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Grouped Feedback Delay Networks for Modeling of Coupled Spaces

Delay Network reverberators are an efficient tool for synthesizing reverberation. We propose a novel architecture, called the Grouped Feedback Delay Network (GFDN) reverberator, with groups of delay lines sharing different target decay rates, and use it to simulate coupled room acoustics. Coupled spaces are common in apartments, concert halls, and churches where two or more volumes with different reverberation characteristics are linked via an aperture. The difference in reverberation times (T60s) of the coupled spaces leads to unique phenomena, such as multi-stage decay. Here the GFDN is used to simulate coupled spaces with groups of delay line filters representing the T60s of the coupled rooms. A parameterized, orthonormal mixing matrix is presented that provides control over the mixing times of the rooms and amount of coupling between the rooms. As an example application we measure a coupled bedroom and bathroom system separated by a door in an apartment and use the GFDN to synthesize the late field for different openings of the door separating the two rooms, thereby varying coupling between the rooms.


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