Open Access

AcMus: an open, integrated platform for room acoustics research

  • Marcelo Queiroz1,
  • Fernando Iazzetta2,
  • Fabio Kon1,
  • Márcio Henrique A. Gomes3,
  • Fábio L. Figueiredo2,
  • Bruno Masiero4,
  • Leo K. Ueda1,
  • Luciana Dias1,
  • Mário Henrique C. Torres1 and
  • Leandro F. Thomaz1
Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society14:BF03192566

DOI: 10.1007/BF03192566

Received: 7 January 2008

Accepted: 4 July 2008

Abstract

This article describes the design, implementation, and experiences with AcMus, an open and integrated software platform for room acoustics research, which comprises tools for measurement, analysis, and simulation of rooms for music listening and production. Through use of affordable hardware, such as laptops, consumer audio interfaces and microphones, the software allows evaluation of relevant acoustical parameters with stable and consistent results, thus providing valuable information in the diagnosis of acoustical problems, as well as the possibility of simulating modifications in the room through analytical models. The system is open-source and based on a flexible and extensible Java plug-in framework, allowing for cross-platform portability, accessibility and experimentation, thus fostering collaboration of users, developers and researchers in the field of room acoustics.