Software Training

Initiation to sound spatialization and Spat Revolution

Discover and master the basics of IRCAM’s Spatialisator
March 29 through Fri 1 April 2022,
10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
salle Nono





1000 €

Practical information


The Spatialisator is a software dedicated to real-time spatialization processing of sound signals in the contexts of musical creation, post-production, and live concert situations. During this program, participants are made aware of spatialization techniques first without, and then with, the Spatialisateur. The latter is addressed in Max but also in the application Spat Revolution by Flux ::.


Upon completion of the program, participants will have acquired a foundation of the perception of space and the various spatialization techniques. They will be able to build, in Max, their own spatialization modules and control them in real-time or off-line, using a range of writing and control methods. They will master the basics of the Spatialisateur and Spat Revolution.


Composers, musicians, sound engineers, teachers, etc.


Participants must be able to justify a good knowledge of Max and its environment: completion of the basic Max tutorials (Basic tutorials 1 to 22, Data tutorials 1 to 5, MIDI tutorials 1 to 5 and Max tutorials 1 to 18 ) or to have followed the Max Initiation course
Possess a good knowledge of technical English vocabulary and terms used in common audio software.
A good knowledge of an audio sequencer (Protools, Logic Pro, Reaper...) is also recommended.

Educational Resources and Techniques

Classroom  equipped with computers iMac with all the necessary software installed, headphones, and MIDI keyboards
Class Format: Training alternates explanations on theory and hands-on exercises

Didactic Materials: Video-projected presentations and documents

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;Attendance controlled; signature of an attendance sheet required every morning and afternoon
Assessment: evaluation of projects carried out throughout the program
A certificate at the end of the program is given to each participant with the results of the exam

Training Period and Organization

24 hours of training. Tuesday-Friday, March 29-April 1, 2022. 10am-1pm/2:30pm-5:30pm
11 students maximum



MorningIntroduction to the theory of spatial listening and the general principles of spatialization
Listening to important pieces in the history of spatialized music
Learning to spatialize using Max standard objects
AfternoonIntroduction to the main concepts and basic functions of the Spatialisateur in Max
Overview of the Spat's internal structure


MorningStudy and practical work around a few typical configurations: broadcasting on 4, 8 speakers, with different panning techniques (vbap, binaural, 5.1, ambisonic, etc.).
Room simulations: Spat reverberation parameters
AfternoonSaving parameters
Introduction to Spat control: writing and saving basic trajectories
Hands-on exercises: writing trajectories with Max messages


MorningIntroduction to spatial writing tools
External source controllers (iPad, joystick, sequencers)
Using the Oscar plugin to drive Spat via OSC and DAW automation
AfternoonIntroduction to Spat Revolution software (Flux ::)
Send, receive sound from the application
Speaker setup specifications


MorningSetting up a binaural headset for working with headphones in Spat Revolution
Hands-on exercises: writing spatialization in a DAW with Spat Revolution
AfternoonIntroduction to other spatialization methods: WFS, HOA
Presentation by an IRCAM sound engineer 
Listening sessions and practical work in the studio: participants are invited to bring sound elements they wish to spatialize.