Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space

Enlarge / Slim pickings: A search for “cave” in Altiverb sampling software shows Howe’s Cavern in NY and two locations in Malta, in addition to several man-made structures. (credit: Yuri Lysoivanov)

Sound is very much an ephemeral phenomenon. So when acoustician Yuri Lysoivanov wanted to capture the unique acoustics of natural caves, he lugged all his recording equipment to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, the better to analyze the reverberations and resonances. He described this...

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