The Eighth
Student 3D Audio
Production Competition

The Eighth International Student 3D Audio Production Competition in Ambisonics 2024

In 2024, the Student 3D Audio Competition is taking place for the eighth year in a row. Again, we are expecting many submissions of high quality, elaborate, peppered with trend-setting ideas. The finals and award ceremony take place end of November 2024 in the IEM in Graz. They will be streamed into the internet. In addition, you can attend one of the many live breakout sessions or public hearings locally in many cities where you can enjoy the original 3D audio quality of the audio productions.
As last year, the nominated pieces of categiry 1 will be already presented as part of the ORF musikprotokoll.
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The 3D categories:

  • Contemporary / Computer music
  • Audio drama / Documentary / Soundscapes
  • Music recording / Studio production

The Call is open

Until the 14th of July, students can submit their productions for the eighth Student 3D Audio Production Competition. The submission portal can be reached through the S3DAPC website of the Institute for Electronical Music in Graz.

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IEM Graz together with the ORF musikprotokoll and the VDT

The Competition is a cooperation of the Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik der Kunstuniversität Graz (IEM) and Verband Deutscher Tonmeister (VDT), and this year again with the ORF musikprotokoll.

The contribution format is 5th order Ambisonics as there are many free production tools available and no licence fees have to be paid. Contributing to the Competition is an important step for the students into the professional world of pro audio. At the same time there are attractive prizes for the winners waiting.

Headtracking with Camera-Tracked 3D Audio Player (Cat3DA)

How can we deliver multi-channel immersive audio content across the web to the listener? A good basis has been established with the new Cat3DA player (camera-tracked 3D audio player), a tool that allows to stream channel-based 3D audio cotent that the local browser of the listener rendered to head-tracked headphone playback. The motion capture of the head rotations is done by the webcam of the listener's computer.

To make use of it, webcam use must be allowed in the browser tab running the cat3da player.

The combination of Cat3DA including head tracker, together with the competing productions of the Student’s 3D Audio Production Competition 2020 are experimental content of the VDT-Live event by which the advantages of headtracking to binaural playback over the web can be perceivably experienced. The programmers of Cat3DA recommends the following browsers for playback: Firefox, Opera, or Chrome.

The Real-time processing of the headtracking information and the audio processing that it controls pose a certain computational load, and altogether some initial pacience when loading. At the same time, sufficient bandwith to receive the multi-channel audio stream is required. We therefore recommend a good internet connection. If you consider following the stereo live stream of the S3DAPC finals ceremony and intend to change listening to the on-demand Cat3DA streams for their higher spatial-audio resolution while the submissions play back during the ceremony, maybe consider using two independent computers.

Checkout Cat3DA player

Listen to the productions of recent years

Become curious? All award-winning submissions of the 3D-Audio Competitions of past years can be heard binaural with headtracking here:

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