Immersive Audio Spatialization with SATIE - Eastern Bloc + SAT Series

  • Workshop (incl. 1-hour lunch break): 28 February 2021, 9:00 - 18:00


Workshop facilitated by  Marc Lavallée et Michal Seta

Language: English / French


Rate: 44$


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The open-source software Satie interfaces with the artists' usual software through the OSC protocol, for which basic knowledge is required. An interest in the subjects of audio spatialization, object-oriented audio, and methods of audio representation and rendering is advised.


What I need?

-A Linux, MacOS, or Windows laptop with the following free software installed: 

  • SATIE (ideally installed according to these instructions)
  • SuperCollider (ideally installed according to these instructions)
  • Jupyter Notebook
  • A Python environment
  • pyliblo3

-A headset



During this one-day workshop presented in collaboration with Eastern Bloc, participants will learn how to use SATIE (Spatial Audio Toolkit for Immersive Environments) to spatialize sound fields and create an immersive sound stage. 

The group of participants will discover the architecture of scenes in SATIE through hands-on exercises, the manipulation of different sound sources, and the control of effects and specialized varieties offered by the tool via OSC commands. Finally, the integration of SATIE with 3D engines (Blender, Unity, Godot) will be presented. At the end of the training, the group will understand the notions necessary to pilot SATIE from any application supporting the OSC protocol.

This training is realized with the financial contribution of the Government of Quebec.


What is an Immersive Sound Space?

An immersive sound space aims to recreate the arrangement of sounds in three dimensions in space. The objective is to virtually recreate the sound sensations heard in a third space and the direction from which the sounds come.


What Is Free Software?

Free/open-source licenses such as SATIE guarantee access to the software’s source code and thus give users the assurance that they remain in control of their creations, promoting the durability of the content. Creators have control over the content and the container without being bound to a user license, which is advantageous for the independence and durability of digital artists' works.

The Eastern Bloc + SAT Series

Note that this training is part of the programming of three workshops on immersive scenography with Metalab's open-source tools, as part of a partnership between Eastern Bloc and the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT). You can consult the two other complementary pieces of training here and here. 


About the SAT

Created in 2006 at the heart of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), Campus SAT offers an educational model at the crossroads of science, technology, society, and art. This educational component allows the transfer of knowledge from the artistic activities and research areas of the SAT. Offering evening classes and educational activities for adults, in addition to a pedagogical program, adapted to young people aged 9 to 17 in its spaces and in the school, municipal, community, and cultural networks, Campus SAT reaches more than 8,000 participants annually. Over the years, artists have appropriated new technologies to share their reflections on their times. Campus SAT supports artists (large and small) from all walks of life in their appropriation of today's technologies, in order to allow the greatest possible diversity of voices to express themselves in the digital discourse. Its activities encourage everyone to innovate, both technologically and by surpassing oneself in artistic achievement.


What Will I Learn?

After successfully completing the training, you will be able to :

-Leverage your theoretical and practical understanding of audio spatialization ;

-Create an immersive audio scene;

-Understand when and why to use SATIE ;

-Understand how SATIE works;

-Use objects in SATIE ;

-Add to your skills in new technologies as a tool for artistic or disciplinary creation.



Marc Lavallée studied electrical and sound engineering, communication, and worked at the National Film Board of Canada. A Linux user since 1995, he believes that digital art should be thought of and made with open-source software. Interested in sound spatialization, he is convinced of the immense potential of these tools.

Michal Seta is a composer, improviser, and digital arts researcher. Practitioner of transdisciplinary, transcalary, and integrative magic, he incites Metalab software in collective and improvised harmony. He is one of the main contributors to the SATIE software.


Metalab (SAT)

Formed in 2002, the Metalab is the research and development laboratory of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT). It is a place where researchers, developers, designers, artists, and creators interact. Metalab's mission is to stimulate the emergence of innovative digital practices within new spaces of immersive, virtual, and distributed experiences. Its members have also already given successful training for the SAT's educational department Campus SAT.

Conditions of Registration (rules related to Emploi-Québec and refunds):

In order to accommodate the limited number of participants and to provide you with the best possible experience, we invite you to pre-register for the workshop: we will then contact you to finalize your registration if you meet the selection criteria determined by Emploi-Québec.  

This training is carried out with the financial support of the Government of Quebec, through Emploi-Québec's Sectoral Workforce Training Measures (Arts & Culture). To benefit from the government financial support provided in order to assist the workshop, you must meet the following criteria:

-Be a professional in the arts and culture sector, a professional or emerging artist, or a self-employed worker in the Montreal area in the arts and culture sector;

- Be in a position wherein the training has a direct effect on your professional expertise, achievements, and future employment opportunities;

-Be a permanent resident of Quebec, a Canadian citizen, or a temporary foreign worker with a valid work permit;

-Be available for the entire duration of the training, without exception.

IMPORTANT: In the event of a higher number of applications than available places, a selection of participants will be made on the basis of the above Emploi-Québec eligibility conditions, concrete needs, and the relevance of the training to the participant's practice or work as presented when submitting the pre-registration.

Please also note that if you are an employee of a company with a payroll of $2M or more, and that this training will be paid for by your employer because you will be taking it as part of your job, this may have an impact on your selection and you will have to pay the non-subsidized cost of the training.


  • Workshop (incl. 1-hour lunch break): 28 February 2021, 9:00 - 18:00