So I’m working on a proposal for a multichannel piece, and I realized I really have no idea how this stuff works at a technical level.
In my case, it’s a pre-rendered sound piece of finite length. The venue has a machine for playback with a multichannel audio interface and up to 9 speakers.
For those of you who have worked in this word, how do you manage it? Do you use tools like the Ambisonic Toolkit or Envelop for Live for instance?
For these kinds of site-specific one-offs is it even possible to get a sense for it on headphones, or do you have to work in situ with the speaker setup?
I’ve also seen a few cool multichannel modular shows, which is obviously a whole different set of gear and methodology but also interesting.
I’m interested in getting a handle on this particular project, but more generally I’ve always been interested and kind of mystified by spatial audio, I’ve grown very accustomed to routing everything into a hardware mixer and two speakers.