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Audio Pipeline

Part of ILLIXR, the Illinios Extended Reality Benchmark Suite. The audio pipeline is responsible for both recording and playing back spatialized audio for XR.



Submodule libspatialaudio provides the backend library for Ambisonics encoding, decoding, rotation, zoom, and binauralizer(HRTF included).

audio pipeline code


Describes a sound source in the ambisonics sound-field, including the input file for the sound source and its position in the sound-field.


Encapsulate preset processing steps of sound source reading, encoding, rotating, zooming, and decoding.


Install libspatialaudio

cmake CMakeLists.txt
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/path-to-installation-directory
make && make install

Add libspatialaudio in library path

export CPATH=$INCLUDE_PATH:/path-to-installation-directory/include
export LIBRARY_PATH=$LIBRARY_PATH:/path-to-installation-directory/lib
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/path-to-installation-directory/lib

Make audio pipeline files



./audio <number of 1024-sample-block to process> <optional: decode/encode>

Number of blocks to process is a must-have parameter. decode/encode specifies the different audio processing procedures to take on, which is specificially designed for profiling. And no output would be generated.

If encode or decode is not specified, the code will do both encode and decode on preset input sound sample files and generate a spatialized output audio at output.wav.


./audio 500 

This will generate a ~10 seconds spatialized audio output from two sound samples under ./sample/

./audio 2000 encode

This will encode 2000 sample blocks of audio input into ambisonics format.


The input and output are hardcoded to be 48000 sample rate, 16-bit PCM wav file.

Also if you want to hear the output sound, limit the process sample blocks so that the output is not longer than input! Otherwise, garbage sound samples would be generated.


This code is available under the University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License. The sound samples provided in ./sample/ are available under the Creative Commons 0 license

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