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Term: Sound field

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Term: Sound field


Indicates the aural space arrangement of a mono, stereo, or multichannel sound recording, e.g., monaural, stereo, joint stereo, surround sound 5.1, etc. The term generally is used in a playback context, where a set of loudspeakers have been set up, e.g., for a surround sound presentation in a theater. The term may be compared to a visual field ("what you see before you"). Some multichannel sound formats include a channel map that defines the desired sound field.

See also:
Multichannel (audio); Channel (audio); Track (audio)