The Stage for Music Visualisation uses the latest technology to create a visual and acoustical virtual environment. The equipment was set up by the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication (now Fraunhofer Institut Intelligente Analyse- und Informationssysteme, Sankt Augustin) and offers the latest 3D computer graphics in a real-time virtual environment (VE). Two large beamers project a stereo image which the audience wearing 3D glasses then perceives as three-dimensional. A sound system featuring 17 loudspeakers and a subwoofer generates a highly differentiated surround sound calculated in real time as part of the virtual environment. For the first time an acoustically transparent screen was used to prevent any disturbing effect on the sound complexity. Using four newly developed interactive columns, visitors can control and adapt the performance according to their ideas and taste. While the computer generated images and sounds become almost tangible, the audience becomes part of a virtual scenario of the highest possible immersion.
Currently, the Beethoven-House uses top-edge technology for its virtual environment, offering new opportunities with regard to acoustic and visual events of an outstanding technical quality. To meet the demands of the stage, the vault was reconstructed and equipped with special sound devices as well as a specific wall plaster.