Software Training

Introduction to Sound Spatialization

Discover and master the basics of IRCAM’s Spatialisateur
December 7 through Sat 9 December 2017,
10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
salle Nono





750 €

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 successful completion of the Max: Musical Programming course;
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.


Assessment of acquired knowledge via practical exercises.

Practical Information



MorningIntroduction to spatial listening and spatialization;
Learn to spatialize sound with standard Max tools;
Introduction to the basic concepts and functions of Spat.
AfternoonStudy 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.


MorningIntroduction 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;
Simulations of concert halls and saving configurations;
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.