recommended: Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, etc.

Educational Resources and Techniques

Classroom equipped with computers with all the necessary software installed, headphones, and MIDI keyboards;
Class Format: Training alternates between presentations, explanations on theory, studying examples to analyze, and hands-on exercises;
Didactic Materials: Video-projected presentations. A class guide will be given at the beginning of each training session and all complementary files will be given as needed.

Supervision and Assessment

Welcome the first day of training beginning at 9:45am;
Attendance controlled; signature of an attendance sheet required every morning and afternoon;
Assessment of acquired knowledge using a multiple-choice test (30 minutes) taken at the end of training.

A certificate at the end of the program is given to each participant with the results of the exam.

Training Period and Organization

18 hours of training, 10am-1pm & 2:30pm-5:30pm // Tuesday, March 12 – Saturday, March 20, 2020
11 students maximum



MorningIntroduction to spatial listening and spatialization;
Learn to spatialize sound with standard Max tools.
AfternoonIntroduction to the basic concepts and functions of Spat;
Study of the internal structure of Spat;
A look at a selection of typical configurations: diffusion of an orchestra using 4 or 8 loudspeakers with different panning techniques: vbap, binaural, 5.1, ambisonics, etc.


MorningSimulations of concert halls and saving configurations;
Introduction to controlling Spat: writing and memorizing basic trajectories;
Hands-on exercises.
AfternoonIntroduction to tools for spatialized writing and external controllers (sequencer, sensors);
Demonstration of the Ircam-Tools plugins for spatialization  (Flux);
Hands-on exercises for writing spatialization.


MorningIntroduction to other methods of spatialization: WFS, HOA;
Presentation by an IRCAM sound engineer;
Case study based on different creations.
AfternoonListening sessions and hands-on exercises in the studio;
Students are invited to bring their sound elements to spatialize.