Feedback Canceling Reverberator

A real-time auralization system is described in which room sounds are reverberated and presented over loudspeakers. Room microphones are used to capture room sound sources, with their outputs processed in a canceler to remove the synthetic reverberation also present in the room. Doing so suppresses feedback and gives precise control over the auralization. It also allows freedom of movement and creates a more dynamic acoustic environment for performers or participants in music, theater, gaming, and virtual reality applications. Canceler design methods are discussed, including techniques for handling varying loudspeaker-microphone transfer functions such as would be present in the context of a performance or installation. Tests in a listening room and recital hall show in excess of 20 dB of feedback suppression.