Spatial sound tool comes to UCL’s massive environmental research lab

Spatial sound tool comes to UCL’s massive environmental research lab
University College London (UCL) has turned to the panLab 2 spatial sound design and mixing tool to support its Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory (PEARL).

Forging a strategic partnership with panLab 2 creator Innovate Audio, UCL’s PEARL is accurately positioning sound within its facility that was built to explore ways people interact with environments.

The 4,000 sq m space is also equipped with a large L-Acoustics sound system, enabling researchers to reproduce sonic environments, from the tiniest bird song to massive explosions.

Usually found in theatre environments, panLab 2 is a spatial sound design and mixing tool, designed to integrate with QLab. The partnership will allow Innovate Audio to harness PEARL’s extensive research and development facilities when testing new products. 

Steve Mayo, specialist lead, sound at UCL PEARL, said: “Here at PEARL we use theatrical craft to create hyper-real environmental models.  panLab 2, with its roots in live theatre, is the perfect spatial audio solution which allows us to work quickly and efficiently when programming non-linear cuing sequences requiring dynamic movement sequences, within a complex and fast-moving environment.”

Daniel Higgott, director of Innovate Audio, added: “UCL PEARL is the dream resource for developing new audio products. The facility is a vast space, already equipped with state-of-the-art technology. We look forward to developing products that can push the boundaries of what can be achieved, both in spatial audio and beyond. We are immensely proud that UCL PEARL has chosen panLab 2 as a key spatial audio mixing solution at the facility.”

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