26 December 2015

Spatial awareness for theatre sound effects

Spatial positioning

Sound direction

When using Ableton in theatre situations the sounds have to convey natural phenomena, such as wind or storms. However, it is also their function to call forth moods and feelings the audience will recognise. To do this effectively the sounds must be believable. They must have sufficient quality but also, to imitate the physical actions on stage, must be correctly positioned spatially.

If the target of the sound effect is upstage right, then the audience will not expect the sound to appear to originate from the centre position on the stage as normal stereo panning would provide. You will need to pan appropriately.