Sebastian J. Schlecht is Professor of Practice for Sound in Virtual Reality at the Aalto University, Finland. This position is shared between the Aalto Media Lab and the Aalto Acoustics Lab. His research interests include spatial audio processing with an emphasis on artificial reverberation, synthesis, reproduction, and 6-degrees-of-freedom virtual and mixed reality applications. In particular, his research efforts have been directed towards the intersection of mathematical filter design, efficient algorithms, perceptual aspects, and sound design. Current open and ongoing student projects can be found here.
PhD in Acoustic Signal Processing, 2017
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
M.Sc. in Digital Music Processing, 2011
Queen Mary, University of London, UK
M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, 2010
University of Trier, Germany
Feedback delay networks (FDNs) are recursive filters, which are widely used for artificial reverberation and decorrelation. One central challenge in the design of FDNs is the generation of sufficient echo density in the impulse response without compromising the computational efficiency. In a previous contribution, we have demonstrated that the echo density of an FDN can be increased by introducing so-called delay feedback matrices where each matrix entry is a scalar gain and a delay. In this contribution, we generalize the feedback matrix to arbitrary lossless filter feedback matrices (FFMs). As a special case, we propose the velvet feedback matrix, which can create dense impulse responses at a minimal computational cost. Further, FFMs can be used to emulate the scattering effects of non-specular reflections. We demonstrate the effectiveness of FFMs in terms of echo density and modal distribution.
Feedback delay networks (FDNs) belong to a general class of recursive filters which are widely used in sound synthesis and physical modeling applications. We present a numerical technique to compute the modal decomposition of the FDN transfer function. The proposed pole finding algorithm is based on the Ehrlich-Aberth iteration for matrix polynomials and has improved computational performance of up to three orders of magnitude compared to a scalar polynomial root finder. We demonstrate how explicit knowledge of the FDN’s modal behavior facilitates analysis and improvements for artificial reverberation. The statistical distribution of mode frequency and residue magnitudes demonstrate that the perceived modal density is considerably lower than the theoretic modal density.