Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Audio engineering

EE-548

Lecturer(s) :

Lissek Hervé

Language:

English

Summary

This lecture is oriented towards the study of audio engineering, with a special focus on room acoustics applications. The learning outcomes will be the techniques for microphones and loudspeaker design, as well as room acoustics knowledge.

Content

I Audition

  1. The human hearing system
  2. Introduction to psychoacoustics
  3. Basics on noise control engineering

II Room Acoustics

  1. Wave theory
  2. Geometrical room acoustics
  3. Statistical (Sabine) room acoustics

III Transducers for audio

  1. A brief reminder on electroacoustics
  2. Electrodynamic transducers
  3. Electrostatic transducers
  4. Piezoelectric transducers

IV Microphones

  1. General properties
  2. Microphones theory
  3. Microphone realization

V Loudspeaker design

  1. The electrodynamic loudspeaker
  2. Loudspeaker system design (enclosures)
  3. Loudspeaker realization

VI Electroacoustic absorbers

Keywords

Auditory system

Psychoacoustics

Room acoustics

Microphones

Loudspeakers

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

General physics

Circuits and systems

Recommended courses

Electroacoustics

Radiation and antennas

Important concepts to start the course

Electrotechnics: transfer functions, impulse response, electric system characterization, filtering, bode representation

Transmission lines: wave propagation equations in 1D, circuit modeling, Kirchhoff theory

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra lectures

Specialized seminars on side topics

Exercises in groups

Practical work, including numerical simulations

Assessment methods

Final written exam.

Resources

Bibliography

M. Rossi, Audio, Presses Polytechniques Universitaires Romandes, 2007

H. Kutruff, Room Acoustics, Spon Press, 4th edition, 2003

Ressources en bibliothèque
Notes/Handbook

Available on the Lab website (upload on a weekly basis).

Websites

Prerequisite for

Master projects, PhD thesis.

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10  ELA2  
10-11  ELA2  
11-12    
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German