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Inside Sound Dojo, a 20.2-Channel Immersive Retreat

Sound Dojo is a 20.2 channel immersive retreat in New York's Hudson Valley, designed and built by multi-instrumentalist Josh Peck using Flux Technologies' Spat Revolution software.

Sound Dojo, a 20.2 channel immersive retreat designed and built by multi-instrumentalist Josh Peck
Sound Dojo, a 20.2 channel immersive retreat designed and built by multi-instrumentalist Josh Peck

Hudson Valley, NY (April 8, 2020)—At Sound Dojo, a 20.2 channel immersive retreat multi-instrumentalist Josh Peck designed and built in New York’s Hudson Valley, the classically trained composer and sound designer utilizes Flux Immersive’s Spat Revolution software to create exhibits and experiential events that merge immersive soundscapes and the healing arts.

Audio in the space comes from an iMac Pro, running through RME MADIface I/O units into a 20.2 system using Focal Solo6 Be powered monitors. “It’s a 21-foot diameter circular space, with all the speakers hidden in the walls, so it’s all part of the acoustics of the room,” Peck explains. “We’ve got eight speakers in the walls, eight more in what I’m calling an oculus, overhead, and four more in the middle.”

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All the immersive content is designed using Spat. “I’ve been working with Spat since it came out. The intuitive nature of the program itself — the thoughtfulness, the workflow — they’re so far ahead of anyone else. I’ve experimented with a number of immersive platforms, but what Flux is doing is a whole other level of realism and professionalism.”

Peck continues to create sonic content for other events and exhibition spaces as well, and Spat is a critical tool in that process too. “One area where Spat really shines is the ease with which I can convert content from my space to other site-specific builds.

“I can create 3D virtual spaces and encode and decode them easily. I’ve easily moved from binaural to a 16-channel, 700-person immersive ocean dive meditation event under the great whale exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, without having to do a whole lot of reprogramming. What was really wonderful was that I could go home, work on a room’s design, and then easily decode it for the space. Of course, you always have to work in the space to fine tune it, but Spat enabled me to do a lot of the design work in advance.”

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