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The Paper of Record talks about Arup Acoustics’ SoundLab system for simulating the aural environment of rooms.
Real-time computer modeling has been done before (notably Bose’s Auditioner). What makes SoundLab unique is that it’s a calibrated signal processing system that doesn’t require headphones or specialized head-restraints (this is Auditioner’s weakness). I haven’t heard it, but I would be interested in trying it out.
The article doesn’t mention it, but SoundLab is also being used to model the proposed Constellation Center in Cambridge’s Central Square.
Gizmodo reports on Panasonic’s “Air Drive” speaker/cradle for one of Panasonic’s minidisc players. I don’t have anything substantive to say about the speakers other than that they look really cool.
Found on the internet: “How to Build a Hydrophone.” Maybe I should get into the undersea acoustics measurement business.
A couple in Richfield Ohio found a unique method to reduce noise from the nearby Ohio Turnpike: install a waterfall to mask the noise. I may have to steal that idea.